PERFORMANCE

The Director’s Series

About the Series

The Washington Bach Consort’s beloved Director’s Series offers six large-scale concerts in the majestic spaces of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, St. Mark’s Capitol Hill, and the state-of-the-art Music Center at Strathmore—featuring our world-class vocal and instrumental ensembles, and an array of star soloists. Before each performance, take advantage of our insightful Talking Bach lecture series presented by the renowned Bach scholar, Dr. Michael Marissen. After the concert, join us for a complimentary reception and meet the artists in person.

 

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2815 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007

St. Mark’s Capitol Hill, 301 A St SE, Washington, DC 20003

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

Amy Nicole Broadbent
soprano

All that is Rite
Bach and Handel: Music for the Mass and Vespers

Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 4 p.m.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Washington, DC

Johann Sebastian Bach
Mass in A Major, BWV 234

George Frideric Handel
Nisi Dominus, HWV 238
Dixit Dominus, HWV 232

Soloists:

Crossley Hawn

Crossley Danielle Hawn
soprano

Clare McNamara

Clare McNamara
alto

Brian Giebler

Brian Giebler
tenor

Paul Max Tipton

Paul Max Tipton
bass

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

While the Mass in B Minor is among J.S. Bach’s best-remembered legacies, it’s not his only work in the Mass genre. He also wrote four shorter masses, each setting only two of the Ordinary texts: Kyrie and Gloria. Bach’s Mass in A Major offers an impressive range of vocal and instrumental color, covering the gamut of expression in 30 minutes! We’ll also hear brilliant music for the service of Vespers—Nisi Dominus and the virtuosic Dixit Dominus—composed by the 22-year-old G.F. Handel while he was living in Italy. These works show the youthful composer as a fiery master of the Italian style, eager to make his mark on the musical scene in Rome.

Amy Nicole Broadbent, soprano
Crossley Danielle Hawn, soprano
Clare McNamara, alto
Brian Giebler, tenor
Paul Max Tipton, bass

Shannon & Jim Davis and Anonymous Donor, underwriters

SUBSCRIBER BENEFITS

Subscriptions to the 2021–2022 Season are on sale now!

Subscriptions are currently on sale to the general public. The 2021–22 season, opening Friday, October 15, features six large scale subscription concerts at some of the regions finest venues and eight chamber series concerts on Friday evenings at Live! at 10th & G and on Saturday evenings at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

We’ve made it easier than ever to purchase a subscription series of three or more concerts at any time by clicking here or by calling the office.

Director’s Series concerts include admission to a pre-concert lecture; seating is limited and first-come, first-served.

A subscription to the Washington Bach Consort allows you to enjoy performances throughout the season, including the Director’s Series and the Chamber Series at a discount off the single ticket price.

Priority Seating

Subscribers receive first choice in seat selection.

Additional Tickets

Wish to bring guests? Subscribers may purchase additional tickets throughout the season at the discounted subscription rate.

Ticket Exchange

If unable to attend a performance, subscribers may exchange tickets for another concert during the season.

Ticket Donations

Prior to a performance, subscribers may return tickets marked “donated” and receive a receipt for tax purposes for the value of the tickets.

Season Kick-off

Subscribers will receive an invitation to our season kick-off, featuring insights, musical illustrations and refreshments.

Pay Your Age 18-38!

Now get the seats of your dreams at a fraction of the price—your own age! 27 years old? Pay $27 It’s that easy!

The Christmas Story
Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Music Center at Strathmore
North Bethesda, MD

Johann Sebastian Bach              
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248

Single tickets are available on Strathmore’s website only. Click Tickets to purchase now.

Soloists:

Laura Choi Stuart

Laura Choi Stuart
soprano

Robin Bier

Robin Bier
alto

James Reese

James Reese
tenor & Evangelist

Enrico Lagasca

Enrico Lagasca
bass-baritone

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

The Washington Bach Consort brings an enduring European Christmas tradition to America every year—Bach’s Christmas Oratorio—the ultimate musical experience of the holiday season. Add to this the splendor of the Music Center at Strathmore and you’ve found yourself in the perfect occasion! The Washington Post raved about 2019’s “splendid,” “joyful” performance. Our chorus sang with a “bright, forthright sound, its phrasing as word-responsive as its blend was polished and supple.” Chorus and orchestra were together praised as “a tight and responsive group”—one that “could go head-to-head with period ensembles anywhere.” Join us for our return to Strathmore!

Laura Choi Stuart, soprano
Robin Bier, alto
James Reese, tenor & Evangelist
Enrico Lagasca, bass-baritone

Mary Ann Gardner, Stephen C. Wright & Thomas Woodruff, Hope McGowan, and National Endowment for the Arts, underwriters

SUBSCRIBER BENEFITS

Subscriptions to the 2021–2022 Season are on sale now!

