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Subscriptions go on sale at Messiah

Subscriptions to our 2017-2018 40th Anniversary Season go on sale at Messiah conducted by Todd Fickley on Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m. at National Presbyterian Church and on our website Monday, May 1.

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 five upcoming National Presbyterian Church Series concerts. In the past, we have focused on presenting one major work per season. The next five concerts, however, will all be large, masterworks, and will feature Handel’s beloved Messiah plus some of Bach’s grandest choral and orchestral works.

Click HERE to learn more about the Artistic Director Candidates.


Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC
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George Frideric Handel (1685-1759):
Messiah, HWV 56

This performance begins the five concert audition process to select the next Bach Consort Artistic Director with Todd Fickley conducting Handel’s immortal oratorio. Arguably the most famous choral piece by any composer, Messiah has been a staple in this country at Christmastime but is equally appropriate for Easter. The Consort closes its season with this rare opportunity to hear the orchestra and chorus perform Handel’s most beloved and enduring masterpiece.

Native Washingtonian, conductor, pianist, harpsichordist, and organist Todd Fickley is the acting artistic director of the Consort. He holds an MA in organ performance from the University of Wales and is a fellow of the AGO. He has performed at the Kennedy Center and across the US, Europe and Israel, and has been featured with the NSO and Washington Ballet. His recordings have been critically praised as “some of the most enthralling Bach organ playing you are likely to hear anywhere by anyone.”

Suzanne Karpov, soprano
Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury, alto
Kyle Tomlin, tenor
Steven Combs, bass

May Noontime Cantata

Free and open to the public

May 2, 2017 at 12:10 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW, Washington DC

Cantata: Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV 10
Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582
William Neil, organ


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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.