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 February 3.The concert will feature Great Romantics: Quartets for violin, viola, cello & piano. The soloists will be Aaron Berofsky, violin; Amadi Azikiwe, viola; Tobias Werner, cello & Read Gainsford, piano.The program will feature Dvorak’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major & Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G minor.
Washington Conservatory of Music will present solo violinist James Buswell, with cellist Tobias Werner in a concert titled Masterpieces for Unaccompanied Violin, Plus 1 at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda on March 3.Mr. Buswell will perform a selection of Bach Partitas and Sonatas coupled with unaccompanied works by Ysaye and others. He will perform the violin/cello duo by Maurice Ravel with cellist Tobias Werner. Cellist Tobias Werner is the music director of The Chamber Music Conference of the East, as well as Artistic Director/Founder of the Pressenda Chamber Players.
Image below: James Buswell
Washington Conservatory of Music will present a Faculty Spotlight Concert to benefit need-based scholarships for students at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda on March 18. Faculty members will present a potpourri of musical instruments, periods and styles for soloists and ensembles.
Cantate Chamber Singers, conducted by Gisèle Becker, will perform Les Voix Françaises at St. John's Episcopal Church, Norwood Parish in Chevy Chase, on March 10. The concert will feature music by Poulenc, Saint-Saens, Durufle and Hahn. The soloists will be Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano, Scott Humburg, baritone and Eric Plutz, organ.
Washington Revels Maritime Voices will sing at the Folklore Society of Greater Washington’s annual Mini-Fest on the Cafetorium Stage at Takoma Park Middle School in Silver Spring, MD on February 3.“The Voices will present a program of sea chanties, songs of women and seafaring families, and other songs of sea and shore on the Cafetorium Stage that will keep you singing, laughing, and learning the whole journey. After the concert, head over to the Jams Room for the festival’s open Chanty Sing from 2-3 pm."
PostClassical Ensemble, led by Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez, will perform Shostakovich’s score for the 1929 Soviet silent film titled The New Babylon as the film is screened at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre on March 30 & 31. The film has been called the “astonishing culminating achievement of the Soviet silent film era.” The film is set duringthe 1871 Paris Commune. It is the first of Shostakovich’s historic collaborations with film-maker Grigori Kozintsev.
Image below: Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez - Photo by Andrew Chung
The National Philharmonic, with members of the National Philharmonic Chorale, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, will perform a concert titled Cosmic Designs - A Multimedia Production – in the Music Center January 27 & 28. The presentation “will feature original NASA footage of our solar system, explore exhibits about the latest NASA discoveries and missions, and engage in conversation with Goddard scientists and engineers about their cutting-edge work.”
The National Philharmonic, will present pianist Brian Ganz performing Chopin's Hidden Gems & All-Time Favorites in the Music Center on February 10. The program will feature works by Chopin that are virtually unknown, like the two Bourrées, the Fugue in A minor and the Souvenir de Paganini, alongside perennial favorites such as the Waltz in C-sharp minor, the Fantasy-Impromptu, and the great Polonaise in A-flat Major.
Image below: Brian Ganz - Photo by Jay Mallin
The National Philharmonic & Chorale, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, will perform Gershwin's Porgy & Bess in concert in the Music Center on February 24. The folk opera has been called “a work without peer in the history of American music.” The lead roles will be sung by Kevin Deas as Porgy, Marlissa Hudson as BessMichael Redding as Crown & Chauncey Packer as Sportin’ Live.
The National Philharmonic, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, will perform a concert titled Spirited Brahms on March 17 & 18. The program will feature Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D Major, with Melissa White, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 in E minor. Melissa White is a winner of the Sphinx Competition.
