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Concerts at Christ Church 2016-2017

Saturday, 8 October 2016, at 4:00 p.m.
Inscape Chamber Orchestra in Concert

Founded in 2004 by artistic director Richard Scerbo, the Inscape Chamber Orchestra seeks to redefine the boundaries of classical music through riveting performances that reach across genres and generations, and transcend the confines of the traditional concert experience.  With a flexible personnel roster and unique brand of programming, this critically acclaimed, GRAMMY nominated ensemble has quickly become one of the leading chamber orchestras in the Washington, D.C. region and beyond.  Inscape’s Georgetown premiere will feature three lushly scored French masterworks: Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Maurice Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro, and Albert Roussel’s Serenade for Flute, Harp, and String Trio.  Colorful works by Justin Boyer, György Ligeti, Alfred Schnittke, and Heitor Villa-Lobos will round out this lively and eclectic program.  All proceeds from the free-will offering will benefit Georgetown Ministry Center.  A reception will follow.

Saturday, 11 February 2017, at 4:00 p.m.
U.S. Navy Sea Chanters in Concert

The official chorus of the United States Navy Band and one of the nation’s top choral ensembles, the Sea Chanters perform a wide variety of music: from traditional repertoire, including sea chanteys and patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway, and contemporary works.  Under the direction of Chief Musician Adam Tyler, the group performs throughout the country, frequently finding itself at the center of historic national events such as inaugurations, state funerals, and dedications.  In addition to appearances at the Kennedy Center Honors and with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Sea Chanters have performed on Larry King Live and CBS This Morning, as well as with the Baltimore Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Boston Pops.  Join this dynamic group of singers for an eclectic program of both sacred and secular choral works from many periods of music history.  Admission is free.  A reception will follow.

Friday, 12 May 2017, at 7:00 p.m.
Eya: Ensemble for Medieval Music in Concert

Hailed by The Washington Post for its “...precision, strong sense of presence, and ringing vowels...”, Eya (pronounced EH-ya, a Latin exclamation of joy) is an award-winning ensemble specializing in the interpretation of medieval music for women’s voices.  Launched in 2010 by music director Allison Mondel, the group has quickly established itself as an early music ensemble of impeccable quality and deep, creative spirit.  Join Eya vocalists Crossley Hawn, Allison Mondel, and Kristen Dubenion-Smith, as well as guest artists Richard Giarusso, baritone, and Brian Kay, lute/percussion, as they recreate Les Trois Maries, an early 14th-century liturgical drama intended to illuminate the emotional journey of the three Marys as they prepare to visit tomb of Christ.  Accompanied on historical instruments, scenes from the drama will be interwoven with polyphony, plainchant, and instrumental improvisation.  All proceeds from the free-will offering will benefit Georgetown Ministry Center.  A reception will follow.

NOTE: These concerts have been underwritten by a generous grant from the John G. and Katherine P. Lovelace Family Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.