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  • 29 Sep 2021 2:02 PM | Sabine Creamer (Administrator)

    NDCPRYizkorConcertOct242021Rev2.pdf


    Thomas Beveridge, Artistic Director

    www.newdominion.org

    mailto:president@newdominion.org

    202 244 7191


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NEW DOMINION CHORALE TO PRESENT FREE CONCERT

    New Dominion Chorale welcomes the audience back to live performances. The Chorale will begin its pandemic-delayed 30th season with a performance of the acclaimed "Yizkor Requiem: A Quest for Spiritual Roots" by the Chorale's Artistic Director, Thomas Beveridge.

    The performance, which will also include settings of several Psalms by Felix Mendelssohn, will take place on Sunday, October 24, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. at Saint Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike in McLean, Virginia.


    Of special interest is that there will be no admission charge to attend the concert. Those wishing to attend will be asked to show proof of vaccination and to wear a mask, in compliance with local COVID-19 regulations. Tickets will not be required.

    Featured artists will be the celebrated Cantor, tenor Benjamin Warschawski, Soprano Esther Heideman, and Mezzo Soprano Linda Maguire.


    Mr. Beveridge's "Yizkor Requiem" is a unique work, which combines elements of the Jewish memorial service (Yizkor) with certain passages of the Christian burial service (Requiem). Written in memory of the composer's parents, it received its premiere performance in 1993 by New Dominion Chorale and was hailed by the late Joseph McLellan in The Washington Post as "a major new American work... one of the most imaginative and musically effective new treatments of the ancient Requiem theme I have heard since Benjamin Britten's 'War Requiem' debuted in 1962" There have been numerous subsequent performances in major cities in both the United States and Europe. There are also two recordings, both on the Naxos label: one by the Choral Arts Society of Washington and members of the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the late Norman Scribner; and another by the Academy of St. Martinin-the-Fields, conducted by the late Sir Neville Marriner.


    New Dominion Chorale has distinguished itself amid the crowded choral music scene in the Washington area. It operates as a "singers' cooperative" without paid management and is one of the area's largest choral societies, with 185 members. Although there are no auditions to join the Chorale, it has been praised in The Washington Post as "opulent, precise and powerful." New Dominion Chorale has performed much of the standard repertoire for chorus and orchestra and has also ventured into lesser known repertoire by Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann and Thomas Beveridge, including his massive "Symphony of Peace." In addition to its regular performances at Saint Luke Catholic Church and the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, the Chorale has also appeared at Washington National Cathedral, The Washington Hebrew Congregation and the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


    There is free parking at this event. For more information, please go to www.newdominion.org or president@newdominion.org or call 202-244-7191.

    New Dominion Chorale is a 501(c)(3) organization supported in pan by grants from ARTSFAIRFAX, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

       



  • 06 Nov 2019 2:05 PM | Sabine Creamer (Administrator)

    Messiah_PressRel_20191106_final.pdf


    Thomas Beveridge, Artistic Director

    www.newdominion.org

    mailto:president@newdominion.org

    202 244 7191


  • 24 Feb 2019 2:13 PM | Sabine Creamer (Administrator)

    GershwinFriendsPressRel_Final.pdf


    Thomas Beveridge, Artistic Director

    www.newdominion.org

    mailto:president@newdominion.org

    202 244 7191


  • 20 Nov 2018 2:56 PM | Sabine Creamer (Administrator)

    NDC Press Release Dec2018 ConcertRevCHA.pdf


    Thomas Beveridge, Artistic Director

    www.newdominion.org

    mailto:president@newdominion.org

    202 244 7191


  • 23 Aug 2016 2:15 PM | Mary Jane Tiedeman

    Contact:

    Thomas Beveridge

    202-244-7191

    artisticdirector@newdominion.org

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    New Dominion Chorale to Perform “Four Centuries of Sacred Music”


    New Dominion Chorale will open its 26th season with a program of sacred music for chorus and organ spanning four centuries. The concert will take place on Sunday, October 23, at 4 p.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike in McLean, Virginia.


    Artistic Director Thomas Beveridge will conduct the 200-voice New Dominion Chorale in a program featuring organist Paul Skevington and the soloists from The District Eight vocal ensemble. The featured work will be the “German Requiem” by the 17th-century composer Heinrich Schutz. The performance will include selections by Henry Purcell, Felix Mendelssohn and two works by 20th-century British composers: “Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing,” written in 1964 by Herbert Howells in memory of John F. Kennedy, and “Rejoice in the Lamb,” written in 1943 by Benjamin Britten.


