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Welcome to the splendid 2017-2018 Season of the Georgetown Concert Series.  It is our great pleasure to invite you to attend an exciting array of special musical performances.  Our exciting new season includes four outstanding events featuring some of today’s most acclaimed artists.
The season begins in October with a celebration of one of America’s most iconic composers with “Leonard Bernstein at 100.” Members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program from the Washington National Opera will join us for this tribute to Bernstein with music from Candide and West Side Story.
Next up in November, set the stage for the holiday season with the Washington, DC debut of the Etherea Vocal Ensemble. Experience the seasonal sounds of Christmas with Benjamin Britten’s, Ceremony of Carols and John Rutter’s Dancing Day with harp.
We’ll launch the New Year with the incomparable King’s Singers from England, dubbed by The Times of London as “The superlative vocal sextet.” Acclaimed for their life-affirming virtuosity and irresistible charm, The King’s Singers are in demand around the 


world, lauded for their musical excellence and renowned as consummate entertainers with a magical ability to charm audiences.
We conclude the season in April with a gala performance and a return appearance by the world famous men’s choral group, Chanticleer.
On behalf of the St. John’s Church community, I invite you to order your tickets now and become a Friend of Music. Don’t miss a single note – ordering early is the best way to be sure you have seats for performances we anticipate will sell out.  Adding to the enjoyment, you are invited to meet the artists at a delectable reception following each concert.
The new season is filled with beautiful music and the excitement of live performances.  You’ll be inspired, moved, perhaps even transformed!

Samuel Carabetta,  Artistic Director

Washington National Opera – Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists

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A centennial tribute to composer, “Leonard Bernstein at 100” by the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists from the Washington National Opera. Join us for a celebration of the indelible and lasting impact Bernstein’s work had on American culture  through the Broadway stage. His prolific work in nearly every genre has made him one of the most enduring and celebrated artists of all time.  We honor his legacy with some of his most cherished works from West Side Story and Candide as these outstanding singers include such classic songs as “Tonight,” “Maria,” “Glitter and Be Gay, ” and “Make Our Garden Grow.”

Etherea Vocal Ensemble

Saturday, November 25, 2017  at 5 pm

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Renowned for its “superb blending of tone, dynamic range, and flexible technique” (Opera News), Etherea Vocal Ensemble is an intimate chamber group specializing in choral repertoire for treble (high) voices. Founded and directed by  countertenor Derek Greten-Harrison, Etherea’s Christmas program features Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, John Rutter’s Dancing Day with harpist Grace Cloutier, and traditional favorites of the season. Begin your holidays early with celestial sounds by candlelight.

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The King’s Singers

Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 5 pm


This remarkable sextet has delighted audiences worldwide for 50 years with incomparable musicianship, charm, and wit. They are counted among the world’s most elite classical performers, celebrated for their commitment to perfection in blend, balance, and intonation. Renowned for their versatility, The King’s Singers have an impressively diverse repertoire that encompasses masterworks from Medieval to Renaissance, lieder to folk and jazz. They are double Grammy® award-winning artists, one of only two vocal ensembles to enter the Gramophone Hall of Fame, honored for their unique discography of more than 150 albums.

 “…they are still unmatched for their sheer musicality and ability to entertain.” –  The Times, London

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Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 5 pm 


Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, and named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, the GRAMMY® award winning ensemble Chanticleer.  Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for their “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer – based in San Francisco – is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music

 The singing of Chanticleer is breathtaking in its accuracy of intonation, purity of blend,  variety of color and swagger of style.” – The Boston Globe

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