The ancient Irish festival of Beltane, or May Day, signals the end of winter and the coming of summer. It will be celebrated at the Theatre at Washington with a concert beginning at 8 p.m. on May 1, when Washington, D.C’s award-winning Celtic ensemble, the Ocean Quartet, joins forces with members of the Washington Revels Chorus in a program of traditional music celebrating the return of light and warmth, and the greening of the land.
Jennifer Cutting, who was the Washington Area Music Association’s Musician of the Year, is Ocean’s bandleader and multi-instrumentalist. Lisa Moscatiello (whose voice Billboard magazine called “one of the most gorgeous vocal instruments in all of folk-tinged pop”) is the quartet’s female vocalist. Joining them with vocals and on stringed instruments will be the Welshman Glyn Collinson and traditional singer-folklorist Stephen Winick.
Members of the Washington Revels chorus will be coming to the Theatre for the first time. The Washington Revels perform each year to sell-out crowds at their Christmas Revels at Washington D.C.’s Lisner Auditorium. For the May Day concert in “Little” Washington, members of the Chorus will be singing songs that stretch back through the centuries, including “The Wild Mountain Thyme,” “The Bedfordshire May Day Carol,” and “Rattlin’ Bog.”
And there will be a special guest appearance by the ancient “Green Man,” who is also known by the name “Jack-in-the-Green.”
Tickets for the concert on May 1 are $20 for adults, $5 for students 17 and younger. Call 540-675-1253 or email TheatreVA@aol.com. Tickets for unreserved seating available at the door.