"... a sound worth hearing" - Anne Midgette, The Washington Post
Washington Master Chorale (WMC) is excited to announce their upcoming 2023-2024, which will begin on October 22, 2023 and conclude March 3, 2024. WMC performs choral repertoire from the 19th Century onward, with a particular emphasis on more contemporary works from the 20th and 21st Centuries. In this, their 14th season of performances, WMC will showcase Black American composers, feature rarely heard English and American Christmas carols, and celebrate the beloved operatic style of Bel Canto with a tribute to the American suffragist movement.
I, TOO, SING AMERICA
Sunday, October 22, 2023 | 5:00 pm
Church of the Epiphany
The season begins with I, Too, Sing America on October 22 at 5pm at Church of the Epiphany (1317 G Street, NW). The concert will celebrate the contributions by contemporary Black American composers to the choral music canon and feature the music of Mason Bynes, winner of WMC’s inaugural Florence Price Commission Competition. The highlight of the program will be the world premiere of Bynes’ much-anticipated new work. In addition, WMC will present works by renowned Washington DC composers Ronald Walton, Marcea Mcguire, and Adolphus Hailstork, among others.
SWEET WAS THE SONG
Sunday, December 10, 2023 | 3:00 pm
St Ann's Catholic Church
On December 10th, WMC will perform their treasured holiday tradition of seasonal choral music with Sweet was the Song at 3pm at St Ann’s Catholic Church (4001 Yuma St., NW). This concert will feature rarely heard old English and American carols, along with holiday favorites and audience caroling with organ and brass. In addition, Sweet was the Song will mark the Washington premiere of Japanese American composer Riley Ferretti’s stunning new work Dona Nobis Pacem.
A BEL CANTO SALON
Sunday, March 3, 2024 | 5:00 pm
National Presbyterian Church
The season finale takes place on March 3, 2024 with A Bel Canto Salon at National Presbyterian Church at 5pm. In this performance two Steinways will grace the stage to celebrate this beloved operatic style. Highlights Include Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, in its original salon form. In addition, WMC will present excerpts from Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzer, Op. 52, and Lori Latiman’s witty and eloquent vocal cycle, Are Women People, inspired by texts from the American suffragist movement.