Early Music DC
Back   May 2011   Next
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31

May 1 at 3:00 PM
National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC

The Washington Bach Consort
Easter Oratorio

Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069
Motet: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225
Easter Oratorio: Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249

Celebrate the first day of May and the finale of the Season with themes of rebirth and renewal, drawing from four distinct areas of Bach’s incomparable creative genius. Setting the stage is Bach’s exuberant three-movement organ work which truly pulls out all the stops! The Orchestral Suite No. 4 gives our splendid instrumental ensemble a chance to strut their stuff in the festive overture and the successive dance movements. Closing the first half is the most famous, and one of the most demanding, of all of Bach’s motets. The first time Mozart heard Singet dem Herrn he was completely overwhelmed by the extraordinary contrapuntal dexterity and grand choral effect of this joyful work for double choir. The concert concludes with the grand Easter Oratorio which showcases soloists, chorus and orchestra in classic Bachian grandiloquence.

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

May 1 at 4:00 PM
Christ Lutheran Church, Baltimore, Maryland

The Bach Concert Series
Bach Cantata 139: Wohl den, der sich auf seinen Gott

For more information, call 410-752-7179.

May 1 at 6:30 PM
St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Baltimore, Maryland

Bach at St. Bartholomew’s:
Bach can dance!

Theodore S. (Ted) Davis plays on his own William Mitchell double harpsichord and the Casavant-Storey organ at St. Bartholomew’s Church.

Organ: Prelude in D, BWV 532.1
Harpsichord: "French" Suite in G, BWV 816
Harpsichord: Partita No. 6, BWV 830
Organ: Fugue in D, BWV 532.2

May 3 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.

May 4 at Noon
The Harman Center for the Arts, Washington, DC

Washington Revels Gallery Voices
From Venice to Verona: A Musical Celebration of La Dolce DC

Program includes Italian part songs, madrigals, and a balletto.

May 4 at 7:30 PM
St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Baltimore, Maryland

Bach at St. Bartholomew’s:
Italian night

Theodore S. (Ted) Davis plays on his own William Mitchell double harpsichord and the Casavant-Storey organ at St. Bartholomew’s Church.

Organ: Concerto (after Vivaldi), BWV 593
Organ: Trio in G, BWV 530
Harpsichord: "Italian" concerto, BWV 971
Organ: Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C, BWV 564

May 6 at 7:30 PM
La Maison Française, Washington, DC

A Venti Ensemble
Jean-Marc Philippe, oboe
François Gillardot, clarinet
David Douçot, bassoon
Pierre-Yves Madeuf, horn
Daniel Isoir, pianoforte

Around the Pianoforte

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) - Quintet in E flat major, kv.452
Friedrich Witt (1770-1836) - Quintet in E flat major, op.5
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) - Quintet in E flat major, op.16

For more information, call 202-944-6400.

May 7 at 3:00 PM
University Park Church of the Brethren, University Park, Maryland

Maryland Cantabile
Music of Tomas Luis de Victoria

The Maryland Cantabile will present sacred and secular music of Tomas de Luis Victoria, a master of the Spanish Renaissance. Selections from Missa Quam Pulchri Sunt and songs by Tomas Luis de Victoria will be included. We will be joined by the D.C. Viol Consort for the double choir piece Nisi Dominus.

Reception to follow.

May 7 at 8:00 PM
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College, Silver Spring, Maryland

The Bach Sinfonia
with Ingrid Matthews, solo violin
Yana Sakellion & Yan Da, visual artists

A Multimedia “Four Seasons”

Many acquainted with this most popular of Vivaldi’s works know that the four concertos that make up “The Four Seasons” are descriptive compositions, but less are aware of the companion texts: four sonnets possibly authored by Vivaldi himself. The words of these sonnets (with their allusions like “the drunkards have fallen asleep”) are notated throughout the original score. For this special performance, which combines the experience of visual arts and music, Sinfonia has commissioned two artists to illustrate the original sonnets – which will be projected – in order to both blend with and complement the music. This exciting collaboration combining text narrative, sound and visual design is a multi-media event not to be missed.

Free pre-concert discussion at 7:15 PM.

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

Order Tickets

May 8 at 6:30 PM
St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Baltimore, Maryland

Bach at St. Bartholomew’s:
Mother’s Day Gold

Theodore S. (Ted) Davis plays on his own William Mitchell double harpsichord at St. Bartholomew’s Church.

Harpsichord: "Goldberg" Variations, BWV 988

May 11 at 7:30 PM
St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Baltimore, Maryland

Bach at St. Bartholomew’s:
A Bach Christology

Theodore S. (Ted) Davis plays on the Casavant-Storey organ at St. Bartholomew’s Church.

Organ: Prelude in E minor, BWV 548.1
Organ: Various chorale preludes
Organ: Fugue in E minor ("Wedge"), BWV 548.2

May 15 at 4:00 PM at St. Ignatius Church, Baltimore, Maryland

The Handel Choir of Baltimore
Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Cantata 106

Handel Choir & Chandos Singers with guest vocal soloists
and Handel Period Instrument Orchestra, in collaboration with Harmonious Blacksmith

For more information, call 410-366-6544.

May 20 at 7:30 PM
The Embassy Series, Embassy of Italy, Washington, DC

Chatham Baroque

For more information, call 202-625-2361.

Order Tickets

May 20 at 8:00 PM
Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle, Washington, DC

Carmina
Timor et Tremor

We will explore some of the most remarkable musical expressions of faith in the unparalleled acoustics of St. Matthew’s Cathedral. Hear the highly florid organum of twelfth-century composer Perotin, who pushed the boundaries of ornamental expansion so far as to make the underlying chant totally unintelligible. Let your ear be amazed by the excruciatingly expressive harmonies of Gesualdo’s sacred motets and responsories. Other works include Lassus’ chromatic motet Timor et tremor.

For more information, call (202) 587-5141.

Coming This Month
A Venti Ensemble

The Bach Concert Series

The Bach Sinfonia

Carmina

Chatham Baroque

Theodore S. (Ted) Davis

Handel Choir of Baltimore

Harmonious Blacksmith

Maryland Cantabile

The Washington Bach Consort

Washington Revels Gallery Voices