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October 1 at 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm
October 2 at 2:00 pm
Elizabethan Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

The Folger Consort
with Risa Browder, viol/violin
Adam Pearl, organ
Alice Robbins, viol/cello
Henry Valoris, viola
and Cathedra

A New Song: Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible

English composers Thomas Thomkins and Orlando Gibbons, and later Henry Purcell and John Blow, were inspired by the visionary, world-changing translation of the Bible completed under the sponsorship of King James in 1611. Musical settings of biblical verse and other sacred works from the reigns of James I and II are complemented by instrumental fantasies and lively dances by Coperario, Locke, and Purcell.

Free pre-concert discussion at 7:00 pm.

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

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October 4 at 12:10 pm
Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC

Washington Bach Consort
Noontime Cantata

BWV 167 : Cantata: Ihr Menschen, ruhmet Gottes Liebe
Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052

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

October 4 at 7:30 PM
The United Church, Washington, DC

Sonnambula

Recently formed, and specializing in music of the renaissance and baroque periods, Sonnambula will present a concert of Royal Wedding Music for Royal Nuptials from the fifteenth century onwards.

For more information, call (202) 331-1495.

October 9 at 3:30 pm
Pre-Concert Talk at 2:30 pm
Center for the Arts Recital Hall, Towson University, Towson, Maryland

Pro Musica Rara with Catherine Turocy

The beautiful dance movements of J.S. Bach come to life with live performances by renowned baroque dancer, Catherine Turocy, accompanied by Cynthia Roberts, baroque violinist and Allen Whear, baroque cellist.

For more information, call (410) 704-2787.

October 15 at 7:30 pm
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Alexandria, Virginia

Eya Ensemble for Medieval Music
Stella Serena: Celestial Hymns to the Virgin

What is more awe-inspiring than the starry night sky? Staring at this sea of darkness, made magical with the twinkling of millions upon millions of stars, provokes an eternal question: just what is up there? Naturally, with our advanced technology, this question becomes, seemingly, much clearer. Yet in the medieval world, as we know, Europe was deeply rooted in Catholic ideology and thus still very much accustomed to a geocentric worldview. The heavens above were, in a manner of speaking, claimed by Rome.

Flourishing during this time was the cult of Mary, in which veneration of the Virgin Mother became an intrinsic aspect of everyday life, especially within monastic and spiritual communities. Mary was a connection between heaven and earth, seen as intercessor between mankind and God. As such, it seems very natural that Mary should be compared to a star in the night sky, as a guide, a guardian, omnipresent--yet knowable and relatable. We see the stars every night. Eya explores this connection of human spirit to the celestial realm through songs and hymns devoted to the Virgin. Stella Serena includes music of medieval England, France, and Spain of the 12th through the 14th centuries, observing some of the ways in which these generations sought to connect their world with the divine above. So what did they see up there?

October 15 at 7:30 PM
St. John's Norwood Parish, Chevy Chase, Maryland

Cantate Chamber Singers
with special guest artists Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo-soprano, Rachel Barham, soprano, and James Rogers, baritone
A Musical B&B: Bach and Brahms

For more information, call 301-986-1799.

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October 15 at 8:00 PM
Cultural Arts Center at Silver Spring, Montgomery College, Silver Spring, Maryland

The Bach Sinfonia
with Risa Browder, violin soloist & leader
Joshua Cohen & Stanley Curtis, trumpet soloists

Suoni Belli: Instrumental Wonders of the Italian Baroque

Take a journey into the Italian Baroque with a concert of grand instrumental works from the heart of Italy: rarely heard masterpieces of Albinoni, Dall'Abaco and Alessandro Scarlatti, a virtuosic trumpet sonata by Torelli and two works by Vivaldi. Risa Browder, who has performed with many of Europe's greatest early music ensembles including London Baroque and Academy of Ancient Music, and who is well known to Washington audiences for her performances with Folger Consort and Modern Musick, joins Sinfonia to lead this exhilarating conductor-less program.

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

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October 16 at 7:00 pm
October 17 at 8:00 pm
Dumbarton Oaks Friends of Music, Washington, DC

Ensemble Caprice
Vivaldi and the Baroque Gypsies

Under the artistic direction of Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, this award-winning ensemble of strings, flutes, recorders, guitar, percussion, and double bass has crafted a unique program called Vivaldi and the Baroque Gypsies. Dazzling concertos by Vivaldi are interspersed with freshly realized selections from an 18th-century Eastern European collection of tuneful gypsy music that was likely known to, and may have influenced, the popular Italian composer.

For more information, call (202) 339-6436.

October 22 at 8:00 pm
Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Washington, DC

Armonia Nova
Une Vipere et l'Unicorne: Medieval Mysteries, Marvels & Miracles

Armonia Nova explores the medieval world of the miraculous, a world of allegorical thought and hidden meanings, interwoven through songs of the natural world and the people and animals that inhabit it. A panther in league with Jupiter and Mars, a turtledove flying over a meadow, music written in the shape of a harp, a troubled unicorn, 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.

October 21 at 8:00 pm
Goodson Recital Hall, Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA

Fanfare-Barok

For more information, call (540) 665-4569.

Coming This Month
Armonia Nova

The Bach Sinfonia

Cantate Chamber Singers

Cathedra

Ensemble Caprice

Eya Ensemble for Medieval Music

Fanfare-Barok

The Folger Consort

Pro Musica Rara

Sonnambula

Catherine Turocy

The Washington Bach Consort