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Coming This Month

American Opera Theater

The Bach Sinfonia


Collegium Cantorum

The Countertop Quartet

I Fagiolini

Harmonious Blacksmith

Opera Lafayette

The Peabody Renaissance Ensemble

Pro Musica Rara

The Suspicious Cheese Lords

Trio Mediaeval

May 2 at 8:00 PM
May 3 at 8:00 PM
May 4 at 5:00 PM
Davis Center, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

American Opera Theater
David et Jonathas

A breathtaking masterpiece of the French baroque, strikingly contemporary in its themes. This production of Charpentier's remarkable 1688 opera will be the first professional staging of the opera in the Americas. David et Jonathas explores the relationship between three timeless figures and probes the nature of man's relationship with the universe. In profoundly beautiful music Charpentier creates a heartbreaking portrayal unlike any of its day.

For more information, call (202) 687-ARTS.

May 3 at 7:30 PM
Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC

The Peabody Renaissance Ensemble
O Lusty May!

The Peabody Renaissance Ensemble, directed by Mark Cudek, celebrates its 20th Birthday season with "O Lusty May!," a program featuring many of the group's "greatest hits" from the past two decades. The thirty-member ensemble consists of voices; consorts of viols, lutes, and recorders; a "loud" band with cornetto, shawm, and sackbuts; hurdy-gurdy, guitars, krummhorns, and percussion. The group will perform Now is the Month of Maying, by Thomas Morley, selections from Scherzi Musicali by Claudio Monteverdi, Lute Quartets of Nicolas Vallet, and works of Anerio, Arbeau, Henry VIII, Lassus, Ortiz, Senfl, Sermisy, and Willaert. The performance will feature many brilliant young artists including counter tenor Peter Lee and recorder player Jacob Lodico.

May 4 at 3:30 PM
Towson University Center for the Arts, Towson, MD

Pro Musica Rara with Edmund Battersby, fortepiano
Beethoven's Brio

Beethoven: Trio in C Minor, op.1 no.3; "Moonlight" Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 no. 2; "Kakadu" Variations, op. 121a
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Major, K. 526

Cynthia Roberts, violin; Allen Whear, cello

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

May 11 at 6:30 PM
Concerts at the National Gallery
West Garden Court, West Building, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Opera Lafayette
Treasures of the Paris Opera Comique

Early nineteenth-century French chamber music on period instruments, presented in honor of the exhibit In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers from Corot to Monet.

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

May 15 at 7:30 PM
La Maison Française, Washington, DC

The Suspicious Cheese Lords

A performance of French music of the Renaissance, on the occasion of their CD release: Vivat Rex! Sacred Choral Music of Jean Mouton. The concert, hosted by Robert Aubry Davis of public radio's "Millennium of Music," will feature Mouton, Genet, Passereau, La Rue, and other French composers. A wine and cheese reception will follow the performance, where you will have an opportunity to chat with the musicians.

For reservations, email culturel.Washington-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr.

May 17 at 8:00 PM
Woodside United Methodist Church, Silver Spring, MD

The Bach Sinfonia
The Forgotten Baroque: Masterworks from the Seventeenth Century

The modern premiere of Biber's Stabat Mater. Daniel Abraham, music and artistic director, has edited the composition from manuscripts that survive in Salzburg where Biber was Kapellmeister from 1684 until his death in 1704. The concert also offer the rare opportunity to hear Rossi's radiant polyphonic Hebrew motets and psalm settings from Hashirim Asher Lish'omo (1623), his important offering of choral compositions for the standard Jewish liturgy. Carissimi's beautiful oratorio, one of the first pieces in its genre, depicts the story of Jephte, who pledges to sacrifice his only child as an offering for victory in battle. The dramatic musical imagery of Jephte and his daughter's plight includes battle scenes, songs of triumph, painful parting, and a final, stirring, mournful chorus filled with anguish and lament.

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

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May 24 at 7:30 PM
St. Paul's K Street, Washington, DC

The Countertop Quartet
Durufle, Faure and Their Compatriots: French Music Spanning the Centuries

A concert of French music spanning the centuries. The Quartet will perform a cappella and accompanied songs by French greats including Guillaume Dufay, Josquin Depres, and Gilles Binchois.

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May 17 at 8:00 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, Rockville, MD
May 18 at 3:00 PM at the Engineer's Club, Baltimore, MD

Harmonious Blacksmith
With François Loup, bass-baritone and Meghan McCall, soprano
Zimmerman's Coffeehouse

In a small cafe in Leipzig, Bach and Telemann premiered some of Europe’s finest chamber music. Joined by the brilliant and hilarious François Loup who has sung at the Met over a hundred times, we present one of Bach's most humorous pieces, and one of Telemann's most profound.

Bach: Coffee Cantata and Concerto in C minor; Telemann: Paris Quartet in E minor

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

May 30 at 7:30 PM
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Washington, DC

Trio Mediaeval and Cantus

The gleaming voices of two acclaimed ensembles combine for a splendid concert of rich a cappella sound. Norwegian female group Trio Mediaeval returns to the Kennedy Center with music from medieval Europe, along with several contemporary works. Their distinctive, enchanting style is paired with the engaging harmony of male choral ensemble Cantus, originally founded at Minnesota's St. Olaf College. Their diverse repertoire explores several eras and genres, from Renaissance motets to American folk. This exciting event will include separate performances by each group, as well as collaborative arrangements.

For more information, call (800) 444-1324.

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May 31 at 7:30 PM
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Washington, DC

I Fagiolini

With a name meaning "little beans" in Italian, there's no doubt I Fagiolini makes for a uniquely entertaining end to the Fortas season. For more than 20 years, they've been one of Britain's most innovative vocal ensembles, known for their bold approach to early music. Graduates of Oxford University, the performers specialize in Renaissance and Baroque as well as contemporary works. I Fagiolini's self-described "music-theater" -- staged presentations of pre-classical secular masterpieces -- is spirited and vibrant, while at the same time historically informative. Don't miss all the fun and excitement these extraordinary singers bring to each and every concert.

Program includes Monteverdi's Madrigals from Mantua and a staged performance of Da Flecha's El Fuego.

For more information, call (800) 444-1324.

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May 31 at 8:00 PM at St. Monica and St. James Episcopal Church, Washington, DC
June 1 at 3:30 PM at St. Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, Washington, DC

Collegium Cantorum
DuFay: A Concert of Sacred Polyphony by the Preeminent Master of the Early Renaissance

For more information, call (703) 437-8677.