Year after year the D.C. Christmas season brings some of the best soirées and galas this town has to offer. Perennial favorites that have, over the past six years, become my personal holiday traditions. But Monday night I stepped out of my traditional holiday party routine and made my way over to the Kennedy Center for The Choral Arts Society of Washington: An Enchanted Christmas concert. Despite having worked in the Watergate (next door to the Kennedy Center) for my first three years in the city, I had never ventured over during the holiday season, and boy have I been missing out!
What I found? The perfect Christmas concert.
Filled with a superb balance of yuletide classics ranging from O Come, O Come Emanuel to This Little Babe and beloved carol-sing-alongs like Angels We Have Heard on High and Silent Night – the concert had something for everyone. It’s certainly safe to say Artistic Director and conductor Scott Tucker, who is as charming as he is talented, put together a Christmas masterpiece, leaving concert goers with the holiday spirit and the joy of the season in their hearts.
But the evening didn’t even there. Immediately proceeding the concert, I made my way across the street to Rivers at the Watergate for the sold-out Choral Arts Young Patrons’ Carols and Cocktails where I joined a room of concert attendees. Donning their holiday best, this young professional crowd all had one thing in common — they love and appreciate the choral arts. And what better time to celebrate the magic of music than at Christmas.
The soirée itself featured sensational libations from EG Spirits (Earl Grey and Sage vodka with St. Germains and Ginger Beer — amazing) and wine from Notaviva Vineyards who helped put a festive cap on a classy evening, giving first-time attendees like myself a fetching glimpse of how the choral arts spends the rest of the year.
It was truly a spectacular evening and both events will surely be on my Christmas must-attend list for years to come.
For those spending Christmas in the city, don’t miss the final concert of the season: Christmas Eve at 1 p.m.