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Coming This Month

Circa 1800

Handel Choir of Baltimore

Harmonious Blacksmith

National Gallery Vocal Arts Ensemble

Opera Lafayette

Les Paladins

Pro Musica Rara

Washington Bach Consort

The Washington Chorus

November 2 at 3:30 PM
Towson University Center for the Arts, Towson, MD

Pro Musica Rara
Folia to Fandango

with Catherine Turocy and Carlos Fittante, baroque dancers

Music by Vivaldi and Boccherini

Cynthia Roberts, Ivan Stefanovic, violin; Sharon Myer, viola; Allen Whear, cello; Dongsok Shin, harpsichord

For more information, call (410) 704-2787.

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November 2 at 6:30 PM
West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

National Gallery Vocal Arts Ensemble

A concert of music by 17th century composers, presented in honor of Jan Lievens: A Dutch Master Rediscovered.

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

November 2 at 7:00 PM
St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Annandale, VA

Ave Maria: Lady without Peer

Gabriel's greeting to Mary at the Annunciation, "Ave Maria," has been set to music innumerable times by countless composers over the centuries. In this program we focus on two giants of the Renaissance, Josquin and Victoria. Their settings of this famous text frame our program, which will include both sacred and secular works of the period. Enjoy poignant Song of Songs settings, delightful Spanish love songs by Vasquez, Flecha and Guerrero, and Josquin's playful Italian works, including his famous El Grillo.

For more information, call (703) 256-2966.

November 2 at 7:30 PM
La Maison Française, The Embassy of France, Washington, DC

Opera Lafayette
Armida Abbandonata: Cantatas and Other Chamber Works by Handel and Haydn

Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Houtzeel joins the virtuosic instrumentalists of The Four Nations Ensemble and Opera Lafayette's Artistic Director Ryan Brown on the violin in a Handel and Haydn program to include the cantatas Armida Abbandonata (Handel) and Arianna a Naxos (Haydn). Also on the program are a Handel trio sonata and a Haydn symphony in an arrangement by the 18th-century London impresario and violinist Johann Peter Solomon.

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

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November 4 at noon
Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC

The Washington Bach Consort
Noontime Cantatas: Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren, BWV 137

For more information, call (202) 429-2121.

November 8 at 8:00 PM
First English Lutheran Church, Baltimore, MD

The Handel Choir of Baltimore
O Eternal Fire: The Brilliance of Handel and Bach

7pm pre-concert lecture by Daniel Abraham, American University and Bach Sinfonia

Handel - The King shall rejoice
Bach - Cantata BWV 12: Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (Weeping, Crying, Sorrow, Sighing)
Handel - Concerto Grosso Op. 6 no. 12 in B minor
Bach Cantata BWV 34: O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe (O eternal Fire, O source of Love)

Jay White countertenor
Robert Petillo tenor
Phillip Collister bass
Melinda O'Neal conductor
Chandos Singers, Handel Choir of Baltimore and Handel Period Instrument Orchestra

Handel's The King shall rejoice, written to celebrate the coronation of King George II in Westminster Abbey (1727), is set for festive baroque orchestra and voices. Bach's Cantata BWV 12, an introspective work, depicts the transformation from sorrow and fear to the joy of "blossoms of blessing" through faith. Resplendent in its orchestration, Cantata BWV 34 implores God to bestow peace upon Israel. The opening chorus's lively figuration inspired by the licking flames of the Holy Spirit ("Feuer") is contrasted with the trumpet's long notes illustrating eternity ("ewiges"). This is Bach at his most mature, insightful and robust. And a special bonus -- the Handel Period Instrument Orchestra performing one of Handel's quintessential concerti grossi.

For more information, call (410) 366-6544.

November 9 at 3:00 PM
Sidney Harman Hall, Washington, DC

Washington Bach Consort
What's Opera Bach!

A performance of some of Bach's most dramatic works, including the Third Orchestral Suite; Cantata 80, Ein fest Burg; the powerful eight-part chorus, Nun ist das Hei, BWV 50; and a staged production of the Dramma per musica, BWV 207, Vereinigte Zweitracht der wechselnden Saiten - the closest Bach ever came to writing opera.

For more information, call (202) 429-2121.

November 12 at 7:30 PM
La Maison Française, Washington, DC

Les Paladins with Isabelle Poulenard, soprano and Jean-François Lombard, tenor
The King's Mistress

A baroque program in homage to Madame de Pompadour, one that would have been designed solely for the entertainment of King Louis XV, with works by the most famous composers of the time:
Mouret: Les Fêtes de Thalie, Ouverture (1714)
Rameau: Les Surprises de l'Amour, Act II (1753)
Cassanéa de Mondonville: Les Fêtes de Paphos, Act I (1753)
Lully: Acis et Galathée, Act V, Scene 1 (1687)
Destouches: Les Eléments, Act IV (1725)
Rebel et Francoeur: Zélindor, Roi des Silphes

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

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November 16 at 3:00 PM
Engineer's Club of Baltimore, The Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, Baltimore, MD

Harmonious Blacksmith
J.S. Bach's Moonlight Manuscript

Under cover of darkness, the young Johann Sebastian Bach secretly copied his older brother’s prized anthology of musical masterpieces. Eventually, Bach was found out and punished for his surreptitious copying, but not before he had learned the works of the greatest German composers before him. This fascinating program will include the composers that Bach admired — Buxtehude, Reincken, Pachelbel and Vivaldi, as well as original works by Bach himself.

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

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November 16 at 5:00 PM
Concert Hall, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC

The Washington Chorus
Bach Mass in B Minor

Julian Wachner brings his expertise in the world of early music to one of the greatest masterworks of all time, performed with internationally-renowned artists.

Lisa Saffer, soprano
Clare Wilkinson, mezzo soprano
Daniel Taylor, countertenor
Charles Daniels, tenor
Sanford Sylvan, baritone

Post-concert discussion in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with Julian Wachner and Mary Deissler, former Executive Director and CEO of Boston's Handel & Haydn Society

Annotated open rehearsal at Georgetown Day School on November 15 at 10:30 AM, and masterclass with the chorus and soloists, free to anyone with a ticket to the performance.

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

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November 17 at 7:30 PM
Embassy of Ukraine, Washington, DC

Harmonious Blacksmith

Harmonious Blacksmith will perform an "intimate evening of baroque chamber music" as part of the The Embassy Concert Series, including music of Cecchini, Jelic, Castello, Vivaldi, and Bach.

For more information, call (202) 625-2361.

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November 18 at 7:30 PM
Grace Episcopal Church, Washington, DC

Pierre Hantaï, harspichord

Johann Sebastian Bach: Various preludes and fugues composed for his students
Johann Sebastian Bach: English Suite n°2 in A minor Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Bourrées 1 & 2, Gigue
Domenico Scarlatti: 4 sonatas
Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita n°3 in A minor: Fantasia, Allemande, Corrente, Sarabande, Burlesca, Scherzo, Gigue

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

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November 19 at 4:30 PM
Conservatory Building #303C, The Peabody Institute, Baltimore, MD

Peabody Musicology Colloquium Lecture

Enlightening Harmonies: Rameau and the Corps Sonore in the Oracular Tradition of French Baroque
Geoffrey Burgess, Eastman School of Music

November 30 at 7:00 PM
An Die Musik LIVE!, Baltimore, MD

Circa 1800

A lively evening of exquisite and intelligent chamber music for period instruments, to include works by Franz Danzi, Giovanni Simone Mayr, Giuseppi Cambini, and others from the late 18th century to early 19th century.

For more information, call 410-385-2638 .