Washington National Cathedral will present a Sacred Choral Music Festival, led by Canon Michael McCarthy and the Cathedral Music Staff, February 14-16. The concert will celebrate the beauty, breadth and power of liturgical music and will invite adults and young choral musicians to participate to celebrate the passion for liturgical music together.
Cathedra and the Diderot String Quartet will present Haydn: Seven Last Words of Christ on February 20. One of Franz Joseph Haydn’s greatest works is the set of sonatas collectively known as the “Seven Last Words of Christ.” The composer’s aim “was to make this work accessible to everybody, regardless of their musical or religious background."
Image below: Diderot String Quartet by Jennifer Toole
PostClassical Ensemble, conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez, will present AN ARMENIAN ODYSSEY: The Color of Pomegranates - produced in collaboration with the Embassy of Armenia - in the Great Nave of the Washington National Cathedral on March 4. The Armenian festival will introduce DC audiences to the singular Armenian/Syrian artist Kevork Mourad (winner of Germany’s 2019 Robert Bosch Stiftung prize for animation), who creates animated artwork in real time in response to live music.
The Bach Choir, London, and Yale Philharmonia and the Yale Schola Cantorum will present a concert titled English Musical Splendor at Washington National Cathedral on March 14. The concert will pay homage to the golden age of English Music in the period between World War I and World War II. Conductor David Hill will highlight composers including Vaughan Williams, Charles Villiers Stanford and Arnold Bax, culminating in William Walton’s masterpiece, “Belshazzar’s Feast.”
The Cathedral Choral Society, conducted by Steven Fox, will present a program titled March of the Women at Washington National Cathedral on March 22. To mark the 19th Amendment's 100th anniversary, the Society has commissioned three new works by some of today's most exciting composers: Lisa Bielawa, Jessie Montgomery, and Augusta Read Thomas.
The program includes Ruth Crawford Seeger's ethereal Three Chants and famed British suffragette and composer Ethel Smyth's rousing March of the Women.
The soloists will include Carolina López Moreno, Kristen Dubenion-Smith, and Patrick Kilbride.
The Rosary Sonatas: A Mother’s Lament, featuring the Cathedral’s artist-in-residence, Elicia Silverstein, will be performed on March 29 through the Cathedral’s crypt chapels. The concert will include the Rosary Sonatas of Franz Biber, four of the Tenebrae Responsories by Carlo Gesualdo, and the poetry of Rainer Marie Rilke.
The Folger Consort will present Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina's Perfect Art, with British vocal ensemble Stile Antico and the Renaissance brass instruments of Tesserae Baroque, with organist Webb Wiggins, in the Great Nave of the Washington National Cathedral on February 7 & 8. The program will feature many works composed by women composers of 16th-century Italy including Raffaella Aleotti, Maddalenda Casulana, Sulpita Cesis, and Leonora d’Este.
Image below: Stile Antico - Credit Marco-Borggreve 2015
Organ Recitals are performed on Sunday afternoons on Washington National Cathedral’s great organ and feature fine musicians from around the world. A donation of $10 per person is suggested. No reservations are required, except for groups.
The Washington Bach Consort's Noontime Cantata Series
The Washington Bach Consort's Noontime Cantata Series continues to fulfill its mission of bringing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach to the DC community. There is a Capitol Cantata Series and a Downtown Cantata Series.
The Washington Men's Camerata will perform a concert titled Westward Ho!at the Church of the Epiphany on March 29. The cross-cultural program between Germany and the U.S. will feature music of Wagner, Liszt, Rheinberger, Foote, Chadwick, Fine, Copland and others.
Dumbarton Concerts will present the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet with Daniel Stabrawa, violin, Matthew Hunter, viola, Knut Weber, cello and Markus Groh, piano at historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown on February 29. Their program will feature works by Frank Bridge, Danny Elfman and Richard Strauss.
Image below: Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet by Martin Deeley 2019
Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church will present violinist Leah Meredith, accompanied by her husband, Bulgarian pianist Petar Andonovon February 16. She is first violinist in the Oslo Philharmonic and performs regularly with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. The program will include J.S. Bach's D Minor Partita & Chaconne; Brahms's Sonata in G Major and Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata.
Chevy Chase Concerts will have their 43rd Annual Bach Marathonon March 22 at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church. The tradition is that ten organists will present half-hour programs on the church's 3-manual, 50-rank, 2,500-pipe Rieger tracker organ. The presenter advises "Come when you can; leave when you must." The concert will be followed by a catered traditional German dinner (seating limited to 80).
The 21st Century Consort will perform a concert titled Times Upat St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill on February 22. The program will feature works by Gyorgy Ligetti, Sebastion Currier, Elliot Carter and Olivier Messiaen.
Washington Bach Consort will perform Bach’s St. John Passion, with Dann Coakwell as Evangelist at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill on March 21 and at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on March 22. The soloists will be Jason Widney, Mark Duer, Laura Choi Stuart, Robin Bier, Matthew Loyal Smith and Paul Max Tipton.
The Folger Consort will present a concert in honor of The Three Fountains, as Italian poets Dante, Petrach, and Boccaccio were known, at St. Mark's on Capitol Hill, March 6-8. Trecento composers, as musicians such as Lorenzo da Firenze, Jacopo da Bologna, and Francesco Landini were known, excelled in setting the poetry of these master poets in a graceful and melodic style that was different from the music of their contemporaries. The concert will feature vocal music complemented by virtuoso instrumental music with fiddles, harp, lute, citole, and bagpipes. Robert Eisenstein, viol, and Christopher Kendall, lute, will be joined by Dan Meyers, winds, Mary Springfels, viol and ModernMedieval Voices vocal ensemble.
Images below: Robert Eisenstein & Christopher Kendall
The Georgetown Concert Series, led by Samuel Carabetta, will present Chanticleerat St. John's Episcopal Church in Georgetown on February 23 performing “Trade Winds,” a program celebrating ocean voyaging and exotic climes. The Grammy-winning ensemble is based in San Francisco, and is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices.” They “seamlessly blend twelve voices ranging from soprano to bass, in original interpretations of vocal literature from Renaissance to jazz, gospel, and adventurous new music.”
The Thirteen will perform concerts titled Mysticin March. The concerts will explore humanity’s search for the divine across time and space with nearly a millennium of music, featuring the German composer Hildegard von Bingen, Spanish composers Victoria and Lobo, Estonian minimalist Arvo Pärt, and contemporary American composer Mason Bates. The concerts will be performed on:
March 6 at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria
March 7 at Live @ 10th & G \ First Congregational U.C.C.
The Choral Arts Society of Washington, led by Scott Tucker, Artistic Director, with guest conductor Gisèle Becker, Women of the Choral Arts Chorus and Choral Arts Chamber Singers will present a concert titled Music by Women on a Missionon March 28 at 10th & G. The program will "showcase the breadth, depth, and richness of choral music composed by a diverse group of women whose creativity and talent are beyond formidable."