Named as "one of the best small charities" by the 2013-2014 Catalogue of Philanthropy: Greater Washington, The Choral Arts Society of Washington is a prestigious symphonic chorus which performs an annual concert series at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and other prominent venues throughout the D.C. community, including a fall concert, a holiday series, a choral tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., two concerts in the spring, and two Concerts for Students. Now in its 49th season, the first season planned by Artistic Director Scott Tucker, Choral Arts continues its mission of excellence in performing a wide range of choral music: early Renaissance to Broadway; large-scale works to folk songs; classics to commissions; spanning generations and highlighting nationalities; and giving voice to the voiceless with music of civil rights causes.
Based in the nation's capital, Choral Arts has a worldwide reputation, having performed on three continents. Comprised of more than 170 singers, the Choral Arts Chorus has a long-standing relationship with the National Symphony Orchestra as a guest ensemble, performing with them more than 130 times. Additionally, the Chorus has performed with world-class orchestras, conductors, solo artists, and ensembles. Choral Arts has an impressive discography of 19 commercial recordings, and regularly appears on national broadcasts as part of A Capitol Fourth and The Kennedy Center Honors.
Founded in 1965 by Artistic Director Emeritus Norman Scribner, Choral Arts stands out as a leader among its peers, earning awards, not only for its artistic excellence, but its administrative leadership and educational portfolio. Under the executive direction of Debra Kraft, Choral Arts has consistently operated in the black since 2004, remaining fiscally strong in spite of recent economic challenges. Choral Arts is dedicated to connecting with D.C.'s growing diversity inclusive of race, ethnicity, age, and abilities. This is achieved through performing choral music reflective of the world with an attention to authenticity, and through a variety of inspiring programs managed by Choral Arts' award-winning education department that reaches local, national, and international students and teachers.
Christoph Eschenbach continues his exploration of Mahler with the composer's Third Symphony, renowned for its orchestral colors and shimmering revelations. Mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and two choruses join this epic, full-evening work.