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Coming This Month
The Academy of Ancient Music

Armonia Nova

AU Choral Ensemble

The Bach Sinfonia



Collegium Cantorum

The Countertop Quartet

The Folger Consort


Joseph Gascho

Ellen Hargis

Harmonious Blacksmith

Paul O’Dette

Opera Vivente

Washington Bach Consort

March 1 at 6:30 PM
West Garden Court, West Building, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Ellen Hargis, soprano
Paul O’Dette, lutenist
Music by Camphuysen, Huygens, Vallet, and van den Hove

For more information, call 202-842-6941.

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

The Washington Bach Consort
Noontime Cantatas: Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12

For more information, call 202-429-2121.

March 5 at noon
Leith Symington Griswold Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, MD

A free early music performance in the Thursday Noon Recital Series.

March 6 at 7:30 PM
March 8 at 3:00 PM
March 12 at 7:30 PM
March 14 at 7:30 PM
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Baltimore, MD

Opera Vivente and Harmonious Blacksmith
Claudio Monteverdi - The Coronation of Poppea

Love, or at least lust, does indeed conquer all in Monteverdi’s decadent baroque opera. Based on historical events surrounding the Emperor Nero’s exiling of his first wife and subsequent coronation of his mistress, The Coronation of Poppea is filled with some of Monteverdi’s most luxurious and sophisticated music.

For more information, call (410) 547-7997.

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March 7 at 8:00 PM at St. Paul’s K Street, Washington, DC
March 8 at 6:00 PM at St. Bernadette, Silver Spring, MD

The Great Orlando: Music of Orlando Gibbons

Gibbons, the Organist of both the Chapel Royal and Westminster Abbey, wrote some of the greatest music of the Elizabethan Age. Superb anthems including See, see, the Word is incarnate and the monumental O clap your hands.

Complete First Service
"Verse" and "full" anthems

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

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March 8 at 6:30 PM
West Garden Court, West Building, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

National Gallery Vocal Arts Ensemble
Music by Huygens, Sweelinck, and other 17th-century Dutch composers

For more information, call 202-842-6941.

March 13 at 8:00 PM
March 14 at 5:00 PM
March 14 at 8:00 PM
March 15 at 2:00 PM
The Elizabethan Theatre of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

The Folger Consort with soprano Ann Monoyios and guest instrumentalists Mary Springfels and Tom Zajac
Mosaic: Medieval Song from Spain and Cyprus

Islamic, Jewish, and Christian traditions peacefully co-existed in the 13th century court of Alfonso the Wise, creating one of the most fascinating episodes in Spanish history. Works from Alfonso’s famous Cantigas de Santa Marķa are paired with works from 14th century French-ruled Cyprus, including sophisticated ballades, dance songs, and avant-garde rondeaux. Rounding out the program are instrumental works for fiddles, citoles, harp, winds, and bagpipes.

For more information, call 202-544-7077.

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March 14 at 8:00 PM at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, Bethesda, MD
March 15 at 3:30 PM at Saint Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, Washington, DC

Collegium Cantorum
Complete Surviving Works: A Concert of Renaissance Polyphony by Robert Parsons and John Fawkyner

This concert is the first of an occasional series devoted to presenting the complete surviving works of outstanding though little-known composers, most of whose works do not survive.

The concert and the series begin with all five of the intact-surviving Latin-language motets by Robert Parsons (c. 1535-1572), and continue with the dazzling fireworks of the two surviving works of the otherwise unknown John (?) Fawkyner (fl. c. 1485).

For more information, call 703-437-8677.

March 15 at 6:30 PM
West Garden Court, West Building, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Harmonious Blacksmith
Music by Jacob van Eyck and other 17th-century Dutch and German composers

For more information, call 202-842-6941.

March 21 at 8:00 PM
March 22 at 3:00 PM
Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall, American University, Washington, DC

AU Chamber Singers
Fifth Annual Early Music Program: A Celebration of Handel

Celebrate George Frideric Handel with a concert featuring Dixit Dominus, and works by his contemporaries. Conducted by Daniel Abraham.

