The Washington Chorus announces 2022-2023 season with collaborations, regional premieres and more
The Washington Chorus led by conductor and artistic director Dr. Eugene Rogers has announced its 2022-2023 season. Featuring regional premieres and collaborations with regional arts organizations, the season kicks off September 18. For more information, visit The Washington Chorus.
A collaboration with Wolf Trap National Park opens the season with an inaugural community event, Joyfully Together! Dr. Eugene Rogers of the Washington Chorus brings together singers from regional ensembles to showcase diverse styles and genres, from singers of all ages and backgrounds. The performance will take place at the Filene Center, Wolf Trap. (September 18, 2022)
Influenced by stories of resilience and hope, TWC presents “TOMORROW”, an immersive experience of live music and art promoting connection, healing and hope. With music performed by The Washington Chorus, cellist Élise Sharp and special guests, the program includes “Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow” by Damien Geter, a dramatic film installation, visual artwork and interactive artistic creations . (October 28 and October 29, Live! @ 10 and G).
“We are excited for this diverse and remarkable upcoming season as we celebrate our return to singing with our collaboration with The Wolf Trap National Park, the 60th anniversary of Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech with a TWC performance by Virginia-native Undine Smith Moore’s powerful “Scenes from the Life of a Martyr”, our symphonic collaborations with the Baltimore, National and Sphinx Symphony Orchestras, and TWC TOMORROW’s new immersive cinematic experience (featuring “Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow” by composer Damien Geter). There’s something for everyone, and we can’t wait to see new and familiar faces join us on this journey of musical discovery.”
Celebrate the holiday season with the popular Candlelight Christmas. Led by Dr. Eugene Rogers and featuring performances at the Kennedy Center and Strathmore Music Center, this family tradition returns with popular carols and holiday favorites performed by the full choir, Stafford High School, Reservoir High School, accompanied by the organist Paul Byssanthe Jr., and pianist Rod Vester. (December 16, 17, 18, 23, 2022)
TWC will partner with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to present a musical meditation on faith and perseverance with Verdi’s glorious Requiem. With soprano Michelle Bradley, mezzo, Yulia Matochkina, tenor, Russell Thomas and Morris Robinson, bass. (January 19-21, 2023, Meyerhoff Hall and Strathmore).
Due to the sharp increase in COVID-19 infections at the start of 2022, TWC was forced to postpone two collaborative and powerful plays to the 22-23 season. Joining forces with Washington Performing Arts, the EXIGENCE vocal ensemble, the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, the members of TWC will perform Joel Thompson’s powerful choral work Seven Last Words of the Unarmed at the Kennedy Center. The work is a tribute to seven African-American men killed by police in recent years. It was commissioned, directed, and premiered in 2016 by Dr. Eugene Rogers and the Men’s Glee Club at the University of Michigan. Rogers will also conduct his own arrangement of Glory during the concert. (January 31, 2023)
Dr. Eugene Rogers and members of the choir join the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) under the direction of Maestro Gianandrea Noseda to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Kennedy Center. Featuring soprano Camilla Tilling, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, tenor Issachah Savage and bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann, the three concerts will be recorded live for release on the NSO Live label. Noseda will conduct the first choir-orchestral recording of his tenure with three Beethoven symphonies paired with music by pioneering American composers George Walker and William Grant Still. (June 1-3, 2023)
Closing the season, Dr. Eugene Rogers will conduct chorus and orchestra in the DC premiere of Virginia composer Undine Smith Moore’s 16-part oratorio Scenes from the Life of a Martyr. Composed in 1981 in memory of Martin Luther King Jr, and the civil rights movement coupled with Duruflé’s Requiem. Moore’s wish was to evoke the memories of Dr. King and other martyrs, “and the universality of the lives of ordinary men and women who struggled against the tragedies of human existence” (From Spirituals to Symphonies, Helen Walker-Hill.) This historic event features The Washington Chorus, soloists and narrator (April 4, 2023. Kennedy Center)
In the spring of 2023, TWC will collaborate with DC Public Schools and the Children’s Chorus of Washington. More details to follow. The DC Free Community Sings series will return this season, dates TBD.
The Washington Chorus (TWC)
Three-time Grammy nominee and two-time Grammy Award winner, the 160-voice Washington Chorus presents a series of annual subscriptions to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, performs regularly at the invitation of the National Symphony Orchestra and performs annually at the Strathmore Music Center in Maryland and the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Virginia. It was the first major choir in the Washington area to be founded independently of a church or college. The Washington Chorus’ fifth Artistic Director, Eugene Rogers, is widely considered one of the most acclaimed next-generation conductors and musical thought leaders working today at the intersection of classical and of social change. For more information, please visit The Washington Chorus
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2022-23 season timeline
A community singing celebration in collaboration with Wolf Trap
Sunday, September 18, 2022, 5 p.m.
Cantata for a more hopeful future (Damien Geter)
Friday October 28 and Saturday October 29, 2022 (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
Live! at 10th and G, 945 G Street NW
Tickets on sale from August 15, 2022
Candlelit Christmas at the Kennedy Center
Soloists to be determined
Saturday December 17,
Sunday, December 18,
Candlelight Christmas at Strathmore Music Center
Friday, December 16, 2022, 8 p.m.
Friday, December 23, 2022, 11 a.m.
Tickets on sale August 15, 2022 via TWC, Kennedy Center and Strathmore
Verdi’s Requiem with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
January 19-21, 2023
It’s in both the Meyerhoff and Strathmore halls
Seven Last Words of the Unarmed and Glory with Sphinx Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Scenes from the Life of a Martyr (Undine Smith Moore) + Requiem by Duruflé (Maurice Duruflé)
Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
With full choir, orchestra and soloists
Soloists to be determined
Tickets on sale from August 15, 2022
Beethoven Symphony no. 9 with the National Symphony Orchestra
June 1-3, 2023