Logan Circle resident Cady North is a senior finance policy analyst for Bloomberg Government. She writes research on how government regulations impact industry groups, which is featured on BGOV.com as well as on various media platforms including television and radio. In addition to working at Bloomberg Government, she is also a member of the Congressional Chorus, the only chorus in the DC area dedicated to performing American choral music. (See Congressional Chorus Celebrates 25 Years at Thomas Circle Church.)
Now celebrating its 25th anniversary season, Congressional Chorus communicates the spirit, diversity and power of American music. They perform a wide variety of American choral music — everything from folk songs to classical, spirituals to jazz and patriotic anthems to Broadway hits. Over the years, Congressional Chorus, directed by David Simmons, has performed at the White House, Presidential Inaugurations, the U.S. Capitol Building, the Kennedy Center and numerous receptions and galas.
Borderstan: In regards to the upcoming concert, which song are you most excited to perform and why? What draws you to being part of the Congressional Chorus?
North: I’m thrilled to perform “The Awakening” by Joseph Martin. The version we are singing was commissioned in my home state of Texas. It’s nostalgic for me because I performed it ages ago back in Texas and loved it then. The piece also shares the name of one of my favorite DC sculptures. I’m also excited to perform and debut two commissioned pieces, “Be It Therefore Resolved” by Joan Szymko and “Dreams” by Christopher Urquiaga. It’s a real honor to debut such beautiful and dynamic pieces. It’s even more special that one of the composers, Chris is serving as our very talented pianist for the show.
Borderstan: How long have you been with the Congressional Chorus? How did you get involved?
North: I’ve been part of the chorus since January 2012. Performing the Chorus’ 1950s style Cabaret Concert in March “Shake Rattle and Roll” was a fantastic experience. It has been great getting back into singing after having been away from it for years. Life is much more fulfilling when you can have a creative outlet like singing. I now find myself singing to myself more when I’m working, biking or doing other random things in the area. It makes me happy.
Borderstan: What do you enjoy doing? Interests, hobbies other than singing? Favorite places to go in the Borderstan area?
North: I play tennis in the area and I also enjoy biking. Some of my favorite places and activities are reading on a sunny day in Logan Circle, grabbing Ethiopian during the Sunday coffee ceremony at Dukem, checking out Peregrine Espresso’s coffee special of the week or having evening drinks on the rooftop at El Centro D.F.
This Saturday, June 2, Congressional Chorus gives its Silver Anniversary Concert at the National City Christian Church in Thomas Circle. General admission tickets are $25 and available online, by calling (202) 399-7993, ext. 182 or at the door.
Chances are, you’ve heard them before.
After all, the Congressional Chorus has preformed all over town, from the White House to the Hill and even on NBC’s televised special, “Christmas In Washington.”
And on June 2, the Congressional Chorus will sing again when it celebrates 25 years of making music in the District at the historic National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle NW).
The Chorus’ Silver Anniversary Concert will celebrate the spirit, diversity and power of American choral music through its performance, “Singing America’s Songs.”
The concert, which is organized in collaboration with the American Youth Chorus, will feature an eclectic offering of American music including folksongs, spirituals, jazz standards, Broadway gems, choral classics and adventurous contemporary works.
The Congressional Chorus will perform “American Tapestry: Our Story in Song” this Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 pm at the National City Christian Church at 5 Thomas Circle NW.The concert is a journey through American history, from colonialism, the revolution, Civil War, and all the way up through Civil Rights and immigration. The songs use the words of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Langston Hughes, and John F. Kennedy among others.
Tickets are $25 at the door, but you can get a 20% discount if you become a Fan of the Congressional Chorus on Facebook and buy tickets online.
From Cecile Oreste of danceDC
The Congressional Chorus and American Youth Chorus will come together to perform “Cinemagic: Great Choral Works from the Silver Screen” tomorrow, Saturday, June 4, at 8 pm at National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle NW. The concert will feature pieces from popular movies including Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Sound of Music, Working Girl and more. Tickets are $25 general admission.
Artistic Director David Simmons provides more information about the two Chorus groups and why they are important to the area’s youth.
Borderstan: Tell us about The Congressional Chorus and the American Youth Chorus.
Simmons: The Congressional Chorus was started in 1987 by a small group of Capitol Hill staffers who wanted to get together and sing. Today, the chorus has about 70 members from all professions and from all parts of the city. We’re incredibly diverse — our youngest member is 16 years old, while some members are in their late 70’s. Did I mention we’re bipartisan?
In 2008, we saw that many school districts in the area were cutting arts programs. In response, we started the American Youth Chorus (AYC), a program for kids eight to 14 to learn about choral music, as well as develop their voices, creativity and self-esteem.