Sep
4
to Sep 23

Folger Theatre - Macbeth

Rampant ambition and minds unhinged. Owls shrieking and prophesies foretold. Shakespeare’s Macbeth is seen anew, set in an historic London asylum for this groundbreaking production. Davenant’s Restoration-era adaptation blends period music performed by Folger Consort with the tragedy of ambition run amok.

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Jul
18
to Aug 9

Santa Fe Desert Chorale - Summer 2018

Now entering his ninth season as Music Director, Joshua Habermann leads the 24-voice professional Chorale in repertoire spanning seven centuries, from medieval polyphony to contemporary works. The composition of the Chorale is truly national in scope and the ensemble is recognized among the finest American chamber choirs.

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Apr
29
3:00 PM15:00

Washington Bach Consort - Mass in B Minor

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One of the crowning glories of Bach’ s career and considered by many the Consort’ s trademark piece, the Mass in B Minor is a work that is truly in a class by itself. Completed during the last years of the composer’ s life, the Mass brings together a range of techniques and musical forms that offer both a compendium of Baroque style and of Bach’ s own lifework. Ending the celebration of the Consort’ s 40th anniversary, it stands among that rarified category of masterpieces that are truly inexhaustible and forever new.

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Apr
22
6:30 PM18:30

Past Made Present: The Music of Jessica Krash — in The Den

  • 5015 Connecticut Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)
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Contemporary-classical composer Jessica Krash presents her exciting new recording that weaves together ancient and modern conversations on social, ethical, political, and musical topics.

Join us in the Den for a live musical performance and conversation with some of the musicians on the recording, including soprano Emily Noël, conductor Thomas Colohan, flutist Laura Kaufman, and composer-pianist Jessica Krash.

A choral work, “Young Vilna,” inspired by the writing of Ellen Cassedy, uses searing questions posed by contemporary Lithuanian teens to explore the timely concept of “home” for descendants of refugees – recorded by members of the Washington Master Chorale. “Sulpicia’s Songs” is a musical commentary on poems by a woman from ancient Rome (English translations by Mary Maxwell); and the “Cantigas de amigo of Martin Codax” sets medieval songs into a provocative modern accompaniment. “Turns of Phrase” for flute and piano and “Delphi-What the Oracle Said” are instrumental works that explore how thoughts and feelings move.

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Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

The Raven Consort - Dramatic Chamber Music by Nicholas White

Professional singers and instrumentalists team up with the Saint Paul's School Madrigal Singers to give a reprise performance of Nicholas White’s highly-acclaimed musical drama, The Raven. Also featured will be the first performance of White’s richly romantic cycle, On Dreams Alone, in a newly-conceived version for soloists, chorus and chamber orchestra.

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Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Santa Fe Desert Chorale - Los Angeles ACDA

Enjoy a program of American works throughout the span of history including two world premieres–a commission by Jake Runestad for the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and one by Frank Ferko based on a Tewa poem. In addition to new voices, this program features beloved folk songs and spirituals–the best of our American choral heritage. 

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Mar
5
to Mar 6

Washington Bach Consort - Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen, BWV 65

Now celebrating its 29th season and on its second cycle of Bach’s 215 cantatas, the free Noontime Cantata Series is a beloved Washington, DC, tradition. Described by Washingtonian as a “hidden gem,” each fifty-minute concert includes one of Bach’s cantatas and a solo performance on the recently restored Æolian-Skinner organ in the beautiful setting of the historic Church of the Epiphany. Each performance features members of the Consort Chorus and Orchestra.

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Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

Santa Fe Desert Chorale - Chicago ACDA

Enjoy a program of American works throughout the span of history including two world premieres–a commission by Jake Runestad for the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and one by Frank Ferko based on a Tewa poem. In addition to new voices, this program features beloved folk songs and spirituals–the best of our American choral heritage. 

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Dec
15
to Dec 23

Folger Consort - Lo How a Rose E're Blooming

Folger Consort celebrates the season with evocative Advent and holiday music from Germany—from the medieval majesty of the 15th-century Glogauer Liederbuch to the flower of the 17th-century German Baroque. The music of Praetorius, Schütz, Schein, and Scheidt is performed, along with festive dances and canzonas.

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Oct
20
to Oct 22

Santa Fe Desert Chorale on tour - American Voices

Enjoy a program of American works throughout the span of history including two world premieres–a commission by Jake Runestad for the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and one by Frank Ferko based on a Tewa poem. In addition to new voices, this program features beloved folk songs and spirituals–the best of our American choral heritage. 

