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REVIEW: Young people, grown-up voices: 'Butterfly' at Wolf Trap
The Washington Post | August 9, 2015
Grant Gershon, the conductor, brought relaxed, contagious energy to the stage from the moment he walked onto it and led the National Symphony Orchestra and ... Choral Arts with quiet flair.
 
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FEATURE:  Going the Distance - Taking Carmina Burana Across Continents and Cultures
Chorus America | July 30, 2015
In May, the Choral Arts Society of Washington embarked on a two-week tour of China. The symphonic chorus teamed up with the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra on its own domestic tour, giving performances of Carmina Burana in the cities of Qingdao, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong.
 
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FEATURE: Music lessons: the key to sanity when traveling with 100
The Washington Post | July 17, 2015
After their China trip, Choral Arts members submitted tips for group travel, and the suggestions below have been collated and edited from their advice.
 
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FEATURE: Think the logistics of a family trip are tough? Try 2 weeks in China for 100 singers.
The Washington Post | July 9, 2015
When Steve Capanna travels, he drinks tap water in countries where he knows it to be safe. But on a recent trip to China, where tap water is undrinkable, Capanna resorted to bottled water and felt a twinge of remorse not only because of the three plastic bottles he consumed daily but also because of the hundreds consumed every day by his companions. He was touring with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and this was but one of the large-scale nuisances of group travel.
 
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NEWS: In chorus: more shifts on the DC choral scene
The Washington Post | June 12, 2015
 
The last few years have been a major time of transition for Washington’s choruses: something most recently epitomized by the retirement (in 2012) and then the unexpected death earlier this year of Norman Scribner, one of the most dominant figures on the local choral scene. While Scribner’s Choral Arts Society, now evidently hitting its stride under his successor, Scott Tucker, is embarked on a tour of China, Steven Honigberg, a cellist with the National Symphony Orchestra (about whom I recently wrote when he was one of three soloists in the Penderecki Concerto Grosso), has just posted on YouTube a documentary film about Scribner, “In his own words,” with original interview footage from a few years ago.
 
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REVIEW:  Qingdao Symphony and the Choral Arts Society of Washington give intoxicating performance
South China Morning Post | June 7, 2015
A full orchestra from the city that produces China's most famous beer showcased its symphonic power on Friday and the result was just as intoxicating. With a tantalizing chorus from America, Shatin Town Hall was poured a satisfying serving of Two Countries, One Stage, as the official title calls it.
 
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REVIEW: Mainland and US orchestras delight Hong Kong music lovers
China Daily Asia | June 6, 2015
Sha Tin Town Hall resounded with the wonderful sounds of orchestral music and a symphonic chorus last night. The music was co-presented by Qingdao Symphony Orchestra from the mainland and Choral Arts Society of Washington. Their performance gave Hong Kong audiences a memorable evening of outstanding music.
 
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REVIEW: Chinese and America artists side by side "Carmina Burana"
Beijing Morning News | June 3, 2015
May 30, the fifteenth session of the "Meet in Beijing" Arts Festival at the National Theatre staged a drama of cross-border cooperation - Young Qingdao Symphony Orchestra under the artistic director and conductor Zhang Guoyong, led jointly from the United States' Choral Arts Society of Washington.
 
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FEATURE: Music that binds
China Daily | June 1, 2015
Karen Hopper, one of the members of the Choral Arts Society of Washington, accidentally dropped a musical score from an enclosure high above the stage during a rehearsal in Qingdao, in East China's Shandong province. A musician from Qingdao Symphony Orchestra picked it up and returned the page to Hopper. "You know, in Chinese tradition, when somebody does you a favor, you should treat him to dinner," Zhang Guoyong, artistic director of Qingdao Symphony Orchestra, jokingly told her as he handed back the score. The musicians were at Qingdao Grand Theater to prepare for a concert series by the Chinese orchestra and the US chorus group.
 
