Kristen Dubenion-Smith


"...A mezzo-soprano with a lilting voice..."

-Rebecca Corbett, The New York Times-


"The listener basked in the luxuriant richness of her lower register, while marveling at the facility of her upper tessitura... the depth of her conviction and connection to the music."

-Patrick McCoy, Washington Life Magazine-


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City Choir of Washington: Baroque and Beyond

National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC

The City Choir of Washington concludes its twelfth season with one of the most popular choral works ever written: Mozart’s immortal Requiem. Maestro Shafer invites you to explore the baroque influences that shaped Mozart’s masterpiece, including excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, and the Uppsala Magnificat by German composer Heinrich Schütz. Schütz studied in Venice and took their poly-choral practices back to Northern Germany. It is a thrilling and rarely-heard piece for three choirs and orchestra.


Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta

Italian Embassy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW, Washington D.C.

During the 15th century, Italian villas witnessed an incredible transformation, going from fortified country houses to places of entertainment and leisure, and in the process, experiencing deep remodeling during this transition. Used to entertain guests and as a retreat from the noise and confusion of the streets and piazzas, these villas often featured gardens emulating those of ancient Rome, adorned with an array of statuary.

For this program, excerpts from the newly released documentary Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta: four centuries of history will be screened with a presentation by Film Director Francesco Vitali and Dr. Allison Luchs, Curator of Early European Sculpture at the National Gallery of Art, who will illustrate the tradition of sculpture gardens in Renaissance Italy and two masterpieces from Villa Litta now part of the NGA’s collection.

To enhance the audience’s appreciation of the documentary, the screening will be accompanied by a concert featuring some music by the composers who enjoyed the patronage of the Villa’s residents during the 16th-18th centuries. Directed by Tina Chancey of Hesperus, the musical performances will feature Mezzo-soprano Kristen Dubanion-Smith and tenor Rob Petillo joined by William Simms, theorbo and renaissance lute, Elizabeth Field, baroque violin, Paula Maust, harpsichord, and Dr. Chancey, renaissance violin and viola da gamba.


Cathedral Choral Society: Rachmaninoff Liturgy

Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

With both moments of impressive grandeur and breathtaking beauty, Rachmaninoff’s writing for a cappella chorus is unmatched. This liturgy’s text was written by John, an archbishop of Constantinople, renowned as an orator in favor of almsgiving and against the abuse of wealth.


The University of Toronto presents Handel’s Israel in Egypt

St. Patrick’s Parish, 131 McCaul St, Toronto, Ontario

Musicians from Tafelmusik, along with the Choir of the Theatre of Early Music, Schola Cantorum and Collegium Musicum take the audience through the epic and dynamic story of the Exodus. Dominated by virtuosic choruses, Israel in Egypt reveals Handel’s genius for word-painting and drama.


Eya: Heartform

Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Drive, Bethesda, MD

Award-winning vocal trio EYA specializes in the interpretation of medieval music for women’s voices. Lauded as “remarkable” and “gorgeous” by The Washington Post, EYA has been featured on Voice of America, and recently won the Ovation Award for Best New Recording for The Three Marys.

Join us for a wine and cheese reception following the concert.

General Admission $30 Seniors $20 Students $10