Grace Church Concert Series
photo by Kenneth Garrett
The Treble Choristers of the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm
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The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys from New York City is among the world’s finest choral groups, considered by critics to be the outstanding choral ensemble in the Anglican musical tradition in the USA today. The treble choristers (grades 3-8) attend Saint Thomas Choir School, the only church-affiliated boarding school of its kind in the USA, and one of only a few remaining in the world. Led by Director John Scott, the choir presents an annual concert series and sings five weekly and numerous feast day services, requiring the preparation of 400 pieces of sacred music each year. The choir tours annually in the USA and internationally; there are more than 20 recordings to its credit. Services and concerts are frequently broadcast around the world.
Sebastian Bäverstam CELLO
Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 5 pm
At the age of twenty-four, Sebastian Bäverstam is already established as a leader in his generation of virtuosi. Praised in The Strad for his “…powerfully expressive style” and “consummate instrumental mastery”, he tours internationally as both a recitalist and concerto soloist. A dual citizen of the USA and Sweden, Mr. Bäverstam is a competition winner, has been featured repeatedly on radio and television, and enjoys generous endorsements from a broad range of musical luminaries.
“Clearly, this is a young man on the move. And with the ambition to back up the talent, he’s headed for a major career…”
- MUSICAL AMERICA
Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill IRISH DUO
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 5 pm
Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Irish fiddle and guitar, are one of the world’s great musical duos. They have toured North American, Europe, Australia and Japan, bringing sublime interpretations of Irish traditional music to venues from the Sydney Opera House to Buddhist temples. Martin Hayes has received major international awards, including (before he was 19) six All-Ireland fiddle championships. Dennis Cahill’s spare, essential accompaniment is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in Irish music.
“The remarkable duo has honed a ravishing repertoire by distilling the melodic essence of traditional tunes.”
- SEATTLE TIMES
GRÉTRY’S L’ÉPREUVE VILLAGEOISE
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 5 pm
With its performances and recordings of baroque and classical operas, Washington’s internationally-acclaimed Opera Lafayette has earned “its own unique place in… America’s cultural life” (Anne Midgette, The Washington Post). The final production of its 20th anniversary season is a gem by André Grétry: L’Épreuve Villageoise (The Village Trial), depicting the tribulations of a small country town. A month before taking the full ensemble production to Washington and New York, Opera Lafayette will close our 15th season with a chamber version in the parish hall.
“Bringing little-known 18 th-century French opera to the Opéra Royal at…Versailles takes audacity and confidence…Opera Lafayette, based in Washington, has done it twice.”
-INTERNATIONAL NY TIMES
The Grace Church Concert series was initiated in 1997 and is committed to bringing regional, national and internationally acclaimed performers to Grace Church. The series has enjoyed diverse performances by artists such as The Vienna Boys Choir, Chanticleer, The Kennedy Center Chamber Players and the New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band. For more information or questions please contact Dr. Jason Farris, Director of Music, via email or (540) 253-5177.
The Grace Church Concert Series is funded in part
through the generosity of Mrs. Jacqueline Mars
in memory of her mother, Mrs. Forrest Mars,
who was devoted to music and loved Grace Church.