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Perfect Octave: Holiday Concert

Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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EightFold, an a cappella singing group comprised of some of the finest singers in the greater DC area, presents a seasonal program centered around Francis Poulenc’s stunning Quatre Motets Pour Le Temps de Noël. These four dazzling works trace the scene of the nativity through four perspectives: the divine mystery, the shepherds, the magi and the proclamation of the birth. The program also includes favorites from traditional ceremonies of carols, as well as from the Great American Songbook. The audience will be invited to join in on several beloved carols.

Victoria Woodall, soprano, is a Franco -American soprano from Washington, DC. She began her training as a Chorister at the Washington National Cathedral, and completed her degree in Voice from the Royal Academy of Music in 2016. In addition to pursuing a career in classical voice, Victoria is the Executive Assistant at the French-American Cultural Foundation in Washington, DC.
Jennifer Piazza-Pick, soprano, is on the voice faculty at Towson University and Carroll Community College while completing her DMA and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the University of Maryland. She has performed extensively throughout the US and in Germany, and often presents her research on women composers around the country.
P. Lucy McVeigh, alto
Karyn Castro, mezzo, is the Government Relations & Protocol Assistant at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She recently received a MA in Arts Management from American University, and can be seen performing with the 18th Street Singers and new music ensemble, Artifice.
Nicholas Levy, tenor, is from Amarillo, Texas and studied voice at the University of Maryland. He is an active member in the DMV choral scene, with recent appearances at St. John’s Lafayette Square, Church of the Ascension St. Agnes, the Kennedy Center, and an appearance this spring at Carnegie Hall.
Zachary Taylor, tenor
Collin Power, bass, is a masters student at the University of Maryland as a part of the Maryland Opera Studio. He is also the Director of Music at the Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes, a historic Anglo-Catholic Church in downtown DC.
Richard Giarusso, bass, is Chair of the Department of Musicology at the Peabody Conservatory. Well-known throughout the region as an ensemble and solo singer, he also serves as music director of The Georgetown Chorale.


Andrew Jonathan Welch, conductor, is Director of Music Ministry at Dumbarton Church, and is completing his DMA at the University of Maryland. You can often see him performing as a pianist around town, including with the Georgetown Chorale and others.

This concert is part of our new series, Perfect Octave, in which we will explore the Western canon of music, both in theory and practice. Each season, Andrew Jonathan Welch, our curator and this concert’s conductor, will unpack a musical genre or piece through a lecture and a live performance. Audiences will explore music through its historical and social context and experience it with a deeper understanding.

Welch is a pianist, conductor and composer in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he was recognized with the Robert McCoy award in collaborative piano, and American University, where he earned the university’s prestigious Evelyn Swarthout Hayes Award.

Register for individual events in the series or buy a bundle! The December bundle is $25 and includes the lecture, Why We Sing of Christmas?, and the Temps de Noël concert.

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Thursday, December 19, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$18 per person, includes a glass of prosecco
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