• Fall 2020 Season Cancelled Due to Virus

Safe, but (Alas!) Silent

September 2020

Dear Friends of Carmina and Illuminare,

Like most performing groups worldwide, we were forced to suspend our season abruptly in early March due to the pandemic. Since then, I have learned that group singing is one of the most dangerous activities in terms of virus spread, for singers and audience alike.

With no clear idea of when it will be safe to perform again, our Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the entire 2020-2021 season. We hope to resume our programs in 2021-2022, or whenever it is safe to do so.

Until the time comes when we can sing and enjoy music together once more, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your past support (since 1998!).

With best wishes,

Vera Kochanowsky

Director of Carmina & Illuminare

Meanwhile, we invite you to (re)acquaint yourselves with us through this website. Donations toward future performances are gratefully accepted via the Donate button above or by mail. Please make your check out to Carmina, Inc. and mail it to 3105 Valley Lane, Falls Church, VA 22044.

We wish you health and comfort through these trying times.

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About Carmina and Illuminare

Carmina and Illuminare are sibling early-music vocal ensembles who regularly perform together, directed by founder Vera Kochanowsky and assisted by Hubert Beckwith. Debuting in 1998, Carmina sang for 20 years as a mixed ensemble. Growing interest led to the creation in 2006 of the women's group Illuminare, which shared members and programs with Carmina while also performing on its own. In 2018, Carmina became a men's ensemble to further enhance the two groups’ sonic flexibility.

Carmina, committed to performing early vocal music in the Washington area, has been praised by both The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post and was also featured in the Washingtonian magazine articles “Perfect Pitch” and “Good Arts Groups You Might Not Know About.”

Illuminare has established a reputation in the Washington area for tastefully persuasive interpretations of early repertoire. Early Music America lauded its 2015 Fringe Concert at the Boston Early Music Festival.

Carmina and Illuminare are honored to have received the Choralis Foundation’s 2016 Ovation Award in the category of Best Chamber Chorus in the capital region. In 2017 the groups were Ovation nominees for Most Creative Programming.

To learn more about us, please visit About Carmina and About Illuminare. Be sure to see our concert schedule at Upcoming Performances. Many of our programs are free or by donation. We hope to see you at a concert in the near future!

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