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Dumbarton Concerts
Historic Dumbarton Church
3133 Dumbarton Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

202-965-2000

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3133 Dumbarton St NW
Washington, DC, 20007

202-965-2000

Choral Arts Chamber Singers

Choral Arts Chamber Singers under the direction of Scott Tucker

Choral Arts Chamber Singers under the direction of Scott Tucker

Scott Tucker, Artistic Director, Choral Arts of Washington, DC

Scott Tucker, Artistic Director, Choral Arts of Washington, DC

Under Scott Tucker’s artistic leadership, the acclaimed symphonic Choral Arts Chorus has expanded to over 190 singers, and launched the Choral Arts Chamber Singers, a small vocal ensemble in 2014. He maintains Choral Arts’ strong connection with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) as well as continuing Choral Arts reputation as a sought-after choral ensemble, receiving invitations from a wide-range of guest contracts with such world-class artists and ensembles as The Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Andrea Bocelli, and Sir Gilbert Levine for Peace through Music "In Our Age."
Tucker has prepared the Choral Arts Chorus for such conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Emil de Cou, John Mauceri, and Rossen Milanov to perform the NSO’s performances of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Hindemith’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d, NSO Pops concerts of music by Danny Elfman from Tim Burton’s movies, as well as Rachmaninoff’s The Bells for Vassily Sinaisky. He has also prepared large-scale symphonic works for other leading conductors including Peter Schreier, Fabio Mechetti, Daniel Hege, Carl St. Clair, Heiichiro Ohyama, Lanfranco Marcelletti, Jr., and Erich Leinsdorf. Most recently, Maestro Tucker prepared the chorus to perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (Symphony of a Thousand) for Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra on the 100th anniversary of the U.S. premiere with the orchestra; and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem for Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Deeply committed to supporting new music, Tucker continually programs world premieres, Choral Arts commissions, and performances of recently composed works. Prior to his tenure with Choral Arts, Tucker commissioned and premiered more than 30 works from composers such as Ernani Aguiar, Bernard Rands, Steven Stucky, Augusta Read Thomas, Carol Barnett, David Conte, Libby Larsen, and Chen Yi.
In addition to his Choral Arts activities, Tucker is regularly invited to teach, speak, and conduct with a variety of local, national, and international organizations. Recent engagements include conducted a festival of singers from Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), teaching at The Performing Arts Institute Summer Camp in Pennsylvania, conducting a male choir of high school and collegiate singers in Boston, MA for ACDA, judging The Music in Our Schools Competition in Hong Kong, China, and speaking at the
2014 Chorus America Conference. In 2017 Tucker will conduct the Alexandria Symphony for their performance Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.
Prior to his engagement with Choral Arts, Tucker was the P.E. Browning Director of Choral Music at Cornell University, where he directed the Men’s Glee Club and the Women’s Chorus, in addition to overseeing the activities of the Cornell Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Sage Chapel Choir. During his 17-year leadership, the Cornell choirs toured nationally and internationally: Tour highlights included an invitation to appear at the American Choral Director’s Association National Conference and a tour to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, China. The Cornell choirs collaborated with such acclaimed artists as Anonymous 4, Peter Schreier, and Samite and were featured on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

