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Devotion & Contemplation
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75
Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 8 p.m. on YouTube
Recorded at The Franciscan Monastery

Dieterich Buxtehude (c.1637/39–1707)
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75

The North German composer Dieterich Buxtehude (c.1637/39–1707) was held in such high reverence by the 20-year-old Johann Sebastian Bach that he walked 250 miles from Arnstadt to Lübeck to hear the great organist/composer. Membra Jesu nostri is an exquisite cycle of seven short cantatas, each a contemplation of a different part of the body of Christ. Derived from a thirteenth-century poem, the work evinces a vast spectrum of divinely inspired emotion and introspective beauty.

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Vocalists:
Margot Rood & Sara MacKimmie, sopranos; Reginald Mobley, countertenor; Jacob Perry, Jr., tenor; Jonathan Woody, bass

Instrumentalists:
Julie Andrijeski David McCormick, violins; Amy DominguesJohn MoranLeslie Nero & Niccolo Seligmann, violas da gamba; Jessica Powell Eig, viola da gamba & violone; Adam Pearl, organ

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Polyphonic Splendors of the Iberian Renaissance

Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8 p.m. on YouTube
Michael McCarthy, Guest Conductor
Recorded at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Cristóbal de Morales (c.1500–553)
Vicente Lusitano (d. after 1561)
Francisco Guerrero (1528–1599)
Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548–1611)

More heavenly than earthly, the polyphonic vocal works of sixteenth-century Spain and Portugal offer a uniquely beautiful landscape of musical color and contrapuntal flair. Works by four great composers will be featured, particularly Vicente Lusitano (d. after 1561), who was of Portuguese and African descent. Lusitano penned a very important treatise on music theory, Introdutione facilissima et novissima de canto fermo (Rome, 1553), and composed numerous, elegant motets for the church, printed in his Liber primus epigramatum (Rome, 1551). In this program, Lusitano takes his rightful place among the greatest polyphonic masters of the Iberian Renaissance.

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Vocalists:

Katelyn AungstSara MacKimmie, Margot Rood & Laura Choi Stuart, sopranos; Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury & Kristen Dubenion-Smith, altos; David Evans, Patrick Kilbride, Matthew Loyal Smith Jacob Perry, Jr., tenors; Edmund Milly & Jason Widney, basses

Bach’s Cello Suites
Performed by Wade Davis

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Bach’s Cello Suites
Performed by Wade Davis

Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 8 p.m. on YouTube
Recorded at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009

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Composed early in Bach’s career, the Cello Suites give us some of the most recognizably intimate and expressive music today. For most cellists, these works are the gold standard of artistic expression and technical achievement. In this special performance, Wade Davis brings insight and depth of interpretation to two of these works, beginning with the Fifth Suite in C minor, which he plays on the Baroque cello according to the original scordatura tuning prescribed for the work. The program concludes with the jubilant and uplifting Third Suite in C major.

Bach Interactions
Christmas Oratorio: Part VI

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Streamed Event:
Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 8 p.m. on YouTube & Facebook

Presented by Dr. Michael Marissen & Daniel R. Melamed

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben, BWV 248/VI

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Vocalists:
Katelyn Aungst & Margot Rood*, sopranos; Roger O. Isaacs & Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury, altos; Matthew Hill* & Patrick Kilbride, tenors; David Rugger* & Jason Widney, basses

Instrumentalists
Andrew Fouts† & Tatiana Chulochnikova, violins; Risa Browder, viola; John Moran, violoncello; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; Geoffrey Burgess* Margaret Owens*, oboes & oboes d’amore; Josh CohenJoelle MonroeDennis Anthony Ferry, trumpets; Michelle Humphreys, timpani; Leon Schelhase, harpsichord; Adam Pearl, organ

soloists*
concertmaster†

Bach Interactions
Christmas Oratorio: Part V

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Streamed Event:
Thursday, January 21 2028 at 8 p.m. on YouTube & Facebook Event

Presented by Dr. Michael Marissen

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen, BWV 248/V

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Vocalists:
Amy Broadbent* & Laura Choi Stuart, sopranos; Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury & Kristen Dubenion-Smith* altos; Patrick Kilbride & Gregorio Taniguchi*, tenors; Steve Combs* & Jonathan Woody, basses

Instrumentalists:
Andrew Fouts & Tatiana Chulochnikova, violins; Risa Browder, viola; John Moran, violoncello; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; Margaret Owens* & Geoffrey Burgess, oboes; Leon Schelhase, harpsichord; Adam Pearl, organ

soloists*
concertmaster†

Bach Interactions
Christmas Oratorio: Part IV

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Streamed Event:
Thursday, January 21 2021 at 8 p.m. on YouTube & Facebook Event

Presented by Daniel R. Melamed

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben, BWV 248/IV

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Vocalists:
Amy Broadbent & Elijah McCormack*, sopranos; Reginald Mobley & Kristen Dubenion-Smith* altos; Patrick Kilbride* & Matthew Loyal Smith, tenors; Jason Widney* & Jonathan Woody, basses

