Joy of Christmas Concerts

December 15, 2018 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave
Washington, DC 20016

The Cathedral Choral Society will celebrate the season with its

annual Joy of Christmas concerts at the Washington National Cathedral. There will be

three performances: Saturday, December 15 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm and Sunday,

December 16 at 4:00 pm. The chorus, led by Music Director Steven Fox, will be joined

by Seraph Brass and The Madrigal Singers from National Cathedral School and St.

Albans School.

A well-loved holiday tradition, this is the 42 nd year the organization has been presenting

these Christmas concerts. The program will include beloved Christmas choral music and

festive sing-alongs. Program highlights include Once in Royal David's City (arr.

Willcocks), Riu, Riu, Chiu (Traditional), Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree (Poston), Ave Maria

(Rachmaninoff), On Christmas Night (arr. Ledger), Hymn to the Mother of God (Britten),

The Blessed Son of God (Vaughan Williams), Mary Had a Baby (arr. Dawson), Welcome

All Wonders (Dirksen), Lo, How a Rose Ere Blooming, and Hark the Herald Angels Sing.

A special feature of the program will be a premiere of a new work by popular composer

Paul Moravec, commissioned by the Cathedral Choral Society.

The concert marks the conducting debut of Cathedral Choral Society’s new Music

Director Steven Fox. In addition to his new role as Music Director, Steven Fox is also

the Artistic Director of The Clarion Orchestra and The Clarion Choir, and Founder of

Musica Antiqua St. Petersburg. A 2017 GRAMMY® nominee, he has appeared as a

guest conductor with many renowned ensembles including Philharmonia Baroque

Orchestra in San Francisco, Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, Juilliard415 at Lincoln

Center, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, l'Opéra

de Québec, Music of the Baroque in Chicago, and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.


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