Our 31st Anniversary Season
September 2018 - May 2019

 

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

 

 

2018 - 2019 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 12, 12:10 p.m.

Music of Colombia - Pianist Pablo Mayor and flutist Anna Povich de Mayor begin our 31st season with an exciting program which travels from Colombia's Andes mountain region to the Eastern Plains, and on to the Pacific and Caribbean coast.
                      

 

A White Plains Jazz Fest event, presented in partnership with ArtsWestchester. A Downtown Music debut.

Wednesday, September 19, 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 26, 12:10 p.m.

The Bridgeport Trio - Bob Wason, piano, Lou Bruno, bass, and Albert Montecalvo, drums, return to Downtown Music with a program inspired by the film noir classic, Out of the Past. Music of Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans and George Gershwin is featured.
                      

 

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

OCTOBER     

Wednesday, October 3, 12:10 p.m.

Youlan Ji, pianist, Joyce B. Cowin First Prize Winner of the 2018 New York International Piano Competition, joins with five members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra to play a concerto of Beethoven from a rare nineteenth century transcription of the original score. Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. A Downtown Music debut
                      
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of D’Errico Jewelry, Scarsdale

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

Uncommon Practice/Open Studio - Downtown Music is pleased to present this program of contemporary works which explores artistic partnership from multiple vantage points. The concept was developed by The Phoenix Concerts in partnership with The Hartt School, University of Hartford and features collaborative performances by Hartt School faculty, students, and alums.  A Downtown Music debut.
                      
This concert is made possible, in part, by a gift in memory of Adrianne Reilly.

Wednesday, October 17, 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 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. The music of Gabriel Faure is featured.

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Scarsdale Medical Group.    

Wednesday, October 24, 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 for this special program curated by celebrated radio personality Bob Sherman. A short audience Q and A session follows the concert. A Downtown Music debut.
                      
This concert is made possible with a generous gift from John and Hannah Nelson in memory of Hannah’s father Benjamin Massey and his love of Americana and folk songs. Additional support has been provided by Nick Wolff and Daniel Luckner, Better Homes and Gardens/Rand Realty, White Plains.  We orchestrate total harmony in your real estate transaction.

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

Pianists Svetlana Gorokhovich and Irena Portenko join forces for an extraordinary concert which features the Symphony No. 6 in B minor of Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky (Pathetique) as arranged by the composer for piano four hands.
                      

 

This concert is given in appreciation and thanks to Joanna D’Addario for her sustained volunteer work in the field of Music Education with the young people of White Plains and Westchester; and her inspired leadership with the Daffodil Program of the White Plains Beautification Foundation.

NOVEMBER

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

Jörg-Michael Schwarz, violin & Dongsok Shin, harpsichord, principals of the internationally acclaimed REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music, play Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord of the High Baroque featuring richly colorful works by Telemann, Handel, Mascitti and J.S. Bach.
                      
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Hudson Grille and Lilly’s, White Plains.

Sunday, November 11 at 4:30 pm.
The Pablo Mayor Quartet
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Wednesday, November 14, 12:10 p.m
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Chamber Music with the musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic- Laura Conwesser, flute, and Margaret Kampmeier, piano, play the works of Bach, Bernstein, Faure, and Poulenc.

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 21, 12:10 p.m.

No Concert

Wednesday, November 28, 12:10 p.m.

WQXR Comes to Grace: A joyful sextet of all-star virtuosos, Ensemble Mélange shakes up the concert experience, forges a personal connection with the audience, and mixes tried-and-true repertoire with a smorgasbord of jewels from distant genres. The concert is reformatted as a musician's party game; after each piece, members of the audience are chosen to pick the next piece from an extensive menu organized by style, nationality, and time period. Celebrated radio personality Bob Sherman leads a conversation with the players following the concert. A Downtown Music debut.
                      
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Nanette H. Bourne and John R. Delfs.

DECEMBER

Wednesday, December 5, 12:10 p.m.

Yiying Niu, pianist, Prize Winner of the 2018 New York International Piano Competition. Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. A Downtown Music debut.

 

 

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

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 Dagher Engineering, PLLC.

Wednesday, December 19, 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’s program will feature medieval and renaissance Yuletide selections plus Joshua Himes's stunning contemporary setting of There Is No Rose as well as seasonal favorites. Joining Angelica is percussionist Rex Benincasa.
                      
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Wednesday, December 26, 12:10 p.m.

No concert

JANUARY

Wednesday, January 2, 12:10 p.m.

No concert

Wednesday, January 9, 12:10 p.m.

Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano MaryAnn McCormick has performed at La Scala, with the opera companies of Rome and Turin, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and, for 25 seasons, with the Metropolitan Opera. She has appeared in concert with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. She is joined by the celebrated American pianist Kayo Iwama, who has been heard in concert at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall, the Morgan Library, Boston’s Jordan Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, and the Kennedy Center. Together, they will offer Schubertiade – A program of Selected Lieder of Franz Schubert. A Downtown Music debut.
                      
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Dagher Engineering, PLLC.

Wednesday, January 16, 12:10 p.m.


Chamber Music with the musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic
- Will DeVos, horn, Nicole Sharlow-Diaz, violin, and Mariko Furukawa, piano, perform the Brahms Horn Trio.
                      
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 23, 12:10 p.m.

