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Secular Bach

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Live! at 10th & G, Washington, DC
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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Wedding Cantata: Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202
Capriccio on the departure of a beloved brother, BWV 992
Peasant Cantata: Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet, BWV 212

Kate Vetter

Kate Vetter Cain, soprano

Although best known for his sacred cantatas, Bach’s secular music demonstrates the same inspiration and mastery as his church music, with a gleam of wit. The Peasant Cantata is paired with Bach’s sublime Wedding Cantata for solo soprano, along with the Capriccio for solo keyboard.

Kate Vetter Cain, soprano
Mark Duer, bass
Colin St-Martin, flute
Stephen Bard, oboe
Bradley Tatum, horn
Todd Fickley, harpsichord

Join us for a free chocolate tasting compliments of  
The Chocolate House immediately following Secular Bach.



This program will run approximately 60 minutes.

In Memoriam: Dr. J. Reilly Lewis, Founder, 1944 – 2016


There are no words to express the grief and sadness we feel at the unexpected passing of our dear friend and leader Dr. J. Reilly Lewis on June 9, 2016.

Not only our founder, conductor, and Artistic Director of the Washington Bach Consort, Reilly was a beloved fixture in DC’s classical music community. An exceptional musician with a passion for baroque music, he became one of the world’s leading specialists on J.S. Bach.

His talents took his performance and conducting career across America as well as throughout Germany and Europe. Despite his travels, he called Washington, DC home for nearly all his life. For that, and for the community of musicians and music lovers he built for us here, we are all thankful.


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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.