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Thomas Colohan

Sunday, March 3rd at 4 p.m., at the National Presbyterian Church, The Washington Master Chorale, Thomas Colohan Artistic Director, presents The Splendid Silent Sun: New American Choral Music. Taken from a text by Walt Whitman, The Splendid Silent Sun will explore man's relationship to the natural world and the mysteries of the eternal as seen through the eyes of some of America's most celebrated poets (including Whitman and Emily Dickinson) and composers (Barber, Hailstork, and Daniel Pinkham). A highlight of the concert is the world premiere of a new work by composer and conductor Donald McCullough to texts of Theodore Roethge, jointly commissioned by the Washington Master Chorale and Words&Music, Inc. and featuring the vocal ensemble Words&Music, Inc. WETA evening announcer Nicole Lacroix spoke to Thomas Colohan about the program and about the distinctly American sound of the Washington Master Chorale. More information at