Choralis Presents - In Search of Peace: A Concert of Remembrance and Hope for the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11

Choralis—the mixed voice chorus under Artistic Director, Gretchen Kuhrmann, is offering a special performance at National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. on Sunday September 11, 2011.

Washington, DC, September 03, 2011 --( Choralis—the mixed voice chorus under Artistic Director, Gretchen Kuhrmann, is offering a special performance at National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. on Sunday September 11, 2011 to commemorate this milestone anniversary with a program to uplift and inspire. In recognition of the sacrifice and endurance of our community during and after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Choralis has designed a tenth anniversary repertoire of musical selections to honor the memory of those lost as well as to celebrate the power of healing and reconciliation.

The centerpiece of the concert will be the premiere of local composer Gary Davison’s Shadow Tides, a work for choir and orchestra commissioned by The Choralis Foundation for this occasion. The four-movement work sets text by local poet Margaret (Peggy) Ingraham. The program also will include Samuel Barber’s haunting Adagio for Strings, the “Dona Nobis Pacem” from J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and a performance of Taps by nationally-renowned trumpeter Sergeant Major Woodrow English (US Army Ret.).

Complimentary tickets will be made available to area organizations and individuals with a personal connection to the 9/11 attacks, including families and survivors from the Pentagon and first responders from local police and fire departments as well as military veterans and their families. The Pentagon Memorial Fund will assist Choralis in the distribution of these guest tickets.

Gary Davison is a local composer who writes sensitively for voices and instruments. He has served as Composer-in-Residence and Keyboard Artist for the highly regarded Cantate Chamber Singers, and has twice received Fellowships in Composition at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Mr. Davison currently serves as the Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland.

Sergeant Major Woody English was trumpet soloist for the U.S. Army Band "Pershing’s Own" in Washington, D.C., and was often spotlighted when the unit performed in public concerts and for official military functions. English was the Army Band's solo bugler for ceremonies in Arlington National Cemetery, and performed Taps at the 2004 national memorial service for President Ronald Reagan. Sergeant Major English was a member of the U.S. Army Brass Quintet, an ensemble well known throughout the country and around the world.

Note: Maestra Kuhrmann, Mr. Davison, and Sgt. Major English can be made available for interviews regarding this very special concert. Please call 703-237-2499 for further information.

Choralis and its chamber group, Ēchos (ee-kos) were founded in Falls Church, VA by Artistic Director Gretchen Kuhrmann in September 2000. Since then, Choralis has been one of the fastest growing choral groups in the DC area, drawing singers and audience from throughout the Washington metro area and garnering enthusiastic praise from audience and the press alike. Educational and performance opportunities for young singers are integral components of the Choralis mission. Information on Choralis, its concerts, children and youth choirs, its Summer Choral Festival for High School musicians, and other special events may be found at

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Cathy Baumbusch