JxJ - a multidisciplinary arts project encompassing film, music and arts programming - will be presented by the Edlavitch DCJCC over the greater Washington region May 8-26. The Washington Jewish Music Festival will return for its 20th edition with international performances spanning jazz, rock, classical, and beyond! The Washington Jewish Film Festival, now in its 29th year, will present a lineup of international film premieres. The event will include Q&As, panel discussions and sneak previews. JxJ Studio will spotlight hybrid cultural events including comedy, theater, workshops, and more. The venues will include AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Bethesda Row Cinema, City Winery DC, E Street Cinema, George Washington University Black Box Theater, Goethe-Institut, Inter-American Development Bank, Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, Pearl Street Warehouse, Penn Social, & Union Stage.
Pressenda Chamber Players - The Washington Conservatory Ensemble-in-Residence - will perform works by Brahms & Schoenberg at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda on May 11. The soloists will be Aaron Berofsky, violin, Kathryn Votapek, violin, Amadi Azikiwe, viola, Jan Muller-Szeraws, cello & Tobias Werner, cello. The concert will feature Johannes Brahms's String Sextet in B-Flat Major, Op. 18 and Arnold Schoenberg's String Sextet "Transfigured Night."
The Washington Conservatory of Music (WCM) will present Casual Concerts at Glen Echo Park at 7:30 p.m. on the First Fridays of May-September.The concerts will be held at The South Arcade building at Glen Echo Park.Concerts are planned on:
May 3 Audrey Andrist, piano - in photo at right below June 7 Mayumi Pawel, violin & Jaewon Lee, piano July 5 Haskell Small, pianist & composer August 2 Jazz trio: Marty Nau, sax/Robert Redd, piano/Steve, Novosel, bass Sept 6 Mike Kligerman, ukulele
The concerts are FREE (donations are welcome at the door)
Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo Park
Bradley Hills Church
The Thirteen will present a concert titled absalomon May 4 at Live at 10th & G in downtown D.C. and on May 5 at Bradley Hills Church in Bethesda, MD.The concert will “consider the effect violence has on our society.” “The major 30-minute commission from the acclaimed American composer Daniel Elder provides direction and inspiration for this concert of music from the Renaissance through today, which traces violence and our varied responses.”
Concerts at Cedar Lane will host Tidewaterblues harmonica artist Phil Wiggins and blues singer/guitarist Eleanor Ellis at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda on May 5. Phil Wiggins was awarded the Distinguished NEA National Heritage Fellowship - only the third harmonica player to receive the honor, in 2017. He is the only living player of the instrument to hold the prestigious honor of “Master of Traditional Arts.” While rooted in “Tidewater” blues of the Chesapeake Region, Wiggins's mastery of the instrument transcends stylistic boundaries. To read more about him, visitwww.philwiggins.com
Eleanor Ellis was born in Louisiana and is a founding member of the DC Blues Society and the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation. To read more about her, visit www.eleanorellis.com Before the concert, Barry Bergey, retired Director of the NEA Folk & Traditional Arts, will present a talk about Folk Masters: A Portrait of America, a book he wrote with photographer Tom Pich.Folk Masters features the stories and photos of 100 artists who, like Phil Wiggins, have received a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship. Books will be available for signing.
Cantate Chamber Singers, conducted by Music Director Gisèle Becker, will perform a concert titled It Is Time on May 18 at St. John's Episcopal Church, Norwood Parish. The concert will conclude Ms. Becker's farewell season. She has served as the Cantate’s music director since January 1994, and she also serves as Director of Choral Activities at The George Washington University. She was a singer and assistant conductor of the Washington Bach Consort for 26 years, and also served for ten years as Chorus Master for the Cathedral Choral Society. Her final program will feature The Hour Glass Suite by Irving Fine and newly-commissioned works by Andrew Earle Simpson and Maurice Saylor.
The Apollo Orchestra will present The Mozart Requiem in D minor, K. 626 (Sussmayr version), along with combined parish choirs and special guests, International Opera Stars Elizabeth Bishop and Barry Banks, at the Church of The Little Flower in Bethesda MD on June 2. The program will include Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93; Franz Schubert's Three Orchestrated Songs…Nacht und Träume; Die Forelle; Gretchen am Spinnrade with Elizabeth Bishop, & Ralph Vaughan Williams's On Wenlock Edge with Barry Banks.
Strathmore has partnered with Montgomery County Recreation to present a series of free, fun, family-friendly events to suit all tastes as part of its ongoing Bloom initiative. Live concerts will occur on the second Saturday of each month from April to August 2019at the new Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center (14715 Good Hope Road, Silver Spring, MD). The concerts will feature a variety of genres, including jazz, classical, and even steel pan fusion. People interested in a more hands-on musical experience can sign up for classes. The Bloom initiative was founded by Strathmore in 2015 & supports Strathmore’s mission to amplify the arts and make them accessible to everyone who wishes to take part in them. Visit www.strathmore.org/bloom
Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
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