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February 1 at 7:00 PM
Washington, DC

Opera Lafayette
Armide

Gluck’s Armide is one of the masterpieces of the 18th century, intense and psychologically complex yet grand in its proportions. With this opera, Gluck both looks back to the traditions of lyric tragedy established by Lully and anticipates the romanticism of Berlioz and Wagner. A truly extraordinary cast brings Gluck’s ravishing music to life headed by Dominique Labelle as Armide. Also appearing are two artists making their Washington debut – American tenor William Burden, and Dutch soprano Judith van Wanroij. The New York Baroque Dance Company creates the visual spectacle in this concert production with dance, chorus, and orchestra.

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

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February 6 at 8:00 PM
St. Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, Washington, DC

Chantry
Music for Saint Mary

Palestrina Missa Salve Regina
Byrd Gradualia Propers for the Feast of the Purification

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

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February 7 at 4:00 PM
Vienna Presbyterian Church, Vienna, Virginia

Ensemble Gaudior
Soggiorno Italiano

Featuring sonatas by Corelli, Vivaldi and their contemporaries.

For more information, call (703) 395-2899.

February 7 at 4:00 PM
The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

ArcoVoce
1710

Compositions from three centuries ago, performed on period instruments.

February 9 and February 10 at Leith Symington Griswold Hall at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore, Maryland (cancelled due to snow)
February 17 at 8:00 PM at St. Ignatius Church, Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore Baroque Band
J.S. Bach: St. John Passion

Performed by Baltimore Baroque Band (Peabody’s Baroque Orchestra)
Risa Browder & John Moran, co-directors

David Kirkwood, Evangelist
William Sharp, Christus

For more information, call (410) 234-4800.

February 20 at 8:00 PM
Dumbarton Concerts by Candlelight, Historic Dumbarton Church, Georgetown

Choral Arts Society of Washington
Baroque Requiem by Candlelight

It was in Dresden, centuries ago that a prince commanded the great master of early Baroque Heinrich Schütz, to compose a royal requiem. The Musikalische Exequien remains one of the most sublimely beautiful choral works ever written. Washington's own Choral Arts Society under the direction of the venerable Norman Scribner, sings this choral masterpiece and then guides us on a mystical journey through the hushed cathedrals of late Renaissance Europe.

For more information, call (202) 965-2000.

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February 20 at 8:00 PM at Saint Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, Bethesda, Maryland
February 21 at 3:30 PM at Saint Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, Washington, DC

Collegium Cantorum
Massive Music

A concert of large-scale masterworks of sacred polyphony from the English Renaissance featuring music by John Nesbett (fl. c. 1480), Nicholas Huchyn (fl. c. 1480), Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585), and the ever-popular Anonymous (fl. c. 1440).

For more information, call (703) 437-8677.

February 21 at 4:00 PM
Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC

Cathedral Choral Society
Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion

For more information, call (202) 537-6200.

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February 21 at 7:30 PM
Mansion at Strathmore, North Bethesda, Maryland

Flanders Recorder Quartet
Circa 1600

Showcasing these masters of ancient music in works by Palestrina, Gabriela, and more.

For more information, call (301) 581-5200.

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February 23 at 4:00 PM
Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC

Ensemble Gaudior
Soggiorno Italiano

Featuring sonatas by Corelli, Vivaldi and their contemporaries.

For more information, call (703) 395-2899.

February 24 at 7:00 PM
Engineers Club at Garrett Jacobs Mansion, Baltimore, Maryland

Harmonious Blackmsith Duo

Harpsichordist Joseph Gascho and recorder virtuoso Justin Godoy present a recital of solo and chamber works from the 17th and 18th centuries. Improvisations will complete a program of works by J.S. Bach, Matthew Locke, and others.

Pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m.
Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call (410) 997-1342.

February 25 at 8:00 PM
Concerts from the Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Concerto Soave
Handel in Italy

The acclaimed period instrument ensemble from Paris provides an evening of music that would have been performed in the sumptuous gardens of Palazzo Ruspoli in Rome – cantatas and instrumental music by A. Scarlatti, Caldara and il caro sassone, the young Handel.

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

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February 26 at 7:30 PM
Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC

Cathedra
Stabat Mater

In this evening’s program we celebrate the baroque using two wonderful yet contrasting settings of the Stabat Mater. Pergolesi’s famous setting for two solo voices and baroque ensemble is preceded by J.S. Bach’s motet Komm Jesu Komm. The second half will include another Bach motet, Jesu Meine Freude, followed by the sumptuous 12-part setting of the Stabat Mater text by Alessandro Scarlatti.

For more information, call (202) 537-6200.

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February 27 at 7:30 PM
Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC

Mira
Mystic Songs of the North:
Music from Josquin, the Flemish School, and the British Isles

Mira, an 18 voice ensemble directed by Deborah Hunter, will be joined by guest artists Marjorie Bunday, mezzo soprano, and Constance Whiteside of Armonia Nova, two notable Washington area internationally acclaimed musicians, who specialize in early music.

The program that they bring to Church of the Epiphany features composers Josquin, Compere and Benjamin Britten’s dramatic “Hymn to St. Cecilia,” a unique five-voice accapella setting of a W. H. Auden poem. The program will also include a number of traditional Scottish and English pieces, some from as early as the 13th or 14th century.

For information, please call (434) 977-5784.

February 28 at 3:00 PM
Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, Maryland

Orlando Consort
Amore: Love and Marriage in the Italian Renaissance

This special program will cover a range of amorous moods, from medieval courtly love to religious ecstasy, from totally explicit songs to a celebration of marriage.

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

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February 28 at 6:30 PM
Concerts at the National Gallery of Art (West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court), Washington, DC

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Music by Gabrielli and other composers

For more information, call (202) 842-6941.

Coming This Month
ArcoVoce

Baltimore Baroque Band

Chantry

Choral Arts Society of Washington

Collegium Cantorum

Concerto Soave

Ensemble Gaudior

Flanders Recorder Quartet

Harmonious Blacksmith

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Opera Lafayette

Orlando Consort