The Reston Chorale has excited audiences with its musical excellence and versatility for 50 years. The Chorale was established to provide Western Fairfax County and the Greater Washington DC Metropolitan Area with the finest in choral music performance produced by amateur and professional musicians from the community. The mission of The Reston Chorale is to promote community interest and participation in, and enjoyment of, choral music.
The Chorale is a mixed-voice chorus with a full repertoire that varies in style from The great choral master-works of Bach and Beethoven to the American classics of Gershwin and Copland. Our mission is to educate, enrich, and inspire our audiences in Northern Virginia as well as our members through the performance of choral music of the highest quality.
The Reston Chorale is also proud to provide the opportunity for local composers, musicians, singers and audience to participate in the creation of new music. In addition to presenting the world premiere of Donald McCullough's The Essential Life, the Chorale has also commissioned and premiered works by American composers James Grant, Daniel Gawthrop, David Ott, Scott Solak and others. In March 2004, the Chorale premiered a Julius Williams composition, A Journey to Freedom, Honor and Glory, celebrating the life of civil rights martyr Jonathan Daniels.
The Chorale has performed throughout the greater Washington, D.C. area in such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, the George Mason University Center for the Performing Arts and the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. In addition, the Chorale has been featured several times with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, and has sung with the Amadeus Orchestra and the Reston Community Orchestra, as well as Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William and Virginia Chamber orchestras.
Since 1990, The Reston Chorale has joined the annual Holiday Tree Lighting at the Reston Town Center. It has become a favorite way to begin the seasonal celebration.
Governed by volunteers, the Chorale relies on the support of its members, the community and all who support the value of music to enrich the lives and spirits of those who listen, as well as those who sing and perform. The Reston Chorale endeavors to guarantee that these experiences are personal, accessible and affordable for all residents of Northern Virginia.
Enrich your holiday season by singing the glorious Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah with guest soloists, Crossley Danielle Hawn, soprano; Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo; C. J. David, tenor and Richard Giarusso, bass. Dr. Allan Laino, conducting; David B. Lang, organist.
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Now in his seventh season as the artistic director for The Reston Chorale, Lang also serves as director of music at Saint Dunstan's Episcopal Church in McLean and as keyboard artist for Washington Hebrew Congregation. In addition, he is sales director for Rodgers digital organs, Roland instruments and Ruffatti pipe organs through R.A. Daffer Church Organs, Inc. of Jessup, Md.
Allan Laino is emerging as a versatile conductor of choral, operatic, and orchestral repertoire. As Associate Director of The Reston Chorale, he conducts Camerata, the Chorale's chamber ensemble. While earning his doctorate at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, he was entrusted to prepare ensembles for collaborations with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra.
Tordis Fahringer began studying piano at the age of five. She received her Bachelor of Arts, with a major in music, from Douglass College (Rutgers University) in New Brunswick, N.J. Following graduation, she lived and worked in New York City, where she studied piano with Jascha Zayde.