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 2015-16 Performances:

September

Wednesday, September 16, 12:10PM

Heritage Brass: Five current and former members of the U.S. Military Academy Band join us to celebrate the start of our 28th season. Presented in partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of White Plains, this concert will take place in the new plaza at Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue. In the event of rain, the concert will be held in Grace Church.  A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

Wednesday, September 23, 12:10PM

Irena Portenko, a pianist hailed by the New York Times for her “admirably honest and clear textured playing”, returns to Downtown Music with a program of music by Beethoven, Chopin, and Piazzolla. Free Admission

 

Friday, September 25, 12:10PM

Ed Fast and Conga Bop
A White Plains Jazz Fest 2015 Event Free admission

 

 

Wednesday, September 30, 12:10PM

Nicole Sharlow, violin, Paul Swensen, cello, and David Kim, piano, play music of Copland, Ravel, and Beethoven. This concert is made possible with the generous support of the Brian Wallach Agency, White Plains, New York. Personal and Commercial Insurance since 1949. Free Admission

October

Wednesday, October 7, 12:10PM

Pianist Eloise Kim, born in 1992 was the youngest finalist at the 2008 New York International Piano Competition, a biennial event presented under the auspices of The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. Hailed as “a musician with great poetic phrasing and poised lyrical nature”-The Columbian, Ms. Kim is the Grand-Prize Winner of the Pinault International Piano Competition, and Semi-Finalist of the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition. A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

Saturday, October 10, 8PM

REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music
Bach and Goldberg: Beyond the Variations


Wednesday, October 14, 12:10PM

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 premieres, including music by Terry Riley and Michael Gordon.  She will play music of Chopin, Liszt, Ligeti and Chin.  Free Admission

Wednesday, October 21, 12:10PM

“Full of Herculean power” (Time Out), cellist Miho Zaitsu excites audiences with her thought-provoking performances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Recent concerts have included her Carnegie Weill Hall debut and the premiere of Robert Moran’s Trinity Requiem for children’s chorus, four violoncelli and harp, presented on radio stations around the world. She is joined at the piano by Arielle Levioff who has appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Alice Tully Hall for music of Debussy, Faure, Beethoven and Vaughan Williams. A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

Wednesday, October 28, 12:10PM

Thomas Flippin, a versatile Manhattan-based classical guitarist, has been featured in concerts at the 92nd Street Y, Le Poisson Rouge, the Whitney Museum Biennial, The Kitchen, The Aspen Music Festival, and the St. Louis Guitar Society as an Artist-in-Residence. He returns to Downtown Music with a program entitled “Music of the Americas”. Free Admission

November

Wednesday, November 4, 12:10PM

The musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic: Violinist Deborah Wong and pianist Steven Beck perform the Bach Sonata #3 BWV 1016 and the Prokofiev Sonata No. 1 in F Major. A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

 

Wednesday, November 11, 12:10PM

The musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic: Peter Reit, horn, and Alyssa Reit, harp, offer music of Bach, Villa Lobos, Armenian folk music, and more.

This concert is made possible with the generous support of the Brian Wallach Agency, White Plains, New York. Personal and Commercial Insurance since 1949. Free Admission

Wednesday, November 18, 12:10PM

Suejin Jung, made her solo debut at Steinway Hall, New York at age 14. She has appeared at Carnegie's Weill Hall, and at Alice Tully Hall. Ms. Jung was a finalist in the 2010 New York International Piano Competition and a prize-winner of the Julia Crane International Piano Competition where her performance was viewed in the PBS documentary "Piano Forte". A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission
                 
This concert is made possible with the generous support of Graphiks with a ‘K’, Katonah. New York.              

