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The Chamber Series

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945 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Upcoming Performances

National Presbyterian Church Series

Iconic Bach

Sunday, September, 25, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC
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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, BWV 1046
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140
Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543
Auf, schmetternde Töne der muntern Trompeten, BWV 207a

We open the season with the first and most lavishly scored of Bach’s Brandenburg concertos. Complementing this instrumental tour-de-force is one of Bach’s most famous and beloved sacred cantatas, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140. The second half opens with the majestic organ Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543, followed by one of the most festive of all secular cantatas, BWV 207a, written for the name-day of the Elector of Saxony and King of Poland.

Laura Choi Stuart, soprano
Kristen Dubenion-Smith, alto
Nicholas Fichter, tenor
Richard Giarusso, bass
Brad Tatum, horn
J. Reilly Lewis, organ


Christmas with Consort

Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC
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Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble

Washington Cornett & Sackbutt Ensemble

Celebrate the season with choral and instrumental music by some of the most renowned German composers of the 17th and 18th centuries. Featuring the Consort Chorus collaborating with our friends, the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble, this program offers a unique and festive exploration of a wide variety of seasonal music for choirs of voices and instruments.

 

Consort Chorus and Instrumentalists
Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble


St. Matthew Passion

Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC
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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Rob Petillo

Rob Petillo, Evangelist

The Consort returns to Bach’s towering masterpiece, one of the greatest pieces of sacred music ever created. Originally composed to frame a Good Friday sermon, the narrative relates the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus and features some of Bach’s most inspired and spiritual music.

Robert Petillo, Evangelist
Christòpheren Nomura, Christus

Jolle Greenleaf, soprano
Luthien Brackett, mezzo-soprano
Aaron Sheehan, tenor
John Brancy, baritone


Messiah

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

Kyle Tomlin

Kyle Tomlin, tenor

Handel’s immortal oratorio—arguably the most famous choral piece by any composer—has been a staple in this country at Christmastime but is, in essence, an Easter composition. The Consort closes its season with a rare opportunity to hear Handel’s beloved work at a time and with the forces for which it was originally envisioned.

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


Chamber Series

Eine kleine Bachmusik

A Program of Sonatas

Friday, November 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
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Colin St Martin

Colin St Martin, flute

Violin Sonata No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1016
Gamba Sonata No. 2 in D Major, BWV 1028
Flute Sonata No. 2 in E Minor, BWV 1034
Flute & Violin Sonata in G Major, BWV 1039

Our season of chamber concerts begins with an exploration of Bach’s sonatas for violin, viola da gamba and flute. This program provides the opportunity to admire the virtuosity of Bach’s instrumental writing in a uniquely intimate setting.

Colin St. Martin, flute 
Tatiana Chulochnikova, violin
John Moran, viola da gamba
J. Reilly Lewis, harpsichord


Secular Bach

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
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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
Meg Owens, oboe
Colin St. Martin, flute
Bradley Tatum, horn
Todd Fickley, harpsichord


Politically Corrette

Music of Michel Corrette

Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
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Michel Corrette (1707-1795)
Symphonie No. 1 in D Minor
Organ Concerto No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26
Le Phénix
Concerto Comique No. 25 – Les Sauvages et la Furstemberg

Anna Marsh

Anna Marsh

Little is known about the French organist and composer Michel Corrette, but he left behind a wealth of music ranging in scope from the slight to the serious. Selections of his chamber music feature the flute, bassoon and organ as solo instruments. This colorful program offers divertissements for the delight of the music-lover.

Gwyn Roberts, flute
Anna Marsh, bassoon 
J. Reilly Lewis, organ


Past Performances

Simply Magnificat

Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
National Presbyterian Church, Washington DC
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  • Dietrich Buxtehude (ca.1637-1707): Magnificat in D, BuxWV Anh. 1
  • Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758): Magnificat in G
  • Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767): Magnificat in C, TVW 9:17
  • J.S. Bach (1685-1750): Magnificat in D, BWV 243

Matthew Loyal Smith Tenor

Matthew Loyal Smith
Tenor

 One of the most ancient hymns of the church, the Magnificat or Canticle of Mary has captured the imagination of great composers since medieval times. In our final concert we present Bach’s festive setting of this text, composed during his first season in Leipzig, alongside three other superb settings by his contemporaries.

Robin Beckman, soprano
Laura Choi Stuart, soprano
Kristen Dubenion-Smith, mezzo-soprano
Matthew Loyal Smith, tenor
Richard Giarusso, bass
Steven Combs, bass

Admission includes Talking Bach a pre-concert lecture at 2 p.m. by Dr. Michael Marissen and a post-concert reception immediately following the concert.

