Our 2022-23 Performances

We will follow the covid policy of each venue.
Watch for details as each date approaches.

Carmina & Illuminare
Reflections of Spring

Thursday, April 20, 2023 at 2:15 pm

“Meet the Artist” Series
Reston Community Center
2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA 20191 view map
Free parking · Free admission
Sponsored by OLLI-GMU*

Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 4:00 pm

Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church
6201 Washington Boulevard, Arlington VA 22205 view map
Street parking · Metro: East Falls Church
Free-will charity donation for PathForward*

This fragrant garland of music gathers favorite blooms from concerts of recent years: heartwarming springtime pieces, meditations by Byrd and Brumel, music for treble voices from members of Illuminare, and touching, historically aware choruses by Brahms and Rheinberger.

*Thursday’s appearance is sponsored by The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at George Mason University. Donations made Saturday will support PathForward, an Arlington charity that provides shelter and other services for homeless citizens.

Carmina & Illuminare
A “Grande” Finale!

with guest instrumentalists

Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 4:00 pm

Odeon Chamber Music Series
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church
3241 Brush Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042 view map
Free parking · Suggested donation: $20

We will celebrate Vera’s inspired leadership by revisiting some of our favorite music from the past 25 years, including Monteverdi’s joyous Beatus vir, the cantata Befiehl dem Engel by Buxtehude, Janequin’s avian extravaganza Le chant des oyseaulx, choral Lieder by Brahms, and much more.


Carmina & Illuminare
Holiday Lobbying at the Willard

NEW DATE: Thursday, December 29, 2022 at 5:30 and 6:45 pm
(Two 45-minute performances)
Willard InterContinental Washington Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004 view map
Metro: Federal Triangle
Free admission · Limited seating, abundant standing room

Ring in the season with both ensembles in the beautifully decorated lobby of the historic Willard Hotel, where “lobbying” got its name. Enjoy beloved traditional and early fare, including English medieval carols, Praetorius’ Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen, Daniel Read’s rousing Sherburne, and much more. Each year we invite our audience to sing along with us for our encore, Franz Gruber’s own setting of his beloved hymn Stille Nacht (Silent Night).

Don’t miss this joyful annual event! Seating is first come, first served; there is ample standing room.

Postponed — tentative date: Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020
CARMINA & Illuminare
The Youthful J.S. Bach and His Forebears
featuring Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106
(Odeon Concert Series)

with The Friends of Fasch:
Thomas MacCracken, organ and director
Adéla Gardavská-Balima and Sarah Weiner, recorder
Amy Domingues and Chelsea Bernstein, viola da gamba
Doug Poplin, violoncello

Our spring program features one of J.S. Bach’s earliest masterpieces, the funeral cantata Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, written during his brief tenure in Mühlhausen (1707-1708). The twenty-two-year-old Bach gave the work a uniquely “antique” flavor by scoring it for two recorders and two viole da gamba—relatively old-fashioned instruments for the time—along with solo voices, chorus, and continuo. The cantata’s Biblical texts offer comfort and promise amid reminders of human mortality.

We further explore Bach’s roots with works by some of his predecessors, including motets by two of Bach’s relatives, Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703) and Johann Michael Bach (1648-1694), as well as works by Buxtehude, Schütz, and Vierdanck.

We are delighted to be working with the period instrumental ensemble The Friends of Fasch for this performance!

Sunday, April 26, 2020, 4 pm
Saint Patrick’s Episcopal Church
3241 Brush Drive, Falls Church VA 22042view map
Free parking
Donation: $20


Carmina & Illuminare at the Willard Hotel, Washington, December 6, 2021. Photo by B. Barry

Carmina & Illuminare at the Willard Hotel, Washington, December 6, 2021
Photo by B. Barry

Read about some of our past performances.