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

 

 

Our 2012-13 Performances:

SEPTEMBER

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sounds of the Scottish Highlands – Celebrated piper Jonathan Henken begins our 25th season with a program of ancient airs and dances of Scotland. This concert will be given outside on the front lawn of Grace Church.

OCTOBER

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Flutist Harold Jones is joined by pianists Svetlana Gorokhovich and Irena Portenko for a program featuring the Prokofiev Sonata for flute and piano and Ravel works for piano four-hands.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Christine Wu, prize winner of the New York International Piano Competition plays works by Schumann, Chopin, and Prokofiev.

Wednesday October 17, 2012

Downtown Music continues its partnership with the distinguished faculty of the Music Conservatory of Westchester. Judson Griffin, violin; Malgorzata Ziemnicka, violin; and David Bakamjian, cello.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Organist Preston Smith, a veteran of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, has been heard on NBC’s Today Show, and ABC’s Good Morning America. He has shared the stage with pop stars Josh Groban and Patti LaBelle. He plays a program of orchestral transcriptions on the magnificent Guilbault Therien organ at Grace Church.

Tricks and Treats for Trumpet concert is cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. This concert will be rescheduled on May 22, 2013.

NOVEMBER

Weekend Discoveries
Gala 25th Anniversary Celebration, Sunday, November 4th

Wednesday, November 7th at 12:10PM

The Westchester Philharmonic BrassLorraine Cohen, trumpet; Nancy Billmann, French horn; and Michael Seltzer, trombone.  A Downtown Music debut.



Wednesday, November 14th at 12:10PM

Chamber Music with the Westchester Philharmonic Robin Bushman, violin, and Maxine Neuman, cello. A Downtown Music debut.

 

Announcing: Third Thursday Jazz
Manhattan School of Music Comes to Downtown Music

Thursday, November 15th Evening Jazz by the MSM Jazz Arts Trio
6 - 7 pm
Free admission, a contribution of $10 is suggested. Downtown Music celebrates its new partnership with the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Arts Program As one of the first conservatories in the U.S. to acknowledge the prime importance of jazz as an art form, Manhattan School of Music’s programs of study for jazz arts majors are designed to develop skilled performers, composers, arrangers and jazz educators in preparation for careers in jazz music. Systematic and rigorous conservatory training, combined with a myriad of performance and networking opportunities in New York City, make this program one of the richest of its kind for young jazz musicians. Student ensembles include the Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Concert Jazz Band, Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Philharmonic, Chamber Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Combos. MSM Jazz Arts ensembles have performed at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola/Jazz At Lincoln Center, Zankel Hall/Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, the Morgan Library.

Wednesday, November 21st at 12:10PM

No Concert

Wednesday, November 28th at 12:10PM

Distinguished faculty of the Music Conservatory of Westchester perform Jazz!
Alma Micic, vocals; Greg Diamond, guitar; Hiroshi Yamazaki, piano; and Jake Robinson, drums.

DECEMBER     

Weekend Discoveries
Sunday, December 2nd at 4 pm

Eastchester Arts Council and Downtown Music present:
Robert DeGaetano in Concert


Wednesday, December 5th at 12:10PM

Suejin Jung, prize winner of the New York International Piano Competition plays works by Beethoven and Ravel.  
  
      
                       
Wednesday, December 12th at 12:10PM

The women of Angelica present a program drawn from a vast treasury of medieval, renaissance and 20th century music celebrating the wonder and beauty of the Christmas season.

 

 


Weekend Discoveries

Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, Sunday, December 16th


Wednesday, December 19th at 12:10PM

A Renaissance Yule – featuring the New York Consort of Viols, veterans of Milwaukee's Early Music Now, the Berkeley Festival, and New York's Music Before 1800. A Downtown Music debut.

Wednesday, December 26th at 12:10PM

NO CONCERT

JANUARY

Wednesday, January 2nd at 12:10PM

NO CONCERT

Wednesday, January 9th at 12:10PM

Peter Seidenberg, cello and Hui-Mei Lin, piano, perform music of Brahms and Dvorak. 

 

 

Wednesday, January 16th at 12:10PM

Kallos Trio – Marya Columbia, violin,  Susan Poliacik, cello,  John Lettieri, piano.  A Downtown Music debut.  

 


Wednesday, January 23rd at 12:10PM

Pianist Alex Ruvinstein has been heralded by the Moscow News for his  “phenomenal technique and playing of emotional depth".  He returns to Downtown Music with a program of miniatures by Sergei Rachmaninoff celebrating composer's life.

Wednesday, January 30th at 12:10PM

The Capriccio Ensemble  – Natalie Kriegler, violin; Elina Lang, cello; and Margery Fitts, harp; return to Downtown Music with an eclectic program including a Trio Sonata of J.C. Bach.

