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Washington Bach Consort Performances on Choral Showcase

For five consecutive weeks beginning April 8th, Choral Showcase will feature performances by the Washington Bach Consort from the past year, recorded at National Presbyterian Church by Bob Kraft. Each of these five concerts was conducted by one of the five candidates for the position of artistic director.

Over the past year, Classical WETA hosts spoke with each candidate about their program, their approach to Bach, and their interest in leading WBC. On this page you will find those interviews and details of each concert, including links to the WBC programs that contain the full text of each work.

The Washington Bach Consort welcomes feedback from listeners about the candidates. You’ll find a link on their homepage – please remember to mention that you heard the performance on Classical WETA!

 

Todd FickleyTodd Fickley conducts Handel’s Messiah

Broadcast: April 8, 2018 at 9pm
Recorded April 30, 2017

Music:

George Frideric Handel: Messiah

Performers:

  • Todd Fickley (conductor & artistic director candidate)
  • Suzanne Karpov (soprano)
  • Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury (alto)
  • Kyle Tomlin (tenor)
  • Steven Combs (bass)
  • Washington Bach Consort Chorus and Orchestra

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Related Classical Conversation

Prior to the Washington Bach Consort's April 2017 concert under the direction of Todd Fickley, former Classical WETA host David Ginder spoke with Fickley about his relationship with Bach, his rehearsal style, and Handel's masterpiece.

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Richard GiarussoRichard Giarusso conducts Music for the Reformation

Broadcast: April 15, 2018 at 9pm
Recorded September 17, 2017

Music:

Johann Sebastian Bach

Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069 (opening)
Cantata 79. Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild
Cantata 76. Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes (Part I)
Cantata 110. Unser Mund sei voll Lachens; Orchestral Suite #4 (conclusion)
Cantata 80. Ein feste Burg

Performers:

  • Richard Giarusso (conductor & artistic director candidate)
  • Amy Nicole Broadbent (soprano)
  • Chris Dudley (countertenor)
  • Patrick Kilbride (tenor)
  • Mark Duer (bass)
  • Washington Bach Consort Chorus and Orchestra

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Related Classical Conversation

Prior to the Washington Bach Consort's September 2017 concert under the direction of Richard Giarusso, former Classical WETA producer Deb Lamberton spoke with Giarusso about leading WBC's season-opening concert celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.

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Dana MarshDana Marsh conducts Christmas Oratorio

Broadcast: April 22, 2018 at 9pm
Recorded December 9, 2017

Music:

Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 (Parts 1, 2, 5, 6)

Performers:

  • Dana Marsh (conductor & artistic director candidate)
  • Kate Vetter Cain (soprano)
  • Kristen Dubenion-Smith (mezzo-soprano)
  • Robert Petillo (tenor)
  • Steven Combs (bass)
  • Washington Bach Consort Chorus and Orchestra

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Related Classical Conversation

Prior to the Washington Bach Consort's December 2017 concert under the direction of Dr. Dana Marsh, former Classical WETA producer Deb Lamberton spoke with Marsh about his approach to leading Washington Bach Consort in Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

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Matthew DirstMatthew Dirst conducts St. John Passion

Broadcast: April 29, 2018 at 9pm
Recorded March 18, 2018

Music:

Johann Sebastian Bach: Johannes Passion, BWV 245

Performers:

  • Matthew Dirst (conductor & artistic director candidate)
  • Robert Petillo (Evangelist)
  • Jason Widney (Christus)
  • Katelyn G. Aungst (soprano)
  • Barbara Hollinshead (mezzo-soprano)
  • Matthew Loyal Smith (tenor)
  • Steven Combs (bass)
  • Washington Bach Consort Chorus and Orchestra

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Related Classical Conversation

Prior to the Washington Bach Consort's March 2018 concert under the direction of Matthew Dirst, former Classical WETA producer Deb Lamberton spoke with Dirst about the dramatic St. John's Passion and Bach's music in general.

Listen to the conversation →

 

Gwendolyn Toth conducts B Minor Mass

Broadcast: May 6, 2018 at 9pm
To be recorded April 29, 2018

Music:

Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

Performers:

  • Gwendolyn Toth (conductor & artistic director candidate)
  • Laura Choi Stuart (soprano)
  • Rebecca Kellerman (soprano)
  • Roger O. Isaacs (countertenor)
  • Matthew Hill (tenor)
  • Mark Duer (baritone)
  • Washington Bach Consort Chorus and Orchestra