Concerts & Lectures


CONCERT

Museum Consort

Date: Sunday, December 16
Time: 2:30 PM
Cost: Free

Consort 2017

A Musical Ornament

The last month of each year has become a time for celebration.  From earliest times Yule festivities and other celebrations surrounded the winter solstice.  The Hebrew people celebrated Chanukah (Hanukkah), The Festival of Lights, to commemorate the reclaiming of the Temple in Jerusalem from the Syrians in 165 BCE.  Early Christians chose December 25th as the date to celebrate Jesus’ birth each year.  They incorporated customs and symbols borrowed from pagan festivals: evergreens, wreaths, feasting, caroling and especially lights.  Thus they bridged the transition to the newer holiday.  Between Christmas lights and the light of the Menorah, December is bright with the light of celebration.

Music is a major aspect of all the December festivities.  The music of Chanukah is more limited, but no less important.  Each year additional Christmas music is added to that of the previous 2000 years.

The consort will present a mix of older and newer musical selections, including “Corde, Natus” by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348-413); “O Magnum Mysterium”  by Tomas Luis de Victoria (1549 -1611);  “Le Sommeil de L’enfant Jesus” Francois-Auguste Gevaert (1828-1908); and “Christo Paremus” (1987) by Eris Haas as well as the Yiddish folksong, Erev Shel Shoshanim” as arranged by Ken Kolodner.

Joining the consort will be guest musician, Sharon Moore.  While studying cell biology at the University of Bath (England), she began her avocation in early music as a performing recorderist.  Achieving certification from the Royal Schools of Music and the American Recorder Society upon her return to the United States, she also began a love affair with the hammer dulcimer. Her retirement from the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, MD has allowed more time for music performance.  Sharon will be featured on dulcimer playing ”Greensleeves” with variations, from the Division Flute (1706) and her setting of ”Noel Nouvelet/Patapan,” a traditional French folksong.

The consort members joining Sharon will be Shelly Harr, Russell Johnson & David Styer.


LECTURE

A Conversation Between Artist Jack Boul and National Gallery of Art Senior Lecturer Eric Denker

Date: Sunday, January 6, 2019
Time: 2:30 PM
FREE
Apartment Interior, oil on panel, Jack Boul, 2004, 12 ½”x16”

Apartment Interior, oil on panel, Jack Boul, 2004, 12 ½”x16”

 


CONCERT

Beau Soir Ensemble

Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM
Cost: $10 for general admission, free for WCMFA Members. Members, please RSVP.

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LECTURE

John Brown to James Brown

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Time: 1-2:30 PM
Lecture by Ed Maliskas, author of John Brown to James Brown. Panel discussion following with Lola Mosby, Leonard Cooper, Wendell Greene, and others. Book signing, coffee, and pastries to follow in the atrium. 
"John Brown to James Brown" book cover (left) by Ed Maliskas (right)

“John Brown to James Brown” book cover (left) by Ed Maliskas (right)


CONCERT

IONA

Date: Sunday, March 17, 2019 St. Patrick’s Day!
Time: 2:30 PM
Info TBA

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CONCERT

Jenny Lin

Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 2:30 PM
Info TBA

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PERFORMANCE

Happenstance Theater

Date: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: 2:30 PM
Info TBA

Great for the kids!

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CONCERT

Thomas Pandolfi

Date: Sunday, June 23, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM
Info TBA

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