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Celebrate Spring at Sonic Bloom!

The GRAMMY-nominated Cathedral Choral Society with Music Director Steven Fox presents Sonic Bloom: Music of Bruckner, Esmail and Gabrieli on March 10 at 4 p.m. 

This concert explores the “sonic bloom” — the interplay among monumental architecture and majestic music — within Washington National Cathedral. Trumpets and voices will soar, resounding throughout the palatial arches and ringing in the season of spring.

Plan a Day at the Cathedral

Here’s your step-by-step plan for a spring afternoon at one of D.C.’s most historic landmarks!

  1. Celebrate springtime at Sonic Bloom — this performance will delight hearts of all ages, even if this is you first choir concert!
  2. Cherry blossoms aren’t just for the tidal basin… Washington National Cathedral has these iconic trees too. Explore their blooms just south of the main Cathedral building.
  3. Immerse yourself in local cuisine for dinner — the Cathedral Heights neighborhood is home to incredible restaurants like Heritage India, La Piquette, and Barcelona Wine Bar.

What’s on the Program

Choral treasures for brass and chorus by Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli are paired with three motets by Anton Bruckner as well as a rare performance of the composer’s Mass No. 2 in E Minor. Also included in the performance is a new commission by American composer Reena Esmail. Exaltations is a set of three interstitial works for double choir and brass quintet, written specifically to fit between the works of the Gabrielis and Bruckner.

Tickets for the in-person event are available now!

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