Early Music DC
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October 1 at 8:00 PM
October 2 at 5:00 PM
October 2 at 8:00 PM
October 3 at 2:00 PM
Elizabethan Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

The Folger Consort and Lionheart
Pastime with Good Company:
Music from the court of Henry VIII

An autumnal feast of music from the court of Henry VIII – the most musical of the Tudors. Henry composed, had a large collection of instruments, and was "much delighted to synge." His chapel singers, including Cornysh and Browne, wrote stunning liturgical music as well.

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

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October 3 at 3:00 PM
National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC

The Washington Bach Consort
Origins: The Mass in B-Minor

Johann David Heinichen, Magnificat in A Major
Francesco Maria Veracini, Ouverture No. 6 in B-Flat
Jan Dismas Zelenka, Te Deum in D, ZWV 145
Johann Sebastian Bach, Missa in B Minor

Was the Mass in B Minor Bach's nod to posterity or a sublime meditation on his personal faith? He never heard the Mass performed in its entirety, yet he returned to the work again and again during the last twenty years of his life. Our Season opens with a program centered around the nucleus of what was to become the Mass in B minor, a work Bach hoped would garner him an official title and a position of leadership in the Court of King Augustus III at Dresden. We include music by Bach’s rivals and colleagues from the flourishing musical traditions and opulent musical resources of this major artistic center.

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

October 3 at 4:00 PM
Christ Lutheran Church, Baltimore, Maryland

The Bach Concert Series
Bach Cantata 70: Wachet! betet! betet wachet!

For more information, call 410-752-7179.

October 5 at 12:10 PM
Tuesday Concert Series, The Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC

The Washington Bach Consort
Noontime Cantata

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

October 8 at 8:00 PM
Concerts from the Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, Washington, DC

Ensemble 415
Chiara Banchini, artistic director
Eva Borhi, violin
Peter Barczi, violin and viola
Patricia Gagnon, viola
Gaetano Nasillo, cello
Michele Barchi, harpsichord

Banchini’s stellar ensemble, which has nurtured a generation of preeminent early music performers, offers music of the Italian and German Baroque om period instruments.

ALBINONI: Sinfonia à 5 in C Major, op. 2, no. 2
MUFFAT: Sonata no. 2 in G minor, from Armonico Tributo
BACH: Violin Concerto in G minor, BWV1056r
VIVALDI: Trio Sonata in D minor, op. 1, no. 12 (“La Follia”)
ALBICASTRO: Concerto à 4, op. 7, no. 2
ALBINONI: Sonatao à 5 in B-flat Major, op. 2, no. 5

6:15 pm - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: "Priest, Freedom Fighter, Dilletante: Three Composers (and the Agent Who Made Them Stars)" - John Moran, Peabody Institute

For more information, call (202) 707-5503.

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October 9 at 8:00 PM
The Falls Church Historic Church Sanctuary, Falls Church, Virginia

The Washington Kantorei

Concert to include works by Heinrich Schütz, Johann Hermann Schein, and Michel Richard de Lalande.

For more information, call (703) 836-0081.

October 13 at 12:10 PM
Concerts at the National Gallery of Art (West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court), Washington, DC

Gesangverein Hofbieber

Music by Hassler, Lechner, and other Renaissance composers

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

October 14 at 8:00 PM
Concerts from the Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, Washington, DC

The English Concert
Harry Bicket, artistic director & harpsichord
Alice Coote, mezzo-soprano
Rachel Podger, violin
Jonathan Manson, cello
William Carter, lute

Dowland Songs

One of the world’s finest period instrument orchestras comes to the Library with a singer praised for her “commanding, sensual, and leonine presence” and “a voice of copper silk” in vocal and instrumental works by Dowland, Handel, Monteverdi, and Vivaldi.