The Choral Arts Chamber Singers is a small vocal ensemble comprised of approximately 30 members of the Choral Arts Chorus. Launched on the occasion of Choral Arts 50th anniversary, the creation of the Choral Arts Chamber Singers provides Choral Arts audiences with two types of experiences: One that defines the grandeur and magnificence of the symphonic chorus for which Choral Arts is known; and one that breaks the barriers created by that very genre.
Now in their third season, the Chamber Singers has performed at a private concert at The Embassy of Finland and was a featured performer at Music at the Phillips (The Phillips Collection). In the 2015-2016 Season the Chamber Singers celebrated the release of their first recording (a double-disc set of a collection of hymns by Charles Wesley-one in English and one in Spanish) with a recording release concert in October; joined the Pan American Symphony Orchestra on a Zarzuela program at Lisner Auditorium; partnered with American University on The Terezín Project which explored the unique role of the arts during and after the Holocaust; and presented The Imitative Game celebrating imitation in music. In 2016 the Chamber Singers will present The Art of the Italian Madrigal following the Italian Madrigal from 16th century Italy to settings of the text by contemporary composers at Historic Dumbarton Church and will perform selections from this program at Concerts at the Cathedral Basilica in Philadelphia. The Chamber singers will also present a new holiday program, Christmastime in the City, at Live! at 10th & G in Washington, DC and perform their final concert of the season as part of the Concerts at Good Shepherd series in Burke, VA.
Members of the Choral Arts Chamber Singers are selected based on their vocal prowess and sight reading abilities as well as their interest and availability. It is an intergenerational ensemble, and includes members who are relatively new to the Choral Arts Chorus as well as singers who have been members for decades. In addition to volunteering as members of both ensembles, many also volunteer for Choral Arts in other ways, including holding roles in the Choral Arts Chorus leadership and serving as members of the Board of Directors or Young Patrons Steering Committee. They live throughout the D.C. metro-area, and work in such sectors as primary, secondary, and music education, government affairs, law, nonprofit, or own their own businesses.

Choral Arts Chamber Singers

Our opening concert takes you to 16th and 17th century Italy for an evening of vocal gems by the undisputed masters of the Italian madrigal - Monteverdi and Palestrina. These artful songs of love and wit are sung by Washington’s undisputed vocal masters, the elegant Choral Arts Society Chamber Ensemble. Music Director Scott Tucker traces the evolution of the madrigal form as it crosses Europe including early settings and two 20th-century arrangements—by Morten Lauridsen and Jacob Druckman—of old madrigal texts. 

PROGRAM

Il Bianco e Dolce Cigno …………………………………………….Jacques Arcadelt (1507–1568)

Mia Benigna Fortuna……………………………………………… Cipriano de Rore (ca. 1515–1565)

Io Pur Respiro in Così Gran Dolore…………………………… Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (1560–1613)

Olà, O Che Bon Eccho……………………………………………… Orlando di Lasso (ca. 1532–1594)

O Dolce Vita Mia ………………………………………………………Adrian Willaert (ca. 1490–1562)

Si, Ch’io Vorrei Morire ……………………………………………….Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)

Io Piango………………………………………………………………….. Luca Marenzio (ca. 1553–1599)

Amor, Io Sento L’alma……………………………………………… Philippe Verdelot (ca. 1480–ca. 1532)

Se per Havervi, Oime………………………………………………… Claudio Monteverdi

From Six Fire Songs……………………………………………………. Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)

IV.  Io Piango

III.  Amor, Io Sento L’alma

VI.  Se per Havervi, Oime

 

Intermission

 

From The Hour-Glass……………………………………………………Irving Fine (1914–1962)

II.   Have You Seen the White Lily Grow?

III.  O Do Not Wanton with Those Eyes

VI.  The Hour-Glass

Fyer, Fyer…………………………………………………………………….. Thomas Morley (ca. 1557–1602)

My Phillis Bids Me Pack Away ……………………………………….Thomas Weelkes (1576–1623)

Weep, O Mine Eyes ………………………………………………………...John Wilbye (1574–1638)

See the Shepherd’s Queen ………………………………………………Thomas Thomkins (1572–1656)

The Silver Swan…………………………………………………………………..Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625)

Sing We and Chant It…………………………………………………………. Thomas Morley (ca. 1557–1602) 

Shake Off Your Heavy Trance………………………………………………. Jacob Druckman (1928–1996)

The Faery Beam Upon You

Death, Be Not Proud

Corinna’s Going A-Maying

The taking of photographs or use of recording devices of any kind is strictly prohibited.  Patrons are requested to silence electronic devices.

Special thanks to the congregants of Dumbarton United Methodist Church for sharing their wonderful sanctuary.