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Our 32nd Anniversary Season
September 2019 - May 2020

 

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

 

 

2019 - 2020 Concert Schedule
All concerts take place at historic Grace Church in Downtown White Plains and, unless noted, have no set charge (we recommend a donation of $10 or more)

SEPTEMBER

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 12:10 p.m.

The Nanny Assis Trio, Music of Brazil - Singer, guitarist, percussionist, song-writer and Bahia native Nanny Assis is a master of Brazilian Jazz, Afro-Brazilian music and other popular and folkloric sounds from his homeland. Nanny has performed at Blue Note NYC, Bimhuis Amsterdan, Vortex Jazz Club London, Sunset Paris, Regattabar, Dakota Jazz Club, Queen Elizabeth Hall London, Blue Note in Milan, the Newport Jazz Festival and around the world. A White Plains Jazz Fest event, presented in partnership with ArtsWestchester  A Downtown Music debut.

This concert is a presentation of the 2019 White Plains Jazz Fest presented by ArtsWestchester, The City of White Plains and the White Plains BID. This year’s festival is made possible by Bank of America, Apple Bank, AARP New York, Peckham Industries, Ivy Realty, Galleria White Plains, The Journal News Media Group, News 12 Westchester, Cambria Suites, All New York Title Agency, Bright Energy Services, Empire City Casino, Famous Familia Pizza, LMC - a Lennar Company, Macy’s. Sterling National Bank, Webster Bank, Westchester Business Center, White Plains Hospital.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 @ 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 25, 2019 @ 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 and is joined by longtime collaborator, Michael Mark, who plays concertina and bass for this special program curated by celebrated radio personality, Bob Sherman. A short audience Q and A session follows the concert.

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

OCTOBER

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 @ 12:10 p.m.

Mathew Graybill – 2006 Prize Winner of the New York International Piano Competition.  Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. 

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Hudson Grille and Lilly’s, White Plains.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 @ 12:10 p.m.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 @ 12:10 PM The musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic- return for one of their exciting chamber music concerts. Together with the Oculus4tet: Martin Agee, violin, Cenovia Cummins, violin, Chris Cardona, viola, Stephanie Cummins, cello, play Phillips Glass’: Incidental music for King Lear, from the 2019 Broadway production of Shakespeare’s King Lear, starring Glenda Jackson. This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of the Brian Wallach Agency, White Plains, New York. Personal and Commercial Insurance since 1949.

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

 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 12:10 p.m.

English Songs à la Française –Canadian baritone Tyler Duncan has given acclaimed recitals in New York, Boston, Paris, and throughout Canada, Germany, Sweden, France, and South Africa. Mr. Duncan has received prizes from the Naumburg, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Munich’s ARD competitions, and won the 2010 Joy in Singing competition, and the 2008 New York Oratorio Society Competition. Erika Switzer is an internationally active pianist, teacher, and arts administrator. Heard on the stages of New York’s Weill Hall (Carnegie), Geffen Hall, Frick Collection, and Bargemusic, at the Kennedy Center, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC), the Bard Music Festival, and Stanford Live, she has also appeared across Canada at festivals including Toronto’s Canadian Voices, Debut Atlantic, and the chamber music festivals of Vancouver, Montreal, and Ottawa.  Together, they collaborate on a program of English songs by French Composers.  A Downtown Music debut.

This concert is made possible, in part, by a gift in memory of Adrianne Reilly.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 12:10 p.m.

Music from Other Worlds – Theremin virtuoso Rob Schwimmer will amaze and delight as he plays the grandfather of all electronic instruments.  Notable for its eerie sound, contact-less playing technique, and its use in science fiction movies, the instrument is named after its inventor, Leon Theremin, who patented the device in 1928.   Rob has made music with Paul Simon, Simon and Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, Willie Nelson, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Chaka Khan, Trey Anastasio, Laurie Anderson, Bette Midler, Queen Latifah, Ang Lee, Trey Anastasio, Gwyneth Paltrow and dozens of others.  Our tour guide for this interplanetary voyage will be celebrated radio personality Bob Sherman who will lead a question and answer session with Mr. Schwimmer following the program. A Downtown Music debut.

