The Smithsonian Encore Chorale performed the first concert of the holiday concert season on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC and their performance was spectacular. The Renwick hosted the Society of Decorative Painters and invited Encore to perform. The Renwick Gallery is truly one of Washington’s gems and the Grand Salon was such an impressive room to perform in.
Washington experienced its’ first snow storm of the season and the snow was falling heavily, but most of the singers braved the harsh elements and sang a fun and entertaining concert of holiday favorites. The singers, in concert black attire, looked and sounded professional and delighted their large appreciative audience. Opening with It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, the singers were truly enjoying themselves and the applause fed the singers energy. When the chorale was performing Light the Legend, a Chanukah piece, all the lights in the hall went out (an audience member leaned against a light switch), but the singers kept on going, unflappable!
The singers really showed their personality in Variations of Fa-La-La and the applause was thunderous. Let It Snow Let It Snow was most appropriate for the snowy day.
The Chorale moved on to the showpiece of the concert, Christmas Goes Classical. What a great piece! It covers many of the great classical hits, putting Christmas words to works including Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra,Wagner’s Lohengrin, Bizet’s Carmen, Wagner’s Das Rheingold, Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. It is a huge piece with wonderful harmonies and great fun. The singers were in their element and the audience loved it.
The Encore Chorale ended the concert with the beloved Hallelujah Chorus and it was an energetic and heartfelt performance.
It was a grand event in a grand hall and a perfect start to the holiday season.
READ MORE ABOUT THE CONCERT IN JEANNE'S BLOG