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Beyond its concert series, Folger Consort strives to deepen audiences’ understanding and appreciation of early music through seminars, discussions, recordings, radio broadcasts, and unique collaborations with other programs of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Folger Consort won the Best Classical Chamber Ensemble award from the [http://wamadc.com/wama/the_wammies.html Washington Area Music Awards] in 2006, and every year from 2008-2012.  
Beyond its concert series, Folger Consort strives to deepen audiences’ understanding and appreciation of early music through seminars, discussions, recordings, radio broadcasts, and unique collaborations with other programs of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Folger Consort won the Best Classical Chamber Ensemble award from the [http://wamadc.com/wama/the_wammies.html Washington Area Music Awards] in 2006, and every year from 2008-2012.  


==Founders ==  
==Founders==  


===Robert Eisenstein===
===Robert Eisenstein===
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===Christopher Kendall===
===Christopher Kendall===


Christopher Kendall is the founder of Folger Consort. Kendall has been the Dean of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor since 2005, where he has launched a university-wide initiative recognizing the fundamental role of the all the arts in the human condition and in human culture called "Arts on Earth."
Christopher Kendall is the founder of Folger Consort. Kendall is Dean Emeritus of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance and served formerly as Director of the University of Maryland School of Music and the Music Division and Tanglewood Institute of the Boston University School for the Arts. He was Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony from 1987 to 1992, and has guest conducted and recorded widely in repertoire from the 18th to 21st centuries. He will continue his work in Washington, DC, as artistic director of the 21st Century Consort.  
   
   
From 1996 to 2005, he was Director of the School of Music at the University of Maryland, during a period of significant institutional growth related to the building of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony from 1987 to 1992 and Director of the Music Division and Tanglewood Institute of the Boston University School for the Arts from 1993 to 1996, Kendall is also Artistic Director, founder and conductor of the [http://21stcenturyconsort.org/ 21st Century Consort], the new music ensemble-in-residence at the [http://www.si.edu/ Smithsonian Institution].
From 1996 to 2005, he was Director of the School of Music at the University of Maryland, during a period of significant institutional growth related to the building of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony from 1987 to 1992 and Director of the Music Division and Tanglewood Institute of the Boston University School for the Arts from 1993 to 1996, Kendall is also Artistic Director, founder and conductor of the [http://21stcenturyconsort.org/ 21st Century Consort], the new music ensemble-in-residence at the [http://www.si.edu/ Smithsonian Institution].
   
   
Kendall has guest-conducted many professional orchestras and ensembles from San Francisco to New York, in repertoire from the 18th to the 21st centuries. His recordings can be heard on the Bard, Delos, Nonesuch, Centaur, ASV, Arabesque, Innova, and Smithsonian Collection labels.
Kendall has guest-conducted many professional orchestras and ensembles from San Francisco to New York, in repertoire from the 18th to the 21st centuries. His recordings can be heard on the Bard, Delos, Nonesuch, Centaur, ASV, Arabesque, Innova, and Smithsonian Collection labels.
After 45 years of extraordinary early music, Consort founder Christopher Kendall is collaborating with fellow Artistic Director Robert Eisenstein and colleagues on his final season (2022-2023), providing artistic and programming consultation.  Kendall notes his "tremendous good fortune in the opportunity to make marvelous music with extraordinary friends and colleagues, and for such a discerning and dedicated audience over these many decades. Such an institutional home, providing remarkable support and artistic freedom for a chamber music enterprise, is an extraordinary, virtually unprecedented boon.” 


==Recordings==
==Recordings==
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==Current season==
==Current season==


[http://www.folger.edu/folger-consort Folger Consort 2019-2020]
[http://www.folger.edu/folger-consort Folger Consort 2022-2023]
 
*[[Music for the Last Raj (2022)|''Music for the Last Raj'' (2022)]]


==Past seasons==
==Past seasons==
===2020s===
===2020s===
*[[The Roman de Fauvel: Love and Counterpoint in Medieval France (2022)|''The Roman de Fauvel: Love and Counterpoint in Medieval France'' (2022)]]
*[[The Viennese School: Music from the Court of Maximilian I (2022)|''The Viennese School: Music from the Court of Maximilian I'' (2022)]]
*[[A Medieval Christmas (2021)|''A Medieval Christmas'' (2021)]]
*[[Henry Purcell and Music of 17th-Century London (2021)|''Henry Purcell and Music of 17th-Century London'' (2021)]]
*[[Monteverdi in Venice: The Birth of the Baroque (2020)|''Monteverdi in Venice: The Birth of the Baroque'' (2020)]]
*[[Monteverdi in Venice: The Birth of the Baroque (2020)|''Monteverdi in Venice: The Birth of the Baroque'' (2020)]]
*[[The Three Fountains: Music for Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio (2020)|''The Three Fountains: Music for Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio'' (2020)]]
*[[The Three Fountains: Music for Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio (2020)|''The Three Fountains: Music for Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio'' (2020)]]
*[[Palestrina's Perfect Art (2020)|''Palestrina's Perfect Art'' (2020)]]
*[[Palestrina's Perfect Art (2020)|''Palestrina's Perfect Art'' (2020)]]