    Dr. Skevington has been Minister of Music and Liturgy at St. Luke Catholic Church for 20 years, during which time he has supervised the installation of a highly acclaimed 61-rank pipe organ and established the church’s popular Music in McLean Concert Series. He has performed with all the area’s large choruses in concerts at Washington National Cathedral, the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


    The District Eight, founded and directed by Chris Dudley, is an ensemble of some of Washington’s finest professional singers, specializing in a cappella music ranging from Renaissance to contemporary English and American works. The group has received praise from The Washington Post, which has described it as “fine singers who blend and balance” and noted its “consistently beautiful performance.”


    New Dominion Chorale is one of the Washington area’s largest community choruses. The Chorale has not only performed most of the standard works for chorus and orchestra but also rarely performed works such as Robert Schumann’s “Paradise and the Peri,” Franz Liszt’s “Christus” and several works by Thomas Beveridge, including “Symphony of Peace” and “Yizkor Requiem.” The Chorale has performed at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Washington National Cathedral, the George Mason Center for the Arts, and the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.


    Thomas Beveridge has been recognized as one of the Washington area’s most versatile musicians: singer, instrumentalist, composer/arranger, teacher and conductor. He has received many awards, most recently from the Friday Morning Music Club, and distinguished commissions from Harvard University, The Choral Arts Society of Washington and the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation at the Library of Congress.

    Tickets are available at the door at St. Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean, Virginia 22101, and online at www.newdominion.org. Ticket prices are $30 (general admission), $25 (seniors, 62 or over), and $15 (youth ages 5-25). Group tickets are available for groups of 10 or more at $20 per ticket. For more information: www.newdominion.org. Parking is free.


    New Dominion Chorale is a 501(c)(3) organization supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.


  • 28 Apr 2014 2:44 PM | Anonymous

    Contact:

    Margaret Volpe

    703-403-4709

    margvolpe@aol.com                                                  

    Thomas Beveridge

    202-244-7191

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    New Dominion Chorale Announces 32nd Annual Washington Summer Sings!

     

         New Dominion Chorale continues a favorite summer tradition: “Washington Summer Sings!” On each of the four Tuesday nights in June, lovers of choral music come together to sing a great masterpiece conducted by a prominent Washington choral director. Each evening features internationally acclaimed pianist Thomas Pandolfi as accompanist and promising young professional singers as soloists.

         The sing-alongs will take place at Western Presbyterian Church, 2401 Virginia Avenue, N.W., in Washington, D.C., a five-minute walk from the Foggy Bottom Metro.

    Admission is $10 for each sing-along. For those who do not bring a score, there is a rental charge of $2.

         All programs begin at 7:30 p.m. See below for the complete 2014 schedule of Washington Summer Sings!

    June 3

                Johannes Brahms: “Ein Deutsches Requiem”

                Conducted by J. Reilly Lewis, Music Director of the Cathedral Choral Society and Washington Bach Consort
    Featuring Leah Crowne, soprano; Matthew Osifchin, baritone; and

                Thomas Pandolfi, pianist

    June 10

                W. A. Mozart: “Requiem”
    Conducted by Robert Shafer, Artistic Director of The City Choir of Washington and Director of Choral Activities at Shenandoah Conservatory
    Featuring Nola Richardson, soprano; Madelyn Wanner, mezzo-soprano; Matthew Hill, tenor; Daryl Yoder, bass; and Thomas Pandolfi, pianist

    June 17

                Gabriel Fauré: “Requiem” and “Cantique de Jean Racine”
    Conducted by Thomas Colohan, Artistic Director of Washington Master Chorale
    Featuring Rachel Evangeline Barham, soprano; James Rogers, baritone; and
    Thomas Pandolfi, pianist

    June 24

                Antonio Vivaldi: “Gloria”
    Conducted by Thomas Beveridge, Artistic Director of New Dominion Chorale and National Men’s Chorus
    Featuring Annie Gill, soprano; Madelyn Wanner, mezzo-soprano; and
    Thomas Pandolfi, pianist

  • 13 Mar 2014 12:18 PM | Anonymous

    Contact:
    Margaret Volpe 703-403-4709
    margvolpe@aol.com

    Thomas Beveridge 202-244-7191


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    New Dominion Chorale to Present Brahms Requiem

        The 200-voice New Dominion Chorale, under the direction of artistic director Thomas Beveridge, will close its 23rd season with a program of music by Johannes Brahms.

