Our Twenty-First Season

Celebrating Illuminare's Tenth Anniversary!

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. 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.

Wednesday, December 12, 2017 at 5:30 and 6:45 pm
Two 45-minute performances
Willard InterContinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Metro: Federal Triangle
Free admission
Limited seating

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
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
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
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
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
Free street parking
Suggested donation: $20


Read about some of our past performances.