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Julian Wachner conducts the Washington Chorus in Rachmaninov's Vespers
Part of Trinity Wall Street's observance of the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001

Founded in 1961 as the Oratorio Society of Washington, The Washington Chorus is noted for its critically acclaimed performances and recordings of the entire range of the choral repertoire. A Grammy Award winner, The Washington Chorus is currently celebrating its 51st season and is considered a cultural leader in the Washington area.

The Chorus, under direction of Music Director Julian Wachner, presents an annual subscription series at the J. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Music Center at Strathmore, and other major venues throughout the Washington area. The Chorus frequently appears at the invitation of the National Symphony Orchestra, singing under the direction of many of the world's greatest conductors.

Today, the Chorus sings Sergey Rachmaninov's Vespers, a work for which The Washington Chorus has already been praised.

Part of Trinity Wall Street's observance of the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001.

In the news: The New York Times

© Photo: Scott Suchman

In the press:

Wachner found a lovely stillness at the work's core while exploiting all of the composer's late-Romantic manipulations of tempo and dynamic in a reading of splendid life and immediacy. The Chorus - a huge ensemble that all but filled the Concert Hall stage - delivered full-blooded tone (with a nicely grainy, authentically Russian-sounding rumble from the basses), crystal-clear diction and laudable refinement in their tapered phrasing.
Joe Banno, The Washington Post

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Broadcast date : Sept. 9, 2011, 3 p.m.

The Washington Chorus
Julian Wachner conductor

Location : Trinity Church (Manhattan) (New York, USA)