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.
The Pressenda Chamber Players – the Washington Conservatory Ensemble-in-Residence – will present a program titled Great Romantics II: Sextets for two violins, two violas, two cellos at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda on April 7. Pressenda Chamber Players is named for Giovanni Pressenda (1777-1854), who made the instruments played by Founder/Artistic Director and cellist Tobias Werner and member violinist Aaron Berofsky. The Players will perform works by the great romantic composers Johannes Brahms and Peter Tchaikovsky. The performers will include Aaron Berofsky, Kathryn Votapek violins; Amadi Azikiwe, Gregory Luce, violas; Jan Mueller-Szeraws and Tobias Werner cellos.
Luis Enrique, who is better known as El Príncipe de la Salsa, will perform a concert at the Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College in Rockville on March 10.Enrique is “one of the best percussionists in Latin music and the most prominent Nicaraguan singer/songwriter of all times.
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.
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