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Carmina & Illuminare
Just for the Fun of It!
We have come out of hibernation! Join us to celebrate our return to music making with this joyous, uplifting performance in praise of spring. The program includes Janequin’s chirping and twittering Le chant des oyseaux, Banchieri’s “beastly” romp Contraponto bestiale alla mente, Hildegard’s ecstatic chant O viridissima virga, Josquin’s ravishing Descendi in ortum meum, and much more.
Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 3:00 pm
Beverley Hills Community United Methodist Church, 3512 Old Dominion Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22305 view map
Free street parking
All donations will be directed to the United Methodist Church Committee on Relief’s International Disaster Response and Recovery program. One hundred percent of all donations will provide direct assistance to those in Ukraine and to Ukrainians fleeing to neighboring countries.
Bridge closure: By May 22 the bridge across Four Mile Run at West Glebe Road will be closed. Use South Glebe Road to Mount Vernon Avenue or other alternate route.
CARMINA & Illuminare
Holiday Lobbying at the Willard
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.
Monday, December 6, 2021 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
Limited seating, abundant 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
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