Washington Bach Consort presents The Tudors, December 6 at 7:00 pm. In a new series of programs devoted to vocal polyphony, the Consort will transport you to 16th-century England. Revel in a bespoke selection of sacred motets written by the finest composers to serve at the pleasure of four Tudor monarchs, from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I. This music is truly of another world, and as a Venetian ambassador of the period was known to have said of the English Chapel Royal choristers performing this music, it sounded “more divine than human.” $10-35. https://bachconsort.org/
The Thirteen presents Silent Night Starry Night, December 21 at 7:30 pm. Accompany The Thirteen’s song-filled journey through the cosmos and the Christmas story. Featuring your favorite holiday carols, The Thirteen’s own arrangement of Silent Night, and contemporary composer Kile Smith’s driving and touching The Consolation of Apollo, which pairs the words of the Apollo 8 astronauts on Christmas Eve 1968 with the writings of the Roman philosopher Boethius for a fantastical take on the Christmas story. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, this performance will be accompanied by projected images from NASA’s Hubble telescope. $10-30.