Header image of the Northern Virginia Chorale performing 'Selections from Handel's Messiah' Holiday Concert of 2017 with orchestra and Artistic Director Bob Webb, conducting.

The Northern Virginia Chorale performs Selections from Handel's Messiah,” at their Holiday Concert of 2017. | Photography by Dean Beasom

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The Northern Virginia Chorale’s
Past Concert Descriptions
2007 – 2019


Please review our list of past concerts described below. You may listen to audio excerpts by visiting our Audio Recordings page for samples of music from the concerts. To order a CD, visit our CD Recordings page for further instructions on how to place an order using the printable form on that page from Bandman Music (unless an alternative form is linked from this page). If a CD is no longer available, you will be informed after contacting either Bandman Music, or RonArt Associates Recordings.

Gloria! — Holiday Concert
December 14th, 2019
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church


Gloria Holiday Concert brochure - with angel


This concert featured a full evening of wonderful holiday music that took the audience around the world, performing various renditions on the Gloria theme. The concert opened with a brass ensemble and the Processional, Once in Royal David's City; followed by Recitatives from Handel, and from the Handel Messiah, Glory to God. Next were featured other Glorias from Kenya and South America, as well as three movements from John Rutter’s Gloria.

The second half of the holiday concert featured several traditional carols sung by both the Chorale and the audience, including songs like O Come All Ye Faithful, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and Let it Snow! The finale included lively and popular Hanukkah music played by the brass ensemble; and next, a traditional audience sing-along of three more, well known holiday carols, ending with yet another Gloria by Lloyd Larsen.

The concert was full of energy and spirit, and would mkae a great choice for your holiday CD collection! Please visit our CD Ordering page to place an order with Bandman Music.


NVC Performance of “Carmina Burana”
at "The Ultimate Celebration!" Concert
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall
November 15th, 2019
—accompanied by The NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra
and New Dominion Choraliers

Carmina Burana wheel of fortune with medieval background


The Chorale performed Carmina Burana with the New Dominion Choraliers, accompanied by The NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra, for the NOVA Community College and Reunion Music Society’s 25th Anniversary Season Celebration. The concert was titled, “The Ultimate Celebration!” at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria.

The program featured classical symphony pieces including, Giuseppe Verdi's LaForza del Destino; the passionate Polovtsian Dances No. 17 from Act II of Aleksandr Borodin’s famous Russian opera, Prince Igor; and Samson and Delilah Opus 47 Danse Bacchanale, by Camille Saint-Saens. Several movements from Carmina Burana were performed by the choruses, and the program ended with a beautiful rendition and arrangement by conductor, Christopher Johnston of America the Beautiful.

CDs may be ordered for this concert from, RonArt associates Recordings by visiting our CD ordering page; or by downloading this form with instructions.

The Ultimate Celebration

“A Little Light Music"

Spring Broadway Concert
Saturday, May 18th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

A Little Light Music - concert program cover with stars, moon, musical notes and Broadway dancers in top hats

For our Spring 2019 concert, we highlighted the music of Stephen Sondheim, award-winning American composer and lyricist. Our May concert program also included a salute of selections from George Cohan, as well as folk music, spirituals and pop. This concert was followed by our popular dessert and savories reception in St. Mark’s Fellowship Hall.

CDs for this concert are available for ordering from Bandman Music, using the order form on our CD ordering page.

“Light and Joy"

Spring Classical Concert
Saturday, March 16th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Light and Joy Concert Program cover featuring sunrise over mountains and pastel blue and pink music bar with notes.

The Chorale presented a concert of light and joy, featuring Morten Lauridsen’s O Nata Lux, an a capella motet from his Lux Aeterna, and Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. This majestic choral music provided an evening of spirited singing and poignant harmonies!

Read more about Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, in this description from the San Francisco Choral Society; and learn about Morten Lauridsen's life and music here: www.mortenlauridsen.net/MortenLauridsen.

CDs for this concert are available for ordering from Bandman Music, using the order form on our CD ordering page.

“A Holiday Celebration"

2018 Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 1st, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

A Holiday Celebration concert program cover showing old fashioned beige and red envelope with card depicting musical score, a violin and a gold French horn, representing an invitation to the holiday concert.

The marvelous acoustics of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church provided a wonderful setting for Vivaldi’s Magnificat, accompanied by a string ensemble at our 2018 Holiday Celebration concert. The Chorale performed a variety of traditional holiday selections including pieces by Bach and Lauridsen; French carol Masters In This Hall; along with several other well known holiday carols, finishing with our popular audience sing-along and Christmas in Three Quarter Time.

