Our 29th Anniversary Season
September 2016 - May 2017

 

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

 

 

Previous Concerts

Our 2016-17 Performances

MARCH

Wednesday, March 1, 12:10PM

NO CONCERT

Wednesday, March 8, 12:10PM

The musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic - Deborah Wong, violin and Barbara Allen, harp, play the Saint-Saëns Fantaisie for violin and harp, and more. Free Admission.                    

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, March 15, 12:10PM CANCELLED TODAY DUE TO SNOW

Cellist Samuel Magill has been a member of the Met Orchestra since 1991. Praised by the New York Times for his “...unimpeachable reading” of the Poulenc Cello Sonata, he has had a rich and varied career as soloist and chamber musician. His first Naxos CD of the Vernon Duke Cello Concerto was hailed as “flat-out magnificent” by the American Record Guide. He is joined at the piano by Babette Hierholzer who has appeared as soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic and with renowned conductors Sir Colin Davis, Klaus Tennstedt, Leopold Hager and Semyon Bychkov. She made her American debut with the Pittsburg Symphony playing the Liszt Concerto No. 1.  A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission.

This concert is made possible with the generous support of Dagher Engineering, PLLC.

Wednesday, March 22, 12:10PM

The Memling Ensemble- Yevgeny Faniuk, flute, Cecee Pantikian, violin, Vincent Lionti, viola, Moky Gibson-Lane, cello, return with a concert featuring flute quartets by Garnier, Drouet and Fesca. This concert is made possible with the generous support of Dagher Engineering, PLLC. Free Admission.
            
This concert is made possible with the generoussupport of Dagher Engineering, PLLC.

Sunday, March 26, 5:00PM 

Young Artist’s Concerto Concert
Mackenzie Melemed and Angie Zhang, Piano
Downtown Sinfonietta, Vincent Lionti, Conductor

Downtown Music continues its collaboration with the young prize winners of the New York International Piano Competition, a biennial event sponsored under the auspices of the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.  Mackenzie Melemed and Angie Zhang play the Mozart Concerto No. 23 in A Major K. 488, and the Beethoven Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15.  They will be accompanied by our resident chamber orchestra, Downtown Sinfonietta, which features members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Mackenzie Melemed was a Prize Winner of the Sixth New York International Piano Competition in June, 2012.  He is First Prize Winner of the 18th International Hamamatsu Piano Academy Competition in Japan. Mackenzie is a recent winner of the Juilliard School’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, awarding him a full-tuition scholarship. Upon being accepted into the accelerated B.M./M.M program, he will be both a senior and a first-year master’s student at The Juilliard School in New York.

Angie Zhang, became the Second Prize Winner of the Eighth New York International Piano Competition in June 2016. She won the 2016 Juilliard Concerto Competition as well as a top prize in the PianoArts North American Competition. Angie has appeared as soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. She has been featured on National Public Radio’s popular show, “From the Top,” as well as Aspen Public Radio, Portland’s All Classical KQAC, Seattle’s KING FM, and WGBH in Boston.

Adults $25, Seniors (65+) $20, Students $15
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Wednesday, March 29, 12:10PM

Cellist David Heiss is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and is principal cellist of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. Featured as a concerto soloist and recitalist in a wide range of repertoire, he plays a John Betts cello, dated 1789. He is joined by the pianist Warren Jones, a member of the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and the Music Academy of the West, who is Principal Pianist for the exciting California chamber music group Camerata Pacifica.  Free Admission.
            
This concert is made possible with the generous support of Dagher Engineering, PLLC

FEBRUARY

Wednesday, February 1, 12:10PM

Pianofest – An extraordinary concert which features the distinguished piano faculty of the Music Conservatory of Westchester: Duo pianists Svetlana Gorokhovich and Irena Portenko perform repertoire for piano four hands, plus composer-pianists Cindi Hsu and Mikhail Zeiger offer their original works for piano solo. A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission.
            
This concert is made possible with the generous support of Sabin and Beverley Streeter.

