Georgetown Chorale: Musical Gem

For lovers of the performing arts, living in DC has many advantages. Not only do we have access to the best artists national in scope, but our size makes it possible for local talent, both large and small, to find homes and audiences. Such is the case of the Georgetown Chorale.

On Saturday, May 1, the Chorale presented its spring concert, The Colors of Hope, for the benefit of the John T. Walker School for Boys, an Episcopal School for children of low-income families. Performed in the beautiful St. Alban’s Church on Wisconsin Avenue, the concert was a glorious mix of Franz Schubert’s Mass in G and selections from Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum. Selections by John B.  Dyke, Johannes Brahms, and Benny Andersson, Tim Rice and Bjorn Ulvaeus were also sung.

Under the direction of Dr. Elaine J. Rendler-McQueeney, the Georgetown Chorale is a 60-member group that performs classic choral literature in combination with shorter, modern pieces. The Chorale’s mission is to provide for the musical excellence and education of members and give them an opportunity to perform their community service through music. Thus, the Chorale donates concert proceeds to DC-based charitable organizations, exemplified by this year’s beneficiary, the John T. Walker School for Boys.

The Georgetown Chorale is one of many chorales in the DC area available to one as either a performer or audience.  These chorales are small gems and definitely worth seeking out.

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