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Director’s Corner Address from Christopher Kendall

As we launch a new year, one that many of us hope will be a far better one than the last, the Consort finds much to look forward to. First, though, the holidays have provided a welcome respite after an incredibly intense visit to Jon Deak’s Dickensian vision, in the Consort’s project of filming, at long last, “The Passion of Scrooge, or a Christmas Carol.”

It was an amazing immersion led by film maker and Consort board member Paul H. Moon and enabled by the wonderful support of many, especially Linda and Jack Hoeschler (who made the piece possible in the first place, 20 years ago). The superb, Scroogily-omnipotent William Sharp and the incredible, indefatigable musicians of the Consort pulled it off, and now we await Paul’s genius in assembling all the footage into a fine film fit for the (2018) season.

Now, we look for February for our next adventure, as part of DC’s celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th. After the Victorian ambience of St. Mark’s Church for our December concert, we’ll be back home at McEvoy Auditorium at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

We’re excited to be introducing a new Consort guest artist Alice Teyssier in this concert, performing Lukas Foss’ redoubtable “Time Cycle,” arguably among the 20th century’s masterpieces premiered in 1960 by Bernstein (it’s hard for me to grasp that Lukas Foss was actually on my faculty when I held my first academic administration position at Boston University; Lukas would always interrupt his class to say greet my then-toddler son Oliver when he’d spot him in the hallway).

Please see “In Season” for the complete program. We hope to see you there!