Our 30th Anniversary Season
September 2017 - May 2018

 

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 2017-18 Performances

SEPTEMBER

Wednesday, September 13, 12:10 p.m.

The Hiroshi Yamazaki Trio – Celebrated Jazz pianist Hiroshi Yamazaki is joined by Steve LaSpina, bass, Eliot Zigmund, drums, and special guest vocalist, Glenda Davenport for this White Plains Jazz Fest event. The 2017 White Plains Jazz Fest is presented by ArtsWestchester, Westchester County Government, 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 State Council on the Arts and Peckham Industries with support from  News 12 Westchester, The Journal News Media Group, Cambria Hotels and Suites, All New York Title Insurance, Apple Bank, Famous Famiglia, Food Bank for Westchester, Inc.,Galleria White Plains, Kimco Realty Corporation, LCOR, Inc., Loola Doola, The Ritz Carlton, Westchester, RM Friedland Realty, T-Mobile, Webster Bank, Westchester Business Center, and other community partners.

A Downtown Music debut.

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of the Rachele Rose Day Spa located at 110 South Central Avenue, Hartsdale, NY 10530.  914-948-7500

Wednesday, September 20, 12:10 p.m.

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

Wednesday, September 27, 12:10 p.m.

Pianist Juliana Han, has been lauded not only for her thoughtful and inspired performances but also for her musical lectures which have introduced classical works to diverse audiences. Ms. Han has been a featured artist in New York's major venues, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall. She is a founder and director of the Piedmont Chamber Music Festival. 
A Downtown Music debut.

This concert is made possible, in part, with a generous gift by Hannah and John Nelson in memory of Beth Massey Rubens.

OCTOBER       

Wednesday, October 4, 12:10 p.m.

International prize-winning pianist and native Texan, Thomas Steigerwald made his orchestral debut at age 18 with the San Antonio Symphony.  A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, he is currently pursuing his Masters at The Juilliard School. Mr. Steigerwald is a prize winner in the 62nd Wideman, and the 16th San Jose International Piano Competitions. Thomas was a First Prize One-Piano, Four Hands Ensemble Winner at the 2014 New York International Piano Competition. Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. A Downtown Music debut.

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Gedney Farms Nursery, 870 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains

THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY EVENT

Wednesday, October 11, 12:10 p.m.

Downtown Sinfonietta – Our resident chamber orchestra, featuring members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, plays a celebratory concert featuring works of Vivaldi, Schumann, Borodin, Gershwin and the Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. Vincent Lionti conducts. 

This concert is made possible, in part, by a generous gift in memory of Steve Cohen and in honor of Renee Cohen.
 
Wednesday, October 18, 12:10 p.m.

Panic Duo – Panic Duo is a Los-Angeles based ensemble dedicated to the performance of music of our time.  Featuring violinist Pasha Tseitlin and pianist Nic Gerpe, the Duo’s performances have been described as “exciting”, “virtuosic”, and “irresistible”. Engaging audiences into unfamiliar music through a combination of dialogue and uncompromising musicality, Panic Duo has been featured on the Sundays Live series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Presented in partnership with The Phoenix Concerts.  A Downtown Music debut.                    
                       
This concert is made possible, in part, with a generous gift from Beverley and Sabin Streeter in honor of Tim Lewis.
 
Wednesday, October 25, 12:10 p.m.

Enigma Trio – Soprano Tammy Hensrud is joined by cellist Ben Capps and pianist Svetlana Gorokhovich for this program which includes music of Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, and Leonard Bernstein. A Downtown Music debut.
                       
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Linda and Robert Heath.  Additional funding has been provided by Pitney Bowes.

NOVEMBER

Wednesday, November 1, 12:10 p.m.

The Memling EnsembleYevgeny Faniuk, flute, Cecee Pantikian, violin, Vincent Lionti, viola, and Nicholas Tzavaras, violoncello. Four of the most exciting musicians of our generation join forces for this program which includes the Johan Halvorsen Passacaglia on a theme by G. F. Handel, a Serenade by Max Reger, and the Mozart Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 435. A Downtown Music Debut.
                       
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Scarsdale Medical Group.

Wednesday, November 8, 12:10 p.m.

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, November 15, 12:10 p.m.

Called by Marilyn Horne, "A pioneer for his age," Thomas Bagwell is well known as a pianist in song recital and chamber music.  His appearances as a collaborative pianist have taken him to New York's Carnegie Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, the Musikverein, the Concertgebouw, and numerous halls across the United  States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Japan. Bagwell has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and has performed recitals with violinists Midori, Miranda Cuckson and Scott St. John, with whom he made a critically acclaimed CD.  He plays an all Bach program which includes Three Preludes and Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier, the French Suite in G Major, and the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue.  A Downtown Music debut.
                       
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Hudson Grille and Lilly’s, White Plains.

Wednesday, November 22, 12:10 p.m.

No Concert

Wednesday, November 29, 12:10 p.m.

Jörg-Michael Schwarz, violin and Dongsok Shin, harpsichord, principals of the internationally acclaimed REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music, play Sonatas for Violin of the High Baroque featuring works by Handel, Telemann & J. S. Bach.
                       
This concert is made possible, in part, 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.

DECEMBER 

Wednesday, December 6, 12:10 p.m.

Diana Brown, violin Suzanne Wagor, viola  Nelly Rocha, cello  Haodong Wu, piano. This program, presented in partnership with the Music Conservatory of Westchester, is the first of two concerts of Germanic repertoire which illustrate the developing role of the piano as a musical partner in the classical and romantic periods. 
A Downtown Music Debut. 
                       
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of D’Errico Jewelry, Scarsdale.

THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY EVENT

Wednesday, December 13, 12:10 p.m.

Element Songs ­– six world premieres on earth, water, and air – A rare opportunity to hear, for the first time, six new works by six of today’s most exciting and engaging composers.  Soprano Gilda Lyons, mezzo soprano Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev and baritone Jorell Williams are accompanied by pianist Mila Henry in music of Kathryn Alexander, Gabriel Bolaños Chamorro, Kyong Mee Choi, Daron Hagen, Libby Larsen, and Paula af Malmborg Ward. A Downtown Music debut.
                       
Presented in partnership with the Steven Gerber Trust and the Phoenix Concerts.

Wednesday, December 20, 12:10 p.m.

Angelica – A visit from this wonderful chamber choir has become a seasonal tradition for our Downtown Music audience.  This year’s program will feature Yuletide pieces from the medieval and renaissance period; as well as contemporary works by Daniel Gawthrop and Ola Gjeilo. Angelica is known for their unique arrangements and this concert will not fail to deliver some favorites.

This concert is made possible, in part, with a generous gift from the Galleria Mall, White Plains.
                       
Wednesday, December 27, 12:10 p.m.

No concert

 

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