Music at St. Bartholomew's Event Series

St. Bartholomew's is a parish committed to offering inspired quality music, Vivaldi Concert, Dec. 2011and extends a warm invitation to this series of special music events. Great music brings us in touch with the transcendent. Our goal is to offer numerous opportunities for our community to hear such music performed live.

These events depend on the generosity of music lovers.  Please click here to make a contribution.

 

Upcoming events

Within a few short years, Haydn’s The Creation was performed throughout Europe, making Haydn an international sensation and allowing him to live comfortably in his late years. The St. Bartholomew Choir and friends, joined by guest soloists and chamber orchestra, will present major portions of this landmark work, which brilliantly displays the genius and wit for which Haydn is notorious. 
Seating space is limited. Early arrival is encouraged.
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Recent events


Since 2008, St. Bartholomew's organist and choirmaster Ted Davis has presented an annual series of concerts celebrating predominately the keyboard music of J.S. Bach.   This year's series will feature some of the composers true milestone works, particularly the "French" Suites performed on a Franco-Flemish double harpsichord. (View printable flyer) (View on Facebook)

Informal lecture fifteen minutes prior to each concert (Wine & seltzer served). 

Concerts are free of charge. Donations are gratefully accepted and will help support music events at St. Bartholomew’s and the parish outreach fund.

 Sunday, April 22, 6:30 p.m. 

  • Organ:  Prelude & Fugue in A (BWV 536)
  • Harpsichord: “French” Suite No. 2 in C minor (BWV 813) Harpsichord: “French” Suite No. 4 in E-flat (BWV 815)
  • Organ:  Prelude & Fugue in G (BWV 541)

Wednesday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. 

  • Organ:  “Jig” Fugue in G (BWV 577)
  • Harpsichord: “French” Suites No. 3 in B minor (BWV 814) and No. 6 in E (BWV 817)
  • Organ:  Toccata & Fugue in D minor (BWV 565)

Sunday, April 29, 6:30 p.m. 

  • Organ:  Fantasia in G minor (BWV 542.1)
  • Harpsichord: “French” Suites No. 1 in D minor (BWV 812) and No. 5 in G (BWV 816)
  • Organ:  Fugue in G minor (BWV 542.2)

 

Choral Evensong and Organ Concert

Sunday, February 25, 4:30 p.m. 

The service of choral evensong has a history of nearly 500 years, and is one of the great and beloved liturgies of the Anglican tradition. There is no sermon. A traditional pattern of prayers, hymns, and choral music creates a moving and captivating experience of meditation and reflection. In England, Choral Evensong services are broadcast on radio from many of the great cathedrals and university chapels, often attracting tourists and, increasingly, young people. 

Organist/choirmaster Ted Davis led the St. Bartholomew Choir in the service, which will feature Evening canticles by English composer Herbert Merrill, evening prayers and responses by Ted Davis, and the motet “Remember not, Lord, our offenses” by Henry Purcell.
 
Following the service (at approximately 5:15 p.m.), a concert was presented by organist Tedde Gibson, organist at Highland Park Baptist Church of Landover, MD, and teacher at Highland Park Christian Academy. 
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For over a decade now, the St. Bartholomew Choir and friends has presented Choral Evensong twice annually.  Over the years, this practice has allowed us at St. Bartholomew's to explore more and more of this Anglican treasure's rich legacy.  An overview of the music sung at these services can be found here.
 

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Hear excerpts from a past Choral Evensong:
from Charles Stanford's Canticles in B-flat:   "Magnificat" (Song of Mary),   "Nunc dimittis" (Song of Simeon)
 
 

Vivaldi x2

Sunday, December 3, 5:00 p.m.

The St. Bartholomew Choir and friends perform music of Antonio Vivaldi with period instruments and soloists. 


Vivaldi was a star composer in his day and, even now, shines as one of the all-time greats. This concert featured two settings of "Gloria in excelsis", one of which prevails today as a perennial favorite, the other might well have been a modern premiere in West Baltimore! It's Vivaldi and the "Gloria", times two!

 

 

Fauré Requiem

and other works

Sunday, October 30, 5:00 p.m. 

St. Bartholomew Choir and friends with chamber orchestra

The annual St. Bartholomew Choir's fall concert, in its brief run of six years, has quickly become a community favorite.  

Featured in this year’s program is Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, a perennial favorite of the choral repertoire since its Paris debut in 1888. Also performed will be Fauré's Cantique de Jean Racine and a work by St. Bartholomew's own Ted Davis entitled Holy City.

 

Beethoven's Mass in C

Sunday, June 12, 2016, 7:30 p.m.LvB_MassInC

St. Bartholomew Choir and Friends presents a milestone work for its 10th anniversary concert.  We've been presenting concerts of great choral masterworks in Baltimore's Ten Hills community for ten years! Join us for a performance of Beethoven's youthful masterpiece, the Mass in C

The St. Bartholomew Choir and friends, with soloists from Peabody Conservatory and chamber orchestra.

