Folger Consort, the early music ensemble in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library, will host seven holiday-themed concerts from Friday December 10, 2021 to Saturday December 18, 2021. A video recording of the program will also be made available for purchase for streaming on demand via Folger’s website. Performances will take place in the spacious and atmospheric St. Mark’s Church on Capitol Hill, where Folger Consort’s last in-person performances took place in March 2020.
A beloved annual tradition in Washington, DC, this year’s holiday concert brings music from Folger Consort’s acclaimed album A Medieval Christmas (Bard Records, 1990/2007) to life. English Christmas carols from the Middle Ages – with favorite songs such as “Lullay, lullow”, “Ah, mon cher fils” and “There is no rose” – as well as medieval Latin carols from all over Europe will be performed in unique arrangements for historical instruments. Folger Consort will be directed by co-artistic directors Robert Eisenstein (hurdy-gurdy and recorder) and Christopher Kendall (lute and citole). They will be joined by a talented ensemble of specialists in medieval music, including multi-instrumentalists Dan Meyers (winds) and Mary Springfels (bowed and plucked strings), and famous soprano Emily Noël.
“We are delighted to once again be able to welcome live spectators in the beautiful space of St. Mark’s Church on Capitol Hill,” said David Mozur, Director of the Folger Consort. “Over the years, our festive holiday concerts have become a beloved tradition at the Folger. Being reunited this year makes it all the more special.”
Concert participants will need to provide proof of vaccination and wear a face mask. More information on Folger’s COVID-19 security protocols can be found at: www.folger.edu/covid-19-safety-protocols.
Individual tickets can be purchased at the Folger box office at (202) 544-7077 or online at www.folger.edu/consort. Prices for in-person performances are $ 50. Discounts are available for Folger Members and for Folger Theater and OB Hardison Poetry subscribers. The Folger also offers a special $ 15 ticket for ticket buyers who have never attended a paid Folger event in the past.
Tickets to stream the concert on demand are available at price points ranging from $ 20 to $ 50 and can be purchased at the Folger Box Office at (202) 544-7077 or online at www.folger.edu/consort. Once purchased, the video will be available to stream through the Folger Shakespeare Library website from mid-December to June 30, 2022.
In A Medieval Christmas, Folger Consort presents an early music program from their beloved album of the same name. The program is divided into four sections, sharing medieval Christmas instrumental and vocal favorites by time and place: Medieval Aquitaine and Cataolina; 13th century England and 15th century England and 14th century Italy. In addition to exciting instrumental arrangements of medieval works, the program will include vocal music sung in Latin and Old English. Familiar English Christmas carols such as ‘Ah, my dear son’, ‘There is no rose’ and ‘Lullay, lullow’ will be heard alongside lesser known earlier Christmas carols, such as ‘Miri c’ is ”and“ Edi beo thu hevene queen. ”
More information online at: www.folger.edu/events/a-medieval-christmas