Usher in the holiday season with an evening of music by the Arlington Chorale! Featuring several exquisite works for chorus and harp, the program includes some of the most beautiful melodies ever written from the nineteenth century to the present. Enjoy the famous Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, in addition to works by César Franck, Stephen Heitzeg, and Sarah Quartel.
The Arlington Chorale is thrilled to be part of Washington’s most popular free holiday event, the Kennedy Center’s Messiah Sing-Along. This concert features conductor Nancia D’Alimonte leading members of the Opera House Orchestra, guest soloists, a chorus of 200, and a very enthusiastic audience in Handel’s masterpiece. A family and community tradition since 1971!
Handel's Messiah - Novello Edition will be available for purchase at the Kennedy Center starting a week before the performance.
Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of Nations starting at approximately 4:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.
Franz Joseph Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, originally titled Missa in Angustiis (Mass in Troubled Times), is considered to be one of the great choral masterpieces of western music. Haydn had to use a small orchestra of strings, trumpets, timpani, and organ because the woodwind players had been sent off to fight in the Napoleonic war. The minor key and militaristic feel of the mass reflects the uncertain time in which it was written. Presented alongside this mass is Ola Gjeilo’s Song of the Universal, an inspiring work for chorus and string orchestra set to a poem by Walt Whitman. The composer was moved by Whitman’s words, saying: “I love the unabashed optimism, exuberance and his unwavering confidence in our deeper humanity – all through the prism of a big, warm, beating heart.”
Poems and letters representing different phases of love make up the texts used on this poignant and exuberant program. The concert begins with Gerald Finzi’s My Spirit Sang All Day, a song that radiates the joy one experiences when first falling in love. Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs, arranged for chorus and violin, has become a favorite choral work, describing tender moments between the composer and his girlfriend-at-the-time. The renowned e.e. cummings’ poem i carry your heart with me has been set to music by Randall Stroope and arranged for chorus, piano, and violin. The concert also includes works by Libby Larsen, James Syler, and Morten Lauridsen.