27 & 28  March    J.S. Bach   St. John Passion   The Kentucky Bach Choir,  Lexington KY    Marlon Hurst, cond. 

12 April   The NOVA Consort presents music of the Italian Renaissance at The Corner Store in Washington DC

19 April   G.F. Handel  Judas Maccabeus   Rockbridge Choral Society,  Lexington, VA    William McCorkle, cond.

The Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in Seinem Reichen, BWV 11 seemed to be a concerted effort to summon the angels of God...Tenor Robert Petillo shined throughout the work.  Not only did he sing with a lovely tone, but brought an emotional bearing to each phrase."   -- Patrick McCoy, The Examiner  April 30, 2012  
( complete review : Examiner review of WBC 4/30/12 )

"All the vocal and instrumental soloists, the chorus and the orchestra were superb and in perfect accord — everyone propelled to the end by Bach’s immutable rhythmic pulse." 
-- Celia Porter,  The Washington Post  April 30, 2012  (complete review: Washington Post review of WBC 4/30/12 )

The Washington Bach Consort: "Heaven On Earth"   April 29, 2012
"Often, composers use musical material from previously composed works in the context of a new one.  Bach's Missa Brevis in G minor is a prime example of this common practice...  As Maestro Lewis explained to the audience before taking the podium, this particular choral work has quotes from the towering Mass on B minor.  That was especially evident in the solo aria for tenor, 'Qui Tollis' which seemed to be a more expansive take on a previously musical theme from the larger work. Here, tenor Robert Petillo gave a sterling performance with elegant phrasing that was the perfect vehicle for the clarion brilliance of his voice.