Washington Bach Consort to Present ‘Te Deum! Sacred Grand Motets of Lully and Charpentier’

By Afton Wooten

Continuing its 2024 Director’s Series, the Washington Bach Consort presents “Te Deum! Sacred Grand Motets of Lully and Charpentier” on March 10 at 4 p.m. at the National Presbyterian Church.

This concert highlights a number of rarely heard works by French Baroque composers Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-87) and Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643–1704). Lully’s “Thesée, Marche,” “Notus in Judaea,” and “O lachrymae,” among others are programed. The second half of the concert features Charpentier’s “Marche de Triomphe,” “Litanies de la Vierge,” Te Deum,” and more.

Soloists are sopranos Margaret Carpenter Haigh and Margot Rood, tenor James Reese, tenor Jacob Perry Jr., and bass-baritones Ian Pomerantz and Ross Tomaccio. They perform with the Bach Consort under the leadership of Artistic Director Dana Marsh.

Audiences are invited to join the Washington Bach Consort before the concert an hour prior for “Talking Bach,” a series of free pre-concert lectures by noted Bach scholar, Dr. Michael Marissen.