CDs are available for ordering from Bandman Music, using the order form on our CD ordering page.

“JoyFul Spring Delights"

2018 Spring Dessert Concert
Saturday, April 14th, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

Joyful Spring Delights concert cover depicting two large, purple crocuses.

Our 2018 Season ended with our ever-popular annual dessert concert—a varied program of lighter choral selections from Broadway to folk, pop, and more, that included the West Side Story Suite, and music from Candide in celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday year. Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs and Ralph Manuel’s Alleluia, along with a variety of folk songs rounded out our selections.

The evening concluded with desserts and savories in the St. Mark’s Fellowship Hall.
  CDs are available for ordering from Bandman Music, using the order form on our CD ordering page.

“Selections from Handel’s Messiah"

2017 Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 17th, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Selections from Handel's Messiah concert cover depicting gold script lettering and two gold trumpets, french horns with holiday greenery.

The glorious acoustics of St. Mark’s provide the perfect environment for the Chorale’s presentation of selections from Handel’s “Messiah” during the 2017 Holiday Season, which featured professional soloists with orchestral accompaniment. The Chorale invited the audience to celebrate the season with their traditional carol sing-along. *The original concert date was changed from December 9th, to December 17th.

 CDs will be available for ordering from Bandman Music, using the order form on our CD ordering page.

“We Remember Them"

— 2017 Fall Concert and Commemoration
of All Saints' Day
Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

We Remember Them concert program cover depicting a large, blue dove.

The Chorale presented the hauntingly beautiful, Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church , accompanied by organ and chamber ensemble. “We Remember Them” from Donald McCullough’s Holocaust Cantata was also featured, along with spirituals and other choral selections to commemorate All Saints’ Day.

CDs are available for order through the CD ordering page.

“A Grand Night for Singing"

—An evening of Broadway, Opera,
and Popular Americana and Gospel Music

Friday, May 5th, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

A Grand Night For Singing - program cover

Our Spring 2017 Season concluded with a varied program of light choral selections, featuring music from Broadway show favorites by Rogers and Hammerstein such as, “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” from State Fair, and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from The Sound of Music; along with other popular pieces, including some wonderful Cuban and Gospel music. The Chorale was joined by a very special guest, beautiful soprano singer Edrie Means Weekly, a nationally recognized expert in all vocal singing styles including opera, and a professional career singer both on and off-Broadway, as well as in film and TV.

Additionally, students from the NVCC Annandale Chorale sang with us again, performing their own collection of contemporary and traditional works. Our evening concluded with desserts in the St. Mark’s Fellowship Hall.
* To order a CD from “A Grand Night for Singing” from Bandman music, you may use the form available on our CD ordering page.

“Cathedral Classics”

— An evening of choral masterworks, featuring
Mozart, Duruflé, Mendelssohn, and more

Saturday, March 25th, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Cathedral Classics concert program cover depicting stained glass window with a conductor and musical notes.

The fine acoustics of St. Mark’s provided the perfect atmosphere for an evening of masterworks in “Cathedral Classics.” In a program that stretched across three centuries—from Henry Purcell to Maurice Duruflé—and also included Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn and others, the Chorale performed choral pieces created for cathedral settings. We were also joined by the young singers of the NVCC Annandale Chorale.

*To order a CD from “Cathedral Classics” from Bandman music, you may use the form available on our CD ordering page.

“Holiday Delights”

—Featuring Marc-Antoine Charpentier's
Midnight Mass for Christmas

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 7:30 p.m.

Holiday Delights concert program cover with three large stars in gold and silver.

In his Midnight Mass for Christmas, Baroque composer, Marc-Antoine Charpentier sets Latin liturgical text to traditional French Christmas carols. The Chorale performed his charming, dance-like sacred work, accompanied by orchestra and vocal soloists.

We were also joined by the NVCC Annandale Chorale, for an assorment of Chanukah songs, and our traditional audience sing-along of favorite holiday carols.

*To order a CD from “Holiday Delights” from Bandman music, you may use the form available on our CD ordering page.

“Love, Laughter and Song”

— A Celebration of the 100th Birthday of
Choral Conductor, Robert Shaw

Saturday, March 5th, 2016 7:30 p.m.

Love, Laughter and Song concert program cover depicting conductor, Robert Shaw against the background of cherry blossoms with green and pink musical notes.