 

FEBRUARY

Wednesday, February 6th at 12:10PM

Aksyonova/Waldo" Duo – cellist James Waldo and pianist Alyona Aksyonova perform the Rachmaninoff Sonata for Cello and Piano.

Wednesday, February 13th at 12:10PM

No Concert

Wednesday, February 20th at 12:10PM

Celebrated pianist Sergei Kvitko, performs Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” plus his own “Bach’s Prelude in C Major with at Few Added Notes” in advance of his Carnegie Hall recital.  A Downtown Music debut. 

 

Wednesday, February 27th at 12:10PM

Laura Hamilton, Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, returns to Downtown Music to play the Ravel Sonate and Chausson Poeme.

MARCH

A full month of Masters from the MET
(Featuring musicians of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra)


Weekend Discoveries

West African Troubador Abdoulaye Diabate: Sunday, March 3rd


Wednesday, March 6th at 12:10PM

Violinist Jeehae Lee has been a member of the Met Orchestra since 2008. She has served as Concertmaster of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, and has made music at the Aspen Festival, Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall.  We welcome her return to Downtown Music. She is joined by Young Park at the piano.

 

Wednesday, March 13th at 12:10PM

Violinist Sarah Crocker has been a member of the Detroit Symphony, and the Colorado Symphony. She has appeared as soloist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and at the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy. She is joined by Jeewon Park at the piano.

Wednesday, March 20th at 12:10PM

Vincent Lionti, a member of the viola section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, has served as guest principal viola for the Indianapolis, New Jersey and American Symphony orchestras. A former member of the Detroit Symphony, he is joined by pianist Alex Ruvinstein for “Lost Gems of the Romantic Era IV”.

 

Announcing: Third Thursday Jazz
Manhattan School of Music Comes to Downtown Music

Thursday, March 21th Evening Jazz by the MSM Jazz Arts Trio
6 - 7 pm
Free admission, a contribution of $10 is suggested.
Students at the Manhattan School of Music, the MSM Jazz Arts Trio: Gregory Chen, piano; Ethan O’Reilly, bass; and Joe Peri, drums present their third, in a series of four jazz concerts here at Downtown Music. The jazz music performed will be a combination of well-known standards from the “Great American Songbook” as well as a few newer pieces and improvisation.

There will be a “meet the artists” reception immediately following this hour-long free concert.


Wednesday, March 27th at 12:10PM

Pavel Vinnitsky, clarinet, appears regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the American Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke's.  He is joined at the piano by his wife, Anna Vinnitsky who has appeared as a recitalist and collaborative artist at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and Merkin Hall in New York.  A Downtown Music debut.

APRIL

Wednesday, April 3rd at 12:10PM
Distinguished faculty of the Music Conservatory of Westchester Audrey Axinn, piano and Sarah Wetherbee, violin perform sonatas for violin and piano by Mozart and Szymanowski.
 


Weekend Discoveries

25th Anniversary Concerto Celebration: Sunday, April 7th


Wednesday, April 10th at 12:10PM

Nicole Sharlow, violin; Kirsten Jerme, cello; and Mory Ortman, piano; perform music of Brahms, Kodaly, Kreisler and Chopin.

 


Wednesday, April 17th at 12:10PM

Organist Ruaraidh Sutherland offers music of Buxtehude, a Bach transcription of a Vivaldi concerto, and the celebrated Adagio of Frank Bridge on the magnificent instrument at Grace Church.

Announcing: Third Thursday Jazz
Manhattan School of Music Comes to Downtown Music

Thursday, April 18th Evening Jazz by the MSM Jazz Arts Trio
6 - 7 pm
Free admission, a contribution of $10 is suggested.
Kate Davis, Bass/vocalist
Emmet Cohen, Piano
Gabe Schnider, Guitar
They will be performing a program of the Trio Music of Nat King Cole.


Wednesday, April 24th at 12:10PM

Due to illness, our scheduled performers for this concert have been replaced by Mim Paquin, soprano, and Jon Tyillian, piano, who will perform music of Puccini, Faure, Bellini, Styne, Sondheim, and Porter.

MAY

Wednesday, May 1st at 12:10PM

Pioneers of Ragtime – Peter Muir offers an exploration of the top-tapping piano style that set America alight a hundred years ago. Music of Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton and others.

Wednesday, May 8th at 12:10PM

Michael Stewart, prize winner of the New York International Piano Competition plays an all Romantic and 20th Century program.

 

Wednesday, May 15th at 12:10PM

The Black Marble Duo, Jörg-Michael Schwarz and Karen Marie Marmer, co-directors of the internationally acclaimed baroque ensemble, REBEL, play rare and virtuosic pieces for two violins.

 

Wednesday, May 22nd at 12:10PM

John Charles Thomas, trumpet and Bari Mort, piano, close out our 25th Season with works of Puccini, Foster, Ibert, and Mancini.

 

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