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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.

 

September


 12

Music of Colombia - Pianist Pablo Mayor and flutist Anna Povich de Mayor begin the 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.

 19

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.

 26

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.

 

October


 3

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.

 10

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.

 17

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.

 24

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.

 31

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.

 

November


 7

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.

 14

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

 28

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.

 

December


 5

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.

 12

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.

 19

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.

 

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.