VIVALDI: Trio Sonata in D minor, op. 1, no. 12 ("Follia")
VIVALDI: Violin Concerto in D Major, RV 208 ("Il Grosso Mogul")
MONTEVERDI: “Lamento d'Arianna”
DOWLAND: "Come again, sweet love doth now invite"; "Weep you no more, sad fountains"; "If my complaints could passions move"; Lachrimae Pavan (lute solo); "In darkness let me dwell"
VIVALDI: Flute Concerto in C minor, RV 401
HANDEL: Cantata: "O nume eterni", HWV 145, ("La Lucrezia")

6:15 pm – Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: "Early Music at the Library: 85 Years of Performance Practice History" - Harry Bicket with Anne McLean (moderator), Norman Middleton, and James Wintle, Music Division

For more information, call (202) 707-5503.

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October 22 at 1:15 PM
Georgetown University Friday Music Series, Dahlgren Chapel, Washington, DC

Jennifer Ellis Kampani, soprano
Mark Janello, harpsichord
Verdant Hills and Breezes Serene:
Songs from Baroque Naples

Best known for its overt, emotional, and dramatic music for the public stage, Baroque Naples also produced a remarkable corpus of charming and intimate chamber music. Intended for private salons and fraternal societies, leading composers of the city produced these lovely pastoral cantatas of fields and fountains, hills and valleys, and shepherdesses and their lovers.

This program includes works by Francesco Mancini, Leonardo Vinci, Michele Falco, and Tommaso Carapella.

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

October 23 at 8:00 PM
Dumbarton Concerts – Concerts by Candlelight, Historic Dumbarton Church, Georgetown, Washington, DC

Red Priest
Roll Over, Johann!

With their legendary blend of wit and virtuosity, Red Priest performs the glorious music of J.S. Bach, including epic transcriptions of the Brandenburg No. 3, the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, alongside a host of dazzling allegros and some of the most sublime adagios ever composed.

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

October 23 at 8:00 PM
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College, Silver Spring, Maryland

The Bach Sinfonia
Till Death Do Us Part:
The Requiems of Mozart & Salieri

Requiem Mass in C Minor (1804)
Premiere performance based on the new critical edition by Dr. Jane Schatkin Hettrick

Requiem in D Minor, K 626 (1791)

Free pre-concert discussion at 7:15 PM.

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

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October 29 at 7:30 PM
The Embassy Series, Embassy of Australia, Washington, DC

Music from the Age of Enlightenment (ca. 1680-1750)
Graham Ashton, trumpet
Donna Balson, soprano
John Lettieri, piano

Music by all the baroque favorites: Corelli, Scarlatti, Bach, Handel, Couperin, Purcell, and Vivaldi.

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October 29 at 8:00 PM
The Cathedral of Saint Thomas More, Arlington, Virginia

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

Music by L’Oeillet, De Visée, Vivaldi, Oswald, Marais, and more.

October 30 at 8:00 PM
Concerts from the Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, Washington, DC

Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Aapo Häkkinen, artistic director & harpsichord
Teppo Lampela, countertenor
Minna Kangas and Tuomo Suni, violin
Mikko Perkola and Varpu Haavisto, viola da gamba

Musica Baltica: Buxtehude, Förster, Meder

The accomplished Finnish period instrument group makes its American debut with Bach and works from the Düben Collection of 17th- and 18th-century music.

FÖRSTER: Laudate Dominum
BUXTEHUDE: Jubilate Domino, BuxWV 64;
BACH: Sonata in G Major for viola da gamba, BWV 1027
TUNDER: Salve mi Jesu
BACH: Wie starb die Heldin so vergnügt, BWV 198
BACH: Italian Concerto, BWV 971
MEDER: Ach Herr, strafe mich nicht
KIRCHOFF: Suite à 4
BUXTEHUDE: Jesu, meine Freud und Lust, BuxWV 59

6:15 pm - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Preconcert presentation: "Gustav Düben’s Music Library: A European Treasure" – Dr. Kerala Johnson Snyder, Professor Emerita of Musicology, Eastman School of Music, and co-editor of the Düben Collection Database Catalogue

For more information, call (202) 707-5503.

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Coming This Month
L’Arabesque Baroque

Graham Ashton, Donna Balson, & John Lettieri

The Bach Concert Series

The Bach Sinfonia

The English Concert

Ensemble 415

The Folger Consort

Gesangverein Hofbieber

Helsinki Baroque Orchestra

Jennifer Ellis Kampani & Mark Janello


Red Priest

The Washington Bach Consort

The Washington Kantorei