Performing Arts: Closing Time

The Folger Consort chose the music of Vienna to close out their season. 


Consort co-founders and artistic directors Robert Einstein and will be joined by guest musicians for the final concerts of the season. (Photo courtesy of Folger Consort)

For the season finale, The Folger Consort, the early music ensemble-in-residence at Folger Shakespeare Library, closes out with Vienna: Music for Maximilian April 12-14, 2013.  Comprising the program are  songs, instrumental pieces, and sacred music from the Renaissance court of Maximilian I, the Holy Roman Emperor who is credited for assembling the largest musical establishment in Europe between 1493 and 1519.

Joining Folger Consort artistic co-directors and Christopher Kendall  will be baritone , tenors , and countertenor . Complimenting co-directors Eisenstein’s viol and Kendall’s lute will be guest instrumentalists  (dulcian, recorder, harp), (viol), and (dulcian, trombone, recorder).

Baritone Peter Becker has performed throughout the US, Europe, Asia, and South America in repertoire ranging from medieval to contemporary, including performances with the New York Shakespeare Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, and the 21st Century Consort. Guest appearances include those with Tafelmusik, Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Newberry Consort, Folger Consort, Artek, and he has performed at a number of festivals including Spoleto (Italy and USA), Caramoor, Ravinia, Hong Kong, and Saratoga. As a member of the male vocal quintet Hudson Shad, he has performed with such distinguished conductors as Kurt Masur (New York Philharmonic), Zubin Mehta (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Michael Tilson Thomas (San Francisco Symphony), and Bruno Bartoletti (Orchestra Regionale Toscana). Contemporary music credits include Peter Maxwell Davies’ “Eight Songs for a Mad King,” Stravinsky’s “Renard,” Oliver Knussen’s “Where the Wild Things Are,” and Kurt Weill’s “Seven Deadly Sins.”

Tenor Mark Bleeke recently sang a program of “Charpentier with L’Harmonie des Saisons” in Montreal, Handel’s “Messiah” with the Apollo Chorus in Chicago, and Robert Beaser’s Songs from “The Occasions” at the Bowdoin Festival. As a member of Hudson Shad, Mr. Bleeke has sung Kurt Weill’s “Seven Deadly Sins” with many renowned orchestras and conductors, including The Chicago Symphony (James Conlon), The Los Angeles Philharmonic (Zubin Mehta), and The Philadelphia Orchestra. This season, along with Hudson Shad, he performed music of the Comedian Harmonists in Philadelphia and “The Seven Deadly Sins” along with Ute Lemper. In the fall, Mr. Bleeke and the ensemble will be travelling to Hamburg, Germany for a series of performances. Among his recordings are Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Musical Heritage Society; Bach’s St. John Passion, Pro Gloria Musicae; Folger Consort’s  Carmina Burana and Other Spirited Songs of the German Middle Ages; and two recordings of the title role in Handel’s Acis and Galatea with Les Boreades, and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra.

On Friday, April 12 at 7pm, artistic co-director Robert Eisenstein and national radio personality  will lead a lively pre-concert discussion in the theater at the Folger. Admission is free with a ticket for the evening performance.

For Tickets ($37) and information call 202-544-7077 or visit



Recently named among the Forty Under 40 for his contributions to arts and humanities, Patrick D. McCoy received a B.M. in vocal performance from Virginia State University and a M.M. in church music from the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va. , where he serves on the alumni board of directors. He has contributed arts and culture pieces to CBS Washington, The Afro-American Newspaper and the newly published book, “In Spite of the Drawbacks” (Association of Black Women Historians), which includes his chapter on legendary soprano Leontyne Price. McCoy has interviewed some of the most acclaimed artists of our time, including Renée Fleming, Joshua Bell, Martina Arroyo, Denyce Graves, Eric Owens, Norman Scribner, Julian Wachner, Christine Brewer and Lawrence Brownlee. He is music director at Trinity Episcopal Church, DC. Listen to these interviews and others at Blog Talk Radio. Additionally, he is a member of the Music Critics Association of North America. McCoy may be reached via email at and on Twitter @PatrickDMcCoy.

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.