For more information, call 202-885-3634.

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March 22 at 3:00 PM
National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC

Washington Bach Consort
The Great Organ Mass

We celebrate Bach's birthday weekend with a performance of his "Great Organ Mass." This performance features the keyboard talents of Consort founder and Music Director Dr. J. Reilly Lewis and Assistant Conductor Scott Dettra, along with our chorus in the resplendent acoustics of the National Presbyterian Church. if you love the Goldberg Variations, the Art of the Fugue, or the Well-Tempered Clavier, you will not want to miss this essential volume of the Bach keyboard canon.

For more information, call 202-429-2121.

March 22 at 4:00 PM
Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Academy of Ancient Music
Brandenburg Concertos

As one of the world's first and foremost period-instrument orchestras, this extraordinary ensemble combines a historically enlightened approach with an exceptionally high standard of performance. Led by director Richard Egarr on harpsichord, the Academy presents a rare opportunity to hear all six Brandenburg Concertos. Bach created each concerto distinct from the others in style and instrumentation and there is more delightful diversity packed into this one set of works than one could possibly imagine.

For more information, call 888-945-2468.

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March 22 at 6:30 PM
West Garden Court, West Building, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Egidius Kwartet
Music by Clanck, Heinsius, Sweelinck, Willaert, and other Dutch composers

For more information, call 202-842-6941.

March 27 at 7:30 PM
St. Stephen Martyr Church, Washington, DC

The Countertop Quartet
Lamentations & Celebrations: Music for the Holy Season

Sung by various combinations of nine early music voices, this concert features the famous Miserere mei by Allegri, sung by the Countertop Ensemble in antiphonal double choir, while boy treble voices soar up to the high top C’s. The male voices of the Countertop Consort perform the ATTBB version of the Lamentations of Thomas Tallis. Other works include Lotti’s Crucifixus, Tomas Luis de Victoria’s Popule Meus, Dum Transisset Sabbatum by John Taverner, and many more famous works by Giovanni Gabrieli, Samuel Scheidt, and more.

For more information, call 866-364-6418.

March 27 at 8:00 PM at Grace Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA
March 29 at 4:00 PM at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Bluemont, VA

The Lily and the Lion

Illuminare will explore the remarkably rich repertoire of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance in a program featuring the works of DuFay, Ciconia, Landini and others. The cultural and financial power of Italy drew many composers from the Low Countries and France (the Lily) to seek their livelihoods in its many flourishing principalities, most notably, Florence (the Lion). It was here that national styles met, and in some cases blended. Both performances will be held in small, acoustically live venues. Come and be transported to an age of brilliance and elegance.

March 28 at 8:00 PM
The Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD

Wonderous Free

The ensemble lends its lush, orchestral sound to 250 years of American music – from the first documented song written in America in 1759 through folk, gospel, and traditional styles, including works by Billings and Barber.

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March 28 at 8:00 PM
Woodside United Methodist Church, Silver Spring, MD

The Bach Sinfonia
Emily Noël, soprano
Roger O. Isaacs, countertenor
Hazzan Jeffrey Weber, tenor
Steven Combs, bass
Handel’s Israel in Egypt

A radiant and thrilling work by Handel, marking the 250th anniversary of his passing — Sinfonia presents the timeless Old Testament Passover story in song.

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

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March 29 at 4:00 PM
Grace Episcopal Church, Silver Spring, MD

Armonia Nova
A Concert for the Lenten Season

March 29 at 7:00 PM
An Die Musik LIVE!, Baltimore, MD

Joseph Gascho
The Splendor of the Harpsichord

Join harpsichordist Joseph Gascho in a survey of the greatest keyboard music before 1750, including works by Sweelinck, Frescobaldi, Couperin, Bach and Scarlatti.

For more information, call (410) 385-2638.

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