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*[[Gloria! A Baroque Italian Christmas (2019)|''Gloria! A Baroque Italian Christmas'' (2019)]]
*[[Gloria! A Baroque Italian Christmas (2019)|''Gloria! A Baroque Italian Christmas'' (2019)]]
*[[Music for Machiavelli: Florence circa 1500 (2019)|''Music for Machiavelli: Florence circa 1500'' (2019)]]
*[[Music for Machiavelli: Florence circa 1500 (2019)|''Music for Machiavelli: Florence circa 1500'' (2019)]]
*[[Tastes of the Mediterranean: Music of 16th-Century Spain and Italy (2019)|''Tastes of the Mediterranean: Music of 16th-Century Spain and Italy'' (2019)]]
*[[Tastes of the Mediterranean: Music of 16th-Century Spain and Italy (2019)|''Tastes of the Mediterranean: Music of 16th-Century Spain and Italy'' (2019)]]


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*[[Davenant's Macbeth (2018)|''Davenant's Macbeth'' (2018)]]
*[[Davenant's Macbeth (2018)|''Davenant's Macbeth'' (2018)]]


*[[Ovid's Vineyard: Music of the French Baroque (2018)|Ovid's Vineyard: Music of the French Baroque (2018) April 27 - April 29 (2018)]]
*[[Ovid's Vineyard: Music of the French Baroque (2018)|''Ovid's Vineyard: Music of the French Baroque'' April 27 - April 29 (2018)]]


*[[Il Lauro Verde: The Blossoming of the Italian Baroque (2018)|Il Lauro Verde: The Blossoming of the Italian Baroque (2018) February 23 - February 25 (2018)]]
*[[Il Lauro Verde: The Blossoming of the Italian Baroque (2018)|''Il Lauro Verde: The Blossoming of the Italian Baroque'' February 23 - February 25 (2018)]]


*[[A Branch of Freshest Green: Music of Hildegard Von Bingen (2018)|A Branch of Freshest Green:Music of Hildegard Von Bingen (2018) February 2 - February 3 (2018)]]
*[[A Branch of Freshest Green: Music of Hildegard Von Bingen (2018)|''A Branch of Freshest Green: Music of Hildegard Von Bingen'' (2018) February 2 - February 3 (2018)]]


*''[[Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming: Seasonal Early Music of Germany (2017)|Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming: Seasonal Early Music of Germany]]''[[Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming: Seasonal Early Music of Germany (2017)| (2017) December 15 - December 23 (2017)]]
*[[Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming: Seasonal Early Music of Germany (2017)|''Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming: Seasonal Early Music of Germany'' December 15 - December 23 (2017)]]


*''[[Tempesta di Mare: Telemann 360 (2017)|Tempesta di Mare: Telemann 360°]]''[[Tempesta di Mare: Telemann 360 (2017)| (2017) October 12 (2017)]]
*[[Tempesta di Mare: Telemann 360 (2017)|''Tempesta di Mare: Telemann 360°'' October 12 (2017)]]


*''[[An English Garden: Music from the Age of Shakespeare (2017)|An English Garden: Music from the Age of Shakespeare]]''[[An English Garden: Music from the Age of Shakespeare (2017)| (2017) September 22 - September 24 (2017)]]
*[[An English Garden: Music from the Age of Shakespeare (2017)|''An English Garden: Music from the Age of Shakespeare'' September 22 - September 24 (2017)]]


*[[The Play of Love (2017)|''The Play of Love'' (2017)]]
*[[The Play of Love (2017)|''The Play of Love'' (2017)]]
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*[[''The Second Shepherds' Play'' (2016)|''The Second Shepherds' Play'' (2016)]]
*[[''The Second Shepherds' Play'' (2016)|''The Second Shepherds' Play'' (2016)]]


*''[[Measure+Dido (2016)]]''
*[[Measure+Dido (2016)|''Measure+Dido'' (2016)]]


*[[Shakespeare and Purcell: Music of The Fairy Queen and Other Works (2016)|''Shakespeare and Purcell: Music of The Fairy Queen and Other Works (2016)'']]
*[[Shakespeare and Purcell: Music of The Fairy Queen and Other Works (2016)|''Shakespeare and Purcell: Music of The Fairy Queen and Other Works'' (2016)]]


*[[Playing with Fire: Virtuoso Instrumental Music of the Renaissance (2016)|''Playing with Fire: Virtuoso Instrumental Music of the Renaissance (2016)'']]
*[[Playing with Fire: Virtuoso Instrumental Music of the Renaissance (2016)|''Playing with Fire: Virtuoso Instrumental Music of the Renaissance'' (2016)]]


