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The Intimate Bach

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G Street, NW, Washington DC

Tickets are available at the door. General Admission $34.0o, Students 18 and under $10.

Enjoy a program of vocal and instrumental music featuring the superb artistry of members of the Consort chorus and orchestra. In addition to a sampling of many of the composer’s most popular arias and choruses, the ensemble will also showcase some of the timeless treasures in the purely instrumental genre including music for solo harpsichord, solo cello and solo violin. It’s a fun evening where the Joy of Bach really resonates.

Laura Choi Stuart, soprano
Kristen Dubenion-Smith, mezzo-soprano
Robert Petillo, tenor
Steven Combs, baritone
Marlisa del Cid Woods, violin
Meg Owens, oboe
John Moran, cello
J. Reilly Lewis, harpsichord

The Little Organ Book – Part 1

Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
National Presbyterian Church
4101 Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington DC

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For the first time J. Reilly Lewis and the Washington Bach Consort Chorus present, in two annual cycles, all forty-five chorale preludes from the Little Organ Book (Das Orgelbüchlein), the first of three major organ collections Bach assembled over the course of his lifetime. This concert covers the Advent through Lent portion of the church year, with members of the Chorus singing the chorales on which the organ pieces were based.

Robert Beizer, concert underwriter

Single tickets now on sale!

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Season. You may order single tickets online or call us. If you have specific seating requests or want to order $10 tickets for students 18 and younger, please call 202.429.2121 during regular business hours


The 2014-2015 Season–from J. Reilly Lewis

J. Reilly LewisWelcome to another year exploring and savoring Bach in all his astonishing genius, from the intimacy of music performed by the Bach family at home to beloved works for solo keyboard, and culminating in the majestic splendor of the B Minor Mass.

We’re fulfilling a longtime dream of mine–a Chamber Series to explore Bach’s small-scale (but mighty in stature) works. For this series, we’ll perform at a new venue, the very modern and beautiful First Congregational United Church of Christ downtown near Metro Center. In total, there are seven Washington, DC events, plus an appearance in Frederick, MD on Bach’s birthday.

It is a privilege for me to do what I love best-exploring the limitless artistry of the music of Bach, his family, and his contemporaries. Departing from our normal focus on Bach, we’re proud to present for the first time an all-Mozart concert featuring the immortal Requiem as the season-opener. It was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who, upon hearing Bach’s Motets for the first time, said, “Now there is music from which a man can learn something.” I’m still learning after all these years, and all of us in the Consort are honored to have you as part of our family in celebrating our 37th season of exploration, wonder and fulfillment.

In closing, I remind you that our public performances, including the free Noontime Cantata Series, are just part of the work the Consort does in taking Bach’s music to new places and new audiences. Our Bach to School program brings Bach to Washington, DC schoolchildren who may well be experiencing his music for the very first time. That’s something we do with your generous help and I hope you will support all of the Consort’s activities with your presence, your gifts as well as your subscription!

J. Reilly Lewis,
Founder & Music Director

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Founded in 1977 by 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.