RICHARD EGARR, harpsichord

Deux Tombeaux de M. Blancrocher (and other keyboard works of J.J. Froberger and L. Couperin)

Sunday, October 13, 2019 4:00pm Chevy Chase, DC

Richard Egarr, self-described “music addict,” brings his joyful enthusiasm to conducting, performing as a keyboard soloist and chamber musician, and talking about music at every opportunity. He has been Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music since 2006, and in September 2019 adds two new responsibilities: Principal Guest Conductor of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague, and Artistic Partner of the St Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota. He becomes Music Director Designate of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale in 20/21 and assumes the Music Directorship in 21/22. He regularly gives solo harpsichord recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall. 

Mr. Egarr’s program for 28 Chairs features two tombeaux (or commemorative musical compositions) for the French lutenist Charles Fleury, Sieur de Blancrocher, who died in 1652 after falling down a staircase.

Tickets $70 Exclusive salon concert, very limited seating, includes reception catered by a top Washington, DC caterer and plentiful, free street parking

ROBERT MEALY, violin & LEON SCHELHASE, harpsichord

The Complete Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord of J.S. Bach

(presented in two parts)

Part I: Saturday, January 11 7:00pm The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA

Part II: Sunday, January 12 4:00pm Chevy Chase, DC

All of Bach’s Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord presented over one winter weekend! Join us for one or both concerts!

ROBERT MEALY is one of America’s most prominent Baroque violinists. The New York Times commented that “Mr. Mealy seems to foster excellence wherever he goes;” the New Yorker has called him "New York's world-class early music violinist." As Orchestra Director for the Boston Early Music Festival, he has led the BEMF orchestra in festival productions, international tours, and Grammy-award-winning recordings for over a decade. Mr. Mealy regularly performs as a soloist and concertmaster in New York City, especially on Avi Stein’s concert series Helicon and as principal concertmaster of Trinity Wall Street, which is now embarked on its second multi-year survey of the sacred vocal works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Mr. Mealy has directed the Historical Performance Program at The Juilliard School since 2012.

Early Music America Magazine has praised the solo performances of harpsichordist LEON SCHELHASE as “exquisite… and filled with virtuosity. Mr. Schelhase, a native of South Africa, is a recipient of the American Bach Soloists’ prestigious Goldberg Prize and was a finalist in the Jurow International Harpsichord Competition. He has played in countries across the globe including Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Australia. With a repertoire spanning the gamut from the sixteenth-century virginalists to contemporary harpsichord music, he has been a featured artist on the international harpsichord-focused series, Clavecin en Concert in Montreal, Harpsichord Heaven at the Flint collection in Delaware, Emmanuel Music in Boston, and touring concerts with New York State Baroque. His first solo album, Phantasticus, represents his versatility in a program of music in the stylus fantasticus by diverse composers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Mr Schelhase has established a distinctive reputation for his compelling interpretations of Bach’s keyboard music. In 2012, Leon joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as harpsichord instructor.

Tickets Part 1: $40 Includes catered wine reception with the artists following the program (The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA)(presented in partnership with the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association/Athenaeum)

Tickets Part 2: $70 Exclusive salon concert, very limited seating, includes reception catered by a top Washington DC caterer and plentiful, free street parking (Chevy Chase, DC)

BÉATRICE MARTIN, harpsichord

Le Clavecin Français The French Harpsichord

Saturday, April 4 7:00pm The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA

Harpsichordist BÉATRICE MARTIN was born in Annecy, France. She attended Geneva Conservatory and the Paris Conservatory. Ms. Martin has played recitals at Théâtre du Châtelet, Opéra Comique, and the Cité de la Musique in Paris. Ensembles she has played with include Les Talens Lyriques, Le Concert Spirituel, Ricercar, Il Seminario Musical, and Les Arts Florissants. Ms. Martin is co-founder, with Patrick Cohën-Akenine, of Les Folies Françoises. With Les Folies Françoises, she recorded four discs of music by J.S. Bach: the dialogue cantatas (Cypres); the complete sonatas for violin and harpsichord; and concertos for harpsichord, BWV 1052, 1053, 1055 and 1056. With Les Arts Florissants, she has recorded more than 20 CDs and DVDs. She won First Prize, Audience Prize, and Bärenreiter Prize at the International Harpsichord Competition of Bruges in 1998. She has been a faculty member at the Juilliard School since 2015.

Ms. Martin returns to 28 Chairs by popular demand with a program that showcases the astonishing developments in keyboard composition during the period of the Bourbon kings of France. Do not miss this exquisite concert full of exhilarating, graceful and tender moments, in works by the greatest keyboard composers of the French Baroque.

Tickets $40 Includes catered wine reception with the artist following the program (The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA)

(Presented in partnership with the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association/Athenaeum)

TENET Vocal Artists:



A Feast for the Senses: Lute Songs and Solos from Europe

Saturday, June 20 7:00pm The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA

Hailed as a “golden soprano” and “a major force in the New York early music-scene” (The New York Times), soprano JOLLE GREENLEAF is one of today’s foremost figures in the field of early music. Balancing a career as a leading soloist and an innovative impresario, she is in great demand both as a guest artist and as the artistic director of TENET Vocal Artists, a premier New York-based ensemble specializing in early music. She is a celebrated interpreter of the music of Bach Buxtehude, Handel, Purcell, and most notably, Monteverdi. She has performed as a soloist in venues throughout the U.S., Scandinavia, Europe, and Central America for important presenters including Vancouver Early Music Festival, Denmark’s Vendsyssel Festival, Costa Rica International Music Festival, Puerto Rico’s Festival Casals, Utrecht Festival, and San Cristobal, the Cathedral in Havana, Cuba.

HANK HEIJINK has played all over the world with leading ensembles such as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra with Ton Koopman, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Mark Morris Dance Group, and the Wooster Group. As a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra, he toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Scandinavia. He has collaborated with Richard Egarr, Nigel North, and Christina Pluhar, among others, and has taken part in productions including Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, John Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Cavalli’s La Didone, and Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, among others. As a regular member of TENET, Mr. Heijink can be heard on the ensemble’s entire discography and as a soloist on UNO + ONE: Italia Nostra and The Secret Lover. A native of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, he holds a performance degree from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, a master of arts degree in computer science, and a Ph.D. in social sciences.

Ms. Greenleaf and Mr. Heijink’s program A Feast for the Senses is an exploration of our five senses - sight, taste, smell, touch, and of course, sound - through music and poetry from England and the continent.

Tickets $40 Includes catered wine reception with the artists following the program (The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA)

(Presented in partnership with the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association/Athenaeum)