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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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.

Mar22

Cathedral Choral Society

Washington National Cathedral, 3001 Wisconsin Ave., Washington D.C.

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Overture in C Jessie Montgomery, new commission Ruth Crawford Seeger, Three Chants for Women’s Chorus Lisa Bielawa, new commission Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Selected Part-Songs Ethel Smyth, Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei from Mass in D Augusta Read Thomas, new commission Ethel Smyth, The March of the Women

Kristen Dubenion-Smith, alto soloist

Mar13

Dryden Ensemble: St. John Passion

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Princeton, NJ

The Dryden Ensemble presents Bach's St John Passion with an octet of singers making up the chorus and soloists. Conducted by Scott Metcalf of Blue Heron.

Kristen Dubenion-Smith, alto soloist

Mar3

Washington Bach Consort

Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G Street NW, Washington, DC

The Washington Bach Consort presents Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 537 & O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß, BWV 622 Daniel Aune, organist (Christ Lutheran Church & Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, MD) and Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort, BWV 126 Kristen Dubenion-Smith, Alto soloist

Mar2

Washington Bach Consort

St. Peter’s Church on Capitol Hill, 313 2nd St. SW, Washington, DC

The Washington Bach Consort presents Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 537 & O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß, BWV 622 Daniel Aune, organist (Christ Lutheran Church & Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, MD) and Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort, BWV 126 Kristen Dubenion-Smith, Alto soloist