White Plains Business Improvement District

Wednesdays: Noonday Concerts at Grace Church

Free 45 minute programs at 12:10 pm every Wednesday from September 2018 through May 2019. Located at Grace Church by the corner of Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue.

For more information, visit dtmusic.org.

 

January


 9

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 is joined by the celebrated American pianist Kayo Iwama. Together, they will offer Schubertiade – A program of Selected Lieder of Franz Schubert.

 16

The musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic return for one of their exciting chamber music concerts.

 23

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.

 30

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.

 

February


 6

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.

 13

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.

 20

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’. 

 27

Scottish baritone Ivor Klayman is 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.

 

March


 13

The musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic return for one of their exciting chamber music concerts.

 20

Guitarist John Lehmann-Haupt is known equally for his arrangements of popular and traditional songs and for his classical interpretations. 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.

 27

Piano team Duo Lontano plays music from South America including works by Gottschalk, Lecuona, Piazzolla, and Villa-Lobos.

 

April


 3

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.

 10

Soprano Abigail Fischer is joined by Susan Ellinger, a pianist praised for her “refined, poised and singular vision”.  The program includes a selection of Brahms late piano works, amidst the luxurious expressionism of Berg's 7 early songs.

 17

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

 24

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. 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.

 

May


 8

The musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic return for one of their exciting chamber music concerts.

 15

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.

 22

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.

 29

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.