July 16: The Capital Hearings & The Sweater Set Join Forces for D.C. Songwriter Showcase

In a free performance, The Capital Hearings and D.C. folk duo The Sweater Set will co-premiere original music in a unique collaboration. The project, supported by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, will bring new songs to new audiences and showcase the incredible musical talent of local artists.

The concert will take place at at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 16 at All Souls Episcopal Church in Woodley Park, Washington, D.C.

The event will showcase the co-premieres of two original songs commissioned by The Capital Hearings from The Sweater Set’s Sara Curtin and Maureen Andary, along with versions penned by leading contemporary a cappella arranger Tom Anderson. Performing each song in acoustic and a cappella styles allows listeners to experience the transformation from original composition to a cappella arrangement. The program will also feature a wide variety of folk, jazz, classical, and pop music from both groups. The performance will be preceded by a 6 p.m. reception.

Free tickets can be reserved through Eventbrite. The performance is part of the 2017 All Souls Festival of Music.

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Holiday-Themed 2017 Young Composers Competition Accepting Entries

For 2017, the fourth annual Capital Hearings Young Composers Competition invites submissions on the theme of non-traditional holiday music. A cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the winner, and the selection will be premiered as a centerpiece of the group’s holiday program this December.

We encourage submissions that reach beyond of the realm of the traditional holiday piece, which could include setting new or unfamiliar texts, distinct settings of familiar texts, and/or secular, seasonal, or sacred themes of any faith tradition. In keeping with The Capital Hearings’ cross-genre approach to a cappella music, entries need not be classical; jazz, pop, folk, world music, and crossover works will be welcomed. Compositions should be through-composed.

We encourage composers age 40 or below to submit mixed a cappella works of two-to-five minutes in length. For full information, please visit thecapitalhearings.com/competition. Submissions are due June 3rd.