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

Trevor Weston

Trevor Weston
composer

World Premiere of A New Song
Mythologies Past and Present

Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 4:00 P.M.

National Presbyterian Church
Washington, DC

Trevor Weston
A New Song (World Premiere)

Johann Sebastian Bach
Geschwinde, Ihr wirbelnden Winde, BWV 201

Soloists:

Sherezade Panthaki

Sherezade Panthaki
soprano

Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury

Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury
alto

Jacob Perry, Jr.

Jacob Perry, Jr.
tenor

Patrick Kilbride

Patrick Kilbride
tenor

Paul Max Tipton

Paul Max Tipton
bass

Ian Pomerantz

Ian Pomerantz
bass

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

To begin our 45th season, we unveil a world premiere from critically acclaimed composer, Trevor Weston. A New Song, finds our period instruments and voices on a fresh canvas of creation, bringing together and transforming perspectives of musical past, present, and future. Winner of the Arts and Letters Award in Music, and a Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Trevor Weston is among the most highly sought-after composers today. Completing the program will be J.S. Bach’s dramatic secular cantata, Geschwinde, geschwinde, ihr wilbenden Winde, BWV 201.

Momus: Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
Mercury: Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury, alto
Tmolus: Jacob Perry, Jr., tenor
Midas: Patrick Kilbride, tenor
Phoebus: Paul Max Tipton, bass
Pan: Ian Pomerantz, bass

This performance is supported by generous gifts from the J. Reilly Lewis Legacy Fund, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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.

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National Presbyterian Church

Orpheus Britannicus
Music of Henry Purcell

Sunday, October 30, 2022 at 4 p.m.

National Presbyterian Church
Washington, DC

Henry Purcell
Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day 1692), Z. 328
My heart is inditing, Z. 30
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, Z. 46
O sing unto the Lord, Z. 44

Soloists:

Amy Broadbent

Amy Broadbent
soprano

Clifton Massey

Clifton Massey
countertenor

Matthew Loyal Smith

Matthew Loyal Smith
tenor

Jonathon Adams

Jonathon Adams
bass

Jason Widney

Jason Widney
bass

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

By the age of 21, Henry Purcell (1659–1695) held the three most coveted musical positions in England. Widely praised after his death as Britain’s Orpheus, Purcell’s Hail! Bright Cecilia, delivers English Baroque style at its most powerfully expressive and eloquent. Purcell was the ultimate dramatist of his day and undeniably the most skilled Baroque composer to set the English language to music. In addition to his well-remembered Ode, we present celebrated sacred works for the English Chapel Royal and grand anthems for occasions of state.

Amy Broadbent, soprano; Clifton Massey, countertenor; Matthew Loyal Smith, tenor; Jonathon Adams, bass; Jason Widney, bass

Sally Wells and Dorothy B. Wexler, 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!

The Christmas Story
Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

Music Center at Strathmore
North Bethesda, MD

Johann Sebastian Bach
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248

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

Mary Ann Gardner, Hope P. 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!

Messiah
The Greatest of Oratorios

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

Music Center at Strathmore
North Bethesda, MD

George Frideric Handel
Messiah, HWV 56

Soloists:

Sonya Headlam

Sonya Headlam
soprano

Patrick Dailey

Patrick Dailey
countertenor

Matthew Hill

Matthew Hill
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; Matthew Hill, tenor; Jonathan Woody, bass

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

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

Dashon Burton
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; Dashon Burton, 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!