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Nightly Holiday Caroling: Philomela

Now in its 17th year, the Willard InterContinental's holiday caroling lineup has evolved into one of the most comprehensive of its kind in Washington, DC with a wide array of highly accomplished choral and vocal ensembles from around the DC metropolitan area.

Join us in the hotel lobby from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a holiday caroling performance by Philomela.

About Philomela
Philomela was founded in 1976 as a women's chamber consort of ten singers, performing primarily Renaissance music. Based in the Washington, D.C. area, Philomela took its name from Greek mythology. Philomela, the daughter of an Athenian king, was transformed into a nightingale and sang her way through eternity. Though it is not yet “eternity,” three members of the early Philomelans still participate, two as active singers. The current group maintains a roster of 12 – 16 singers. An important mission of the group is to perform music written for, about, and/or by women, and it also enjoys featuring works of living composers. Known for its eclectic programming using a thematic approach, Philomela's repertoire now runs the gamut from Classical music to contemporary, folk, pop, and Broadway. Often incorporating narrative and poetry, programs span topics that are serious to whimsical. Themes take audiences on poignant musical journeys through life's events and issues including love and romance, work, the environment, social justice, and peace.