The Bach Sinfonia is a Maryland-based organization dedicated to excellence in performance and public education of Baroque and Classical music. Now in its 20th season, Sinfonia presents an annual series of unique concerts, open dress rehearsals, and listening lectures of music from the eighteenth century. Sinfonia strives to create programs that differ from the standard classical music concert with performances that aren't just listening entertainments but are also learning experiences.
Historically Informed Performance
- All concerts are on period instruments — experience early music at its best.
- Performers are specialists in early-music performance drawn from the metropolitan area and nationally.
- Soloists are among today's most recognized national and international early-music performers.
- Techniques and style are painstakingly researched to develop interpretations that are bold and fresh.
Concert Going as an Enlightening Experience
- Each historically informed performance is programmed on a theme chosen to inform the listener about the genres, sociology, and performance practices of the eighteenth century.
- Concerts are interspersed with musical and historical discussions aimed at helping further audience appreciation and understanding of the music.
- Sinfonia also conducts research into music and performance techniques of the eighteenth century.
Sinfonia continues to present significant modern premieres including:
- Marie Emannuel Bayon-Louis' comic opera Fleur d'Epine (Spring 2000).
- Handel's Gloria (regional premiere of 2002 rediscovery).
J.S. Bach's Alles mit Gott und nichts mit ohn' ihn, BWV 1127 (first complete performance in North America of 2005 rediscovery,
recorded on Dorian).
- Franz Biber's Stabat Mater (rediscovered Spring 2007, recorded on Dorian).
Educational listening lectures to local community, school, and senior citizen groups provided at no charge to participants.
(see Education & Outreach.)
- Open dress rehearsals for area young musicians.
- Free ticket program for youth under 14.
- Touring and residency programs outside of the Washington area.