        The concert will take place on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at 4 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, on the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, Virginia.

    The Chorale will perform Brahms’ “German Requiem,” with new English translations by Mr. Beveridge, and will feature vocal soloists Jennifer Casey Cabot, soprano, and Kevin Johnson, baritone.

        Pianists Thomas Pandolfi and Jeffrey Chappell will provide the accompaniment for the Requiem in an arrangement for two pianos created by Brahms himself. It was this version that Brahms used when he presented the Requiem in London in 1871, four years after its first performance in Vienna.

        The London premiere was sung in English; in fact, the German Requiem was rarely performed in German in America and Great Britain until after World War II.

    Mr. Pandolfi and Mr. Chappell will also perform Brahms’ familiar “Variations on a Theme by Haydn” in a rarely heard rendition of the original version of the work, scored for two solo pianos.

        Recent scholarship has shown that the theme upon which Brahms based his “Variations on a Theme by Haydn” was probably not written by Haydn. Haydn had used the music, called the “St. Anthony Chorale,” in a work for wind orchestra entitled “Feldpartita,” claiming that it was based on an old Austrian hymn. For this performance, the New Dominion Chorale will present the “St. Anthony Chorale” prior to the Haydn variations, in Mr. Beveridge’s restoration of the ancient Austrian hymn on which it was based.

        New Dominion Chorale is one of the largest choruses in the Washington area. It is a unique organization: a “singers’ cooperative” operating with no office and no paid staff. The Chorale has performed most of the major works of Western choral music, usually with orchestra, at the Schlesinger Concert Hall, as well as at Washington National Cathedral, Washington Hebrew Congregation, George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, and the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

        Mr. Beveridge, one of Washington’s most versatile musicians, has composed more than 650 original musical compositions and arrangements. Washingtonian magazine has named him the “Dean of Washington Composers.”

        Tickets for New Dominion Chorale’s May 4 concert are available online through Instant Seats, at Foxes Music in Falls Church, or at the door the day of the concert. Tickets are $30 (general admission), $25 (seniors), $20 each for groups of 10 or more, and $5 for students and children.


    For more information go to www.newdominion.org or call (703) 442-9404. Find more information from the Chorale on Facebook and Twitter.

    New Dominion Chorale is supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. 

  • 31 Oct 2013 1:09 PM | Anonymous
    New Dominion Chorale will perform works by Benjamin Britten and Thomas Beveridge in a program entitled “Welcome, Yule!” on Sunday, December 8, 2013, at 4 p.m. The concert, a blend of old and new Christmas traditions, will take place at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, Virginia.


    Mr. Beveridge, the Chorale’s founder and artistic director, will conduct the performance that features his own Advent Cantata, “Welcome, Lord!” and, in observance of the centennial of the birth of Britten, the “Ceremony of Carols.”

    New Dominion Chorale will be joined by special guest chorus, the World Children’s Choir, directed by Sondra Harnes. Soloists include the internationally renowned pianist, Thomas Pandolfi, and several vocal soloists, all well known to Washington audiences: soprano Laura Strickling, mezzo-soprano Linda Maguire, tenors Issachah Savage and Jason Rylander, and bass David Brundage. The Rev. John Wimberly will be the narrator in “Welcome, Lord!”


    Mr. Beveridge’s cantata, commissioned by Union Theological Seminary in New York City to commemorate its 150th anniversary, received its premiere in 1986. This will be the second performance, with a new ending. “Welcome, Lord!” is based on the first chapter of the Gospel according to St. Luke, which tells the story of the events leading up to the birth of Jesus: the Annunciation by the angel Gabriel to Elizabeth and Zechariah concerning the birth of their son, John (“the Baptist”), and to Mary, concerning the birth of her son, Jesus. The musical score, which employs an ensemble of solo instruments, includes many familiar chants and carols appropriate for the Advent season, including “O Come Emmanuel,” “Come, Holy Spirit,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” and a new setting of Mary’s song, “My Soul Magnifies the Lord” (The Magnificat).


