The Thirteen Choir

“Beautiful As The Sky”

Saturday, May 18, 2024 (concert time 7:30pm, doors open at 7:00pm )
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Discounted rates are available to Holy Trinity parishioners (20% discount code is: HolyTrinity13 – no spaces, and case sensitive)

Francis Poulenc | Figure Humaine
Hilary Purrington | World Premiere
Jeffrey Van | A Procession Winding Around Me

In this program, The Thirteen explores moral beauty in three guises: the second World War, the American Civil War, and the women’s rights movement in America. Poulenc secretly composed his Figure Humaine in Vichy France, with the intention that it should be performed in Paris upon liberation from Nazi rule. Last performed by The Thirteen in 2018, this twelve-part tour de force is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and to the practice of remembrance. Leonard Bernstein Award-winning composer Hilary Purrington writes a new work for The Thirteen that traces the progress and intimate stories of the American women’s rights movement. Jeffrey Van’s A Procession Winding Around Me sets Civil War poems by Walt Whitman for choir and solo classical guitar with music as evocative and transcendent as the poetry.

The highly-acclaimed choral ensemble “The Thirteen” return to Holy Trinity for a concert featuring choral masterworks under the baton of Matthew Robertson. The Thirteen is unmatched in its commitment to the intimate connection generated between artists and audience by collaborative choral music. Come experience choral music at its finest in an acoustical setting which allows for the musical nuances and vocal colors necessary for the proper performance of such divinely inspired compositions.

For more information, contact Matthew Ogden (

Address: The entrance to the church is located at 1315 36th Street NW, Washington DC

Parking: Free parking will be reserved for concert attendees at neighboring Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School (1524 35th St NW, Washington, DC 20007), a one block walk from the church. Non-metered street parking is also available.