Subscriptions are currently on sale to the general public. The 2021–22 season, opening Friday, October 15, features six large scale subscription concerts at some of the regions finest venues and eight chamber series concerts on Friday evenings at Live! at 10th & G and on Saturday evenings at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

We’ve made it easier than ever to purchase a subscription series of three or more concerts at any time by clicking here or by calling the office.

Director’s Series concerts include admission to a pre-concert lecture; seating is limited and first-come, first-served.

A subscription to the Washington Bach Consort allows you to enjoy performances throughout the season, including the Director’s Series and the Chamber Series at a discount off the single ticket price.

Priority Seating

Subscribers receive first choice in seat selection.

Additional Tickets

Wish to bring guests? Subscribers may purchase additional tickets throughout the season at the discounted subscription rate.

Ticket Exchange

If unable to attend a performance, subscribers may exchange tickets for another concert during the season.

Ticket Donations

Prior to a performance, subscribers may return tickets marked “donated” and receive a receipt for tax purposes for the value of the tickets.

Season Kick-off

Subscribers will receive an invitation to our season kick-off, featuring insights, musical illustrations and refreshments.

Pay Your Age 18-38!

Now get the seats of your dreams at a fraction of the price—your own age! 27 years old? Pay $27 It’s that easy!

Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Music for the Soul
Polychoral splendors of Venice & Northern Europe

Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 4 p.m.

Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Washington, DC

Selections from:

Michael Praetorius
Polyhymnia Caduceatrix et Panegyrica (1619)

Heinrich Schütz
Psalms of David (1619)

Claudio Monteverdi
Selva morale e spirituale (1640/1641)

Single tickets will be
available on November 1, 2021. 

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

The leading center of 17th-century sacred music—the Basilica of St. Mark in Venice—could boast chief musicians such as Giovanni Gabrieli and Claudio Monteverdi. Gabrieli inspired the German-born Heinrich Schütz and other composers north of the Alps to adapt the Venetian style to the liturgies of German-speaking churches. We’ll hear examples of this impressive, grand tradition as it developed both north and south of the Alps, with multiple ensembles of singers, early brass, winds, and strings. This magnificent music creates a spectacular sound world of its own—a feast for the ears!

Tamera Luzzatto, underwriter

SUBSCRIBER BENEFITS

Subscriptions to the 2021–2022 Season are on sale now!

Subscriptions are currently on sale to the general public. The 2021–22 season, opening Friday, October 15, features six large scale subscription concerts at some of the regions finest venues and eight chamber series concerts on Friday evenings at Live! at 10th & G and on Saturday evenings at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

We’ve made it easier than ever to purchase a subscription series of three or more concerts at any time by clicking here or by calling the office.

Director’s Series concerts include admission to a pre-concert lecture; seating is limited and first-come, first-served.

A subscription to the Washington Bach Consort allows you to enjoy performances throughout the season, including the Director’s Series and the Chamber Series at a discount off the single ticket price.

Priority Seating

Subscribers receive first choice in seat selection.

Additional Tickets

Wish to bring guests? Subscribers may purchase additional tickets throughout the season at the discounted subscription rate.

Ticket Exchange

If unable to attend a performance, subscribers may exchange tickets for another concert during the season.

Ticket Donations

Prior to a performance, subscribers may return tickets marked “donated” and receive a receipt for tax purposes for the value of the tickets.

Season Kick-off

Subscribers will receive an invitation to our season kick-off, featuring insights, musical illustrations and refreshments.

Pay Your Age 18-38!

Now get the seats of your dreams at a fraction of the price—your own age! 27 years old? Pay $27 It’s that easy!

Bojan Cicic

Bojan Čičić
Guest Director & violin

Concerti Virtuosi
Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti

Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 4 p.m.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Washington, DC

Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050
Concerto for Violin and Oboe in D Minor, BWV 1060R
Concerto for 3 Violins in D Major, BWV 1064R
Concerto for Oboe d’amore in A Major, BWV 1055R

Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto for Violin, Cello, Trumpet and Strings, TWV 53:D5

Soloists:

Crossley Hawn

Tatiana Chulochnikova
violin

The Chamber Series Background

Carmen Johnson Pájaro
Violin

Geoffrey Burgess

Geoffrey Burgess
oboe & oboe d’amore

Meg Brown Owens

Margaret Owens
oboe & oboe d’amore

Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen
trumpet

Leon Schelhase

Leon Schelhase
harpsichord

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

Virtuoso violinist and concertmaster of London’s famed Academy of Ancient Music, Bojan Čičić, guest-directs a program of brilliant concerti featuring Bach Consort instrumentalists!

