The holiday spirit was alive and well at one of the season’s most spectacular events.
By Allison Priebe Brooks
Always one of the most anticipated holiday events of the year, The Choral Arts Society’s Annual Holiday Concert and Gala with the theme Christmas Music: Holiday Treasure’s from Russia was held at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The concert’s honorary patron was the Ambassador of the Russian Federation and Mrs. Sergey I. Kislyak, who brought the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra and special guest artists from Russia including the exquisite mezzo-soprano Irina Shishkova, who has a voice like an angel.
Famed retiring Choral Arts Founder and Artistic Director, Norman Scribner, served as conductor at the 31st Annual Holiday Concert and Benefit to a nearly sold-out crowd in The Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall.
From the Opening Fanfare of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio to the last stirring notes of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, concert-goers were enchancted by The Choral Arts Chorus and the acclaimed Ural Phiharmonic Orchestra.
After the concert guests were ushered upstairs to The Kennedy Center’s Roof Terrace level for a lavish silent auction and cocktail reception.
An elegant formal dinner was served and guests enjoyed a delicious modern take on traditional Russian food, with smoked salmon and blinis, short ribs and cabbage and a decadent chocolate dessert. The night concluded with live music and dancing until just before the stroke of midnight.