Wheaton Community Chamber Music Series

Thank you for participating in the first installment of the Wheaton Community Chamber Music Series at Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center! Our goals as an organization are to engage audience members who may have never attended a classical music concert before, to establish ongoing relationships with these attendees, and to provide music at an extremely high level. We presented three concerts, each highlighting one of the main sections of the typical symphonic orchestra: strings, winds, and percussion. Thanks to the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery Count, all tickets were free. 

Be on the lookout for more of these performances in our 7th season!

January 13th, 3pm

The Aeolus Quartet, with previous residencies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Maryland and Juilliard, is currently the quartet in-residence with the New Orchestra of Washington (NOW). What is it like to be a touring string quartet in this day and age? Get up close and personal with this awesome young group, and enjoy a terrific program of the best that the string quartet repertoire has to offer!

Haydn: Op. 76 No. 5 I. Allegretto

Haydn: Op. 76 No. 5 II. Largo cantabile e mesto 

Javier Alvarez: “Metro Chabacano” 

Snowden: “Appalachian Polaroids”

Beethoven: Op 131 V. Presto

Barber: Quartet II. Adagio 

Dvorak: “American” IV. Finale: Vivace ma non troppo

Emmanuel Arias y Luna: “Sonoralia” II. Jarabe

February  3rd, 3pm

Robert Schroyer, principal percussion of NOW, will perform a concert with a particular emphasis on the marimba. This program is deliberately a little bit shorter to allow some extra time for changes in the setup, so come with a curious mind and ready questions! NOW cellist Tobias Warner will also perform on two of the works from this program.


Andrew Thomas: Merlin for solo marimba

Osvaldo Golijov: Mariel for cello and marimba

Astor Piazzolla: Café 1930 for cello and marimba

Eric Santos: Zauberkraft for mixed percussion

April 14th, 3pm

This concert features woodwind instruments performing arrangements of pieces by Piazzolla, D’Rivera and Beethoven. As part of our mission, NOW regularly performs many arrangements of larger works. Similarly, woodwind quintet is an ensemble that also frequently performs arrangements of works originally written for different ensembles. Performers will include members of NOW’s wind section (Conor Nelson, flute; Stephen Key, oboe; Jeremy Eig, clarinet). 

Astor Piazzolla: Libertango and Oblivion 

Paquito D’Rivera: Selections from Aires Tropicales 

Beethoven: Quintet in Eb, Op. 4