Monday, March 23, 2009

DC's Master Chorale to shut down

The Master Chorale of Washington will disband at the end of this season. The 144-member ensemble, founded 42 years ago as the Paul Hill Chorale, has been under financial stress in the economic downturn.

Its director, Donald McCullough, who was director of the Virginia Symphony Chorus before taking over the Washington chorus, says the Master Chorale is "trying to end . . . in a way that avoids bankruptcy." The ensemble will sing Brahms' "A German Requiem" with the National Symphony April 9-11 and close out its history with a performance of Orff's "Carmina Burana" on May 17, Anne Midgette reports in The Washington Post: