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St Chappelle

French Devotion in the Sainte-Chapelle
Charpentier’s Missa Assumpta est Maria

Friday, October 15, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at Live! at 10th & G
Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Missa Assumpta est Maria, H 11

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Marc Antoine Charpentier’s final mass setting, Missa Assumpta est Maria, was written at the end of his life when he was Master of Music at the Sainte-Chapelle, King Louis XIV’s royal chapel in Paris. We hear Charpentier at his best and most refined in this work, with tonal language and expressive rhetoric that deliver everything performers admire most about the French Baroque style. It’s the most superb music you’ve never heard!

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Vocalists:
Margaret Carpenter Haigh & Amy Nicole Broadbent, sopranos; Sylvia Leith & Andrew Rader, altos; Jacob Perry, Jr. & Matthew Loyal Smith, tenors; Aaron Cain & Ian Pomerantz, baritones; Mark Duer & Edmund Milly, basses

Instrumentalists:
Colin St-Martin & Kathryn Roth, flutes; William Simms, theorbo; Joanna Blendulf, Leslie Nero, Niccolo Seligmann & Amy Domingues, violas da gamba; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; John Walthausen, organ

Anonymous Donor, underwriters

Nigel North

Bach on the Lute: Nigel North
A magical evening from the instrument of Orpheus

Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at Live
Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at VTS

J.S. Bach
Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 1013
Suite in C Major (after the 6th cello suite), BWV 1012
Suite in E Minor (auf lautenwerk), BWV 996

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Nigel North has for years been acknowledged by critics in the US and abroad to be the foremost interpreter of Bach on the lute. Having recorded such works to completion, North presents an especially rare program not to be missed. One of the most respected classical guitarists of the 20th century, Julian Bream, said of North’s Bach playing, “…I was bowled over by how masterful and musical it was!” This promises to be a magical evening.

Nigel North, lute

Running time: 65 minutes, no intermission

Barbara Piquet Villafranco, In Memory of Ronald V. Villafranco, Saturday underwriter

Henry VIII

The Tudors
Sacred motets of Tallis, Sheppard, Byrd & others

Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Live!
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at VTS

Motets of John Taverner, Thomas Tallis

John Sheppard, Christopher Tye, and William Byrd.

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In a new series of programs devoted to vocal polyphony, the Washington Bach Consort will transport you to 16th-century England. Revel in a bespoke selection of sacred motets written by the finest composers to serve at the pleasure of four Tudor monarchs, from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I. This music is truly of another world, and as a Venetian ambassador of the period was known to have said of the English Chapel Royal choristers performing this music, it sounded “more divine than human.”

Running time: 70 minutes, no intermission

Tamera Luzzatto & David Leiter, Friday underwriters

Al Regnery, Saturday underwriter

John Moran

At Home with Bach
Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, Telemann & Stölzel

John Moran, Guest Director

Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Live!
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at VTS

Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata for Violin in G major, BWV 1021
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051
Trio Sonata in G major, BWV 1027

Gottfried Heinrich Stöltzel
Quartet in E minor

Georg Phillipp Telemann
Sonata à 5 in E minor, TWV 44:5

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Bach’s apartment in Leipzig was a beehive of activity with the entire family busy with the preparation of musical scores and parts and frequent musical visitors passing through. When the day’s work was done, they would have had incredible opportunities for music making. This program, featuring the Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 alongside other works by Bach, Telemann, and Stölzel, imagines one such ephemeral evening of friends and family happily playing together. The Consort’s principal cellist, John Moran, directs.

John Moran, Guest Director, violoncello and viola da gamba
Risa Browder, violin and viola
Andrew Fouts, violin and viola
Leslie Nero, violin and viola
Marlisa del Cid Woods, violin
Amy Domingues, viola da gamba
Rebecca Humphrey, violoncello and viola da gamba
Jessica Powell Eig, viola da gamba and violone
Dongsok Shin, harpsichord

Running time: 70 minutes, no intermission

Jill Kent & Mark Solomons, Friday underwriters

Steve Wright & Tom Woodruff, Saturday underwriters

Leon Schelhase

Sounds of Spring

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Celebrate the arrival of spring with a selection of music for flute and harpsichord by Bach and his contemporary, Georg Philipp Telemann.

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The pairing of the two instruments in these compositions, sometimes graceful and sometimes dazzling, charm and delight to this day.

