Early Music Concerts





February 1
8:00 PM

Concerto Copenhagen

Scandinavia's leading period instrument ensemble is known for its fresh approach not only to standard Baroque and Classical repertoire but also lesser known works by Scandinavian composers, such as the Swedish Johan Helmich Roman, contemporary of Bach and Handel.

HANDEL: Concerto Grosso op. 3, no. 4 and op. 6, no. 5
J. S. BACH: Harpsichord Concerto in D Major, BWV 1054
J. H. ROMAN: Concerto for oboe d’amore/ Golovin musiken Suite

Concerts at the Library of Congress (Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building), Washington, DC

February 2
8:00 PM

Nordic Voices
From a Candlelit Renaissance Cathedral

This six-voice ensemble from Norway transports us to the hushed Renaissance cathedrals of the Holy Roman Empire to hear the music of Morales, Manchicourt and three luminous settings of O Magnum Mysterium.

Dumbarton Concerts, Dumbarton Church, Washington, DC

For more information, call (202) 965-2000.

February 8
8:00 PM

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Wolf Trap's 2007-2008 Discovery Series

Greek myths come alive through spoken word and enchanting Baroque music.

The Barns at Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA

For more information, call (703) 255-1900.

February 9
8:00 PM

Ensemble Matheus with Jennifer Larmore, mezzo-soprano

Arias from Handel's Giulio Cesare, Ariodante, and Rinaldo; Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice; and Vivaldi's Orlando furioso; along with Vivaldi Sinfonias and Concerto for Two Violins.

Concerts at the Library of Congress (Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building), Washington, DC

February 9
8:00 PM

Devotion To Our Lady

Missa Salve Regina Four Marian Antiphons: Alma Redemptoris Mater – Salve Regina – Ave Regina caelorum – Regina coeli
and Marian motets

St. Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, Washington, DC

For more information, call (202) 625-2855.

February 10
3:00 PM

Ensemble Gaudior

Buckingham's Choice Concert Series, Adamstown, MD

For more information, call (703) 395-2899.

February 10
6:30 PM

Orchestra of New Spain

Eighteenth-century music from the Spanish royal court.

West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art

For more information, call (202) 842-6941, or see Concerts at the National Gallery.

February 11
7:30 PM

Jérôme Hantaï and Kaori Uemura, viola da Gamba; Freddy Eichelberger, organ

August Kühnel (1645-1700): Sonate in E Minor (Sonate o partite, 1698)
John Jenkins (1592-1678): Suite in A (fantaisie, air, divisions)
John Cooper alias Coperario (1575-1628): 4 Fantaisies to the organ
Christopher Simpson (1615-1669): Divisions in G
William Lawes (1602-1645): Pavane on a theme by A. Ferrabosco
Marin Marais (1656-1728): Suite in G (First Book, 1686)

La Maison Française, Washington, DC

For more information, call (202) 944-6091.

February 15 at 8:00 PM
February 16 at 5:00 PM
February 16 at 8:00 PM
February 17 at 2:00 PM

The Folger Consort, with soprano Johana Arnold, instrumentalists Robert Eisenstein, Christopher Kendall, and other guests
Seven Songs of Love

The Folger Consort celebrates St. Valentine's Day with achingly beautiful love songs of the 13th century. The Gallician poet/singer Martin Codax's Seven Songs of Love, Western Europe's first song cycle, depicts the longing of a woman waiting on the beach at Vigo for her lover to return from the sea. Treating love in all its guises, the songs of the troubadours and lively dances for fiddles, harps, citole, flutes, and percussion celebrate the joy of love requited.

Folger Elizabethan Theatre, The Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

For more information, call (202) 544–7077.

February 17

Lumen Valo and the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble

Program includes music by Lassus, Palestrina, Gabrieli, Machaut, Rheinberger, and Whitacre.

St. Mary Mother of God Cathedral, Washington, DC

February 17
6:30 PM

Smithsonian Chamber Music Society
Masterworks of Four Centuries: Music of Dietrich Buxtehude, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, and Johann Sebastian Bach

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society celebrates its 31st season with an appropriately eclectic repast. Three founding members of the Smithsonian Chamber Players -- Marilyn McDonald, Kenneth Slowik, and James Weaver -- present a program of German Baroque favorites.

Grand Salon of the Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

For more information, call (202) 633-3030.

February 23
8:00 PM

The Bach Sinfonia
Annual Chamber Program

Bach's brilliant "Goldberg" Variations are a delightful fête for solo harpsichord. Considered the most important set of variations from the baroque era, this work is a grand journey of 30 variations based on a beautiful yet humble aria from Book II of the Clavierbüchen für Anna Magdalena Bach. Joseph Gascho, winner of the 2002 Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, will perform the beloved masterwork.

For more information, call (301) 362-6525.

February 23
8:00 PM

Red Priest
Pirates of the Baroque

Aaarg! Come aboard as this extraordinary English ensemble, named after the flame-haired priest, Vivaldi, performs a program of stolen masterworks and forgotten jewels of the baroque era with swashbuckling virtuosity! The program includes Vivaldi's Tempesta di Mare Concerto and works by Bach, Telemann, Vitali and Handel.

Dumbarton Concerts, Dumbarton Church, Washington, DC

For more information, call (202) 965-2000.

March 2008 Concerts