The National Presbyterian Church
March 3, 2019 5 PM
Our season closes with a musical journey between two of capitals of western art music. The journey begins in Paris with excerpts from Maurice Duruflé’s monumental Requiem, Op. 9 and works by several of his contemporaries and successors including Gabriel Fauré, Lili Boulanger, and Francis Poulenc. For the second half of the program, we travel to London to present Ralph Vaughan Williams’s rousing In Windsor Forest based on Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” with music from his opera, Sir John in Love. The concert will also include an exciting second performance of “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by Washington native son and Julliard student, Alistair Coleman. Mr. Coleman was recently appointed the Composer-in-Residence of the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale and his piece, “Of Radiance and Light,” commissioned by the National Philharmonic, premiered at Strathmore Hall in November 2016. Choral masterpieces of English Cathedral tradition will round out the program. For this performance, The Washington Master Chorale will be joined by the Children’s Chorus of Washington.