The Chorale celebrated the 100th birthday of the noted American choral conductor, Robert Shaw, withLove, Laughter and Song.” This concert celebrated some of his distinctive arrangements of folk songs and spirituals, along with Broadway and pop favorites. Once again, we were joined by the NVCC Annandale Chorale, and the evening concluded with our ever-popular array of desserts.

*To order a CD from Love, Laughter and Song” from Bandman music, you may use the form available on our CD ordering page.

“An Evening with Mozart”

Featuring and all-Mozart program,
including the Requiem, and instrumental pieces

Saturday, March 5th, 2016 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with Mozart concert program cover showing portrait of Mozart in red coat with gold and red frame border.
The Chorale devoted an evening to experience the solemnity and emotional richness of the Mozart Requiem, which continues to engage audiences today. We hope you enjoyed our pairing of this moving work with more lighthearted instrumental pieces, for a truly delightful, all-Mozart program! The Chorale performed these works with the NVCC Annandale Chorale, a quartet of soloists, and an orchestra.

*To order a CD from this holiday concert from Bandman music, you may use the form available on our CD ordering page.

“A Festive Fanfare”
—Holiday Concer
Featuring “Carol Fest” by James Laster

Saturday, December 5th, 2015 7:30 p.m.

A Festive Fanfare concert program cover showing two long, gold trumpets with red and green ribbons.
The Chorale’s Holiday Concert included the jubilant sounds of two world-renowned, contemporary American composers in celebration of the music of the season. Carol Fest by James Laster, and Magnificat by Rob Landes, were accompanied by our brass ensemble. The ensemble treated the audience to beautiful instrumental holiday music, and the Chorale was also joined by students from the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Chorale, who sang holiday carols as well. Finally, the evening was topped off by our traditional carol sing-along, with audience participation.

* To order a CD from
“A Festive Fanfare” from Bandman music, you may use the form available on our CD ordering page.

“Let Freedom Ring”

—Orchestral and Choral Works by American Composers
Friday, November 13th, 2015 8:00 p.m.*

Let Freedom Ring - poster advertising this special concert event of November 2015.

This concert was a celebration of American history and featured two significant composers and pieces among other great choral and orchestral works:

1.) Randall Thompson’s “The Testament of Freedom” and
2.) “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” with lyrics by American songwriter Julia Ward Howe in 1861, based upon “John Brown’s Body;” (music written by William Steffe in 1856).

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This was a concert the Northern Virginia Chorale participated in, but was produced by the NOVA-Annandale Symphony/Reunion Music Society. The concert was held at the Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria, on the NVCC campus.

“A Tribute to America”
Saturday, May 16th, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

A Tribute to America concert program cover depicting musical note with American flag image.

The Chorale honored our country with a program of all-American music from Broadway and the movies, as well as Aaron Copland’s “Promise of Living.”  The Copland work, a hymn of gratitude, is especially appropriate as we pay tribute to our military members, both veterans and current, on Armed Forces Day with this and a medley of service songs.

Instrumentalists and guest soloists performed with the NV Chorale, along with the NOVAAnnandale Chorale.  After the concert, the chorale and guests enjoyed their popular annual dessert array, in the Fellowship Hall.

* To order a CD of this all-American music concert, please visit our
CD Recordings page.

“Music Hath Charms”
Saturday, March 21st, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Music Hath Charms concert program cover depicting three choral singers singing against backdrop of three stained glass windows.

The Chorale performed an evening and celebration of French and Austrian choral works, featuring the uplifting Fauré Requiem, and Mozart’s Ave Verum and Benedictus Sit Deus, with orchestral accompaniment. This program also included Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine.

The NOVA– Annandale Chorale presented selected motets.

To order a CD of this classical concert, please visit the
CD Recordings page.

“A Day for Dancing: A Holiday Concert”

Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

A Day for Dancing

Capturing the joy of the season, the Chorale presented Lloyd Pfautsch’s lilting, “A Day for Dancing,” featuring a woodwind trio and percussion.  Dancers performed “The Dance of Announcement” and “The Dance of Gifts,” among others.  French carols, Hannukah songs, and popular music of the season highlighted our program, as the Chorale was joined by the NOVA-Annandale Chorale.  Combined choirs and instrumentalists led the audience in our traditional sing-along.

* To order a CD of this holiday concert, please visit our CD Recordings page.

