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Our 33rd Anniversary Season
September 2020 - May 2021


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

 

 

Concerts for the 2020-2021 Season

September

Wednesday, September 9 @ 12PM

We launch the 2020-2021 season with a free, live-streamed concert on Wednesday, September 9 at 12 noon, as Downtown Music presents the Isabella Mendes & Flavio Lira Duo in the all-virtual 2020 JazzFest White Plains with ArtsWestchester and partners. Isabella Mendes is a singer-songwriter, pianist, composer, and educator whose work is rooted in Brazilian jazz and bossa nova. Flavio Lira explores the musical traditions of Brazil, Cuba, and Colombia. Together, the two will present a special all-originals set, during this midday performance.

There are several ways to watch and participate in this event:
Facebook Live (does not require registration)
Zoom (requires registration)
Eventbrite (requires registration)

Wednesday, September 16 @ 12PM

Jonathan Henken - Highland Pipes. Jonathan has helped launch our concert season for as long as we can remember.  This year, he has created a special program which offers airs and dances of Scotland, plus a conversation with Tim Lewis, Artistic and Managing Director of Downtown Music, about the history of the pipes, and some of the state occasions he has played for. A question and answer session with the audience via Zoom follows the program.

Premieres at 12 noon: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, September 23 @ 12:15 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. John will share with us several recordings he's made over the last few months, discuss what it's been like to be creative during this time, and participate in a conversation with our audience via Zoom following the program.

Premieres at 12:15 PM: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, September 30 @ 12:15 PM

Unspoken Tales”a series of musical vignettes based on real-life stories of immigrants from around the globe. - Pablo Mayor, piano, with  Anna Povich de Mayor, flute and narration. A first look at a multi-disciplinary musical theater work-in-progress, which is to be premiered in 2021. 

Premieres at 12:15 PM: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

October

Wednesday, October 7 @ 12:15 PM

Dances of Nineteenth Century Vienna, featuring music of Carl Michael Ziehrer and his arch rival, Johann Strauss, Jr. The Downtown Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble, featuring members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, in never before seen footage of the Downtown Music concert of November 6, 2019. Program includes Ziehrer's “Loslassen!" Polka, opus 386 (1887), D'Kernmad'In, opus 58 (An Original Styrian Dance) (1860), Fächer Polonaise, opus 525 (1900), and Strauss' Tritsch Tratsch" Polka, opus 214 (1858).

The Downtown Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble: 
Quan Yuan, violin 
Derek Ratzenboeck, violin 
Vincent Lionti, viola 
Marc Tagle, violoncello 
Stephen Sas, contrabasso

Premieres at: 12:15: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, October 14, and Wednesday, October 21 @ 12:15 PM
A Two-Part Offering


Duo Amadeae: Sisters Esther and Sun-A Park dazzled the judges at the 2016 Chicago International Duo Piano Competition, winning this distinguished event sponsored by the Music Institute of Chicago, and are One Piano, Four-Hands Prize Winners of the New York International Piano Competition. Following the concert, Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz join Tim Lewis for a behind-the-scenes look at the New York International Piano Competition and discuss their role as mentors of Esther and Sun-A Park.

 

Premieres at: 12:15 PM: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, October 28 @ 12:15 PM

IWednesday, October 28 @ 12:15 PM
Tom Chapin in Conversation with Bob Sherman:  With 26 recordings and hundreds of songs in his repertoire, Tom Chapin offers a wonderful mix of story songs, ballads, comedic and political songs, family music, sing-alongs, old-time folk classics, and a favorite song or two.  Bob Sherman brings his celebrated “Woody’s Children” format to Downtown Music for this special program.

Premieres at: 12:15 PM: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

November

Wednesday, November 4, and Wednesday, November 11 @ 12:15 PM
A Two-Part Offering

The Hub Miller Experience: George Hubbard (Hub) Miller (1934-1982) excelled as both a cowboy and an electrical engineer in his native Oregon before his accomplishments as a composer, conductor and performer brought him to New York, where he worked with the Joffrey Ballet, Bette Midler and the Broadway production of Hair. A gift for melody, a love of nature, and an understanding of Eastern philosophy anchors much of his output. Hailey McAvoy offers our Downtown Music audience an exclusive look at this profile, which she created with help from the composer’s family and her colleagues at the Eastman School of Music.

Click here to download the November 4th song text.
Click here to download the November 11th song text.

Premieres at: 12:15 PM: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, November 18 @ 12:15 PM

Soprano Abigail Fischer joins us for a unique program which explores the spiritual and therapeutic properties of sound. She will share examples of her work on the concert stage, and also the more intimate pieces she has been creating during this unusual time.  Writing 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.

Premieres at: 12:15 PM: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, November 25:  No Concert -Thanksgiving Eve

December

Wednesday, December 2 @ 12:15 p.m.

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). An interview with Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz, creators of the New York International Piano Competition, follows the program.

