The 2018-2019 Music Series at St David's


It is our pleasure to invite you to the 2018-2019 musical season at St. David’s, a welcoming Episcopal community in the Roland Park neighborhood of Baltimore. We are delighted to continue our annual offerings of Evensongs and Recitals, First Friday Concerts, the Baltimore Bach Marathon, and the Festival of Lessons and Carols, all free and open to the public.A suggested donation of $15 ($10 students/retirees, no obligation for children 12 and under) supports the musicians.

Click Here to see the 2018-2019 Season Brochure

Please find a detailed outline of the season listed below. Further information for each event, as well as Facebook event links, video, and audio, will be available for each event by the end of August. We look forward to sharing the music with you!

Recital and Evensong for the Feast of Hildegard von Bingen • Sunday, September 16, 2018l 4:30 pm

The season begins with a festival Evensong dedicated to Hildegard von Bingen, with an opening recital by singers of the Baroque-indie-pop band Outcalls.


The Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble • Friday, October 5, 2018, 7:30 pm

Our opening First Friday concert features the 2018-2019 Ensemble-in-Residence at St. David’s, the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble. Praised by the Washington Post for their “beautiful display of virtuosity,” this early music ensemble brings life to works of the distant past. In this concert, Giovanniana!, the ensemble celebrates the music of 17th century Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrielli and his circle.


Recital and Evensong, featuring David Witmer • Sunday, October 21, 2018, 4:30 pm

Pianist David Witmer offers a recital including Rachmaninov’s Etude-Tableaux and Witmer’s own Manifestations, followed by the choral music of Herbert Howells.


A Bernstein Centenary • Sunday, October 28, 2018, 10:00 am

We mark the hundredth year after Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a musical service featuring his boisterous Chichester Psalms and selections from Mass.


The Borisevich Duo • Friday, November 2, 2018, 7:30 pm

Nikita Borisevich (violin) and Margarita Loukachkina (piano) bring their internationally acclaimed virtuosity to St David’s in our second First Friday concert. Mark your calendars to hear brilliant performances of Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata, Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy, and a world premiere by Zach Davis.


Recital and Evensong Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the 1918 Armistice • Sunday, November 11, 2018, 4:30 pm

Michael Rickelton’s Battle Songs sets the stage for the premiere of Andrew Maxfield’s choral setting of Elanor Farjeon’s poem Peace.


The Canticle Singers • Friday, December 7, 2018 7:30 pm

An annual favorite, the Canticle Singers of Baltimore return to St David’s to usher in the holiday season with a performance of festive choral works.


A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: Centennial Celebration • Sunday, December 16, 2018, 10:00 am

An annual favorite, join us as we celebrate the 100th year of the Lessons and Carols tradition, founded by King’s College, Cambridge, and filled with beloved carols and hymns of Advent and Christmas-tide.


Recital and Evensong Honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. • Sunday, January 20, 2019, 4:30 pm

St. David's commemorates the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a recital and festival Evensong service. The annual event begins with a pre-service recital, featuring baritone Rahzé Cheatham, and including the world premiere of Cheatham's new work for soprano and chorus, Grandfather's hands. Following the recital is the Service of Evensong, a musical liturgy offering anthems, hymns, and spirituals which reflect on the ongoing struggle for justice and peace throughout the world.


Ah Young Hong, Soprano & Shirley Yoo, Piano • Friday, February 1, 2019, 7:30 pm

Hometown heroes Ah Young Hong (praised by the Baltimore Sun for her “uncanny vocalism” and the New York Times for her “expressive intensity”) and Shirely   Yoo (hailed by the Washington   Post for “extraordinary sensitivity and technical skill”) offer a program of works for voice and piano by Debussy, Berg, and Brahms.


Recital and Evensong, featuring Vivi Cantando • Sunday, February 17, 2019, 4:30 pm

This Evensong begins with the early music consort Vivi Cantando, followed by a service commemorating the Feast Day of Frederick Douglass. The service includes the East Coast premiere of Douglas Buchanan’s anthem I Will Sing of Mercy and of Justice.

Bergamot String Quartet • Friday, March 1, 2019, 7:30 pm

The Bergamot Quartet offers an exciting program of contemporary music including works by Pulitzer Prize winners Caroline Shaw and Julia Wolfe, as well as works by Jessie Montgomery, Soo Yeon Lyuh, and Bryce Dessner.


The Baltimore Bach Marathon • Sunday, March 17, 2019, 1-6 pm

Now in its 43rd year, the Baltimore Bach Marathon offers some of the area’s finest performers of the great master’s music. Mark your calendars to hear such masterworks as The Art of Fugue, the third suite for solo cello, and choral motets sung by the Choir of St. David’s


Music for Good Friday • Friday, April 19, 7:30 pm

Good Friday is commemorated with a concert including Marcel Dupré’s Crucifixion, Heinrich Schütz’s Seven Last Words of Christ, and Composer-in-Residence Joshua Bornfield’s mournful yet hope-filled Farewell.


Washington Cornett & Sackbutt Ensemble • Friday, May 3, 2019, 7:30 pm

WCSE returns to Baltimore to perform the closing concert of the First Friday series, this timed joined by the Choir of St. David’s for resplendent works for chorus and early music ensemble.


Recital and Evensong, Featuring Duo Seraphim • Sunday, May 19, 2019, 4:30 pm

Early music group Duo Seraphim, featuring music for gamba and voice, opens our last event of the season, followed by the Choir of St David’s performing Benjamin Britten’s ecstatic Hymn to St Cecilia.

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