Our Twenty-First Season

Celebrating Illuminare's Tenth Anniversary!

CARMINA & Illuminare
Round the Eton Choirbook

Evanne Browne, guest conductor

Carmina and Illuminare will present music from this Latin church music collection, one of few such manuscripts to survive the English Reformation. Expressive dissonances and intricate polyphony are hallmarks of these compositions written for the Eton College chapel choir of men and boys. The passionate Stabat Mater by John Browne is a cornerstone of the program, which also features secular music including William Cornysh's charming Ah, Robin, Gentle Robin and settings of bawdier texts by John Skelton, who served as poet at the court of King Henry VII.

Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 4:30 pm
Short program
Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, Chapel
8508 Hooes Rd., Springfield VA 22153 view map
Free admission
Free parking in commuter lot

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 8 pm
Full program
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
301 A Street, SE
Washington DC 20003 view map
Street parking
Metro: Capitol South
Suggested donation: $20

Life, Spirit, and Song

Illuminare will present a broad array of works composed between the 12th and 17th centuries in a program that weaves together a magical tapestry of styles, moods, and colors. Hear music by Hildegard von Bingen, Dufay, Brumel, Guerrero, Monteverdi, and others in the superb acoustic of Little Flower's beautiful sanctuary.

Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 4 pm
Church of the Little Flower
5607 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda MD 20816 view map
Church office: 301-320-4538
Free parking
Free-will donation

CARMINA & Illuminare
The Soulful Heart of Italy

with Doug Poplin, violoncello
and Vera Kochanowsky, harpsichord

Seventeenth-century Italy was a hotbed of musical innovation, the fruits of which permeated Europe and beyond. The new Italian music, both secular and sacred, captivated hearts and minds by appealing to passions of the soul. While our focus is on Monteverdi, Mazzocchi, and Alessandro Scarlatti, we also include sacred chamber works by Heinrich Schütz, who through his years of study under Italian masters helped plant the new Italian style in Germany.

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 5 pm
The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
6201 Dunrobbin Dr., Bethesda MD 20816 view map
Church office: 301-229-3770
Free street parking
Free-will donation
Reception follows performance

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 3 pm
St. Alban's Episcopal Church
6800 Columbia Pike, Annandale VA 22003 view map
Free street parking
Suggested donation: $20

CARMINA & Illuminare
Boston Early Music Festival, Fringe Concert

Illuminare and CARMINA are excited to have yet another opportunity to present a mix of favorite music at one of the world's premier gatherings devoted to early music. In 2016 both groups performed there before a large and enthusiastic audience, and in 2014 Illuminare sang to much praise at the same location as this year's upcoming concert. Watch for details!

Saturday, June 15, 2019 at noon
Lindsey Chapel, Emmanuel Episcopal Church
15 Newbury St., Boston MA 02116 view map


Read about some of our past performances.