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The Kennedy Center - Concert Hall
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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It was a little disconcerting that the doors didn't open up until about 5 minutes before the show, but everyone got time to find their seats and take in the ambiance without feeling rushed. Ushers were excellent.
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Ate at the KC Cafe on the Terrace Level. Reasonable prices, great food, and no waiting. Ideal for having a civilized meal before the show.
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attended Nov 15 2009

The music was sung well. I love acapello music. The surround sound really did glorify the antiphonal singing. Seat was prime orchestra against the wall, but fine for this type of performace (where the sound is coming from all around you). At...continued

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attended Nov 15 2009

The program was truly excellent. Only at a very few times, the placement of the choirs interfered with the polyphony, because a choir would be placed too close to one's seat. This is a mnor complaint, however. It was a wonderful experience, a...continued

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attended Nov 15 2009

I liked the way the choral work was interspersed with music by the brass ensemble.

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Norman Scribner, conductor

Members of the Washington Symphonic Brass – Phil Snedecor, Artistic Director

180 voices throughout the Concert Hall create The Original Surround Sound.

Choral Arts opens its 45th Anniversary season with this innovative and unique concert. Under the baton of Artistic Director Norman Scribner, the full 180-member chorus will be positioned in up to eight locations throughout the Concert Hall, literally encircling the audience with sound. Hear the 400-year progression of this classic art form from the 16th to 20th centuries, including Frank Martin’s powerful Mass for Double Choir.

Members of the Washington Symphonic Brass join with Choral Arts for this exciting performance, playing with the chours and between choral pieces. The presence of the brass will be so strong that Maestro Scribner described the experience as two concerts for the price of one!


Creator of the Stars of Night (Plainsong)

Omnes gentes plaudite (Giovanni Gabrieli)

In ecclesiis (Giovanni Gabrieli)

_Mass for Double Choir _(Frank Martin)

Spem in alium (Thomas Tallis) 

Ave Maria (Franz Biebl)

A Hymn to the Virgin (Benjamin Britten)

Hymn to the Mother of God (John Tavener)

If Ye Love Me (Thomas Tallis)

Jubilate Deo (New Cell)

About the Ticket Supplier: Choral Arts Society of Washington

Founded in 1965, The Choral Arts Society of Washington is one of the leading choral organizations in the United States with a symphonic chorus of more than 180 professional-caliber volunteer singers. Under the leadership of its founder and artistic director Norman Scribner the chorus has performed with leading symphony orchestras, sung under the world’s most distinguished conductors, produced acclaimed recordings and toured nationally and internationally.