THE WASHINGTON POST: In J. Reilly Lewis’s footsteps

November, 17 2017

Lewis was a powerful presence in his musicians’ lives — these organizations had to embark on the search for a new music director to replace someone that no one had felt it was time to replace. Read more »

PATRICK D. MCCOY: Washington Bach Consort announces music director candidates in “Audition Series”

April, 14 2017

A New Era: After the death of Washington Bach Consort founder J. Reilly Lewis, the esteemed organization founded by Lewis in 1977, the venerable organization forges ahead to announce several candidates to carry out his legacy. Read more »

DC COLLABORATIVE STORY BANK: “Singing in German is cool!”

October 6, 2016

Before the concert, professional musicians and educators Barbara Hollinshead and John Moran from the Bach Consort visited DC Bilingual Public Charter School and discussed the upcoming Noontime Cantata concert to assist in preparing and exciting the students. Read more »

WETA: J. Reilly Lewis: A Tribute

September, 2016

A dear friend of music and of all of us, J. Reilly Lewis, passed away unexpectedly on June 9th. We celebrate Reilly’s life on Choral Showcase on September 18th with performances by the ensemble he founded—The Washington Bach Consort. 
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THE WASHINGTON POST: From players, pipes and pedals, a celestial song

July 29, 2016

There’s nothing like the swell of a powerful pipe organ in the right room. You can feel the lowest pedal notes in your stomach, or the lambent whisper of the tiniest pipes, with their delicate, shimmering sound. Read more »

THE GEORGETOWNER: Baroque and Choral Music Specialist J. Reilly Lewis Has Died

June 13, 2016

J. Reilly Lewis, 71, who sang in the Junior Boys Choir at Washington National Cathedral and went on to found Washington Bach Consort and serve as music director of the Cathedral Choral Society, died of cardiac arrest at his Arlington, Virginia, home June 9. Read more »

INSIDE NOVA: J. Reilly Lewis, fixture on local classical-music scene, dies at 71

June 13, 2016

J. Reilly Lewis, who served as organist and concertmaster at Clarendon United Methodist Church for more than 40 years and was a leading figure in the classical-music scene across the Washington region, died June 9 at his home in Arlington. He was 71. Read more »

THE WASHINGTON POST: J. Reilly Lewis, organist, choral director and Bach authority, dies at 71

June 11, 2016

J. Reilly Lewis, an organist and conductor who founded the Washington Bach Consort and spent three decades as the music director of the Cathedral Choral Society, becoming one of the most prominent figures in Washington’s classical music circles, died June 9 at his home in Arlington, Va. He was 71. Read more »

THE WASHINGTON POST: RIP: J. Reilly Lewis, 1944-2016

June 10, 2016

Like many in the Washington music community, I am left shaken and deeply saddened at the news that J. Reilly Lewis died suddenly on Thursday night of a massive heart attack. Read more »

IONARTS: J. Reilly Lewis (1944-2016)

June 10, 2016

J. Reilly Lewis, the indomitable organist and conductor, died suddenly last night at the age of 72. The cause was a massive heart attack, while he was at home with his wife, Beth.  Read more »

THE WASHINGTON POST: Surprise bequest to D.C. music group is a money-Bach guarantee

December 23, 2015

Cecil “Cy” Richardson and his wife, Pearl, attended performances of the Washington Bach Consort for about 15 years. They were a frugal couple, preferring the lower-priced, obstructed-view seats in the Bach Consort’s home performance space, National Presbyterian Church on Nebraska Avenue NW.  Read more »

DC COLLABORATIVE STORY BANK: More Than 2,100 Students Go ‘Bach to School’ This Year

June 10, 2015

This year, the DC Collaborative sent nearly 2,100 students to the Washington Bach Consort’s education programs – ‘Bach to School’ – through the Arts for Every Student (AFES) program. Read more »

GERMANY INFO: Ambassador Wittig Hosts Concert by Washington Bach Consort

April 21, 2015

Ambassador Peter Wittig welcomed Dr. Lewis, the Consort and honored guests by highlighting the international profile the ensemble has developed under its founding director. Read more »



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