"If arts have a place in our society, they must be a part of a community. To be an artist is not the privilege of a few, but the necessity of us all." ~ American Conductor, Robert Shaw
Sounds ofthe Northern Virginia Chorale
Please explore our featured performance audio samples, highlighting many of the Northern Virginia Chorale’s past concerts. We perform from a wide variety of musical genres often with outstanding soloists and orchestral accompaniment, which is reflected in our concerts featured on this page.
Each group of headers is organized by year, and then by the month in which the concert was performed on the black dividing bars, which opens to reveal the concert program description when clicked on, along with several audio samples. You will also find a link at the bottom of each concert description to our CD ordering page,where there is a form with mailing instructions to use in placing your orders for CD choices, from Bandman Music.
The Chorale presented a concert of light and joy and majestic choral music, featuring Morten Lauridsen’s “O Nata Lux,” an a capella motet from his “Lux Aeterna,” along with Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” This beautiful choral music provided an evening of spirited singing and poignant harmonies!
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May 2019 Concert
Concert: “A Little Light Music” — May 2019
For our Spring 2019 concert, we highlighted the music of Stephen Sondheim, award-winning American composer and lyricist. Our May concert program also included a salute of selections from George Cohan, folk music, spirituals, and pop. This concert was followed by our popular, end-of-season dessert and savories reception in St. Mark’s Fellowship Hall.
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November 2019 Concert
“Carmina Burana” — November 2019 Guest Appearance at the R.M. Schlesinger Concert Hall
The Chorale performed Carmina Buranaalongside the New Dominion Choraliers, accompanied by the NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra for the NOVA Community College, at the Reunion Music Society’s 25th Anniversary Season Celebration, held at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, in Alexandria. The concert was titled,“The Ultimate Celebration!”
The program featured the classical symphony pieces, Giuseppe Verdi’s“LaForza del Destino;”the passionatePolovtsian Dances No. 17,from Act II of Aleksandr Borodin’s famous Russian opera, “Prince Igor;” and Samson and Delilah Opus 47,“Danse Bacchanale,” by Camille Saint-Saens. Several movements from Carmina Burana were performed by the choruses, and the program ended with a beautiful rendition and arrangement by conductor, Christopher Johnston, of America the Beautiful.
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This concert featured a full evening of wonderful holiday music that took the audience around the world, performing various renditions on the “Gloria!” theme. The concert opened with a brass ensemble and the Processional, “Once in Royal David’s City;” followed by Recitatives from Handel, and selections from the Handel Messiah. The concert continued with other Gloriasfrom Kenya and South America, as well as three movements from composer John Rutter’sown“Gloria.”
The second half of our holiday concert featured several traditional carols sung by both the Chorale and audience, including, “O Come All Ye Faithful,”“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,”and“Let it Snow!”We also performedpopular Hanukkah music selections played by the brass ensemble. The finale included our traditional audience sing-along of three well known holiday carols, and ended with yet anotherGloria,by Lloyd Larsen.
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May 2018 Dessert Concert
Annual Dessert Concert: “Joyful Spring Delights” — April 2018
Our 2017/2018 Season ended with our ever-popular annual dessert concert—a varied program of lighter choral selections from Broadway, to folk, pop, and more, which included the West Side Story Suiteand musicfromCandide in celebration ofLeonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthdayyear.Five Hebrew Love Songsby Erik Whitacre, and Ralph Manuel’s Alleluia, along with a variety of folk songs rounded out our selections.
The evening concluded with desserts and savories in the St. Mark’s Fellowship Hall. Please visit our CD Ordering page to place an order with BandmanMusic.
December 2018 Holiday Concert
Holiday Concert: “A Holiday Celebration” — December 2018
The marvelous acoustics of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church provided a wonderful setting for several choral selections from Vivaldi’s Magnificat, accompanied by a string ensemble, at our 2018 Holiday Celebrationconcert. The Chorale performed a variety of traditional holiday selections including pieces by J.S. Bach and Morten Lauridsen; the French carol,Masters In This Hall, along with several other well known festive carols, finishing with our popular audience sing-along, and Christmas in Three Quarter Time.
