2023-2024 Music Season

Welcome to Music at St. David’s! Praised by The Baltimore Sun as “remarkable…offering admirable variety and depth of repertoire,” our series includes concert, recitals and evensongs, and special festival services, as well as our Ensemble-in-Residence and Composer-in-Residence programs. We hope that you’ll sign up for the music series’ e-newsletter to learn more.

As music is a central aspect of worship, faith, and life at St. David’s, all our musical events are free so that all may participate in beautiful offerings that bring us closer to the divine and to each other. Because free-will donations cover only part of the cost of a music series of this scope, the primary financial support comes from the Friends of St. David’s Music; in other words, you! If music is a meaningful part of your life, we ask you to consider making a donation to help us continue to provide the community with exciting, engaging, and enlivening music.

A tax-deductible donation may be made securely through PayPal or Realm or by mailing a check payable to Music at St. David’s to 4700 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, 21210. As a Friend of St. David’s Music, your name will be included in the list of supporters in each concert program, you will be invited to special events, and your donation will help ensure that the music offered by the musicians of St. David’s continues to bring joy and fulfillment to all.

 

Unless otherwise noted, all programs will be streamed via our YouTube and Facebook pages.

 

Magdalene Ensemble

Sunday, September 10 | 4 pm

A partner concert with the Friends of Early Music, featuring the debut of this newly formed consort of acclaimed musicians.

 

Recital & Evensong for the Feast of Hildegard von Bingen

Sunday, September 17 | 4:30 pm

Featuring Courtney Kalbacker, soprano and Choir of St. David’s member, performing music of Eleanor Everest Freer.

 

Ensemble-in-Residence Concert: Musica Spira

Friday, September 29 | 7:30 pm

The 2023-2024 Ensemble-in-Residence Musica Spira (“Music Breaths”) presents a concert entitled Her Perspective, featuring music of Baroque women composers retelling stories of Biblical heroines.

 

Recital & Evensong for the Commemoration of Indigenous Peoples Day

Sunday, October 15 | 4:30 pm

We welcome Diné scholar and pianist Renata Yazzie, followed by music of Charles Shadle (Choctaw) and Andrew Balfour (Cree).

 

First Friday Concert: Peter Sheppard Skaerved

Friday, November 3 | 7:30 pm

Internationally acclaimed violin virtuoso Peter Sheppard Skaerved returns for a program spanning the centuries.

 

Recital & Evensong for the Commemoration of Veterans Day

Sunday, November 12 | 4:30 pm

Featuring cellist Joseph Gotoff and pianist Wan-Chi Su in a program of World War I era music.

 

First Friday Concert: The Canticle Singers of Baltimore

Friday, December 1 | 7:30 pm

A holiday concert of light and hope, including the winning score of the annual composition competition.

 

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 17 | 10 am

A service of carols and hymns drawing from the tradition popularized by King’s College, Cambridge.

 

Bach in Baltimore (Tickets Required; Not Livestreamed)

Sunday, January 7 | 4 pm

We welcome partner organization Bach in Baltimore performing Bach’s “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 3, Handel’s Concerto Gross no. 4, and Bach’s Cantata 169: Gott soll allein mein Herze haben. This concert requires tickets, which can be purchased here.

 

Recital & Evensong for the Feast of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 14 | 4:30 pm

Featuring tenor Troy Koger, followed by spirituals and organ music to mark the legacy of Dr. King.

 

Recital & Evensong for the Feast of Frederick Douglass

Sunday, February 11 | 4:30 pm

Beginning with an organ recital by Singaporean organist Phoon Yu.

 

The Baltimore Consort

Friday, February 23 | 7:30 pm

The internationally acclaimed early-music ensemble The Baltimore Consort performs their home town concert at St. David’s.

 

The 48th Annual Baltimore Bach Marathon, featuring the St. Matthew Passion

Sunday, March 3 | 1-7 pm

This year’s Bach Marathon features selections of organ music, followed by the monumental St. Matthew Passion beginning at 4 pm.

 

Music for Good Friday

Friday, March 29 | 7:30 pm

The life, love, and loss at the center of Holy Week is commemorated with Henry Purcell’s Funeral Sentences.

 

May First Friday: Music Spira & the Choir of St. David’s

Friday, May 3 | 7:30 pm

The 2023-2024 Ensemble-in-Residence returns, alongside the Choir of St. David’s for a Marian Vespers concert.

 

Recital & Evensong for Pentecost Sunday

Sunday, May 19 | 4:30 pm

Featuring soprano Danielle Buonaiuto performing music of Douglas Buchanan.

 

Schubert Mass in G

Sunday, May 26 | 10 am

The last Sunday morning service of the program year is celebrated with Franz Schubert’s Mass in G for strings, choir, and organ.

 

Recital & Evensong for the Commemoration of Pride Month

Sunday, June 2 | 4:30 pm

The Cerberus Vocal Ensemble opens our annual Pride Evensong, featuring music of Queer composers.