Choral Arts Holiday Magic
This Legacy Season concludes Norman Scribner’s tenure as Artistic Director of the Choral Arts Society of Washington, which he founded in 1965. The Ambassador of the Russian Federation and Mrs. Sergey Kislyak were honorary patrons of the Annual Christmas Concerts, opening their residence for a Dec. 15 reception. “Holiday Treasures from Russia” featured Choral Arts’ 160-strong symphonic chorus accompanied by the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra under the artistic direction of Dmitry Liss and Russian mezzo soprano Irina Shishkova. Avid supporter and current Choral Arts chorister Kandy Stroud was honorary chair with her daughter Brooke Stroud Carnot and husband Stephane serving as benefit co-chairs for the 31st Annual Holiday Concert and Benefit in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Dec. 19. The sellout crowd enjoyed a post-performance reception, silent auction, dinner and dancing at the Roof Terrace. The evening’s proceeds help support Choral Arts’ annual season of concerts as well as its educational and community programs.