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Sep
22
to Sep 25

The Folger Consort - An English Garden

As the arts and culture flourished in Shakespeare’s England, musical life blossomed as well. Popular ballads and art songs from the theatre—some associated with Shakespeare and his company and some from later works from the stage—are paired in a concert with lively instrumental pieces, fit for nobles and groundlings alike. 

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Jul
19
to Aug 13

Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Season

In repertoire spanning seven centuries, the composition of the Chorale is truly national in scope and the ensemble is recognized among the finest American chamber choirs. The programming theme for the 2017 Summer Festival is Liberté and Justice. Leading the Chorale as Music Director for his ninth season is Joshua Habermann. 

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Dec
23
8:00 PM20:00

Music for the Winter Solstice with SEVEN TIMES SALT

This beloved annual tradition features seasonal music from across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales arranged for broken consort; folk tunes of the British Isles; a small Chanukah celebration; plus a surprise or two! Jollity guaranteed, audience participation likely, dancing quite possible, and a festive holiday reception sure to follow.

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Dec
18
3:00 PM15:00

The Second Shepherds' Play

This magical retelling of the Nativity story combines beautiful music and a moving story for the holiday season. Folger Consort, the award-winning early music ensemble in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library, performs festive medieval English tunes against the backdrop of this engaging mystery play. Set in the English countryside, The Second Shepherds’ Play beautifully weaves together the stories of the shepherds, a sheep thief and his cunning wife, and the miracle in a humble manger in Bethlehem. 

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Oct
26
to Oct 30

Washington D.C. Tour with Floyds Row

A British-American ensemble formed in Oxford (UK), roots revival band Floyds Row explores early, folk, and classical idioms on an array of modern and period instruments. Fusing a variety of styles, Floyds Row repertoire includes both original material and pieces pulled from the early British folk tradition and English Renaissance.

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Oct
14
8:00 PM20:00

Handel, Mozart, and the Psalms of David

The Boston Cecilia is a choral society in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1876, the ensemble has enjoyed historic relationships with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and famous conductors and composers, such as Arthur Fiedler, Igor Stravinsky, and Antonín Dvořák. Today, the ensemble is noted for its historical-style performances, and specializes in the oratorios of George Frederic Handel, as well as premieres by prominent Boston composers.

 

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Oct
6
7:30 PM19:30

The Music of Jessica Krash

Enjoy an evening of works including Sulpicia’s Songs, a song cycle based on lyrics by a female poet from Rome’s classical age, and Krash's contemporary arrangement of Martin Codax’s Cantigas d’Amigo, thought to be the oldest surviving song cycle.

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Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

Measure + Dido

Renowned actor Derek Jacobi stars with actor/director Richard Clifford and the acclaimed early musicians of Washington DC’s Folger Consort in the world premiere performances of MEASURE + DIDO, celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s legacy. Presented by NapaShakes and Folger Shakespeare Library, this extraordinary production combines dramatic readings of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure with excerpts from Henry Purcell’s chamber opera Dido and Aeneas to create a perfect depiction of the ecstasy and excesses of love. With a cast of 27, don’t miss the first performances of this historic pairing of two monumental works, starring one of the world’s most respected and beloved actors, before it moves to the Eisenhower Theater at Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center in October.

 

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Apr
8
to Apr 10

Shakespeare and Purcell - Music of The Fairy Queen and other works

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Henry Purcell and William Shakespeare are a natural combination — if Shakespeare is the greatest English poet and playwright, Purcell has a plausible claim of being the greatest English composer. Shakespeare, of course, never heard Purcell’s 1692 The Fairy Queen, music for the Restoration version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but it has proved to be enormously appealing to audiences ever since its rediscovery in 1901. The songs, choruses, and instrumental music of this monumental piece are performed along with other memorable settings of Shakespeare by Purcell.

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Dec
23
8:00 PM20:00

Handel's Messiah

The Spire Chamber Ensemble and Baroque Orchestra continue a Kansas City tradition with its annual performance of Handel’s epic masterpiece in the glorious acoustics of Helzberg Hall. Our rendition will reflect the scope and character of Handel’s own performances through the use of period instruments including Baroque strings, oboes, bassoon, and natural trumpets. Messiah has always been a popular part of the holiday season.

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