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Dagher Engineering, PLLC.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ 12:10 p.m.

Connections - Clarinetist David Krakauer and pianist Kathleen Tagg perform an acoustic program that journeys from improvisation-infused world music to klezmer to complete recreations of traditional music and standards. One of the world’s greatest clarinetists, David Krakauer has been praised internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music. In 2015 he received a Grammy nomination as soloist with the conductorless orchestra "A Far Cry", and a Juno nomination for the CD "Akoka" with cellist Matt Haimovitz. Kathleen Tagg is a South African pianist, composer and producer based in New York since 2001. A 2014 South African Music Awards nominee for best classical album, she has performed on four continents with a host of leading musicians, and the breadth of her collaborations defines her multi-faceted career. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, 92nd St Y and Symphony Space in New York, but is equally at home in non-conventional spaces and theater. Bob Sherman recreates his WQXR “Listening Room” format in conversation with the musicians.

This program is made possible, in part, with the generous support of The Fischel Family in honor of Hannah Nelson, Andrea and Marty Glenn, The Jossen Family and  Hannah and John Nelson in memory of Beth Massey Rubens.

NOVEMBER

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 @ 12:10 p.m.

Reimagining I-  The first in a series of three concerts which focus on the art of transcription; presented with the support of the Rudyard and Emanuella Reimss Memorial Fund of the Westchester Community Foundation. The Downtown Sinfonietta Chamber Players (featuring members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) are joined by Youlan Ji, 2018 First Prize Winner of the New York International Piano Competition to perform the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major (K 271) as transcribed in 1880 by Ignaz Lachner and published that same year, in Stuttgart, by Edition Cotta.  A pre-concert talk which places the music in historical context begins at 11:50 a.m. 

This concert is made possible, in part, with a generous gift from Sabin and Beverley Streeter.

The Yale Whiffenpoofs - Saturday, November 9, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @ 12:10 p.m.

Reimagining II - The second in a series of three concerts which focus on the art of transcription; presented with the support of the Rudyard and Emanuella Reimss Memorial Fund of the Westchester Community Foundation. The Downtown Sinfonietta Chamber Players (featuring members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and Larry Weng, 2006 Prize Winner of the New York International Piano Competition,  perform the Beethoven Symphony No. 5 as transcribed for flute, violin, cello and piano by Johann Nepomuk Hummel. A pre-concert talk which places the music in historical context begins at 11:50 a.m.

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

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 @ 12:10 p.m.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 @ 12:10 p.m. Reimagining III - The last in a series of three concerts, which focus on the art of transcription; presented with the support of the Rudyard and Emanuella Reimss Memorial Fund of the Westchester Community Foundation. Daniel Ficarri, organ, plays an all-Bach program. A pre-concert talk, which places the music in historical context, begins at 11:50 a.m.

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

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 @ 12:10 p.m.

No Concert

DECEMBER

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 @ 12:10 p.m.

Jörg-Michael Schwarz, baroque violin & Dongsok Shin, harpsichord, principals of the internationally acclaimed REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music continue their survey of the treasures of the high baroque with a concert featuring the works of Handel, Telemann and Mascitti.

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Ralph E. Penney, CFP, White Plains.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @ 12:10 p.m.

The Bridgeport Trio - Bob Wason, piano, Lou Bruno, bass, and Albert Montecalvo, drums, return to Downtown Music with a program which celebrates Jazz and the Movies. Standards include;  Laura, On Green Dolphin Street, Stella by Starlight, Never Let Me Go, and Beautiful Love, a Bill Evans favorite composed for the film, The Mummy.   

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of the Law Office of Stephen Holden, Esq, White Plains.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 @ 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, they offer a program of medieval, traditional, and contemporary songs, featuring selections from Heinrich Isaac’s rarely heard Christmas Mass “Introitus, Puer natus est” and “Alleluia, Dies sanctificatus”; premieres by John Milne The Virgin’s Lullaby Lament and Julie Dolphin Lullaby After Christmas; and Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols.  Joining Angelica is harpist Joy Plaisted. 

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 @ 12:10 p.m.

