Inaugural D.C. Choral Festival Presents a Week of Sound Entertainment
Last week, we heralded the DC Jazz Festival, a mammoth citywide beast.
Today, we’re going to let you in on something a lot smaller but just as important to those attending and performing: the inaugural 2011 Serenade! Washington, DC Choral Festival.
How many of you renters out there in the D.C. area either sang in the school chorus or still sing in a church choir? Yes, there are even some non-religious, non-scholastic choruses out there that people sing in for – get this – fun!
While not exactly my cup of tea, there’re surely scores of people out there who love to hear the most majestic of sopranos juxtaposed with the lowest of basses – and who are leavened by all ranges in between. The 2011 Serenade! Washington, DC Choral Festival will take place from June 23 to 27 at four different venues in the area, welcoming choruses from all over the world. (The June 23 date is for workshops for the actual choruses themselves, so no, you don’t get to go to that one.)
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There will be nine groups in all, and from such far-flung places as Indonesia, South Africa and Russia. Well, two of the choruses are actually quartets. Though, technically, can a chorus consist of only four singers? Discuss amongst yourselves.
Presented by Classical Movements, a concert touring company based in Old Town Alexandria, this is a pretty special festival. Why, you ask? Well, not only is it the first such festival put on by the company in the capital, it’s the first one they’ve held in the United States.
On Friday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m., prepare to be wowed at the George Washington Memorial in Alexandria (adjacent to the King Street Metro station on the Blue/Yellow Lines) by the Cordana Youth Choir of Indonesia, the Wits Choir from South Africa and Canadian quartet Cadence.
On Saturday, June 25, at 3 p.m., at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, come hear the sounds of the Boston Eastern Heritage Chorus, Bay Area-based Pacific Boychoir, UCCSA Broadhurst Choir of Botswana and the Konevets Quartet of Russia. (The Metro Center stop on the Red Line is nearby.)
Sunday, June 26, at 5 p.m., the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda sees the festival present six acts, including the aforementioned Konevets Quartet, Cordana Youth Choir, Pacific Boyschoir, Wits Choir and Cadence, while the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus makes its event debut. (The Music Center at Strathmore is located adjacent to Metro’s Grosvenor-Strathmore station on the Red Line.)
Things wrap up on Monday, June 27, at 7 p.m. at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church. When you show up here in your car (the nearest Metrorail station is about a mile or so away in Tenleytown, and most people would prefer to drive; but I think it would be a great way to get some needed exercise in your busy day), you’ll get to hear the voices of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and Children’s Chorus of Washington, which is the concert’s host choir.
The best part about all this? It’s free. That’s right, every concert is free. So now you don’t have any excuses. Get those tails and tootsies moving from June 24 to 27 and get you some culture. Afterwards, visit Apartment Showcase for more information about the neighborhood and apartment listings in the area.