American Tapestry: Our Story in Song
Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 pm
National City Christian Church
5 Thomas Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20005
In a nod to Congressional Chorus’ founding in the halls of Congress, the 25thseason opens with a concert that traces America’s history from colonial days, through the American Revolution and our great western expansion to the greatest test of our union, the American Civil War with works by well-known American composers Aaron Copland, Randall Thompson and John Williams, as well as recent works of American composers René Clausen and Sandi Peaslee.
The concert will continue with Rand Snell’s major work, “One Land,” an anniversary commission which chronicles the various American immigrant experiences. The concert will conclude with works by Rosephanye Powell and Mark Carlson and their settings of texts by Langston Hughes and John F. Kennedy, words that implore all of us to awaken and rekindle our commitment to diversity and the dreams of justice, freedom and liberty upon which this nation was founded.
Come hear America’s story… your story… our story in song!
General Admission: $25
Premium Seating (first four rows): $40
by calling (202) 399-7993, ext. 182 or at the door.
About Congressional Chorus:
Congressional Chorus is a 75 member choral ensemble whose mission is to communicate the spirit, diversity, and power of American choral music.
In the fall of 1987, a dozen Congressional staffers began gathering weekly in the Dirksen Senate Office Building for informal singing sessions to relieve stress and bring music back into their lives. Today, Congressional Chorus, conducted by Artistic Director David Simmons, is open to all professions and is one of the resident arts partners at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street, NE. The chorus has also performed at the Kennedy Center, Sidney Harman Hall, and the U.S. Capitol.
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About American Youth Chorus:
In 2008, Congressional Chorus formed American Youth Chorus, an after-school music program at the Atlas Performing Arts Center for students ages 8 to 14 from DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Founded on the premise that all children, regardless of socio-economic background, deserve a high-quality music education, AYC offers students a performance-based choral/musical theatre program that encourages young people to develop their voices, creativity, and self-esteem. The curriculum focuses on reading skills and music theory, singing in parts, stage presence and basic choral choreography.
In addition to performing at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, American Youth Chorus has performed at the Kennedy Center, the White House, the State Department for the 2010 Kennedy Center Honorees, and the Library of Congress.
American Youth Chorus’ first concert of the season “American Voices / Global Songs” is on Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 pm at the Atlas (1333 H Street, NE). Students will perform an array of songs from many different time periods and corners of the globe.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students ages 6 to 18, and free for kids under six. Get tickets at atlasarts.org, by calling (202) 399-7993, ext. 2 or the Atlas Box Office.
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