The BSO, led by Music Director Marin Alsop, will present Off the Cuff: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in the Music Center on February 23.Maestra Alsop will explore Stravinsky’s masterpiece, which has been called “terrifying, beautiful and awe-inspiring.” Rite of Spring directed by Maestra Alsop, will also be performed on February 25.In addition, Branford Marsalis, who belongs to one of the greatest American musical dynasties, will join the BSO to perform two melodic French pieces for saxophone and orchestra.
The BSO, directed by Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, with vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway, will perform a concert titled Diva to Diva: From Ella to Adele in the Music Center on January 25.Multi-Platinum-selling Broadway star Ann Hampton Callaway “fuses a unique blend of jazz and pop that keeps her in demand around the world. Her repertoire spans from Carly Simon to Carole King, Etta James to Ella Fitzgerald & more.
Image below: Jack Everly
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), conducted by Günther Herbig, with pianist Stephen Hough, will perform Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor in the Music Center on February 1.The program will also include Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor.
The BSO, led by Associate Conductor Nicholas Hersh, with pianist Joyce Yang, will perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major in the Music Center on February 17.The program will also include Mussorgsky/Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhibition, & African American composer Florence Price’s Dances in the Canebrake.
Image below: Nicholas Hersh.
The BSO, directed by Edward Maclary, will present Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concertwith the University of Maryland Concert Choir at the Music Center on March 3.The film is based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga. Fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by “live music from the BSO as Harry soars across the big screen.”
The BSO, led by Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, will perform a concert titled From Vienna to 42nd Street in the Music Center on March 8.The salute to operetta will feature the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, with Broadway vocalists Ted Keegan, Kristen Plumley & Ben Crawford. The program will include memorable melodies from Lehar to Lloyd Webber, with favorites including music from Kiss Me Kate, Phantom of the Opera and Candide.
The BSO, conducted by Lahav Shani, with pianistNikolai Lugansky, will performProkofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor on March 15.The program will also include Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major, “The Great.” Lahav Shani won the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition.
The BSO, conducted by Peter Oundjian, will perform Rachmaninoff's Isle of the Dead at the Music Center on March 24. The program will also feature Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, with Yao Guang Zhai, who is the BSO Principal Clarinet, and Tchaikovsky’sSymphony No. 2 in C Minor, “Little Russian.”
Select Performances at Strathmore
Washington Performing Arts will present a concert by Maxim Vengerov, violin, and Roustem Saitkoulov, piano, at The Music Center on January 26.The concert will mark Maxim Vengerov'sreturn to the stage as a recitalist after having sustained a shoulder injury in 2011. Vengerov spent the last few years making a name for himself as a conductor. He draws inspiration equally from his mentor Mstislav Rostropovich and multiple genres of music.His program will include works by Schubert, Beethoven, Ernst, Paganini, & Ravel.
Washington Performing Arts & the U.S. Air Force Band, with Colonel Larry H. Lang, commander & conductor, with Jamie Bernstein, narrator, will present The Bernstein Story in the Music Centeron February 18.The one-of-a-kind centenary event will celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s creative genius, humanity, and unforgettable work. Jamie Bernstein, the acclaimed narrator, broadcaster, writer, and daughter of the late Leonard Bernstein and actress Felicia Montealegre will present “arrangements recently made for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the U.S. Air Force Band and Bernstein partner to take us on a romp through music including West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, Age of Anxiety, and more.” Washington Performing Arts will present pianist Mistuko Uchida in the Music Center on February 21.She will perform three of Schubert’s sonatas as part of her ongoing series.The New Yorker magazine has called her one of the world’s leading classical pianists.
Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, with special guest Dr. Cornel West, will perform in the Music Center at Strathmore on February 2.The Grammy award-winning Orchestra, led by pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill, will “bring together the drama of big band jazz, the culture of Latin music, and the virtuosity of 18 of the world’s most accomplished musicians.”
Image below: The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by José-Luis Novo, with guitarist Manuel Barrueco will present a concert titled Mediterranean Images, at the Music Center on March 4.The afternoon concert will feature the music of Spain & Italy, including works by composers Xavier Montsalvatge, Joaquín Rodrigo, Ottorino Respighi & Claude Debussy.
