Our Sixteenth Season: 2013-2014
During his sojourns to Italy, Heinrich Schütz absorbed the latest musical trends from Gabrieli and Monteverdi, elegantly translating them into a style that transformed sacred German music. Carmina will explore a variety of his works which reveal the beauty and power of his creative genius.
Tuesday, October 15 at 12:10 pm
Church of the Epiphany (Episcopal)
1317 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Metro: Metro Center
Saturday, November 2 at 8:00 pm
The Falls Church–Episcopal (main sanctuary)
115 E. Fairfax Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
Suggested donation: $15
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, Illuminare joins harpist Beth Mailand to perform Britten’s beloved Ceremony of Carols (1942). Britten’s inspiration was the English medieval carol, which flourished during the fifteenth century, the epoch from which most of his texts are drawn. As prelude to Britten’s work, we will begin our program with a medley of early English carols. Also on the program will be Handel’s concerto in B flat, arranged for solo harp.
Saturday, December 7 at 8:00 pm
St. Mark’s Catholic Church
9970 Vale Road
Vienna VA 22181
Carmina returns to Kentlands with a joyous holiday program featuring Spanish villancicos, medieval carols, and traditional favorites including Biebl’s Ave Maria. Pianist Steven Alan Honley will offer holiday musical fare at intermission while complimentary desserts are served. Handicapped accessible; call 24 hours in advance for specific accommodation requests.
Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 pm
320 Kent Square Road
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878
Tickets: $25/$23 for Gaithersburg city residents
Info & tickets: 301-258-6394, www.gaithersburgmd.gov/recxpress
Tickets at the door: across the street at the Arts Barn
Come celebrate the season with both ensembles in the beautifully decorated lobby of the historic Willard Hotel, where “lobbying” got its name. Hear traditional and lesser-known early works and sing along with us on our encore: Franz Gruber’s original version of Stille Nacht. Seating is limited and will be available only on a first-come, first-served basis. There is ample standing room. Two 45-minute performances.
Monday, December 15 at 5:30 pm and 6:45 pm
Willard InterContinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Metro: Federal Triangle
Info: (703) 532-9356
Two 45-minute performances
Illuminare joins the Countertop Ensemble in a program highlighting early musical expressions of praise from throughout Europe: Italian laude, Cantigas de Santa Maria, medieval conductus, Renaissance motets, and much more. A reception will follow the concert.
Sunday, January 12 at 5:00 pm
The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
6201 Dunrobbin Drive at MacArthur Blvd.
Bethesda, Maryland 20816
Info: (301) 229-3770
Guest conductor: Joan Catoni Conlon
Risa Browder and June Huang, violins
Nancy Jo Snider, violoncello
We welcome guest conductor Joan Catoni Conlon, author of the book Performing Monteverdi: A Conductor’s Guide, for this exciting program. Monteverdi’s compositions reshaped notions of the “beautiful” as he strove to express the full span of human passions—from tenderness and delight to the extremes of anger, sorrow, joy, and love.
Saturday, March 15 at 8:00 pm
St. Mary Mother of God Catholic Church
727 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown
Suggested donation: $20 / $15 seniors & students
Info: (202) 289-7770
Join us for a festive afternoon and help support our ensembles! Take part in our silent auction while enjoying musical and edible delicacies galore.
Sunday, April 27 at 4:00 pm
Church of the Annunciation
3810 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016
Vera Kochanowsky, harpsichord
Illuminare celebrates spring with songs of the joys and hardships of young love. Works by DuFay, Landini, Ciconia, Cornish, and more. A reception will follow the program.
Sunday, May 4 at 4:00 pm
Rustic Way Chamber Music Series
3424 Rustic Way Lane
Falls Church, VA 22044
Suggested donation: $15 / $5 students & seniors
Reservations: (703) 354-7305, firstname.lastname@example.org
A portion of the funds raised will benefit the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund.
For about a hundred years beginning in the mid-15th century, composers from the Low Countries and northern France held a disproportionate share of musical power throughout Europe. Carmina will explore sumptuous music by DuFay, Josquin, Clemens, Maillard, and others.
Date and venue TBA