*[[The Wonder of Will: Early and New Music Celebrating Shakespeare (2016)|''The Wonder of Will: Early and New Music Celebrating Shakespeare (2016)'']]
*[[The Wonder of Will: Early and New Music Celebrating Shakespeare (2016)|''The Wonder of Will: Early and New Music Celebrating Shakespeare'' (2016)]]


*[[The Season Bids Us: Christmas Music featuring Guido's Four Seasons (2015)|''The Season Bids Us: Christmas Music featuring Guido's Four Seasons (2015)'']]
*[[The Season Bids Us: Christmas Music featuring Guido's Four Seasons (2015)|''The Season Bids Us: Christmas Music featuring Guido's Four Seasons'' (2015)]]


*[[Chanson Medieval: Music of Machaut and Dufay (2015)|''Chanson Medieval: Music of Machaut and Dufay (2015)'']]
*[[Chanson Medieval: Music of Machaut and Dufay (2015)|''Chanson Medieval: Music of Machaut and Dufay'' (2015)]]


*[[Ships, Clocks and Stars: Music of Telemann and Other Baroque Masters (2015)|''Ships, Clocks and Stars: Music of Telemann and Other Baroque Masters'' (2015)]]
*[[Ships, Clocks and Stars: Music of Telemann and Other Baroque Masters (2015)|''Ships, Clocks and Stars: Music of Telemann and Other Baroque Masters'' (2015)]]
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*[[Map of the World: Music from 13th- and 15th-Century Spain (2013)|''Map of the World: Music from 13th- and 15th-Century Spain'' (2013)]]
*[[Map of the World: Music from 13th- and 15th-Century Spain (2013)|''Map of the World: Music from 13th- and 15th-Century Spain'' (2013)]]


*[[Vienna: Music for Maximilian (2013)|''Vienna: Music for Maximilian'' (2013)]]  
*[[Vienna: Music for Maximilian (2013)|''Vienna: Music for Maximilian'' (2013)]]


*[[Dublin: Celtic Art and Music (2013)|''Dublin: Celtic Art and Music'' (2013)]]
*[[Dublin: Celtic Art and Music (2013)|''Dublin: Celtic Art and Music'' (2013)]]


*[[Paris: Music from the City of Light (2013)|''Paris: Music from the City of Light'' (2013)]]  
*[[Paris: Music from the City of Light (2013)|''Paris: Music from the City of Light'' (2013)]]


*[[Florence: Christmas Music of the Trecento (2012)|''Florence: Christmas Music of the Trecento'' (2012)]]  
*[[Florence: Christmas Music of the Trecento (2012)|''Florence: Christmas Music of the Trecento'' (2012)]]


*[[London: Music from the City of Shakespeare (2012)|''London: Music from the City of Shakespeare'' (2012)]]
*[[London: Music from the City of Shakespeare (2012)|''London: Music from the City of Shakespeare'' (2012)]]


*[[City of Ladies (2012)|''City of Ladies'' (2012)]]  
*[[City of Ladies (2012)|''City of Ladies'' (2012)]]


*[[The Songbird (2012)|''The Songbird'' (2012)]]  
*[[The Songbird (2012)|''The Songbird'' (2012)]]


*[[Heavenly Revelations: Hildegard von Bingen and Medieval France (2012)|''Heavenly Revelations: Hildegard von Bingen and Medieval France'' (2012)]]
*[[Heavenly Revelations: Hildegard von Bingen and Medieval France (2012)|''Heavenly Revelations: Hildegard von Bingen and Medieval France'' (2012)]]


*[[O Magnum Mysterium: Christmas Music of Renaissance Spain (2011)|''O Magnum Mysterium: Christmas Music of Renaissance Spain'' (2011)]]  
*[[O Magnum Mysterium: Christmas Music of Renaissance Spain (2011)|''O Magnum Mysterium: Christmas Music of Renaissance Spain'' (2011)]]


*[[A New Song (2011)|''A New Song'' (2011)]]
*[[A New Song (2011)|''A New Song'' (2011)]]
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*[[Sounds and Sweet Ayres (2004)|''Sounds and Sweet Ayres'' (2004)]]
*[[Sounds and Sweet Ayres (2004)|''Sounds and Sweet Ayres'' (2004)]]


