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Will-Power: William Shakespeare and His Influence

A Commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2015
4:00 PM

First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G Street NW (Metro Center)

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William Shakespeare’s plays are among the most famous in literary history, and his prose has inspired composers for the past five centuries. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, TCS will perform works featuring his texts and texts by his contemporary poets. From the shimmering “Serenade to Music” of Ralph Vaughan Williams to Bob Chilcott’s jazz-inspired “Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda” for chorus and jazz quartet, this concert will present a variety of musical styles and poetic verse. P.D.Q. Bach’s witty and ingenious “Liebeslieder Polkas” accompanied by piano five-hands will round out the program. As Shakespeare wrote, ”In sweet music is such art, killing care and grief of heart.”

2016-2017 Season

Will-Power: William Shakespeare and His Influence

A Commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2016 at 4:00 PM


First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G Street NW (Metro Center)

William Shakespeare’s plays are among the most famous in literary history, and his prose has inspired composers for the past five centuries. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, TCS will perform works featuring his texts and texts by his contemporary poets. From the shimmering “Serenade to Music” of Ralph Vaughan Williams to Bob Chilcott’s jazz-inspired “Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda” for chorus and jazz quartet, this concert will present a variety of musical styles and poetic verse. P.D.Q. Bach’s witty and ingenious “Liebeslieder Polkas” accompanied by piano five-hands will round out the program. As Shakespeare wrote, ”In sweet music is such art, killing care and grief of heart.”

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The Wonder of Christmas

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016 at 4:00 PM


St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
4900 Connecticut Avenue NW

Washington’s holiday season would not be complete without the White House Christmas Tree lighting, carols at the Willard Hotel (a favorite TCS tradition), and of course, our annual Christmas concert. TCS will be joined by the Commonwealth Brass, organ, harp and percussion to perform holiday favorites such as Conrad Susa’s “A Christmas Garland,” Kirke Mechem’s “Seven Joys of Christmas.” Also guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit are carols and motets of Paul Halley, Carlos Alejandro Catrillo, Matthew Culloton, David Willcocks, and more, as well as a choral procession with bells and an audience sing-alongs of favorite carols.

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A Spirited Soiree

TCS Annual Silent Auction Party

SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM


The Event Space at Wonder Bread Factory
641 S St. NW (Shaw Metro)

You’ll be sure to find something to arouse all of your senses at our annual Silent Auction Party, this year held at the historic Wonder Bread Factory in Shaw. Feast your eyes on an array of tempting items up for bid at our silent auction to benefit the dual mission of TCS while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres as well as tasty cocktails provided by our friends at Catoctin Creek Distillery, including the popular Thomas Circle Slammer. Enjoy a unique performance by the Thomas Circle Singers featuring Philip Orr’s “The J. Peterman Company Owner’s Manual No. 44B,” a one-of-a-kind piece about one-of-a-kind merchandise, and noteworthy music by Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin.

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From Discord to Harmony: The Struggle for Peace

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017 at 5:00 PM


First United Church of Christ
945 G St. NW (Metro Center)

In a world and a time where so many voices are raised in anger and conflict, we choose to join and lift our voices in harmony. We aspire to use our voices to describe our pain, to share our struggles, to tell our diverse stories, to declare our love for one another, and to sing of our hope and belief in a better future. Using texts spanning more than two millennia, TCS will tell this dramatic story through the music of Blake Henson, Michael Fili, Randall Thompson, Stephen Paulus, Johannes Brahms and many more. We invite you to join us in community, as we move from brokenness to unity, from discord to harmony.

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