Schedule enables organization to bring fresh perspectives to classic programming
Washington, D.C. (May 24, 2023) — The Choral Arts Society of Washington announces performances and dates for its upcoming 2023-24 season beginning this fall. The new season is presented with a unique twist – dazzling guest conductors who will bring a fresh and dynamic approach to the group’s performances while remaining true to Choral Arts’ vision of reawakening human capacity for awe through the power of choral music.
“We are thrilled to welcome some of music’s most sought-after conductors this season,” remarked Tad Czyzewski, Choral Arts, Executive Director. “Musical titan Marin Alsop will open our season and two contemporary dynamos, Marie Bucoy-Calavan and Josephine Lee, will join for performances later in 2023 and spring of 2024. Choral Arts is in an evolutionary phase as we seek our next Artistic Director and there are so many exciting things to come. We are known for our always-reliable programming, but this season promises to bring even more awe and excitement balancing choral gems with World- and DC-premieres. Chorus members and audiences alike can look forward to a season that is sure to be a memorable one.”
The season is highlighted by the following performances:
Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, the season opener is a collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), Gianandrea Noseda conducting, Artistic Director Emeritus Scott Tucker prepares the chorus, September 28th through September 30th in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Marin Alsop at the podium, conducting music spanning the 18th to 21st centuries exclusively from the United Kingdom and featuring William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Wednesday, November 8th, Capital One Hall
O Night Divine!, with Marie Bucoy-Calavan, December 18th and December 24th, Kennedy Center Concert Hall
A Family Christmas, the family-friendly performances feature appearances by Santa, Frosty, Rudolph, and the Grinch return for two shows Saturday, December 16th and Sunday, December 24th, Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Living the Dream…Singing the Dream, the 36th annual choral tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., co-presented with Washington Performing Arts, Sunday, February 18th, Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Josephine Lee conducting Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana alongside the DC-premiere of Ted Hearne’s Partition, plus forty young singers from Uniting Voices Chicago join the Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus on Sunday, April 7th, Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Otello in partnership with the NSO, Gianandrea Noseda conducting, and David Hanlon preparing the chorus, performances on Friday, June 7th and Sunday, June 9th at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall
“The chorus is enthusiastic about working with the different conductors as this format presents the opportunity to learn from their unique styles and techniques,” added Czyzewski. “The rotating cast of conductors will also enable the group to showcase its versatility and adaptability to different musical interpretations. Choral Arts has always been dedicated to providing an exceptional musical experience for our audience and this season’s line-up is just another example of how the group continues to innovate and push the boundaries of what is possible in choral music. We are all looking forward to a season filled with excitement, creativity and awe-striking musical performances.”
Season ticket packages go on sale in June and single tickets will be available for purchase in September at ChoralArts.org.
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ABOUT CHORAL ARTS
At Choral Arts, we sing the music we love as a balm to frenzied days, an antidote to solitude, a union in an often-fractured world. We sing for a city with little time and high expectations, which compels us to transform a night out into a lifelong memory. Founded in 1965 by Norman Scribner (1936-2015), Choral Arts has a rich history of bringing the power of the human voice to audiences large and small, advancing the story of choral music by partnering with a myriad of musicians, composers, and ensembles.