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.
Cantate Chamber Singers, led by Music Director Gisèle Beckerwill present a concert titled Baroque Brüder at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Norwood Parish, in Chevy Chase, MD on October 14.
The soloists will be Grace Srinivasan, soprano, Barbara Hollinshead, alto, Josepth Dietrich, tenor & Steve Combs, bass. The program will feature works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Sebastian Bach, Nicolaus Bruhns and Christoph Graupner.
The Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College in Rockville will present Felix Cavaliere's Rascals: Celebrating 50 Years of Musicon November 17.Felix has been called the The King of Blue Eyed Soul.
The National Philharmonic, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, will perform Beethoven’s Egmont Overture in the Music Center on Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15.Award-winning violinist Sarah Chang will join the Philharmonic in a performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor.Cellist Zuill Bailey will perform Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor. Images below: Sarah Chang (Photo by Cliff Watts) &Zuill Bailey (Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco)
The National Philharmonic, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, will perform Bach & Bachianasin The Music Center on November 11.The orchestra will be joined by the National Philharmonic Chorale and soloists Danielle Talamantes, soprano; Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano; Matthew Loyal Smith, tenor; and Kerry Wilkerson, baritone. The program will be comprised of J.S. Bach's Magnificat and Bachianas Brasileirasby Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos, who composed the Bachianas "as a tribute to Bach and as an expression of the musical soul of Brazil."
Images below: At right, Magdalena Wór & At left, Danielle Talamantes - Photo by Roy Cox
The BSO, conducted by Music Director Marin Alsop, will present a concert titled Poetic Fire: From Hamlet to Don Juanin the Music Center on September 23. The orchestra will be joined by pianist Lukáš Vondráček in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor.
The program will also feature Tchaikovsky’s Hamlet Fantasy-Overture After Shakespeare & R. Strauss’s Don Juan.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will present Off the Cuff: Wagner's Quest, led by Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz, in the Music Center on Friday, October 6.The program will feature Wagner’sSelections from Parsifal. Maestro Stenz will “explore the controversial composer’s dramatic quest.”
Image below:Maestro Markus Stenz.
The BSO, led by Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz, will perform Selections from Wagner’s Parsifal in the Music Center on Sunday, October 8.The program will also include Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture and Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, with BSO Concert Master Violinist Jonathan Carney.
Image below:Jonathan Carney.
The BSO, conducted by Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, will perform a concert titled Cirque Goes Broadwayat the Music Center on Thursday, October 12.Cirque de la Symphonie will feature vocalists Ben Crawford, Charlie Metzger III and Christina DeCicco performing music from some of Broadway’s greatest shows. There will be acrobats, aerialists, strongmen, jugglers and more.
Image below:Jack Everly
The BSO, conducted by Jun Märkl, with pianist Jonathan Biss, will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in the Music Center on Saturday, October 21.The orchestra will also be joined by Dariusz Skoraczewski, cello and Lisa Steltenpohl, viola in performances of Saint-Saëns‘s Danse Macabre & R. Strauss’s Don Quixote.
Image below: Dariusz Skoraczewski
The BSO, conducted by Marin Alsop, with cellist Sol Gabetta, will perform Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra on Saturday, October 28.The program will also include Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture, Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and R. Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier Suite.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will present Pinchas Zukerman Performs Bachin the Music Center on November 9. The esteemed violinist will perform Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor. The program will include Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (1943) and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major.
Image below: Pinchas Zukerman - Photo by Cheryl Mazak.
The BSO, conducted by Robert Spano, with pianist André Watts, will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor in The Music Center on November 18. The concert will also include Elgar’s Falstaff and a new work by Christopher Theofanidis titled Dreamtime Ancestors, which honors fellow composer Stephen Paulus.
Images below: André Watts by Angela Morris & Robert Spano by Steve J. Sherman
Select Performances at Strathmore
Strathmore will present The Simon & Garfunkel Storyin the Music Center on Friday, September 22. The theatrical concert is about “two boys from Queens, New York, who became the most successful music duo of all time.
The show takes the best of their songs and mixes them with powerful images of 1960s America, giving audiences a feel for the atmosphere in which the artists were creating their music."
Sergio Mendes will perform a concert in the Music Center on Thursday, October 19.The composer, keyboardist and vocalist will perform his signature mix of bossa nova, samba and pop that defines Brazilian music.
