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Coming This Month
The Baltimore Consort



Circa 1800

The Concord Ensemble

The Folger Consort

The Handel Choir of Baltimore


Modern Musick

Peabody Renaissance Ensemble

Washington Bach Consort

December 1 at 8:00 PM
Grand Tier III at the Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Circa 1800

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

For more information, call 703-993-1380.

December 3 at noon
Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC

The Washington Bach Consort
Noontime Cantatas: Nun komm, der Heiden Heland, BWV 61

For more information, call 202-429-2121.

December 10 at 5:30 PM and 6:45 PM
Willard InterContinental Hotel, Washington, DC

Carmina and Illuminare
Holiday Lobbying at the Willard

Join both ensembles for a 45-minute program of seasonal early music. It has become our tradition to celebrate the approach of the holidays in the beautifully decorated lobby of the historic Willard Hotel, the place where "lobbying" got its name. Seating is limited and will be available only on a first-come, first-served basis. There is ample standing room.

For more information, call (703) 532-9356.

December 11 at 7:30 PM
December 12 at 7:30 PM
Leith Symington Griswold Hall, The Peabody Institute, Baltimore, MD

Peabody Renaissance Ensemble

For more information, call (410) 659-8100, ext. 2.

December 12 at 8:00 PM
December 13 at 5:00 PM
December 13 at 8:00 PM
December 14 at 2:00 PM
December 14 at 5:00 PM
December 17 at 7:30 PM
December 18 at 7:30 PM
December 19 at 8:00 PM
December 20 at 5:00 PM
December 20 at 8:00 PM
December 21 at 2:00 PM
December 21 at 5:00 PM
The Elizabethan Theatre of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

The Folger Consort with The Concord Ensemble and guest instrumentalists Marilyn Boenau, Marcia Young, and Webb Wiggins
A Spanish Christmas: Festive Music from Spain's Golden Age

The Consort captures a distinctly Spanish spirit this holiday season with choir, organ, winds, and strings. The Christmas repertoire of the 16th and 17th centuries, Spain's "Golden Age" of arts and literature, is particularly ravishing -- with sonorous and radiant motets, lively and energetic villançicos (carols), and dazzling instrumental works.

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

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December 13 at 1:30 PM
Society of the Cincinnati at Anderson House, Washington, DC

Carmina and Illuminare
Gloria in Excelsis

Douglas Wolters, viola da gamba
Vera Kochanowsky, harpsichord

Savor a cornucopia of musical delights for the season — including Monteverdi's exuberant Exultent caeli, Gesualdo's moving and mysterious Ave dulcissima Maria, and the Christmas motet Gloria in altissimis Deo by the renowned Milanese nun Chiara Margarita Cozzolani.

For more information, call (202) 785-2040.

December 13 at 8:00 PM
Church of the Immaculate Conception, Towson, MD

Handel's Messiah

7pm pre-concert lecture by Jonathan Palevsky, WBJC Radio

Clara Rottsolk soprano
Monica Reinagel alto
Aaron Sheehan tenor
Sumner Thompson bass
Melinda O'Neal conductor
Handel Choir and Handel Period Instrument Orchestra

The Handel Choir's performance cannot be called authentic just by virtue of returning to smaller performing forces and using period instruments, for such a thing as authenticity is not attainable. But we would like to think Handel might at least give a little smile at our efforts to enjoy this work in perhaps a closer resemblance to its original renderings, all the while sharing in the "infinite self-renewal" of this marvelous work.

For more information, call 410-366-6544.

December 13 at 8:00 PM at the Baltimore Basilica, Baltimore, MD
December 14 at BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD

The Baltimore Consort

December 14 at 7:00 PM
Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD

Joseph Gascho, harpsichord
Kenneth Slowik, harpsichord
James Stern, violin
From Venice to Leipzig via Amsterdam - Bach and the Concerto

Savor an evening devoted to Bach’s development of the concerto form and the influence of Vivaldi in this process.

Antonio Vivaldi - Violin Concerto
Johann Sebastian Bach - Solo Harpsicord Transcription
Double Violin Concerto
Viola da Gamba Sonata in G minor
Double Harpsichord Concerto in C Major
Brandenburg Concerto no. 5

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

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December 20 at 8:00 PM
St. Mary Mother of God, Washington, DC

Chantry and Modern Musick
Joyeux Noël!

Celebrate a French Christmas with two great Christmas masterpieces from the courts of Philip II and Louis XIV. Enjoy the French Noëls that permeate Charpentier's famous Midnight Mass.

Manchicourt Missa Noe, noe!
Charpentier Messe de Minuit

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

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December 21 at 3:00 PM
National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC

Washington Bach Consort
An International Christmas

A program of Christmas music from around the world.

For more information, call 202-429-2121.