Our 29th Anniversary Season
September 2016 - May 2017

 

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 are free unless noted and take place at historic Grace Church in
Downtown White Plains.

Our 2016-17 Performances:

FEBRUARY

Wednesday, February 1, 12:10PM

Pianofest – An extraordinary concert which features the distinguished piano faculty of the Music Conservatory of Westchester: Duo pianists Svetlana Gorokhovich and Irena Portenko perform repertoire for piano four hands, plus composer-pianists Cindi Hsu and Mikhail Zeiger offer their original works for piano solo. A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission.
            
This concert is made possible with the generous support of Sabin and Beverley Streeter.

Wednesday, February 8, 12:10PM

Bright and Shiny Things –  A duo that marries the shining bravura of the operatic stage and the intellectual brilliance of the concert hall, mezzo-soprano Blythe Gaissert and double bassist Louis Levitt collaborate on an intimate program of works for voice and bass. Together, they trace a line from Anne Boleyn to Kate Bush, exploring the idea of the Bright & Shiny from surface-level pleasures to the darker cost of its pursuit. Presented in partnership with The Phoenix Concerts.   A Downtown Music Debut.  Free Admission.
            
This concert is made possible with the generous support of Hudson Grille and Lilly’s, White Plains, New York.

Wednesday, February 15, 12:10PM

Pictures at an Exhibition -  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 Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, as transcribed by Jean Guillou, on the magnificent Guilbault-Therien organ at Grace Church. Free Admission.

 

Wednesday, February 22, 12:10PM

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. Free Admission.
            
This concert is made possible with the generous support of the Law Office of Paul Bergins, White Plains, New York.

Sunday, February 26, 5:00PM

The Highbridge Voices Chamber Choir
Mary Clementi, Director
A Benefit Concert for Highbridge Voices and Downtown Music
100% of ALL tickets sales will directly benefit both organizations

The Chamber Choir, made up of 60 students in grades 7-12, is the premiere touring ensemble of Highbridge Voices. Singing an average of ten performances a year, the Chamber Choir performs throughout New York City, as well as in Florida, Quebec, and Washington, D.C.  They have had the honor of performing at several high profile events, including the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society’s annual gala, and at the Major League Baseball Division Championship at Yankee Stadium.

Founded in 1998, Highbridge Voices is an extended-day music and academic program serving the South Bronx. The mission of Highbridge Voices is to inspire excellence in the lives of the children of the Highbridge Community through their active participation in music.

Premium seating $50, General Admission $30,
Seniors and Students $20, Children 5-12 with parent: $15
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MARCH

Wednesday, March 1, 12:10PM

NO CONCERT

Wednesday, March 8, 12:10PM

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, March 15, 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.  A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission.

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

Wednesday, March 22, 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 Eschenbach, and Michael Stern. We welcome his return to Downtown Music. Free Admission.
            
This concert is made possible with the generoussupport of Dagher Engineering, PLLC.

Sunday, March 26, 5:00PM 

Young Artist’s Concerto Concert
Mackenzie Melemed and Angie Zhang, Piano
Downtown Sinfonietta, Vincent Lionti, Conductor

Downtown Music continues its collaboration with the young prize winners of the New York International Piano Competition, a biennial event sponsored under the auspices of the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.  Mackenzie Melemed and Angie Zhang play the Mozart Concerto No. 23 in A Major K. 488, and the Beethoven Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15.  They will be accompanied by our resident chamber orchestra, Downtown Sinfonietta, which features members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Mackenzie Melemed was a Prize Winner of the Sixth New York International Piano Competition in June, 2012.  He is First Prize Winner of the 18th International Hamamatsu Piano Academy Competition in Japan. Mackenzie is a recent winner of the Juilliard School’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, awarding him a full-tuition scholarship. Upon being accepted into the accelerated B.M./M.M program, he will be both a senior and a first-year master’s student at The Juilliard School in New York.