“The NOVA-Annandale 20th Anniversary Concert”

Friday, November 7, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

The Chorale joined with the NOVA–Annandale Symphony Orchestra directed by Chris Johnston, to present a special concert celebrating the orchestra’s 20th Anniversary.  The Chorale was joined by the NOVA –Annandale Chorale to perform music from “Porgy and Bess” by George Gershwin, and  Howard Hanson’s Songs of Democracy.”

This concert was held at The Schlesinger Concert Hall on the NOVA Alexandria Campus, located at: 4915 East Campus Lane, Alexandria 22311, near Beauregard & Seminary Road. 

Annual Pops Dessert Concert, May 3rd, 2014
“Movie Magic”

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— At our final concert of the Spring 2014 Season, “Movie Magic, we presented favorite selections from the silver screen, featuring music from Les Misérables, Henry Mancini's "Moon River" (from Breakfast at Tiffany’s), Choral Selections from Sondheim, and “Pure Imagination,” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, among other movie favorites.
We were joined once again by the Chris Johnston Trio. Afterwards, we gathered in the Fellowship Hall to share in our ever-popular dessert reception.

—Listen to excerpts from this concert on our Audio Recordings page.
* To order a CD of this Pops concert, please visit our CD Recordings page.

Masterworks Concert,
March 1st, 2014
“Music for the Chapel Royal”

Music for the Chapel Royal

For our Annual Masterworks Concert, the Chorale celebrated a “royal presence,” with regal music from Europe and Great Britain. Musical selections included: Coronation Anthems by Henry Purcell and George Frederic Handel, as well as Mozart’s Coronation Mass, among other crowning glories!

The Chorale was joined by the NOVA Annandale Chorale, and also accompanied by a small chamber orchestra with horns and strings, as well as guest soloists for this eventful production.

* To order a CD of this classical concert, please visit the CD Recordings page.

Annual Holiday Concert,
December 7th, 2013
“A Ceremnoy of Carols: Britten and the Brits”

— The Chorale’s 2013 holiday celebration commemorated The 100th Anniversary of Benjamin Britten's Birth, with a performance of “A Ceremony of Carols. The Chorale was joined by the NOVA Annandale Chorale to sing holiday works by composers Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Rutter, and Harold Darke. Combined choirs and instrumentalists joined in the grand finale for the our joyful sing-along, culminating with Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah.

To place an order for this CD, please contact RonArt Associates first, to find out about the availability of the CD, at:
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Spring season concert,
May 3rd, 2013
“Masters of Melody:
An Evening with Verdi and Wagner”

Masters of Melody CD On Friday, May 3rd, 2013, the Chorale performed with the NOVA Annandale Symphony Orchestra, joined by the NOVA–Annandale Chorale, and the NOVA–Alexandria Choir, in the magnificent Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Verdi and Wagner, featuring a selection of their master works!

This concert was a classic for those who enjoy inspired opera music in an inspiring setting!

To place an order for this CD, please contact RonArt Associates first, to find out about the availability of the CD, at:
RonArt associates Recordings

Phone: (703) 362-5373
Email: ronart.assoc@cox.net
Cost: Audio CDs are $13.00 ($12.22, plus a $.78 cent tax.)

* Please use this ordering form, to place your order.

Annual Dessert Concert, March 9th, 2013

“American Journeys”

American Journeys
On Saturday, March 9th, 2013 the Chorale performed a concert with a theme focused on America, joined by the NVCC Annandale Chorale and soloist, Daryl Duff. The Chorale invited audience members to, “Travel across the United States on this musical journey, featuring blues from the Mississippi Delta, and reminisce with songs that recall sights across the nation, along Route 66. In a grand finale, come with us to our final destination to the city that never sleeps —“New York, New York,” as we celebrate the rhythms of Broadway!”

* Unfortunately, CD recordings are not available for this concert.

Annual Holiday Concert, 2012
“A Season of Joy”

On Saturday, December 8th, 2012 we welcomed the Holiday Season with exuberance and soul-stirring music, as the Chorale presented Vivaldi’s Gloria, accompanied by a chamber orchestra. This program also featured exciting seasonal works by Handel, Rutter, and an audience favorite, our traditional carol sing-along.

Spring season concert May Concert, 2012
“Serenade with Strings”

Serenade with Strings concert cover

On May 19th, 2012 the Chorale performed “Serenade with Strings.”  A chamber orchestra opened our final concert of the season with a beautiful serenade from Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” (Serenade in G), followed by the Chorale’s performance of two masterworks, Bach’s Cantata No. 4, “Christ lag in Todesbanden, and Schubert’s “Mass in G Major.”

