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The Washington Chorus


The Washington Chorus (TWC) is noted for its critically acclaimed performances and recordings of the entire range of the choral repertoire. A Grammy Award winner and a cultural leader in the Washington area, The Washington Chorus is beginning its 54th season. The Chorus presents an annual subscription series at the Kennedy Center, the Music Center at Strathmore, and other major venues throughout the Washington, D.C. area. In addition, the Chorus has sung for national and international audiences and appeared at the invitation of leading orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. TWC is proud to have sung with the NSO in more than 250 performances, under the direction of many of the world's greatest conductors, including Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Neville Marriner, Charles Dutoit, Kent Nagano, Marin Alsop, and many others.

2013-2014 season highlights included Britten's War Requiem, five Candlelight Christmas concerts, The Essential Verdi (the sixth program of the popular "Essential Series"), the fifth year of New Music for a New Age (featuring the works of award-winning composer Tarik O'Regan), and guest appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra. Last summer the Chorus sang with the legendary Rolling Stones in the final concert of their "50 and Counting Tour." TWC has sung for numerous prestigious events throughout its history--for inaugurations, for papal visits, and just this last December at the White House for the First Lady.

TWC is committed to the performance of contemporary music and was proud to receive Chorus America's 2011 ASCAP Alice Parker Award, recognizing a chorus programming significant, recently composed music that expands the mission of the chorus and challenges the chorus's audience in a new way. Other awards include the 2000 Grammy Award for "Best Choral Performance" for the live-performance recording of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem. Additional recordings include Christmas with The Washington Chorus, Glorious Splendor, Sing Noel!, and the Berlioz Requiem (Gothic Recordings); Dvorák's Stabat Mater and Psalm 149 (Naxos International); Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov (nominated for a Grammy Award in 1988); and the Grammy Award-winning Of Rage and Remembrance by John Corigliano with the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin.

As a leader in its commitment to community, the Chorus offers numerous educational programs, including the Junior Washington Chorus for teens ages 16-18, the Side-by-Side High School Program (now in its 22nd year), Conductor in the Classroom, and others. The Outreach Singers present more than 20 free concerts each year throughout the greater Washington area for special needs groups who may not be able to attend concerts in the traditional concert hall setting. For further information about TWC, visit

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  • National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts Verdi's <em>Requiem</em> National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts Verdi's Requiem

    Gianandrea Noseda conducts Verdi's Requiem, a spectacular masterpiece composed in memory of an Italian poet and novelist whom Verdi deeply admired. Pairing striking trumpet solos with sweeping symphonic and choral moments, Requiem is a legendary musical experience.

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