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Are Women People?

March 11, 2018 | 4:00 PM | Private Home

Please join us for this special afternoon of music featuring Lori Laitman's exciting new song cycle celebrating 100 years of Women's suffrage, "Are Women People?" This work was commissioned by the Eastman School of Music in honor of the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in New York State. We will be presenting "Are Women People?" in an interactive format which encourages discussion between the audience, performers and composer Lori Laitman. Special guest artist, Daniel Lau, will be joining Virginia Sircy on the piano bench. Refreshments will be served.

Love Americas Style: Romance for a New World

January 19, 2018 | 7:30 PM | Creative Cauldron

January 21, 2018 | 3:00 PM | Catonsville Presbyterian Church

Join us for an evening of lush, romantic music from Argentina to Canada. We will be singing selections from the Indianas Suite by Argentinian composer Carlos Guastavino. Canada will be represented by John Greer's hilarious cycle for quartet and four handed piano: Liebesleid-Lieder. We will complete our tour of the Western Hemisphere with popular selections from the American Songbook by George and Ira Gershwin and Cole Porter. Get ready for an evening of love, laughter and romance with Words&Music!

Star of the Morning

Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 5:00 PM | St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Friday, December 22, 2017 | 7:30 PM | St. Francis Episcopal Church

This candlelit program of music and readings has become a highlight of our season. Each year we select poems and music that evokes the peace and watchfulness of the Advent season, the quiet of the Winter Solstice, and the sense of hope as we begin the New Year.

An Afternoon with Ella: Celebrating 100 Years of Song

Saturday, November 4, 2017 | 4:00 PM | Secret Destination in Great Falls, VA

Join us for an afternoon of smooth jazz celebrating Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday! This special program is being presented in support of the 2017-2018 Words&Music season. This intimate musical event will be in a private home. Please contact us at info@words-music.org if you are interested in joining us for this special afternoon.

Reflections of Light

Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 7:30 PM | St. Dunstan's Episcopal

Join us for an evening of music and readings celebrating the themes of peace, hope, and nature as illuminated by the diverse faith traditions of the world.​

Jukebox Romance

Friday, January 27, 2017 | 7:30 PM | The Creative Cauldron

Sunday, February 12, 2017 | 4:00 PM | Private Home

This fun-filled evening of love songs through the ages will offer audience members the opportunity to select musical numbers! This is a Words&Music first so come join the fun!

Fabulous Five: A Celebration!

May 21, 2016 | 7:30 PM | The Lyceum

Join us as we close our 5th season with a celebratory concert featuring our favorite pieces from our first five years! Come and raise a glass, eat some cake and maybe join us in song! It is sure to be a fun-filled evening spent with friends both old and new!

Found Again

Saturday, 9 April | 7:30 PM | The Creative Cauldron

Friday, 8 April | 7:30 PM | Park View High School

Sunday, 10 April | 4:00 PM | Private Salon

| Words&Music is thrilled to present the world premiere performance of Found Again, a newly commissioned work by the award winning American Indian composer Jerod Tate. This exciting new multi-movement work features exquisite writing of award winning American Indian poet Joy Harjo. The composition is written for vocal quartet and piano with an optional high school chorus. Words&Music will present the premiere in an interactive format, allowing the audience an opportunity to join the performers, Mr. Tate and Ms. Harjo in conversation. For more information about this project, please visit our KickStarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1242737724/found-again-the-american-indian-project

Music for Hallowtide - RESCHEDULED

Saturday, February 13 | 7:30 PM | St. Luke's Episcopal Church

In Shakespeare’s time, the Feast of All Saints (November 1) was sometimes called “Hallowmas”. More recent scholars refer to the period of October 31- through November 2 as “Hallowtide”. In honor of the season, Words&Music will be pairing the music of Shakespeare’s contemporary, William Byrd (c.1540-1623), with the music of contemporary composer, Terry Schlenker. William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices is the earliest of his three mass setting, most likely composed in the early 1590s. It is reminiscent of earlier masses by John Taverner. Mass for Four Voices (2011) by Terry Schlenker was composed for the Denver-based vocal quartet, Firesign. It has been performed in Denver and in Tokyo. Words&Music’s performance marks the East Coast premier of this wonderful new work.

