Conductor's Note:

Like any other year, it is my great pleasure to share with you The Thirteen’s plans for our upcoming season, our most ambitious yet. Yet this is no ordinary year, and so my surpassing enthusiasm for our upcoming 2020-2021 season is tempered by concern that one or more of our long-planned performances may have to be modified substantially because of the Covid-19 pandemic. While this brochure represents our planned and best-case scenario, The Thirteen has multiple contingency plans. On the opposing page, you will find steps that The Thirteen is taking to continue to provide the world-class musical offerings that you have come to expect. I
am excited by the musical potential of all of the virtual options, and I hope that you will be too.

Our 2020-2021 season, Transfigured, marks a continuation of our commitment to life-affirming performance, to music-making at its finest, and to constant innovation. The thread running through our concerts this season is a search for the apotheosis of beauty through transfiguration. Each concert seeks out beauty in a variety of ways new and old. 


We will be live-streaming each and every one of our concerts. We also hope to be able to offer concerts near you in downtown Washington, D.C., Bethesda, MD, and Alexandria, VA. These concerts feature musicians from around the world and a millennium of music from Monteverdi to Elena Ruehr, and from Bach to Schoenberg.

A highlight of this season is a staged production – meaning fully acted out and memorized – of Bach’s beloved St. John Passion. Staged by Timothy Nelson, hailed as “The Future of Opera” by The New York Times, this performance will feature the finest period instrumentalists and singers and the University of Maryland’s Chamber Singers under the direction of Edward Maclary.

I hope that you will continue to believe in the art that The Thirteen creates by subscribing to our 2020-2021 season today. Your subscription shows your faith in The Thirteen and that we will continue to provide you with meaningful musical experiences for as long as the pandemic lasts.

Normally, I would sign this letter saying that I look forward to seeing you and your friends soon. This year it may be a while before I see you in person. But I promise that you will see me and The Thirteen soon. And more importantly, you will hear us!


Matthew Robertson, Artistic Director

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