The Tuesday Concert Series is a major outreach program of Epiphany to the people of downtown Washington. High-quality music—mostly classical, but with occasional performances of folk and traditional music—is presented here every Tuesday year-round at 12:10pm. Talented artists from all over greater Washington, and frequently from around the country and world, seek out Epiphany’s fine acoustics, exceptional musical instruments and reliable and appreciative audience. Programs in the Tuesday Concert Series are free, but we encourage attendees to make a contribution in support of the performers of each event, who receive as payment only what the day’s audience contributes.
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Click here for the season brochure: June to December 2013.
NEW! Click here for the January-June 2014 brochure.
The Tuesday Concert Series has been a significant part of The Church of the Epiphany’s outreach to the people of downtown Washington – workers, residents and visitors – for over a quarter of a century. Although our audience members make weekly offerings for each concert, all of that money is directed to the performers. The administration of the Tuesday Concert Series is a considerable expense – approximately $40,000 per year.
If you value the Tuesday Concert Series, we hope that you will consider making a donation to assist The Church of the Epiphany in continuing this cultural offering.
Help fund the Tuesday Concert Series.
Washington Bach Consort
Dr. J. Reilly Lewis founded the Washington Bach Consort in 1977 with the goal of studying and performing the complete vocal and instrumental works of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries. The Consort has a professional chorus of 16-24 singers, as required, and an orchestra of professional Washington-area musicians noted for their performance of 18th century music. Six times per year, the Consort’s performance features an organ prelude and a Bach cantata. Directly preceding the cantata, Maestro Lewis gives a brief and engaging history of the work. During their twenty-plus years of Noontime Cantata performances, the Washington Bach Consort has performed the entire surviving collection of Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantatas once on modern instruments, and is currently working its way through the entire collection again, this time on period instruments.
Learn more about the Washington Bach Consort and their schedule of performances.
Levine School of Music
Members of the Levine School of Music’s faculty perform a variety of high-quality concerts on the Tuesday Concert Series on the second Tuesday of most months throughout the year. The Levine School was begun in 1977 by Ruth Cogen, Diana Engel, and Jaclin Marlin, who named the school in memory of Selma M. Levine, a Washington attorney and amateur pianist who took particular delight in encouraging young musicians. The Levine School of Music serves as a vital community resource by embracing two principles that are central to its mission: excellence and accessibility.
Learn more about the Levine School of Music and their educational offerings and performances.
The Tuesday Concert Series has joined with two other establishments offering artistic events in downtown Washington in promoting one another’s performances. The Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB’s) Concert, Lecture, and Film Series and the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Happenings at the Harman are venues for weekday audiences seeking exceptional talent and entertainment at no cost. The IDB series showcases artistic expressions from member countries, particularly Latin America and the Caribbean, in one-hour programs beginning at 6:30pm. The Center is located at 1300 New York Avenue, NW, just behind Epiphany. Their website is www.iadb.org
The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Happenings at the Harman offers one-hour, noontime, live performances every Wednesday from September through June. Each week features a different artistic expression – music, dance, acting, puppeteers, and genre-mixers. And, you can bring your lunch! The location is at 610 F St, NW, at Gallery Place Metro. Their website is www.shakespearetheatre.org As you plan your weekday outings, please remember our new musical partners.
How You Can Help Support the Concert Series
The Tuesday Concert Series reaches out to the entire metropolitan Washington community. Most performers are paid what the audiences contribute as voluntary offerings. The cost of the concert series is significant ($40,000) as it covers administration, advertising, and instrument upkeep. Your donations create the financial support necessary to secure outstanding performers. Please consider being a sponsor of the Tuesday Concert Series at a giving level that is comfortable for you. Our series is dependent on your generosity. For more information about supporting or underwriting a complete concert, please contact the Rev. Randolph Charles at 202-347-2635 ext. 12 or rcharles@EpiphanyDC.org.