Smaller is Better!

Smaller is Better

Mayumi Sakamoto, piano

watch Saturday, October 29 at 7PM

watch Sunday, October 30 at 3PM

place Live! at 10th and G

place Bender JCC of Greater Washington

Inspired by NOW’s season five theme, Smaller is Better presents three large-scale works, by Mozart, Grieg, and Brahms, each re-orchestrated in a new version for reduced instrumental forces. These new orchestrations, which condense the musical material for a smaller orchestra, highlight the virtuosity of each instrumentalist and the group’s collaborative spirit. Japanese pianist Mayumi Sakamoto, the youngest person ever to participate in the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition and the winner of the 2004 International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition, is featured in Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor. The program also includes Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and Brahms’ Second Symphony.


  • WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (arranged by Iain Farrington)
  • EDVARD GRIEG Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 (arranged by Mordechai Rechtman)
  • Mayumi Sakamoto, piano
  • JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 (arranged by Iain Farrington)

Pre-Concert Talk

Join us for a pre-concert talk one hour before each concert with Brandon Straub and stay for a reception with the artists
6:00 PM at Live! at 10th & G
2:00 PM at Bender JCC

Brandon Straub

Chair of Music, St. Alban’s and National Cathedral School
Associate Conductor, The Choral Arts Society of Washington

Buy Tickets

Adult $40 | Student/Youth (12-18) $15 | Children free


Live! at 10th and G

945 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Bender JCC

6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD 20852