Welcome Letter

 Welcome to our Spring 2021 Digital Season

We’ve been living in interesting times. The Bach Consort is immensely grateful for your faithful, wonderful support during the “Covid era”—especially as we embarked on our marathon digital series, Bach Interactions. Your enthusiasm and encouragement have been heartening, every step of the way. The kindness and magnanimity of our donors have been an inspiration during unprecedented challenges. We have worked hard to bring you nine performances of Bach’s music thus far, regardless of the obstacles. How great it is that new vaccines are gradually returning us to a more normal format where we can welcome live audiences again!

I’m very pleased to share with you our Spring Season, which offers three streamed concerts, with WBC musicians no longer recording in isolation, but together in person. We’re thrilled to be performing in beautiful spaces: St Mark’s Episcopal Church Capitol Hill, Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America. In each of these venues, the music mingles movingly with the aesthetic grandeur of soaring architecture.

Three performances are in store. First, Wade Davis will play Bach cello suites No. 5 in C minor (BWV 1011), and No. 3 in C major (BWV 1009). This performance will shine as a beacon of promise for a better future. Second, a journey to sixteenth-century Portugal and Spain features vocal polyphony of the Iberian Renaissance, including music of Vicente Lusitano, Cristóbal de Morales, Francisco Guerrero, and Tomás Luis de Victoria. Third and finally, we will present Dieterich Buxtehude’s sublime work, Membra Jesu nostri.

There is an exciting season planned for 2021–2022, so watch this space—we can’t wait to welcome you in person again!

Gratefully,

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