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 2014-15 Performances

September

Friday, September 5 at 12:10 pm

White Plains Jazz Fest Opening Concert
Free Admission

Wednesday, September 10, 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. Free Admission

 

Wednesday, September 17, 12:10 PM

Nicole Sharlow, violin, Paul Swensen, cello, and David Kim, piano play music of Beethoven, Dvorak, and the Ashokan Farewell of Jay Ungar.  Free Admission

 

Wednesday, September 24, 12:10 PM

The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved my Life - 109 year-old Alice Herz-Sommer, pianist and Holocaust survivor, shares her views on how to live a long and happy life  in this 35-minute Oscar® winning documentary from director Malcolm Clarke. A recital by pianist Irena Portenko follows, featuring works of Chopin mentioned in the film. Please note that this program will conclude at 1:15 pm. Free Admission

 

 


October

           
Wednesday, October 1, 12:10 PM

Leann Osterkamp, prize winner of the 2008 New York International Piano Competition, returns to Downtown Music with a program of personal favorites.
Free Admission

 

Wednesday, October 8, 12:10 PM

Pianists Tanya Gabrielian and Dustin Gledhill will present a piano-duo concert of works for one piano, four hands.  This program will include music of Faure and Gershwin. A Downtown Music debut.
Free Admission

 

Wednesday, October 15, 12:10 PM

John Charles Thomas plays virtuoso works for trumpet spanning three centuries with organist Timothy Lewis.  The program includes music of  Viviani, Purcell, Bach, Hovhaness and Persichetti. Free Admission

Wednesday, October 22, 12:10 PM

Junah Chung, viola, Eugene Briskin, cello, and Anna Vinnistky, piano, play the Viola Trio of Johannes Brahms and selections from the Mendelssohn Songs Without Words. A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

Wednesday, October 29, 12:10 PM

Pianist Ning Yu has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Praised by the New York Times for her “taut and impassioned performance”, Ning has appeared at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Museum of Modern Art.  She has given dozens of world premiers, including music by Terry Riley and Michael Gordon. She will play music of Bach, Beethoven, Chin, and Gubaidulina. A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

 

November

Wednesday, November 5, 12:10 PM

Laura Hamilton, violin; Lanny Paykin, cello; and Carla Auld, flute perform music by Haydn, Danzi, Paganini, and Villa-Lobos.

 

Wednesday, November 12, 12:10 PM

Martin Agee, violin and Elke Velazquez, piano perform music by Handel, Mozart, Brahms, and Gershwin.

 

Wednesday, November 19, 12:10 PM

Anna Dmytrenko, 2012 prize winner of the New York International Piano Competition plays a program of virtuosic works. A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

Sunday, November 23 at 5 PM

The Highbridge Voices in Concert

Wednesday, November 26, 12:10 PM
No Concert        

 

 

December 

Wednesday, December 3, 12:10 PM

Critically acclaimed pianists Svetlana Gorokhovich and Irena Portenko return with a program of virtuoso works for piano four-hands including music of Bach, Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla and Liszt. Free Admission

Wednesday, December 10, 12:10 PM

Jörg-Michael Schwarz, violin, and Dongsok Shin, harpsichord, principals of the internationally acclaimed REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music, play Sonatas of J. S. Bach.  Free Admission

Wednesday, December 17, 12:10 PM

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

 

 

Sunday, December 21 at 5 PM
                 
Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols

Wednesday, December 24, 12:10 PM
No concert

Wednesday, December 31, 12:10 PM
No concert

January
 
Wednesday, January 7, 12:10 PM
No concert

Wednesday, January 14, 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  “a pianist of powerful physical  and imaginative muscle”, she plays the Bach Partita No. 4 and the Bach-Siloti Chaconne.
Free Admission

Wednesday, January 21, 12:10 PM

Scape Trio – Nicole Sharlow, violin, Joseph Dermody, viola, Adriana Maria Pera, cello.  The program includes string trios of Beethoven and Dohnanyi.  A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

Sunday, January 25 at 5 PM.

REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music

Wednesday, January 28, 12:10 PM

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 VI”. Free Admission

February

Wednesday, February 4, 12:10 PM

Peter Muir, Ph.D., is one of the most creative pianists of his generation, with an impressively broad repertoire embracing jazz, blues, ragtime, and classical. His program “The Worlds of Rhapsody in Blue” celebrates the diverse styles which came together to form Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in a program which culminates with a triumphant performance of this iconic work in his own arrangement. The New York Times  has described his playing as “potent” and Newsday has praised his “terrific” performances. Free Admission

Wednesday, February 11, 12:10 PM

Fantee Jones, piano.  We welcome the most recent prize winner of the New York International Piano Competition.  A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

Wednesday, February 18, 12:10 PM

No concert
        
Wednesday, February 25, 12:10 PM

The A.W. Duo – Cellist James Waldo and pianist Alyona Aksyonova return to Downtown Music with an all Beethoven program including the Sonata No. 3 in A Major, and a set of variations for cello and piano. 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

 

April

Wednesday, April 1, 12:10 PM

Violinist Brian Krinke and pianist Anna Vinnitsky will perform a Fantasy based on themes from the Magic Flute of W.A. Mozart and and "Fantasy on Themes from Der Rosenkavalier. Free Admission

 

Wednesday, April 8, 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 virtuosic works by Leclair, Shield & Telemann on instruments of the period. Free Admission

 

Wednesday, April 15, 12:10 PM

Organist Ryan Kennedy, First Prize Winner of the American Guild of Organists Region II Competition, returns to Downtown Music to play works of Bach, Reger and Mendelssohn on the magnificent Guilbault Therien organ at Grace Church.
Free Admission

 

Sunday, April 19, at 4 PM

27th Anniversay Concerto Celebration

        
Wednesday, April 22, 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 the French Overture, BWV 831, of J.S. Bach, and the “Moonlight” Sonata of Beethoven. Free Admission

Wednesday, April 29, 12:10 PM

Violinist Sashiko Uchida, a rising star on the concert scene and pianist Svetlana Gorokhovich will perform the Beethoven "Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 7 in C Minor" as well as a Fantasy on the Gounod opera "Faust."Free Admission

 

May

Wednesday, May 6, 12:10 PM

Allen Yueh, 2008 First Prize Winner of the New York International Piano Competition, returns to Downtown Music with a program of virtuoso works. Free Admission

 

Wednesday, May 13, 12:10 PM

The Klezmer Tradition – Best known to Downtown Music audiences for his stellar recitals of the classical repertoire, clarinetist Pavel Vinnitsky has appeared at some of the world's major klezmer music festivals, and toured Israel and Europe with a klezmer trio and toured Israel and Europe with a Klezmer Trio.  A founding member of the Jewish Arts Ensemble of New York, he is joined at the piano by Anna Vinnitsky who has appeared at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and Orchestra Hall in Chicago. Free Admission

Wednesday, May 20, 12:10 PM

REBEL Plays Mozart: Jörg-Michael Schwarz, violin;  Karen Marie Marmer, viola; John Moran, cello and Dongsok Shin, fortepiano, principals of the celebrated REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music, play works of W.A. Mozart for strings and fortepiano. Free Admission

Wednesday, May 27, 12:10 PM

Gilda Lyons, a composer and vocalist who is a fierce advocate of contemporary music, has commissioned and premiered new works by dozens of composers. Of her performance in Daron Hagen's “Shining Brow” (Buffalo Philharmonic/Falletta) (Naxos) David Shengold of Opera, UK writes “Gilda Lyons’s clear soprano compels admiration.” She is joined at the piano by Daron Hagen, one of America's most prominent, prolific, and respected composers. Alleight of his major operas are currently in production or revival throughout the U.S., Europe, or Asia. In collaboration with the Phoenix Concerts, the program includes music of Blitzstein, Brel, Hagen, Lyons, Sondheim and Weill. A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

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