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27th Annual Bonita Lestina Performance Series at Old Town Hall

October 14, 2016
Hot Lanes
Big Band/Jazz
October 28, 2016
U.S. Navy Band Country Current

Country/Bluegrass
November 18, 2016
Cantabile Piano Ensemble

Fourhand Piano
All American Program
December 9, 2016
Cathedral Brass

Holiday Program 
January 13, 2017
D'Amore Duo

Classical Guitar & Oboe
January 27, 2017
Georgetown Quintet

Woodwind Quintet
February 10, 2017
Three for a Show

Ragtime Piano & Vocalists
February 24, 2017
Ismar Gomes &
Wan-Chi Su

Cello & Piano
March 10, 2017
Sior-og Ensemble

Irish/Celtic Music
March 24, 2017
Ensemble Gaudior

Clarinet, Fortepiano, & Viola
Antique Instruments
April 28, 2017
Beau Soir

Flute & Harp
 

 

The performances happen at 8:00pm October through April, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month (except  Government holidays).  Please come early as there are no booked tickets and it is on a first-come, first-served basis.

October 14, 2016 – The Hot Lanes
Big Band/Jazz
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THE HOT LANES BIG BAND, a 16-piece ensemble led by Bobby Jasinski, focuses on promoting jazz in the D.C. metropolitan area through festivals, concerts, and educational masterclasses in the public school system. Influenced by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Hot Lanes' talented group of musicians will be debuting a world performance of Jasinski's "Spectrum Suite", a piece featuring colors of the rainbow as movements, as well as well known tunes by Ellington and Brubeck.

October 28, 2016 – U.S. Navy Band Country Current*
Country & Blue Grass
*Please Note – This performance will take place at the Sherwood Center (3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax)
country current portrait The United States Navy Band Country Current is the Navy's premiere country-bluegrass ensemble. The group is nationally renowned for its versatility and "eye-popping" musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass. This seven member ensemble employs musicians from diverse backgrounds with extensive high-profile recording and touring experience in the music scenes of Nashville, Tenn., New York, New Orleans and more. In the tradition of country music, each member is a skilled performer on multiple instruments. The band utilizes banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, fiddle, electric bass, upright bass, dobro, pedal steel guitar and drum set.

Formed in 1973 , the band has a rich legacy of notable alumni including Bill Emerson, Wayne Taylor, Jerry Gilmore, and Frank Sollivan. They have performed at the Grand Ole Opry, for Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and overseas in Stockholm, Nova Scotia and Beijing. With a fun-filled and family-friendly stage show, Country Current has been delighting its fans for over 40 years with their musical virtuosity and humor.

A staple of the bluegrass scene, Country Current has shared the stage with music luminaries Rhonda Vincent, Dailey and Vincent, Mountain Heart, Little Roy Lewis, Third Time Out, The Lonesome River Band, Josh Williams, The Seldom Scene, J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Ned Luberecki, Chris Jones and many others. Country Current routinely performs at bluegrass festivals such as Darrington, Windgap, Gettysburg, Lake Havasu and Grass Valley. In 2011, Country Current became the first military band to perform at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

Country Current performs regularly for the president, vice-president, the secretary of the Navy, the chief of naval operations, the chairman and vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs Of Staff, the master chief petty officer of the Navy and numerous other dignitaries. Reaching out to communities both locally and nationally, they regularly perform for veterans, elementary schools, and in support of our active-duty Sailors.

November 18, 2016 – Cantabile Piano Ensemble
Fourhand Piano, All American Program

December 9, 2016 – Cathedral Brasscathedral_brass2
Holiday Program
Founded in 1983 by the late Ray Abell, the Cathedral Brass performs sacred and secular works from all eras in support of the music ministry at Vienna Presbyterian Church. The group draws its membership from around the DC Metro area, and includes current and former professionals and members of the Service Bands. The Cathedral Brass is under the direction of L. Thomas Vining, Director of Worship and Music at Vienna Presbyterian Church.

January 13, 2017 – D’Amore Duo
Classical Guitar & Oboe
damore-duo-emily-billFounded in 1991 to investigate the little known wealth of chamber music for oboe and guitar, the D’Amore Duo has toured internationally and domestically to enthusiastic reviews.

The Duo has released three critically-claimed recordings, and performed at such venues as St. Martin in the Fields in London, the Yale Centre for British Art, the National Cathedral, the Arts Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Spanish Institute in New York, the Smithsonian Institution, and live on ABC International Radio out of Sydney, Australia.

They have twice been winners of the Baltimore Chamber Music Awards Competition.

Composers who have written pieces for the Duo include Ronald Pearl, Albert Harris, Richard Greene, Stephen Gerber, Jose Manuel Lezcano, Marcos Vinicius, Marcelo Ferraris, Jean Chatillon, Dimitris Kapsomenos, and the multi-talented actor/musician Michael Moriarty.

The Washington Post referred to the Duo as a “perfect partnership of sound” and lauded their performance as “one of the most uniquely satisfying concerts of the season.”

January 27, 2017 – Georgetown Quintet
Woodwind Quintet
georgetown_quintet5TGQ dares to go where other quintets never go. This group commissions new works and plays them alongside classic works before varied audiences -- including some that have never experienced live chamber music.

Nominated for a Washington Area Music Award as Best Chamber Ensemble of 2009, TGQ has entertained audiences at Strathmore Mansion, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, the Benning Neighborhood Library in Washington, DC and Black Rock Center in Germantown, MD.

Individual artists of The Georgetown Quintet have performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Delaware Symphony, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, and Ray Charles.

