35th Annual Holiday Concert & Gala
The Choral Arts Annual Gala is a highlight of the Washington holiday season and attracts 500 of Washington’s most prominent political, business and cultural leaders. Under the gracious honorary patronage of the Singapore Ambassador, Ashok Mirpuri and Mrs. Gouri Mirpuri, Choral Arts’ 35th Annual Gala celebrates the 50th anniversary of Choral Arts and the 50th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Singapore.
The annual celebration includes a beloved Washington concert, A Choral Arts Christmas, this year featuring the SYC Ensemble Singers from Singapore in special arrangement with the Embassy of Singapore. The concert includes a mix of seasonal classics, favorite sing-alongs, and popular Christmas standards. With special lighting effects and repertoire including I Wonder as I Wander, Sleigh Ride, O Holy Night, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Jingle Bells and Silent Night, A Choral Arts Christmas showcases the award winning artistry of The Choral Arts Society of Washington and is a perfect setting to begin the 35th Annual Gala.
Ashok Mirpuri, H.E. The Ambassador of Singapore, and Mrs. Gouri Mirpuri
Sergey I. Kislyak, H.E. The Ambassador of the Russian Federation
Elena Poptodorova, H.E. The Ambassador of Bulgaria
Scott Tucker, Artistic Director, The Choral Arts Society of Washington
Nina Totenberg, NPR
Loran Brueggan Aiken, Gala Chair
Catherine Jones, Finance Committee Chair
Monday, December 14, 2015
7:00 p.m. | Concert featuring the SYC Ensemble Singers from Singapore
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
8:30 p.m. | Silent Auction & Reception
Roof Terrace Level
9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. | Dinner & Dancing
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
ABOUT CHORAL ARTS
In its 50 years The Choral Arts Society of Washington (Choral Arts) established and maintains a dedication to excellence. Led by Artistic Director Scott Tucker, Choral Arts’ commitment to artistic excellence is demonstrated by frequent invitations to perform regularly with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and other world-class orchestras including London Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, and the Mariinsky Orchestra, as well as alongside legendary conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Marin Alsop and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Choral Arts is committed to connecting choral music to the country’s growing diversity and partnering with global organizations to develop inspiring programs. Choral Arts also stands on a secure and stable financial and governance foundation.
Founded in 1965 by Artistic Director Emeritus Norman Scribner (1936 – 2015), Choral Arts stands out as a leader among its peers, earning awards, not only for its artistic excellence, but its administrative leadership and educational portfolio. Under the executive direction of Debra L. Kraft, Choral Arts has consistently operated in the black since 2004, remaining fiscally strong in spite of recent economic challenges.