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 2013-14 Performances:

SEPTEMBER

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Distinguished German organist Martin Kondziella, Conductor of the Palestrina Ensemble in Berlin, plays works of Bach, Couperin and Mendelssohn on the celebrated Guilbault -Therien organ at Grace Church. A Downtown Music Debut. Free Admission

Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:10 pm

White Plains Jazz Fest Opening Concert
The Art Bennett Quintet

Featuring Sonelius Smith on piano, Ed Petillo on bass, Steve Dunn on drums and Kazi Oliver, percussion Art Bennett, who hails from White Plains, plays reeds and flute. He has
performed with such notable musicians as Lonnie Liston Smith, Rashid Ali, William Parker, Marion Meadows and James "Blood" Ulmer to name a few. The quintet features on piano Sonelius Smith who is credited with the composition "The Need to Smile" recorded by Ahmad Jamal, and has recorded with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and the Piano Choir among many others. Steve Dunn, drums, is a music director in the Long Island school system and brings his professional experience to the rhythm section. Edgar Pottillo, bassist is known for his funky sound in the smooth jazz and gospel setting with the Golden eagles as well as R&B artist Unique. Kazi Oliver who is known throughout the Westchester area as a master African percussionist, teacher and performer. Art brings these musical personalities together and creates a delightful and enjoyable listening experience. This concert is a presentation of the White Plains Jazz Fest 2013 presented by ArtsWestchester, The City of White Plains and The White Plains BID with support from Macy's, TD Bank, the Crowne Plaza and The Journal News. For full Jazz Fest information, visit www.artsw.org/jazzfest.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 12:10 pm

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 be held outdoors on the lawn in front of Grace Church (weather permitting). Seating will be provided. Free Admission


Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Soprano Ellen Delahanty has been praised as “a singer of uncommon charm and perfect diction” by Early Music America. She is joined at the harpsichord by Gwendolyn Toth, director of the early music ensemble, ARTEK, for a program entitled “Sweeter than Roses – the songs of Henry Purcell”. A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Laura Hamilton, Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, returns to Downtown Music with pianist Jerome Rosen to play the Sonata in E-flat Major, K. 481, of Mozart, and the Sonata in A Minor, Opus 105, of Robert Schumann. Free Admission

 

OCTOBER            

Wednesday, October 2 at 12:10 pm

Pianist David Kim has been heard in concert with the Syracuse Symphony, and appeared on Vermont Public Radio and WNYC in New York. He returns to Downtown Music to play works of Liszt, Debussy, and Beethoven. Free Admission

Wednesday, October 9 at 12:10 pm

A prizewinner in the Munich ARD, Banff, and Tetris competitions, London born violinist Helena Baillie is emerging as an artist of uncommon communicative depth.  She is joined at the piano by Tanya Gabrielian for a program which includes the Suite Italienne of Igor Stravinsky and selections from Felix Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words.  A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission


Wednesday, October 16 at 12:10 pm

Pianist Juyeon Kang, a Steinway artist, has brought her exquisite sound and formidable technique to audiences around the world. She offers a program entitled “Joyful Dances, the music of Beethoven, Piazzola, Debussy and Chopin” in advance of her Carnegie Hall recital. A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

Wednesday, October 23 at 12:10 pm

Black Marble Violin Duo Jörg-Michael Schwarz & Karen Marie Marmer, co-directors of the internationally acclaimed REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music, play works by Emmanuel Barbella, Pietro Locatelli, Jean-Marie Leclair & W.A. Mozart on instruments of the period. Free Admission

Wednesday October 30 at 12:10 pm

Cellist Nancy Donaruma played with the New York Philharmonic for 31 years, and is currently Artistic Director of the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society. She is joined by colleagues Judith Muir, clarinet, and Peter Muir, piano, for a program which includes the Shostakovich Sonata in D minor, Opus 40 for Cello and Piano, and the Beethoven Trio in B flat Major Opus 11. Free Admission

NOVEMBER

The musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic return to present two chamber music concerts, November 6th and 13th.

Wednesday, November 6 at 12:10 pm

Musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic: Michael Roth, violin; Jessica Troy, viola; and Roberta Cooper, cello perform the Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) of J.S. Bach. Free Admission



Wednesday, November 13 at 12:10 pm

Musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic: Robert Chausow, violin; and Ah Ling Neu, viola perform duets of Mozart and Martinu. Free Admission



Pianist Hannah Sun returns to Downtown Music to perform music of Bach, Chopin, Ravel, and a piece entitled "Bagatelles" that she composed. Free admission


 

Sunday, November 24 at 4:00 pm.

