Join the Arlington Chorale for an extraordinary evening! Celebrating historical icons and musical legends, this concert has something for everyone! You’ll hear well-known holiday favorites like the beloved carol, "Good King Wenceslas," Nat King Cole’s timeless classic, “The Christmas Song,” and Antonio Vivaldi’s uplifting Gloria. We will also introduce you to Margaret Bonds’ The Ballad of the Brown King, a rarely performed work with libretto by Langston Hughes that premiered in 1954. This captivating story of Balthazar, one of the Three Wise Men, weaves together elements of spirituals, gospel, and classical music, creating a unique and soul-stirring experience that will resonate with all.
The Chorale is proud to collaborate with the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington for this concert, working with museum director Dr. Scott Edwin Taylor and Saundra Green, a long-time Halls Hill resident. These two speakers will share some of the struggles faced by Margaret Bonds, a Black female composer, as she strove to have her work taken seriously in America in a time before the Civil Rights movement. Don’t miss this incredible musical event!