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March 2 at 8:00 pm
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Washington, DC

Amy Domingues, viola da gamba
with Anthony Harvey, theorbo
and Aik Shin Tan, baroque flute and recorder

Music of Marais, Forqueray, Morel, Schenck, and more.

March 3 at 8:00 pm at St. Mary Mother of God, Washington, DC
March 10 at 7:30 PM at St. Bernadette, Silver Spring, Maryland

Musica Vaticana

Allegri Miserere (sung from our new performing edition from the original sources), Palestrina's Missa Tu es Petrus for double choir, Confitebor tibi and Surge, illuminare, Josquin's Ave Maria … virgo serena and Planxit autem David, and music of Morales, Soriano, and Jommelli.

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March 6 at 12:10 pm
The Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC

Washington Bach Consort
Noontime Cantata

BWV 23: Cantata: Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn
Harpsichord Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055

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

March 9 at 8:00 PM
Concerts at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Con Gioia Early Music Ensemble
Julianne Baird, soprano
Prithee de Silva, harpsichord and fortepiano

March 19 at 8:00 PM
Concerts at the Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, Washington, DC

La Tarantella

Harpist and lutenist Christina Pluhar brings her arrestingly virtuosic ensemble to Washington for the first time. La Tarantella is a sensual, festive journey in time and geography, with enchanting, spellbinding improvisations that dissolve the boundaries between conventional notions of “early music,” traditional music, and jazz. Famed Italian singer Lucilla Galeazzi and a dancer versed in teatrodanza and commedia dell'arte styles join this captivating “luxury continuo band,” tracing the tarantella's Southern Italian origins from a cure for a tarantula's bite to a vivid tradition still alive today.

GALEAZZI: "Ah, vita bella!"
CAZZATI: Ciaccona
KIRCHER: Tarantella napolitana; Tono hypodorico
TRADITIONAL PUGLIESE: "Pizzicarella mia"; "La Carpinese"
SALVATORE (20th century): "Lamento dei Mendicanti" Improvisations, Bergamasca and Canario
VITALE: Tarantella a Maria di Nardò; Moresca
KAPSBERGER: L'Arpeggiata
SPARAGNA: "Sogna fiore mio"
KIRCHER: Tarantella Italiana
DE MURCIA: Fandango
GALEAZZI: "Voglio una casa" Improvisation; Jacaras
FALCONIERO: La Suave Melodia
TRADITIONAL PUGLIESE: "Lo povero 'Ntonnuccio"
KIRCHER: Antidotum Tarantulae

Pre-concert presentation - 6:15 pm - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Alberto Manai, Director, the Italian Cultural Institute

For more information, call (202) 707-2905.

March 14 at 6:00 pm
Elizabethan Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

Folger Early Music Seminar: The Songbird

March 16 at 8:00 pm
March 17 at 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm
March 18 at 2:00 pm
Elizabethan Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

The Folger Consort
The Songbird: Francesca Caccini at the Medici Court

Francesca Caccini was one of the guiding spirits behind the revolutionary music of the earliest operas and the brilliant solo songs of the Baroque. Composer of a wide range of solo songs, duets, and stage msuic, she is perhaps best known for her La Liberazione di Ruggiero, the first opera by a woman, which premiered in 1625. Known as La Checcina, or the songbird, Caccini was also a virtuoso singer, and this program features her powerfully dramatic songs and the dazzling string and keyboard music of the early Baroque. With soprano Michele Kennedy, harpsichordist Joseph Gascho, and period strings.

Pre-concert discussion
Friday, March 16, 7pm

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

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March 24 at 8:00 pm
St. George's Episcopal Church, Arlington, Virginia

Armonia Nova
Medieval Women: Saints & Sinners

Join the modern women of Armonia Nova as they offer you a glimpse of women living in medieval times expressing a gamut of sacred to secular passions. This is music of and about women and their daily lives; how they were viewed and how they viewed themselves. Women dedicated to love of the sacred and women focused on the secular things of life – women behaving nobly and women behaving "badly." The time is remote, the glimpse is small, but the thoughts and feelings of the women described are remarkably modern – we could expect to meet some of them today.

