Among the treasures of Washington are the musical offerings at local churches and synagogues throughout the city and at all times of the year. Today, the Madrigal Singers from Andrew’s high school sang a Music of the Seasons concert at St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square – the “Church of the Presidents” across from the White House.
It was a beautiful 30 minute concert that was captured live on the Episcopal Church website. Click on the link and you can see the entire concert which begins with O come, O come, Emmanuel, moves through Riu, riu, chiu and includes beautiful music by Holst and Parsons. The mood shifts with the Thomas Dorsey Precious Lord, take my hand and the moving spiritual Ride on, King Jesus. The Christmas Song and It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas round out the set.
Although I didn’t know it when I arrived for today’s concert, Andrew had a few solos. I wouldn’t be the proud father if I didn’t point out that you can hear him kick off Riu (at about the 5:10 mark), sing a solo in Holst’s Lullay my Liking (at about 17:20), and then really get into Ride On, King Jesus (at about 27:07). But really, you should listen to the entire video. Andrew’s classmates – including Nelson, Caroline, Nick, Izzi, Anjolie, Katie, and others – have terrific solo turns as well. Enjoy.
More to come…