January 2 at 5:00 PM at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Arlington, Virginia
January 3 at 6:00 PM at Christ Church, Alexandria, Virginia
Twelfth Night: A Celebration of Epiphany and the Winter Solstice
Armonia Nova returns to Christ Church to perform Twelfth Night – a concert celebrating Epiphany and winter solstice – featuring music from the 12th-17th centuries. Centuries of evolving sacred and secular rituals with processions, dances, singing and instruments such as harps and viols, created well-known and loved traditions of our contemporary holiday season. Armonia Nova has chosen music to reflect this continuous celebration of the human spirit and its ability to carry hope and faith even through the darkest nights. Come be a part of this tradition and extend the joys of this glorious season!
January 8 & 9
Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC
With sopranos Ann Monoyios and Johanna Arnold, tenor Robert Petillo, bass Peter Becker, virtuoso violinist Julie Andrijeski, brass, winds, strings, organ, and choir
Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers
The resonant reaches of Washington National Cathedral provide a magnificent venue for the timeless masterpiece – Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin, published in Venice in 1610. Monteverdi, a master of both old and avant-garde style, composed a work both retrospective and startlingly new – the grand Psalm settings are meditations on the age-old Gregorian chants, and the “sacred songs” are Monteverdi’s bold introduction of the latest theatrical style to liturgical music. Unlike most modern performances of the Vespers, the Folger Consort’s period version, without conductor, features one-on-a-part virtuoso instrumentalists and ten vocal soloists who also serve as the choir.
For more information, call (202) 675-0379.
January 23 at 8:00 PM
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College, Silver Spring, Maryland
Bach Sinfonia Annual Chamber Music Concert
GIUSEPPI CAMBINI, Quintett in D Minor No. 2
ANTOINE-JOSEPH REICHA, Quintour No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 88
ANTONIO ROSETTI, Wind Quintet in E-flat Major
Plus additional duets and trios
For more information, call (301) 362-6525.
January 24 at 3:30 PM
Towson University Center for the Arts, Towson, Maryland
Pro Musica Rara and Tempesta di Mare
SuperBach Sunday: Brandenburgs and Beyond
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos no. 2, BWV 1047 and no. 3, BWV 1048; Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 violins and 2 cellos.
Pre-concert talk at 2:30 PM.
For more information, call (410) 728-2820.
January 24 at 5:00 PM
Church of the Redeemer, Bethesda, Maryland
Illuminare and The Countertop Quartet
Works by Landini, Monteverdi, Ciconia, Palestrina, and the 17th-century Milanese nun, Chiari Margarita Cozzolani.
For more information, call (301) 229-3770.
January 28 at 8:00 PM
Concerts from the Library of Congress (Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building), Washington, DC
The Rheingold Curse: A Germanic Saga of Greed and Revenge
Archetypal characters in the 13th-century Icelandic Edda – the earliest version of the Nibelungen Saga – appear centuries later in Wagner’s Ring cycle. Sung in Old Norse with supertitles and visual projections.
Pre-concert presentation at the Whittall Pavilion, 6:15 PM
The Icelandic Edda: Myth and the Mind, Wagner, Tolkien, and Beyond
Hjálmar W. Hannesson, Ambassador of Iceland; Alexander Stein, Ph.D.; Donald Crosby; and Taru Spiegel, Ph.D.
For more information, call (202) 707-6362.
January 31 at 4:00 PM
Washington Street United Methodist Church, Alexandria, Virginia
Music by Handel, Loiellet, Pepusch, Barsanti, and Abel: A benefit for the victims in Haiti
Charles Boyer, recorder, David Brundage, oboe, Doug Wolters, baroque cello and viola da gamba, Vera Kochanowski, harpsichord