Premieres at: 12:15 PM: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, December 9 @ 12:15 PM

Home for the Holidays:  Cabaret artist  Kimberly Hawkey has won the Johnny Mercer award and is a veteran of Caramoor and Birdland. She makes her Downtown Music debut with a program which features music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Rogers and Hart including   White Christmas, Let it Snow, Nice Work if You Can Get It, and  Pennies from Heaven.  She is joined by  David Budway , a pianist who appears frequently at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Birdland. It's been said that Kimberley Hawkey "conjures vistas of the heart for an age in need of vintage, time-tested soul sustenance". We couldn't agree more!

Premieres at: 12:15 PM: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, December 16 @ 12:15 PM

Angelica – A visit with this wonderful chamber choir, directed by Marie Caruso, has become a seasonal tradition for our Downtown Music audience.  This year, they offer the 13th-century conductus “Exultemus et letemur,” Dufay’s “Ave Regina caelorum,” and the Spanish villancico “Dadme albricias,” as well as a premiere by Erik-Peter Mortensen, 'All Hail!' The Bells of Christmas Rang. Following the concert, join us on Zoom for a conversation with Marie Caruso, Director of Angelica; Erik-Peter Mortensen, composer of this year's new carol; and Tim Lewis Director of Downtown Music.

Click here to download The Angelica Program.

Premieres at: 12:15 PM: https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Please join us for a "Meet The Artists" video chat,
immediately following the concert!
*A separate sign in is required* 
To join the Zoom meeting:
 

January

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

No Concert

Wednesday, January 13 @ 12: 15 PM

Cocomama Trio: Pianist Nicki Denner, percussionist Mayra Casales, and bassist Jennifer Vincent ring in the new year in the acclaimed ensemble’s first engagement with Downtown Music at Grace. Cocomama Trio plays an original blend of chamber music informed by the rich musical traditions of the Americas, including Afro-Cuban, Jazz, and Brazilian sounds. The members are leaders in their own right, and each have performed with legendary artists ranging from the Duke Ellington Orchestra to the O’Jays. In the words of Vicky Sola at Latin Beat Magazine, Cocomama is “brimming with originality, authenticity and swing”-- we think you’ll agree!   

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

Premieres at: 12:15 PM
https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos
 
Wednesday, January 20 @ 12:15 PM

A celebration of American Song: Soprano AddieRose Forstman and pianist Edward Forstman showcase their expertise and feeling for the American art song in a wide-ranging selection of works by Leonard Bernstein, Eve Beglarian, and Maria Thompson Corley, among others. A mix of familiar and lesser-known repertory explore themes that resonate with human, historical, and social meaning in this timely and beautifully realized program.

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Beth and Brian Wallach.

Click here to download the January 20th song text.

Premieres at: 12:15 PM
https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos
 

Wednesday, January 27 @ 12:15 PM

Unspoken Tales, Part II: Composer and pianist Pablo Mayor and flutist/narrator Anna Povich de Mayor offer excerpts from “Unspoken Tales,” a multi-disciplinary work that explores the real-life journeys of immigrants from around the world. Combining original music, narrative vignettes, and visual components, “Unspoken Tales” gives voice and form to the experiences of people who have left their homelands in search of a better life. In Part II, Pablo and Anna are joined by choreographer and dancer Daniel Fetecua, who brings the expressive power of dance to this continuing journey.

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of White Plains Hospital.

Premieres at: 12:15 PM
https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Please join us for a "Meet The Artists" video chat
with Ana and Pablo Mayor,
immediately following the concert!

*A separate sign in is required*  
To join the Zoom meeting:
 

February

Wednesday, February 3 @ 12:15 PM

Krakauer & Tagg -- Connections: One of the world’s pre-eminent clarinetists, David Krakauer has been praised internationally as both a leading innovator in modern klezmer and a major voice in classical music. Kathleen Tagg is a South African pianist, composer and producer who has performed on four continents with a host of leading musicians.  Their new album, Hammer & Breath, is described as a “masterful and joyous journey” by Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington. Lively conversation with radio personality Bob Sherman will precede and follow this exceptional concert.

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Hannah and John Nelson.

Premieres at 12:15 PM: 
https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, February 10 @ 12:15 PM

Yilun Xu, 2018 Prize Winner of the New York International Piano Competition, returns to Downtown Music with a program of virtuosic etudes by Frederic Chopin and John Corigliano, plus the Sonata in F-sharp Major of Beethoven.  Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.

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.

Premieres at 12:15 PM: 
https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, February 17 @ 12:15 PM

Pianist Beth Sussman -- By George!: Award-winning classical pianist Beth Sussman offers an all-Gershwin program that explores the extraordinary range of George Gershwin’s music. From classical compositions to favorites from the American songbook, to some of Gershwin’s own arrangements of beloved melodies, this program hits all the right notes.  Join us for these sparkling interpretations of a great American composer by an acclaimed, Juilliard-trained musician and educator.       

