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March 4 at noon
Leith Symington Griswold Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, Maryland

Thursday Noon Recital Series Early Music Concert

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

March 5 at 7:30 PM
Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC

Cathedra
Requiem

In this evening’s program are two very different settings of the Requiem, the first by the polyphonic master Tomas Luis de Victoria and the second by the twentieth-century composer Herbert Howells. The program will also include the anthem Take Him Earth for Cherishing composed by Howells to commemorate the death of J.F. Kennedy and the Crucifixis pro Nobis by the English composer Kenneth Leighton. The 16-part setting of the Crucifixus text by Antonio Caldara will open the program.

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

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March 6 at 8:00 PM
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College, Silver Spring, Maryland

The Bach Sinfonia
Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Motets

J.S. Bach’s motets stand – with little doubt – at the absolute summit of his work. The six primary motets that survive are considered the most sophisticated in the genre and demand the highest level of vocal virtuosity. Performed with a small core of singers and instrumentalists joined by some of the country’s best early music vocal soloists, hear what is possible when modern scholarship and brilliant musicianship combine to explore these extraordinary pieces.

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

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March 7 at 3:00 PM
Brodbeck Music Hall Auditorium, Hood College, Frederick, MD

L’Arabesque Baroque
Barbara Spicher, baroque flute
Douglas Wotlers, viola da gamba and baroque cello
William Simms, theorbo and baroque guitar
Coriolana Simon, viola da gamba

A free concert of music by Leonardo Vinci, James Oswald, Santiago de Murcia, George Frederic Handel, Marin Marais, and Jacques Morel.

March 12 at 7:30 PM
Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC

Cathedra
St. Mark Passion

Tonight sees the U.S. premiere of a new edition of the St. Mark Passion by J.S. Bach. Only a broad outline of Bach’s intention for this work has survived. However, the scholastic endeavor of musicologists has produced a number of reconstructions of this work. Tonight Cathedra will perform the most recent edition by Malcolm Bruno.

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

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March 13 at 8:00 PM
An Die Musik LIVE, Baltimore, Maryland

Gut, Wind and Wire
Ronn McFarlane, Mindy Rosenfeld, and Mark Cudek

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

March 14 at 4:00 PM
Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA

Virginia Chamber Orchestra and Cantate Chamber Singers
Marisa Regni, violin

Purcell: Welcome to All the Pleasures
Bach: Brandenberg Concerto No. 3
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

For more information, call (703) 758-0179.

March 16 at 7:30 PM
La Maison Française, Washington, DC

Les Folies Françoises
Patrick Cohën-Akenine, violin
Béatrice Martin, harpsichord
François Poly, cello

Great Parisian Masters under Louis XV

Jean-Marie LECLAIR (1697-1764):
Sonata VIII for violin, cello & basso cont. in D major (2ème livre, 1728)
  Adagio – allegro – sarabanda (largo) – allegro assai
Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace ROYER (1705-1755):
Works for harpsichord
  L’incertaine – L’aimable – La bagatelle – Suite de la bagatelle
  La rémouleuse – Les tendres sentiments – Le vertigo

Jean-Marie LECLAIR (1697-1764):
Sonata VI (Le tombeau) for violin & basso cont. in C minor (3ème livre, 1734)
  Grave – allegro ma non troppo – gavotta gratioso (andante) – allegro
(Intermission)
Jean-Marie LECLAIR (1697-1764):
Sonata VII for violin & basso cont. in A minor (3ème livre)
  Largo – allegro – adagio – tempo gavotta (allegro)
Jean-Baptiste BARRIERE (1707-1747):
Sonata VI for cello & basso cont. in C major (4ème livre, 1740)
  Allegro – largo – allegro
Jean-Marie LECLAIR (1697-1764)
Sonata IV for violin & basso cont. in B flat major (Troisième Livre)
  Adagio – allegro ma non troppo – sarabanda (largo) – chaconna

A reception to meet the artists will follow the concert.

For more information, call (202) 944-6400.

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March 17 at 12:10 PM
Concerts at the National Gallery of Art (West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court), Washington, DC

Ensemble Amarcord
16th- and 17th-century German music

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

March 17 at 6:00 PM
Elizabethan Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

Folger Consort Early Music Seminar
Ballets and Brawls: French Music of Court and Countryside

For its springtime concert, the Consort performs a program of French romance and wit circa 1610. Learn how French music developed in very different directions than Italian Baroque.