UPDATE: This program has been rescheduled to February 13, 2016. While no longer "Hallowtide", this program is equally appropriate for the Lenten season which begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

Star of the Morning

Sunday, 20 December | 5:00 PM | St. Francis Episcopal Church

​On this eve of the shortest day of the year, join Words&Music as we celebrate the season with music and poetry in this lovely candlelit sanctuary nestled in the woods of Great Falls. We will share the common themes of light and darkness, celebration and contemplation, the winding down of the old year and the anticipation of the year to come. This year’s program will draw on the diverse cultural influences that shape our celebrations of this season. Please join us for this special hour.​​

American Composer V: Songs of the Spirit

16 May 2015 | 7:30 pm | The Lyceum

The fifth installment of our annual series highlighting works by American composers will focus on the diversity of American spirit. From the simple tunes of the Shakers in New England to the African-American spirituals of the South, to the Native American and Spanish influenced music of the West, America is blessed with a wealth and diversity of music that comes from the heart and speaks to the spirit. Did you know that Duke Ellington composed a set of Sacred Songs? Come and discover more!

Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know

28 February 2015 | 5:00 pm | Jammin' Java

1 March 2015 | 5:00 pm | Jammin' Java

Words&Music is thrilled to announce that this season’s cabaret will be Secret’s Every Smart Traveler Should Know. Based on the Fodor’s Travel Guide, this hilarious revue is guaranteed to leave you laughing and looking forward to your next trip! Fasten your seat belts and come along for the ride!

Star of the Morning: Ancient to Modern

21 December 2014 | 5:00 pm | St. Francis Episcopal Church

In our annual, seasonal celebration, this year we are going to stir things up a bit. While keeping the tone of our signature program, we will be incorporating some newer compositions and texts. As we pass through the darkest time of the year and look with hope towards the light of the new year, we will explore the timeless themes of advent, Christmas and the winter solstice through eyes of both ancient and modern artists. Please join us for this special hour of quiet joy.

Americans in Paris: The French Connection

18 October 2014 | 7:30 pm | The Lyceum

This season, Words&Music is really going places. We will start our journey in the salons of Paris where we will enjoy melodies both sparkling and lush by beloved composers such as Ravel and Fauré, Duparc and Bizet. Then we will “hop the pond” to the New World to experience the French influence on composers in the Americas. A whole generation of American composers studied in France, including Ned Rorem, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, George Gerswhin and...Burt Bacharach! The French influence was not limited to the United States. From the music of Reynaldo Hahn (Venezuela) to Villa Lobos (Brazil), our musical journey will take us to the Southern Hemisphere and beyond. Come along as we explore the possibilities!

The American Composer IV

17 May 2014 | 8:00 pm | The Lyceum

Be our guest! Join Words&Music as we close the season with the our 4th annual "American Composer" program. This year's offering: American Tastings. From Cole Porter and Samuel Barber to William Bolcom and Libby Larsen. We offer you a banquet of soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and of course, a little jivey java to end the evening's feast.

I Would Not Paint a Picture

March 29 | 7:30 pm | The Lyceum

Join us for an intimate conversation with Words&Music and the winning composers of our composition competition, discussing and premiering their new settings of the Emily Dickinson poem, I Would Not Paint a Picture. Light refreshments will be provided.

Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well...

25 January 2014 | 7:00 pm | St. Francis Episcopal Church

26 January 2014 | 5:00 pm | St. Francis Episcopal Church

​Join us for a fun-filled evening of cabaret and cabernet.

Star of the Morning

22 December 2013 | 5:00 pm | St. Francis Episcopal Church

Join us as we celebrate our 5th annual program of Celtic, English and Early American seasonal songs and readings.

Fall in Love

26 October 2013 | 8:00 pm | The Lyceum

Featuring Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52, Corigliano's Liebeslied, Schickele's Liebeslieder Polkas and Greer's Liebesleid-Lieder.