Sunday, November 22, 5PM

The Highbridge Voices Chamber Choir
Mary Clementi, Director
A Benefit Concert for Highbridge Voices and Downtown Music

Wednesday, November 25, 12:10PM - No Concert

December

Wednesday, December 2, 12:10PM

Cambiata Trio: Pamela Sklar, flute; Suzanne Mueller, cello; Mark McCarron, guitar. Cambiata performs classical, jazz standards, original music (by McCarron and Sklar) and arrangements of music by other composers ranging from Handel to Villa-Lobos to Ian Anderson.  A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

 

Wednesday, December 9, 12:10PM

Tableau Vivant: Karen Marie Marmer, violin & Dongsok Shin, harpsichord, principals of the celebrated baroque ensemble Rebel, with guests David Ross, baroque flute and Arnie Tanimoto, viola da gamba offer Telemann in Paris featuring works by Georg Philip Telemann and Michel Blavet. Free Admission
                 
This concert is made possible with the generous support of Paul Bergins, Esq., White Plains, New York.  

Wednesday, December 16, 12:10PM

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


                 
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, December 23, 12:10PM - No concert

Wednesday, December 30, 12:10PM - No concert

January

Wednesday, January 6, 12:10PM

The Memling Ensemble: Six colleagues from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra play works of Schubert, Elgar, Dvorak, and Symphony No. 1 of Ludwig van Beethoven as arranged by Johann Nepomuk Hummel.  A Downtown Music debut.
                 
This concert is made possible with the generous support of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.



Wednesday, January 13, 12:10PM

‘Scape Trio: Nicole Sharlow, Violin, Joseph Dermody, Viola, Adriana Maria Pera, Cello.  The program includes string trios of Mozart, Strauss and Reger. Free Admission

Wednesday, January 20, 12:10PM

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. He is a founding member of the Jewish Arts Ensemble of New York. He is joined by Anna Vinnitsky who has appeared at the Gewanhaus in Leipzig, and Orchestra Hall in Chicago. Free Admission
                 
This concert is made possible with the generous support of M&T Bank.

Wednesday, January 27, 12:10PM

A native of Scotland, organist Ruaraidh Sutherland read music at the University of Edinburgh winning the prestigious Tovey Memorial Prize. He is currently Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Church in Rye, New York. He returns to Downtown Music to play an all baroque program featuring music of Bach, Buxtehude and Sweelinck on the magnificent Guilbault-Therien organ at Grace Church. Free Admission

February      

Wednesday, February 3, 12:10PM

Critically acclaimed pianists Svetlana Gorokhovich and Irena Portenko return with a program of virtuosic works for piano four-hands, including the Ravel Rhapsodie Espagnole, Three Slavonic Dances of Dvorak, and a concert fantasy on the Blue Danube Waltzes. Free Admission

This concert is made possible with the generous support of Renate and Cormac Daly in recognition of contributions made to the White Plains community by Roland Barnes and Charlotte Szabo.

Wednesday, February 10, 12:10PM - No concert

Wednesday, February 17, 12:10PM

Jörg-Michael Schwarz, violin, and Dongsok Shin, harpsichord, principals of the internationally acclaimed REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music, play the second part of their series featuring the Complete Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord of J.S. Bach. Free Admission

Wednesday, February 24, 12:10PM

Mackenzie Melemed was a Prize Winner of the Sixth New York International Piano Competition in June 2012, a biennial event presented under the auspices of The Stecher Foundation. He is the First Prize winner of the 18th International Hamamatsu Piano Academy Competition in Japan, and was awarded top prizes in the 2012 Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition. A Downtown Music debut.    

This concert is made possible with the generous support of the Brian Wallach Agency, White Plains, New York. Personal and Commercial Insurance since 1949. 

March

Wednesday, March 2, 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. Free Admission

Sunday, March 6, 5PM

White Plains Centennial Celebration
Mindy Kaufman, Flute   
William Wolfram, Piano
Downtown Sinfonietta
Vincent Lionti, Conductor

Wednesday, March 9, 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 VII”. Free Admission

Wednesday, March 16, 12:10PM

Violinist Sarah Crocker Vonsattel 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. Free Admission

Wednesday, March 23, 12:10PM

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. He is joined by Warren Jones at the piano. 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, March 30, 12:10PM

Virtuoso flutist Maron Anis Khoury is principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has performed under the direction of maestros Daniel Barenboim, Otto Werner Mueller, Christoph Eschen-bach, and Michael Stern. We welcome his return to Downtown Music. He is joined by Dimitri Dover at the piano. Free Admission
                 

This concert is made possible with the generous support of Nanette H. Bourne and John R. Delfs.