 

 

 

Sunday, November 22, 5:00 p.m.Vespers montage

Fall Choral Concert: Monteverdi Vespers

The St. Bartholomew Choir and friends performed music from Monteverdi's Vespers with period instruments, including the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble, and soloists from the Peabody Conservatory. 
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Sunday, November 1, 2015

5:00 p.m.

Violino senza basso

Baroque violinist Risa Browder,Risa Browder, violin whose violin playing has been called “flavorful and expressive” , shared a wonderful concert ofvirtuosic solo violin music of the 18th century by the incomparable Johan Sebastian Bach, juxtaposing his music with the more modest, but charming solos by Bach's friend and colleague, Georg Philipp Telemann. A marvelous listening experience for which the church's beautiful acoustics were near perfect. View this event on Facebook.

 

 

 

Psalms from Chichester to Salzburg

Sunday, June 14, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

St. Bartholomew Choir and friends with chamber orchestraPsalms_photos

Leonard Bernstein:  Chichester Psalms

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  Solemn Vespers

The annual St. Bartholomew Choir's spring concert, in its tenth year, has become a community favorite.  This program features festive music settings of the Psalms by two legendary composers from two vastly different eras, proving the enduring relevance of these ancient texts. 

 Seating is limited, early arrival is encouraged.

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Ode for St. Cecilia's Day 

by Henry Purcell

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

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English composer Henry Purcell's "Ode"  honors the patron saint of music and musicians, and is a work that revels in the virtues and joys of music itself!  Presented by the St. Bartholomew Choir and friends joined by a chamber orchestra of period instruments and soloists from the Peabody Conservatory.  A delightful experience for all involved, and a unique and lively offering to the community.  

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Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014WandTDavis

A baroque evening with the "Davis brothers"

Wade Davis, baroque cello; Theodore S. (Ted) Davis, harpsichord
A program showcasing the remarkable elegance, expressivity, and passion of three composers of the Baroque era, Francois Couperin, Jean-Baptiste Barriere, and Antonio Vivaldi.

 

 
 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Festive Bach

Cantatas for sacred festivals

Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben 
     ("Heart and voice and deed and life", Cantata 147)
Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten! 
     (“Sound out, you songs, ring out you strings”, Cantata 172)Bach2014_chor_solo

Now for the ninth year, Music at St. Bartholomew's has been presenting bi-annual choral events with chamber orchestra, and this is may be the most festive yet. Joined by singers from the community, the St. Bartholomew Choir will perform two festive cantatas by J.S. Bach. Also joining in the performance will be guest “rising star” soloists from the Peabody Conservatory.  View as PDF. View on Facebook.

No admission will be charged for the concert. Events like this depend on the generosity of supporters from the parish and community.

 

Handel’s Messiah

Part I and “Hallelujah” Chorus 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Joined by singers from the community, the St. Bartholomew Choir will performed the first part Handel's monumental oratorio Messiah. Also joining in the performance were “rising star” soloists from the Peabody Conservatory.

Handel's Messiah needs little introduction.  It has been a staple of the choral repertoire since the 1750’s, when annual charity performances at London's Foundling Hospital were led by Handel himself.  

Events like this depend on the generosity of supporters from the parish and community.

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Haydn's "Theresa" Mass 

Sunday, June 9, 2013Haydn, St. Bs Choir, and soloists

Now completing its eighth year, Music at St. Bartholomew's has been presenting bi-annual choral events with chamber orchestra, and this is may be the most festive yet. Joined by singers from the community, the St. Bartholomew Choir will perform Haydn's monumental “Theresa” Mass. Also joining in the performance will be guest “rising star” soloists from the Peabody Conservatory. Altogether, there will be almost 40 performers, singers and instrumentalists.

 The “Theresa” Mass of one of six from late in Haydn’s career.  These masses, hailed as some of his greatest work, were written for the annual commemoration of the Virgin Mary’s feast day in honor of Empress Maria.   While composed for an historic royal celebration, this music has a festive spirit that powerfully transcends the centuries.

 

 

Brahms Requiem 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

 

Johannes Brahms, naturescape

In its eighth year, Music at St. Bartholomew's has been presenting bi-annual choral events with chamber orchestra, and this is arguably the most ambitious yet. Joined by singers from the community, the St. Bartholomew Choir performed Brahms' monumental Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem). Also joining in the performance will be guest soloists Janice Chandler-Eteme, soprano, and Robert Cantrell, bass.

Johannes Brahms composed this work between 1865 and 1868. The death of his mother in early 1865 is widely believed to have been the primary inspiration. Throughout the more than 150 years since, Brahms' German Requiem has maintained a prominent place among major choral works.

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