Saint Patrick’ Day Revelry:  The Washington Chorus will celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, Sunday March 17, 2019 with a concert at The Kennedy Center.

by Patrick D. McCoy

Artistic Director of The Washington Chorus Christopher Bell will lead this program of music that is special to his heart.


How often do you get to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with a concert at The Kennedy Center?  Well, The Washington Chorus is pulling out all the stops with a special concert celebration that promises to be a festive celebration!  In tribute to Artistic Director Christopher Bell’s native land, the program will feature Irish tunes performed by The Washington Chorus and Irish folk duo Zoë Conway and John McIntyre. The performance will also feature students of The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance and folk band The Irish Inn Mates.


Irish Fiddler Zoë Conway has been dubbed by The Irish Times as “the budding genius.”

Under the gracious patronage of the Ambassador of Ireland to the U.S., H.E. Daniel Mulhall, the celebration will continue with a festive Saint Patrick’s Day Gala across the street at The Watergate Hotel.  For concert ticket and gala availability, please visit The Washington Chorus

WHO:  The Washington Chorus

WHAT:  Saint Patrick’s Day Concert and Gala

Where:  The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

When:  Sunday, March 17, 2019 at  3:00 p.m.




A native of Petersburg, VA, Patrick holds a BM in Vocal Performance from Virginia State University and a MM in Church Music from Shenandoah Conservatory.  Formerly the Performing Arts Columnist for Washington Life Magazine, he currently is a freelance writer, publishing articles for several noted publications, including Early Music America, The Afro-American Newspaper, CBS Washington and  He is a member of the Music Critics Association of North America, National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., a member of the Shenandoah University Alumni Board of Directors and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  He serves as Organist/Choirmaster at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Zion Parish in Beltsville, MD. Visit

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