CCS Presents

A SEASON OF INFINITE POSSIBILITY 

Come with us on a journey of exploration as we move from the resonance of the analog concert to a digital landscape of infinite possibility. 

Until we can once again come together in the majesty of Washington National Cathedral, we invite you to join us monthly for exciting virtual experiences! From our virtual gala to a one-of-a-kind Joy of Christmas, you can enjoy CCS in high definition from the comfort of your living room. Mark your calendar for the first Thursday of each month, when we’ll send captivating recordings straight to your inbox or favorite social media platform. Prior to each First Thursday release, we’ll offer live lunch-and-learn events on Facebook, as well as other opportunities to enjoy a short musical respite. 

We are offering all of this content completely free of charge. If you are able, we encourage you to join our monthly sustainers’ club at the level of your choice. 

 

SEASON CALENDAR 

 

VIRTUAL GALA & ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY 

Please join us on Thursday, August 27th for our Virtual Gala & Album Launch party! Featuring a live Q&A with our Honorary Chair Maestro Leonard Slatkin, we invite you all to tune in at 6pm as we celebrate the launch of Requiem for Fallen Brothers by Alexander Kastalsky on the Naxos Label. Enjoy musical selections from our chorus and soloists as we raise valuable dollars for the future of the Cathedral Choral Society. The silent auction will begin one week prior to the event. 

 

FIRST THURSDAYS 

JULY 

Haydn’s Harmoniemesse 

Haydn's Harmoniemesse - one of his exceptional final Great masses - presented in its complete form. Featuring the Washington Bach Consort.

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AUGUST 

Haydn’s Te Deum for Empress Marie Therese & and interview with Music Director Steven Fox  

The Empress had always wanted Haydn to compose for her, and she finally got her way. The is Haydn at the peak of his career, and one of the many reasons his peers called him ‘Papa Haydn.’ 

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SEPTEMBER 

Kastalsky’s Requiem for Fallen Brothers (selections), featuring an interview with Maestro Leonard Slatkin 

Why have we overlooked the music of this extraordinary composer for so long? Brought to life by the Cathedral Choral Society & friends, Kastalsky’s work expresses the anguish of World War I from the perspective of each of the nations involved. 

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OCTOBER 

Rachmaninoff’s Dissonance with pianist Joy Schreier & soprano Colleen Daley, featuring an interview with Joy Schreier, CCS Pianist & Assistant Conductor. 

Rachmaninoff had very large hands, which is one of the reasons he was such an extraordinary pianist. Listen to master interpreters Joy Schreier and Colleen Daley tackle some of his most engaging and overlooked repertoire: his songs. 

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NOVEMBER 

Beethoven @250 

Beethoven’s mastery of the exquisite was equal to his mastery of the grand; in this video tribute, we explore his works for solo voice and small ensembles, including his own funeral ode, the Eligischer Gesang, featuring members of the Washington Bach Consort. 

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DECEMBER 

Joy of Christmas 

We would never let a season go by without DC’s musical tradition: Joy of Christmas. Filmed at Washington National Cathedral, this year’s Joy of Christmas can be bookmarked and enjoyed for years to come. 

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JANUARY 

Spotlight on Music Education 

Behind the scenes, the Cathedral Choral Society has been working with schools and students to provide engaging experiences while many youth musical ensembles are unable to meet. In January, we check in with our students and teachers for a virtual visit to music class. 

 

FEBRUARY 

A Choir Looks at 80: A new look at the Cathedral Choral Society 

In our 80-year history, the Cathedral Choral Society has only been led by three music directors: Paul Calloway, J. Reilly Lewis, and, now, Steven Fox. With our sights set on fostering equity and inclusion in the choral space, we invite you to join the conversation as we unveil exciting new initiatives, a new brand, and our vision of being a choir for all. 

 

MARCH 

A very special collaboration with the Heritage Signature Chorale 

Since 2000, the Heritage Signature Chorale has worked to preserve, at the highest possible level, the performance tradition of African-American choral music. CCS and the Chorale have come together to present for you a beautiful, collaborative, performance. 

 

APRIL 

Mozart’s Laudate Dominumfeaturing soprano Jessica Beebe 

Mozart couldn’t wait to leave Salzburg for the larger court in Vienna, but before he left he composed for them this final, gorgeous set of movements from the Vesperae Solennes de Confessore. 

 

MAY 

Live concert broadcast from Washington National Cathedral. Stay tuned for more information! 

 

JUNE 

Cathedral Sings outdoor community event (tentative). Check back for more information.