March 25 at 3:00 pm
National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC

Washington Bach Consort
The Art of the Fugue

Johann Sebastian Bach Die Kunst der Fugue, BWV 1080

Bach's great exposition and meditation on the fugue, created at the end of his life, is considered his last will and testament, or, in Christopher Wolff's words, "the attainment of an ultimate goal, the 'be-all and end-all' of an extraordinarily strong willed artistic personality." Glenn Gould said of the work, "There's never been anything more beautiful in all of music." The Art of the Fugue was not written for any specific instrumentation. Although it can be performed on solo keyboard, in this rare performance of the complete work we'll hear it in different ensemble groupings including string ensemble, harpsichord and organ.

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

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March 25 at 5pm
The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Bethesda, Maryland

Illuminare & Slaveya
East Meets West

This concert will showcase two vibrant Washington area women’s ensembles. Slaveya, which specializes in the traditional vocal music of Eastern Europe and the Black Sea region, will join Illuminare in a program featuring traditional folksongs, contemporary music inspired by folk traditions, and sacred works from Bulgaria and the Republic of Georgia. Selections by Hildegard von Bingen and other early composers of Western Europe will be woven into the program, offering a uniquely contrasting listening experience.

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

March 28 at 7:30 PM
La Maison Française, Washington, DC

La Rêveuse Ensemble
Jeffrey Thompson, countertenor
Florence Bolton, bass viol & viol
Bertrand Cuiller, virginal
Benjamin Perrot, theorbo & direction

Co-founded by Bejamin Perrot and Florence Bolton, La Rêveuse (the feminine form of "The Dreamer") is a chamber music ensemble composed of soloists whose aim is to revive selected works of the 17th and 18th century – an age sparkling with artistic experimentation and invention. Eloquent in their mastery of color and richness of continuo, the musicians of La Rêveuse share with audiences not only the musical beauty – but also the rhetorical, spiritual and poetic force – of this répertoire.

A wine reception to meet the artists will follow the concert.

For more information, call (202) 944-6400.

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March 31 at 9:30 AM
S. Dillon Ripley Center, Washington, DC

Smithsonian Resident Associate All-Day Seminar:
The Wonder of Renaissance Music

The Renaissance was a time of rebirth in learning, science, and the arts throughout Europe, and music was an essential part of this flowering. The rich interchange of ideas in Europe, as well as political, economic and religious events, led to major changes in styles of composing, methods of disseminating music, and types of instruments.

Musician and musicologist Tina Chancey explores this lively era's musical repertoire through lectures highlighted by recordings, demonstrations, and performances.

The seminar includes a concert of selections by composers discussed during the day, featuring Rosa Lamoreaux and Howard Bass.

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March 31 at 8:00 PM
Cultural Arts Center at Silver Spring, Montgomery College, Silver Spring, Maryland

The Bach Sinfonia
with Céline Ricci, soprano
Charles Humphries, alto
Craig Lemming, tenor
Phillip Collister, bass

You Decide: Bach's Audition at Leipzig

Would you hire Bach? After Telemann turned down the position of Cantor of Leipzig in 1722, the Leipzig Town Council held auditions to fill the post. Johann Christoph Graupner won the audition, but Bach received the appointment after Graupner's employer would not release him from his duties. Now you get to decide if their decision was right! This program explores the audition works heard by the people and Leipzig Town Council: stunning cantatas by J.S. Bach, Georg Kauffmann and Johann Graupner. At the end, we'll tally your votes and see who you feel should have received this coveted position.

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

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Coming This Month
Armonia Nova

L'Arpeggiata Ensemble

The Bach Sinfonia

Howard Bass

Tina Chancey


Con Gioia

The Folger Consort

Folger Early Music Seminar

Joseph Gascho


Michelle Kennedy

Rosa Lamoreaux

La Rêveuse Ensemble


The Washington Bach Consort