Kristen Dubenion-Smith


"...A mezzo-soprano with a lilting voice..."

-Rebecca Corbett, The New York Times-


"The listener basked in the luxuriant richness of her lower register, while marveling at the facility of her upper tessitura... the depth of her conviction and connection to the music."

-Patrick McCoy, Washington Life Magazine-


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Eya: Ensemble for Medieval Music


Eya presents a Nocturne for Light


Eya: Ensemble for Medieval Music


Eya presents a Nocturne for Peace


Bach in Baltimore: Baroque Oktoberfest

Christ Lutheran Church , 701 S. Charles St., Baltimore, MD

Can’t make it to Munich this fall? Don’t worry! Bach in Baltimore opens its 2019-2020 season with a taste of the rich and delicious German Baroque music traditions in our Baroque Oktoberfest concert, featuring Bach’s rousing Cantata 20 that begins with a march fit for a king and showcases a spirited chorus, a trio of oboes, bright brass aria for trumpet, and solos for alto and tenor. It is paired with Telemann’s lively Tafelmusik II: Ouverture Suite in D major, which represents the peak of sixteenth-century courtly table music. It is a perfect way to kick off our season of the Baroque Greatest Hits.

Kristen Dubenion-Smith, alto soloist



St. Mary Mother of God, 727 5th St. NW, Washington D.C.

Lassus's brilliant settings of the Vespers Psalms feature rich textures from five to eight voices as well as masterful counterpoint and text painting. His great
Magnificat Deus in adjutorium is based on his motet setting the opening versicle and response of the Office of Vespers

Palestrina's great Pentecost Mass, the Missa Dum complerentur dies Pentecostes, is based on his famous motet of that name, written for the choir of St. Peter’s in Rome led by the composer. Palestrina's music offers a vivid pictorial evocation of the “sudden” sound from heaven as of a “rushing wind” that heralded the outpouring of the Holy Spirit


City Choir of Washington: Baroque and Beyond

National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC

The City Choir of Washington concludes its twelfth season with one of the most popular choral works ever written: Mozart’s immortal Requiem. Maestro Shafer invites you to explore the baroque influences that shaped Mozart’s masterpiece, including excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, and the Uppsala Magnificat by German composer Heinrich Schütz. Schütz studied in Venice and took their poly-choral practices back to Northern Germany. It is a thrilling and rarely-heard piece for three choirs and orchestra.


Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta

Italian Embassy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW, Washington D.C.

During the 15th century, Italian villas witnessed an incredible transformation, going from fortified country houses to places of entertainment and leisure, and in the process, experiencing deep remodeling during this transition. Used to entertain guests and as a retreat from the noise and confusion of the streets and piazzas, these villas often featured gardens emulating those of ancient Rome, adorned with an array of statuary.

For this program, excerpts from the newly released documentary Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta: four centuries of history will be screened with a presentation by Film Director Francesco Vitali and Dr. Allison Luchs, Curator of Early European Sculpture at the National Gallery of Art, who will illustrate the tradition of sculpture gardens in Renaissance Italy and two masterpieces from Villa Litta now part of the NGA’s collection.

To enhance the audience’s appreciation of the documentary, the screening will be accompanied by a concert featuring some music by the composers who enjoyed the patronage of the Villa’s residents during the 16th-18th centuries. Directed by Tina Chancey of Hesperus, the musical performances will feature Mezzo-soprano Kristen Dubanion-Smith and tenor Rob Petillo joined by William Simms, theorbo and renaissance lute, Elizabeth Field, baroque violin, Paula Maust, harpsichord, and Dr. Chancey, renaissance violin and viola da gamba.