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 the 55th and Final Seaon of Fine Arts Quarteton 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 performed with esteemed orchestras in the U.S. & Canada, as well as the Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, and Radio France Orchestra.
November 21: Washington Revels-Carpe Diem Community Sing in Silver Spring, MD - songs of grace and gratitude and remembrance of American Indian Heritage Month. Presented by Washington Revels and Carpe Diem Arts. There will also be a Holiday Shopping Extravaganza. Please note the images below.
Washington Revels & Carpe Diem Arts will present a Community Sing in Silver Spring on December 21.The event will celebrate the holiday season & the winter solstice. “Everyone is welcome to bring a song to lead and refreshments to share.” The event will take place in the Washington Revels Studio Space at 531 Dale Drive.
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.
Cantate Chamber Singers, conducted by Gisèle Beckerwill perform a concert titled A Joyful Noise……..The Rest is Silence at St. John's Episcopal Church, Norwood Parish in Chevy Chase on January 20.The featured soloist will be Deborah Sternberg, soprano. The program will include works by Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, & Edward Elgar. Gisèle Becker has been Cantate’s music director since January 1994, & also serves as Director of Choral Activities at The George Washington University, where she conducts the University Singers and Chamber Choir. For 26 years she served as a singer and assistant conductor of the Washington Bach Consort, and she also served for ten years as Chorus Master for the Cathedral Choral Society. Visit https://cantate.org/
Image below: Gisèle Becker
The Music Center at Strathmore
Interior of The Music Center at Strathmore
Interior of The Music Center at Strathmore
The National Philharmonic
The National Philharmonic, conducted by Stan Engebretson, with the National Philharmonic Chorale & soloists will perform Handel's Messiah on December 16 & 17. The soloists will be Esther Heideman, soprano; Yvette Smith, mezzo-soprano; Norman Shankle, tenor & Trevor Scheunemann, baritone.
Image below: National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale, Messiah conducted by NPChorale Artistic Director Stan Engebretson
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 BSO, conducted by Marin Alsop, will perform Off the Cuff: Mozart's Mysterious Requiem with the University of Maryland Concert Choir in The Music Center on December 1. Mozart began to compose the Mass at the request of an ‘unknown, gray stranger,’ who asked that the composer not seek to learn has patron’s identity. Mozart “threw himself obsessively into the composition, but fell ill and was unable to finish the score.” The Mass will be performed again on December 3 in a program that will also include Christopher Rouse’s Berceuse Infinie, which is a world premiere commission.”
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), conducted by Music Director Marin Alsop, will perform a concert titled Off the Cuff: Impressioinist Masterworks in the Music Center on January 12.The program will feature Debussy’s La Mer and Ravel’s La Valse. La Mer will be presented in partnership with the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Image below:Marin Alsop
The BSO, conducted by Music Director Marin Alsop, will present a concert titled Concerto for Two Timpanists on January 14. The soloists will be James Wyman and Jauvon Gilliam, timpani, Lura Johnson and Michael Sheppard, piano with Baltimore hip-hop artist Wordsmith asnarrator. The program will be comprised of Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals (with hip-hop narration); Baltimore native Philip Glass’sConcerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists, Debussy’sLa Mer & Ravel’s La Valse. James Wyman is principal tympanist of the BSO and Jauvon Gilliam is principal tympanist of the National Symphony Orchestra.
The BSO, conducted by Marin Alsop, with pianist Gabriela Montero, will perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1in B-flat Minorin the Music Center on January 20. The program will also include Bartók’s Concerto for 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.
Select Performances at Strathmore
The Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras(MCYO) of Strathmore will perform Symphonic Devotions in The Music Center on December 2. MCYO will “perform beautiful music to bring joy to the holiday season, including works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, and more.
Dave Koz will bring his 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour, with special guests, to The Music Center on December 4.A smooth jazz saxophonist, Koz began his annual Christmas tour two decades ago. This year, he will reunite with his original Christmas tour bandmates pianist David Benoit and guitarist Peter White. Trumpeter Rick Braun and singer Selina Albright will complete the all-star band. They willperform fresh renditions of Christmas classics, plus a Hanukkah medley and hits from their respective catalogs.
Image below: Dave Koz
The Canadian Brass will perform a concert titled Christmas Time Is Here in The Music Center on December 8.The internationally-esteemed quintet will perform a program of festive holiday classics and brass standards. Their program will include works by J.S. Bach & Beethoven, plus traditional music, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Glenn Miller Christmas, a Tribute to Ballet and more.
Image below:Canadian Brass by Bo Huang
The Strathmore Children’s Chorus will perform a concert titled Peace, Paz, Shalom in The Music Center on December 10.They & special guest artists will perform both sacred and secular selections by Sibelius, Britten, Engelhardt, and others to celebrate unity, peace, and holiday joy.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker, with Special Guest MC Kurtis Blow, will perform a concert in The Music Center on December 12 & 13.The concert promises music for the whole family as it reimagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score “through explosive hip-hop choreography. A dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ, and an electric violinist will bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life in contemporary New York City.”The concert will be enhanced by “astounding digital scenery.”
The Washington Chorus will perform A Candlelight Christmas in The Music Center on December 15.The concert will feature brass, organ, sing-alongs, and the magnificent candlelight processional. The program will include The Dream Isaiah Saw, Hallelujah Chorus, and more.
Strauss Symphony of America, conducted by Bernhard Schneider, will perform a Salute to Vienna New Year's Concertin The Music Center on December 30. The orchestra will be joined by Micaëla Oeste, soprano,Tilmann Unger, tenor & dancers from Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine & International Champion Ballroom Dancers. The concert will blend “acclaimed European singers and dancers with exceptional local symphonies for a rich cultural experience that will leave your toes tapping."
Strathmore will present Catherine Russell & John Pizzarelliperforming A Salute to Billie Holiday & Frank Sinatrain the Music Center on January 5.Grammy Award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell & jazz guitarist, vocalist, and bandleader John Pizzarelli will “transport audiences to the glory days of jazz with masterful ease, capturing Holiday’s effortless grace and Sinatra’s cool swagger.”
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.
Upcoming performances in the Mansion at Strathmore include:
December 13 & 14: Robyn Helzner Trio - Jewish world music December 16 & 17: Percussionist Tom Teasley & woodwind specialist Seth Kibel December 21: Skylark: A Celtic Solstice – A trio of multi-instrumentalists
January 17 & 31: Artist in Residence: Multi-instrumentalist & vocalist Gina Sobel January 25: Pianist Joel Fan – Piano Classics plus contemporary & world music
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