*[[Making Music (2004)|''Making Music'' (2004)]] (No link on public site)
*''A Musical Banquet'' (2004)
*''Gather ye Rosebuds'' (2004)
*''This Thing They Call A Kiss'' (2004)
*''Odes for St. Cecilia's Day'' (2004)
*''Stille Nacht: A German Christmas'' (2003)
*''Illuminations'' (2003)
*''Shakespeare and Elizabeth'' (2003)
*''Don Quixote'' (2003)
*''Medieval Tales'' (2003)
*''Song of Songs'' (2003)
*''The Passion of Scrooge'' (2002)
*''Rabelaisian Revels'' (2002)
*''Highland Ayre'' (2002)
*''Monteverdi 1610 Vespers'' (2002)
*''Romance on the Rhine'' (2002)
*''Slavic Splendor'' (2002)
*''La notte de natale: Christmas in Italy'' (2001)
*''Chansons d'amour'' (2001)
*''Fairest Isle'' (2001)
*''John Milton's Comus'' (2001)
*''What then is Love'' (2001)
*''Angelus'' (2001)
*''A Coventry Carol'' (2000)
*''Fit for a King'' (2000)
*[[Gather ye Rosebuds (2000)|''Gather ye Rosebuds'' (2000)]]
*[[Orpheus' Lyre (2000)|''Orpheus' Lyre'' (2000)]]
*[[Fortunes of Love (2000)|''Fortunes of Love'' (2000)]]
*[[Hail, Millennium! (2000)|''Hail, Millennium!'' (2000)]]


===1990s===
===1990s===
* ''A French Noel'' (1999)
 
* ''Italia Mia'' (1999)
*[[A French Noel (1999)|''A French Noel'' (1999)]]
* ''Byrd Songs: Music of William Byrd'' (1999)
*[[Italia Mia (1999)|''Italia Mia'' (1999)]]
* ''Tastes and Sensibility'' (1999)
*''Byrd Songs: Music of William Byrd'' (1999)
* ''Heartsease: A Medieval Valentine'' (1999)
*''Tastes and Sensibility'' (1999)
* ''Monteverdi 1610 Vespers'' (1999)
*''Heartsease: A Medieval Valentine'' (1999)
* ''Navidad! A New World Christmas'' (1998)
*''Monteverdi 1610 Vespers'' (1999)
* ''A Book of Hours'' (1998)
*''Navidad! A New World Christmas'' (1998)
* ''Like as the Lute'' (1998)
*''A Book of Hours'' (1998)
* ''Map of the World'' (1998)
*''Like as the Lute'' (1998)
* ''La Chant d'Amour'' (1998)
*''Map of the World'' (1998)
* ''Hildegard: Hymns and Sequences'' (1998)
*''La Chant d'Amour'' (1998)
* ''A Canterbury Christmas'' (1997)
*''Hildegard: Hymns and Sequences'' (1998)
* ''Dance of Death'' (1997)
*''A Canterbury Christmas'' (1997)
* ''Alpine Airs'' (1997)
*''Dance of Death'' (1997)
* ''The Lark'' (1997)
*''Alpine Airs'' (1997)
* ''Illuminations'' (1997)
*''The Lark'' (1997)
* ''Ordo Virtutum: The Play of the Virtues'' (1997)
*''Illuminations'' (1997)
* ''Celestial Brass'' (1996)
*''Ordo Virtutum: The Play of the Virtues'' (1997)
* ''Political Fortunes'' (1996)
*''Celestial Brass'' (1996)
* ''Calliope's Daughters'' (1996)
*''Political Fortunes'' (1996)
* ''Springtime in Paris'' (1996)  
*''Calliope's Daughters'' (1996)
* ''Al-Andalus'' (1996)
*''Springtime in Paris'' (1996)
* ''An Old English Christmas'' (1995)
*''Al-Andalus'' (1996)
*''An Old English Christmas'' (1995)
*''Pastime with Good Company'' (1995)
*''Pastime with Good Company'' (1995)
*''Oktoberfest'' (1995)
*''Oktoberfest'' (1995)
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*''Love's Serenade'' (1993)
*''Love's Serenade'' (1993)
*''The Gifts of St. Nicholas'' (1993)
*''The Gifts of St. Nicholas'' (1993)
*''Christmas with the Folger Consort and the Washington Bach Consort'' (1992)  
*''Christmas with the Folger Consort and the Washington Bach Consort'' (1992)
*''All Hallow's Eve'' (1992)
*''All Hallow's Eve'' (1992)
*''When Birds Do Sing'' (1992)
*''When Birds Do Sing'' (1992)
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*''A Baroque Valentine'' (1990)
*''A Baroque Valentine'' (1990)


=== 1980s ===
===1980s===
* ''"Hark the Trumpets Sound": Christmas at the Folger'' (1989)
 