February 10, 2017 – Three for a Show
Ragtime Piano & Vocalists
three_for_a_showPianist extraordinaire, Alex Hassan, recreates the styles of the golden age of 1920s/30s Tin Pan Alley; sublime, acclaimed East Coast based tenor Doug Bowles is a versatile performer who brings the songs of the era to life with humor and heart. Add a talented soprano and you get THREE FOR A SONG! 

An "outstandingly talented" trio, according to Michael Feinstein, THREE FOR A SONG, with soprano Karin Paludan, performed to standing ovations at venues such as the Kennedy Center Jazz Club and the Library of Congress and was recently featured on NPR's All Things Considered with Robert Siegel . 

The current trio, with soprano Iyona Blake, presents a delightful program of recently discovered, never performed, breathtaking melodies from stage and film of the 1930's; with clever lyrics, bouncy rhythms, and hot tempos. Woven between the songs, you'll hear hilarious, heart warming and surprising anecdotes about the songs and songwriters, with listeners left to wonder how on earth these melodies didn't become standards!

WanChiSu & IsmarGomes - croppedFebruary 24, 2017 – Ismar Gomes & Wan-Chi Su
Cello & Piano
Cellist Ismar Gomes and pianist Wan-Chi Su, each an award-winning artist and accomplished chamber musician, will present a duo recital.

Award winning cellist, Ismar Gomes, performs across the US and Europe as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Hailed for his “impressive virtuosity, energy, and a handsome tonal range” (Berkshire Review), Mr. Gomes has established himself as a captivating young artist with a commanding voice and a growing reputation for delivering exciting performances and innovative programming.

Taiwanese pianist Wan-Chi Su enjoys an active career as a solo and chamber musician, performing to great acclaim at venues throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. From a young age she has won prizes at national and international piano competitions, and in 2013 she received both the Grace Clagett Ranney Prize in Chamber Music and the Clara Ascherfeld Award in Accompanying from the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore.

March 10, 2017 – Sior-og Ensemble
Irish/Celtic Music
Photo of Sior-ogSíor-Óg was formed in 2002 and performs primarily traditional Irish tunes, songs, dances and verse.  Síor-Óg also performs Celtic music from such places as Scotland, Wales, and the Asturian and Galician regions of Spain. The group also has an extensive repertoire of Civil War music, songs and poems; a lovely collection of Celtic Baroque tunes and songs; and some wonderful Appalachian tunes and Christmas songs.

Síor-Óg is Jean Mulherin, a Peabody Institute graduate in violin and vocal performance. Marsha Kelly is on classical guitar and vocals.  Marsha has a Master of Music in guitar performance from Southern Methodist University and has studied at Musica en Compostela in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, with Jose Thomas and Andres Segovia.  Howard Rhile is a composer and an arranger of Irish and Baroque music who attended the Temple University School of Music. His arrangements have been used by The President’s Own at The White House. He plays a variety of  Irish whistles.

The group’s name ("forever young" in Irish Gaelic) reflects the music which has been played in Ireland for at least 350 years.  The music evokes Ireland's abundant and varied musical heritage in the form of traditional reels, jigs, slip jigs, slides, clan marches, polkas, hornpipes and slow airs. Síor-Óg’s songs draw upon the rich history and legends of Ireland for inspiration. The band often includes in its performances examples of Ireland's rich store of poetry and is often joined in performances by a storyteller and dancers from local dance schools who put on a spectacular display of Irish step dancing.  Síor-Óg has performed at many venues including The Irish Embassy.  For the last nine years, the group has presented “A Celtic Christmas” in the City.

March 24, 2017 – Ensemble Gaudior

Clarinet, Fortepiano & Viola, Antique Instruments
ensemble_gaudior2Ensemble Gaudior is dedicated to performing masterpieces of chamber music from the Baroque and Classical eras, using instruments from those periods or careful modern copies. By presenting this repertoire to modern concert audiences, we hope to contribute to the process of moving our world toward greater harmony. (The name Gaudior is borrowed from the musical unicorn in Madeleine L'Engle's book A Swiftly Tilting Planet, who time-travels through the universe joyfully harmonizing with the music of the stars and planets.) Founded in 2000 and based in the Washington D.C. area, the group is built around a core instrumentation of violin and basso continuo, but frequently collaborates with guest artists in order to allow a greater variety of repertoire.

April 28, 2017 – Beau Soir
Flute & Harp
beau_soirThe Beau Soir Ensemble is a flute, viola, and harp trio in the Washington, DC area dedicated to the performance of standard and contemporary repertoire spanning a variety of musical genres. The group was founded by harpist Michelle Lundy in 2007.  Jennifer Ries joined the group as their violist in 2013.  Beau Soir Ensemble is excited to perform with a variety of guest flute players in their upcoming 2015/2016 season.  The Trio regularly performs at venues and acclaimed concert series in the DC and Baltimore area including the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, Sundays at Three in Columbia, Harman Center for the Arts, Arts Club of Washington, The Lyceum, Church of the Epiphany, Dumbarton House, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Old Town Hall (Fairfax, VA), and The Anderson House. The Trio also won the 2014 Montpelier Arts Recital Competition.

 As part of its commitment to exposing audiences to contemporary music and new artists, Beau Soir frequently offers performances featuring world and local premiers by various composers. Last season, the Trio was proud to present the local premiere of David Bruce's critically acclaimed "Eye of the Night" and “No Exit” by Don Davis.  This season they are excited to perform the local premieres of Milton Barnes "Harbord Street" and a commissioned arrangement of Scarlatti's Piano Sonata in D, K. 491 by Dan Reiter.

 Known for their exciting performance style and diverse programming, this ensemble continues to attract a strong fan base through its acclaimed performances and unique audience interaction, which includes background, analysis, historical information, and descriptions of performance techniques within each performance.  Beau Soir Ensemble’s goal is to make classical music accessible and enjoyable, inspiring a new generation of music lovers.