2019-20 Weekend Discovery Concerts
Wednesday, September 11, 12:10 p.m. FREE
Brazilian Jazz with the Nanny Assis Trio
A White Plains JazzFest Event, presented in partnership with ArtsWestchester Bahia native Nanny Assis is a singer, drummer, percussionist and songwriter. He is a master of Brazilian Jazz, Afro-Brazilian music and other popular and folkloric sounds from his homeland. He has performed at the Palais Montcalm Quebec City, Blue Note NYC, Bimhuis Amsterdan, Birdland, Vortex Jazz Club London, Sunset Paris, Regattabar, Dakota Jazz Club, Queen Elizabeth Hall London, Blue Note in Milan, Newport Jazz Festival. His performances have been broadcast by the BBC. A Downtown Music debut.
This concert is a presentation of the 2017 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 |
PECKHAN INDUSTRIES / IVY REALTY /
GALLERIA WHITE PLAINS | JOURNAL NEWS MEDIA GROUP | NEWS 12 WESTCHESTER | VENU MAGAZINE | CAMBRIS HOTELS & SUITESALL NEW YORK TITLE AGENCY, INC. | BMW OF WESTCHESTER | BRIGHT ENERGY SERVICES | EMPIRE CITY CASINO |
FAMOUS FAMIGLIA PIZZERIA | LMC, A LENNAR COMPANY |
MACY’S | PARTY LINE RENTALS STERLING NATIONAL BANK | WEBSTER BANK | WESTCHESTER BUSINESS CENTER |WHITE PLAINS HOSPITAL
Saturday, November 9, 7:30 p.m.
The Yale Whiffenpoofs
Every year, 14 senior Yale students are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest and best-known collegiate a capella group.
Founded in 1909, the “Whiffs” began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at Mory’s Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern. Today, the group has become one of Yale’s most celebrated traditions, with over a century of musical excellence. Singing a mixture of old Yale tunes, jazz standards, and other hits from across the decades, the Whiffenpoofs perform more than 200 concerts each year. Their characteristic white tie and tails, paired with their enthusiasm and humor, have become iconic for audiences around the United States and across the world.
Whiffenpoof performance venues have included Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the White House, the Rose Bowl and Lincoln center. They have reached a television audience or more than 175 million, most recently via the Season 4 finale of the hit show, Glee.
Sunday, March 1, 4:30 p.m.
Jomion and the Uklos
Featuring the traditional West African rhythms of Benin, Caribbean styles, and jazz, Jomion and the Uklos make festive, colorful music. These three brothers from the coastal city of Cotonou amaze audiences with their furious rhythms and mystical harmonies. They joyfully flirt with reggae, salsa and jazz, while drawing on their vast knowledge of traditional music and culture. At once complex and simple, their profound songs connect to the depths of human experience while lightening the heart with joy.
Sunday, April 26, 4:30 p.m.
Resist / Renew - Songs for Change
Presented in partnership with the Phoenix Concerts
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.
Gilda Lyons, composer, vocalist, and visual artist, combines elements of renaissance, neo-baroque, spectral, folk, agitprop Music Theater, and extended vocalism to create works of uncompromising emotional honesty and melodic beauty.
The premiere of A New Kind of Fallout—Lyons’ opera inspired by environmentalist Rachel Carson, commissioned by Opera Theater of Pittsburgh—was described as “powerfully effective” (Pittsburgh Stage Magazine), “haunting” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) and “spot-on at re-creating the atmosphere of the early '60s” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review).
Lyons serves as Composer-in-Residence for the Chautauqua Opera Company; Co-Chair of the Composition Program at Wintergreen Summer Music Academy; and Assistant Professor of Composition at The Hartt School. She is Artistic and Executive Director of The Phoenix Concerts, New York's "intrepid Upper West Side new-music series" (The New Yorker), and has commissioned and premiered new vocal works by dozens of composers. Her works and performances are available on the Clarion, GPR Records, Naxos, New Dynamic Records, and Roven Records labels. Lyons’ music is published by Schott, E.C. Schirmer, and Burning Sled.
Daron Hagen is an American composer, conductor, pianist, stage director, librettist / lyricist, and author. Born in 1961 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, trained at the Curtis Institute and at Juilliard, Hagen made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at 19. He taught at Bard College, Curtis, Princeton, and a dozen other universities before leaving academe to compose full time.
Commissions from the NY Philharmonic, Seattle Opera, Curtis, and other major institutions highlight a catalogue that includes 12 steadily-revived operas, 5 symphonies, 12 concertos, reams of chamber music, 6 film scores, 4 ballets, and over 400 art songs. He has conducted the cast recordings of his operas, recorded his songs as a collaborative pianist, stage directed his operas, written librettos, and has recently published a memoir, Duet with the Past (McFarland, 2019). His music is performed worldwide.
Guggenheim, Rockefeller, NEA, and Kennedy Center Friedheim Prizewinner Hagen is a Lifetime Member of the Corporation of Yaddo, Co-chair of the Wintergreen Composers Retreat, and artistic director of the New Mercury Collective. He joined the artist faculty of Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of the Performing Arts in 2017 in a position created for him that enables him to share his skills with composers, singers, actors, and instrumentalists as they shadow him and collaborate in the development and staging of a different Hagen opera each year.