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Singing Our Hearts Out

by August 8, 2013 » Add the first comment.
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A version of this post originally appeared at Last Word on Nothing. Recently I was rehearsing a glorious 16th-century motet with a small chorus, for the Washington Revels 30th Anniversary CD. Haec dies quam fecit Dominus, the song begins. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us Read more »

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Winter Concert at the Birchmere

by December 27, 2011 » Add the second comment.
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Back in the early 90’s, Washington Revels did a few post-Christmas shows at the Birchmere with the local folk-rock band The New St. George. Now the New St. George’s leader, Jennifer Cutting, has a fabulous new band, and we’re reuniting with her to do a show tonight at the Birchmere! Read more »

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The Terrible, Adorable Tarasque

by November 23, 2011 » Add the second comment.
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Usually our Mummers play–the play-within-a-play in the second part of The Christmas Revels–features a hero fighting some kind of terrible monster. St. George and the dragon, for example. This year instead of a dragon we have a tarasque. The tarasque is a fearsome beast that ravaged, so the story goes, Read more »

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Widening the Circle

by November 21, 2011 » Add more comments.
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At the beginning of most rehearsals, and before every performance, we all stand in a circle for something we call – wait, the clever name will amaze you – “circle.” Some people find this a bit off-putting. Yeah, there’s a certain amount of hand-holding. But it’s part of what brings Read more »

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Eight Hours Beneath the Basketball Hoops

by November 20, 2011 » Add more comments.
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As the fall goes on, rehearsal starts taking up more time and more space. This weekend we have two all-day rehearsals at a school in Bethesda. Saturday there were props. Today there will be costumes. There are musicians wielding brass instruments. There are musicians wielding every other kind of instrument, Read more »

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