Our 33rd Anniversary Season
September 2020 - May 2021


You do not need to be a classical music buff to enjoy the simple delight of arriving at this small, landmark church with wonderful acoustics, taking your seat, and allowing the music to wash over you. A true escape from the rigors and unwanted noise of our lives.”

– Joshua Worby,
Executive Director,
Westchester Philharmonic

 

 

Our 2020 - 2021 Performances

September

Wednesday, September 9 @ 12PM

We launch the 2020-2021 season with a free, live-streamed concert on Wednesday, September 9 at 12 noon, as Downtown Music presents the Isabella Mendes & Flavio Lira Duo in the all-virtual 2020 JazzFest White Plains with ArtsWestchester and partners. Isabella Mendes is a singer-songwriter, pianist, composer, and educator whose work is rooted in Brazilian jazz and bossa nova. Flavio Lira explores the musical traditions of Brazil, Cuba, and Colombia. Together, the two will present a special all-originals set, during this midday performance.

There are several ways to watch and participate in this event:
Facebook Live (does not require registration)
Zoom (requires registration)
Eventbrite (requires registration)

Wednesday, September 16 @ 12PM

Jonathan Henken - Highland Pipes. Jonathan has helped launch our concert season for as long as we can remember.  This year, he has created a special program which offers airs and dances of Scotland, plus a conversation with Tim Lewis, Artistic and Managing Director of Downtown Music, about the history of the pipes, and some of the state occasions he has played for. A question and answer session with the audience via Zoom follows the program.

Premieres at 12 noon: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, September 23 @ 12:15 PM

Guitarist John Lehmann-Haupt is known equally for his arrangements of popular and traditional songs and for his classical interpretations. He has performed throughout the Northeast and in the homes of such prominent New Yorkers as Tom Brokaw and Madeleine Albright. His 12-year engagement at Windows on the World was cited for musical excellence by The New York Times. John will share with us several recordings he's made over the last few months, discuss what it's been like to be creative during this time, and participate in a conversation with our audience via Zoom following the program.

Premieres at 12:15 PM: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, September 30 @ 12:15 PM

Unspoken Tales”a series of musical vignettes based on real-life stories of immigrants from around the globe. - Pablo Mayor, piano, with  Anna Povich de Mayor, flute and narration. A first look at a multi-disciplinary musical theater work-in-progress, which is to be premiered in 2021. 

Premieres at 12:15 PM: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

October

Wednesday, October 7 @ 12:15 PM

Dances of Nineteenth Century Vienna, featuring music of Carl Michael Ziehrer and his arch rival, Johann Strauss, Jr. The Downtown Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble, featuring members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, in never before seen footage of the Downtown Music concert of November 6, 2019. Program includes Ziehrer's “Loslassen!" Polka, opus 386 (1887), D'Kernmad'In, opus 58 (An Original Styrian Dance) (1860), Fächer Polonaise, opus 525 (1900), and Strauss' Tritsch Tratsch" Polka, opus 214 (1858).

The Downtown Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble: 
Quan Yuan, violin 
Derek Ratzenboeck, violin 
Vincent Lionti, viola 
Marc Tagle, violoncello 
Stephen Sas, contrabasso

Premieres at: 12:15: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, October 14, and Wednesday, October 21 @ 12:15 PM
A Two-Part Offering


Duo Amadeae: Sisters Esther and Sun-A Park dazzled the judges at the 2016 Chicago International Duo Piano Competition, winning this distinguished event sponsored by the Music Institute of Chicago, and are One Piano, Four-Hands Prize Winners of the New York International Piano Competition. Following the concert, Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz join Tim Lewis for a behind-the-scenes look at the New York International Piano Competition and discuss their role as mentors of Esther and Sun-A Park.

 

Premieres at: 12:15 PM: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, October 28 @ 12:15 PM

IWednesday, October 28 @ 12:15 PM
Tom Chapin in Conversation with Bob Sherman:  With 26 recordings and hundreds of songs in his repertoire, Tom Chapin offers a wonderful mix of story songs, ballads, comedic and political songs, family music, sing-alongs, old-time folk classics, and a favorite song or two.  Bob Sherman brings his celebrated “Woody’s Children” format to Downtown Music for this special program.

Premieres at: 12:15 PM: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

November

Wednesday, November 4, and Wednesday, November 11 @ 12:15 PM
A Two-Part Offering

The Hub Miller Experience: George Hubbard (Hub) Miller (1934-1982) excelled as both a cowboy and an electrical engineer in his native Oregon before his accomplishments as a composer, conductor and performer brought him to New York, where he worked with the Joffrey Ballet, Bette Midler and the Broadway production of Hair. A gift for melody, a love of nature, and an understanding of Eastern philosophy anchors much of his output. Hailey McAvoy offers our Downtown Music audience an exclusive look at this profile, which she created with help from the composer’s family and her colleagues at the Eastman School of Music.

Click here to download the November 4th song text.
Click here to download the November 11th song text.

Premieres at: 12:15 PM: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, November 18 @ 12:15 PM

Soprano Abigail Fischer joins us for a unique program which explores the spiritual and therapeutic properties of sound. She will share examples of her work on the concert stage, and also the more intimate pieces she has been creating during this unusual time.  Writing in the New York Times, Zachary Woolfe notes: With her dramatic tumble of red hair and cello-mello voice, Ms. Fischer sings with a passionate restraint that has no equal in her generation.

Premieres at: 12:15 PM: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, November 25:  No Concert -Thanksgiving Eve

December

Wednesday, December 2 @ 12:15 p.m.

The Downtown Sinfonietta Chamber Players (featuring members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) are joined by Youlan Ji, 2018 First Prize Winner of the New York International Piano Competition to perform the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major (K 271). An interview with Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz, creators of the New York International Piano Competition, follows the program.

Premieres at: 12:15 PM: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, December 9 @ 12:15 PM

We celebrate with Jomion & the Uklos, a West African family band from Benin, which dazzled our weekend audience last spring. At once complex and simple, their profound songs connect to the depths of human experience while lightening the heart with joy.

 

Premieres at: 12:15 PM: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, December 16 @ 12:15 PM

Angelica – A visit with this wonderful chamber choir, directed by Marie Caruso, has become a seasonal tradition for our Downtown Music audience.  This year, they offer the 13th-century conductus “Exultemus et letemur,” Dufay’s “Ave Regina caelorum,” and the Spanish villancico “Dadme albricias,” as well as a premiere by Erik-Peter Mortensen, 'All Hail!' The Bells of Christmas Rang.  A conversation with Marie Caruso, Erik-Peter Mortensen and Tim Lewis follows the program.

Premieres at: 12:15 PM: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

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