Wednesday, February 8, 12:10PM

Bright and Shiny Things –  A duo that marries the shining bravura of the operatic stage and the intellectual brilliance of the concert hall, mezzo-soprano Blythe Gaissert and double bassist Louis Levitt collaborate on an intimate program of works for voice and bass. Together, they trace a line from Anne Boleyn to Kate Bush, exploring the idea of the Bright & Shiny from surface-level pleasures to the darker cost of its pursuit. Presented in partnership with The Phoenix Concerts.   A Downtown Music Debut.  Free Admission.
            
This concert is made possible with the generous support of Hudson Grille and Lilly’s, White Plains, New York.

Wednesday, February 15, 12:10PM

Pictures at an Exhibition -  A native of Scotland, organist Ruaraidh Sutherland read music at the University of Edinburgh winning the prestigious Tovey Memorial Prize. He is currently Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Church in Rye, New York. He returns to Downtown Music to play Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, as transcribed by Jean Guillou, on the magnificent Guilbault-Therien organ at Grace Church. Free Admission.

 

Wednesday, February 22, 12:10PM

Tableau VivantKaren Marie Marmer, baroque violin and Dongsok Shin, fortepiano.  Two principals of the celebrated REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music return with a program designed to draw out the unique sonorities of their period instruments. Free Admission.
            
This concert is made possible with the generous support of the Law Office of Paul Bergins, White Plains, New York.

Sunday, February 26, 5:00PM

The Highbridge Voices Chamber Choir
Mary Clementi, Director
A Benefit Concert for Highbridge Voices and Downtown Music
100% of ALL tickets sales will directly benefit both organizations

The Chamber Choir, made up of 60 students in grades 7-12, is the premiere touring ensemble of Highbridge Voices. Singing an average of ten performances a year, the Chamber Choir performs throughout New York City, as well as in Florida, Quebec, and Washington, D.C.  They have had the honor of performing at several high profile events, including the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society’s annual gala, and at the Major League Baseball Division Championship at Yankee Stadium.

Founded in 1998, Highbridge Voices is an extended-day music and academic program serving the South Bronx. The mission of Highbridge Voices is to inspire excellence in the lives of the children of the Highbridge Community through their active participation in music.

Premium seating $50, General Admission $30,
Seniors and Students $20, Children 5-12 with parent: $15
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JANUARY

Wednesday, January 4, 12:10PM

No concert

Wednesday, January 11, 12:10PM

Jenny J. Lee, pianist, is pursuing a Master’s degree at the Yale School of Music, studying with Peter Frankl as a recipient of the Mary Howell Clapp Scholarship. She is a recent graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and was named a Jacobs Scholar, the most prestigious award given to an undergraduate musician. Ms. Lee is a 2014 Finalist of the 7th New York Inter-national Piano Competition. Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.
A Downtown Music Debut. Free Admission.
            
This concert is made possible with the generous support of Deutsch Family & Licor 43, the #1 premium liqueur from Spain. 

Wednesday, January 18, 12:10PM

The Memling Ensemble – Six of New York’s finest players join forces to perform the charming Overture to “La Dame Blanche” of Francois-Adrien Boieldieu and the Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 36 of Ludwig van Beethoven as arranged by Johann Nepomuk Hummel.  Free Admission.
            
This concert has been made possible with the generous support of White Plains Hospital. The new White Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care is proud to offer our community personalized and comprehensive care including precision diagnostics; a full range of treatment options; and access to innovative clinical trials with our partner system, Montefiore- all under the direction of our highly skilled physicians and surgeons.

Wednesday, January 25, 12:10PM

Pianist Anna Vinnitsky, has appeared in recital at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and Merkin Hall in New York. She returns to Downtown Music with a program which includes a sonata of Mozart, the virtuosic Faschingsschwank aus Wien of Robert Schumann and a piano transcription of a traditional Klezmer melody. Free Admission.
            
This concert is made possible with the generous support of the Brian Wallach Agency, White Plains, New York.  Personal and Commercial Insurance since 1949.

DECEMBER

Wednesday, December 7, 12:10PM

Jörg-Michael Schwarz, violin and Dongsok Shin, harpsichord, principals of the internationally acclaimed REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music, play the third part of their survey of the complete sonatas for violin and harpsichord of J.S. Bach. Sonatas in B minor, BWV 1014 and G major, BWV 1019 will be featured. Free Admission.
            
