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February 2 at 12:10 PM
Concerts at the National Gallery of Art, West Building Ground Floor Lecture Hall, Washington, DC

National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble

Music by Italian baroque composers.

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

February 4 at 8:00 PM
Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, Virginia

Opera Lafayette
Preview Performance of Grétry’s Le Magnifique

For more information, call 888-945-2468.

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February 4 at 8:00 PM
February 5 at 8:00 PM
February 11 at 8:00 PM
February 13 at 5:00 PM
Baltimore Theatre Project, Baltimore, Maryland

The Handel Choir of Baltimore with American Opera Theatre and Peabody Conservatory
Melissa Dunphy’s Gonzales Cantata, Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

For more information, call 410-366-6544.

February 5 at 7:30 PM
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Washington, DC

Opera Lafayette
Modern World Premiere of Grétry’s Le Magnifique

Opera Lafayette’s rediscovery of 18th-century operatic gems delights and surprises yet again with the modern premiere of this dazzling romantic comedy by France’s most heralded composer of 18th-century opéra-comique. The story, by Sedaine from Boccaccio via La Fontaine, takes place in Il Magnifico’s Florence and combines tender Gallic charm with lively Italian buffo. Its celebrated “rose” scene and programmatic overture set the tone for a pantomime directed by Catherine Turocy. A virtuoso troupe of seven actor-singers joins intimate and bravura arias to fast-paced ensemble finales, which drive this short three-act comedy towards its inevitably happy close. In his American debut, the extraordinary young Swiss tenor Emiliano Gonzalez Toro takes the title role, with a cast including sopranos Elizabeth Calleo, Marguerite Krull, tenors Jeffrey Thompson and Karim Sulayman, baritone Doug Williams, with narration by bass-baritone Randall Scarlata.

For more information, call 202-546-9332.

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February 6 at 4:00 PM
Christ Lutheran Church, Baltimore, Maryland

The Bach Concert Series
Bach Cantata 5: Wo soll ich fliehen hin

For more information, call 410-752-7179.

February 11 at 1:15 PM
Dahlgren Chapel, Georgetown University Friday Music Series, Washington, DC

John Moran, violoncello
Dongsok Shin, fortepiano
The Legacy of Bach

This program features J.S. Bach’s Suite No. 3 in C major for violoncello solo (BWV 1009), arranged for violoncello and piano by Robert Schumann; Preludes from The Well-Tempered Clavier with an additional part composed for the violoncello, op. 137a by Johann Sebastian Bach and Ignaz Moscheles; Sonata for Pianoforte and obbligato Violoncello in A major by Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach.

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

February 11 at 8:00 PM
The Barns at Wolf Trap, Vienna, Virginia

Rebel Baroque

Repertoire to include works by Telemann, Corelli, and Handel.

For more information, call (877) WOLFTRAP.


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February 13 at 5:00 PM
The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Bethesda, Maryland

Carmina and Illuminare
From Hildegard to Brahms

While both ensembles focus primarily on music written before 1700, we have recently expanded into some later choral repertories, including those of Johannes Brahms and Samuel Barber. This program will showcase an extremely wide range of choral styles, featuring the visionary Medieval monodies of Hildegard von Bingen, contrapuntal works of the high Renaissance, the folksong-like choral creations of Brahms, a lively Spanish villancico, and much more.

For more information, call (301) 229-3770.

February 13 at 5:00 PM
St. Mary Mother of God, Washington, DC

Musikanten
Josquin’s Missa 'Pange Lingua'

In addition to the complete mass, Musikanten will do two Josquin motets; the Gregorian Chant choir will sing all other service music.

February 13 at 7:00 PM
February 14 at 8:00 PM
Dumbarton Oaks Friends of Music, Washington, DC

Trio Settecento

These virtuoso musicians – Rachel Barton Pine, baroque violin, John Mark Rozendaal, viola da gamba, and David Schrader, harpsichord – breathe life into the 17th- and 18th-century repertoire that is their specialty. For its Washington, DC debut, the ensemble has chosen works by Jean-Baptiste Lully, François Couperin, Marin Marais, Jean-Féry Rebel, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and Jean-Marie Leclair.

A limited number of single tickets remain for the February 14 performance. For price & availability of tickets, call (202) 339-6436.

February 18 at 7:30 PM
La Maison Française, Washington, DC

Le Poème Harmonique
Claire Lefilliâtre, voice
Kaori Uemura, voice and bass viol
Joël Grare, bass drum, castanets
Vincent Dumestre, baroque guitar, theorbo

During this program at La Maison Française, Le Poème Harmonique will explore street dances and court songs of Spain and Italy during the 17th century.

For more information, call 202-944-6400.

February 19 at 2:00 PM
St. John’s United Methodist Church, Springfield, Virginia

Constance Whiteside
La Harpe de la Melodie:
Music of early centuries on historical harps

Dr. Whiteside discusses and performs musical gems found throughout the centuries and cultures of Europe, on a 22 string gothic styled medieval harp and on the “queen” of pre-modern harps, a 75 string chromatic Italian baroque triple harp.

For more information, call (571) 482-9052.

February 19 at 8:00 PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC

Modern Musick
with Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo-soprano
Music for a While: Vocal & Instrumental Music by Purcell & Handel

Modern Musick, a baroque chamber orchestra, will present a dazzling program, featuring the beloved mezzo-soprano Barbara Hollinshead, in works by Handel and Purcell, both of whom flourished in London. 

Henry Purcell:
Suite from Abdelazer
Incidental music from The Double Dealer
Dido’s Lament
“Music for a while”

George Frideric Handel
Concerto Grosso in d minor, op. 3, no. 5
Cantata “Silete Venti

For more information, call (703) 351-7852.

February 20 at 6:30 PM
Concerts at the National Gallery of Art, West Garden Court, Washington, DC

The Vivaldi Project

Music by Vivaldi and other Venetian composers
Presented in honor of Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals

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

February 26 at 2:00 PM
Concerts from the Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, Washington, DC

Paolo Pandolfo, viola da gamba
Thomas Boysen, theorbo
La Viole Luthée

Hear this virtuosic duo in a dazzling program of Renaissance improvisations and celebrated works by Sainte-Colombe and Marin Marais.

SAINTE-COLOMBE: Prelude, Chaconne in D minor (from the Panmure Manuscript)
MARAIS: Musette, La Georgienne dite La Maupertuy, Plainte, La Guitarre(Pièces de Viole, Bk III/IV)
MARAIS: Le Tombeau de Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe (Pièces de Viol, Bk II)
SAINTE-COLOMBE: Prélude, Chansonette, Chaconne in C Major (from the Panmure Manuscript)

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

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February 27 at 6:30 PM
Concerts at the National Gallery of Art, West Garden Court, Washington, DC

Red Priest

Italian Baroque music for chamber orchestra
Presented in honor of Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals

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

Coming This Month
American Opera Theatre

The Bach Concert Series

Elizabeth Calleo

Carmina

The Handel Choir of Baltimore

Barbara Hollinshead

Illuminare

Marguerite Krull

Modern Musick

John Moran &
Dongsok Shin


Musikanten

National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble

Opera Lafayette

Paolo Pandolfo &
Thomas Boysen


Peabody Conservatory

Le Poème Harmonique

Rebel Baroque

Red Priest

Karim Sulayman

Jeffrey Thompson

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro

Trio Settecento

The Vivaldi Project

Constance Whiteside

Doug Williams