Hit the Perfect Holiday Octave at Hill Center

Eightfold Performs ‘Le Temps de Noël’ Thursday

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Eightfold Conductor and series curator Andrew Jonathan Welch. Courtesy Hill Center.

EightFold, an a cappella singing group comprised of some of the finest singers in the greater DC area, presents a seasonal program centered around Francis Poulenc’s stunning Quatre Motets Pour Le Temps de Noël at Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.

These four dazzling works trace the scene of the nativity through four perspectives: the divine mystery, the shepherds, the magi and the proclamation of the birth. The program also includes favorites from traditional ceremonies of carols, as well as from the Great American Songbook. The audience will be invited to join in on several beloved carols.

EightFold includes eight musicians, including two sopranos. Victoria Woodall a Franco -American soprano from DC who began her training as a Chorister at the Washington National Cathedral, and completed her degree in Voice from the Royal Academy of Music in 2016.

Soprano Jennifer Piazza-Pick is on the voice faculty at Towson University and Carroll Community College while completing her DMA and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the University of Maryland.

Mezzo Karyn Castro recently received a MA in Arts Management from American University, and can be seen performing with the 18th Street Singers and new music ensemble, Artifice. Tenor Aaron Paige has been a featured soloist with the Detroit, Atlanta and National Symphony Orchestras, as well as at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the White House.

Also included in EightFold are Zachary Taylor, tenor; Collin Power, bass; Richard Giarusso, bass; and P. Lucy McVeigh, alto.

Conductor and Hill Center concert curator Andrew Jonathan Welch is Director of Music Ministry at Dumbarton Church, and is completing his DMA at the University of Maryland. You can often see him performing as a pianist around town, including with the Georgetown Chorale and others.

This concert is part of the new Hill Center series, Perfect Octave, which explores the Western canon of music both in theory and practice. Each season, Welch will unpack a musical genre or piece through two separate events, including a lecture and a live performance. Audiences will explore music through its historical and social context and experience it with a deeper understanding.

Tickets are $18 and include a glass of prosecco. Get yours online at HillCenterDC.org.

For more information on the concert or the series Perfect Octave, visit https://www.hillcenterdc.org/event/perfect-octave-temps-de-noel/.