Our Fifteenth Season: 2012-2013
Special pre-season concert
Illuminare presents a lunchtime concert at the Church of the Epiphany in the heart of downtown Washington. Enjoy a respite from workday stress amid the glorious sounds of women’s voices in the spacious acoustic of this historic church. Hear sacred and secular music by Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Dufay, Hildegard, and others.
Tuesday, August 14 at 12:10 pm
Church of the Epiphany (Episcopal)
1317 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Carmina and Illuminare return to the music room of the elegant Kentlands Mansion for another joyous program of seasonal music. Get into the holiday spirit with rousing carols, luscious counterpoint, poignant chorales, and modern arrangements of traditional tunes. Pianist Steven Alan Honley will serenade you with holiday favorites at the intermission, during which complimentary desserts will be served. Handicapped accessible; call 24 hours in advance for specific accommodation requests.
Friday, December 14 at 8:00 pm
320 Kent Square Road
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878
Tickets: $25/$23 for Gaithersburg city residents
Info & tickets: 301-258-6394 or in person at the Arts Barn box office
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.
Saturday, 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
Illuminare joins Eya, one of Washington’s leading women’s early music ensembles, in a varied program of sacred and secular works from the Middle Ages and Renaissance featuring chants and motets dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, selections from the Finnish collection Piae cantiones, and French courtly love songs. A reception will follow the performance.
Sunday, January 13 at 5:00 pm
The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
6201 Dunrobbin Drive at MacArthur Blvd.
Bethesda, Maryland 20816
Info: (301) 229-3770
Steven Alan Honley, organ
Composers have long turned to existing music for inspiration: to honor a master, to adopt a technique, to continue a tradition. An artist may respond to a model’s message or try to outshine a beacon of excellence—or simply exploit its fame. In the rich ambiance of historic St. Mary’s, Carmina traces many paths between the old and the new, from Gregorian chant through gems by Josquin, Senfl, Tallis, Byrd, and other Renaissance masters.
Saturday, March 9 at 8:00 pm
St. Mary Mother of God Catholic Church
727 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown
Info: (202) 289-7770
Rebecca Bittner and Margaret Turner, recorders
Illuminare presents a program of diverse works, sacred and secular, featuring the music of Guillaume Dufay, Leonhard Lechner, Heinrich Schütz, Johannes Eccard, and others.
Sunday, April 7 at 3:00 pm
The Falls Church – Episcopal (main sanctuary)
115 E Fairfax Street
Falls Church, Virginia 22046
Info: (703) 241-0003
Steven Alan Honley, organ
Around the turn of the seventeenth century, Venice became an influential artistic center. Giovanni Gabrieli and Claudio Monteverdi, two musical giants active in Venice, were not only celebrated composers; they were also recognized teachers who drew students from around Europe. Heinrich Schütz studied with both masters and as a result took new, ground-breaking ideas back to his native Germany. Carmina and Illuminare explore the Venetian style at home and in translation abroad.
Saturday, May 4 at 8:00 pm
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
301 A Street, SE
Washington DC 20003
Metro: Capitol South
Suggested donation: $20/$15 students
Info: (202) 543-0053