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April 30 and May 1 at 7:30 PM
First English Lutheran Church, Baltimore, Maryland

The Handel Choir of Baltimore and American Opera Theater
Handel’s Jephtha

Staged performances of Handel’s final oratorio.

For more information, call (410) 366-6544.

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May 2 at 3:00 PM
National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC

The Washington Bach Consort

J.S. Bach, Prelude & Fugue in D Major, BWV 532
J.S. Bach, Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243
C.P.E. Bach, Magnificat in D Major, WQ 15

These two settings of the Magnificat, Mary’s expression of ecstatic joy from the Gospel according to St. Luke, reveal the genius of two generations of the Bach family, J.S. Bach and his brilliantly innovative son C.P.E. Bach. Performed together, the two settings beautifully demonstrate the evolution from the Baroque to the emerging Classical aesthetic. The program also features the performance of one of Bach’s best-loved prelude and fugue masterpieces on the magnificent Skinner pipe organ.

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

May 2 at 4:00 PM
St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean, Virginia

Ensemble Gaudior
Splendors of Versailles

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

May 7 at 8:00 PM
Grace Episcopal Church, Alexandria, Virginia

Old Favorites and New Discoveries

After twelve years of music making, Carmina looks back and revisits some of its cherished musical memories. At the same we will delight you with some relatively unknown gems and works by more “modern” composers.

For more information, call (703) 532-9356.

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

The Bach Sinfonia and Ronn McFarlane
The Art Of Lute / The Art Of Ronn McFarlane

In the Renaissance era, the lute was the most popular instrument in the western world. It became a symbol of the magic and power of music, and remained popular through the Baroque era with many great composers writing music for it.

One of the most outstanding lutenists of our day, Ronn McFarlane, a 2009 Grammy nominee and member of the Baltimore Consort, joins Sinfonia performing as a soloist, accompanist and member of the ensemble in a concert that features the versatile nature of the lute.

McFarlane has been composing and recording new music for the lute, building on the tradition of the lutenist/composers of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This performance will include the world premiere of one of his works written especially for The Bach Sinfonia.

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

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May 8 at 8:00 PM at St. Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, Washington, DC
May 15 at St. Bernadette, Silver Spring, Maryland

On The Other Handl:
Music of the great Slovenian-Czech master Jacob Handl

Motets from Opus Musicum

Sometimes called “the Bohemian Palestrina,” Handl was perhaps the greatest Renaissance master from Eastern Europe. Revel in Handl’s mastery of Renaissance styles from contrapuntal to polychoral to madrigalian chromaticism.

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

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May 9 at 2:30 PM
St. Mary’s Church, Washington, DC

The Countertop Ensemble and the Orchestra of the 17th Century
with Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra
Monteverdi Vespers of 1610

Celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610 (Vespers for the Blessed Virgin, 1610), Monteverdi’s sublime setting of psalms, motets, and hymns for soloists, ensemble, and orchestra.

For more information, call (866) 364-6418.

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May 13 at 7:30 PM
The Mansion at Strathmore, North Bethesda, Maryland

Andrew Arceci & Friends
Andrew Arceci, viola da gamba
Joseph Gascho, harpsichord
Justin Godoy, recorder
Elizabeth Hungerford, soprano
William Simms, theorbo

Savor the silvered intricacies of Baroque masterworks in this evening that blends the viola da gamba’s soft, velvety tone with the gentle sound of the theorbo (17th-century long-necked Italian lute), harpsichord, recorder, and voice. Works by Handel, Marais, Erlebach, and Campra.

For more information, call (301) 581-5100.

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May 19 at 12:10 PM
Concerts at the National Gallery of Art, West Garden Court, Washington, DC

Stephen Ackert, harpsichord
with Kathleen Trahan, recorders, and Alicia Kosack, baroque flute

Concert of music by Dutch composers, presented in honor of the exhibition Hendrick Avercamp: The Little Ice Age.

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

May 22 at 2:00 PM
Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC

Opera Lafayette
A Family/Community Performance of Sancho Pança

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

May 23 at 6:30 PM
Concerts at the National Gallery of Art (West Garden Court), Washington, DC

Teiber Trio
J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations

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

May 24 at 7:00 PM
Washington, DC

Opera Lafayette
Sancho Pança

Philidor’s Sancho Pança, Gouverneur dans l’Isle de Barataria is an opéra bouffon in which a cast of hilarious commedia dell’Arte-inspired characters plots to cure Sancho of his delusions of grandeur. Opera Lafayette is proud to introduce this delightful work to American audiences. Our semi-stage performance features baritone and Opera Lafayette Young Artists Program graduate Darren Perry in the title role. Original script in English by Nick Olcott, based on the comedy by Poinsinet. Sung in French with English subtitles and dialogue.

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

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May 25 at 12:30 PM
The Church of the Epiphany Tuesday Concert Series, Washington, DC

Duo Marchand
Jubal’s Lyre: A 1770 Musicale

This program gives an overview of the domestic music-making scene of Colonial America, which maintained close ties to trends and fashions in the British Isles, including the London stage. The spotlight is on Duo Marchand’s vintage 1770 “English Guittar” and Baroque triple harp.

For more information, call (202) 347-2635.

May 28 at 8:00 PM
Concerts from the Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Ensemble Caprice
Bach and the Bohemian Gypsies

Montreal’s brilliant period instrument ensemble brings a program illustrating the influence of anonymous gypsy virtuosi on the works of two great Baroque composers.

BACH: Polonaises
BACH: Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056
BACH: Italian Concerto, BWV 971
ANONYMOUS: Selections from the Uhrovska collection of 1730
TELEMANN: Concerto in E minor

6:15 pm Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “Nip/Tuck: the world of J.S. Bach transcriptions and revisions,” Norman Middleton, M.M., Music Division, Library of Congress

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

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Coming This Month
American Opera Theater

Andrew Arceci & Friends

The Bach Sinfonia



The Countertop Ensemble

Duo Marchand

Ensemble Capitolano

Ensemble Caprice

Ensemble Gaudior

The Handel Choir of Baltimore

Opera Lafayette

Orchestra of the 17th Century

Ronn McFarlane

Teiber Trio

The Washington Bach Consort