PERFORMANCE

The Director’s Series

About the Series

The Washington Bach Consort’s beloved Director’s Series offers five magnificent concerts in the majestic spaces of National Presbyterian Church 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.

 

National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington, DC

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

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

The Christmas Story
Bach’s Christmas Oratorio: Parts 1, 2, 5 and 6

Saturday, December 10, 2022 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:

Elijah McCormack

Elijah McCormack
soprano

Kristen Dubenion-Smith

Kristen Dubenion-Smith
alto

Jacob Perry, Jr.

Jacob Perry, Jr.
tenor

Enrico Lagasca

Enrico Lagasca
bass

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
A cherished tradition of the Washington Bach Consort, the holiday season simply isn’t complete without experiencing Christmas Oratorio live at Strathmore! Praised by The Washington Post, this “splendid” and “joyful” performance of Bach’s timeless telling of the Nativity is performed by an all-star cast.

Vocalists:

Elijah McCormack, soprano; Kristen Dubenion-Smith, alto; Jacob Perry, Jr., tenor; Enrico Lagasca, bass

Read the Program Notes

Running time: 140 minutes, including intermission

Join us for Talking Bach at 6 p.m. The series of free pre-concert lectures by noted Bach scholar, Michael Marissen, are presented one hour before Director’s Series performances. Learn More»

Mary Ann Gardner, Hope P. McGowan, and National Endowment for the Arts, underwriters

SUBSCRIBER BENEFITS

Subscriptions to the 2022–2023 Season are on sale now!

Subscriptions are currently on sale to the general public. The 2022–23 season, opening Sunday, September 18, features five 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!

Messiah
The Greatest of Oratorios

Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.

Music Center at Strathmore
North Bethesda, MD

George Frideric Handel
Messiah, HWV 56

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

Soloists:

Sonya Headlam

Sonya Headlam
soprano

Patrick Dailey

Patrick Dailey
countertenor

Dann Coakwell

Dann Coakwell
tenor

Jonathan Woody

Jonathan Woody
bass

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

Although today Handel’s Messiah brings to mind the Christmas season, audiences at the first London performances heard it during Lent, which is when the Washington Bach Consort will perform this most popular of oratorios. Messiah has never lost its charm, and the Consort breathes life into this work in a way that proves its enduring appeal. We return to Strathmore for this glorious work.

Vocalists:

Sonya Headlam, soprano; Patrick Dailey, countertenor; Dann Coakwell, tenor; Jonathan Woody, bass

Join us for Talking Bach at 3 p.m. The series of free pre-concert lectures by noted Bach scholar, Michael Marissen, are presented one hour before Director’s Series performances. Learn More»

Shannon & Jim Davis, Tamera Luzzatto, and Charles Reifel & Janie Kinney, underwriters

SUBSCRIBER BENEFITS

Subscriptions to the 2022–2023 Season are on sale now!

Subscriptions are currently on sale to the general public. The 2022–23 season, opening Sunday, September 18, features five 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!

National Presbyterian Church

Mass in B Minor
The Foundation

Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.

National Presbyterian Church
Washington, DC

Johann Sebastian Bach
Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

Soloists:

Margot Rood

Margot Rood
soprano

Crossley Danielle Hawn

Crossley Danielle Hawn
soprano

Roger O. Isaacs

Roger O. Isaacs
countertenor

Andrew Bearden Brown

Andrew Bearden Brown
tenor

Dashon Burton

Mischa Bouvier
bass

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

We close the season with our signature work, Bach’s great Mass in B Minor. Among the greatest musical compositions in any tradition, Bach’s masterwork has been for countless audiences a limitless reservoir of comfort and a balm for the soul.

Margot Rood, soprano; Crossley Danielle Hawn, soprano; Roger O. Isaacs, countertenor; Andrew Bearden Brown, tenor; Mischa Bouvier, bass

Join us for Talking Bach at 3 p.m. The series of free pre-concert lectures by noted Bach scholar, Michael Marissen, are presented one hour before Director’s Series performances. Learn More»

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

SUBSCRIBER BENEFITS

Subscriptions to the 2022–2023 Season are on sale now!

Subscriptions are currently on sale to the general public. The 2022–23 season, opening Sunday, September 18, features five 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!