    The World Children’s Choir has performed for many world leaders, including the last four U.S. presidents; at special ceremonies at the White House, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts , and the U.S. Capitol; and in many foreign countries.

    Issachah Savage, who performs the role of the angel Gabriel, is one of America’s rising young opera singers. He recently made his debut with the Houston Grand Opera as Rhadames in Verdi’s Aida.


    Laura Strickling has won numerous awards and competitions in the United States and has been praised in The New York Times for her “flexible voice, crystalline diction and warm presence.” She will sing the role of Mary in “Welcome, Lord!”


    New Dominion Chorale, now in its 23rd year, is the Washington area’s largest chorus, with 235 singing members. The Chorale has been praised by Washington Post critics for singing with “power, but with delicacy and grace,” and has been singled out for its unique organizational structure as a “singers’ cooperative.” In addition to regular performances at the Schlesinger Center, the Chorale has also appeared at Washington National Cathedral, the George Mason University Center for the Arts, and the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center.


    Mr. Beveridge is considered one of Washington’s most versatile musicians: singer, instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and conductor. The composer of over 650 works in all media, he was the recipient of the first “Wammie” award given to a composer by the Washington Area Music Association. Washingtonian magazine has called him “The Dean of Washington Composers.”


    Tickets for “Welcome, Yule!” are available online through the Chorale’s website (www.newdominion.org) or at the door on the day of the performance. General admission tickets are $30, $25 (seniors), $5 (students and children), and $20 for individuals in groups of 10 or more.

  • 18 Sep 2013 6:28 PM | Anonymous
    Contact:

    Margaret Volpe

     (703) 403-4709

    margvolpe@aol.com                                                                            

     

    Thomas Beveridge

    202-244-7191

      

    New Dominion Chorale will open its 23rd concert season with a program entitled “In Praise of Music,” featuring the world premiere of Artistic Director Thomas Beveridge’s “Orpheus with his Lute” and works by Henry Purcell and G.F. Handel.

                  The concert will take place on Sunday, October 27, at 4 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 North Beauregard St., on the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

    Mr. Beveridge will conduct the 200-voice Chorale and a professional orchestra in Purcell’s “Come, Ye Sons of Art” and Handel’s “Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day” and his own setting of William Shakespeare’s song “Orpheus with his Lute” for lute, orchestra and chorus, featuring lutenist William Simms.

    The vocal soloists are all well known to Washington audiences:  soprano Esther Heideman, alto Kristen Dubenion-Smith, tenor Daniel Snyder, countertenor Chris Dudley, and bass-baritone Matthew Osifchin.

    Handel’s “Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day” is the principal work to be performed on this program. It is a setting of a poem by 17th-century poet John Dryden that honors St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. During Handel’s extended stay in London there was a tradition among British musicians to dedicate concerts to St. Cecilia on her feast day, November 22. Dryden’s poem in praise of the power of music reflects the theories of Pythagoras that the world was formed out of chaos through the power of the music of the spheres: “From harmony, from heavenly harmony, this universal frame began.”

    New Dominion Chorale has played an important role in the abundant choral world of the nation’s capital. Although there are no auditions for membership in the organization, it has received consistent praise from Washington Post music critics for performances of “power, but with delicacy and grace.” The Chorale has performed all the major works for chorus and orchestra at venues, in addition to Schlesinger Concert Hall, such as the Washington National Cathedral, the Washington Hebrew Congregation, the George Mason University Center for the Arts, and the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

    Mr. Beveridge is one of Washington’s most versatile musicians. He is the composer of over 650 original musical compositions and arrangements in all media. Washingtonian magazine has named him the “Dean of Washington Composers.” His most prominent work is “Yizkor Requiem,” which received its world premiere in 1993 by New Dominion Chorale and has received over 20 performances since then. There are two commercial CD recordings of “Yizkor Requiem,” both on the Naxos label: one by the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the other by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner (commissioned by the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music).

    Tickets for “In Praise of Music” are available online through the Chorale’s website (newdominion.org) or at the door on the day of the performance. Tickets (general admission) are $30, $25 (seniors), $5 (students and children) and $20 for individuals in groups of 10 or more. For more information and directions, visit newdominion.org.

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