* ''A Festival of Winds'' (1989)
*''"Hark the Trumpets Sound": Christmas at the Folger'' (1989)
* ''Fantasia on a Theme by Boccaccio'' (1989)
*''A Festival of Winds'' (1989)
* ''Music from the Age of William and Mary'' (1989)
*''Fantasia on a Theme by Boccaccio'' (1989)
* ''Ordo Virtutum: The Play of the Virtues'' (1989)
*''Music from the Age of William and Mary'' (1989)
* ''Christmas with the Folger Consort and the Washington Bach Consort'' (1988)
*''Ordo Virtutum: The Play of the Virtues'' (1989)
* ''Scott Reiss in Recital'' (1988)  
*''Christmas with the Folger Consort and the Washington Bach Consort'' (1988)
* ''A Renaissance Tour of Italy'' (1988)
*''Scott Reiss in Recital'' (1988)
* ''Fresh Ayres and Madrigals'' (1988)
*''A Renaissance Tour of Italy'' (1988)
* ''Miracles and Mystic Visions'' (1988)
*''Fresh Ayres and Madrigals'' (1988)
* ''Showers of Harmonie'' (1988)
*''Miracles and Mystic Visions'' (1988)
* [[It Fell Upon a Holly Eve|''It Fell Upon a Holly Eve'' (1987)]]
*''Showers of Harmonie'' (1988)
* [[In Recital: Robert Eisenstein with Wendy Young|''In Recital: Robert Eisenstein with Wendy Young'' (1987)]]
*[[It Fell Upon a Holly Eve|''It Fell Upon a Holly Eve'' (1987)]]
* ''[[The Flowering of Song]]'' (1987)
*[[In Recital: Robert Eisenstein with Wendy Young|''In Recital: Robert Eisenstein with Wendy Young'' (1987)]]
* ''The Canterbury Tales'' (1987)
*''[[The Flowering of Song]]'' (1987)
* ''In Recital: Christopher Kendall with Ann Monoyios''  (1987)
*''The Canterbury Tales'' (1987)
* ''An Entertainment for Prince Henry'' (1987)
*''In Recital: Christopher Kendall with Ann Monoyios''  (1987)
* ''Christmas with the Folger Consort and the Western Wind'' (1986)
*''An Entertainment for Prince Henry'' (1987)
* ''A Tenth Anniversary Concert'' (1986)
*''Christmas with the Folger Consort and the Western Wind'' (1986)
* ''Sweet Zephyrs'' (1986)
*''A Tenth Anniversary Concert'' (1986)
* ''Masterpieces of Monteverdi'' (1986)
*''Sweet Zephyrs'' (1986)
* ''The Age of Chivalry'' (1986)
*''Masterpieces of Monteverdi'' (1986)
* ''Dowland's Dances'' (1986)
*''The Age of Chivalry'' (1986)
* ''Christmas with the Folger Consort'' (1985)
*''Dowland's Dances'' (1986)
* ''The Peace of Bourdeaux'' (1985)
*''Christmas with the Folger Consort'' (1985)
* ''Festival of Ferrara'' (1985)
*''The Peace of Bourdeaux'' (1985)
* ''Antique and Well-Noted'' (1985)
*''Festival of Ferrara'' (1985)
* ''Measure for Measure'' (1985)
*''Antique and Well-Noted'' (1985)
* ''Let Thy Song Be Love'' (1985)
*''Measure for Measure'' (1985)
* ''Sing Heigh, Ho! Unto the Green Holly'' (1984)
*''Let Thy Song Be Love'' (1985)
* ''Wild Thyme'' (1984)
*''Sing Heigh, Ho! Unto the Green Holly'' (1984)
* ''Fair Adventure'' (1984)
*''Wild Thyme'' (1984)
* ''A Medieval Tapestry'' (1984)
*''Fair Adventure'' (1984)
* ''Like as the Lute'' (1984)
*''A Medieval Tapestry'' (1984)
* ''When Notre Dame was New'' (1984)
*''Like as the Lute'' (1984)
* ''Renaissance Christmas Music: Nowell Sing We'' (1983)
*''When Notre Dame was New'' (1984)
* ''Exile in Avignon'' (1983)
*''Renaissance Christmas Music: Nowell Sing We'' (1983)
* ''The Leaves be Greene'' (1983)
*''Exile in Avignon'' (1983)
* ''A Pilgrim's Solace'' (1983)
*''The Leaves be Greene'' (1983)
* ''Boccacio/The Old Hall Manuscript'' (1983)
*''A Pilgrim's Solace'' (1983)
* ''A Baroque Valentine'' (1983)
*''Boccacio/The Old Hall Manuscript'' (1983)
* ''A Medieval Christmas Pageant'' (1982-1983)
*''A Baroque Valentine'' (1983)
* ''Troubled Times'' (1982)
*''A Medieval Christmas Pageant'' (1982-1983)
* ''A Taste of Burgundy'' (1982)
*''Troubled Times'' (1982)
* ''Josquin Incomparabilis'' (1982)
*''A Taste of Burgundy'' (1982)
* ''The Seven Teares'' (1982)
*''Josquin Incomparabilis'' (1982)
* ''Musica Mediterraneo'' (1982)
*''The Seven Teares'' (1982)
* ''From the Edge of the World'' (1982)
*''Musica Mediterraneo'' (1982)
* ''Humanismus Germanicus'' (1981)  
*''From the Edge of the World'' (1982)
* ''Machaut, le Noble Rhetorque'' (1981)
*''Humanismus Germanicus'' (1981)
* ''Ecco la Primavera: The Madrigal in 14th and 16th Century Italy'' (1981)
*''Machaut, le Noble Rhetorque'' (1981)
* ''From the Adriatic to the Baltic'' (1981)
*''Ecco la Primavera: The Madrigal in 14th and 16th Century Italy'' (1981)
* ''A Distant Mirror: Music of the Calamitous 14th Century'' (1981)
*''From the Adriatic to the Baltic'' (1981)
* ''Cappella Fidicinia: A Consort of Viols'' (1981)
*''A Distant Mirror: Music of the Calamitous 14th Century'' (1981)
* ''He, Trez Doulz Rossignol: A Consort of Recorders'' (1980)
*''Cappella Fidicinia: A Consort of Viols'' (1981)
* ''Troubadors and Jongleurs''  (1980)
*''He, Trez Doulz Rossignol: A Consort of Recorders'' (1980)
* [[Choralis Constantinus: Music of Heinrich Isaac|''Choralis Constantinus: Music of Heinrich Isaac'' (]]1980)
*''Troubadors and Jongleurs''  (1980)
* ''[[Triptych: Three Centuries of French Music]]'' (1980)
*[[Choralis Constantinus: Music of Heinrich Isaac|''Choralis Constantinus: Music of Heinrich Isaac'' (]]1980)
* ''Triptych: Three Centuries of Italian Music'' (1980)
*''[[Triptych: Three Centuries of French Music]]'' (1980)
* [[Triptych: Three Centuries of German Music|''Triptych: Three Centuries of German Music'' (1980)]]
*''Triptych: Three Centuries of Italian Music'' (1980)
*[[Triptych: Three Centuries of German Music|''Triptych: Three Centuries of German Music'' (1980)]]
 
