Photo Feature: The Washington Chorus Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

The Washington Chorus (TWC) celebrated St. Patrick’s Day 2019 with a concert at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, followed by its annual Gala dinner at the Watergate Hotel. The concert featured a program of all Irish music in honor of Artistic Director Christopher Bell’s homeland; Bell’s various suits and shoes certainly advertised his Irish roots.

The 160-voice Washington Chorus was joined at the Kennedy Center by Irish folk duo Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre; students from The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance; and folk band the Irish Inn Mates. The Gala portion included dinner, dancing, and a live and silent auction. Guests came decked out in their most festive St. Patrick’s Day finery and enjoyed an evening benefiting TWC Connections, which includes the DC Honor Chorus, the Side by Side high school chorus program, a pilot program with Arts for the Aging, Tickets for Teens, and more.

The Washington Chorus Artistic Director Christopher Bell. Photo by Shannon Finney.
The Washington Chorus Artistic Director Christopher Bell. Photo by Shannon Finney.
Gala Guests: From L to R: Back: Dana Boyle, Griha Singla, Matthew Farley, Courtney Ross, Caroline DiStefano, Andrew Teie Front: Sam Zhao, Raquel Perez-Arroyo. Photo by Shannon Finney.
Gala Guests. From L to R: Back: Dana Boyle, Griha Singla, Matthew Farley, Courtney Ross, Caroline DiStefano, Andrew Teie
Front: Sam Zhao, Raquel Perez-Arroyo. Photo by Shannon Finney.
Artistic Director Christopher Bell, Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, Executive Director Stephen Beaudoin. Photo by Shannon Finney.
Artistic Director Christopher Bell, Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, Executive Director Stephen Beaudoin. Photo by Shannon Finney.
Gala guests dancing. Photo by Shannon Finney.
Gala guests dancing. Photo by Shannon Finney.
Artistic Director Christopher Bell. Photo by Shannon Finney.
Artistic Director Christopher Bell. Photo by Shannon Finney.
Dancers from The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance. Photo by Shannon Finney.
Dancers from The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance. Photo by Shannon Finney.
The Washington Chorus performs. Photo by Shannon Finney.
The Washington Chorus performs. Photo by Shannon Finney.