April

Wednesday, April 6, 12:10PM

The A.W. Duo: Cellist James Waldo and pianist Alyona Aksyonova return to Downtown Music to play a program which includes the Chopin Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 65. 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
        
This concert is made possible with the generous support of Hudson Grille and Lilly’s, White Plains, New York.  

Sunday, April 10, 5PM

28th Anniversary concerto concert
Chelsea Wang and Larry Weng, Piano
Downtown Sinfonietta
Vincent Lionti, Conductor

Wednesday, April 13, 12:10PM

Described by the New York Times as “an accomplished and intrepid young player” violinist Brian Krinke has appeared as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Minnesota Orchestra. He returns to Downtown Music accompanied by pianist Anna Vinnitsky who has played recitals at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and Orchestra Hall in Chicago. Free Admission

 

Wednesday, April 20, 12:10PM

Black Marble: Violin Duo Jörg-Michael Schwarz & Karen Marie Marmer, co-directors of the internationally acclaimed REBEL Ensemble for Baroque music play Opera for Two: works by Leclair, Barbella, Guignon, Shield and Mozart. Free Admission

Wednesday, April 27, 12:10PM

Cellist Samuel Magill has been a member of the Met Orchestra since 1991. Praised by the New York Times for his "...unimpeachable reading" of the Poulenc Cello Sonata, he has had a rich and varied career as soloist and chamber musician. His first Naxos CD of the Vernon Duke Cello Concerto was hailed as "flat-out magnificent" by the American Record Guide. He is joined at the piano by Babette Hierholzer who has appeared as soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic and with renowned conductors Sir Colin Davis, Klaus Tennstedt, Leopold Hager and Semyon Bychkov. She made her American debut with the Pittsburg Symphony playing the Liszt Concerto No. 1. The all Viennese program will include Joseph Marx, Zemlinsky, and Beethoven. A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission

May

Wednesday, May 4, 12:10PM

Violinist Sachiko Uchida and pianist Svetlana Gorokhovich electrified our Downtown Music audience last season with their virtuosic readings of the concert repertoire.  We eagerly anticipate their return to Downtown Music. Free Admission
                 
This concert is made possible with the generous support of M&T Bank.

Wednesday, May 11, 12:10PM

Suejin Jung, was a 2010 finalist of the New York International Piano Competition, a biennial event presented under the auspices of The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. She made her solo debut at Steinway Hall, New York at age 14 and has appeared in various concert venues including Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Count Basie Theatre. She returns to Downtown Music to play the music of Scarlatti, Hayden and Brahms. Free Admission

Wednesday, May 18, 12:10PM

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. All eight of his major operas are currently in production or revival somewhere in the U.S., Europe, or Asia. We welcome their return to Downtown Music. 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, May 25, 12:10PM

“I Love a Piano”:  Neglected Gems of the American Parlor. This lecture recital by Peter Muir explores the neglected musical treasures created for the American parlor at its heyday, in the first two decades of the twentieth century.  Ragtime, popular songs, ballads, blues, and more, combine to make an unforgettable performance. Featuring the music of Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin, and others, this recital powerfully brings to life the music of a bygone era.

June

Wednesday, June 1, 12:10PM

Downtown Sinfonietta - The 14 musicians of our resident chamber orchestra celebrate the tenth anniversary of their founding by playing symphonies of Haydn and Mozart.  Vincent Lionti conducts. Free Admission
                 
         W. A. Mozart - Symphony No. 15 in G major, K. 124
         F. J. Haydn - Symphony No. 22 in E-flat major ("The Philosopher")
         W. A. Mozart - Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201

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