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Foundation: Bach and the Reformation

Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
National Presbyterian Church, Washington DC
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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D, BWV 1069
Cantata: Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes, BWV 76, Part 1
Cantata: Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild, BWV 79
Cantata: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80
 
The Consort opens its 40th season with a program celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation—a movement that ushered in a seismic shift in Western thought and shaped the culture in which Bach’s genius would flourish. The program features three of Bach’s “Reformation” cantatas, each one a gem in its own right. Taken together, they offer a fascinating glimpse into the range of Bach’s achievement as a composer of Lutheran sacred music. The grandest of Bach’s four orchestral suites, including some of the composer’s liveliest instrumental
music, rounds out this celebratory program.

Richard Giarusso, Conductor

Conductor, singer, and musicologist Richard Giarusso is artistic director of the Voce Chamber Singers in northern Virginia and the Georgetown Chorale in DC. He also serves as chair of the Department of Musicology at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.
Amy Nicole Broadbent, soprano
Chris Dudley, countertenor
Patrick Kilbride, tenor
Mark Duer, bass
 
Tamera Luzzatto & David Leiter and Shannon & James Davis, underwriters

Single Tickets on Sale Now!

Single tickets are currently on sale to the general public. The 40th Anniversary 2017–18 season, opening Sunday, September 17, features four subscription concerts at National Presbyterian Church and three chamber series concerts at Live! at 10th & G.

We’ve made it easier than ever to purchase tickets online – click here to buy now.

In the search for the Bach Consort’s next Artistic Director, our Search Committee has chosen these musicians to help us write the next chapter of the Bach Consort story. Each will have the opportunity to lead the Consort in one of the upcoming National Presbyterian Church Series concerts. In the past, we have focused on presenting one major work per season. The next concerts, however, will all be large masterworks and will feature some of Bach’s grandest choral and orchestral works.

Click HERE to learn more about the Artistic Director Candidates.

Purchase a subscription series of 3 concerts or more at any time by clicking here or by calling the office. A subscription to the Washington Bach Consort allows you to enjoy performances throughout the season, including the Series at National Presbyterian Church and the Chamber Series at Live! at 10th & G, at a discount off the single ticket price.



     


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Founded in 1977 by the late J. Reilly Lewis, the Washington Bach Consort is a professional chorus and orchestra noted for its performances of 18th-Century music on period instruments. Its mission is to perform to the highest artistic standards the music of J.S. Bach and his Baroque contemporaries.