In a press release this morning, the Washington National Cathedral announced the appointment of conductor Stanley J. Thurston as Artist in Residence. His appointment will be effective September 1. Thurston is highly regarded in the D. C. area and nationally as an outstanding conductor, pianist and arranger.
The cathedral’s announcement was a part of its announcing of the 2013-14 concert series highlighting both the Cathedral Choirs under the direction of Canon Michael McCarthy and The Heritage Signature Chorale, which was founded and is conduced by Thurston.
Thurston has appeared as conductor on NBC’s Today Show and at such venues as Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He has performed with notable artists including Denyce Graves, Kathleen Battle, the Canadian Brass, and Wynton Marsalis. He was commissioned to compose a musical tribute for the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service at the Cathedral, which he conducted during the service with President Barack Obama.
The cathedral’s music director had high words of praise for Thurston’s appointment:
“Our new artist-in-residence is well known as a classically trained pianist and as a composer and arranger of extraordinary range and depth,” said Canon Michael McCarthy, the Cathedral’s director of music. “We have come to rely on this versatile artist over several years and now are honored that he will further enhance the Cathedral’s many special liturgies and services of national importance. With Stanley’s expert guidance and dedicated presence here, we believe our world-class musical artists will encounter new ways to engage the city and the world.”
The Washington National Cathedral 2013-14 Music Season
Friday, December 6, 2013 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 7, 2013 4 PM
Sunday, December 8, 2013 4 PM
Handel’s masterpiece in the Cathedral’s setting is the essential Christmas music experience. A Baroque–period orchestra and guest soloists join the Cathedral’s combined Choir of Men, Boys, and Girls.
I Sing the Mighty Power of God
Saturday, March 22, 2014 7 PM
The Heritage Signature Chorale, Stanley J. Thurston, conductor, performs great hymns for choir, brass, and organ, along with contemporary Negro spiritual arrangements.
Bach’s St. John Passion
Sunday, April 13, 2014 4 PM
Witness the energy and grandeur of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion. Composed at the height of his powers, this oratorio is one of Bach’s most deeply affecting and grandly dramatic masterworks.