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INTERVIEW: Choral Arts in China
WETA | May 29, 2015
The Choral Arts Society of Washington is on a five-city tour of China with the Qingdao Symphony. They're performing Carmina Burana, which they performed at the Kennedy Center in mid-May. Classical WETA morning host David Ginder chats with Choral Arts Artistic Director Scott Tucker about how the tour came to be, the thrill (or grind) of touring, and about turning his chorus over to the orchestra's conductor for the performances.
 
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REVIEW: Two contrasting performances show best face of D.C. choral scene
The Washington Post | May 18, 2015
I was not thrilled to discover that Washington’s three largest choruses had all scheduled their final performances of the season on Sunday; and I was particularly unexcited about hearing two of them on the same day. I only state this to demonstrate that a good concert can convert even the grouchiest critic, because both concerts — the Cathedral Choral Society’s performance of opera scenes and choruses at the National Cathedral in the afternoon and the Choral Arts Society’s “Carmina Burana” at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in the evening — left me feeling very happy about the state of the choral arts in Washington.
 
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NEWS: Choral Arts!
Bisnow | May 18, 2015
Last night we went to the Kennedy Center for the sold-out Choral Arts performance of Carmina Burana. It was the kickoff to their five-city tour of China, where they'll perform this grand, stirring musical extravaganza.
 
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INTERVIEW: Carmina Burana by Choral Arts
WETA | May 8, 2015
Choral Arts performs Carl Orff's Carmina Burana on Sunday evening, May 17, 2015 at the Kennedy Center, conducted by Artistic Director Scott Tucker.  Classical WETA's David Ginder chats with Maestro Tucker about the joys and special challenges of performing Orff's masterpiece, the reasons for its enduring popularity, and the work's text.
 
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REVIEW: Debuting conductor offers experienced path through 'The Bells'
The Washington Post | April 16, 2015
Vassily Sinaisky is the epitome of a capable conductor. He’s been doing this for a long time, and it shows.
In his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra on Thursday night, he showed none of the jitters of a newcomer. Sinaisky, after all, has been leading orchestras for more than four decades, first in the Soviet Union, then in Russia, and everywhere else. He’s held a number of music directorships, most recently at the Bolshoi in Moscow, a post he resigned, abruptly, in 2013. He knows how to make the music go, and for a diffuse and wide-ranging program like the one on Thursday, he’s a good man to have on the podium.
 
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INTERVIEW: Scott Tucker on The Bells
WETA | April 12, 2015
Choral Arts and the National Symphony perform Rachmaninoff's Poe-inspired The Bells Thursday, April 16 through Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Kennedy Center.  Classical WETA's David Ginder chats with Choral Arts Artistic Director Scott Tucker about the composer's (surprising) personal opinion of the work, the challenge of singing Russian, and what it's like to prepare the chorus but not conduct the concert performance.
 
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REVIEW: Perfect Pitch: Singing the Dream
Washington Life | February 27, 2015
The annual Choral Arts MLK Tribute concert at The Kennedy Center is one that the Washington community looks forward to attending each year. Over the years, the format has changed a bit, but the overall celebratory nature is the constant thread that brings the event together. Honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in song, the voices of the Choral Arts Chorus joined the WPA’s Men, Women and Children of the Gospel Choir in an evening filled with emotionally-charged music.
 
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FEATURE: Rev. C.T. Vivian honored at MLK program at Kennedy Center
Washington Post | February 25, 2015
As a line of singers of many races filed into the concert hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday night, the Rev. C.T. Vivian sat near the backstage door and reflected on another time, when he and a group of blacks and whites were attacked on a beach in St Augustine, Fla. simply because they were together.
Vivian,  one of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s closest colleagues, was honored during the annual musical tribute to MLK that was sponsored by the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the Washington Performing Arts Society, and Men, Women and Children of the Gospel. At the age of 90, he had fresh memories of battles in the Civil Rights movement.
 
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NEWS: Choral Arts & Dreams for Kids
Bisnow | February 24, 2015
We celebrated Living the Dream…Singing the Dream, the 27th annual Choral Arts tribute concert at The Kennedy Center in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The evening honored Dr. C.T. Vivian with the 2015 Humanitarian Award for his work, which began as an executive staffer for MLK Jr. and turned into a lifetime passion for civil rights, diversity and leadership advocacy.
 
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