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

Premieres at 12:15 PM:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, February 24 @ 12:15 PM

Rodgers + Hart + Hammerstein -- Vocalist Kimberly Hawkey and Pianist David Budway: Nyack-based duo, Kimberly Hawkey and David Budway, bring their cabaret style to a selection of jazz and Broadway standards in this celebration of Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, and Oscar Hammerstein. The program includes “Blue Moon,” “It Might as Well Be Spring,” “With a Song in My Heart,” and “The Sound of Music.”

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

Premieres at 12:15 PM:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

March

Wednesday, March 3 @ 12:15 PM

“Wherever the Road May Lead,” a project by singers Jardena Gertler-Jaffe, Maximillian Jansen, Louis Tiemann, and pianist Diana Borshcheva, is a “walking recital” which encourages the listener to step outside and take the music with them. This multi-media presentation celebrating the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley may be enjoyed at home or taken, in podcast form, out into nature.  

 

Premieres at 12: 15 PM:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, March 10 @ 12:15 PM

The Manhattan Saxophone Quartet. This virtuoso ensemble 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. Composer David Froom exclaims that The Manhattan Saxophone Quartet plays “with both precision and passion, and always with terrific musicianship.” Join us as these outstanding performers interpret both established and experimental repertoire.

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Ben’s Hauling, Inc., White Plains.

Premieres at 12: 15 PM:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, March 17 @ 12:15 PM

Ruth Cunningham and Abigail Fischer, sopranos, in a special Celtic program. 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.”

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Cormac and Renate Daly.

Premieres at 12: 15 PM:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, March 24 @ 12:15 PM

Svetlana Gorokhovich and Irena Portenko: Piano 4 hands. Two gifted keyboard musicians return with “Conversations across the ocean,” a program of European and South American contemporary selections.

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

Premieres at 12: 15 PM:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, March 31 @ 12:15 PM


Pegasus: the Orchestra, led by founder, artistic director, and conductor Karén Hakobyan, is a nonprofit professional orchestra with a mission to empower rising musicians with artistic freedom. The program includes "Spring" from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, Astor Piazzolla's "Spring" from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, plus selections from Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings. Pegasus: the Orchestra's concertmaster, Eiko Kano, will also play short pieces by Brahms, Gershwin and Bernstein, accompanied on piano by Karén Hakobyan.

April

Wednesday, April 7 @ 12:15 PM

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, recreates songs associated with the Weavers, the legendary folk group co-founded by Pete Seeger. The artists also offer new selections that the Weavers might be singing today.

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Wendy and William Foulke.

Premieres at 12:15 PM:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/video

Wednesday, April 14 @ 12:15 PM

The Manhattan Chamber Players make their Downtown Music debut as they offer the astonishingly beautiful Piano Quintet of Robert Schumann.  MCP is a chamber music collective of New York-based musicians who also enjoy independent careers as soloists and chamber musicians. Their collaborative work has been praised in Classical Source as “a mellifluous blend of vigorous intensity and dramatic import, performed with enthusiasm, technical facility and impressive balance…a winning performance.”

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Barbara and Paul Schwarz.

Premieres at 12:15 PM:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, April 21 @ 12:15 PM

Yiying Niu, 2018 Prize Winner New York International Piano Competition, returns to Downtown Music to play music of Haydn, plus works of Debussy and Liszt that showcase this young musician’s extraordinary artistry. 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.

Premieres at 12:15 PM:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, April 28 @ 12:15 PM

The exciting Cocomama Trio, with Nicki Denner (piano); Mayra Casales (percussion); and Jennifer Vincent (cello and bass), are joined by Anton Denner on flute and saxophone in this unique chamber music offering. Tune in for a program of original compositions inspired by a mix of classical repertory and Brazilian and Cuban themes.

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Elizabeth and Harry White.

Premieres at 12:15 PM:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

May

Wednesday, May 5 @ 12:15 PM

Cellist Anita Graef is joined by Juliani Ensemble members Emily Seaberry Graef, piano and flute; and Julian Graef, violin; offering works of Faure, Gliere, and the “London Trio” No. 3 in G Major of Joseph Haydn. A Downtown Music debut.

This concert is made possible, in part, by the generous support of Rose and William Kaung.

Premieres at 12:15 PM:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, May 12 @ 12:15 PM

We celebrate with Jomion & the Uklos, a West African family band from Benin which dazzled our weekend audience last spring. At once complex and simple, their profound songs connect to the depths of human experience while lightening the heart with joy.

This concert is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Peckham Family Foundation.

Premieres at 12:15 PM:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, May 19 @ 12:15 PM

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 virtuosic, 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, by the generous support of the Brian Wallach Agency, White Plains, NY.  Personal and commercial insurance since 1949.

Premieres at 12:15 PM:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

Wednesday, May 26 @ 12:15 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 year, they are creating especially for our Downtown Music audience.

This concert is made possible, in part, by the generous support of Eric Wolf and Amy Kurlander, in memory of David B. Wolf.  

Premieres at 12:15 PM:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Downtownmusicatgrace/videos

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