Benjamin Olinsky, conductor Nick Bath & Sarah Redmond, assistant conductors
The 18th Street Singers, founded in the fall of 2004, is an ensemble of young people living, learning, and working in the DC area, named after the road along which many of its members live and play. With repertoire ranging from classical masterpieces to spirituals, folk songs, and works by emerging contemporary composers, the group brings a fresh, spirited interpretation to traditional choral music in DC.
The 48-voice ensemble returns to the Kennedy Center for its 7th Annual Spring Concert, Visions, a program evoking the darkness of our own mortality and the light of renewal. The program spans a wide range of choral repertoire to inspire new and well-versed audiences alike. Highlights include Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir, a choral arrangement of pop star Imogen Heap's Hide and Seek, and the anticipated premiere of the choir's first commissioned work, a new piece by contemporary composer Ola Gjeilo.
I. Mass for Double Choir (Martin) The Dying Soldier (Short & Wilberg) Crucifixus for 8 voices (Lotti) Abendlied (Rheinberger) Hide and Seek (Heap)
II. Spheres (Gjeilo) Lux Aurumque (Whitacre) Waldesnacht (Brahms) The Sound of the Waves (Gjeilo) Ashita wa hare kana, Kumori kana (Takemitsu) Shenandoah (Bartholomew & Heath) My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord (Hogan)
Performance Timing: Ninety minutes, including one 10-minute intermission. .