The Washington Conservatory of Music will present the Pressenda Chamber Players - the Conservatory's Ensemble-in-Residence – at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda on December 2. The trio is comprised of Aaron Berofsky, violin, Tobias Werner, cello, & Adam Golka, piano.
The program will feature trios for violin, cello & piano by Mendelssohn and Schubert.
Washington Conservatory of Music will present the Fine Arts Quartet with Alon Goldstein, piano in a concert titled Mozart & More: Special Celebration of 55th and Final Seaon of Fine Arts Quartet on January 19 at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda.The quartet is comprised on Ralph Evans, violin, Efim Boico, violin, Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola & Robert Cohen, cello. Pianist Alon Goldstein has played with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the San Francisco, Baltimore, St. Louis, Dallas, Houston, Toronto and Vancouver symphonies as well as the Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles and Radio France Orchestra.
Organ Recitals are performed on Sunday afternoons on Washington National Cathedral’s great organ and feature fine musicians from around the world. A donation of $10 per person is suggested. No reservations are required, except for groups.
Washington National Cathedral Choir & Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Michael McCarthy will perform Handel's Messiah at Washington National Cathedral on December 1, 2 & 3. The soloists will be Soprano: Laura Choi Stuart; Mezzo Soprano: Emily Marvosh; Tenor: Rufus Müller & Bass Baritone: Kevin Deas.
Members of PostClassical Ensemble, conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez, with The Cathedral Choir conducted by Michael McCarthy & commentary by James Loeffler, will perform Music in Wartime: A Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration at Washington National Cathedral on December 7. The soloists participating will be William Sharp, baritone & Alexander Shtarkman, piano. The program will include Hanns Eisler’s Worker’s Choruses & his The Hollywood Songbook (excerpts), plus Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 & Arnold Schoenberg’s The Ode to Napoleon.
Image below: Angel Gil-Ordóñez - Photo by Andre Chung
Cathedral Choral Society, led by Guest Conductor Betsy Burleigh, with the Lyric Brass Quintet & the Washington Latin Public Charter School, conducted by Melissa Nevola, will perform a concert titled Joy of Christmas on December 16.The concert will include Christmas favorites and a festive carol sing-along.
The program will feature a newly-commissioned carol by British composer Paul Mealor.
Diderot String Quartet will perform a concert titled The Emperor’s New Harp at Washington National Cathedral on January 18.The Quartet was named after the prominent eighteenth-century French philosopher Denis Diderot. The four musicians share a background in historical performance and “bring a fresh approach to both familiar and lesser-known works of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.” Their program will feature Franz Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 76/No. 3 "Emperor" & Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74 "Harp."
Image below: Diderot String Quartet - Photo by JenniferToole
The Washington Men's Camerata, conducted by Music Director Frank Albinder, will perform Christmas with the Camerata on December 2 at Fairlington United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia; at Bradley Hills Presbyterian in Bethesda, Maryland on December 3 and at Church of the Epiphany in DC on December 10. The program will feature familiar carols, popular melodies and a few surprises.
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, conducted by Ulysses James, will perform Jim Territo’s John Henry Vs. The Machineat George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria on Sunday December 17 and at Church of the Epiphany in DC on December 10. The performance will featureKarl Hovey, tuba & Charles Williams, narrator.
The program will also include Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes for Cello and Orchestra, with Randy Ward, cello;Ottorini Respighi’s Gli uccelli, P.154 (The Birds) and Alexandre Tansman’s Concertino in Homage to Manual de Falla, with Piotr Pakhomkin, guitar.
Choralis, Ēchos chamber choir, Cantus Choral Scholars & The Classical Brass Quintet, led by Artistic Director Gretchen Kuhrmann, will perform A Classic Brass Christmason December 2 at The Church of the Epiphany in DC & on December 3 at Providence Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia. The concerts will include a candlelight processional, conducting raffle, and carol sing-along, plus John Rutter’s Gloria!
Image below: Gretchen Kuhrmann – Photo by Don Lassell
The Church of the Epiphany Tuesday Concert Series, led by Music Director Jeremy Filsell, “reaches out to the entire metropolitan Washington community and runs for 52 weeks of the year. No other concert series follows such a pattern and, as such, it is unique in the Washington DC area.”
Dumbarton Concerts will present A Celtic Christmas at historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown on December 9 & 10.The show will feature Linn Barnes & Allison Hampton on lute, Celtic harp and other instruments; flutes and pipes by Joseph Cunliffe; and percussion by Steven Bloom. Ms. Hampton has focused on a variety of harps, while Mr. Barnes now plays the lute, guitar, harp-guitar, cittern, and Irish pipes.”
Dumbarton Concerts will present Washington Symphonic Brass Quintet: Sounds of the Season on December 16 at Dumbarton Church in Georgetown. The quintet “is comprised of some of the finest professional musicians in the Washington/Baltimore area. Members of the WSB have performed with many of the nation’s best orchestras, including the National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among others.”
Dumbarton Concerts will present Duo Deloro: La Buena Vida at historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown on January 27. Guitarists Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic will perform Latin American and Spanish music, including traditional Argentinian Tangos, original flamenco compositions, and brand new arrangements of classic compositions. Adam del Monte is one of the leading flamenco and classical guitarist/composers of his generation. Mak Grgic studied guitar in Zagreb with the esteemed Ante Cagalj. The program will include Danza Espagnola No. 9 by Enrique Granados, Evocación from Iberia and Asturias by Isaac Albéniz and Valeciana No. 7 from Danzas Espanolas (Los Majos Enamorados).
The City Choir of Washington, conducted by Robert Shafer, will perform The Holly and the Ivy: Music for Christmas on December 17 at the National Presbyterian Church.The concert will feature seasonal choral works and sing-along carols with the choir and audience.
The choir will be joined by A CAPPELLA! from James Hubert Blake High School, under the direction of Sandra Zinkievich.
Washington Bach Consort, conducted by Dana Marsh, will perform J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at National Presbyterian Church on December 9. The oratorio, with varied music for chorus, soloists and orchestra, features “ thrilling passages for trumpets and timpani, gentle lullabies, dramaticarias, ornate instrumental solos, and rousing choruses…..” The soloists will be Kate Vetter Cain, soprano, Kristen Dubenion-Smith, alto, Robert Petillo, tenor & Steven Combs, bass.
The Georgetown Concert Series will perform a concert by the Etherea Vocal Ensemble at St. John’s Episcopal Church on November 25.The ensemble is “an intimate chamber group specializing in choral repertoire for treble (high) voices,” which was founded and directed by countertenor Derek Greten-Harrison. Etherea’s Christmas program – by candlelight - will feature Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols & John Rutter’s Dancing Day, with harpist Grace Cloutier.
The 21st Century Consort will perform An Evening of Carolson December 16 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill.The performance will be filmed by videographer Paul H. Moon. The performance will feature Jon Deak’s The Passion of Scrooge – or A Christmas Carol – with vocalist William Sharp.The concert will also feature Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, which is a work for harp and children’s choir. Voices from the Washington National Cathedral children’s choirs will be featured.