Noontime Cantatas

Now celebrating its 27th Season and on its second cycle of Bach’s 215 cantatas, the free Noontime Cantata Series is a beloved Washington, DC tradition. Described by Washingtonian as a “hidden gem,” each fifty-minute concert includes one of Bach’s Cantatas and a solo performance on the recently restored Æolian-Skinner organ in a beautiful setting of the historic Church of the Epiphany. Each performance features full chorus and orchestra, soloists and an informal yet informed introduction by J. Reilly Lewis.

The Noontime Cantata Series is supported by gifts from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

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Upcoming Performances

October Noontime Cantata

Free and open to the public

October 4, 2016 at 12:10 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW, Washington DC
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Cantata: Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält, BWV 178
Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 546
J. Reilly Lewis, organ


November Noontime Cantata

Free and open to the public

November 1, 2016 at 12:10 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW, Washington DC
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Cantata: Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, BWV 69
Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543
Julie Vidrick Evans, organ


December Noontime Cantata

Free and open to the public

December 6, 2016 at 12:10 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW, Washington DC
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Cantata: Süßer Trost, mein Jesus Kömmt, BWV 151
Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564
Janet Yieh, organ


March Noontime Cantata

Free and open to the public

March 7, 2017 at 12:10 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW, Washington DC
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Cantata: Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn, BWV 92
Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542
Benjamin Straley, organ


April Noontime Cantata

Free and open to the public

April 4, 2017 at 12:10 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW, Washington DC
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Cantata: Wahrlich, wahrlich, ich sage euch, BWV 86

Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 547
Paul Skevington, organ


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
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Cantata: Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV 10
Praeludium (Toccata) in E Major, BWV 566
Todd Fickley, organ


Past Performances

May Noontime Cantata

Free and open to the public

May 3, 2016 at 12:10 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW, Washington DC
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Cantata: Bringet dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens, BWV 148
Toccata and Fugue in F Major, BWV 540
Todd Fickley, organ


April Noontime Cantata

Free and open to the public

April 5, 2016 at 12:10 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW, Washington DC
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Cantata: Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats, BWV 42
Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major, BWV 552
Victoria Shields, organ


March Noontime Cantata

Free and open to the public

March 1, 2016 at 12:10 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW, Washington DC
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Cantata: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 1
Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 547
Jeremy Filsell, organ


December Noontime Cantata

Free and open to the public

December 1, 2015 at 12:10 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW, Washington DC
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Cantata: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 190
Passacaglia in C Minor, BWV 582
Chuyoung Suter, organ


November Noontime Cantata

Free and open to the public

November 3, 2015 at 12:10 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW, Washington DC
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Cantata: O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 60
Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541
Joy-Leilani Garbutt, organ


October Noontime Cantata

Free and open to the public

October 6, 2015 at 12:10 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW, Washington DC
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Cantata: Christus, der ist mein Leben, BWV 95
Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 548
J. Reilly Lewis, organ


May Noontime Cantata

Free and open to the public

May 5, 2015 at 12:10 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW, Washington DC
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Cantata: Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! BWV 70
Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543
Todd Fickley, organ


April Noontime Cantata

Free and open to the public

April 7, 2015 at 12:10 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW, Washington DC
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Cantata: Siehe zu, daß deine Gottesfurcht, BWV 179
Fantasia in G Major, BWV 572
William Neil, organ


March Noontime Cantata

Free and open to the public

March 3, 2015 at 12:10 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW, Washington DC
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Cantata: Herr Jesu Christ, wahr’ Mensch, BWV 127
Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532
Julie Huang, organ


December Noontime Cantata

Free and open to the public

December 2, 2014 at 12:10 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW, Washington DC
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Cantata: Sehet, welch eine Liebe, BWV 64
Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 548
Gi Young Kim, organ


November Noontime Cantata

Free and open to the public

November 4, 2014 at 12:10 p.m.

Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW, Washington DC
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Cantata: Ihr Tore zu Zion, BWV 193
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564
Julie Vidrick Evans, organ


October Noontime Cantata

Free and open to the public

October 7, 2014 at 12:10 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW, Washington DC
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Cantata: Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz, BWV 138
Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541
J. Reilly Lewis, organ


May 6, 2014

Free noontime cantata

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:10 p.m.
Cantata: Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ, BWV 67
Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582
Organ Soloist: Todd Fickley

Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street NW
Washington, DC

 All programs are subject to change without notice.


April 1, 2014 Noontime Cantata

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 12:10 p.m.
Cantata: Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin, BWV 144
Prelude and Fugue in E-Flat Major (“St. Anne”), BWV 552
Organ Soloist: Neil Weston


March 4, 2014 Noontime Cantata

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 12:10 p.m.

Cantata: Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir, BWV 73
Toccata in F-sharp Minor (transcribed for organ), BWV 910
Organ Soloist: Jeremy Filsell

Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street, Washington DC


December 3, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 12:10 p.m.
Cantata: Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36
Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532
Organ Soloist: J. Reilly Lewis


November 5, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 12:10 p.m.
Cantata: Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest, BWV 194
Concerto in D Minor after Vivaldi, BWV 596
Organ Soloist: Eric Plutz


October 1, 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013  12:10 p.m.
Cantata: Ärgre dich, o Seele, nicht, BWV 186
Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542
Organ Soloist: Grace Kim