Instrumentalists:
Andrew Fouts & Tatiana Chulochnikova, violins; Risa Browder, viola; John Moran, violoncello; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; Geoffrey Burgess & Margaret Owens, oboes; Brad Tatum & Paul Hopkins, horns; Leon Schelhase, harpsichord; Adam Pearl, organ

soloists*
concertmaster†

Bach Interactions
Christmas Oratorio: Part III

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Streamed Event:
Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 8 p.m. on YouTube & Facebook Event

Presented by Dr. Michael Marissen

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen, BWV 248/III

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Vocalists:
Elijah McCormack & Margot Rood*, sopranos; Roger O. Isaacs & Reginald Mobley*, countertenors; Matthew Loyal Smith & Gregório Taniguchi*, tenors, Steven Combs & Jonathan Woody*, basses

Instrumentalists:
Andrew Fouts* & Tatiana Chulochnikova, violins; Risa Browder, viola; John Moran, violoncello; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; Colin St-Martin & Kathryn Roth, flutes; Geoffrey Burgess & Margaret Owens, oboes & oboes d’amore; Josh Cohen, Joelle Monroe & Dennis Anthony Ferry, trumpets, Leon Schelhase, harpsichord; Adam Pearl, organ

soloists*
concertmaster†

Bach Interactions
Christmas Oratorio: Part II

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Streamed Event:
Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 8 p.m. on YouTube & Facebook Event

Presented by Daniel R. Melamed

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend, BWV 248/II

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Vocalists:
Katelyn Aungst & Laura Choi Stuart*, sopranos; Reginald Mobley* Kristen Dubenion-Smith, altos; Matthew Hill & Jacob Perry, Jr.*, tenors; Steven Combs David Rugger*, basses

Instrumentalists:
Andrew Fouts† & Tatiana Chulochnikova, violins; Risa Browder, viola; John Moran, violoncello; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; Colin St-Martin* & Kathryn Roth, flutes; Margaret Owens & Fatma Daglar, oboes d’amore; Geoffrey Burgess Sarah Huebsch, oboes da caccia; Leon Schelhase, harpsichord; Adam Pearl, organ

soloists*
concertmaster†

Bach Interactions
Christmas Oratorio: Part I

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Streamed Event:
Friday, December 25, 2020 at 8 p.m. on YouTube & Facebook

Presented by Dr. Michael Marissen & Daniel R. Melamed

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage, BWV 248/I

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Vocalists:

Amy Broadbent Margot Rood, sopranos; Roger O. Isaacs & Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury* altos; Jacob Perry, Jr. & Gregório Taniguchi*, tenors; Steven Combs*, & Jason Widney, basses

Instrumentalists:
Andrew Fouts† & Tatiana Chulochnikova, violins; Risa Browder, viola; John Moran, violoncello; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; Colin St-Martin & Kathryn Roth, flutes; Geoffrey Burgess & Margaret Owens, oboes & oboes d’amore; Anna Marsh, bassoon; Josh Cohen*, Joelle Monroe Dennis Anthony Ferry, trumpets; Michelle Humphreys, timpani; Leon Schelhase, harpsichord; Adam Pearl, organ

soloists* concertmaster †

A Voice of Expectation
Movement 5 of "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61"

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A Voice of Expectation
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61

Presented by Dr. Michael Marissen

November 19, 2020 at 8 p.m. on Facebook
Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 5 p.m. on YouTube

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61

Chorale
Recitative
Aria
Dictum
Aria
Chorale

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Vocalists

Amy Broadbent, soprano; Roger O. Isaacs, countertenor; Matthew Hill, tenor; Steven Combs, bass

Instrumentalists:
Andrew Fouts† & Tatiana Chulochnikova, violins; Risa Browder & Scott McCormick, violas; John Moran, violoncello; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; Anna Marsh, bassoon; Adam Pearl, organ

soloists*
concertmaster†

A Voice in the Abyss
MMovement 4 of "Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir", BWV 131

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A Voice in the Abyss
Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131

Presented by Daniel R. Melamed

October 22, 2020 at 8 p.m. on Facebook
Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 5 p.m. on YouTube

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131

Dictum [Chorus] Dictum with chorale [solo] Dictum [Chorus] Dictum with chorale [solo] Dictum [Chorus]

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Vocalists:
Katelyn Aungst, soprano; Reginald Mobley, countertenor; Jacob Perry, Jr., tenor; Jonathan Woody, bass;

Instrumentalists:
Andrew Fouts†, violin; Risa Browder, & Marika Holmqvist, violas; John Moran, violoncello; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; Geoffrey Burgess*, oboe; Anna Marsh, bassoon; Adam Pearl, organ

soloists*
concertmaster†

A Voice of Awakening
Movement 6 of "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140

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A Voice of Awakening
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140

Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 8 p.m. on Facebook
Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. on YouTube

Presented by Dr. Michael Marissen

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140

Chorale
Recitative
Aria duetto
Chorale
Recitative
Aria Duetto
Chorale

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Vocalists:
Margot Rood* & Laura Choi-Stuart, sopranos; Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury & Kristen Dubenion-Smith, altos; Matthew Hill & Matthew Loyal Smith*, tenors; Jason Widney* & Jonathan Woody, basses

Instrumentalists:
Andrew Fouts†, violino piccolo; Tatiana Chulochnikova & Marika Holmqvist, violins; Risa Browder, viola; John Moran, violoncello; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; Margaret Owens* & Geoffrey Burgess, oboes; Sarah Weiner, taille; Brad Tatum, horn; Anna Marsh, bassoon; Adam Pearl, organ

soloists*
concertmaster†

Talking Timpani with Michelle Humphreys
Consort timpanist, Michelle Humphreys, demonstrates the fundamentals of this orchestral power player.