This program will run approximately 110 minutes including intermission.


Coffee Cantata

Friday, April 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
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J.S. Bach (1685-1750):

  • Coffee Cantata, BWV 211

    Amy Nicole Broadbent
    Soprano

  • Selections from the Anna Magdalena Notebook

This delightful program brings us into a very different world from that usually associated with the mainstream Bach repertoire. Here we get a glimpse of the more personal side of the composer, music that is no less lofty or inspired but that brings us much closer to Bach the man.

Amy Nicole Broadbent, soprano
Nicholas Fichter, tenor
Richard Giarusso, bass

This program will run approximately 70 minutes without intermission.


The Little Organ Book, Part 2

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
National Presbyterian Church, Washington DC
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J. Reilly Lewis, organ

J. Reilly Lewis
Organ

Johann Sebastian Bach: Little Organ Book (Das Orgelbüchlein)

Following last season’s performance of the first half of the Orgelbüchlein, we present the second half of this remarkable collection of chorale preludes performed by Dr. Lewis. Each prelude is preceded by Bach’s arrangement of the respective chorale sung by members of the Consort chorus, a unique opportunity to appreciate these miraculous musical miniatures.

J. Reilly Lewis, organ

This program will run approximately 120 minutes including intermission.


Suite Delights

Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Washington, DC
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J.S. Bach (1685-1750):

  • Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
  • Lute Suite in G Minor, BWV 995
  • Harpsichord Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816

Richard Stone Lute

Richard Stone
Lute

From its origination in the 14th century as a collection of dances, the musical suite reached its zenith in the Baroque period. In this wonderful collage featuring music for solo lute, cello and harpsichord, discover how Bach’s colossal inventiveness created music that far surpasses established models and showcases the unique expressive capabilities of each individual instrument.

John Moran, cello
Richard Stone, lute
Reilly Lewis, harpsichord

This program will run approximately 70 minutes without intermission.


Christmas with the Consort

Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
National Presbyterian Church, Washington DC
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Consort Chorus

Todd Fickley Organist

Todd Fickley
Organist

Todd Fickley, organ

Join the Consort Chorus for a dynamic program of choral and organ music, featuring the stupendous virtuosity of Todd Fickley on the world-renowned Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at National Presbyterian Church. Experience the Consort in a diverse program of magnificent repertoire, both old and new, written for this special time of year by Bach, Willcocks, Howells, Warlock, Mathias, Halley and many more!

This program will run approximately 120 minutes including intermission.


Chips Off the Old Bach

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Washington, DC
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  • W.F. Bach (1710-1784): Concerto in D for Flute
  • J.C. Bach (1735-1782): Concerto for Harpsichord, Op. 1, No. 4 in G Major
  • J.S. Bach (1685-1750): Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, BWV 1049

Tatiana Chulochnikova Violin

Tatiana Chulochnikova
Violin

After exploring the choral music of J. S. Bach and his immediate ancestors in last season’s “All in the Family,” we turn our attention to some of the instrumental treasures produced by father and sons. This concert celebrates not only the brilliance of the works themselves but also the exceptional skills of our talented instrumental soloists.

Tatiana Chulochnikova, violin
Colin St. Martin, flute & recorder
Gwyn Roberts, recorder
Reilly Lewis, harpsichord

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This program will run approximately 70 minutes without intermission.


Mass Appeal

Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):

Sanctus in D Major, BWV 238
Mass in G Major, BWV 236
Kyrie in F Major, BWV 233a
Mass in A Major, BWV 234

Katelyn Aungst Soprano

Katelyn Aungst
Soprano

Katelyn Aungst, soprano
Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury, mezzo-soprano
Robert Petillo, tenor
Steven Combs, bass

The season begins with a program devoted to J. S. Bach’s Latin church music, composed during his time in Leipzig. Featuring two of Bach’s “short masses” and two brief independent movements also designed to enhance the Lutheran Liturgy – sublime music by a man often referred to as the “Fifth Evangelist.”

This program will run approximately 100 minutes including intermission.


Mass in B Minor

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
National Presbyterian Church
4101 Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington DC

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Bach’s monumental Mass in B Minor represents an exploration of musical and spiritual possibilities that he worked on throughout his life. The B Minor Mass transcends boundaries of faith and remains one of the world’s great artistic achievements.