We also held a drawing for some great door prizes which were generously donated by various sponsors.

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March Concert, 2012
“A Celtic Celebration”

A Celtic Celebration

The Chorale celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a selection of Irish folk songs, and a musical trip to “Finian’s Rainbow.” Celtic instruments, including a harpist accompanied the Chorale along with soloists for these, and other fine works. A dessert reception was held following the concert.

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Annual Holiday Concert, 2011
“Gloria in Excelsis

The magnificent acoustics of St. Mark’s provided an ideal setting for various seasonal works, including John Rutter’s “Gloria,” accompanied by a brass ensemble, and the unique, “Bluegrass Mass Gloria” by Carol Barnett from The World Beloved.  The evening concluded with our traditional carol sing-a-long, always an audience favorite.

Spring season concert April 30, 2011
“A Festival of American Music”

A Festival of American Music concert program cover with image of singers

In A Festival of American Music, the chorales presented classic American chorals by Randall Thompson, Renee Clausen, Moses Hogan, Norman Luboff and Z. Randall Stroope; as well as popular standards from The American Song Book, backed up by bass, drums and brass. Our featured soloist was baritone, Daryl Duff and our program was rounded out with some patriotic classics.

After the concert, audience members were invited to join us in the Fellowship Hall of St. Mark’s on the lower level, for a dessert reception.

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March 18, 2011
“From Bizet to Broadway”

Our March concert, “From Bizet to Broadway” was a night of musical theater at The Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center Theater, NOVA Campus, featuring choruses from Opera, Operetta and Broadway. We also featured soloists from the NOVA music faculty, as well as talented NOVA music students.

Annual December 4, 2010
“A Holiday Festival”

A Holiday Festival concert program CD cover

For this holiday concert, The NVCC Annandale Chorale joined us, as well as our audience in celebrating the holiday season with a mix of madrigals, motets, carols and holiday songs.

The featured work, Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies Carols from the Southwest for harp, guitar and marimba were exceptional. Also included was Fred Waring’s ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. The NOVA Annandale Chorus added some holiday songs and madrigals, and our grand finale combined both choirs, instrumentalists and audience in a festive sing-a-long.

Spring seaason concert May 22, 2010
“Encore and Hors d'Oeuvres”

Encore and Hors D'oeuvres CD

The Chorale presented favorite selections from Broadway, film, Pop, and Americana tunes, all accompanied by a jazz combo.  After the concert, guests were invited to join us in the Fellowship Hall for snacks and sweets.

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March 20, 2010
“Celebrating Haydn and Handel”

Celebrating Haydn and Handel

The Chorale was joined by the NOVA Annandale Chorale, in presenting Haydn’s Missa Brevis St. Joannis De Deo (“Little Organ Mass”), and the Lord Nelson Mass. They combined forces on Handel’s Coronation Anthem, “Zadok the Priest —all accompanied by a professional orchestra.

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Annual December 5th, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.
“Rejoice! 2009 Holiday Concert”

Rejoice! 2009 Holiday Concert CD
This concert highlights Gwyneth Walker’s beautiful, Rejoice! along with John Rutter’s Winchester Te Deum, Z. Randall Stroope’s, All My Heart This Night Rejoices, with other great holiday works.

The Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Chorale performed yuletide favorites. The concert included a brass quintet and percussion, and piano accompaniment.

Spring season concert May 16th, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.
“Our American Heritage”

Our American Heritage CD

Our season closed with a gala night of song and celebration. The Chorale presented some of its favorite American music including folk songs, spirituals, Broadway show tunes, and the best of popular American war songs. Our featured soloist, Daryl Duff, a Navy Sea Chanter wowed our audience singing such songs as “My Country 'Tis of Thee” and “Encore, Hero for Today.”

After the concert, the Chorale and guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and sweets in the Fellowship Hall.

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March 28th, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.
“Shakespeare in Spring”

Shakespeare in Spring CD
The Chorale celebrated the arrival of “Shakespeare in Spring” with Vaughan William’s “Serenade to Music,” George Shearing’s “Music to Hear,” and even a little P.D.Q. Bach, for some fun!

The NVCC Annandale Chorale also joined the Chorale for this concert.

Saturday, December 6th, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.

