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

 

 

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).

NOVEMBER

Wednesday, November 1, 12:10 p.m.

The Memling EnsembleYevgeny Faniuk, flute, Cecee Pantikian, violin, Vincent Lionti, viola, and Nicholas Tzavaras, violoncello. Four of the most exciting musicians of our generation join forces for this program which includes the Johan Halvorsen Passacaglia on a theme by G. F. Handel, a Serenade by Max Reger, and the Mozart Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 435. A Downtown Music Debut.
                       
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Scarsdale Medical Group.

Wednesday, November 8, 12:10 p.m.

The musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic - Deborah Wong, violin and Barbara Allen, harp, play the Saint-Saëns Fantaisie for violin and harp, and more. 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, November 15, 12:10 p.m.

Called by Marilyn Horne, "A pioneer for his age," Thomas Bagwell is well known as a pianist in song recital and chamber music.  His appearances as a collaborative pianist have taken him to New York's Carnegie Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, the Musikverein, the Concertgebouw, and numerous halls across the United  States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Japan. Bagwell has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and has performed recitals with violinists Midori, Miranda Cuckson and Scott St. John, with whom he made a critically acclaimed CD.  He plays an all Bach program which includes Three Preludes and Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier, the French Suite in G Major, and the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue.  A Downtown Music debut.
                       
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Hudson Grille and Lilly’s, White Plains.

Wednesday, November 22, 12:10 p.m.

No Concert

Wednesday, November 29, 12:10 p.m.

Jörg-Michael Schwarz, violin and Dongsok Shin, harpsichord, principals of the internationally acclaimed REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music, play Sonatas for Violin of the High Baroque featuring works by Handel, Telemann & J. S. Bach.
                       
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.

DECEMBER 

Wednesday, December 6, 12:10 p.m.

Diana Brown, violin Suzanne Wagor, viola  Nelly Rocha, cello  Haodong Wu, piano. This program, presented in partnership with the Music Conservatory of Westchester, is the first of two concerts of Germanic repertoire which illustrate the developing role of the piano as a musical partner in the classical and romantic periods. 
A Downtown Music Debut. 
                       
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of D’Errico Jewelry, Scarsdale.

THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY EVENT

Wednesday, December 13, 12:10 p.m.

Element Songs ­– six world premieres on earth, water, and air – A rare opportunity to hear, for the first time, six new works by six of today’s most exciting and engaging composers.  Soprano Gilda Lyons, mezzo soprano Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev and baritone Jorell Williams are accompanied by pianist Mila Henry in music of Kathryn Alexander, Gabriel Bolaños Chamorro, Kyong Mee Choi, Daron Hagen, Libby Larsen, and Paula af Malmborg Ward. A Downtown Music debut.
                       
Presented in partnership with the Steven Gerber Trust and the Phoenix Concerts.

Wednesday, December 20, 12:10 p.m.

Angelica – A visit from this wonderful chamber choir has become a seasonal tradition for our Downtown Music audience.  This year’s program will feature Yuletide pieces from the medieval and renaissance period; as well as contemporary works by Daniel Gawthrop and Ola Gjeilo. Angelica is known for their unique arrangements and this concert will not fail to deliver some favorites.

This concert is made possible, in part, with a generous gift from the Galleria Mall, White Plains.
                       
Wednesday, December 27, 12:10 p.m.

No concert

JANUARY
           
Wednesday, January 3, 12:10 p.m.

No concert

Wednesday, January 10, 12:10 p.m.

Jun Hwi Cho, pianist, became the First Prize Winner of The Seventh New York International Piano Competition in June 2014. He was awarded a recital at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Robert Battey reviewed Mr. Cho’s recital in The Washington Post: “In Liszt’s Dante Sonata, the pianist, whose technique is already well formed, showed a mature sense of drama and timing, projecting clarity in the thunderstorms and ranging freely through the music. This was a secure, fully professional performance – admirable from any musician, let alone from a teenager.” Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.
                       
This concert is made possible with the generous support of Deutsch Family & Licor 43, the #1 premium liqueur from Spain.      

Wednesday, January 17, 12:10 p.m.

The Musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic - William Trigg, percussion, Barry Centanni, percussion, Mary Wilkinson Trigg, vocals offer music of Bach, Cage, Gershwin, and Trigg.

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

REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music – Sunday, January 21 at 4:30 p.m. Click here to learn more

THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY EVENT

Wednesday, January 24, 12:10 p.m.

The Memling Ensemble – Six of New York’s finest players join forces to play the Symphony No. 3 in E – flat major, Opus 55 “Eroica” of Ludwig van Beethoven as arranged by Johann Nepomuk Hummel. 

This concert is made possible, in part, by Grace Episcopal Church.

Wednesday, January 31, 12:10 p.m.

Violinist Anna Rabinova and pianist Svetlana Gorokhovich collaborate on a program, which includes the Beethoven Sonata, Opus 47 “Kreutzer” and the Tchaikovsky Valse Scherzo. Anna Rabinova  joined the New York Philharmonic in 1994, two years after arriving in the United States from her native Russia; 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, Germany, Italy, Holland, Japan, the Caribbean, and Iceland.
                       
This concert is made possible, in part,  with the generous support of Dagher Engineering, PLLC.

FEBRUARY

Wednesday, February 7, 12:10 p.m.

Tableau VivantKaren Marie Marmer, baroque violin and Dongsok Shin, fortepiano.  Two principals of the celebrated REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music return with a program designed to draw out the unique sonorities of their period instruments. Music of J.C. Bach and Mozart.
                       
This concert is made possible, in part,  with the generous support of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Wednesday, February 14, 12:10 p.m

NO CONCERT

The Highbridge Voices in concert. Sunday, February 18 at 4:30 pm. Click here for details.

Wednesday, February 21, 12:10 p.m

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. The program includes works of J.S. Bach, George Gershwin, Isaac Albeniz and James Taylor.  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.
           
THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY EVENT

Wednesday, February 28, 12:10 p.m

Berlin-based cellist Moky Gibson-Lane has performed for Presidents Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela; has recorded pop CDs for Brubeck and Stevie Starr; and has a glowing recommendation from Daniel Barenboim, under whom she completed her studies at the Akademie of the Staatskapelle. She is joined at the piano by Pei-Yao Wang.  A veteran of Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Suntory Hall, Ms. Wang has also performed at major festivals including Marlboro, Caramoor, La Jolla, Ravinia, and Bridgehampton.  A Downtown Music debut.      

The program includes the Bach Suite No. 4 for solo cello in E-Flat Major, and the Rachmaninov Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor.

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

MARCH

Wednesday, March 7, 12:10 p.m

The Musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic:  Distinguished cellist Eugene Moye and friends.
                       
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 14, 12:10 p.m

Two members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Quan Yuan, violin and Vincent Lionti, Viola are joined by pianist Alex Ruvinstein for a program of charming, rarely heard nineteenth century trios entitled “Lost Gems of the Romantic Era”.  
                       
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Lago Ristorante, West Harrison and Ridgeway Garden Center, White Plains.

Wednesday, March 21, 12:10 p.m

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 the 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 with the generous support of Dagher Engineering, PLLC. 

Wednesday, March 28, 12:10 p.m

Lucian Rinando, flute, Samuel Magill, Cello and Babette Hierholzer, piano offer a program which includes the Trio in D Minor of Felix Mendelssohn as transcribed by the composer, as well as a selection of Preludes from the Well Tempered Clavier of J.S. Bach in an extremely beautiful arrangement  by the nineteenth century piano virtuoso, Ignaz Moscheles.
                       
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of D’Errico Jewelry, Scarsdale.

APRIL

THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY EVENT

Wednesday, April 4, 12:10 p.m

Bach and Vivaldi with the celebrated REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music -- Jorg-Michael Schwarz, violin, Karen Marie Marmer, violin, and Dongsok Shin, harpsichord are joined by special guest artists for a jubilant program featuring the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 of J.S. Bach as well as Spring from the Four Seasons of Antonio Vivaldi.

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

Wednesday, April 11, 12:10 p.m

Anna Han, pianist, described by the Washington Post as “prodigiously gifted…
a display of imagination, taste and pianistic firepower far beyond her years.” She has won a number of prestigious international competitions, including the First Prize of the 2012 New York International Piano Competition. Anna has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, and the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School and was a recent winner of the Juilliard School’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, awarding her a full-tuition scholarship. Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.

