Our 31st Anniversary Season
September 2018 - May 2019

 

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 2018-19 Performances

SEPTEMBER

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

Music of Colombia - Pianist Pablo Mayor and flutist Anna Povich de Mayor begin our 31st season with an exciting program which travels from Colombia's Andes mountain region to the Eastern Plains, and on to the Pacific and Caribbean coast.
                      

 

A White Plains Jazz Fest event, presented in partnership with ArtsWestchester. A Downtown Music debut.

Wednesday, September 19, 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 outdoor concert will take place on the church lawn. In the event of rain, the concert will be held in Grace Church.

Wednesday, September 26, 12:10 p.m.

The Bridgeport Trio - Bob Wason, piano, Lou Bruno, bass, and Albert Montecalvo, drums, return to Downtown Music with a program inspired by the film noir classic, Out of the Past. Music of Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans and George Gershwin is featured.
                      

 

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Ridgeway Garden Center, White Plains, and Lago Ristorante, West Harrison.

OCTOBER     

Wednesday, October 3, 12:10 p.m.

Youlan Ji, pianist, Joyce B. Cowin First Prize Winner of the 2018 New York International Piano Competition, joins with five members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra to play a concerto of Beethoven from a rare nineteenth century transcription of the original score. 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 D’Errico Jewelry, Scarsdale

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

Uncommon Practice/Open Studio - Downtown Music is pleased to present this program of contemporary works which explores artistic partnership from multiple vantage points. The concept was developed by The Phoenix Concerts in partnership with The Hartt School, University of Hartford and features collaborative performances by Hartt School faculty, students, and alums.  A Downtown Music debut.
                      
This concert is made possible, in part, by a gift in memory of Adrianne Reilly.

Wednesday, October 17, 12:10 p.m.

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 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. The music of Gabriel Faure is featured.

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

Wednesday, October 24, 12:10 p.m.        
            
Woody’s Children at Grace – With 26 recordings and hundreds of songs in his repertoire, Tom Chapin serves up a tasty mix of story songs, ballads, comedic and political songs, family music, sing-alongs, old-time folk classics and a favorite song or two of his late brother Harry’s. Tom accompanies himself on guitar, banjo and autoharp for this special program curated by celebrated radio personality Bob Sherman. A short audience Q and A session follows the concert. A Downtown Music debut.
                      
This concert is made possible with a generous gift from John and Hannah Nelson in memory of Hannah’s father Benjamin Massey and his love of Americana and folk songs. Additional support has been provided by Nick Wolff and Daniel Luckner, Better Homes and Gardens/Rand Realty, White Plains.  We orchestrate total harmony in your real estate transaction.

Wednesday, October 31, 12:10 p.m.

Pianists Svetlana Gorokhovich and Irena Portenko join forces for an extraordinary concert which features the Symphony No. 6 in B minor of Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky (Pathetique) as arranged by the composer for piano four hands.
                      

 

This concert is given in appreciation and thanks to Joanna D’Addario for her sustained volunteer work in the field of Music Education with the young people of White Plains and Westchester; and her inspired leadership with the Daffodil Program of the White Plains Beautification Foundation.

NOVEMBER

Wednesday, November 7, 12:10 p.m.

Jörg-Michael Schwarz, violin & Dongsok Shin, harpsichord, principals of the internationally acclaimed REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music, play Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord of the High Baroque featuring richly colorful works by Telemann, Handel, Mascitti and J.S. Bach.
                      
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Hudson Grille and Lilly’s, White Plains.

Sunday, November 11 at 4:30 pm.
The Pablo Mayor Quartet
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Wednesday, November 14, 12:10 p.m
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Chamber Music with the musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic- Laura Conwesser, flute, and Margaret Kampmeier, piano, play the works of Bach, Bernstein, Faure, and Poulenc.

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 21, 12:10 p.m.

No Concert

Wednesday, November 28, 12:10 p.m.

WQXR Comes to Grace: A joyful sextet of all-star virtuosos, Ensemble Mélange shakes up the concert experience, forges a personal connection with the audience, and mixes tried-and-true repertoire with a smorgasbord of jewels from distant genres. The concert is reformatted as a musician's party game; after each piece, members of the audience are chosen to pick the next piece from an extensive menu organized by style, nationality, and time period. Celebrated radio personality Bob Sherman leads a conversation with the players following the concert. A Downtown Music debut.
                      
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Nanette H. Bourne and John R. Delfs.

DECEMBER

Wednesday, December 5, 12:10 p.m.

Yiying Niu, pianist, Prize Winner of the 2018 New York International Piano Competition. Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. A Downtown Music debut.

 

 

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

Karen Marie Marmer, violin and Dongsok Shin fortepiano, principals of the internationally acclaimed REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music, play an all Mozart program featuring sonatas for violin and fortepiano and a work for keyboard solo.
                      
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Dagher Engineering, PLLC.

Wednesday, December 19, 12:10 p.m.

Angelica – A visit from this wonderful chamber choir, directed by Marie Caruso, has become a seasonal tradition for our Downtown Music audience. This year’s program will feature medieval and renaissance Yuletide selections plus Joshua Himes's stunning contemporary setting of There Is No Rose as well as seasonal favorites. Joining Angelica is percussionist Rex Benincasa.
                      
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Wednesday, December 26, 12:10 p.m.

No concert

 

 

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