The fine acoustics of St. Mark’s provided the perfect atmosphere for an evening of masterworks in “Cathedral Classics.” In a program that stretched across three centuries—from Henry Purcell to Maurice Duruflé—to selections from Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn and others, the Chorale performed classic choral pieces created for cathedral settings. We were also joined by the young singers of the NVCCAnnandale Chorale again, for this concert.
An evening of Broadway, Opera, and Popular Americana and Gospel Music
Our Spring 2017 Season concluded with a varied program of light choral selections that featured music from Broadway show favorites by Rogers and Hammerstein, including “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” from State Fair,“Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from The Sound of Music, along with other popular pieces, and some wonderful Cuban and Gospel music.
The Chorale was joined by a very special guest, the beautiful soprano soloist, Edrie Means Weekly. She is a nationally recognized expert in opera, and professional career singer both on and off-Broadway, as well as in film and television specials.
Students from the NVCC Annandale Chorale sang with us again, performing their own collection of contemporary and traditional works. Our evening concluded with desserts in the St. Mark’s Fellowship Hall.
Special Performance in Commemoration of All Saints Day
This special concert at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church featured a variety of music that included Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, and Douglas McCullough’s Holocaust Cantata.
The Chorale presented the hauntingly beautiful, Requiem for the Living, accompanied by organ and chamber ensemble; and “We Remember Them” from Donald McCullough’s Holocaust Cantata, along with spirituals and other choral selections.
Holiday Concert: “Selections from Handel’s Messiah” — December 2017
The glorious acoustics of St. Mark’s provided the perfect setting for the Chorale’s presentation, “Selections from Handel’s Messiah” during the 2017 Holiday Season. The performance featured professional soloists with an orchestral accompaniment, and the Chorale invited audience participation in its traditional carol sing-along at the end of the program.
*Note: The original concert date was changed from December 9th, to December 17th.
March 2016 Concert
Concert: “An Evening with Mozart” — March 2016
The Chorale devoted this evening to experience the solemnity and emotional richness of the Mozart Requiem, which continues to engage audiences today. We hope you enjoyed our pairing of this moving work with more lighthearted instrumental pieces, for a truly delightful, all–Mozart program!
The Chorale performed these works with the NVCC Annandale Chorale, as well as a quartet of soloists, and an orchestra.
A Celebration of the 100th Birthday of Choral Conductor, Robert Shaw
The Chorale celebrated the 100th birthday of the noted American choral conductor Robert Shaw, with “Love, Laughter and Song.” This concert celebrated some of Shaw’s distinctive arrangements of folk songs and spirituals, along with Broadway and pop favorites. Once again, we were joined by the NVCC Annandale Chorale, and the evening concluded with our ever-popular reception with a delicious array of desserts.
Featuring Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s “Midnight Mass for Christmas”
In his Midnight Mass for Christmas Baroque composer, Marc-Antoine Charpentier sets Latin liturgical text to traditional French Christmas carols. The Chorale performed this charming, dance-like sacred work accompanied by orchestra and vocal soloists, in this delightful seasonal holiday concert.
We were also joined by the NVCC Annandale Chorale in performing an assortment of Hannukah songs, as well as for our traditional audience sing-along of favorite holiday carols!
The Chorale performed an evening and celebration of French and Austrian choral works featuring the uplifting Fauré Requiem, and Mozart’s Ave Verum and Benedictus Sit Deus, with an orchestral accompaniment. The program also included Fauré’s Cantique de JeanRacin.
The NOVA– Annandale Chorale presented selected motets.
The Chorale honored our country with a program of all-American music from Broadway and the movies, and also included Aaron Copland’s “Promise of Living.” The Copland work, a hymn of gratitude, is especially appropriate as we pay tribute to our military members, both veterans and current, on Armed Forces Day with this and a medley of service songs.
Instrumentalists and guest soloists performed with the NV Chorale, along with the NOVA–Annandale Chorale. After the concert, the chorale and guests enjoyed their popular annual dessert array, in the Fellowship Hall.
A concert in Conjunction with the NOVA Reunion Music Society
A celebration of American history featuring two significant composers and pieces, among other great choral and orchestral works, including:
Randall Thompson’s “The Testament of Freedom,” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” with lyrics written by American songwriter, Julia Ward Howe in 1861, that were based upon “John Brown’s Body” (music written by William Steffe, in 1856).
