The Washington Conservatory of Music will present violinist James Buswell & Pressenda Chamber Players in a concert on October 7 at Westmoreland Congregational Church at 1 Westmoreland Circle in Bethesda. The Conservatory is a nationally-accredited community music school presenting a professional monthly concert series for the community. James Buswell has performed as a solo violinist with virtually all of the major orchestras worldwide as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and educator.Pressenda Chamber Players, led by Artistic Director Tobias Werner, is a multi-member ensemble of strings and piano is named for Giovanni Pressenda (1777-1854), maker of the instruments played by Tobias Werner and member violinist Aaron Berofsky. The program will be comprised of Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor, K. 516 and Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20.
The Washington Conservatory of Music will present pianist Sofya Gulyak in a concert at Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda on November 4.She has won many international prizes and has performed with acclaimed conductors and orchestras throughout the world. Ms. Gulyak will perform two works by composers who honor compositions and themes by other composers: Brahms Variations and Fugue on a theme by Handel and Franz Liszt’s transcriptions of songs by Schubert, ending with Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy.
Image below: Sofya Gulyak - Photo by Fedor Ermolayev).
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 will present a concert titled Navetoberfest! on Sunday, October 8.Curated and devised by the Norwegian violinist Bjarte Eike, the concert will "give an insight into the music of the English 17th-century tavern. The concert will "shine light onto this tumultuous period through Purcell overtures, English sea shanties and Scandinavian folk songs thrown in for good measure; brilliantly evoking the atmosphere of a high spirited tavern of the 1600s. Through the medium of these well-loved tunes, a story of the period is interwoven into the music-making; creating a unique environment between audience and performer. Enjoy food and refreshment as part of the experience."
Washington National Cathedral will present a concert titled Ireland’s Poet-Patriots: A Musical History on Thursday, October 12."Original crossover and Irish traditional tunes vividly bring to life the words of Ireland’s great Poets and Patriots as they illuminate 140 years of Ireland’s history in the grand setting of the National Cathedral Nave. There will be performances by soloists from Ireland and DC, orchestra, chorus, Irish “Trad” Ensemble” – 60 outstanding musicians plus Narrators. The event will be preceded by an introduction by the Ambassador of Ireland to the U.S.
The Cathedral Choral Society, led by Guest Conductor Kent Tritle, will perform Mozart's Requiem in D Minor, K. 626and Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna in Washington National Cathedral on October 15. The soloists will be Danielle Talamantes, soprano, Sara Murphy, mezzo-soprano, Alex Richardson, tenor, and Matt Boehler, Bass.
Video: Click on the image below to hear Mozart’s Requiem.
Washington National Cathedral will present a National Veterans Day Concertfeaturing the Cathedral Choir and the U.S. Marine Orchestra on November 11.Through the concert, the Cathedral seeks to honor and celebrate those who have served our country. The goal is also to raise awareness of the needs of our veterans through the remarkable work done in their name.
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, led by Music Director & Conductor Ulysses S. James, will perform Virginia composer Ben Roundtree's Symphony No. 1 - Heroes on Sunday October 22 at the Church of the Epiphany in DC and on Sunday October 29 at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia.The Symphony is based on five of Roundtree’s spiritual and inspirational heroes and mentors. The concert will also include Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's, Violin Concerto, op. 35 in D major with violinist Leonid Sushansky, who is a rising star in the DC area.
The American Youth Chorus, Chamber Ensemble and NorthEast Senior Singers will perform Pass It On: Folk Songs from Around the World at Lutheran Church of the Reformation on November 4. The Congressional Chorus and Chamber Ensemble will perform We Will Rise! - The Search for Equality, Justice & Freedom in Song, Poetry & Danceat the Church of the Epiphany on November 19.
Congressional Chorus & Chamber Ensemble will perform a concert titled We Will Rise! The Search for Equality, Justice & Freedom in Song Poetry & Danceat the Church of the Epiphany in DC on November 19.The guest ensembles will be the Alexandria Harmonizers, Unique Sounds of Love, Joy of Motion Dance Center, & Capitol Movement.
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 Steven Honigberg & Friends: A Schubertiadein historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown on Saturday, October 21.Cellist Steven Honigberg is a member of the National Symphony Orchestra and aJulliard-trained musician; he performs on a Stradivarius cello. Honigberg will be joined by NSO Concertmaster NuritBar-Josef, violist Daniel Foster and pianist Adam Golka. The Schubertiade will salute Franz Schubert in the manner in which the composer’s works might have been performed in early 19th-century Vienna. The ensemble will perform Schubert's Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat major, d. 929 (Op. 100) and his String Quartet No. 14 in D minor (Death and the Maiden), D. 810/.
Dumbarton Concerts will present the Ensō String Quartetin a concert titled Fullness of the Spirit at historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown on November 11. The Grammy-nominated quartet has won top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild and Banff International String Quartet competitions, as well as other honors. Their program will feature Ludwig Van Beethoven's String Quartet, Op. 18, No. 3 and his String Quartet, Op. 59, No. 1 plus Anton Webern's Six Bagatelles, Op. 9.
The Fairfax Choral Society will perform a concert to honor Maestro Douglas Mears, who is retiring, on November 12 at National Presbyterian Church.The concert will feature the Symphonic Chorus, Master Singers, Concert Choir, Organist Eric Plutz, Soprano Natalie Conte and Baritone Matthew Irish. Acclaimed concert pianist, organist, composer and conductor Paul Leavitt has been named Interim Director of the Fairfax Choral Society.
The City Choir of Washington will celebrate Maestro Robert Shafer’s fiftieth anniversary as a conductor in the Washington area with a performance at National Presbyterian Church on November 5. The program will feature Barber’s Adagio for Strings & Bruckner’s Mass in F Minor.
The Thirteen will perform a concert titled On the Migration of Soulsat St. Columba's Church in Tenleytown on Saturday, October 14.The theme of the concert is that "The human story is a history of migration. As humankind has migrated, musical ideas have migrated as well, often resulting in flowerings of choral music. The concert will include works from the Renaissance through today, and will explore music from the Jewish diaspora, the African American experience, and works relevant to our shared society."
The Georgetown Concert Seriesat St. John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown, led by Artistic Director Samuel Carabetta, will present the Washington National Opera - Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists in a special centennial tribute to composer Leonard Bernstein on October 22. They will perform some of the composer’s most cherished works from West Side Story and Candide, including “Maria" and "Glitter and Be Gay."
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.