Category Archives: Music

Annual Concert For Charity This Friday At The Basilica

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be having a Christmas concert on Friday night December 4th at 7:30 PM in the Great Upper Church. The concert, a longstanding neighborhood tradition in its 26th year, will feature the Choir of the Basilica and Catholic U’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. Sounds like a fantastic concert! The Basilica is located at Michigan Ave and John McCormack Rd. NE.

Serendipity Brings Live Jazz To Brookland Wednesdays – Sundays

Back in March we wrote about Serendipity, a new jazz-focused coffeehouse that opened at the corner of 12th and Kearny Streets, NE. We decided to grab some friends and check it out. The music was really high quality, especially considering there is no cover charge. We enjoyed a number of the specialty cocktails, including one called the Brookland Heartbeet that features an earthy beet-infused vodka. The menu ranges from snacks and appetizers like chicken wings to sandwiches and burgers, as well as entrees like fried catfish. Everyone enjoyed their meal and it was reasonably priced. We will definitely be back. Check out our photos below, and their Facebook page for more info and to learn about upcoming special events. Serendipity is open seven days a week and the live jazz is Wednesday – Sundays from 7:30 – 11:00 pm.

JACS Brings Live Jazz To Brookland, Storefront Brightens 12th Street

JACS, (Jazz & Cultural Society) is  “a community oriented space for musicians and listeners”at 2813 12th Street NE (near the corner of Franklin).  We spoke with  owner DeAndrey Howard last summer as he was making plans to open JACS.  He emphasized that it would be a “family friendly” place that showcases local talent and spoke of discovering jazz in DC’s storied U Street nightclubs as a young man. Now JACS is open and hosts live entertainment every Wednesday and Sunday from 6:00 – 9:00 pm for a $5.00 cover charge. We thought readers would enjoy these photos of their newly painted storefront, pretty cool! Check out JACS Facebook page here.

 

Brookland Artspace Lofts To Host Charity Concert Featuring Ryan Amador

Here is an interesting music event happening in the neighborhood soon. From the Facebook event page:

Singer-songwriter, Ryan Amador, is hitting the road to visit Washington, D.C.! He will perform his songs at the intimate Brookland Artspace Lofts. Admission is free, and donations are accepted with 50% going to benefit Casa Ruby. The performance will be held on July 20th at 7:30 PM, with doors opening at 7:00 PM.

Ryan Amador will perform a medley of songs from his music career at the Brookland Artspace Lofts in Washington, D.C. This one night only performance will allow audiences to get up close and personal with Ryan and enjoy complimentary beverages and light fare throughout the evening. While admission is free, 50% of donations collected are to benefit Casa Ruby, a bilingual, multi-cultural, LGBT organization dedicated to providing lifesaving services and programs for members of the LGBT community.

Come enjoy an evening of soulful, inspiring music in support of an important cause!
Ryan Amador eFlyer

Brookland Artspace Lofts is located at 3305 8th Street NE.

Amplify Brookland! Live Jazz Series Comes To San Antonio B&G Through June

San Antonio bar and grill WOOKA new live music series called Amplify Brookland! is coming to San Antonio Bar and Grill.  For six weeks, WOOK, an online streaming radio station, will be hosting a series of live jazz and soul performances that will take place at 8:00 p.m., onThursdays and Saturdays through June 6th. Here is the run down from the WOOK website here:

Saturday, April 25 – Manny Kellough Trio
Thursday, April 30 – TBA
Saturday, May 2 – George V. Johnson
Thursday, May 7 – The Light
Saturday, May 9 – Copper Rose & Bone
Thursday, May 14 – Ida Campbell
Saturday, May 16 – Ebony Khan
Thursday, May 21 – Bliss feat. Why Not Me?
Thursday, May 28 – TBA
Saturday, May 30 – Ebony Khan
Thursday, June 4 – Chuck Holden
Saturday, June 6 – Coneice Washington

A donation of $10 is requested. San Antonio Bar & Grill is located at 3908 12th St NE.

