Folger Consort is an esteemed chamber music group featuring Robert Eisenstein and Christopher Kendall, who are frequently joined by internationally renowned early music specialists such as The Tallis Scholars, Trio Mediaeval, and multi-instrumentalist Tom Zajac. The Consort’s focus is the performance of music dating from the 12th through the 18th centuries. Perhaps most importantly, the group executes its distinctive concerts with keen historicity and interesting, intellectually engaging programs such as “Ballets and Brawls: French Music of Court and Countryside,” “When Norte Dame Was New,” and “A Harmony of Friends: Music of Italy and China.”
Avid concertgoers may also attend Early Music Seminars for even greater details about the music featured in upcoming concerts. Tickets for these seminars, which include a light-fare reception, are $15. In addition to live events, Folger Consort has released several recordings, which, among other topics, showcase music from Shakespeare’s time, lute songs, and Medieval and Renaissance music from Switzerland.
Folger Consort Information
- Other Venues: Gaston Hall, Georgetown University; Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts S Wisconsin Avenues NW
- Performances/Programs: A full schedule of concerts performed at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Check website for full details
- Musicians: Artistic Directors and Founding Members Robert Eisenstein and Christopher Kendall form the core of the ensemble, with other musicians joining them per performance
- Repertory Selection: The Folger Consort specializes in performances of early music and other classical selections.