Washington National Cathedral will present the Diderot String Quartet and Avi Stein, organ & harpsichord, in a concert titled Going for Baroque on September 5. The concert "will take us on an eclectic journey across Europe, including works by J.S. Bach and several other composers, to highlight some of the extraordinary music from the golden age of classical music." The quartet is comprised of Paul Dwyer, cello, Kyle Miller, viola, Johanna Novom, violin and Adriane Post, violin.
Image below: The Diderot String Quartet - Photo by Jennifer Toole.
Washington National Cathedral will present a concert titled Vivaldi: Four Seasonson September 28.The program will celebrate two of Vivaldi’s most famous works, “The Four Seasons” and “Gloria.” Berio’s “Corale” will provide an artistic counterpoint, introducing the Cathedral’s newest artist-in-residence, violinist Elicia Silverstein. The concert will celebrate the Cathedral’s 112th birthday with music designed for a sacred and soaring space.
PostClassical Ensemble - Washington National Cathedral’s Ensemble-in-Residence - led by Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez, will present Native American Inspirations: From Spillville to Pine Ridge, at the Cathedral, October 1-21. The concert, conducted by Angel and Michael McCarthy, will offer an unprecedented 125-year overview of music inspired by the Native American experience. The participants will include Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, the most prominent contemporary Native American composer, plus the Lakota Music Project of the South Dakota Symphony, plus two eminent Native American performers from the Pine Ridge reservation: flutist Bryan Akipa and singer Emmanuel Black Bear, and also tribal elder Chris Eagle Hawk.
The PostClassical Ensemble will present Native American Inspirations: Chapel Concert featuring the South Dakota Symphony’s Lakota Music Project, October 21. The concert will offer “a rare opportunity to hear one of the highest achievements of the “Indianist” movement in music. “The Hako,” a 1923 string quartet by Arthur Farwell, is based on a Pawnee ceremony symbolizing peace and tranquility.The late David McAllester, a central scholar of Native American music, acclaimed this work for a “breadth and exaltation” that was profoundly inspired by “cosmic” indigenous music and ritual.
The Cathedral Choral Society, conducted by Musical Director Steven Fox, will perform Haydn’s Harmonie-messe in Washington National Cathedral on October 20.In addition, the program will feature Haydn's Te Deum for the Empress Marie Therese and Mozart's Laudate Dominum (Vesperae Solennes de Confessore). The soloists will be Jessica Beebe, soprano, Mikki Sodergren, mezzo-soprano, Brian Giebler, tenor and Jonathan Woody, bass.
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 Thirteen, led by Matthew Robertson, founder of the professional choir, will present concerts at the Virginia Theological Seminary on October 25; at the Church of the Epiphany in DC on October 26 and at Bradley Hills Church in Bethesda, Md on October 27. The concerts will explore the most beloved English-language composers, including Tallis’s symphonic-in-scope Gaude gloriosa Dei mater, Britten’s touching and powerful Hymn to St. Cecilia, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw’sFly Away I, and selected repertoire from the distinctly-American Sacred Harp repertoire … and more.
The Folger Consort, led by Christopher Kendall, will perform Music for Machiavelli: Florence Circa 1500 at St. Mark's on Capitol Hill, September 27-29.Niccolò Machiavelli, who is best known as the author of The Prince, lived in Florence 500 years ago and was a true Renaissance man – a philosopher, playwright, diplomat, and a composer. Along with the carnival songs that he wrote for the Medici family and music for his two comedic stage plays, the consort will perform works by Josquin des Prez, Heinrich Isaac, and native composers of Northern Italy.
Washington Bach Consort, led by Artistic Director Dana Marsh, will perform A Royal Occasion - music composed for Kings and Queens in 1727 - at National Presbyterian Church on September 22. The program will feature Johann Sebastian Bach’s now rarely-performed Trauerode (BWV 198) and George Frideric Handel’s set of enthralling anthems for the coronation of King George II, introduced by his Zadok the Priest. The soloists will be Margot Rood, soprano, Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury, alto, Aaron Sheehan, tenor and Jonathan Woody, bass.
Choralis, led by Gretchen Kuhrmann, Artistic Director, will present a concert titled Eclectic Requiem, conducted by Guest Conductor Jeffrey Benson, on October 20 at National Presbyterian Church. The concert will feature Mozart’s Introit, Kyrie, and Recordare; Duruflé’s Sanctus; Verdi’s Libera Me; Britten’s Agnus Dei; two movements from Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem; and excerpts from Fauré and Reger. The soloists will be Katelyn Aungst, soprano; Erin Sanzero, soprano; Roger Isaacs, countertenor; Robert Petillo, tenor; and Mark Wanich, bass. Marking the company’s twenty-year legacy, previous assistant conductors, conducting fellows, keyboard artists, singers, and board members will participate in the concert.
The Georgetown Concert Series, led by Samuel Carabetta, Artistic Director, will continue at St. John's Episcopal Church on October 20.Organist and composer Dorothy Papadakos will set the stage for an early Halloween with Silent Film – Nosferatu. She will showcase her bold improvisational skills on St. John’s magnificent pipe organ as the cult classic masterpiece Nosferatu is screened. The audience is invited to “come in costume as your favorite vampire, grab some popcorn, and watch the silver screen’s frightening 1922 German Expressionist masterpiece come alive!” The event is co-sponsored by the American Film Institute.