Third Practice says a sad but heartfelt thank you to our founder and Artistic Director, Brian Bartoldus, who is stepping down. Brian’s artistic vision, exacting musicianship and communicative instincts have been a gift to both audiences and the musicians who worked with him, and he will be sorely missed. Happily, he is remaining with the organization in the role of Artistic Advisor, and we look forward to continuing to draw upon his vast knowledge of repertoire, his knack for effective programming, and his musical good sense.
Don’t miss our upcoming CONCERTs for 2019!
CLOTHED IN SUN
Third Practice returns this winter with “Clothed in Sun,” a program exploring the Marian tradition over more than five centuries of music. Alongside well-loved works by Josquin, Purcell, Poulenc and others, we are excited to be presenting the premieres of two newly commissioned pieces: Allison Clendaniel’s Fountain and James Young’s Magnificat. The concert also features music by little-known baroque composer Giovanni Felice Sances, including his haunting Stabat Mater, and the 2017 Ave verum corpus of Faye Chiao. Come explore this rich repertoire with us, to find a new favorite or rediscover an old one!
Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 3:00PM - St. Jane Frances De Chantal Church, Bethesda, MD
This concert is free and open to the public.
Whither I go
Third Practice appears on the innovative and intimate new Green Stairwell Concert Series. Through improvisation and music old and new, we explore the acoustic and artistic possibilities of the reverberant stairwell that gives this series its name in a program that explores the theme of human mortality. Tarquinio Merula, Praetorius, Josquin and Purcell rub shoulders with David Lang, Meredith Monk and Henryk Górecki and we reprise our newly commissioned Fountain by Allison Clendaniel. Join us for an up-close and immersive concert experience unlike any other.
Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7:00PM - Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, Bethesda, MD
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 7:00PM - Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, Bethesda, MD
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 7:00PM - Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, Bethesda, MD
There is a limit of 20 audience members per performance. Tickets will be available beginning March 13 at www.greenstairwell.com.
What the Press is Saying
"The performers outdid themselves in showing what local forces with heart can offer. The eight members of the chamber chorus Third Practice did evocative heavy lifting." - Anne Midgette, The Washington Post
"The production was presented by the first-rate Great Noise Ensemble and Third Practice vocal ensemble …" - Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times
"The effect was stunning as the large choir in the front of the church was answered by the ethereal voices of Third Practice." - Patrick D. McCoy, Washington Life Magazine