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The 2020 Summer Festival has been CANCELLED.
Updates on future WFM Concerts with THE NEW BAROQUE SOLOISTS will be posted here and announced via email.
Please sign up at WashingtonCT4music@gmail.com for updates.
The New Baroque Soloists are playing trumpets, oboes, strings, timpani, organ, and basso continuo. The orchestra, led by Artistic Director Douglas Myers, is performing Bach, Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi, and others. Concerts are approx. 1 hour and 30 min. long followed by a reception with the musicians. See you soon at the Historic Meeting House at the Washington Green, 6 Kirby Road.

The concerts are supported by WMNR Fine Arts Radio and the Connecticut Community Foundation.
THANK YOU, CCF and WMNR! Please join them and support WFM:
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Sponsor $500, Patron $1,000, Underwriter $5,000
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Vincent Lionti passed away on April 4 of Covid-19


Vincent Lionti was a beloved member of The New Baroque Soloists, as well as a longstanding member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and a conductor for a youth orchestra. He was an excellent violist and very gracious and kind. 
Mr. Lionti always looked forward to coming to Washington and immensely enjoyed performing with the NBS at the Washington Friends of Music concerts. His elegant performances, eloquent introductions of pieces and players and the wonderful and humorous anecdotes he shared with the audience will be dearly missed. He was a class act and will always be remembered with great admiration and appreciation.
At the recent New Year's Day concert, he played Telemann's Largo Viola Concerto so exquisitely, it moved the audience to tears. 
The next WFM concert will be dedicated to his memory.





Brief PBS Newshour tribute to Vinnie - please scroll to minute 49
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xxR8ZtyWLg&feature=emb_rel_end


Members of the Met Orchestra viola section and Joyce DiDonato perform “Ombra mai fù” from Handel’s Serse in a video tribute to Vincent Lionti shown during the April 25, 2020, At-Home Gala. MET At-Home Gala

2020 New Year’s Day Concert - A Feast of Baroque Favorites – From Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Washington Friends of Music presents the 8th annual New Year’s Day concert and after-party on January 1 at 4pm at the Historic Meetinghouse, First Congregational Church in Washington, CT.
The New Baroque Soloists Orchestra will be welcoming the New Year with trumpets, oboes, organ, strings, and timpani. The twelve-member orchestra is comprised of outstanding solo musicians and members of orchestras in New York and New England.

The celebratory concert is studded with many popular pieces, several of which are arranged by Artistic Director Douglas Myers who also plays trumpet and horn.

The uplifting program includes highlights from “Water Music” by Georg Friedrich Handel, Four Seasons’ “Winter” by Antonio Vivaldi and the finale, a piece from Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto. The concert opens with “Overture for a Celebration” by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Two highly-regarded members of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra will be performing solo pieces. Vincent Lionti is playing a concerto for solo viola by Georg Philipp Telemann. Cellist Samuel Magill will perform “Largo” from “Sonata for Violoncello by Henry Eccles.

A sought-after chamber and orchestral musician, oboist Lillian Copeland is presenting ”Adagio” from “Oboe Concerto in minor” by Alessandro Marcello. Ms. Copland has performed with the
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, among others.

We welcome back Song-A Cho who will play “Largo” from “Winter” by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Her accolades are many, including a winner of the Guderyahn String Competition and a recipient of the Edward John Noble Foundation Award from the distinguished Juilliard School.


New to the orchestra are Mikio Sasaki and Glenn Rhian:
Mikio Sasaki earned his degree in trumpet at Juilliard School and Yale School of Music. He began playing trumpet at age 7, studying with his father, Ray Sasaki. He has performed with the Saint Louis Brass Quintet, Broadway’s Matilda, Hudson Valley Philharmonic and as soloist with the Austin Symphony. 

Timpanist Glenn Rhian is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the San Francisco Conservatory. He was winner of the “Morris Goldenberg Award.”

During the performance the musicians will share brief anecdotes on the composer, the instruments, and provide historical context in an entertaining fashion.

After the concert, the audience is invited to a festive party with the musicians and plenty of bubbly and delicious hors d’oeuvres.

This is the 8th year the New Baroque Soloists are performing in Washington. The recent Summer Concert Festival drew a record audience.

Admission includes the concert and the party - $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Children are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased online (see above), by phone 860.868.9174 as well as at the Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington and County Wine and Spirits in New Preston. 
Please note that the seating is limited.