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 Folger Consort will present a concert titled A Branch of Freshest Green featuring music of Hildegard Von Bingen at Washington National Cathedral - featuring vocal ensemble Trio Eos - on February 2& 3.“Female voices will join with medieval instruments to capture the mysticism of Hildegard’s hymns and sequences." The trio is comprised of Michelle Kennedy, Jessica Beebe and Maren Montalbano. Consort members Robert Eisenstein, violin & Christopher Kendall, lute, will also be joined by multi-instrumentalist Shira Kammen & Baroque harpist Christa Patton.
Washington National Cathedral will present Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual on February 28.Harry Burleigh (1866-1949) was the composer/singer most responsible for turning spirituals into art songs, although he became “a forgotten hero of American music.” The concert will feature the Cathedral's new ensemble-in-residence, the PostClassical Ensemble, conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez plus The Washington National Cathedral Choir and Choristers from Woodrow Wilson High School, Eastern High School, and Howard County high schools. The soloists will be Kevin Deas, bass-baritone, with Joseph Horowitz, piano.
Image below: Angel Gil-Ordonez - Photo by Andrew Chung
The Cathedral Choral Society, led by guest conductor Donald Nally, will perform a concert titled Solitude & Joy on March 4 at Washington National Cathedral.The concert, with cellist Thomas Mesa & organist Scott Detra, will include Gabriel Jackson’s Creator of the Stars at Night, Arvo Pärt’s Salve Regina, Duruflé’s Notre pére and works by several other composers. The hymns, chants, and anthems “will invoke awe in the brilliance of the stars and earth, inviting wonder and contemplation.”
Washington National Cathedral Choir and Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Michael McCarthy, will perform George Frideric Handel’s Israel in Egyptat Washington National Cathedral on March 25. The performance will include Part 1 - The Ways Of Zion Do Mourn – the anthem which Handel first performed at the funeral for Queen Caroline at Westminster Abbey in 1737.
Washington Bach Consort, conducted by Matthew Dirst, will perform J.S. Bach’s St. John’s Passion, BWV 245 at National Presbyterian Church on March 18. The work is said to offer “perhaps the best insight into Bach’s “operatic” style. Matthew Dirst is the founder and artistic director of Ars Lyrica Houston. He is an award-winning harpsichordist, organist, and conductor, and also a professor of music at the University of Houston. The soloists will be Robert Petillo, Evangelist, Jason Widney, Christus, Katelyn G. Aungst, soprano, Barbara Hollinshead, alto, Matthew Loyal Smith, tenorand Steven Combs, bass.
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, conducted by Ulysses S. James, will introduce three outstanding works by American composers at the Church of the Epiphany in DC on February 11. The concert will also be performed at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, VA on February 18. The program will feature William Grant Still’s Symphony No 4a WMP premiere of local composer Mark Edwards Wilson’s Piano Concerto, with acclaimed pianist Thomas Pandolfi. The program will also include a piece by this year’s WMPA Composition Competition Winner.
Image below: Pianist Thomas Pandolfi - Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
The Church of the Epiphany Tuesday Concert Series, led by Music Director Jeremy Filsell, “reaches out to the entire metropolitan Washington community and runs for 52 weeks of the year. No other concert series follows such a pattern and, as such, it is unique in the Washington DC area.”
The Apollo Orchestra will perform a concert at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church on January 28. The program will include Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony no. 3 and Hindemith’s Kammermusik no. 7 with organist Julie Vidrick Evans - plus Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists of the Washington National Opera performing arias from American operas. A reception to meet the artists will follow the concert. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church is located art One Chevy Chase Circle NW, in DC.
Dumbarton Concerts will present Duo Deloro: La Buena Vida at historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown on January 27. Guitarists Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic will perform Latin American and Spanish music, including traditional Argentinian Tangos, original flamenco compositions, and brand new arrangements of classic compositions. Adam del Monte is one of the leading flamenco and classical guitarist/composers of his generation. Mak Grgic studied guitar in Zagreb with the esteemed Ante Cagalj. The program will include Danza Espagnola No. 9 by Enrique Granados, Evocación from Iberia and Asturias by Isaac Albéniz and Valeciana No. 7 from Danzas Espanolas (Los Majos Enamorados).
Dumbarton Concerts will present the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartetin historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown, on February 9. The quartet is a collaboration between three award-winning permanent members of the Berliner Philharmoniker—Konzertmeister Andreas Buschatz, violist Matthew Hunter, and cellist Knut Weber—along with renowned concert pianist Markus Groh. They will perform Mozart's Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478, Piano Quartet Opus 1 in A minor by Josef Suk and Schumann's Piano Quartet. Opus 47 in E flat.
Image below: Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet
Dumbarton Concerts will present the Leon Bates-Michelle Cann Piano Duo at Dumbarton Church in Georgetown on February 24. Leon Bates “is considered one of America’s great pianists and has performed on major concert stages around the world.” Michelle Cann is a piano virtuoso who juxtaposes music celebrating her African-American/Caribbean heritage with classical masterworks. The duo will perform Danzon Cubana by Aaron Copland, An American in Paris by George Gershwin and Symphonic Dances of West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein.
Dumbarton Concerts will present the Celtic Tenors at Dumbarton Church in Georgetown on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.The trio has toured the world and has performed in venues large & small. They tenors sing Celtic songs like Danny Boy and classics like Nessun Dorma.
Georgetown Concert Series, directed by Samuel Carabetta, will present The King’s Singersat St. John’s Episcopal Church Georgetown Parish on January 28.The King’s Singers “have delighted audiences worldwide for 50 years with incomparable musicianship, charm, and wit. They are counted among the world’s most elite classical performers, celebrated for their commitment to perfection in blend, balance, and intonation. Renowned for their versatility, The King’s Singers have an impressively diverse repertoire that encompasses masterworks from Medieval to Renaissance, lieder to folk and jazz. They are double Grammy® award-winning artists - one of only two vocal ensembles to enter the Gramophone Hall of Fame, honored for their unique discography of more than 150 albums.”
The Thirteen will perform a concert titled From Tree to Shining Treeat St. Columba’s Church in Tenleytown on February 10.The theme will be “The mystery of the cosmos and the beauty of the natural world has inspired and entranced composers from the Renaissance until today.” The concert will express The Thirteen’s love for the natural world and our place in it as we journey across time in an exploration of the cosmos, the earth, and our changing environment.”
The Thirteen will present their annual concert titled Bach Reflections a St. Columba’s Church in Tenleytown on March 17. The concert will “explore what the music of Bach means for us today. The program will be anchored by three of the master's Motets: Komm, Jesu, komm, Der Geist hilft, and Singet dem Herrn. Illuminating the motets is repertoire separated from Bach by time, style, and language, while exhibiting the same ardent connection to humanity as Bach achieves in his timeless and varied works.”