A ROYAL OCCASION

The Music of Handel

Sunday, May 12 at 4 pm

Sherezade Panthaki
Kristen Dubenion-Smith              
Robert Petillo
Richard Giarusso            
          

soprano
alto
tenor
bass
 

The Cathedral Choral Society pays tribute to the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in five celebratory works written over five decades by George Frideric Handel. The dazzling soprano Sherezade Panthaki is featured soloist in the recently recovered Gloria, a virtuoso solo cantata from Handel's youth (1707). He received his first British royal commission for the "Utrecht" Jubilate Deo (1713), and his iconic anthem, Zadok the Priest, has been sung at every British coronation since 1727. From Handel's "wilderness" years comes his Ode for St. Cecilia's Day (1739), a setting of John Dryden's ode in honor of the patron saint of musicians. The regal grandeur of the Overture from the Music for the Royal Fireworks(1749), when experienced within the magnificent spaces of Washington National Cathedral, makes this concert a truly royal occasion.





   

Tickets start at $31

Free Parking available in the Cathedral’s underground garage