For more information, call (202) 675-0379.

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March 19-21
Elizabethan Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

Folger Consort
With soprano Rosa Lamoreaux, baritone William Sharp, Renaissance winds, and strings

Ballets and Brawls: French Music of Court and Countryside

For a delightful springtime concert, the Consort performs a program of French romance and wit circa 1610. France was not untouched by the great revolution in musical taste that occurred around the beginning of the 17th century, but French music developed in very different directions than Italian Baroque. In court entertainments, dance reigned supreme, and our program includes charming dances, complemented by songs for voice and lute, in both sophisticated and rustic styles, including witty, amorous dialogues for baritone and soprano.

For more information, call (202) 675-0379.

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March 21 at 3:00 PM
National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC

The Washington Bach Consort
Happy Birthday, Bach!

Orchestral Suite No.1, BWV 1066
Violin Concerto No.2, BWV 1042
Prelude & Fugue in G Major, BWV 541
Sinfonia from Cantata No. 42
Brandenburg Concerto No.3, BWV 1048

In celebration of the 325th anniversary of Bach’s birth, we present a selection of his most brilliant, joyful, and best-loved works, many of which were created during the composer’s highly productive tenure as Capellmeister to the Prince of Anhalt-Cöthen. It was during those fertile six years that most of Bach’s legendary instrumental music was created, a legacy upon which his later additions to the genre (the orchestral suites, harpsichord concertos and cantata sinfonias in Leipzig) were based.

For more information, call (202) 429-2121.

March 21 at 3:30 PM
Towson University Center for the Arts, Towson, Maryland

Pro Musica Rara
Intimate Bach: A 325th Birthday Bash

J.S. Bach: Cello Suite in E-flat Major, BWV 1009; Violin Partita in D Minor (with Chaconne), BWV 1004; Selections from the Art of Fugue.

Pre-concert talk at 2:30 PM.

For more information, call (410) 728-2820.

March 21 at 5:30 PM
Shriver Hall, Baltimore, Maryland

Piffaro, The Renaissance Band
London Waits: Music for a Renaissance Wind Band from the time of Elizabeth I

For more information, call (410) 516-7164.

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March 24 at 12:10 PM
Concerts at the National Gallery of Art (West Building Ground Floor, Lecture Hall), Washington, DC

Ignacio Prego, harpsichordist
Music by Spanish composers

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

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

Harmonious Blacksmith
Music from the Mediterranean

Early music from Spain to Italy is featured in an exciting program of works by Soler, Scarlatti, Frescobaldi, and Corelli. Baroque guitarist William Simms joins HB directors Joseph Gascho and Justin Godoy in a program highlighting the evocative and colorful music of southern Europe.

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

March 26 at 1:15 PM
Georgetown University Friday Music Concert Series (McNeir Hall), Washington, DC

Chatham Baroque
Alchemy for Three

Featuring music that shows the three instrumentalists of Chatham Baroque in different roles: as soloists, accompanists, and equal partners in duos and trios. The program includes gems by well-known baroque masters such as J.S. Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, and Marin Marais, and with works by Castaldi, Becker and Biber it also ventures into wonderful terrain unknown to many music enthusiasts.

For more information, call (202) 687-3838.

March 28 at 4:00 PM
Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC

Washington National Cathedral Combined Choirs and Baroque Orchestra
Johann Sebastian Bach: St. John Passion

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

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March 28 at 6:40 PM
Concerts at the National Gallery of Art (West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court), Washington, DC

Stanford Chamber Chorale
with Chatham Baroque
“The Passion in Music and Art”: Music by Johann Sebastian Bach

Preconcert talk by David Gariff
6:00 p.m., West Building Lecture Hall

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

Coming This Month
AMARCORD

L’Arabesque Baroque

The Bach Sinfonia

Cantate Chamber Singers

Chatham Baroque

The Folger Consort

Les Folies Françoises

Gut, Wind and Wire

Harmonious Blacksmith

Piffaro

Ignacio Prego

Pro Musica Rara

Stanford Chamber Chorale

Virginia Chamber Orchestra

The Washington Bach Consort