Critic’s Choice

Wed Feb 05, 2020 at 10:49 am
Stile Antico

Start off this weekend with music from the late Renaissance and early baroque periods in the grand space of Washington National Cathedral. The Folger Consort joins forces with the British choir Stile Antico and the brass players of Tesserae Baroque 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The program of music by Palestrina, Andrea Gabrieli, and Giovanni Gabrieli is suited to the cathedral’s resonant acoustic. Selections composed by women, including Raffaella Aleotti, Maddalena Casulana, Sulpitia Cesis, and Leonora d’Este, round out a diverting concert.


For your contemporary music fix, try an intriguing concert of music composed by Iranian-born women. Composers Aida Shirazi, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, and Golnaz Shariatzadeh will be present at a free concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the National Museum of Asian Art.

Soprano Alice Teyssier, saxophonist Ryan Muncy, bassoonist Rebekah Heller, percussionist Ross Karre, clarinetists Campbell MacDonald and Joshua Rubin, and oboist Christa Robinson perform these new works of chamber music.

Videos and live presentations by the composers will provide background on the works, which include Shirazi’s ephemera, Shariatzadeh’s Sitting on a Broken Periphery, and Nourbakhsh’s Firing Squad, as well as Anahita Abbasi’s Seven Impressions.

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