Pianist Anastasia Dedik, cellist Rubin Kodheli, and flutist Jessica Taskov offer a program of virtuosic works from around the globe including music of Beethoven and Villa Lobos. A Downtown Music debut.

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Beverley and Sabin Streeter.

Wednesday, January 30, 12:10 p.m.

The Manhattan Saxophone Quartet has performed in concert at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Symphony Space, and Yale University. Jordan Smith, Aaron Patterson, Daniel Kochersberger, and Jay Rattman offer a survey of 150 years of music for this unique combination of instruments including, from 1857, the first music ever composed for saxophone quartet. A Downtown Music debut.

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

FEBRUARY

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

The Music Conservatory of Westchester Piano Quartet - Silvia Grendze, violin, Suzanne Wagor, viola, Diana Golden, cello, Sarai Buchanan, piano, offer a program of virtuosic works.  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.

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

Jun Hwi Cho, pianist, Joyce B. Cowin, First Prize Winner of the 2014 New York International Piano Competition, joins with five members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra to play a concerto of Mozart from a rare nineteenth century transcription of the original score. Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.
                      
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Beverley and Sabin Streeter.

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

Tableau Vivant - Karen Marie Marmer, violin, David Ross, flute, Arnie Tanimoto, viola da gamba & Dongsok Shin, harpsichord) perform Part Two of ‘Telemann in Paris’ featuring two of Telemann’s masterfully beautiful 'Paris quartets’. 
                      
This concert is made possible, in part, with a generous gift from the Law Office of Paul Bergins, White Plains, New York.

Wednesday, February 27, 12:10 p.m.

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 program featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel, and Gerald Finzi’s deeply beautiful song cycle Let us Garlands Bring founded on texts of Shakespeare. A Downtown Music Debut
                      
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Carmen and Rafa Forte, and Linda and Robert Heath.

MARCH

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

No Concert

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


Chamber Music with the musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic
- Eugene Moye, cello, & 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 20, 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. He returns to Downtown Music with a program which moves from the music of J.S.Bach to traditional American ballads and on to Stevie Wonder.
                                  
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, March 27, 12:10 p.m.

Piano team Duo Lontano plays music from South America including works by Gottschalk, Lecuona, Piazzolla, and Villa-Lobos. 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, a three-time prize winner of the prestigious Berlin Steinway Competition, made his concert debut, at age sixteen, in Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall. In 2010, the Duo performed the Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra 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.

APRIL

Wednesday, April 3, 12:10 p.m.

Yilun Xu, pianist, Prize Winner of the 2018 New York International Piano Competition. Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. A Downtown Music debut.
                                  
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Hudson Grille and Lilly’s, White Plains.

 

Sunday, April 7 at  4:30 p.m.
The Highbridge Voices
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Wednesday, April 10, 12:10 p.m.

Writing about soprano Abigail Fischer in the New York Times, Zachary Woolfe notes: With her dramatic tumble of red hair and cello-mello voice, Ms. Fischer sings with a passionate restraint that has no equal in her generation. You didn't want her to stop. She is joined by Susan Ellinger, a pianist praised for her “refined, poised and singular vision”, who has performed as both a soloist and chamber musician in concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, Caramoor and Tanglewood.  The program includes a selection of Brahms late piano works, amidst the luxurious expressionism of Berg's 7 early songs. 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, April 17, 12:10 p.m.

Violinist Anna Rabinova and pianist Svetlana Gorokhovich collaborate on a program, which iincludes the Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in   D major from Opus 12, and the Debussy Violin Sonata.  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 24, 12:10 p.m.

A WQXR Encore at Grace - Harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio has shown the world what power there is in this little instrument, what possibilities there are for an almost infinite range of expressivity from a range of only about four octaves. Heralded by the Los Angeles Times as “the Paganini of the harmonica” he has soloed with over 200 Orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Boston Pops. Prompted by Bob Sherman, Mr. Bonfiglio will demonstrate various harmonica styles and techniques then bring a sparkling variety of short pieces to this special concert. A short audience Q and A session follows the program. A Downtown Music debut.
                      
This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of  Elias Dagher.

MAY

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


Chamber Music with the musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic
- Robert Chausow, violin, Roberta Cooper, cello, and Eleanor Bindman, piano, perform the Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor.

 

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 15, 12:10 p.m.

Downtown Sinfonietta, our resident chamber orchestra, featuring members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, plays a celebratory concert featuring the Symphony No. 33 in B-Flat major, K. 319 of W.A. Mozart and the Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat major, D. 485 of Franz Schubert. Vincent Lionti conducts. 
                      
This concert is made possible, in part, with a generous gift from Hannah and John Nelson.
                      
Sunday, May 19 at 4:30 pm.
Duo Pianists Esther Park and Sun-A Park
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Wednesday, May 22, 12:10 p.m.

Resist/Renew- Songs for Change. Music that cuts to the core of identity can become a powerful agent for change. Songs of protest and calls for action have been linked across time. Through this lens, composer/ performers Gilda Lyons, voice, and Daron Hagen, piano, explore songs of change, praise, and protest and draw a through-line between them.

 

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

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, carries the title Vox Feminarum, and features works written by women from the 13th to the 21st century. Highlights include music of Hildegard von Bingen and Maddelena Casulana; selections from the Codex Las Huelgas (13th c., Anon.); and the premieres of works by 18th-century composer Maria Rosa Coccia.

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