With great warmth and enthusiasm, Artistic Director Scott Tucker and Executive Director Tad Czyzewski host “Journey to Awe,” a passionate tribute to the power of choral arts to build community, see us through difficult days, and unite us in common cause.
The hour-long homage to choral singing features an introduction to the group’s much-loved founder, the late Norman Scribner, and a glimpse of the group’s storied 55-year history in historic photographs accompanied by snippets of the world’s great choral masterpieces.
…a passionate tribute to the power of choral arts…
The charming hosts provide commentary throughout the presentation that seamlessly interweaves five full-length choral performances, interviews with singers, composers, and conductors, and a season preview.
Musical highlights include an exquisite rendering of Anton Bruckner’s “Locus iste” (This Place), a performance of Abbie Betinis’ “Behind the Clouds,” featuring the ethereal beauty of Heather McDonald’s clear soprano voice, and “If I Can Help Somebody” by Alma Bazel Androzzo.
Composer Damien Geter discusses his new work, “An African American Requiem,” a piece the Choral Arts will premiere on the East Coast in 2021. Conductor Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez describes the group’s yearly performance of the Brahms “Requiem,” a collaboration between the Choral Arts Society and the New Orchestra of Washington, to honor the Mexican holiday, Dia de Muertas (Day of the Dead).
Aptly named “Reimagined,” the 2020-21 season has moved online, offering audiences an opportunity to experience choral music in the comfort of their homes, including the Brahms “Requiem” in October, ” Family Christmas” in December, and the annual “Living the Dream…Singing the Dream” tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in January.
Choral arts aficionados as well as new comers to the art form will thoroughly enjoy this potpourri of musical styles as well as the fresh insights provided by choral arts singers and contemporary composers into the glorious world of choral singing.
Running Time: One hour
“Journey to Awe” was live streamed at 5:00 pm on July 15, 2020. To view the recording on YouTube, click here. To learn more about the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the 2020-01 concert season, click here.