The National Master Chorale Inaugural Concert
6:00 PM Pre-concert lecture with Mr. Morten Lauridsen
7:00 PM Concert
For our inaugural concert, we will present a 20th-century program of choral works on themes of transition and transformation. The music will touch on notions of both metaphoric and literal winter and spring, and the transition between the two. The program will include selections from Poulenc’s Quatre Motets pour un temps de Penitence, Hindemith’s Six Chansons, as well as the music of Pablo Casals and distinguished American composers Aaron Copland, Morten Lauridsen, Adolphus Hailstork, Ross Lee Finney, and Kirke Mechem. There will be a particular emphasis on Morten Lauridsen’s remarkable early works, which are distinct in style from his later, better-known output. Alongside his first choral cycle, Mid-Winter Songs, we will present his solo vocal cycle, A Winter Come. We are honored to have Mr. Lauridsen with us for our inaugural concert.
Visit our website for more information: http://www.nationalmasterchorale.org
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.