Join us for a program reflecting on the quest for spiritual nourishment during times of moral famine. Selections will include the virtuosic passion of Zoltán Kodály’s Hungarian masterpiece Missa Brevis in its original scoring for chorus and organ. Composed against a backdrop of depravity and inhumanity while Kodály was in hiding from the Nazis and originally performed in the basement cloakroom of the Budapest Opera House of a city under siege in early 1945, the piece exalts the power of faith and compassion for mankind.
The concert will also feature a cappella motets from the Russian Orthodox tradition, including works by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Gretchaninoff, and others.
Please join us for a pre-concert conversation at 3 pm on the dramatic story behind the Kodály Missa Brevis.
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Founded in October 2009, the Washington Master Chorale is a semiprofessional chorus in Washington, D.C., that seeks to advance American choral excellence by combining professional artistry with the written word, and to contribute new American works to the choral canon by facilitating the creation of new high-caliber choral works. The Chorale holds itself to the highest standards of music-making by combining the efforts of professional singers with those of rigorously selected volunteers.