Jessica Powell Eig and the violone
Have you ever wondered what a violone actually is? Don't "fret," consort member Jessica Powell Eig has you covered! Learn about the viola da gamba, the violone, and the violone grosso, and hear a movement from Buxtehude's Sonata in D for viola da gamba, violone and basso continuo.

Never Weather-Beaten Sail
‘Never Weather-Beaten Sail’ is from Campion's First Book of Ayres containing Divine and Morall Songs (1613). It’s a song that really speaks to our current times of pandemic and racial injustice. The weary pilgrim has been beset by trials and tribulations, and longs for the peace of God to lay the soul to rest in heaven.
Kristen Dubenion-Smith, mezzo-soprano
Amy Domingues, treble/tenor/bass viols

Gavotte en Rondeau from Bach's Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006
Violinist Augusta McKay Lodge performs the Gavotte en Rondeau from Bach's Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006. This video is brought to you from her apartment in Paris, where she filmed it during Paris' COVID-19 shutdown, and sends a message of joy and cheer during these difficult times. Please enjoy this lovely movement of Bach.

Illuminating video by Leon Schelhase, continuo organist and harpsichordist
If you've ever wondered what the word continuo or basso continuo means and how it relates to Baroque music, please join Washington Bach Consort's continuo organist and harpsichordist, Leon Schelhase, in this informative video. In it he will briefly discuss what continuo is, what he does in the Consort, and even play a few examples to illustrate some of the key principles of playing from a figured bass as well the skills required to master the art of accompaniment.

"Laudamus te" from Vivaldi's Gloria, RV 589
Enjoy this adorable duet from Vivaldi's Gloria, with a DIY twist in the absence of a string orchestra! We miss seeing our audiences, but hopefully this will bring smiles to you today! Margot Rood, soprano; Crossley Hawn, soprano; Allan Laino, accompanist & engineer

"Gloria in excelsis Deo" and “Et in terra pax.”
A collaborative performance by the Washington Bach Consort. Johann Sebastian Bach Messe in H-moll, BWV 232 "Gloria in excelsis Deo" and “Et in terra pax.”

Amy Broadbent & Matt Hill Sing, "Gute Nacht, o Wesen" from Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227
We can hardly wait to get back to singing with our friends at the Washington Bach Consort. Even though we won’t be able to perform “Jesu, meine Freude” in May, we enjoyed putting together this video for you, with the help of Remi the foster dog. Since we had to sing all of the parts in this SSAT movement, you could say this will be both Matt and Amy’s “alto debut” with the Consort! Please enjoy and stay safe.

Geoffrey Burgess presents the baroque oboe."
Principal oboist Geoffrey Burgess presents a series of demonstrations of the three oboes used in major works by Bach. Learn about instrument construction, their use, and reed making. 

Brad Tatum introduces the baroque horn.
Show & Tell with principal horn, Brad Tatum.

Es ist vollbracht from Bach’s St John Passion
Principal Cellist John Moran and Principal violist Risa Browder—and son, Stephen Moran—offer a rare and beautiful arrangement of one of the most beloved movements from Bach’s St John Passion!

A messsage from Dana Marsh
Please join Artistic Director, Dana Marsh, for an update about the Washington Bach Consort.

Hercules at the Crossroads
presented by Washington Bach Consort, is a two-part program for 3rd–5th graders, featuring an inclusive, participatory performance of a cantata (a mini-musical!) by J.S. Bach about the hero Hercules.

At Home with Bach
Principal cellist and guest director, John Moran, discusses, "At Home with Bach."

Introducing Dana Marsh
The Washington Bach Consort is thrilled to announce our new Artistic Director, Dana Marsh.

Tribute to J. Reilly Lewis (1944-2016) | Washington Bach Consort
Commissioned for the 40th Anniversary of the Washington Bach Consort, founded by J. Reilly Lewis (1944-2016). First presented at the Residence of the Belgian Ambassador on May 10, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

Washington Bach Consort & The Art Munks
Washington Bach Consort was joined by the the Arts Munks from The Sanctuaries at Bloombars in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in Northwest Washington, DC on September 28, 2017.

Bach in Time
Washington Bach Consort's Education Program

Bach in 360° #VR | Chorale from Cantata BWV 148
The brief conclusion of J.S. Bach's cantata "Bringet dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens," BWV 148, in 360° virtual reality.

Washington Bach Consort 2015 2016 Season
The brief conclusion of J.S. Bach's cantata "Bringet dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens," BWV 148, in 360° virtual reality.

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