NO Concert

JANUARY

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

No Concert

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

Guitarist John Lehmann-Haupt is known equally for his arrangements of popular and traditional songs and for his classical interpretations. He has performed throughout the Northeast and in the homes of such prominent New Yorkers as Tom Brokaw and Madeleine Albright. His 12-year engagement at Windows on the World was cited for musical excellence by The New York Times. He returns to Downtown Music with a program which includes the music of Jobim, Handel, Bach, Albeniz, and Pat Metheny, plus a couple of traditional ballads.

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of D’Errico Jewelry, Scarsdale.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 12:10 PM The musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic return for one of their exciting chamber music concerts. Liuh-Wen Ting, viola, and Barbara Podgurski, piano, play music inspired by Native American culture. Gilbert Galindo: Sonata for Viola and Piano (written for Ms. Ting) and Gabriela Lena Frank: Sueños de Chambi (from Cinco Danzas de Chambi). This concert is made possible with the generous support of the Brian Wallach Agency, White Plains, New York.  Personal and Commercial Insurance since 1949.

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, January 22, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

Addie Rose Forstman, Soprano and Edward Forstman, piano explore the best of American art song including the incandescent works of George Hubbard "Hub" Miller (who was also a first rate cowboy and electrical engineer) plus music of Samuel Barber, and Wesley York. A Downtown Music debut.

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Nick Wolff and Daniel Luckner, Better Homes and Gardens/Rand Realty, White Plains.  We orchestrate total harmony in your real estate transaction.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

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 the Law Office of Paul Bergins, Esq, White Plains.

FEBRUARY

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

Downtown Sinfonietta – Our resident chamber orchestra, featuring members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, plays a celebratory concert featuring the Symphony No. 83 in G-Minor “La Poule” of Franz Joseph Haydn and the Symphony No. 84 in E-Flat Major “In Nomine Domini” of Haydn.  Vincent Lionti conducts. 

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Dagher Engineering, PLLC.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

Xinyao Feng - 2018 Laureate of the New York International Piano Competition. Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundaion.                     

 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

The Blithewood Ensemble - Teresa Buchholz, mezzo soprano,  Marka Gustavsson, viola, and Erika Switzer, piano offer a program which features the Brahms viola songs, along with works by Loeffler, Bridge, Strauss, and Marx. A Downtown Music debut.

This concert has been made possible, in part, with the generous support of White Plains Hospital. A member of the Montefiore Health System, White Plains Hospital is the hub of advanced care in the Hudson Valley region.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

No Concert

MARCH

Jomion and the Uklos – Sunday, March 1, 4:30 p.m. 

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

The musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic return for one of their exciting chamber music concerts. 

Stephen Hart, clarinet, Roberta Cooper, cello, and Christopher Oldfather, piano, play Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns: "The Swan" (from Carnival of the Animals), J.S. Bach: Arioso (from Cantata 156), arranged by Sam Franko, Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in B flat major, op. 11, and Paquito D'Rivera: Three Pieces for clarinet and piano.

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 11, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

Scottish baritone Ivor Klayman has sung most of the major baritone roles in the 19th and 20th Century operatic repertoire, and the title roles in Nabucco, Macbeth, William Tell, The Pilgrim's Progress and Prince Igor. He has appeared as soloist in oratorio and concert works
ranging from Bach to Walton and presented song recitals of Mahler, Schubert, Schumann, Vaughan Williams and Wolf. He’s joined by pianist Svetlana Gorokhovich for this all English program featuring A Shropshire Lad- settings by George Butterworth of poems by A.E. Houseman, and the strikingly beautiful Sea Pictures of Edward Elgar.

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Carmen and Rafa Forte and Linda and Robert Heath.  

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 12:10 PM - CANCELLED

The Rise of Ragtime - The Evolution of an American Art Form. Peter Muir returns with a recital that traces the spectacular rise of ragtime in American culture and charts its musical development throughout the first two decades of the twentieth century. A virtuoso, in-depth look at this most American musical phenomenon with works by Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton and others.

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

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 12:10 PM - CANCELLED

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.

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Hudson Grille and Lilly’s, White Plains.