CUA School Of Music Presents Rigoletto Thursday – Sunday

Hartke Theatre. Photo courtesy of Goldstar.com
Hartke Theatre. Photo courtesy of Goldstar.com

This coming weekend, why not enjoy a live musical performance right here in our backyard? From CUA’s  website:

Catholic University’s production of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic masterpiece Rigoletto March 19 through 22 at Hartke Theatre promises “an intimacy and immediacy” not found at larger venues in the Washington, D.C., area…Performances of Rigoletto will take place in Hartke, 3801 Harewood Road, Thursday, March 19; Friday, March, 20; and Saturday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m…Tickets are $30 for general admission; $15 for CUA alumni; $15 for seniors, faculty, and staff; and $5 for CUA students with ID.

You can get your tickets here. For more information on shows put on by the CUA School of Music, many of them free, check out their calender here.

National Symphony Orchestra Comes To Brookland – Many Free Concerts!

Events will take place at many locations including Noyes School. Photo courtesy of DC Public Schools.
Events will take place at many locations including Noyes School. Photo courtesy of DC Public Schools.

From January 6–12, 2015 the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) will break into different ensembles and configurations to put on dozens of performances and activities throughout Brookland and NoMa area,as part of their NSO in Your Neighborhood series. Click here for more information on the program. Here is the full schedule:

Full Schedule

All of these concerts are free to the public with first-come, first-served seating. Some concerts require an RSVP for free tickets and are marked accordingly with links to register. Look for more details on all concerts to be posted here soon.

Tuesday, January 6

Central Union Mission
11 a.m.–12 p.m.
65 Massachusetts Ave., NW
NSO musicians David Murray, trombone; Matthew Guilford, bass trombone; Stephen Dumaine, tuba; and Peter Ellefson, guest trombone, perform classical works at D.C.’s oldest social services agency.

Noyes Education Campus
7–8 p.m.
Auditorium at 2725 10th St., NE
Following a weeklong songwriting workshop led by arts organization Kid Pan Alley, students from Noyes Education Campus perform their original material with NSO musicians Glenn Donnellan, violin; Jamie Roberts, oboe; and Charles Nilles, bass, as well as musicians from Kid Pan Alley.

National Public Radio
RSVP required »
7–8:30 p.m.
1111 North Capitol St., NE
NSO musicians Nurit Bar-Josef, concertmaster; Eric deWaardt, viola; Mark Evans, cello; and Aaron Goldman, principal flute, perform chamber music in NPR’s new Studio 1.

Woodridge Interim Library
Family Performance: Peter and the Wolf
7–8 p.m.
1790 Douglas St., NE (Main Floor)
NSO musicians Alice Weinreb, flute; Nicholas Stovall, principal oboe; Paul Cigan, clarinet; Truman Harris, bassoon; and Laurel Bennert Ohlson, horn, perform a family program centered on the classic Peter and the Wolf. The library will incorporate a story time featuring books on the same theme.

Wednesday, January 7

Wells Fargo
4–5 p.m.
1200 1st St., NE
NSO musician Adriana Horne, principal harp, plays a variety of classical works.

Union Market
Official Kick-Off Concert
RSVP required »
6–8 p.m.
1309 5th St., NE, Dock 5 (2nd Floor)
Historic Union Market is not only home to more than 30 of the top artisanal food producers in the region, but above the marketplace it also boasts the distinctive event space Dock 5. Come early to dine, shop, and explore Union Market—and then enjoy NSO musicians Glenn Donnellan, Teri Lee, Carole Evans, and Jan Chong, violins; Mark Evans, cello; Charles Nilles, bass; and Joe Connell, percussion, as they bring their mix of rock ‘n’ roll, blues/jazz, fiddling, and maybe even classical to this spacious urban venue. An arrival time of 6 p.m. is suggested; the performance begins at 7 p.m.

Dance Place
RSVP required »
7–8 p.m.
3225 8th St., NE
NSO musicians Nurit Bar-Josef, concertmaster; Eric deWaardt, viola; and Aaron Goldman, principal flute, perform chamber music while choreography is performed by ReVision, a professional modern dance company.

Thursday, January 8

NOMA Business Improvement District: The Lobby Project
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
1200 1st St., NE
NSO musicians Joel Fuller and Alexandra Osborne, violins; Mahoko Eguchi, viola; and Rachel Young, cello—otherwise known as The Last Stand Quartet—perform classical works.