The Highbridge Voices Chamber Choir
A Benefit Concert for Highbridge Voices and Downtown Music
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, and have also travelled to 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.

The choir will sing an exciting program of music from around the world that spans several countries and centuries. There will be music from Haydn to recently composed works, as well as several classic Spirituals.

Wednesday, November 27

No Concert – Thanksgiving Eve

DECEMBER      

Wednesday, December 4 at 12:10 pm

Critically acclaimed pianists Svetlana Gorokhovich and Irena Portenko return to Downtown Music with a program of virtuoso works for piano four-hands including the Hungarian Rhapsody #2 of Liszt, and the Fantasy on Blue Danube Themes of Strauss. Free Admission

Sunday, December 8 at 4:00 pm

Westchester County Free Arts Day
The Eastchester Arts Council and Downtown Music present:
A Potpourri of Musical Highlights From Different Parts of the Globe.

Brazilian soprano Caroline Braga, soprano A-la Renee Davis and others perform music by Bizet, Puccini, Richard Strauss, Bernstein, Sondheim, and Gershwin, including Spirituals and Brazilian songs.  A delightful family program to be enjoyed by all.  Downtown Music is delighted to partner with the Eastchester Arts Council in presenting this event as part of Free Arts Day, made possible by ArtsWestchester and its supporters.  The Eastchester Arts Council is a nonprofit cultural arts organization, founded in 1994. For further information, check www.eastchesterartscouncil.com.

Wednesday, December 11 at 12:10 pm

Tableau Vivant - Karen Marie Marmer, violin & Dongsok Shin, fortepiano, principals of the internationally acclaimed REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music, play works of Jean-Frédéric Edelmann, J.C. Bach & W.A. Mozart. Free Admission

Sunday, December 15 at 4:00 pm

A Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas
Come and sing your favorite Christmas Carols. Hear the choirs and soloists of Grace Church offer music of the festive season. Reception following. A $10 donation per person is suggested.

 

Wednesday, December 18 at 12:10 pm

Angelica, a women’s chamber choir directed by Marie Caruso, offers a program of medieval, renaissance, and contemporary Yuletide selections including selections from the Play of Daniel; Michelle Roueché’s dynamic Cantate Domino; and Guy Forbes’s  breathtaking Ave Maria. Guest artist Rex Benincasa will accompany Angelica on percussion. Free Admission

 

December 25   NO CONCERT

JANUARY

January 1 & 8  NO CONCERT           

Wednesday, January 15 at 12:10pm

Celebrated soprano Nathalie Parker returns to Downtown Music with pianist Diane Guernsey to perform works by American composers. Free Admission

Wednesday, January 22 at 12:10 pm

Pianist Tanya Gabrielian rose to international acclaim with first prizes in the Scottish International Piano Competition, and the Aram Khachaturyan International Piano Competition. Hailed by the London Times as, “a pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle”, she plays the Rachmaninov Morceaux de Fantasie and the Hindemith Suite (1922). A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

Wednesday, January 29 at 12:10 pm

Based in New York and Norway, Violinist Ragin Wenk-Wolff, has been a soloist
with the Oslo Philharmonic, the Bergen Symphony Orchestra, and the Norwegian Broadcast Orchestra. Pianist Gerald Robbins has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. They play music of Handel, Chopin, Brahms, Gershwin and Kvandal.  A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

FEBRUARY

Wednesday, February 5 at 12:10 pm

Pianist Sergei Kvitko charmed our Downtown Music audience last season with his iconic rendition of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”.  He returns, with narrator Ken Beachler, for a performance of Claude Debussy’s The Toy Box and Francis Poulenc’s The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant. Great fun for all ages. Free Admission

Wednesday, February 12 at 12:10 pm

Nicole Sharlow, violin, Kirsten Jerme, cello, and Mory Ortman, piano.  The program includes selections from the Piano Trio of Turina, and the Duo for Violin and Cello of Martinu. Free Admission

Wednesday, February 19 at 12:10 pm

Fan-Ya Lin, prizewinner of the New York International Piano Competition, plays a program of personal favorites.  A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

 

Sunday, February 23 at 5:00 pm

REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music
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 play music of J.S. Bach, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, William Boyce, Jean-Marie Leclair & Archangelo Corelli.
Adults: $25, Seniors: (65+) $20, Students age 25 and under (with valid ID): $15, Children age 5-12 with parent: $5