Image below: Sergio Mendes
Lila Downs, the Grammy Award-winning Mexican-American musical artist will perform in the Music Center on Friday, October 20.The Grammy-winning vocalist is said to “reinterpret music from its roots, fusing together pop, Mexican, and indigenous sounds. Downs’s unique mélange of languages and cultures, aided by her upbringing in both Minnesota and Oaxaca, Mexico, allows her to bridge traditions from across the Americas, with influences ranging from the folkandranchera musicof Mexicoto NorthAmerican jazz and blues.”
Image below: Lila Downs
Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra will perform original works that capture the spirit of ancient China in the Music Center on Sunday, October 22.The orchestra “melds the spirit, beauty, and distinctiveness of Chinese music with the precision, power, and grandeur of the Western symphony orchestra. The orchestra's all-original music draws upon China's 5,000 years of civilization - with an array of dynasties and peoples from which to find inspiration - breathing new life into themes and musical styles from ancient times.
Washington Performing Arts will present esteemed violinist Joshua Bell, with pianist Alessio Bax on November 5.The program will feature works by Stravinsky, Grieg and Brahms, plus additional works which will be announced later.
Image below:Joshua Bell
Strathmore will present Yasmin Levy & The Klezmaticson November 7.World music singer Yasmin Levy, who was born in Jerusalem, is “best known as a Ladino singer. Ladino is an archaic form of Spanish with strong ties to Sephardic Jewish culture. Levy sings in modern Spanish as well, often adding flamenco, Turkish, and Persian flair to her interpretations. The Grammy-winning Klezmatics are superstars of the klezmer world. They erupted out of New York City’s East Village in 1986 and revitalized the genre.”
Image below:Yasmin Livy
Strathmore will present Black Violin, featuring the classically-trained violin duo of Kevin “Marcus” Sylvester and Wilner “Wil” Baptiste, in the Music Center on November 10.Black Violin mixes classical, hip-hop, rock, and R&B as they “create their own genre-bending style of music. They perform on the world’s classical stages as well as festivals, offering “a versatile program of groundbreaking compositions.”
Image below:Black Violin – Photo by Colin Brennan
Strathmore will present Irma Thomas, The Soul Queen of New Orleans, with members of Preservation Hall & Blind Boys of Alabama in The Music Center on November 12.The concert promises “an afternoon filled with musical collaborations and traditional standards.” The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet is comprised of "some of the most revered alumni of the Preservation Hall, many of whom have toured the world with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band for decades."
Image below:Irma Thomas
Strathmore will present DakhaBrakha, an “ethno-chaos” quartet from Kiev, Ukraine, in The Music Center on November 17. “Although the group’s aesthetic is rooted in Ukrainian culture and folklore, it is a true world music amalgam, borrowing sounds from traditional Indian, Arabic, Australian, African, and Russian music.” The name “DakhaBrakha” means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language. They use “some amazing instruments ……you may have never heard (or heard of) before, such as the bugay, djembe, zgaleyka, garmoshka, and darbuka.
Image below DakhaBrakha
Strathmore will offer A Night with Janis Joplinin The Music Center on November 19.Soon after she came onto the music scene in 1967, Janis became the "queen of rock 'n roll." The "sensational and electrifying Broadway show is a musical journey and joyful ruckus celebrating Joplin and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, and Bessie Smith."
Image below:Artwork for A Night with Janis Joplin.
The Mansion at Strathmore
Upcoming performances in the Mansion at Strathmore include:
October 12:Brazil Guitar Duo Joao Luiz and Douglas Lora performing both classical guitar, traditional Brazilian dance music and new compositions.
October 26: Pianist Rachel Franklin will be joined by Christian Tremblay on the violin and Jonathan Miles Brown on the fretless bass for a program exploring Ravel, Gershwin, and others at work in Paris.
November 2:Percussionist Victor Provost
November 16:Sonnambula, a Renaissance ensemble performing the works of Leonora Duarte, a Portuguese converso composer living and working in Antwerp in the 17th century.
AMP, the popular venue in North Bethesda, has scheduled performances on:
September 21: John Waite - Lead vocalist of The Babys & Bad English performs his 1984 smash hit “Missing You” & more. September 25: Ari Hest - heartfelt lyrics and rich baritone - he has scored must-watch TV shows.
September 28: Craig Shoemaker, who has been seen on NBC’s Parks & Recreation.
September 30: Celtic rock band The Young Dubliners - rollicking hybrid of pop-rock and Irish tunes.
Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club in the historic Bethesda Theater on Wisconsin Avenue offers live music performed by leading musicians nearly every evening - plus a select supper menu, beverages and more.
The Club has a public parking garage in the building and is near the Bethesda Metro Subway Station.
Images below: Exterior & Interior Views of the Supper Club