Our Twentieth Season

All performances feature Carmina and Illuminare

CarminaFest!

Carmina and Illuminare will kick off this special season with our popular gala, CarminaFest, complete with delicious food and drink, silent auction, and choral gems from our warmly received performance at the Boston Early Music Festival last June—including La Bomba, a wildly entertaining everything-in-one musical “salad” (ensalada) by Mateo Flecha. Join the party and help Illuminare and Carmina celebrate Carmina’s 20th season!

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 3:00 pm
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
6800 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
Free parking
Tickets: $25 in advance or at the door (cash or check only)

Holiday Lobbying at the Willard

Celebrate the season with both ensembles in the beautifully decorated lobby of the historic Willard Hotel, where “lobbying” got its name. Hear seasonal music both joyous and tender, and sing along with us in Franz Gruber’s own setting of his beloved hymn Stille Nacht (Silent Night). Seating is first come, first served. There is ample standing room in the lobby.

Two 45-minute performances.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 5:30 and 6:45 pm
Willard InterContinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
Metro: Federal Triangle
Free admission
Limited seating

Meditative Magnificence:
Music of the English Renaissance

with Ensemble Gaudior

For this remarkable Lenten program, we will be joined by Ensemble Gaudior’s consort of viols as we explore the glorious music of the English Renaissance. Hear the stunning Lamentations of Robert White and William Byrd’s lovely verse anthem Christ Rising, along with works by Dowland, Sheppard, Tomkins, and Weelkes.

Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 5:00 pm
The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
6201 Dunrobbin Drive
Bethesda, MD 20816
Church office: 301-229-3770
Free street parking
Free-will donation

Italy at the Crossroads:
Gabrieli and Monteverdi

with the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble

Savor Venetian brilliance as we join with the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble in recreating the spectacular sounds of the high Renaissance, featuring Giovanni Gabrieli’s Jubilate Deo and other works. And experience the newer, passionately expressive style of his successor Claudio Monteverdi in the masterful Sestina: Lagrime d’Amante al Sepolcro dell’Amata.

Don’t miss this fabulous conclusion to our 20th anniversary season!

Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
6800 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
Free parking
Free-will donation

 

Read about some of our past performances.