If you’ve bought tickets to our next concert, not only will you be hearing a wonderful collection of music in Us Together (7:30 pm, Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA), it also gives us great pleasure say that you will be at a “first”!
As it turns out, VCS is the first choral group to perform the highlight of the evening, Cecilia McDowall’s Everyday Wonders: The Girl From Aleppo in the US. We could not be more pleased by this turn of events!
In a town full of some amazing choirs, VCS has always been the unique teaching choir that sings tradition with a twist – everything from Bach to the Beatles, sometimes in the same concert. And we’re increasingly known for singing new works, and for good reason.
In the last three seasons, we’ve done five large works, all by living composers – Sydney Guillaume, John Rutter, Dan Forrest, and Sarah Quartell. This season alone, both the large works performed are by women – still a notable fact in the choral and classical world. And yet, we took ourselves by surprise by being the first in the US to perform Everyday Wonders. We didn’t go looking for that distinction. It sort of just happened because it is now in keeping with our musical DNA to seek and perform what is steeped in tradition but also new.
Part of it is you, our audience. We know we can try something new or be a first because you’re game for what we’re going to present – even if we’re singing outside the box or coloring outside the sheet music. We know that VCS continues to extend the musical horizon because you will go there with us. And for that we could not be more grateful.
The music for this concert is lovely from start to finish, ranging from simple to complex – both in sentiment and composition. It is about new beginnings and community at a time when both have never been more important. And it is going to be a piece of choral history.
We can’t wait to be in the room where it happens.
Tickets are on sale now. Do you have yours yet? Tickets are $25/adults, $20/seniors (65+) and students (15 – 18). Youth aged 14 and younger attend for free when accompanied by a paying ticket holder.
Please do join us!