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Holiday Concert: “A Festive Fanfare”— December, 2015 Featuring “Carol Fest” by James Laster
The Chorale’s 2015 Holiday concert celebrated the music of the season with the jubilant sounds of two world-renowned, contemporary American composers. “Carol Fest” by James Laster, and “Magnificat” by Rob Landes, were each performed with the accompaniment of our brass ensemble.
The ensemble also treated the audience to beautiful instrumental holiday music, and the Chorale was joined by students from the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Chorale, who also performed holiday carols. The evening was topped off with our traditional carol sing-along, with our audience.
MasterworksConcert: “Music for the Chapel Royal”— March, 2014
For our annual Masterworks Concert, the Chorale celebrated a “royal presence” with regal music from Europe and Great Britain. Musical selections included the Coronation Anthems by Henry Purcell and George Frederic Handel, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass, among other crowning glories!
The Chorale was joined by the NOVA Annandale Chorale, and was accompanied by a small chamber orchestra as well as guest soloists, for this eventful production.
In the final concert of the Spring 2014 Season, “Movie Magic” the Chorale presented favorite selections from the silver screen, featuring music from Les Misérables, Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” (from Breakfast at Tiffany’s), choral selections from Sondheim, and “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, among other Broadway favorites!
We were joined once again by the Chris Johnston Trio. Afterwards, the audience and Chorale gathered in the Fellowship Hall to share in our ever-popular dessert reception.
Holiday Concert: “A Day for Dancing” — December, 2014
Capturing the joy of the season, the Chorale presented Lloyd Pfautsch’s lilting, “A Day for Dancing,” featuring a woodwind trio and percussion. Dancers performed “The Dance of Announcement” and “The Dance of Gifts,” among others. French carols, Hannukah songs, and popular music of the season also highlighted our program, as the NV Chorale was joined by the NOVA-Annandale Chorale. Following our tradition, the combined choirs and instrumentalists led the audience in our traditional sing-along at the end of this program.
March 2013 Concert
“Masters of Melody: An Evening with Verdi and Wagner”
The Chorale joined two other choirs for this performance, held at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall
On May 3rd, 2013, the Chorale performed with the NOVA Annandale Symphony Orchestra, joined by the NOVA–Annandale Chorale, and the NOVA–Alexandria Choir, in the magnificent Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Verdi and Wagner, with a selection of their master works!
This concert was a classic for those who enjoy inspired opera music, in an inspiring setting.
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The Chorale performed their March concert with a theme focused on America, joined by the NVCC Annandale Chorale and soloist, Daryl Duff. The Chorale invited audience members to, “travel across the United States on a musical journey, featuring blues from the Mississippi Delta, and reminisce with songs that recall the sights across the nation, found along Route 66! In a grand finale, arrive with us at our final destination, to the city that never sleeps —“New York, New York”— as we celebrate the rhythms of Broadway!”
Unfortunately, CD recordings were not available for this concert.
December 2013 Holiday Concert
“A Ceremony of Carols: Britten and the Brits”
The Chorale’s 2013 holiday celebration commemorated The 100th Anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s Birth, with a performance of “A Ceremony of Carols,” one of his best known works. The Chorale was joined by the NOVA Annandale Chorale to sing holiday works by composers Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Rutter, and Harold Darke. Combined choirs and instrumentalists joined in the grand finale for the our joyful sing-along, culminating with Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah.
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The Chorale celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a selection of Irish folk songs, and a musical trip to “Finian’s Rainbow.” Celtic instruments, including a harp, accompanied the Chorale along with soloists for these, and other fine works. A dessert reception was held following the concert.
On May 19th, 2012 the Chorale performed “Serenade with Strings.” A chamber orchestra opened our final concert of the season with a beautiful serenade from Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” (Serenade in G), followed by the Chorale’s performance of two masterworks, Bach’s Cantata No. 4, “Christ lag in Todesbanden,” and Schubert’s “Mass in G Major.”We also held a drawing for some great door prizes which were generously donated by various sponsors.