Tatiana Chulochnikova, violin
Carmen Johnson Pájaro, violin
Geoffrey Burgess, oboe & oboe d’amore
Margaret Owens, oboe & oboe d’amore
Josh Cohen, trumpet
Leon Schelhase, harpsichord

Glen S. Fukushima, underwriter

SUBSCRIBER BENEFITS

Subscriptions to the 2021–2022 Season are on sale now!

Subscriptions are currently on sale to the general public. The 2021–22 season, opening Friday, October 15, features six large scale subscription concerts at some of the regions finest venues and eight chamber series concerts on Friday evenings at Live! at 10th & G and on Saturday evenings at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

We’ve made it easier than ever to purchase a subscription series of three or more concerts at any time by clicking here or by calling the office.

Director’s Series concerts include admission to a pre-concert lecture; seating is limited and first-come, first-served.

A subscription to the Washington Bach Consort allows you to enjoy performances throughout the season, including the Director’s Series and the Chamber Series at a discount off the single ticket price.

Priority Seating

Subscribers receive first choice in seat selection.

Additional Tickets

Wish to bring guests? Subscribers may purchase additional tickets throughout the season at the discounted subscription rate.

Ticket Exchange

If unable to attend a performance, subscribers may exchange tickets for another concert during the season.

Ticket Donations

Prior to a performance, subscribers may return tickets marked “donated” and receive a receipt for tax purposes for the value of the tickets.

Season Kick-off

Subscribers will receive an invitation to our season kick-off, featuring insights, musical illustrations and refreshments.

Pay Your Age 18-38!

Now get the seats of your dreams at a fraction of the price—your own age! 27 years old? Pay $27 It’s that easy!

Rufus Muller

Rufus Müller
Evangelist

Jonathon Adams

Jonathon Adams
Christus

St. Matthew Passion
The Pinnacle of Passion

Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 4 p.m.

St. Mark’s Capitol Hill
Washington, DC

Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 4 p.m.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Washington, DC

Johann Sebastian Bach
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Soloists:

Amy Broadbent

Elijah McCormack
soprano

Katelyn Aungst

Katelyn Aungst
soprano

Geoffrey Burgess

Reginald Mobley
countertenor

Kristen Dubenion Smith

Kristen Dubenion-Smith
alto

Matthew Hill

Matthew Hill
tenor

Leon Schelhase

Jacob Perry, Jr.
tenor

Mischa Bouvier

Mischa Bouvier
bass

David Rugger

David Rugger
bass

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion is thought by many to be his most profoundly crafted work—perhaps his magnum opus. Some even see it as one of the greatest musical compositions of all time. Its musical architecture alone has been praised for centuries. Above all, our Consort musicians live to perform it! Falling into obscurity after Bach’s lifetime, it was reintroduced by Felix Mendelssohn in 1829 at the head of the modern Bach revival. With its deeply expressive rhetorical gifts, it is an experience that will remain in your memory long after the performance has ended.

Rufus Müller, Evangelist
Jonathon Adams, Christus
Elijah McCormack, soprano
Katelyn Aungst, soprano
Reginald Mobley, countertenor
Kristen Dubenion-Smith, alto
Matthew Hill, tenor
Jacob Perry, Jr., tenor
Mischa Bouvier, bass
David Rugger, bass

The Honorable & Mrs. John D. Rockefeller IV, underwriters

SUBSCRIBER BENEFITS

Subscriptions to the 2021–2022 Season are on sale now!

Subscriptions are currently on sale to the general public. The 2021–22 season, opening Friday, October 15, features six large scale subscription concerts at some of the regions finest venues and eight chamber series concerts on Friday evenings at Live! at 10th & G and on Saturday evenings at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

We’ve made it easier than ever to purchase a subscription series of three or more concerts at any time by clicking here or by calling the office.

Director’s Series concerts include admission to a pre-concert lecture; seating is limited and first-come, first-served.

A subscription to the Washington Bach Consort allows you to enjoy performances throughout the season, including the Director’s Series and the Chamber Series at a discount off the single ticket price.

Priority Seating

Subscribers receive first choice in seat selection.

Additional Tickets

Wish to bring guests? Subscribers may purchase additional tickets throughout the season at the discounted subscription rate.

Ticket Exchange

If unable to attend a performance, subscribers may exchange tickets for another concert during the season.

Ticket Donations

Prior to a performance, subscribers may return tickets marked “donated” and receive a receipt for tax purposes for the value of the tickets.

Season Kick-off

Subscribers will receive an invitation to our season kick-off, featuring insights, musical illustrations and refreshments.

Pay Your Age 18-38!

Now get the seats of your dreams at a fraction of the price—your own age! 27 years old? Pay $27 It’s that easy!