Wednesday, April 18, 12:10 p.m

Elizabeth Farnum, soprano, Thomas Jamerson, baritone, and Christine Free Rhodebeck, mezzo soprano, are joined by pianist Laetitia Ruccolo for this program, presented in partnership with the Music Conservatory of Westchester.  It is the second of two concerts of Germanic repertoire which illustrate the developing role of the piano as a musical partner in the classical and romantic periods.
                       
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Ridgeway Garden Center, White Plains, and Lago Ristorante, West Harrison.

Thirtieth Anniversary Festival Concert: Sunday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m.  Click here for details

Wednesday, April 25, 12:10 p.m

Death and the Maiden – The distinguished piano team Duo Lontano plays a transcription of Franz Schubert’s monumental String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor. Pianist Babette Hierholzer’s debut with the Berlin Philharmonic was followed by numerous performances with this famed orchestra, led by renowned conductors Klaus Tennstedt, Colin Davis, and Leopold Hager. Jurgen Appell is a three-time prize winner of the prestigious Berlin Steinway Competition and made his concert debut, at age sixteen, in Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall playing the Etudes Symphoniques of Schumann. In 2010, the Duo performed the Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in E flat major KV 365 with the celebrated Orquesta Juvenil Simon Bol?var conducted by Maestro Gustavo Dudamel.
                       
This concert is made possible with the generous support of the Brian Wallach Agency, White Plains, New York.  Personal and Commercial Insurance since 1949.

MAY

Wednesday, May 2, 12:10 p.m

The musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic: Robert Chausow, violin, Roberta Cooper, cello, Eleonor Bindman, piano ?play the Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2.?

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 9, 12:10 p.m

Leann Osterkamp, an American pianist known for her versatility, charisma, technical command, and outstanding academic scholarship. Leann was heralded by the New York Times as bringing “descriptive color” to her performances and by the Los Angeles Times as a “strong” collaborator with “the desired flashiness.” Her debut solo album The Complete Solo Piano Works of Leonard Bernstein, will be released under the Steinway and Sons Recording Label in Fall 2017. Leann Osterkamp is a Laureate of the 2008 New York International Piano Competition and is a Young Steinway Artist. Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.
                       
This concert is made possible, in part,  with the generous support of Dagher Engineering, PLLC.

Wednesday, May 16, 12:10 p.m

A.W. Duo – pianist Alyona Aksyonova and cellist James Waldo return to Downtown Music with a program which features the music of French composers including the Sonata for Cello and Piano of Francis Poulenc, and works by Gabriel Faure. Ellyn Moryl, founder of the Piccolo Spoleto festival in Charleston, uses three words to describe a concert by these gifted musicians:  “Exciting, Ravishing, Sublime”.
                       
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Hudson Grille and Lilly’s, White Plains.

Young Artist’s Concerto Concert Sunday, May 20 at 4:30 p.m. Click here for details.

THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY EVENT

Wednesday, May 23, 12:10 p.m

Downtown Sinfonietta – The musicians of our resident Chamber Orchestra, featuring members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, continue their traversal of the works of Franz Joseph Haydn.  Vincent Lionti conducts.
                        Symphony No. 16 in B-flat major
                        Symphony No. 42 in D major
                        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, May 30, 12:10 p.m

Entelechron TrioRoger Zahab, violin, David Russell, cello and Robert Frankenberry, piano. Our friends at The Phoenix Concerts,  New York's “intrepid” and "plucky Upper West Side new-music series" (The New Yorker), have commissioned, premiered, and presented over one hundred and sixty contemporary composers' works on over fifty concerts in Manhattan, Beijing, Saratoga Springs, and Seattle.  Their unwavering commitment to presenting the broadest possible spectrum of new music draws enthusiastically supportive audiences comprised largely of first-time concertgoers. We celebrate the release of their first CD, and look to the future as we conclude our thirtieth anniversary season with this concert of new music for piano trio. Presented in partnership with The Phoenix Concerts.  A Downtown Music debut.

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

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