APRIL

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 @ 12:10 PM - CANCELLED

In Praise of Mary - Arrangements and improvisations evoking the divine feminine. Ruth Cunningham and Abigail Fischer, sopranos.  Ruth Cunningham is a founding member of Anonymous 4, known for her work as sound-healer, improviser, and early-music specialist. Writing in the New York Times, Zachary Woolfe notes that Abigail Fischer “sings with a passionate restraint that has no equal in her generation.  You don't want her to stop. “

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 @ 12:10 PM - CANCELLED

Violinist Anna Rabinova and pianist Svetlana Gorokhovich collaborate on a program, which includes the Brahms Sonata No. 2, the Lera Auerbach Sonata No. 2, plus the Carmen Fantasy of Sarasate. Anna Rabinova joined the New York Philharmonic in 1994. In the 2008-09 season she was a soloist with the Orchestra in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, led by Lorin Maazel. Svetlana Gorokhovich is an internationally recognized pianist and prolific recording artist whose appearances include major concert halls in the United States, Europe and Asia.  

This concert has been made possible, in part, with the generous support of Victor Goldsmith and Robert and Linda Heath. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 @ 12:10 PM - CANCELLED

Tableau Vivant - Karen Marie Marmer, violin, Immanuel Davis, flute, Arnie Tanimoto, viola da gamba & Dongsok Shin, harpsichord) perform part three of ‘Telemann in Paris’ which continues the exploration of the remarkable and beautiful ‘Paris’ Quartets by Telemann,with the addition of solo works by Blavet and Forqueray.

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of D’Errico Jewelry, Scarsdale

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 @ 12:10 PM - CANCELLED

Ryan Soeyadi -  2018 Laureate of the New York International Piano Competition. Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.

 

 

Resist-Renew/Songs for Change – Sunday, April 26,  4:30 p.m. 

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020 @ 12:10 PM - CANCELLED

Hailed by the New York Times as ‘an excellent instrumentalist” and “compelling artist”, Berlin based Cellist Thilo Thomas Krigar has brought his distinctive style to more than 30 countries worldwide. The debut of pianist Babette Hierholzer with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra was followed by numerous performances lead by renowned Conductors Sir Colin Davis, Klaus Tennstedt & Semyon Bychkov. She has appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and in recital at Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and Weill Carnegie Hall.  Together, they offer a musical voyage to South America. A Downtown Music debut

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

MAY

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

Woody’s Children at Grace – Celebrated radio host Bob Sherman continues to expand our circle as he introduces the Downtown Music audience to Work O’ the Weavers. The quartet of singers, David Bernz, who also plays banjo and guitar, Martha Sandefer, Mark Murphy, who plays bass, and Travis Jeffrey, playing banjo, not only recreates songs associated with the Weavers but offers new selections that the Weavers might be singing today. A Downtown Music debut.

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Nick Wolff and Daniel Luckner, Better Homes and Gardens/Rand Realty, White Plains.  We orchestrate total harmony in your real estate transaction.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

The musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic return for one of their exciting chamber music concerts. 

Gregg August, double bass, Jesse Mills, violin, and Manuel Valera, piano, play Gregg August: Trio for violin, piano, and bass, and Ignacio Cervantes: Los Tres Golpes.

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

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

It Takes Three - Clarinetist Mark Dover, violist Luke Fleming and pianist David Fung, collectively known as the Manhattan Chamber Players, play music of Mozart, Schumann, and Bruch, as well as a world premiere by American composer, Mary Bianco. A Downtown Music debut 

This concert is made possible, in part, through the generosity of Joel Breitkopf, Paul Farfel, Nancy Goodman, Helen Demetrios, Lawrence Keiser, and Jean Newton who salute Mary Bianco and the work of the Music Conservatory of Westchester in our community. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

Angelica, the women’s chamber choir directed by Marie Caruso, has delighted our Downtown Music audience with its holiday programming for many years. This wonderful group offers an annual spring concert as well which, this season, includes the 12th-century "Sumer is icumen in," Landini’s “Ecco la primavera,” and selections from Carmina Burana plus contemporary works by Basque composer Javier Busto, and a premiere by Michael Minard, "Once I knew a fine song." Joining Angelica is percussionist Rex Benincasa. 

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Elias Dagher.

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