Symphonic Adult Chorus


Dr. Douglas Mears
Artistic Director

Raffi Kasparian
Accompanist

Now in its 55th season, the acclaimed 120-member chorus performs choral masterworks from the classic music of Bach’s Mass in B Minor to the contemporary sounds of Orff’s Carmina Burana.  The chorus performs a variety of musical works each season including unique performances such as a Civil War Retrospective, A Celtic Celebration, and Broadway Goes Choral.

Highlights

  • Performed at Carnegie Hall (March 2015)
  • Held a 4-day residency with National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen, including a composition master class, a choral festival for high school and college students featuring the U. S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, Film Screening and Lecture, Discussion, and Concert (March, 2014)
  • Celebrated the 50th Anniversary of FCS with a commission by Z. Randall Stroope, a retrospective concert, and a CD celebration of the organization (2011-2012 season)
  • Put on “An Evening with Sir David Willcocks”, a lecture and full concert program directed by acclaimed British conductor Sir David Willcocks (May, 2009)
  • Performed the Washington premiere of Mack Wilberg’s Requiem under world-renowned conductor Dr. Craig Jessop (November, 2008)
  • Performed the regional premiere of the Lord of the Rings Symphony with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (May, 2005)
  • At the request of maestro Marvin Hamlisch, the FCS Symphonic Adult Chorus performed at the Kennedy Center in four sold out Happy Holidays concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra Pops (December, 2005)
  • Performed with the National Symphony Orchestra in their Pops Series concert It’s De-Lovely: A Tribute to Cole Porter (September, 2004)
  • Sold-out performance of original, multi-media concert, Hollywood Goes Choral! with members of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (March, 2003)
  • Guest Chorus for the popular Christmas at the Kennedy Center, to benefit the Salvation Army hosted by WMAL-630 Radio, Washington, DC. (December, 2002)
  • Performed the Verdi Requiem with members of the Cathedral Choral Society and accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center (June, 2002)
  • Critically acclaimed performance of Einhorn’s Voices of Light, accompanying the great silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc, and featuring the original recording artists, Anonymous 4. (March, 2001)

Premieres

  • World-premiere of Randoll Alan Bass’ Laudem Nativitatis (December 2015)
  • World-premiere of Travis Whaley’s A Christmas Carol, winner of the Choral Composition Contest for Young Composers (December, 2013)
  • Washington premiere of Steve Dobrogosz’s Requiem, with the Amadeus Orchestra (April, 2013)
  • World-premiere of Z. Randall Stroope’s Garcilaso’s Sonnets, commissioned in celebration for FCS’s 50th Anniversary (May, 2012)
  • Washington premiere of Mack Wilberg’s Requiem (November, 2008)
  • Washington premiere of Handel’s newly discovered Gloria, featuring soprano Dorothy Kingston (November, 2001)
  • Premiere of Missa Brevis by Joseph McIntyre (March, 2000)

Tours

  • England, performing in Cambridge, Canterbury Cathedral, and London
  • France, performing at the cathedrals of Notre Dame de Paris, Chartres, Reims and LeMans

Concert Appearances

  • Most performances are held at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus, National Presbyterian Church, National City Christian Church, Vienna Presbyterian Church, and other prestigious venues throughout the Washington region.
  • At George Mason University Center for the Arts, in Fairfax, Va when performing with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra.
  • On every major stage in the Washington metro area, including the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap