We kicked off our Christmas season at the Kennedy Center this Sunday at A Candlelight Christmas. A favorite every year, this year’s event featured A CAPPELLA!, an elite vocal chamber ensemble from James Hubert Blake High School. This Montgomery County Signature School for Fine Arts and Humanities joined the Washington Chorus as part of their Side-by-Side Program.
Emmy-nominated maestro Julian Wachner directed the choral groups, along with brass, organ, percussion, and harp. The 200-voice chorus sang a program featuring Christmas favorites, sing-a-longs, and even some arrangements by the conductor himself.
The majesty of the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall compliments holiday performances perfectly, and chorus members processed down the aisles to the stage during the opening piece, Once in Royal David’s City. Young voices from the A CAPELLA! group, under the direction of Sandra Lee Zinkievich, added youthful vigor with favorites like Here We Come A-Caroling and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. They then joined the ensemble, singing other standouts like Sussex Carol and The Dream Isaiah Saw. The performance concluded with a rousing sing-a-long of Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.
You have three more opportunities to catch this festive concert: December 20th at 4pm or December 22nd at 7pm, both at the Kennedy Center, or at the Music Center at Strathmore on December 23rd at 7:30pm.