In Memoriam: J. Reilly Lewis

We regret the loss on June 9 of J. Reilly Lewis, longtime director of the Cathedral Choral Society, founder-director of the Washington Bach Consort, church musician, organist, and more. He was a dynamic force in the choral life of Washington DC.

We will miss him!

J. Reilly Lewis

Source: Cathedral Choral Society

Carmina & Illuminare Win “Ovation” Award

Ovation Award 2016 Hube and Vera at the banquet

Illuminare and Carmina are proud to receive the Choralis Foundation’s Greater Washington, D.C. Area Choral Excellence Award for 2016 as Best Chamber Chorus. The award was presented June 1 at Choralis's seventh annual Ovation Awards banquet, along with recognition this year for groups with Most Creative Programming and Outstanding Community Service as well as the annual "lifetime achievement" individual award for Outstanding Contributions to Choral Music. Ovation awards reflect the judgment of choral directors throughout the capital region. Carmina was honored with a nomination in 2013 for Early Music. Both groups are deeply grateful for this gesture of esteem from the choral community.

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  • Special Early-Music Event

Don't miss the opportunity to hear nine of the area's finest Baroque ensembles in two weekends of chamber music! Washington's second Baroque Bonanza takes place Fridays-Sundays, June 17-19 and June 24-26, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill. Participants will include our director, Vera Kochanowsky, in a program of harpsichord duets with longtime collaborator Thomas MacCracken. Click here or on the image for more information.

About Carmina and Illuminare

Carmina, directed by founder Vera Kochanowsky and assistant director Hubert Beckwith, has been performing early vocal music in the Washington DC area regularly since 1998. Carmina has been praised by both The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post and was also featured in the Washingtonian magazine articles “Perfect Pitch” and “Good Arts Groups You Might Not Know About.”

The women’s vocal ensemble Illuminare, Carmina’s sister organization formed in 2006, is directed by Vera Kochanowsky. Illuminare has established a reputation in the Washington area for tastefully persuasive interpretations of early repetoire.

To learn more about our ensembles, please visit About Carmina and About Illuminare, and see our concert schedule at Upcoming Performances. Many of our programs are free or by donation. We hope to see you at a concert in the near future!

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