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Howard Bass


Howard Bass has performed throughout the U.S. as a soloist and has been a guest accompanist with the Santa Fe Opera, the Washington Bach Consort, the Washington Chamber Symphony, and the Masterworks Chorale, among others. He was a founding member of the early and traditional music ensemble, La Rondinella, and he has also performed and recorded with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, HESPERUS, the Folger Consort, the Baltimore Consort, Ensemble Galilei, the New England Viol Consort, the Vocal Arts Quartet, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington. As an accompanist, he has performed with several well-known early music singers, including Custer LaRue, Derek Lee Ragin, James Bowman, Peter Becker, and Barbara Hollinshead. In recent years he has worked extensively with Sephardic singer and composer Flory Jagoda. This January, Howard joined the staff of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, after twenty years as a program producer at the National Museum of American History.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/30/2013: The Genius of John Dowland

D.C. early music performers Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo-soprano; Jason Rylander, tenor; and Howard Bass, lute, join forces to present a celebration of the 450th birthday of John Dowland, the most celebrated and prolific composer of music for the lute in Elizabethan and Jacobean England.

Howard Bass