Kristen Dubenion-Smith

~Mezzo-Soprano~

 
Kristen Dubenion-Smith possesses a lyric-mezzo of uncommon beauty, her flickering vibrato and the amber cast of her tone making something special out of the alto arias.”

~John Banno, The Washington Post-

 

"...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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Jan1

The Clarion Choir: GRETCHANINOFF PASSION WEEK

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral , 337 East 74th Street, New York, NY 10021

GRETCHANINOFF PASSION WEEK

The Clarion Choir has earned international renown for its performances and recordings of Russian sacred music. It’s first three recordings have earned Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, the Choral & Song selection and a nomination for the Choral Award in BBC Music Magazine, 5 Diapasons in France, and three GRAMMY® nominations for Best Choral Performance.

This December and January, Clarion continues its tradition of performing Russian sacred music to usher in the New Year. This year the choir will explore the music of Alexander Gretchaninoff, a renowned choral composer who studied with Taneyev in Moscow and Rimsky-Korsakov in St. Petersburg before emigrating to the United States in 1939. The Clarion Choir will perform his 13-movement Passion Week. It was Gretchaninoff’s Passion Week that helped inspire Maximilian Steinberg’s later work of the same name, which Clarion performed and recorded several years ago.

Dec31

The Clarion Choir: GRETCHANINOFF PASSION WEEK

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 337 East 74th Street , New York, NY 10021

GRETCHANINOFF PASSION WEEK

The Clarion Choir has earned international renown for its performances and recordings of Russian sacred music. It’s first three recordings have earned Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, the Choral & Song selection and a nomination for the Choral Award in BBC Music Magazine, 5 Diapasons in France, and three GRAMMY® nominations for Best Choral Performance.

This December and January, Clarion continues its tradition of performing Russian sacred music to usher in the New Year. This year the choir will explore the music of Alexander Gretchaninoff, a renowned choral composer who studied with Taneyev in Moscow and Rimsky-Korsakov in St. Petersburg before emigrating to the United States in 1939. The Clarion Choir will perform his 13-movement Passion Week. It was Gretchaninoff’s Passion Week that helped inspire Maximilian Steinberg’s later work of the same name, which Clarion performed and recorded several years ago.

Eya Medieval Music: The Jesse Tree

The College of William and Mary, 200 Stadium Drive, Williamsburg, VA

Eya presents The Jesse Tree

Isaiah’s ancient prophecy of the birth of Jesus, retold each year during the Advent season, is filled with wonder and promise: et egredietur virga de radice Iesse et flos de radice eius ascendet (“a shoot shall come out from the root of Jesse and a flower shall grow out of his roots” Isaiah 11:1). The symbol of the “Jesse tree,” as representing the spiritual and genealogical lineage of Jesus, lit the medieval imagination. Stained glass windows and illuminated manuscripts testify to the prominence of this image within the visual arts. In medieval music, countless works examine this theme, realized in works of both humble devotion and exuberant praise. Eya explores these fascinating and thoughtful interpretations of Isaiah’s prophecy in a program ranging from the monasteries of 13th-century England, to the visionary songs of Hildegard von Bingen, to the grand splendor of Notre Dame Cathedral. Join us for a sublime array of haunting chant and polyphony for Advent.

Washington National Cathedral: Messiah

Washington National Cathedral , 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Join Washington National Cathedral for Handel’s beloved “Messiah,” and experience this Christmas classic in a space as Handel would have intended. The Cathedral’s soaring architecture and Gothic splendor offers a space unlike any other in Washington to experience Handel’s masterpiece.

The 12 pm concert on December 4 is an abbreviated performance of “Messiah” highlights, perfect for busy families with young children. Experience the best of “Messiah” with the whole family.

