Masked Merriment at the Cathedral Choral Society Gala

Donning masks and drinking the night’s signature“Die MeisterZinger” cocktail, DC arts supporters came together to celebrate the Cathedral Choral Society at its most significant annual event, The Masked Gala at The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel last Saturday.  The resident symphonic chorus of Washington National Cathedral, the Cathedral Choral Society — a 130-voice chorus — is now in its 73rd season.

Anne Harris, attendee, putting on her mask at the beginning of the evening

“Our spring gala… gives us an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the artistic programming and community engagement initiatives,” Ernie Abbott, President of the Cathedral Choral Society’s Board of Trustees, told K Street Magazine. “This year’s event supports the final concert of our season, Great Opera Choruses. We are excited to be presenting opera in the National Cathedral for the first time.”

Colleen Daly singing
Soprano Colleen Daly sings “Sempre libera,” from Verdi’s La Traviata

The reception, distinctive auctions (one lucky winner now has the opportunity to conduct the chorus in the Society’s annual Christmas concert!) and multi-course opera-inspired dinner were followed by dancing and peppered with delightful performances from Colleen Daly, soprano; Rolando Sanz, tenor; and Joy Schreier, piano will sing arias and entertain all gala guests throughout the evening.   

The Right Reverend Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, with wife Sonya Sutton
Cathedral Choral Society Executive Director Genevieve Twomey with husband Sean Twomey
James and Madeleine Schaller, attendees at the gala
Rolando Sanz singing
Tenor Rolando Sanz sings “Nessun Dorma,” from Puccini’s Turandot
Whole Room
Gala guests enjoy dinner in The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel’s ballroom

Photos credit Tari Cooper