Emily Noël, soprano
Laura Choi Stuart, soprano
Chris Dudley, countertenor
Matthew Loyal Smith, tenor
Steven Combs, bass
Richard Giarusso, bass


Pinnacle Achievements: Goldberg Variations & Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G Street NW, Washington DC

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The keyboard is the star of this program. J. Reilly Lewis performs the brilliantly inventive Goldberg Variations, while Associate Conductor and Keyboard Artist Todd Fickley takes charge in a performance of the 5th Brandenburg Concerto-the original prototype for all piano concertos to follow-with its famous solo harpsichord cadenza.


All in the Family: Motets of the Bach Dynasty

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

Evangelical Lutheran Church
35 East Church Street, Frederick MD

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
National Presbyterian Church
4101 Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington DC

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Imagine an evening at home with several generations of the Bach family. Drawing from the collection known as the Altbachisches Archiv, this concert will feature exquisite motets by Johann Sebastian Bach and his illustrious relatives. The program also features organ works by Bach’s teachers and colleagues, Dietrich Buxtehude, Georg Böhm, Johann Pachelbel and Johann Gottfried Walther.


Christmas For Our Time

Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

National Presbyterian Church
4101 Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington DC

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Todd Fickley, organist

This year we return to a popular format featuring the exquisite voices of the Consort Chorus as well as the brilliant keyboard artistry of organist Todd Fickley. The program includes new and familiar seasonal works of various nationalities, all of which will combine to offer a magnificent overview of some of the great musical treasures of our time. Come share the joy!

 

The Little Organ Book – Part 1

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

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


The Intimate Bach

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

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 Mozart Requiem

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Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Regina coeli, K. 276
Exsultate, jubilate, K. 165
Ave verum corpus, K. 618
Requiem, K. 626

Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
Laura Choi Stuart, soprano
Kristen Dubenion-Smith, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Fichter, tenor
Jon Bruno, bass


Revolution & Evolution: The Music of C.P.E. Bach

Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

National Presbyterian Church, Washington DC

Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach:

  • Heilig, Wq 218
  • Sinfonia in D Major, Wq 183/1
  • Anbetung dem Erbarmer, Wq 243
  • Magnificat in D Major, Wq 215

Emily Noel, soprano
Roger Isaacs, countertenor
Matthew Loyal Smith, tenor
Steven Combs, bass

 


The St. John Passion, BWV 245

Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

National Presbyterian Church, Washington DC

Johann Sebastian Bach: The St. John Passion, BWV 245

  • Rufus Muller, tenor (Evangelist)
  • Richard Giarusso, bass (Christus)
  • Laura Choi Stuart, soprano
  • Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo-soprano
  • Robert Petillo, tenor
  • Steven Combs, baritone

Ceremony & Celebration: Christmas with the Consort

Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

Benjamin Britten: A Ceremony of Carols
John La Montaine: The Nine Lessons of Christmas, Op. 44

Katelyn Aungst, soprano
Kate Vetter Cain, soprano
Yeonjung Ellie Kim, soprano
Rebecca Kellerman Petretta, soprano
Kristen Dubenion-Smith, mezzo-soprano
John Wiggins, tenor
Scott Auby, bass
Eric Sabatino, harp


The Concord of Heaven

Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
National Presbyterian Church, Washington DC

Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Evangelical Lutheran Church, Frederick MD.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Ouverture III in D Major, BWV 1068:1
Solo Cantata: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170
Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins and Strings, BWV 1043
Organ Partita in G Minor on Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig, BWV 768
Solo Cantata: Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54
Concerto in C Minor for Violin, Oboe, and Strings, BWV 1060

Jennifer Lane, mezzo-soprano
Annie Loud, violin
Claire Jolivet, violin
Geoffrey Burgess, oboe
J. Reilly Lewis, organist


Bach, Vivaldi & the Italian Influence

Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
National Presbyterian Church, Washington DC

Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for Trumpet, Oboe, and Strings in D Major, RV 563
Johann Sebastian Bach Fugue in B Minor after Corelli, BWV 579
Francesco Bartolomeo Conti Solo Motet, Languet anima mea
Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto in A Minor after Vivaldi, BWV 593:1
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi Magnificat in B-Flat Major
Tomaso Albinoni Concerto in E Minor, Op. 2, No. 2
Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata: Amore traditore, BWV 203
Antonio Vivaldi Gloria, RV 589

Elizabeth Futral, soprano
Jennifer Ellis Kampani, soprano
Robin Smith, soprano
Chris Dudley, countertenor
Jason Rylander, tenor
Mark Duer, baritone