Holiday Celebration at Union Station
Main Hall, Union Station, D.C. | 6-10:30pm
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Co-presented by Washington Performing Arts, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, Mid Atlantic Chapter, Inc, the Bach Project, and Union Station, Washington D.C.
For more than 20 years, Norway has presented a Christmas tree to the people of Washington, DC symbolizing Norway’s gratitude for the United States’ assistance during and after World War II. This holiday, the Norwegian Christmas tree lighting ceremony takes place at Union Station on November 29 and is set to be the largest ever organized.
This year’s Christmas tree is made possible by NACC-MA members Equinor, KONGSBERG, Nammo Inc., Innovation Norway, Insitu Inc., and BAO Systems.
The Royal Norwegian Embassy and the NACC-MA have partnered with the Washington Performing Arts Society for an evening filled with holiday tunes, a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, and a live simulcast of the YoYo-Ma holiday concert taking place at the Washington National Cathedral. The theme for the tree this year is ocean health and sustainability, and we’ve partnered with local artist Liliane Blom for marine pollution-themed Christmas ornaments.
We’re excited to welcome you and your families to this year’s event!
***Choral Prelude (5:50pm)***
Featuring the Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir
***Norwegian Christmas Tree Lighting (6pm)***
Featuring the Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The tree is decorated by Norwegian artist Liliane Blom, in all recycled materials, and with the help of children from public schools in the area. Norway’s ambassador to the United States, Kåre R. Aas, will light the tree with a special guest.
***Mars Urban Arts Initiative Holiday Pop-Up Concert (7pm)***
Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative and Brightest Young Things present a holiday pop-up concert that showcases some of D.C.’s beloved hometown musical acts, including the Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University. Throughout the evening, guests will also have a chance to learn about global holiday traditions and J.S. Bach’s music from organizations like the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce – Mid-Atlantic Chapter, the Library of Congress, and D.C. Public Library.
***Simulcast: The Bach Project at Washington National Cathedral
Yo-Yo Ma Performs Bach Cello Suites (8pm)***
Live audio/video feed from Washington National Cathedral
Yo-Yo Ma’s sold-out performance of Bach’s cello suites at Washington National Cathedral, presented by Washington Performing Arts, will be simulcast at Union Station in conjunction with the annual Norwegian Christmas Tree Lighting, a beloved Washington, D.C. holiday tradition. This concert simulcast is part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach Project, a two-year journey to perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello in 36 locations around the world. It is an undertaking motivated not only by Yo-Yo’s six-decade relationship with the music, but also by Bach’s ability to speak to our shared humanity at a time when our civic conversation is so often focused on division.
Free, registration encouraged | Family-friendly
This event is standing-room only. To request ADA accommodations, please contact (202) 785-9727 or [email protected]
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The simulcast is made possible by Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach Project and the Mars Urban Arts Initiative, which is generously supported by Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated.
These events are part of Washington Performing Arts’ global programming initiative, The World in Our City, which provides perspective on what it means to be a citizen of the world through a unique arts-based lens. Special thanks to Her Excellency Shaikha Aisha AlKhalifa, Spouse of the Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain; Jennifer and Brian Coulter; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; Jan and Marike Paulsson; Mary Jo Veverka; Michael Frankhuizen; Karin’s Florist.