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Festejo de Día de los Muertos
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Festejo de Día de los Muertos

Me gustas cuando callas 
Brahms: A German Requiem
Laura Choi Stuart, soprano
Brian Mextorf, baritone
Choral Arts Society Chamber Singers

Día de los Muertos, Spanish for “Day of the Dead,” is a beloved Mexican holiday where family and friends gather to pray and remember those who have died and help support their spiritual journey. During this time, the Mexican Cultural Institute in DC creates an elaborate ofrenda—a collection of objects placed on a ritual display—creating the perfect backdrop and inspiration for NOW’s annual Día de los Muertos concert.

The program opens with Me gustas cuando callas, a gentle a capella piece on a beautiful poem by Pablo Neruda.  It’s followed by Brahms’s Requiem, which features soprano Laura Choi Stuart, baritone Brian Mextorf, and the Choral Arts Society Chamber Singers.

Come celebrate life and remember those who have passed before us with this beautiful display of sight and sound.

 The event will include a post-concert reception with all musicians.


Laura Choi Stuart, soprano

Laura Choi Stuart, soprano

Brian Mextorf, baritone

Brian Mextorf, baritone

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Outside the Bachs: A Holiday Concert!
Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

Outside the Bachs: A Holiday Concert!

Hector Villa-Lobos: Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 51 
Bizet: Jeux d’Enfants (Children’s Games) 
Tchaikovsky/Farrington: The Nutcracker Suite

Laura Choi Stuart, soprano

‘Tis the season, but think outside the Bachs with a family-friendly musical tour spanning the entire globe!

Laura Choi Stuart, soprano

Laura Choi Stuart, soprano

We’ll start out in Brazil with Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasilerias, which combines Brazilian folk and pop music with that of Bach.  Soprano Laura Choi Stuart then leads us to Germany with Bach’s Cantata BWV 51.  France is next with Bizet’s Jeux d’Enfants, a collection of whimsical songs inspired by children’s games. And our grand finale brings us Russia and one of the most beloved of holiday traditions, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. You’ll be in the holiday spirit in no time! 

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Outside the Bachs: A Holiday Concert!
Dec
15
5:00 PM17:00

Outside the Bachs: A Holiday Concert!

Hector Villa-Lobos: Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 
J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 51 
Bizet: Jeux d’Enfants (Children’s Games) 
Tchaikovsky/Farrington: The Nutcracker Suite

Laura Choi Stuart, soprano

‘Tis the season, but think outside the Bachs with a family-friendly musical tour spanning the entire globe!

Laura Choi Stuart, soprano

Laura Choi Stuart, soprano

We’ll start out in Brazil with Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasilerias, which combines Brazilian folk and pop music with that of Bach.  Soprano Laura Choi Stuart then leads us to Germany with Bach’s Cantata BWV 51.  France is next with Bizet’s Jeux d’Enfants, a collection of whimsical songs inspired by children’s games. And our grand finale brings us Russia and one of the most beloved of holiday traditions, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. You’ll be in the holiday spirit in no time! 

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Festejo de Día de los Muertos
Nov
4
4:00 PM16:00

Festejo de Día de los Muertos

Join NOW in celebrating Día de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration, with Mozart’s magnificent Requiem in D minor (mass for the dead), featuring The Choral Arts Society of Washington, and NOW’s string-quartet-in-residence, the Aeolus Quartet. The event will include pre-concert drinks beginning at 4PM, and also post-concert reception with all musicians.

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