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Coming This Month
Bach Sinfonia



Il Convito

Handel Choir of Baltimore

Harmonious Blacksmith


Nicholas Kitchen

Washington Bach Consort

May 3 at 3:00 PM
The Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD

The Washington Bach Consort
In Praise of Music

The Consort's 31st season concludes with a grand finale at the Music Center at Strathmore as we pay tribute to Bach's contemporary, George Frideric Handel. This spectacular all-Handel program commemorates the 250th anniversary of the composer's death with a large-scale performance of five of his most beloved works, including the "Water Music," the recently discovered "Gloria," two of his festive "Coronation Anthems" and the majestic Ode for St. Cecilia's Day.

For more information, call 202-429-2121.

May 3 at 4:00 PM
Towson United Methodist Church, Towson, MD

A Symphony with Voices: Haydn's Paukenmesse

3pm pre-concert lecture by Carl B. Schmidt, Towson University

Haydn's Paukenmesse, Hob. XXII: 9 in C Major

Emily Noel soprano
Jenna Lebherz alto
Gran Wilson tenor
Sumner Thompson bass
Melinda O’Neal conductor
Handel Choir and Handel Period Instrument Orchestra
Special guest: Handel Children's Choir

Resplendent with innovations, Haydn’s mature six symphonic-style Masses are the classical period’s crowning achievement in the Mass genre. Paukenmesse (Kettledrum Mass), also known as Missa in tempore belli (Mass in Time of War), is among the most popular of the six, with increased and freshened use of counterpoint, a unified sense of motivic construction and clear overall structural cohesion. Hear the beautiful duet for bass voice and cello solo in "Qui tollis", the dramatic setting of Agnus Dei with solo timpani, Handelian "amens", and even an operatic ensemble finale!

For more information, call 410-366-6544.

May 5 at noon
Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC

The Washington Bach Consort
Noontime Cantatas: Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21

For more information, call 202-429-2121.

May 8 at 8:00 PM at St. Columba's Episcopal Church, Washington, DC
May 10 at 3:00 PM at Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA

Carmina and Illuminare
Johannes Brahms and Early Music

Brian David Jones, clarinet
Diane Winter Pyles, piano

From his youth, Brahms was fascinated with early music — the counterpoint of Palestrina, the chorales, fugues and cantatas of J. S. Bach, the early German lied as exemplified by the works of Isaac, Hassler and others. This fascination led Brahms to experiment with early compositional techniques himself, as well as to collect, publish, and conduct the works of long-dead composers. Early in his career he founded and directed women's choruses for which he composed and arranged music. His Frauenchor of Hamburg was one of the first women's choruses to perform publicly. Illuminare will perform some of the works this group presented just prior to Brahms' departure for Vienna in 1862.

May 9 at 1:00 PM
Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD

The Bach Sinfonia
King Arthur for Kids

Hear Sinfonia's special family friendly adaptation of King Arthur as a one-hour program just for our young audience members (perfect for ages 5 and up) and their families. Wizards, heroes and heroines are invited to this unique performance of Henry Purcell's seventeenth century semi-opera, which brings spirits, sirens, and Saxons to thrilling life.

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

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May 9 at 8:00 PM
Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD

The Bach Sinfonia
Purcell’s King Arthur

Enemies and enchantments abound in this musical tale of love, war and magic! Purcell’s King Arthur is a robust large-scale work in five acts for soloists, chorus and orchestra. In this semi-opera, Arthur battles to unite Britain and to rescue his fiancé, Princess Emmeline, from the clutches of his arch-enemy, the Saxon King Oswald. Based on a libretto by John Dryden, King Arthur was first performed in 1691. The semi-opera, a genre unique to the late seventeenth century, features both music and spoken dialog throughout. Sinfonia's performance presents an adapted dramatic narration to tell this exciting tale alongside the superb musical entertainment. This performance marks the 350th anniversary of the composer's birth.

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

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May 14 at 7:30 PM
La Maison Française, Washington, DC

Il Convito
Franco-Italian repertoire

Sonatas for violin and basso continuo, by Jean Ferry Rebel & Jean Marie LeClair
‘Concerts Royaux’ for violin and basso continuo, by François Couperin
Sonatas for cello and basso continuo, by Jean Barriere
Harpsichord works, by D’Anglebert, Couperin, Foroqueray
Sonatas for violin and basso continuo, by Corelli, Mascitti, and Tartini
Sonatas for cello and basso continuo, by Geminiani & Alessandro Scarlatti
Harpsichord works, by Domenico Scarlatti

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

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May 15 at 7:30 PM
The Embassy of Austria, Washington, DC

Christopher Hinterhuber
Homage to Haydn

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

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May 16 at 8:00 PM at St. Mary Mother of God, Washington, DC
May 17 at 6:00 PM at St. Bernadette, Silver Spring, MD

Victoria Ascendens

Experience the ecstatic joy of Victoria's musical celebration of the Ascension. Savor the wide range of Victoria's expressive power in motets from O magnum mysterium to Dum complerentur.

Missa Ascendens Christus
Four-part and five-part motets, including Ascendens Christus

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

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May 17 at 3:00 PM
Engineer’s Club of Baltimore, The Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, Baltimore, MD

Harmonious Blacksmith
Phantasticke Spirites

Inspired by the bawdy and joyous spirit of English madrigals, Harmonious Blacksmith improvises and ornaments the music of Byrd, Morley, Purcell and their contemporaries. Named after Thomas Weelkes' fourth book of madrigals, this program also draws from the keyboard music in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book.

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

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May 17 at 7:30 PM
Pre-concert lecture at 6:30 PM
Grand Salon, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

The Smithsonian Chamber Players: Marilyn McDonald and Julie Andrijeski, violins; Kenneth Slowik, viola da gamba and violoncello; James Weaver, harpsichord and organ
Masterworks of Five Centuries: Trio Sonatas of Henry Purcell and Georg Friderick Handel

For more information, call 202-633-3030.

May 23 at 2:00 PM
Concerts from the Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Nicholas Kitchen
Lecture/Recital: Bach in Cremona

Violinist Nicholas Kitchen discusses and performs Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas – with projections of the manuscripts – on five extraordinary instruments in the Library’s Cremonese Collection – the two Guarneris (“Kreisler” and “Baron Vitta-Goldberg”), the “Brookings” Amati, and two of the Whittall Stradivari (“Betts” and “Castelbarco”).

For more information, call (202) 707-5507.