Welcome to 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 will present three concerts, each highlighting one of the main sections of the typical symphonic orchestra: strings, winds, and percussion. All tickets are free, but an RSVP is needed to ensure space is available.
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