More Concerts at Washington National Cathedral


Thursday, September 5, 2019 | 7:30pm

Ask most people to define “Baroque” and chances are they’ll respond with either Bach and Handel. In fact, the Baroque Era produced a vast and intricate tapestry of incredible music across central Europe. In “Going for Baroque,” the Diderot String Quartet and Avi Stein take us on an eclectic journey across Europe to highlight some of the extraordinary music from the golden age of classical music.

Castello: Sonata Decima Sesta
Biber: Fidicinium sacro-profanum: Sonata No. 6 in a minor
Krieger: Sonata a 4 in F major
Muffat: Passacaglia: Grave
Gabrielli: Cello Sonata in G major
Durante: Concerto No. 2 in g minor
J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite in A minor BWV 1067
Overture, Rondeau, Sarabande, Badinerie

The Diderot String Quartet
     Paul Dwyer, cello
     Kyle Miller, viola
     Johanna Novom, violin
     Adriane Post, violin
 Avi Stein, organ & harpsichord

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Saturday, September 28, 2019 | 5:00pm

The music of Italy provided oxygen to the blood of generations of composers, particularly the masters Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) and Luciano Berio (1925-2003). This evening’s program celebrates two of Vivaldi’s most famous works, “The Four Seasons” and “Gloria.” Berio’s “Corale” provides us an artistic counterpoint, introducing the Cathedral’s newest artist-in-residence, violinist Elicia Silverstein. Join as we celebrate the Cathedral’s 112th birthday with music designed for a sacred and soaring space.

Four Season – Antonio Vivaldi
Corale – Luciano Berio
Gloria – Antonio Vivaldi

Elicia Silverstein – Violin
Margot Rood – Soprano
Laura Choi Stuart – Soprano
Kristen Dubenion Smith – Alto
Roger Isaacs – Counter tenor
Michael McCarthy – Director
Washington National Cathedral Choristers
Cathedra Camerata

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 7:30pm

Native American people were here long before Christopher Columbus, and they’ve had more influence on classical music than you might realize. For generations, the “Indianist” musical movement has mined Native American music and lore to fashion a musical signature for all Americans. Czech composer Antonin Dvorak, for one, drew inspiration from Native American musicians he encountered on his travels through the American heartland; Arthur Farwell undertook astounding explorations of Native American culture that paralleled Béla Bartók’s excavations of folk culture in Hungary. Experience it all in an evening presented by the PostClassical Ensemble, the Cathedral’s Ensemble-in-Residence.

Native American music and dance
Antonin Dvorak: Larghetto from Violin Sonatina
Ferruccio Busoni: Indian Notebook No. 2 for solo piano
Arthur Farwell: 16-part a cappella choral pieces, songs, piano works
Curt Cacioppo: Five North American Indigenous Songs for a cappella chorus (DC premiere)
Jerod Tate: Shakamaxon for string orchestra (DC premiere)
Jerod Tate: “Resolution” from Standing Bear (DC premiere)
Commentary and discussion, including guest, tribal elder Chris Eagle Hawk

Bryan Akipa, Flute
Emmanuel Black Bear, singer/drummer
William Sharp, baritone
Emanuele Arciuli, piano
Post Classical Ensemble
Musician from the South Dakota Symphony Orchestras “Lakota Music Project”
Conductors - Angel Gil-Ordonez and Michael McCarthy

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Monday, October 21, 2019 | 7:30pm

Join the South Dakota Symphony’s visionary Lakota Music Project for a rare opportunity to hear one of the highest achievements of the “Indianist” movement in music. “The Hako,” a 1923 string quartet by Arthur Farwell, is based on a Pawnee ceremony symbolizing peace and tranquility. The late David McAllester, a central scholar of Native American music, acclaimed this work for a “breadth and exaltation” that was profoundly inspired by “cosmic” indigenous music and ritual. Presented by the PostClassical Ensemble, the Cathedral’s Ensemble-in-Residence.

Arthur Farwell: Haku String Quartet
Curt Cacioppo: Kinaalda String Quartet
Jeffrey Paul: Pentatonic Fantasy for Dakota flute and Chamber Orchestra
Jeffrey Paul: Desert Wind for Emmanuel Black Bear and Strings
Jerod Tate: Guide Me for Emmanuel Black Bear and Strings
Ted Wiprud: Amazing Grace for Emmanuel Black Bear and Chamber Orchestra

Bryan Akipa, Flute
Emmanuel Black Bear, singer/drummer
Musician from the South Dakota Symphony Orchestras “Lakota Music Project”

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Friday, December 6, 2019 | 7:30pm
Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 12:00pm**
Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 4:00pm
Sunday, December 8, 2019 | 4:00pm

Join Washington National Cathedral for Handel’s beloved “Messiah,” and experience this Christmas classic in a space as Handel would have intended. The Cathedral’s soaring architecture and Gothic splendor offers a space unlike any other in Washington to experience Handel’s masterpiece.

**The 12 pm performance on December 7 is an abbreviated "Family Messiah," perfect for busy families with young children. Experience the best of "Messiah" with the whole family.

Laura Choi Stuart – Soprano
Zoie Reams - Contralto
Rufus Muller - Tenor
David Soar – Bass/Baritone
Michael McCarthy – Conductor
Washington National Cathedral Choir
Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra

Friday 7:30pm  Saturday 12pm**

Saturday 4pm  Sunday 4pm