Washington National Cathedral Music Staff Recital

Sunday, May 30, 2021 | 6:00pm

As the world turns a corner and we reconnect after a long year apart, you’re invited to an evening of light-hearted music that captures the sense of hope and renewal we’re all feeling after a very long year. 

Beneath Michael Pendry’s majestic “Les Colombes” exhibit of 2,000 graceful doves, the Cathedral’s world-class music staff offer a little something for everyone to rekindle your love of live music. There’s some Mozart and Handel, as well as a little Samba, Tango and Tarantella.   

There’s light at the end of this long dark tunnel, and the joy of music in the beauty of the National Cathedral will lead the way.

Join us after the concert for a Zoom Q&A.

Registrants will be sent a link to view the concert on May 30.

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“Sound the Trumpet” from Come Ye Sons of Art, Z. 323 (1694), Henry Purcell (1659–1695)

Twelve Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman” (ca. 1781), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)

The Aviary
I. The Cuckoo (1943), Powell Weaver (1890–1951)
II. “The Swan”, Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921), from The Carnival of the Animals (1886), trans. Alexandre Guilmant (1837–1911)
III. Penguins’ Playtime (1989), Nigel Ogden (b. 1954)

"Make Someone Happy” from Do Re Mi (1960), Jule Styne (1905–1994)

Humoresque (1937), Art Tatum (1909–1956), after Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 7 (1894) by Antonín Dvořak (1841–1904)

Nò, di voi non vo’ fidarmi, HWV 189 (1741), George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)

Dance Suite on “Yankee Doodle” (2017), Grimoaldo Macchia (b. 1972)
I. Thema
II. Moderato
III. Jazz Waltz
IV. Tarantella
V. Cha Cha
VI. Beguine
VII. Samba
VIII. Swing
IX. Tango
X. March
XI. Polka Country

  • Admission
  • Dates Offered
    • May 30, 2021 @ 6:00 pm