“A Feast of Carols”

A Feast of Carols CD cover

The Chorale celebrated the holiday seasonwith brass, pipe organ, and song, in the splendid acoustics of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Randol Alan Bass’ majestic Gloria anchored a varied program, with seasonal works ranging from the Renaissance Period to American gospel.
From the opening medieval song, Gaudete! to the final carol sing-a-long, audience members enjoyed choral works which included: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, “The Dream Isaiah Saw, and “Ocho Kandelikas” among other traditional holiday carols.

This program lived up to its billing as, “A Feast of Carols.

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

“Bon Voyage” —
Special Summer Concert

Our special summer, “Bon Voyage” concert was a pre-performance of the program we performed in Northern Italy during the first week of July, of 2008. The chorale performed this concert around Lago di Garda, near Verona, and at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice. The program consisted of a mixture of classical, American spiritual, and popular songs.

Friday, May 2nd, 2008:

“The Three B’s: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms”

Celebrate the 3 B's CD

Our Spring 2008 concert, “The Three B’s” consisted of the following choral works by these three classical composers:

Ludwig von Beethoven’s Mass in C Major— Opus 86
Johannes Brahms’ Schicksalslied ‘Song of Fate’ — Opus 54
Johann Bach’s Sanctus in D Minor (BWV 239)

In this concert, the Chorale was also accompanied by a small chamber orchestra.

Saturday, December 16th, 2007:

“Broadway Show Tunes and Carols”
— Holiday 2007 Dessert Concert

Our annual holiday concert of 2007 featured a medley of holiday songs from Broadway shows,
designed to rid us of any ‘Bah Humbug!’ thoughts, and set us on the path of yuletide merriment! These Broadway showstoppers included such songs as, “God Bless Us Everyone,” “It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas, “March Of The Toys, “My Favorite Things,” “Pine Cones and Holly Berries, “Toyland, and “We Need A Little Christmas.”

Additionally, the concert included other holiday carols and selections from Handel’s “Messiah.” Piano, brass and drums accompanied the chorale's joyful celebration of the season. Refreshments followed the concert.

Note: Members of the Chorale also joined the Metropolitan Chorus at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for Handel’s “Messiah Sing Along” concert, on December 9th, 2007, at 2:00 p.m.

October 27th, 2007:

“A Concert of Remembrance”

Dedicated to the late Bill Braun, a longtime member of the Chorale, this concert featured the classic choral work of Fauré’s “Requiem.” The French composer Gabriel Urbain Fauré completed this work in 1890. In describing his composition, he said, “It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death and someone has called it a lullaby of death. But it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness ”

The chorale also performed Randall Thompson's “Testament of Freedom.” This work was composed by Thompson in 1943 while he was teaching at the University of Virginia. An orchestra accompanied the chorale honoring our beloved Bill Braun.

May 5th, 2007:

“Our American Heritage—
A Tribute to the Founding of Jamestown”

Vrginia celebrated the 400th anniversary of the founding of America’s first permanent English colony, by the landing of 104 Englishmen on the banks of James River on May 14th, 1607.
Composer Randall Thompson’s “Ode to the Virginia Voyage” captures this piece written by Michael Drayton in 1606, as an exhortation for English settlers to go forth and subdue new lands. The Jamestown settlers reportedly sang the Ode during their four-and-a-half month voyage to the New World. While history preserved the Ode’s text, it provides no record of the original music. Randall Thompson orchestrated the Ode for its first performance in 1957 at Jamestown, commemorating the settlement’s 350th Anniversary.

The concert included songs from the 17th Century, and some madrigalian Celtic pieces sung by students of the Northern Virginia Community College’s Music program. It also included “Shenandoah,” one of America’s best known folk songs. It concluded with two songs from Aaron Copland’s opera, “The Tender Land.” The songs, “The Promise of Living” and “Stomp Your Foot Upon the Floor” are set in the American heartland during the Great Depression. This work evinces the feelings of a high school senior farm girl deciding how best to live her life. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II commissioned Copland to create this work for its opening performance in 1954.

March 3rd, 2007:

“An Evening with Lerner and Loewe”
— Our Annual 2007 Dessert Concert

The artistry of Frederick Loewe’s romantic melodies, coupled with the moving lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner produced some great Broadway musical hits from 1947 to 1960. Recall the moving lyrics from the musical Camelot: “Your hair streaked with sunlight, your lips red as flame, your face with a luster that puts gold to shame.” This concert lifted spirits with a medley of songs from that memorable show as well as Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, and Paint Your Wagon. The audience was invited to join the concert for our annual dessert reception open to all attendees.

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