I was happy to receive your Google blog alert, and thought I would tell you a little about the City Choir of Washington, the chorus that will be performing The Fellowship of the Ring at Wolf Trap.
We are a new, elite, all-volunteer chorus, launched in September 2007—entirely by singer/volunteer effort. Our goal was to have a chorus ready and waiting for our artistic director, Robert Shafer, by September 1. Our inaugural year has been a great success with sold-out performances of Handel’s Solomon last fall and our Christmas performance.
Shafer is renowned in Washington music circles: in 2000, he was awarded a GRAMMY for the Best Choral Performance, the first time a GRAMMY was ever given to a recording produced by an all-volunteer chorus. Shafer has had a long and distinguished music career in this area: he was music director of the Washington Chorus for 35 years.
We are delighted that the folks at Wolf Trap invited us to perform this wonderful film sound track. Next week—Thursday night, in fact—we perform Claudio Monteverdi’s Marian Vespers of 1610 at Strathmore—a monumental work which we sing in Latin. Four days later we will take our first stab at learning Elvish! We can’t wait.
I look forward to reading more of your blog.
The City Choir of Washington
Shore, Handel and Monteverdi?... I'm sold!
Thanks so much for saying hello, Kathryn. I have no doubt the Choir will sound amazing!