Wednesday, February 26 at 12:10 pm

The A.W. Duo – cellist James Waldo and pianist Alonya Aksyonova return to Downtown Music with a program entitled "Modern Romantics: Debussy and Myaskovsky".  Of the Duo, Ellen Dressler Moryl, founder of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston says, “ These gifted young players are true artists who can transport the listeners in their audience straight to heaven!”. Free Admission

 

MARCH

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

March 5          No Concert – Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 12 at 12:10 pm

Cellist David Heiss is a member of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and has performed with the company as cello continuo soloist in the entire canon of Mozart operas, the production of "The Enchanted Island" and the worldwide HD broadcast of Handel's "Giulio Cesare". He is principal cellist of  The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall; and has been featured as soloist in concertos by Irving Robbin and Theodore Antoniou (at the Tanglewoood festival). A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

Wednesday, March 19 at 12:10 pm

Katie Hyun, violin and Ani Kalayjian, cello, perform the Kodaly Duo for Violin and Cello and six of the Bach two-part inventions. Free Admission

 


Wednesday, March 26 at 12:10 pm

Virtuoso flutist Maron Anis Khoury has recently been appointed to the second flute position with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has performed under the direction of maestros Daniel Barenboim, Otto Werner Mueller, Christoph Eschenbach, and Michael Stern. With the Canadian pianist Bryan Wagorn, he will present a program which includes music of Charles-Marie Widor, the Sonata for Flute and Piano of Lowell Liebermann, and the Carmen Fantasy of Francois Borne. A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

APRIL

Wednesday, April 2 at 12:10 pm

A prizewinner in many international competitions, 25-year-old cellist Dmitry Volkov is one of the brightest talents to emerge from Russia today. With pianist Svetlana Gorokhovich, he will perform a Sonata by Dmitri Shostakovich, three Fantasie Stucke of Robert Schumann, and conclude  with the Grand Tango of  Astor Piazzolla.
A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

Sunday, April 6 at 4:00 pm

26th Anniversary Concerto Celebration
Downtown Music continues its collaboration with the young winners of the New York International Piano Competition. Yen Yu Chen, and Kate Liu join us for a program which includes the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 and the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1. They will be accompanied by Downtown Sinfonietta, which features members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, playing from unique 19th and 21st century arrangements of the score. Yen Yu Chen & Kate Liu, Piano, Downtown Sinfonietta, Vincent Lionti, Conductor.
Adults: $25, Seniors: (65+) $15, Students: $10, Children age 5-12 with parent: $5

 

Wednesday, April 9 at 12:10 pm

Matthew Graybil, prizewinner of the New York International Piano Competition, plays a program of personal favorites. Free Admission

 

Wednesday, April 16 at 12:10 pm

Organist Ryan Kennedy, First Prize Winner of the 2013 American Guild of Organists Region II Competition, plays works of Bach, Vierne and Dupre on the magnificent Guilbault Therien Organ at Grace Church. Free Admission

Wednesday, April 23 at 12:10 pm

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. Together, they offer an Opera Matinee featuring music of Rossini, Gounod and Gershwin. Free Admission

Wednesday, April 30 at 12:10 pm

Jörg-Michael Schwarz, violin; Karen Marie Marmer, viola & John Moran, cello: principals of the internationally acclaimed REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music, play works of J.S. Bach, Giuseppe Torelli & W.A. Mozart. Free Admission

MAY

Wednesday, May 7 at 12:10 pm

Pianist Alex Ruvinstein, heralded by the Moscow News as a player of  “phenomenal technique and emotional depth”, returns to Downtown Music with a program which includes music of Bach and Beethoven. Free Admission


Wednesday, May 14 at 12:10 pm

Rags, Blues and All that Jazz – Peter Muir continues his exploration of the toe-tapping piano style that set America alight a hundred years ago. Music of Scott Joplin, Fats Waller and others. Free Admission

Wednesday, May 21 at 12:10 pm

Vincent Lionti, a member of the viola section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, has served as guest principal viola for the Indiana-polis, 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 V”. Free Admission

 

Wednesday, May 28 at 12:10 pm

Pianist Tanya Gabrielian rose to international acclaim with first prizes in the Scottish International Piano Competition, and the Aram Khachaturyan International Piano Competition. Hailed by the London Times as, “a pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle”, she plays the Rachmaninov Morceaux de Fantasie and the Hindemith Suite (1922). A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

 

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