Early Music Concerts




MARCH 2008

March 2
4:00 PM

Armonia Nova
Lumina et Spiritu: A concert for Lent

Lent heralds the rebirth of humankind, as the first buds on the trees herald the rebirth of nature. For centuries this time has been commemorated in music, but nowhere more so than in the music of the medieval and early Renaissance worlds. Music enlivened the monasteries and the churches, illustrated and dramatized the liturgy, the moral tales and stories of the Christian heritage. Each note, carefully thought out to reflect the immensity of the words, became a thing of great beauty and meaning. Music gave expression to these deep emotions -- emotions that are as timeless as the music itself. The music of these past centuries speaks to us today and sounds as though it was newly created for us, for our ears, for our hearts.

Grace Episcopal Church, Silver Spring, MD

March 2
6:30 PM

National Cathedral Choir of Men and Girls
Music by Allegri, Domenico Scarlatti, and Tallis

Concerts at the National Gallery (West Garden Court at the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC)

For more information, call (202) 842-6941.

March 2
7:30 PM

The Tallis Scholars
Masterpieces from Spain and Portugal

Works of composers from Spain and Portugal such as Mendes, Cardoso and Lobo, and conclude with Tomas Luis da Victoria's six-voice Requiem.

Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD

For more information, call (301) 405-ARTS.

March 5
12:10 PM

Women of the National Gallery Vocal Arts Ensemble
Music by Hildegard von Bingen and other women composers: A concert in honor of Women's History Month

Concerts at the National Gallery (Lecture Hall on the ground floor of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC)

For more information, call (202) 842-6941.

March 8
8:00 PM

Pro Musica Rara with Ann Monoyios, soprano
Boccherini in Shadow and Light

Boccherini: Stabat Mater for Soprano and String Quintet (Original version, 1781), Quintet in E Major, op.13 no.5

Cynthia Roberts, Ivan Stefanovic, violin; Sharon Pineo Myer, viola; Douglas McNames, Allen Whear, cello

Towson University Center for the Arts, Towson, MD

For more information, call (410) 728-2820.

March 8 at 8:00 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockville, MD
March 16 at 3:00 PM at An Die Musik LIVE!, Baltimore, MD

Harmonious Blacksmith
Cimbalo Cromatico: Music, Mathematics and Temperament

Featuring three differently tuned harpsichords, including one with 19 keys per octave, this recital will survey 700 years of musical temperament, and how tuning affects the performing and listening experience. Works by Gabrieli, Rossi, Strozzi, Bach, and others.

For more information, call (410) 997-1342.

March 9
3:00 PM

Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, tenor; Millicent Scarlett, soprano; Stephanie Houtzeel, mezzo-soprano; François Loup, bass-baritone; the Opera Lafayette Orchestra; and featuring Adria McCulloch, Meghan McCall, and Darren Perry
The Genesis of Don Giovanni

Opera Lafayette takes a fresh look at a masterpiece, performing scenes and excerpts from Mozart's score and its forerunners including Gazzaniga's Il Convitato di Pietra and Melani's L'Empio Punito. A stellar cast joins the Opera Lafayette Orchestra in bringing these 17th- and 18th-century operatic morality tales to life.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Washington, DC

For more information, call (202) 546-9332.

March 14
8:00 PM

Hesperus, with special guest vocalist Rosa Lamoreaux
Luminous Spirit: Chants of Hildegard von Bingen

Reverent, passionate and personal, the chants of the medieval abbess Hildegard von Bingen are transcendent musical experiences, particularly when sung by soprano Rosa Lamoreaux. With improvised accompaniment on medieval instruments, rebec, kamenj, vielle, recorder and harp, by Tina Chancey & Ruth Cunningham.

Paint Branch Unitarian Church, Adelphi, Maryland

For more information, call (410) 374-9059.

March 22
8:00 PM

The Bach Sinfonia
The Other Water Music

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

April 2008 Concerts