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Remembering Reilly

June 9 marked the one year anniversary of the untimely passing of our Founder, Artistic Director and friend, Dr. J. Reilly Lewis. This first year without him has been difficult, but we have taken solace in the wonderful stories and memories you continue to share with us. Your support is always appreciated, but has been especially meaningful over the last year and will continue as we embark on our 40th Anniversary Season.

Tune in to Classical WETA’s Choral Showcase this Sunday, June 11 at 9 p.m. to hear Reilly’s last performance of Bach’s masterpiece B Minor Mass. This signature work will be proceeded by a Noontime Cantata Series performance of Cantata 179, conducted by Reilly.

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Subscriptions to our 2017-2018 40th Anniversary Season are on sale 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.


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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.