===1970s===
 
*[[More Than the Miraculous Harp: Music from Spain and England|''More than the Miraculous Harp: Music of Spain and England'' (1979)]]
*[[L'Homme Arme: Music from the Hundred Years' War|''L'homme arme: Music from the Hundred Years' War'' (1979)]]
*[[Music of the Spheres|''Music of the Spheres'' (1979)]]
*''Music from the Medieval Monastery'' (1979)
*''On the Middle Sea: Five Centuries of Music from Mediterranean Countries'' (1979)
*''Music from Shakespeare's Age: A Concert of English Renaissance Music'' (1979)
*''The New Music and the Old: the Early Seventeenth Century'' (1978)
*''Players and Dancers'' (1978)
*''The Age of Chaucer'' (1978)
*''Botticelli to Breughel'' (1978)
*''Italy: A Tribute to the great city of Florence'' (1978)
*''A Tapestry: Three centuries of music from France'' (1978)
*''Germany: Court Music of the Glorious Maximillian'' (1978)
*''Music from the Edge of the World: Iberia'' (1977)
*''England: Chapel and Chamber Music 1400-1600'' (1977)


=== 1970s ===
* [[More Than the Miraculous Harp: Music from Spain and England|''More than the Miraculous Harp: Music of Spain and England'' (1979)]]
* [[L'Homme Arme: Music from the Hundred Years' War|''L'homme arme: Music from the Hundred Years' War'' (1979)]]
* [[Music of the Spheres|''Music of the Spheres'' (1979)]]
* ''Music from the Medieval Monastery'' (1979)
* ''On the Middle Sea: Five Centuries of Music from Mediterranean Countries'' (1979)
* ''Music from Shakespeare's Age: A Concert of English Renaissance Music'' (1979)
* ''The New Music and the Old: the Early Seventeenth Century'' (1978)
* ''Players and Dancers'' (1978)
* ''The Age of Chaucer'' (1978)
* ''Botticelli to Breughel'' (1978)
* ''Italy: A Tribute to the great city of Florence'' (1978)
* ''A Tapestry: Three centuries of music from France'' (1978)
* ''Germany: Court Music of the Glorious Maximillian'' (1978)
* ''Music from the Edge of the World: Iberia'' (1977)
* ''England: Chapel and Chamber Music 1400-1600'' (1977)
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Latest revision as of 09:50, 26 September 2022

Folger Consort is the early music ensemble-in-residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Founding Artistic Directors Robert Eisenstein and Christopher Kendall create musical programs from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. The Consort performs concerts in the ensemble’s home, the Folger’s Elizabethan Theatre, the Washington National Cathedral, and the Music Center at Strathmore, and brings internationally noted guest artists to Washington, D.C. to join in its “early music chamber society.”

Beyond its concert series, Folger Consort strives to deepen audiences’ understanding and appreciation of early music through seminars, discussions, recordings, radio broadcasts, and unique collaborations with other programs of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Folger Consort won the Best Classical Chamber Ensemble award from the Washington Area Music Awards in 2006, and every year from 2008-2012.

Founders

Robert Eisenstein

Robert Eisenstein is a founding member and the program director of Folger Consort. In addition to his work with the Consort, he is the director of the Five College Early Music Program in western Massachusetts, where he teaches music history, performs regularly on viola da gamba, violin, and medieval fiddle, and coordinates and directs student performances of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music. He is an active participant in Five College Medieval Studies with a particular interest in the use of computer technology in the service of music.

