Welcome Letter

Welcome to our 2022–2023 Concert Season

It is with great excitement that we reach a milestone season. 45 years ago J. Reilly Lewis founded the Washington Bach Consort. All of these many years later, following a long-awaited reemergence from a pandemic with live, in-person performances, there is much wonderful music still to share. The 2022–2023 season will offer a lineup of tried-and-true favorites. Altogether you can experience over 25 performances across three series.

The Director’s Series opens in September with something entirely new: a special Washington Bach Consort commission from award-winning composer Trevor Weston. His work, A New Song, provides a fresh use of period instruments and voices on a new musical canvas, to be followed by Bach’s Dramma per Musica, Geschwinde, geschwinde, ihr wilbenden Winde (The Contest between Phoebus and Pan). In October, an evening of music by Henry Purcell will feature Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day 1692), with additional pieces composed for the English Chapel Royal and major occasions of state. A sequence of masterworks follows: Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (December) and Handel’s timeless Messiah (March) in the Music Center at Strathmore, ultimately concluding with Bach’s great Mass in B Minor (April).

The Chamber Series brings with it a variety of additional favorites: Bach’s Goldberg Variations, a program featuring music composed for the viola da gamba, and an evening of Bach works for unaccompanied violin, including the celebrated Partita in D Minor. Our vocal polyphony offering will highlight music composed by “Thomaskantors” of Leipzig who preceded J.S. Bach, with special emphasis on the motets of Johann Hermann Schein.

The favorites continue in our Noontime Cantata Series, including Jesu, der du meine Seele (BWV 78), Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott (BWV 80), Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (BWV 51), and the motet, Jesu, meine Freude (BWV 227). As ever, we present a special organ work as a prelude to every cantata, performed by leading organists in the DC area.

Please join us for the musical fun in September!

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