Angie Zhang, became the Second Prize Winner of the Eighth New York International Piano Competition in June 2016. She won the 2016 Juilliard Concerto Competition as well as a top prize in the PianoArts North American Competition. Angie has appeared as soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. She has been featured on National Public Radio’s popular show, “From the Top,” as well as Aspen Public Radio, Portland’s All Classical KQAC, Seattle’s KING FM, and WGBH in Boston.

Adults $25, Seniors (65+) $20, Students $15
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Wednesday, March 29, 12:10PM

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.  Free Admission.
            
This concert is made possible with the generous support of Dagher Engineering, PLLC. 

APRIL

Wednesday, April 5, 12:10PM

Voyage to South America - Duo Lontano: Pianist Babette Hierholzer’s debut with the Berlin Philharmonic was followed by numerous performances with this famed orchestra. 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. 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. A Downtown Music Debut.   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 Barbara & Paul Schwarz.


Wednesday, April 12, 12:10PM

Pianist Max Ma made his debut with the Seattle Symphony in 2013, performing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 at Seattle's Benaroya Hall. Currently a student at the Juilliard School, Max was a First Prize One-Piano, Four Hands Ensemble Winner at the 2014 New York International Piano Competition, a biennial event presented under the auspices of the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.  A Downtown Music debut.  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, April 19, 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 VIII”. Free Admission.
            

This concert is made possible with the generous support of Jim and Betsy Dineen.

Wednesday, April 26, 12:10PM

Scarsdale Middle School Performing Ensembles
Vocal Music Club,
Sinfonietta
Grade 4-6 All-District Elementary Jazz Band
Grade 7th and 8th Jazz Band

These ensembles rehearse weekly outside of the school day.  The performers are highly dedicated and work very hard in developing their craft as well the skills needed to perform within an ensemble.  The program includes a variety of music ranging from Classical, to Jazz to Broadway.  A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission.

MAY

Wednesday, May 3, 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 Nanette H. Bourne and John R. Delfs.

Wednesday, May 10, 12:10PM

Jiaqi Long, pianist, born in 1996 in Liuzhou, Guangxi province, China, is a finalist of the 2016 New York International Piano Competition.  A winner of the Colorado Yamaha Piano Competition, he is a two time winner of the Steinway Concerto Competition, and has appeared with the Colorado Symphony. Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission.
            
This concert is made possible with the generous support of Hudson Grille and Lilly’s, White Plains, New York.

Wednesday, May 17, 12:10PM

Downtown Sinfonietta – The 14 musicians of our resident chamber orchestra, featuring members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, wowed our audience with their 10th anniversary concert last June. We welcome them back to play an all Mozart program. Vincent Lionti conducts.  Free Admission.     
                         Symphony No. 13 in F major
                         Symphony No. 16 in C major
                         Symphony No. 17 in G major           
            
This concert is made possible through the generous support of Ridgeway Garden Center, White Plains & Lago Ristorante, West Harrison.

Wednesday, May 24, 12:10PM

REBEL –  Court, Country & ChapelJorg-Michael Schwarz, violin, Karen Marie Marmer, viola, John Moran, cello and Dongsok Shin, harpsichord, principals of thecelebrated REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music, play works of Fux, Bach and Telemann. Free Admission.
            
This concert is made possible with the generous support of a friend of Downtown Music at Grace. 

Wednesday, May 31, 12:10PM

Epiphanies ­– Ruth Cunningham & Gilda Lyons, voice. A collaboration by artists of distinct musical backgrounds, Epiphanies is a celebration of the ancient and the contemporary. Ruth Cunningham – a founding member of Anonymous 4, known for her work as sound-healer, improviser, and early-music specialist, and Gilda Lyons — commissioner, performer, and champion of new works, partner on a program inspired by the artists’ shared commitment to honest vocal performance, the exploration of the spiritual, and direct communication through sound. Presented in partnership with The Phoenix Concerts. A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission.
            
This concert is made possible by a generous gift in memory of Adrianne Reilly. 

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