Georg Philipp Telemann
(1681–1767)
Fantasia in E major
    Affettuoso
    Allegro
    Grave
    Vivace
Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685–1750)
Toccata in F-sharp minor, BWV 910
Partita in A minor, BWV 1013
Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo, BWV 922
Sonata for Harpsichord and Flute in B minor, BWV 1067

Colin St-Martin, flute
Leon Schelhase, harpsichord

Running Time: approximately 60 minutes, no intermission

Charles Reifel & Janie Kinney, underwriters

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Admission includes a free post-concert reception with a sampling of spring inspired doughnuts by our favorite neighbor Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken immediately following the performance.

Claudio Monteverdi

Soavi accenti: Glories of the Italian Madrigal

Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

The Consort’s acclaimed vocalists offer an evening filled with harmonies that transport you to 16th-century Italy.

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Highly popular among music-lovers of the period, madrigals drew first from classicist texts as subjects for musical experimentation, helping to establish new aesthetic relationships between words and music by the 17th century. Composers wrote these animated and often daring compositions for two to eight voices, emphasizing secular subjects. Thanks to traveling musicians, madrigals spread throughout Europe, stimulating composers in countries including England and Germany to apply their own unique styles to the form, experimenting with new ways of using the human voice to tell stories and express emotions.

The Consort Chorus

Franklin Quartet

Bach to Mozart

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Special guest artists The Franklin Quartet perform rarely heard Mozartian transcriptions in a concert that also includes selections from The Well-Tempered Clavier performed on fortepiano.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had a lively interest in J.S. Bach’s compositions, and arranged for his father to send him copies of Bach’s collection of keyboard pieces, The Well-Tempered Clavier. Mozart then transcribed some of the fugues from that iconic keyboard work for string trios and quartets, some with newly composed adagios preceding them.

The Franklin Quartet
Kenneth Slowik, fortepiano

Jill Kent & Mark Solomons, underwriters

Tatiana Chulochnikova

The Musical Offering

Friday, April 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach
The Musical Offering, BWV 1079

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In the spring of 1747, Bach traveled to Potsdam, where his son, Carl Philipp Emanuel, was employed at the court of Frederick the Great. During the visit, Frederick presented the elder Bach with a theme for a fugue, and invited him to improvise upon it. After returning to Leipzig, Bach turned to the king’s theme as the inspiration for The Musical Offering. One of the most ambitious projects of his final years, Bach’s expanded treatment of the “Royal Theme” displays the full extent of his unparalleled contrapuntal mastery.

David Ross, flute
Tatiana Chulochnikova, violin
John Moran, cello
Dongsok Shin, harpischord

Andrew Fouts

Virtuosity and Innovation

Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Selections from The Well-Tempered Clavier
Partita No. 2 in D minor for Violin Solo, BWV 1004
Violin Sonata No. 6 in G, BWV 1019

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Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin opened up new possibilities of technique and expression for the instrument. The second partita is renowned for its last movement—the famous D minor Ciaccona—a piece of extraordinary scope and complexity often ranked among the composer’s greatest achievements. The 48 preludes and fugues that comprise the two volumes of The Well-Tempered Clavier bring together virtuosity and technical precision in a fashion rarely seen before or since. The elegant Sonata in G Major for violin and harpsichord rounds out this instrumental showcase.

Andrew Fouts, violin
Leon Schelhase, harpsichord

Todd Fickley

From the Archives

Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, BWV 1051
Trio Sonata in G, BWV 1038
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C, BWV 1061

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The first chamber concert of the anniversary season opens with a program of repertoire performed during the Consort’s debut season, including works featured on the first-ever program 40 years ago. Join us as we celebrate the history of the Consort in this richly varied program of instrumental works.

Native Washingtonian, conductor, pianist, harpsichordist, and organist Todd Fickley is the acting artistic director of the Consort. He holds an MA in organ performance from the University of Wales and is a fellow of the AGO. He has performed at the Kennedy Center and across the US, Europe and Israel, and has been featured with the NSO and Washington Ballet. His recordings have been critically praised as “some of the most enthralling Bach organ playing you are likely to hear anywhere by anyone.”

Colin St-Martin, flute
Marlisa del Cid Woods, violin
Paul Miller, viola
Scott McCormick, viola
Todd Fickley, harpsichord
Scott Dettra, harpsichord

Reverend Elizabeth Carl & Victoria Hill, underwriters

Anna Marsh

Politically Corrette

Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Michel Corrette

Symphonie No. 1 in D Minor
Organ Concerto No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26
Le Phénix
Concerto Comique No. 25 – Les Sauvages et la Furstemberg

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Little is known about the French organist and composer Michel Corrette, but he left behind a wealth of music ranging in scope from the slight to the serious. Selections of his chamber music feature the flute, bassoon and organ as solo instruments. This colorful program offers divertissements for the delight of the music-lover.

