Welcome Letter

 Welcome to our 2021–2022 Concert Season

On behalf of the board, staff, and musicians of the Washington Bach Consort family, we couldn’t be more excited to present our 2021–2022 season! We’re ever grateful for the faithful support that our subscribers, donors, and benefactors have given us over the last year. We’re equally thankful for the thousands of others who have followed our online digital programming loyally throughout the Covid interim.

Now entering our 44th season, the Bach Consort is pleased to offer 26 performances across three series—live and in person, in a variety of superb venues. Five programs will adorn our Director’s Series, beginning in November when you’ll hear Bach’s Mass in A Major, along with Handel’s Nisi Dominus and Dixit Dominus. During the holiday season, we bring Bach’s spectacular Christmas Oratorio to the Music Center at Strathmore. In March, we offer a sonic extravaganza featuring 17th-century polychoral works of Praetorius, Schütz, and Monteverdi; in April an instrumental performance of Bach concerti led by guest director and violinist Bojan Čičić (Academy of Ancient Music); and in May we conclude with Bach’s great and definitive masterwork, St. Matthew Passion.

We’ll continue our Noontime Cantata series with six Bach cantatas over 12 performances offered free of charge, each introduced by an organ prelude performed by leading organists from the Washington, DC area. Our popular Chamber Series continues with four programs over 8 performances. You’ll hear a sublime setting of a Mass composed for the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris by French Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier, as well as another program of Baroque music of colonial Latin America. Andrew Gonzalez presents a concert featuring two of Bach’s cello suites, played on the very rare violoncello da spalla. The “vocal polyphony” offering for this season will feature works of 15th- and 16th-century Franco-Flemish composers, with special focus on the great master of Renaissance vocal counterpoint, Josquin des Prez, marking the 500th anniversary of his death.

In addition to last year’s very busy season of online digital programming, the Consort was diligently at work on a new strategic plan, now complete after more than 18 months in the making. Watch for an outline of that exciting plan to be posted on our website in September.

Above all, we look forward to seeing you again—in person!

Faithfully, as ever,

Dana T. Marsh
Dr. Dana T. Marsh
Artistic Director