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Coming This Month
Ensemble Galilei

The Folger Consort

Opera Lafayette

The Peabody Renaissance Ensemble

April 3 at 7:30 PM
Terrace Theater, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC

Opera Lafayette
L’Allegro ed Il Pensieroso

Opera Lafayette will commemorate the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death with a rare concert performance of his exquisite L’Allegro ed Il Pensieroso, set to the beautiful English poetry of John Milton. This program features sopranos Christine Brandes and Kirsten Blaise, tenor Nicholas Phan, baritone David Newman, and the Opera Lafayette Chorus and Orchestra on period instruments, Ryan Brown, conductor. Sung in English.

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

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April 7 at noon
Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC

The Washington Bach Consort
Noontime Cantatas: Nur jedem das Seine, BWV 163

For more information, call 202-429-2121.

April 17 at 8:00 PM
April 18 at 5:00 PM
April 18 at 8:00 PM
April 19 at 2:00 PM
The Elizabethan Theatre of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

The Folger Consort with baritone William Sharp, soprano Rosa Lamoreaux, guest instrumentalists, and actors directed by Richard Clifford
Don Quixote: Music and Words Inspired by Cervantes' Classic Saga of Chivalry

Miguel de Cervantes’ 1605 masterpiece Don Quixote was immediately popular not only in Spain, but all across Europe. Translated into many languages, it became a source of inspiration for Henry Purcell, Thomas D’Urfey, Georg Philip Telemann, and many other composers during the Baroque and beyond. The music of these masters is performed with dramatic readings from Cervantes’ great work.

For more information, call 202-544-7077.

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April 18 at 7:30 PM
April 22 at 7:30 PM
April 24 at 7:30 PM
April 26 at 3:00 PM
Ina and Jack Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD

Maryland Opera Studio
Handel’s Xerxes

In Handel's Xerxes, a ruthless ruler imagines himself omnipotent and tries to force the hand of Love itself. Not content with his impending marriage to the beautiful Amastre, the Persian potentate Xerxes pursues his brother's beloved Romilda also. Lust, treachery and foul play abound in this most extravagant of Baroque operas. Performed in Italian with English supertitles.

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

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April 19 at 7:30 PM
Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD

Ensemble Galilei
First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World

Mixing the colors and styles of early instruments with Celtic traditions, Ensemble Galilei is equally at home with Irish reels, medieval cantigas and English country dance tunes. Their latest collaboration, First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World, was developed with NPR's Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan and the National Geographic Society. The performance features Ensemble Galilei's brilliant music, spectacular images and narrative of original texts from some of the world's great explorers, seamlessly interwoven to convey the intellectual, physical and spiritual challenges faced by these extraordinary men and women.

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

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April 24 at 7:30 PM
April 25 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.