Eisenstein has performed with many ensembles including the Washington Bach Consort, the Newberry Consort, the National Symphony Orchestra, Western Wind, and recently at Tanglewood, Amherst Early Music, and other summer festivals. He studied viola da gamba with Judith Davidoff and Richard Taruskin.

Christopher Kendall

Christopher Kendall is the founder of Folger Consort. Kendall is Dean Emeritus of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance and served formerly as Director of the University of Maryland School of Music and the Music Division and Tanglewood Institute of the Boston University School for the Arts. He was Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony from 1987 to 1992, and has guest conducted and recorded widely in repertoire from the 18th to 21st centuries. He will continue his work in Washington, DC, as artistic director of the 21st Century Consort.

From 1996 to 2005, he was Director of the School of Music at the University of Maryland, during a period of significant institutional growth related to the building of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony from 1987 to 1992 and Director of the Music Division and Tanglewood Institute of the Boston University School for the Arts from 1993 to 1996, Kendall is also Artistic Director, founder and conductor of the 21st Century Consort, the new music ensemble-in-residence at the Smithsonian Institution.

Kendall has guest-conducted many professional orchestras and ensembles from San Francisco to New York, in repertoire from the 18th to the 21st centuries. His recordings can be heard on the Bard, Delos, Nonesuch, Centaur, ASV, Arabesque, Innova, and Smithsonian Collection labels.

After 45 years of extraordinary early music, Consort founder Christopher Kendall is collaborating with fellow Artistic Director Robert Eisenstein and colleagues on his final season (2022-2023), providing artistic and programming consultation. Kendall notes his "tremendous good fortune in the opportunity to make marvelous music with extraordinary friends and colleagues, and for such a discerning and dedicated audience over these many decades. Such an institutional home, providing remarkable support and artistic freedom for a chamber music enterprise, is an extraordinary, virtually unprecedented boon.”

Recordings

Folger Consort recordings are available for purchase online through CD Baby.

Current season

Folger Consort 2022-2023

Past seasons

2020s

2010s

2000s

  • A Musical Banquet (2004)
  • Gather ye Rosebuds (2004)
  • This Thing They Call A Kiss (2004)
  • Odes for St. Cecilia's Day (2004)
  • Stille Nacht: A German Christmas (2003)
  • Illuminations (2003)
  • Shakespeare and Elizabeth (2003)
  • Don Quixote (2003)
  • Medieval Tales (2003)
  • Song of Songs (2003)
  • The Passion of Scrooge (2002)
  • Rabelaisian Revels (2002)
  • Highland Ayre (2002)
  • Monteverdi 1610 Vespers (2002)
  • Romance on the Rhine (2002)
  • Slavic Splendor (2002)
  • La notte de natale: Christmas in Italy (2001)
  • Chansons d'amour (2001)
  • Fairest Isle (2001)
  • John Milton's Comus (2001)
  • What then is Love (2001)
  • Angelus (2001)
  • A Coventry Carol (2000)
  • Fit for a King (2000)
  • Gather ye Rosebuds (2000)
  • Orpheus' Lyre (2000)
  • Fortunes of Love (2000)
  • Hail, Millennium! (2000)

1990s

  • A French Noel (1999)
  • Italia Mia (1999)
  • Byrd Songs: Music of William Byrd (1999)
  • Tastes and Sensibility (1999)
  • Heartsease: A Medieval Valentine (1999)
  • Monteverdi 1610 Vespers (1999)
  • Navidad! A New World Christmas (1998)
  • A Book of Hours (1998)
  • Like as the Lute (1998)
  • Map of the World (1998)
  • La Chant d'Amour (1998)
  • Hildegard: Hymns and Sequences (1998)
  • A Canterbury Christmas (1997)
  • Dance of Death (1997)
  • Alpine Airs (1997)
  • The Lark (1997)
  • Illuminations (1997)
  • Ordo Virtutum: The Play of the Virtues (1997)
  • Celestial Brass (1996)
  • Political Fortunes (1996)
  • Calliope's Daughters (1996)
  • Springtime in Paris (1996)
  • Al-Andalus (1996)
  • An Old English Christmas (1995)
  • Pastime with Good Company (1995)
  • Oktoberfest (1995)
  • Come Again, Sweet Love (1995)
  • Dido & Aeneus (1995)
  • Musical Revolutions (1995)
  • A Medieval Tapestry (1995)
  • A Christmas Concerto (1994)
  • Playing with Fire (1994)
  • Wild Thyme (1994)
  • The Dragon of Wantley (1994)
  • Dances of Dowland (1994)
  • Brilliance of the Italian Baroque (1994)
  • A Renaissance Valentine (1994)
  • Mysteries of Machaut (1994)
  • Recorder Revelations (1993)
  • Art of the Renaissance Instrumentalist (1993)
  • England's Italian Romance (1993)
  • Roses and Lilies: Music of the Medieval Court (1993)
  • Love's Serenade (1993)
  • The Gifts of St. Nicholas (1993)
  • Christmas with the Folger Consort and the Washington Bach Consort (1992)
  • All Hallow's Eve (1992)
  • When Birds Do Sing (1992)
  • Escoutatz! Songs of the Troubadours (1992)
  • Signor Uberto's Music Room (1992)
  • Pilgrimage (1992)
  • Hodie Alleluia (1991)
  • An Italian Fall Festival (1991)
  • Time Stands Still (1991)
  • Hark! the Echoing Air (1991)
  • Canterbury Tales (1991)
  • A Medieval Christmas (1990)
  • Oktoberfest (1990)
  • Celebrating Shakespeare (1990)
  • La Harpe de Melodie (1990)
  • A Baroque Valentine (1990)

