Our 30th Anniversary Season
September 2017 - May 2018

 

 

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ArtsWestchester has presented the Arts Award annually since 1976 to recognize individuals and organizations whose vision, commitment, and leadership have enriched the cultural life of Westchester County, its communities and its citizens.   Downtown Music at Grace:
Voted Westchester's
Best Live Music Venue
by Westchester Magazine!

2017-2018 Schedule of Performances:

APRIL

THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY EVENT

Wednesday, April 4, 12:10 p.m

Bach and Vivaldi with the celebrated REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music -- Jorg-Michael Schwarz, violin, Karen Marie Marmer, violin, and Dongsok Shin, harpsichord are joined by special guest artists for a jubilant program featuring the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 of J.S. Bach as well as Spring from the Four Seasons of Antonio Vivaldi.

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Nanette H. Bourne and John R. Delfs.

Wednesday, April 11, 12:10 p.m

Anna Han, pianist, described by the Washington Post as “prodigiously gifted…
a display of imagination, taste and pianistic firepower far beyond her years.” She has won a number of prestigious international competitions, including the First Prize of the 2012 New York International Piano Competition. Anna has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, and the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School and was a recent winner of the Juilliard School’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, awarding her a full-tuition scholarship. Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.

Wednesday, April 18, 12:10 p.m

Elizabeth Farnum, soprano, Thomas Jamerson, baritone, and Christine Free Rhodebeck, mezzo soprano, are joined by pianist Laetitia Ruccolo for this program, presented in partnership with the Music Conservatory of Westchester.  It is the second of two concerts of Germanic repertoire which illustrate the developing role of the piano as a musical partner in the classical and romantic periods.
                       
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Ridgeway Garden Center, White Plains, and Lago Ristorante, West Harrison.

Thirtieth Anniversary Festival Concert: Sunday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. 
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Wednesday, April 25, 12:10 p.m

Death and the Maiden – The distinguished piano team Duo Lontano plays a transcription of Franz Schubert’s monumental String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor. Pianist Babette Hierholzer’s debut with the Berlin Philharmonic was followed by numerous performances with this famed orchestra, led by renowned conductors Klaus Tennstedt, Colin Davis, and Leopold Hager. Jurgen Appell is a three-time prize winner of the prestigious Berlin Steinway Competition and made his concert debut, at age sixteen, in Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall playing the Etudes Symphoniques of Schumann. In 2010, the Duo performed the Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in E flat major KV 365 with the celebrated Orquesta Juvenil Simon Bol?var conducted by Maestro Gustavo Dudamel.
                       
This concert is made possible with the generous support of the Brian Wallach Agency, White Plains, New York.  Personal and Commercial Insurance since 1949.

MAY

Wednesday, May 2, 12:10 p.m

The musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic: Robert Chausow, violin, Roberta Cooper, cello, Eleonor Bindman, piano ?play the Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2.?

This concert is made possible with the generous support of the Brian Wallach Agency, White Plains, New York. Personal and Commercial Insurance since 1949.

Wednesday, May 9, 12:10 p.m

Leann Osterkamp, an American pianist known for her versatility, charisma, technical command, and outstanding academic scholarship. Leann was heralded by the New York Times as bringing “descriptive color” to her performances and by the Los Angeles Times as a “strong” collaborator with “the desired flashiness.” Her debut solo album The Complete Solo Piano Works of Leonard Bernstein, will be released under the Steinway and Sons Recording Label in Fall 2017. Leann Osterkamp is a Laureate of the 2008 New York International Piano Competition and is a Young Steinway Artist. Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.
                       
This concert is made possible, in part,  with the generous support of Dagher Engineering, PLLC.

Wednesday, May 16, 12:10 p.m

A.W. Duo – pianist Alyona Aksyonova and cellist James Waldo return to Downtown Music with a program which features the music of French composers including the Sonata for Cello and Piano of Francis Poulenc, and works by Gabriel Faure. Ellyn Moryl, founder of the Piccolo Spoleto festival in Charleston, uses three words to describe a concert by these gifted musicians:  “Exciting, Ravishing, Sublime”.
                       
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Hudson Grille and Lilly’s, White Plains.

Young Artist’s Concerto Concert Sunday, May 20 at 4:30 p.m.
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THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY EVENT

Wednesday, May 23, 12:10 p.m

Downtown Sinfonietta – The musicians of our resident Chamber Orchestra, featuring members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, continue their traversal of the works of Franz Joseph Haydn.  Vincent Lionti conducts.
                        Symphony No. 16 in B-flat major
                        Symphony No. 42 in D major
                        This concert has been made possible, in part, with the generous support of White Plains Hospital. A member of the Montefiore Health System, White Plains Hospital is the hub of advanced care in the Hudson Valley region.

Wednesday, May 30, 12:10 p.m

Entelechron TrioRoger Zahab, violin, David Russell, cello and Robert Frankenberry, piano. Our friends at The Phoenix Concerts,  New York's “intrepid” and "plucky Upper West Side new-music series" (The New Yorker), have commissioned, premiered, and presented over one hundred and sixty contemporary composers' works on over fifty concerts in Manhattan, Beijing, Saratoga Springs, and Seattle.  Their unwavering commitment to presenting the broadest possible spectrum of new music draws enthusiastically supportive audiences comprised largely of first-time concertgoers. We celebrate the release of their first CD, and look to the future as we conclude our thirtieth anniversary season with this concert of new music for piano trio. Presented in partnership with The Phoenix Concerts.  A Downtown Music debut.

This concert is made possible, in part, by a generous gift in memory of Adrianne Reilly.

 

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