The symphonic chorus known as Choral Arts continues its performance and community outreach under the artistic direction of founder Norman Scribner. Performing regularly each season at the renowned John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the chorus boasts the sonic potency of 160 volunteer singers and a professional pedigree of collaboration. The ensemble’s jaw-dropping résumé bears mentioning.
Choral Arts has performed under the direction of such esteemed conductors as John Adams, Leonard Bernstein, Valery Gergiev, Marvin Hamlisch, Lorin Maazel, Kryzstof Penderecki, Helmuth Rilling, Julius Rudel, and Robert Shaw. They have performed alongside cellist Pablo Casals and opera singers Kathleen Battle, Denyce Graves, Leontyne Price, and Samuel Ramey, as well as highly distinguished national and international orchestras. The group’s notable performances of Washington, D.C premieres include John Adams’s Christmas oratorio El Niño, Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 5, and Leos Janacek’s restored Glagolitic Mass.
Choral Arts backs up its extensive performance cred and seemingly exhaustive repertoire with its Concerts for Students and integrated curriculums that enable children to learn more about American history and diverse cultures through music. For the community at large are Choral Arts’ Family Learning Concerts, the annual MLK Celebration community Initiative, and a free Online Learning Community open to all. Additionally, online audience resources are available here.
Choral Arts Society of Washington Information
- Other Venues: Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW; Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA
- Public Transportation: Good
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good (both venues)
- Performances/Programs: Several concerts per season with special events
- Ticket Prices: $15–$65
- Group Discounts: Discounts available for groups of 10 or more
- Subscriptions: Full four-concert series $52–$192 (based on seat selection), or custom three-concert subscription $13–$55 (per concert). Subscriber benefits include up to 20% savings, great seats, no-hassle ticket exchanges, discount rate for extra tickets, and invites to special concerts, receptions, and lectures
- Membership: Available from $50–$25,000+.