1980s

  • "Hark the Trumpets Sound": Christmas at the Folger (1989)
  • A Festival of Winds (1989)
  • Fantasia on a Theme by Boccaccio (1989)
  • Music from the Age of William and Mary (1989)
  • Ordo Virtutum: The Play of the Virtues (1989)
  • Christmas with the Folger Consort and the Washington Bach Consort (1988)
  • Scott Reiss in Recital (1988)
  • A Renaissance Tour of Italy (1988)
  • Fresh Ayres and Madrigals (1988)
  • Miracles and Mystic Visions (1988)
  • Showers of Harmonie (1988)
  • It Fell Upon a Holly Eve (1987)
  • In Recital: Robert Eisenstein with Wendy Young (1987)
  • The Flowering of Song (1987)
  • The Canterbury Tales (1987)
  • In Recital: Christopher Kendall with Ann Monoyios (1987)
  • An Entertainment for Prince Henry (1987)
  • Christmas with the Folger Consort and the Western Wind (1986)
  • A Tenth Anniversary Concert (1986)
  • Sweet Zephyrs (1986)
  • Masterpieces of Monteverdi (1986)
  • The Age of Chivalry (1986)
  • Dowland's Dances (1986)
  • Christmas with the Folger Consort (1985)
  • The Peace of Bourdeaux (1985)
  • Festival of Ferrara (1985)
  • Antique and Well-Noted (1985)
  • Measure for Measure (1985)
  • Let Thy Song Be Love (1985)
  • Sing Heigh, Ho! Unto the Green Holly (1984)
  • Wild Thyme (1984)
  • Fair Adventure (1984)
  • A Medieval Tapestry (1984)
  • Like as the Lute (1984)
  • When Notre Dame was New (1984)
  • Renaissance Christmas Music: Nowell Sing We (1983)
  • Exile in Avignon (1983)
  • The Leaves be Greene (1983)
  • A Pilgrim's Solace (1983)
  • Boccacio/The Old Hall Manuscript (1983)
  • A Baroque Valentine (1983)
  • A Medieval Christmas Pageant (1982-1983)
  • Troubled Times (1982)
  • A Taste of Burgundy (1982)
  • Josquin Incomparabilis (1982)
  • The Seven Teares (1982)
  • Musica Mediterraneo (1982)
  • From the Edge of the World (1982)
  • Humanismus Germanicus (1981)
  • Machaut, le Noble Rhetorque (1981)
  • Ecco la Primavera: The Madrigal in 14th and 16th Century Italy (1981)
  • From the Adriatic to the Baltic (1981)
  • A Distant Mirror: Music of the Calamitous 14th Century (1981)
  • Cappella Fidicinia: A Consort of Viols (1981)
  • He, Trez Doulz Rossignol: A Consort of Recorders (1980)
  • Troubadors and Jongleurs (1980)
  • Choralis Constantinus: Music of Heinrich Isaac (1980)
  • Triptych: Three Centuries of French Music (1980)
  • Triptych: Three Centuries of Italian Music (1980)
  • Triptych: Three Centuries of German Music (1980)

1970s

  • More than the Miraculous Harp: Music of Spain and England (1979)
  • L'homme arme: Music from the Hundred Years' War (1979)
  • Music of the Spheres (1979)
  • Music from the Medieval Monastery (1979)
  • On the Middle Sea: Five Centuries of Music from Mediterranean Countries (1979)
  • Music from Shakespeare's Age: A Concert of English Renaissance Music (1979)
  • The New Music and the Old: the Early Seventeenth Century (1978)
  • Players and Dancers (1978)
  • The Age of Chaucer (1978)
  • Botticelli to Breughel (1978)
  • Italy: A Tribute to the great city of Florence (1978)
  • A Tapestry: Three centuries of music from France (1978)
  • Germany: Court Music of the Glorious Maximillian (1978)
  • Music from the Edge of the World: Iberia (1977)
  • England: Chapel and Chamber Music 1400-1600 (1977)