This concert is made possible with the generous support of Nick Wolff and Daniel Luckner, Better Homes and Gardens/Rand Realty, White Plains.  We orchestrate total harmony in your real estate transaction.

Wednesday, December 14, 12:10PM

EPHEMERALSThomas Bagwell, piano, with Gilda Lyons, voice. Described by Marilyn Horne as, “A pioneer for his age”, Thomas Bagwell is known internationally for his song recital and chamber music performances, as well as his work as conductor, teacher, and coach. In EPHEMERALS, Bagwell curates a program of contemporary solo works and collaborates with vocalist and new-music specialist Gilda Lyons in the performance of 21st century song. Presented in partnership with The Phoenix Concerts. A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission.
            
This concert is made possible with the generous support of the M&T Charitable Foundation.?

Wednesday, December 21, 12:10PM

Angelica, a women’s chamber choir directed by Marie Caruso, presents a program drawn from the vast treasury of medieval, renaissance and 20th century music celebrating the wonder and beauty of the Christmas season.  Free Admission.
            
This concert is made possible with the generous support of Graphiks with a ‘K’, Katonah. New York.

Wednesday, December 28, 12:10PM

No concert

NOVEMBER

Wednesday, November 2, 12:10PM

The musicians of the Westchester PhilharmonicMelanie Feld, oboe, Alan Kay, clarinet, and Frank Morelli, bassoon,  play works of Milhaud, Canteloube, and more. A Downtown Music debut.  Free Admission.
            
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, November 9, 12:10PM

The musicians of the Westchester PhilharmonicRobert Chausow, violin,    Roberta Cooper, cello, and Christopher Oldfather, piano, play the Piano Trio No. 1 of Felix Mendelssohn, and Oblivion of Astor Piazzola. Free Admission.                
            
This concert is made possible with the generous support of the Brian Wallach Agency, White Plains, New York. Personal and Commercial Insurance since 1949.

Sunday, November 13, 5:00PM

REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music
MUSICK FROM THE FAIREST ISLE

Hailed by the New York Times as “Sophisticated and Beguiling” and praised by the Los Angeles Times for their “astonishingly vital music-making”, REBEL has earned an impressive international reputation for virtuosic, highly expressive performances of the baroque and classical repertoire.

Jörg-Michael Schwarz and Karen Marie Marmer, violins; John Moran, baroque cello, and Dongsok Shin, harpsichord, will perform an all English program including works of Avison, Handel, Purcell and Boyce.

Adults: $25, Seniors: (65+) $20,
Students age 25 and under (with valid ID): $15,
Children age 5-12 with parent: $5
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Wednesday, November 16, 12:10PM

Scape TrioNicole Sharlow, violin, Joseph Dermody, viola, Adriana Maria Pera, cello.  The program includes the London Trio of Franz Joseph Haydn, the String Trio in C Minor, Op. 249 of Carl Reinecke, and the Intermezzo of Zoltan Kodaly.  Free Admission.
            
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, November 23, 12:10PM

No Concert

Wednesday, November 30, 12:10PM

Violinists Judson Griffin and Margaret Ziemnicka, and harpsichordist Jean Newton, faculty members of the Music Conservatory of Westchester, perform 17th century German Baroque repertoire, including works by Biber, Pachelbel, and Furcheim on instruments of the period. A Downtown Music debut.  Free Admission.

OCTOBER

Wednesday, October 5, 12:10PM             

Constance Lin Kaita, pianist, and Young Steinway Artist, is a recent graduate of the Peabody Conservatory.  A finalist in the 2014 New York International Piano Competition, she won first place in the open division and received the Richard Tang Yuk award for best overall performance at the 2015 Princeton Festival Piano Competition. Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission.


This performance is sponsored by R3 Energy.  The company that reduces your carbon emissions and energy costs. 

Wednesday, October 12, 12:10PM 

Downtown Sinfonietta – The 14 musicians of our resident chamber orchestra, featuring members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, wowed our audience with their rendition of symphonies of Haydn and Mozart last June.  They return with an all Haydn program. Vincent Lionti conducts.  Free Admission.
                         Symphony No. 3 in G major
                         Symphony No. 4 in D major
                         Symphony No. 27 in G major

This concert is made possible through the generous support of Ridgeway Garden Center, White Plains & Lago Ristorante, West Harrison.

