Yesterday on my way home from Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity, I noticed a little sign as we passed the Church of the Epiphany with information about the Washington Bach Consort's Noontime Cantata series at the church.
It brought back memories.
Back in the late 1970's, soon after conductor, J. Reilly Lewis, founded the group, I wound up playing second flute with my friend, Penny Fischer, playing principal. It was wonderful.
J. Reilly Lewis gets Bach. And he knows how to communicate with his musicians so that we, in turn, really got Bach. Like the entire orchestra, I learned an amazing amount from this man, and also from playing with Penny, who was very generous with her knowledge of Baroque ornamentation.
I think the Washington Bach Consort may be the best chamber group I ever played and performed with.
Since it's beginnings, the Washington Bach Consort has become a superb Baroque ensemble. They have appeared at many festivals, and they have made three European tours. Here are samples of some of their CDs that you can listen to.
Upcoming events include two concerts, one this Tuesday, November 2nd with organ soloist Victoria Shields, and another December 7th with organist Jeremy Filsell. Both are at 12:10 pm, Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G Street NW - a block and a half from Metro Center.
Their next subscription concert is A Baroque Christmas on Sunday, December 19, 2010 at the National Presbyterian Church, at 4010 Nebraska Avenue NW. They will play music of the Baroque period not only from Europe, but also period composers from Mexico and Latin America. I mean, who knew there were Baroque composers from this part of the world?
For the Noontime Cantata series, admission is free. Ticket information for the Subscription Concerts is on their web site.