The 2015-2016 Season–from J. Reilly Lewis
It is a pleasure to welcome you to our 38th season celebrating the unparalleled creative genius of Johann Sebastian Bach. When it comes to this music, I never cease to marvel that every reencounter brings fresh discoveries and a miraculous sense of renewal, not to mention fulfillment.
After the tremendous success of our inaugural Chamber Series last year, we are expanding the musical offerings to include three diverse programs, all at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Washington. In addition to two programs offering a broad variety of instrumental music, a third program will feature the delightful “Coffee Cantata” in a semi-staged production along with excerpts from the Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook. The pristine acoustics and warm, welcoming atmosphere of this venue lend to these events an intimate and informal ambience.
The opening and closing concerts in our subscription series focus on two musical genres, the Mass and the Magnificat, bringing to life works that demonstrate the tremendous wealth of invention displayed by Bach and his contemporaries. The Christmas concert will once again showcase the versatility and virtuosity of the Consort Chorus along with organist Todd Fickley in presenting a panoply variety of beautiful seasonal works. Finally, I will perform the conclusion of the “Little Organ Book” that was begun last year, joined by our superb singers, in presenting Bach’s very first systematic collection of music for the “King of Instruments.”
The free Tuesday Noon Cantata Series, now in its 26th consecutive season, continues to offer a wonderful respite from the daily grind in presenting veritable treasures from the genre introduced by talented organ soloists playing selections from the rich repository of Bach organ masterworks. Epiphany Church is an ideal setting in which to take part in this communal feast with its superb acoustics and legendary Æolian- Skinner pipe organ. Our award-winning educational program “Bach to School” continues to nourish and inspire youth from all over the city, bringing this timeless music to children who might otherwise never have experienced its joy. I look forward to being together throughout the year and thank you for your enthusiasm, your presence and your support in assuring that the important work of the Washington Bach Consort will continue to flourish well into the future.
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.