Dec1

The Clarion Orchestra & The Clarion Choir: Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus

Temple Emanu-El, 1 East 65th Street , New York, NY 10065

HANDEL & HANNUKAH: JUDAS MACCABEUS

Each year, thousands of New Yorkers assemble in concert halls and churches across New York City to hear Handel's Messiah. But there is another choral work by Handel that was also beloved in the composer's lifetime, and which tells the story of the Feast of Lights and the hero of Judea, Judas Maccabeus. In celebration of Hannukah, the GRAMMY®-nominated Clarion Choir and Clarion Orchestra join forces with one of the most celebrated American opera singers, Anthony Roth Costanzo, to perform a suite from Judas Maccabeus at historic Temple Emanu-El. The program will also include arias, duets and choruses from Handel’s Esther, Israel in Egypt, and Rodelinda.

Washington Bach Consort: Franco-Flemish Composers of the 15th and 16th Centuries

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 228 S. Pitt St., Alexandria, VA

Vocal Polyphany Franco-Flemish composers of the 15th and 16th centuries

Josquin des Prez (c.1450/55–1521) was among the most important composers of his era and, like Bach, a master of counterpoint. He was held in especially high esteem by his contemporaries—a reputation that continues to the present day. This program celebrates the 500th anniversary of the composer’s death.

Washington Bach Consort: Franco-Flemish Composers of the 15th and 16th Centuries

Live! At 10th and G, 945 G Street NW, Washington, DC

Vocal Polyphany Franco-Flemish composers of the 15th and 16th centuries

Josquin des Prez (c.1450/55–1521) was among the most important composers of his era and, like Bach, a master of counterpoint. He was held in especially high esteem by his contemporaries—a reputation that continues to the present day. This program celebrates the 500th anniversary of the composer’s death.

Eya Medieval Music: The Jesse Tree

St. Nicholas Church, 1450 Plum Point Rd. , Huntingtown, MD 20639

Eya presents The Jesse Tree

Isaiah’s ancient prophecy of the birth of Jesus, retold each year during the Advent season, is filled with wonder and promise: et egredietur virga de radice Iesse et flos de radice eius ascendet (“a shoot shall come out from the root of Jesse and a flower shall grow out of his roots” Isaiah 11:1). The symbol of the “Jesse tree,” as representing the spiritual and genealogical lineage of Jesus, lit the medieval imagination. Stained glass windows and illuminated manuscripts testify to the prominence of this image within the visual arts. In medieval music, countless works examine this theme, realized in works of both humble devotion and exuberant praise. Eya explores these fascinating and thoughtful interpretations of Isaiah’s prophecy in a program ranging from the monasteries of 13th-century England, to the visionary songs of Hildegard von Bingen, to the grand splendor of Notre Dame Cathedral. Join us for a sublime array of haunting chant and polyphony for Advent.

Chantry: When the Saints go Marching In

St. Bernadette Church, 70 University Blvd, Silver Spring, MD 20901

When The Saints Go Marching In

Victoria- Missa O qualm gloriosum Byrd- All Saints Propers Lassus and Palestrina motets

  • Victoria's motet O quam gloriosum has been called “the greatest hit of the 16th
    century.” It marvelously depicts in music the text of the Magnificat Antiphon at Vespers on the Feast of All Saints, “ O how glorious is the kingdom where the saints rejoice with Christ.”

  • Victoria’s joyous Missa O quam gloriosum, based on the motet, has become perhaps the best known and loved of the composer's Masses in modern times. Tovey called it one of the most perfect Masses ever written. Its masterful polyphony has a marvelous controlled fervor typical of Victoria.

  • Byrd's Propers for All Saints are part of his monumental Gradualia, which includes music for the Propers of the Mass for all major feasts in the liturgical year, a feat achieved by few composers. Composed at Byrd's personal risk (in Elizabethan England) for clandestine celebration of the feast by Jesuit missionaries and English Catholics, Byrd's celebratory music depicts the individual words of the Propers in a way strikingly parallel to St. Ignatius of Loyola's technique of meditating word by word on sacred texts.