Wednesday, October 19, 12:10PM

A.W. Duo – pianist Alyona Aksyonova and cellist James Waldo return to Downtown Music with a program which features Beethoven's fifth and final sonata, the Sonata in D major Op. 102 No. 2 for cello and piano, alongside the fiery and brilliant Grand Tango by Argentine master Astor Piazzolla.   Ellen Moryl, founder of the Piccolo Spoleto festival in Charleston, uses three words to describe a concert by these gifted musicians: “Exciting, Ravishing, Sublime”. Free Admission.
            
This concert is made possible with the generous support of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Wednesday, October 26, 12:10PM

Bridgeport Trio: The Music of Bill Evans–  Bob Wason, piano, Lou Bruno, bass, and Albert Montecalvo, drums, survey the music of one of the world’s most influential jazz pianists. Evans’ original compositions will be featured, along with jazz standards that have become signature pieces. A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission.        

This concert is made possible with the generous support of Scarsdale Medical Group.

September

Wednesday, September 14, 12:10PM

Sounds of the Scottish Highlands – Celebrated piper Jonathan Henken returns to Downtown Music with a program of ancient airs and dances of Scotland. This outdoor concert will take place in Renaissance Park at Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue. In the event of rain, the concert will be held in Grace Church.  Free Admission.

Wednesday, September 21, 12:10PM

The Music Conservatory of Westchester Jazz Faculty Quartet, part of the White Plains Jazz Fest. Nicholas Biello, saxophone, Rale Micic, guitar, John Lang, bass guitar, Jake Robinson, drums. The quartet will play music of jazz saxophone legend and innovator Michael Brecker, who was a long-time resident of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission.

Nicholas Biello, sax 
The 2014 winner of the International Saxophone Idol Competition, Nick has shared the stage with Slide Hampton, Cedar Walton, Rich Perry, John Benitez, and many other jazz luminaries. He has performed at the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Iridium, and participated in Italy's Pescara and Bussi Jazz Festivals. His arrangements have been performed by Stevie Wonder, Dave Koz, and Kelly Rowland.  

Rale Micic, guitar
All About Jazz columnist Jim Santella writes of Micic, “The NY jazz scene, and by extension jazz’s modern main-stream, has Rale Micic to thank for a portion of its continued growth.” He has performed at Catalina Jazz Club, Blues Alley, Scullers, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, and the San Jose Jazz Festival?, and been featured in  Downbeat, JazzTimes, the LA Times, and the Boston Globe. 

John Lang, bass guitar
Born in Fresno, California, bassist John Lang appears regularly at Fat Cat, Little Branch,
55 Bar and Bar Thalia. Numerous sideman credits include appearances with Cady Huffman, Tadataka Uno, Vikki Burns, and Melissa Hamilton.  As a composer he has recorded two solo CDs as well as film scores.

Jake Robinson, drums
Jake performs Jazz, Funk, Pop, and everything in between. He gives clinics and master classes around NYC and New England, tours nationally and internationally, and has performed at world-class venues including Birdland NYC, Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, and Canterbury Cathedral in England.

The quartet will host a Jazz Workshop and Jam at the Music Conservatory of Westchester on Thursday, September 22, from 6:30 - 8 pm.  All interested players are invited to participate in the jam session which follows the workshop. Admission is free.

This concert is a presentation of the 2016 White Plains Jazz Fest presented by ArtsWestchester, The City of White Plains and the White Plains BID.  This year’s festival is made possible by Macy’s, White Plains Hospital, The New York Council on the Arts with support from Reckson, All New York Title, Apple Bank and other community partners. Free Admission.

Wednesday, September 28, 12:10PM

Violinist Jeehae Lee joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in September 2008. Prior to joining the Met, Ms. Lee performed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra and held an orchestral fellowship for three consecutive summers at the Aspen Music Festival. She is joined at the piano by Anna Vinnitsky, who has appeared in recital at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and Merkin Hall in New York. They will play a program which includes the Sonata in D minor, Opus 75 of Camille Saint-Saens. Free Admission.
            
This concert is made possible with the generous support of Beverley and Sabin Streeter.

 

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