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.
Washington National Cathedral will present J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on Palm Sunday, April 5. Acclaimed tenor Rufus Muller will perform the role of the Evangelist alongside the Cathedral Choir and Baroque Orchestra.
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 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.
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.
Washington Bach Consort will perform a concert titled Devotion & Contemplation - Membra Jesu nostriby Dieterich Buxtehude at Live! at 10th & G in D.C. on April 3 and at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria April 4. The North German composer Dieterich Buxtehude (c.1637/39- 1707) “was held in such high reverence by the 20 year old Johann Sebastian Bach that he walked 250 miles from Arnstadt to Lübeck to hear the great organist/composer. Membra Jesu nostri is an exquisite cycle of seven cantatas, each as a contemplation of a different part of the body of Christ.” The Consort will present Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 5 as part of the Capitol Cantata Series at St. Peter's on Capitol Hill in D.C. on April 6 and as part of the Downtown Cantata Series at Church of the Epiphany in D.C. on April 7. The Consort's Director Series will present Concerti Virtuosi - Bach's Brandenburg Concerti, Concerto by Torelliat St. Paul's Lutheran Church in D.C. on April 26.
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
Dumbarton Concerts will present the Thalea String Quartet with Michelle Cann, piano, Christopher Whitley, violin, Kumiko Sakamoto, violin, Luis Bellorín, viola & Titilayo Ayangade, cello at historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown on March 14. Michelle Cann is an internationally acclaimed young pianist who has championed the music of Florence Price and has collaborated with the Dream Unfinished Orchestra in New York, an ensemble dedicated to bringing to the forefront the music of female and minority composers.
The concert will feature works by Price and Franz Schubert’s Quartet in D minor “Death and the Maiden.”
Images below: At left, Thalea String Quartet and at right, Michelle Cann
Dumbarton Concerts will present The Westerlies: Wherein Lies the Good, with Riley Mulherkar, trumpet, Chloe Rowlands, trumpet, Andy Clausen, trombone and Willem de Koch, trombone at Dumbarton Church on March 28. The quartet takes its name from the prevailing winds that travel from the West to the East. They bring together jazz, roots, and chamber music influences.” The program will showcase their personal take on the American song, with original compositions by each ensemble member, plus a curated mix of classical, traditional, and jazz.
Dumbarton Concerts will present PUBLIQuartet: American (RE)Invention, with Curtis Stewart, violin / Jannina Norpoth, violin / Nick Revel, viola and Hamilton Berry, cello at historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown on April 18. The quartet is known for “outstanding and innovative approaches to contemporary classical, jazz, and world chamber music.” They will perform works by Jessie Montgomery, Philip Glass, Claude DeBussy, Piazzolla and others.
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).
Chevy Chase Concerts will present DCFlutes at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church on April 26. The unique ensemble is directed by National Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Aaron Goldman and directed by conductor and flutist Sandra Ragusa. The company is comprised of professional and advanced amateur flutists from across the D.C. area playing the entire range of the flute family - from the tiny piccolo to the contrabass flute. The concert will feature the world premiere of a new work by Jonathan Cohen.
The 21st Century Consort will present a program titled “A Time for…” at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill on April 18. The program will include works by Paul Dessau, Conlon Nancarrow, Kevin Puts, Roberto Gerhard and George Crumb.
The Folger Consort will present Monteverdi in Venice: The Birth of the Baroque at St. Mark's on Capitol Hill, April 24-26. The concert will feature Monteverdi's madrigals, selections from his operas, plus his setting of Torquato Tasso's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, which was first performed in Venice in 1624. The Consort will be comprised of Robert Eisenstein, viol, Christopher Kendall, lute, Marcello Mazzetti, voice, instruments and Livio Ticli, voice, instruments.
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 Sam Carabetta, will present Imani Winds at St. John's Episcopal Church on April 19. The ensemble performs classical, jazz, and world music idioms. In 2016, they joined a permanent display on classical music in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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."