Concerts at St. Peter’s

2016-2017 Season

Walk the Way of Love
The Anthems of James Jillson Selway

Sunday, April 2 at  4:00 pm
St. Peter’s Choirs
Don Witman, conductor
James Selway, piano

St. Peter’s is tremendously fortunate to have a talented composer in its midst and has decided it’s time for the combined St. Peter’s choirs to celebrate the music of their own James Jillson Selway!

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PAST CONCERTS

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Messiah Sing-along

Sunday, December 4, 2016 at  7:30 pm

Our annual Advent tradition: sing along with Part I of Handel’s Messiah
(augmented by the ever-popular “Hallelujah Chorus”)
features chamber orchestra, soloists, St. Peter’s Choir and World Children’s Choir.
Bring your score or borrow one at the door.
Our sing-along is family-friendly and very informal!

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Music for Brass Quintet

Sunday, October 23, 2016
4:00 pm

Don Witman brings his brass quintet back to St. Peter’s for a free concert of music from the Renaissance to the jazz age!

2015-2016 Season

Organist Jay Parrotta in Recital

Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Battala del 6to Tono – José Jimenez
O Mensch bewein dein Sünde groß – J.S. Bach
Aria on “Abide with Me” – Justus Parrotta
Praeludium in C Major BuxWV 137 – Dietrich Buxtehude
Suite on the Third Mode (Composed for the Lewis and Hitchcock Organ at St. Peter’s)
Le Banquet Celeste – Olivier Messiaen
Fête – Jean Langlais

Justus (Jay) Parrotta is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, the highest level of certification granted by the AGO. He has received awards and scholarships for his keyboard skills from the Delaware, District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia Chapters of the American Guild of Organists; National  Federation of Music Clubs; National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts; and West Chester University. He has performed recitals at such venues as the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, National City Christian Church, St. Luke’s Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia, and The Washington National Cathedral. He possesses a varied and extensive music background, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Organ Performance, magna cum laude and a Master’s Degree in Music Composition with a concentration in Concert Music from The Catholic University of America’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music where he is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Composition. As a composer, his works not only consist of music for keyboard but music for solo instruments, voice, choir, congregation, chamber ensemble, orchestra, opera, electronics, and film; including the critically acclaimed documentary Dakota 38(www.justusparrotta.com/film/dakota-38/). His music has been heard in Antarctica, Australia, France, Sweden, Zambia, and throughout North America.

Messiah Sing-along

Sunday, December 7, 2014 at  7:30 pm

Our annual Advent tradition: sing along with Part I of Handel’s Messiah (augmented by the ever-popular “Hallelujah Chorus”) including chamber orchestra and soloists from St. Peter’s Choir.Bring your score or borrow one at the door. Our sing-along is family-friendly and very informal!

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2014-2015 Season

Psalms and Mass Settings
Six Centuries of Inspiration

Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm

St. Peter’s Choir takes you on a tour of 6 centuries of the world’s most beautiful liturgical choral music.  Selections will range from William Byrd’s 1590 Mass for Four Voices to contemporary psalm settings by 20th– and 21st-century composers and will include excerpts from inspirational mass settings settings by Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn, Mozart, Gounod, Puccini and Bach.


TRACY COX, soprano
KIM PENSINGER WITMAN, piano

Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm

An entertaining and enlightening hour of music with an award-winning soprano.
Tracy is a recipient of the 2014 George London-Kirsten Flagstad Prize and the Birgit Nilsson Prize at the 2013 Operalia Competition, and she was a National Finalist in the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She has recently performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Wolf Trap Opera, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Opera.

The theme of the afternoon will be “A Rock & a Hard Place: Songs of Obsessive, Wonderful, Terrible Love.” Verdi and Strauss will be joined by Joni Mitchell and Jerome Kern! Complete program here.


MESSIAH SING-ALONG
Sunday, December 7, 2014 at  7:30 pm

Our annual Advent tradition: sing along with Part I of Handel’s Messiah
(augmented by the ever-popular
“Hallelujah Chorus”)
including chamber orchestra and soloists from St. Peter’s Choir. Bring your score or borrow one at the door. Our sing-along is family-friendly and very informal!


BEAU SOIR ENSEMBLE
Sunday, October 6, 2013
4:00 pm

Beau Soir’s recent performances include the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, the Arts Club of Washington, Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, Church of the Epiphany (Washington DC), Dumbarton House (Washington, DC) and Old Town Hall (Fairfax, VA). Beau Soir is also a regular performer at the Harman Center for the Arts Wednesday at Noon Series in Washington, DC.


St. Peter’s Pianists
DANCE INTO SPRING

Sunday, April 14, 2013
4:00 pm

James Selway & Kim Witman, pianists

Waltz, samba, arabesque, flamenco and jig your way into spring with music by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Debussy, Milhaud, Selway, Lecuona, Joplin, Bach and more.

Piano music for 2, 4, and 8 (!) hands. (The latter thanks to guest appearances by Neil Gibson and Eren Guendelsberger.)

This concert will be approximately one hour long.


AN OFFERING OF BAROQUE & RENAISSANCE MUSIC

Sunday, February 24, 2013
4:00 pm

St. Peter’s Choir and Soloists
Chamber Orchestra
Don Witman, conductor

Program to include Vivaldi’s Gloria,  the Pergolesi/Durante Magnificat, Gibbons’ “Almighty and Everlasting God”, Byrd’s “Lord, Make Me to Know Thy Ways,” and Tallis’ “O Lord Give Thy Holy Spirit”


22nd ANNUAL MESSIAH SING-ALONG

Sunday, December 9, 2012
7:30 pm

Our annual Advent tradition: sing-along with Part I of Handel’s Messiah
(augmented by the ever-popular “Hallelujah Chorus”)
Including chamber orchestra and soloists from St. Peter’s Choir.
Bring your score or borrow one at the door.
Our sing-along is family-friendly and very informal!