Gwyn Roberts, flute
Tatiana Chulochnikova, violin
Anna Marsh, bassoon
Todd Fickley, organ

Kate Vetter Cain, soprano

Secular Bach

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Wedding Cantata: Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202
Capriccio on the departure of a beloved brother, BWV 992
Peasant Cantata: Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet, BWV 212

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Although best known for his sacred cantatas, Bach’s secular music demonstrates the same inspiration and mastery as his church music, with a gleam of wit. The Peasant Cantata is paired with Bach’s sublime Wedding Cantata for solo soprano, along with the Capriccio for solo keyboard.

Kate Vetter Cain, soprano
Mark Duer, bass
Colin St-Martin, flute
Stephen Bard, oboe
Bradley Tatum, horn
Todd Fickley, harpsichord

Colin St-Martin, flute

Eine kleine Bachmusik

Friday, November 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

A Program of Sonatas

Violin Sonata No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1016
Gamba Sonata No. 2 in D Major, BWV 1028
Flute Sonata No. 2 in E Minor, BWV 1034
Flute & Violin Sonata in G Major, BWV 1039

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Our season of chamber concerts begins with an exploration of Bach’s sonatas for violin, viola da gamba and flute. This program provides the opportunity to admire the virtuosity of Bach’s instrumental writing in a uniquely intimate setting.

Colin St-Martin, flute
Tatiana Chulochnikova, violin
John Moran, viola da gamba
Todd Fickley, harpsichord

Amy Nicole Broadbent, Soprano

Coffee Cantata

Friday, April 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Coffee Cantata, BWV 211
Selections from the Anna Magdalena Notebook

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This delightful program brings us into a very different world from that usually associated with the mainstream Bach repertoire. Here we get a glimpse of the more personal side of the composer, music that is no less lofty or inspired but that brings us much closer to Bach the man.

Amy Nicole Broadbent, soprano
Nicholas Fichter, tenor
Richard Giarusso, bass

Richard Stone, Lute

Suite Delights

Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
Lute Suite in G Minor, BWV 995
Harpsichord Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816

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From its origination in the 14th century as a collection of dances, the musical suite reached its zenith in the Baroque period. In this wonderful collage featuring music for solo lute, cello and harpsichord, discover how Bach’s colossal inventiveness created music that far surpasses established models and showcases the unique expressive capabilities of each individual instrument.

John Moran, cello
Richard Stone, lute
Reilly Lewis, harpsichord

Tatiana Chulochnikova, Violin

Chips Off the Old Bach

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

W.F. Bach
Concerto in D for Flute

Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto for Harpsichord, Op. 1, No. 4 in G Major

Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, BWV 1049

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After exploring the choral music of J. S. Bach and his immediate ancestors in last season’s “All in the Family,” we turn our attention to some of the instrumental treasures produced by father and sons. This concert celebrates not only the brilliance of the works themselves but also the exceptional skills of our talented instrumental soloists.

Tatiana Chulochnikova, violin
Colin St. Martin, flute & recorder
Gwyn Roberts, recorder
Reilly Lewis, harpsichord

Todd Fickley

Pinnacle Achievements

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Goldberg Variations
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

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The keyboard is the star of this program. J. Reilly Lewis performs the brilliantly inventive Goldberg Variations, while Associate Conductor and Keyboard Artist Todd Fickley takes charge in a performance of the 5th Brandenburg Concerto-the original prototype for all piano concertos to follow-with its famous solo harpsichord cadenza.

All in the Family: Motets of the Bach Dynasty

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

Drawing from the collection known as the Altbachisches Archiv, this concert will feature exquisite motets by Johann Sebastian Bach and his illustrious relatives.

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Imagine an evening at home with several generations of the Bach family. Drawing from the collection known as the Altbachisches Archiv, this concert will feature exquisite motets by Johann Sebastian Bach and his illustrious relatives. The program also features organ works by Bach’s teachers and colleagues, Dietrich Buxtehude, Georg Böhm, Johann Pachelbel and Johann Gottfried Walther.

Laura Choi Stuart

The Intimate Bach

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy a program of vocal and instrumental music featuring the superb artistry of members of the Consort chorus and orchestra.

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In addition to a sampling of many of the composer’s most popular arias and choruses, the ensemble will also showcase some of the timeless treasures in the purely instrumental genre including music for solo harpsichord, solo cello and solo violin. It’s a fun evening where the Joy of Bach really resonates.

Laura Choi Stuart, soprano
Kristen Dubenion-Smith, mezzo-soprano
Robert Petillo, tenor
Steven Combs, baritone
Marlisa del Cid Woods, violin
Meg Owens, oboe
John Moran, cello
J. Reilly Lewis, harpsichord