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Takoma Ensemble and National Philharmonic Singers

Friday, December 4, 2015, 8pm -- Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Silver Spring

Takoma Ensemble joins forces once again with the National Philharmonic Singers in a concert to help jump start your holiday season with music from the Baroque to right now. The concert includes an opportunity for the audience to sing along on favorite carols.
Large works on the concert include the Francesco Durante’s Magnificat, Christmas Concerto by Giuseppe Torelli for string orchestra, and Cecilia McDowall’s A Winter’s Night, which is a collection of famous Christmas carols including In Dulci Jubilo, Sussex Carol, and Noël Nouvelet.
Included in the program will be three premieres. The King Shall Come, in its choral/orchestral version, is by Alistair Coleman. Alistair is a multi-talented young musician currently attending Walt Whitman High School who has received many awards for his work, including winning the National Association of Music Educators (NAfME) National Young Composers Competition in 2013.
Second is the choral-orchestral version of Veni Sancte Spiritus by Virginia composer Peter Gjon Kadeli, who has a double degree in Composition and Music Education from George Mason University.
National Philharmonic singer Ed Rejuney will debut his new work, The Scottish Elder's Carol.
Conducted by Victoria Gau and Stan Engebretson, the concert concludes with ever-favorite carols by the choir, including Stille Nacht, and the ever-popular Carol Sing with the Twelve Days of Christmas. This concert is a great way to begin the musical holiday season.
The Takoma Ensemble was created by Victoria Gau and Susanna Kemp who recognized the need for a new kind of chamber orchestra in the area. Members are freelance musicians. As a free-range, organic ensemble, the ensemble has a commitment to present concerts which are fresh and appealing mission of the ensemble is to expand the local audience for orchestral music and broaden the notion of what the genre can be through accessible, affordable performances of music that ranges freely across time and type. For more information,
The National Philharmonic Singers is a chamber choir and one of several performing ensembles of the National Philharmonic, which is in residence at the Music Center at Strathmore. As such, it promotes works suited for smaller ensembles, whether with accompaniment or a cappella. Its repertoire ranges from 15th to 21st centuries, and it often premieres new compositions by local

Takoma Ensemble and National Philharmonic Singers
December 4 at 8pm
Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 633 Sligo Avenue , Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tickets: $25, discounts available, children under 16 free of charge

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