Strathmore will present The Chieftains at the Music Center on March 7.The concert will feature members of Strathmore Children's Chorus, MacMillan Pipe Band & Culkin School of Irish Dance. Paddy Moloney founded the Chieftans in 1962, and in 1989, the Irish government awarded The Chieftains the honorary title of Ireland’s Musical Ambassadors.
Image below:The Chieftains
Strathmore will present “Weird Al” Yankovic - The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tourwith Special Guest: Emo Philips in the Music Center on March 22.The program will feature an intimate evening of music, focusing on original (non-parody) songs from his 14-album catalog.”
Image below:“Weird Al” Yankovic
Washington Performing Arts will present The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in the Music Center on March 6.The concert will feature Shostakovich’sLeningradSymphony.
Washington Performing Arts & Strathmore will present flamenco singer Diego El Cigalain the Music Center on March 29.El Cigala “melds the traditional sounds of his Spanish gitano heritage with the intoxicating rhythms and melodies of salsa. On his latest album, Indestructible, El Cigala turns to the world of salsa, embracing classic material with a power-packed band in an album Billboard declares “the salsa album of the year.”
Image below:Diego El Cigala – photo by Anya Suermondt
Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore will perform a concert titled A Spring Awakening in the Music Center on March 21.The concert will showcase MCYO’s Young Artists, Symphony, and Chamber Ensemble in “an evening of inspiring Romantic era works by Tchaikovsky, Scandinavian romanticist Carl Nielsen, Franck, Dvořák, & more.
Strathmore will present The Joey Alexander Trio with Jamison Ross in the Music Center on March 23.Alexander, who was born in Bali in 2003, has been widely-recognized for his jazz performances.He was the youngest jazz artist ever nominated for a Grammy. Jamison won the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jr. international Jazz Competition in 2012.He is a contemporary jazz bandleader and composer.
Image below:Joey Alexander – Photo by Carol Friedman.
Strathmore will present vocalist k.d. lang, with The Grigoryan Brothers, in the Music Center on March 25.The concert will feature her album titled Ingénue performed live, in its entirety, plus other classic songs from her 30-year repertoire. Openers Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, are widely regarded as Australia’s finest guitar duo.
Image below:k.d. lang
Strathmore will present Million Dollar Quartet in the Music Center on March 31.The Tony Award-winning smash hit Broadway musical was inspired by the true story of the recording session that brought together rock ’n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. The show tells “the story of the legendary day in 1956 that the four music stars dropped by Sun Records’ studio in Memphis, Tennessee.”Rock ’n’ roll songs to be performed are “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Walk the Line,” & “Great Balls of Fire.”
The Mansion at Strathmore
Upcoming performances in the Mansion at Strathmore include:
January 17 & 31: Artist in Residence: Multi-instrumentalist & vocalist Gina Sobel January 25: Pianist Joel Fan – Piano Classics plus contemporary & world music
February 1: Olivier Stankiewicz, oboe February 8: Jon Stickley Trio February 14 & 28: Resident Artist Uasuf Gueye - West African music February 15: Edgar Allan Poe’s Nevermore – A musical by Matthew Connor February 21: Resident Artist: From Africa to America: A Musical History with Uasuf Gueye - Note the image below. February 22: Ashley Bathgate, cellist performing Bach February 22: Idan Raichel: Piano Songs
March 1: Oscar Peñas, jazz guitar March 14 & 28: Artist in Residence: Drew Kid - soul and funk March 15:Hot Club of San Francisco concert titled Meet Me in Paris
AMP, the popular venue which Strathmore manages in North Bethesda, features "live music with a gourmet edge" at Pike & Rose, an urban-minded, Metro-accessible neighborhood on Rockville Pike. To see a schedule of upcoming performances at AMP, visit www.AMPbyStrathmore.com
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