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March 1 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.

March 5 at 5:00 PM
The 2011 Mid-Atlantic Harp Festival
Providence Baptist Church, McLean, Virginia

Constance Whiteside, historical harpist
Before There Were Pedals: The Italian Triple Strung Harp Arpa Doppia

In this concert Dr. Whiteside talks about and performs on the “queen” of the pre-modern harps, a 75 string chromatic Italian baroque triple harp. She has chosen remarkable music from 16th and 17th century Italy, France and Spain.

For more information about the Mid-Atlantic Harp Festival, email midatlanticahs@gmail.com.

March 5 at 8:00 PM
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College, Silver Spring, Maryland

The Bach Sinfonia
A Whole Lot of Bachs

This year we explore five works in this instrumental Bachstravanganza! Of course, we feature Johann Sebastian, but we’ll also perform lesser-known works by Bach’s second cousin Johann Bernard, his oldest son (WF), his second son (CPE) and finally for some fun – a work by the great PDQ presented with artistry by the musicians of Sinfonia.

Free pre-concert discussion at 7:15 PM.

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

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March 5 at 8:00 PM at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, Bethesda, Maryland
March 6 at 3:30 PM at St. Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, Washington, DC

Collegium Cantorum
Anonymous 24

A concert of medieval chant and (mostly) sacred polyphony featuring music from El Llibre Vermell de Montserrat, the Worcester Fragments, Codex Calixtinus, Codex Las Huelgas, and other sources, as well as the beautiful Mass of Barcelona.

For more information, call (703) 402-1486.

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

The Bach Concert Series
Cantata 199: Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut

For more information, call 410-752-7179.

March 9 at 6:00 PM
Elizabethan Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

Folger Consort Early Music Seminar
Ecco la Primavera:
14th- and 15th-Century Music from Italy

For its springtime concert, the Consort performs a program of music to welcome the season, from Italian manuscripts by Landini, Hugo and Arnold de Lantins, Ciconia, and Du Fay. Learn how Italian music blossomed in the early Renaissance, featuring beautiful flowing melodies which helped shape the beginnings of a new style.

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

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March 10 at noon
Leith Symington Griswold Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, Maryland

Early Music Recital

March 11 at 8:00 PM
March 12 at 5:00 PM
March 12 at 8:00 PM
March 13 at 2:00 PM
Elizabethan Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

The Folger Consort and Trefoil
Ecco la Primavera:
Masterworks of 14th-century Italy

14th- and 15th-century music from Italy. Italian music blossomed in the early Renaissance, featuring beautiful flowing melodies which helped shape the beginnings of a new style. To welcome spring, Folger Consort performs music from Italian manuscripts by Landini, Hugo and Arnold de Lantins, Ciconia, and Du Fay.

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

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March 15 at 7:30 PM
La Maison Française, Washington, DC

Béatrice Martin, harpsichord
Exoticism in French music from the 18th century

Works by Couperin, Forqueray, Royer and Rameau.

For more information, call 202-944-6400.

March 18 at 7:30 PM
March 19 at 5:00 PM
Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC

Cathedra
Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

Under the direction of Michael McCarthy, the Cathedral’s chamber vocal ensemble, Cathedra, returns in this Lent in a series beginning with Bach’s beloved St. Matthew Passion. Renowned tenor Rufus Müller sings the Evangelist.

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March 20 at 3:30 PM

Pro Musica Rara
Quartessence

String Quartets by Haydn, Boccherini, and Saint-Georges.

Pre-concert talk one hour before performance.

For more information, call 410-728-2820.

March 25 at 8:00 PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC

Armonia Nova
Constance Whiteside, director, and medieval harp
Marjorie Bunday, alto
Jean Cioffi, recorders, early viols
Allison Mondel, soprano

Myths & Miracles: Magical Thinking and the Medieval Mind

Armonia Nova explores the medieval world of the miraculous, of allegorical thought and hidden meanings, interwoven through songs of the natural world and the people and animals that inhabit it. A nightingale, a panther in league with Jupiter and Mars, a unicorn, a turtle dove flying over a meadow, music written in the shape of a harp, a marvelous serpent – evoke images full of meaning and wonder for the inhabitants of this world. Armonia Nova invites you to see the world through medieval eyes, to experience the marvelous.

This concert is in honor of Early Music America’s 25th Anniversary.

For more information, call 571-482-9052.

March 26 at 11:00 AM and 5:30 PM
Concerts from the Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, Washington, DC

Tanya Tomkins, Baroque cello

A traversal of Bach’s technically demanding works for unaccompanied cello, the last Suite on a rare 6-stringed instrument. (Please note: Tickets required for each concert).

11:00am Program:
Suite no. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
Suite no. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010
Suite no. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011

5:30pm Program:
Suite no. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Suite no. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009
Suite no. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012

3:15 pm – Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: "The Many Rooms of Bach’s Suite" – Daniel Boomhower, Music Division

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

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March 27 at 3:00 PM
National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC

The Washington Bach Consort
The Art of the Keyboard

Concerto in C Major for 2 Harpsichords, BWV 1061
Excerpts from the Six Schubler Chorales and the Leipzig Eighteen Chorale Preludes
… and more

J. Reilly Lewis and Scott Dettra join forces for an afternoon of virtuoso music performed on harpsichord and National Presbyterian Church’s magnificent pipe organ. Bach was the consummate keyboard artist and this program highlights many of the different genres of great works he penned for solo harpsichord, two harpsichords and, of course, the instrument on which Bach’s preeminence as both a composer and performer was indisputable, the pipe organ, the “King of Instruments.”

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

March 29 at 8:00 PM
Concerts from the Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, Washington, DC

Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord
A Tribute to Wanda Landowska

One of the world’s foremost early music specialists, founder and for three decades conductor of the English Concert, is heard in a unique concert playing two instruments, one of which is Wanda Landowska’s Pleyel, part of the Library’s instrument collections. In addition to works by William Byrd, John Bull, and Giles Farnaby, the program includes:

HANDEL: Chaconne in G Major, HWV 435
FROBERGER: Lamento sopra la dolorosa … Ferdinando IV
BACH: French Suite no. 5 in G Major, BWV 816
COUPERIN: Passacaille
RAMEAU: Musette en rondeau
SCARLATTI: 3 Sonatas in D Major, K. 490- 492

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

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March 30 at 7:30 PM
The Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room, North Bethesda, Maryland

Illuminare at Strathmore: Art After Hours

The ladies of Illuminare will display their musical versatility, presenting a varied program of sacred and secular masterpieces, including works by Guerrero and Victoria. Pianist Steven Silverman joins us for a set of enchanting songs by Brahms.

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

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Coming This Month
Armonia Nova

The Bach Concert Series

The Bach Sinfonia

Cathedra

Collegium Cantorum

The Folger Consort

Folger Consort Early Music Seminar

Illuminare

Béatrice Martin

Trevor Pinnock

Pro Musica Rara

Tanya Tomkins

Trefoil

The Washington Bach Consort

Constance Whiteside