Central Union Mission
4–5 p.m.
65 Massachusetts Ave., NW
NSO musicians Jamie Roberts, oboe; Pavel Pekarsky, violin; and Eugena Chang, cello, perform a chamber concert with Steve Combs, guest baritone; Malorie Blake Shin, guest violin; and Derek Smith, guest viola, at D.C.’s oldest social services agency.

Howard University School of Divinity
5–6 p.m.
Howard Thurman Chapel
1400 Shepherd St., NE
NSO musicians Eugene Mondie, clarinet; Sue Heineman, bassoon; Mark Evans, cello; and Lisa Emenheiser, piano, perform classical works.

Turkey Thicket Recreation
5–6 p.m.
1100 Michigan Ave., NE
NSO musician Glenn Donnellan, violin, gives a performance for both children and adults.

Friday, January 9

Echostage
Full Orchestra Concert
RSVP required »
2135 Queens Chapel Rd., NE
Led by Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, the NSO collaborates with three Washington artists at Echostage, D.C.’s newest and largest nightlife concert venue. DJ Stylus, dubbed “The Vibe Conductor” by his fans, launches the action with his self-described “party rocking philosophy.” Bach and Pachelbel then meet Christylez Bacon and Wytold. Christylez Bacon, a Grammy®-nominated musician “whose sound lives at the intersection of soul, hip-hop, and jazz” (Washington Post), and Wytold, performer extraordinaire on the electric six-stringed cello, also bring some of their original compositions to the NSO. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with DJ Stylus; the NSO and guests begin at 8:30 p.m.

  • Bernstein: Candide—Overture
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 (Movement II)
  • Christylez Bacon: X-2
  • Bach/Wytold: Bach Remix, themes from the Cello Suite No. 1, Prelude
  • Pachelbel/Christylez Bacon: It’s the Beatbox, themes from Canon in D major
  • Prokofiev: “Dance of the Knights” from Romeo and Juliet
  • Wytold: My Regards
  • Christylez Bacon: Mambo Sauce
  • Bernstein: “Mambo” from West Side Story

Saturday, January 10

Art Enables
12:30–1:30 p.m.
2204 Rhode Island Ave., NE
NSO musicians Joel Fuller and Alexandra Osborne, violins; Mahoko Eguchi, viola; and Rachel Young, cello—otherwise known as The Last Stand Quartet—perform during a community arts workshop.

McKinley Technology Education Campus
NSO Family Concert & Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo”
RSVP required »
3–5 p.m.
151 T St., NE
From 3 to 4 p.m., kids of all ages can enjoy hands-on fun with our Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” From 4 to 5 p.m., the NSO brings mirth, musical mastery, and more to a family program called “Exploring Extremes” hosted by Marissa Regni, principal second violin, and NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl.

  • Beethoven: Adagio—Allegro vivace (Mvt. 1) from Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60
  • Holst: “Mars” from The Planets
  • Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor
  • Mozart: Adagio-Allegro from String Quartet in C major, K. 465, “Dissonant”
  • Tchaikovsky: “Ave verum corpus” from Suite No. 4 in G major, Op. 61, “Mozartiana”
  • Haydn: Andante (Mvt. II) from Symphony No. 94 in G major, “Surprise”
  • Khachaturian: “Sabre Dance” from Gayaneh
  • Veracini: Allegro for Solo Violin
  • Strauss: An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64
  • Brahms: Adagio—Più andante—Allegro non troppo, ma con brio from Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
  • Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever

Mount Sinai Baptist Church
7–8:30 p.m.
1615 3rd St., NW
NSO musicians Natasha Bogachek and Zino Bogachek, violins; and Eric deWaardt, viola, perform a classical concert for the church and surrounding community.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
7–8 p.m.
Crypt Church (Lower Level)
400 Michigan Ave., NE
NSO musicians Jamie Roberts, oboe; Pavel Pekarsky, violin; and Eugena Chang, cello, perform a chamber concert with Steve Combs, guest baritone; Malorie Blake Shin, guest violin; Derek Smith, guest viola; and Todd Fickley, guest organ.

Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
7:30–8:30 p.m.
1400 Quincy St., NE
NSO musician Steven Hendrickson, trumpet, performs a chamber concert with Phil Snedecor, guest trumpet, and Russell Weismann, guest organ and Dean of the D.C. chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Sunday, January 11

Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family
2–3 p.m.
4250 Harewood Rd., NE
NSO musicians Linda Schroeder, violin, and Denise Wilkinson, viola, perform a chamber concert along with Andrei Pidkivka, guest folk instruments; Solomia Gorokhivska, guest violin; and Alicia Ward, guest cello, to follow the Parish’s Christmas dinner.

Northwest One Library
2–3 p.m.
155 L St., NW (Main Floor)
NSO musician Janet Frank, cello, performs a chamber concert with John Moran, guest cello.

Trinity Washington University
2–3 p.m.
125 Michigan Ave., NE
NSO musicians David Murray, trombone; Matthew Guilford, bass trombone; and Stephen Dumaine, tuba, perform a chamber concert with Peter Ellefson, guest trombone. The concert includes a collaboration with a brass ensemble from Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Woodridge Interim Library
2:30–3:30 p.m.
1790 Douglas St., NE
NSO musicians Natasha Bogachek and Zino Bogachek, violins, play classical works.

Central Union Mission
4–5 p.m.
65 Massachusetts Ave., NW
NSO musician Janet Frank, cello, and John Moran, guest cello, perform a chamber concert at D.C.’s oldest social services agency.

Central Union Mission
6–7 p.m.
65 Massachusetts Ave., NW
NSO musician Glenn Donnellan, violin, performs a concert at D.C.’s oldest social services agency.

Monday, January 12

The Catholic University of America
Ensemble Performance
3:40–4:45 p.m.
Caldwell Auditorium In Ward Hall
620 Michigan Ave., NE
NSO musicians David Murray, trombone; Matthew Guilford, bass trombone; Stephen Dumaine, tuba; and Peter Ellefson, guest trombone, perform and hold a panel discussion with Catholic University’s School of Music students. The public is invited to attend.

The Catholic University of America
Finale Concert with the Full Orchestra
RSVP required »
7:30–9 p.m.
620 Michigan Ave., NE
Music Director Christoph Eschenbach leads the NSO in a concert saluting Catholic University’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music on its 50th anniversary. The all-Mozart program includes the Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”), plus Principal Flute Aaron Goldman is featured in Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 2, with cadenzas by Lera Auerbach, commissioned by the NSO.

Catholic U To Host The 6th Annual Washington International Piano Festival

Image courtesy of CUA's School of Music
Image courtesy of CUA’s School of Music

The 6th Annual Washington International Piano Festival (WIPF), will be held on the campus of Catholic University (and at two performances at the Kennedy Center downtown). The festival will take place from July 27 to August 3rd and will feature performances, master classes, and lectures by guest artists and young musicians from around the world.  All events will be open to the public. From the Catholic U/WIPF press release:

This year’s festival will include:
GUEST ARTIST RECITALS
John O’Conor, Sunday, July 27, 7:30 p.m., Ward Recital Hall
Chongxiao Liu and Wei Gong Piano Duo, Monday, July 28, 7:30 p.m., Ward Recital Hall
Ralitza Patcheva, Wednesday, July 30, 7:30 p.m., Ward Recital Hall
Yoshio Hamano, Thursday, July 31, 7:30 p.m., Ward Recital Hall
Santiago Rodriguez, Sunday, Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m., Ward Recital Hall

PIANO MASTER CLASSES
John O’Conor, Monday, July 28, 10 a.m. to noon, Ward Recital Hall
Round table discussion, “Getting a Piano Degree in the United States,” Wednesday, July 30, 11 a.m. to noon, John Paul Hall
Douglas Humpherys, Friday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m. to noon, Ward Recital Hall
Santiago Rodriguez, Saturday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to noon, Ward Recital Hall

PIANO RECITALS
Young pianist showcase concerts, featuring prizewinners of international, national, regional, and local competitions, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, July 27 to 30, 6:45 p.m., Ward Recital Hall
Auditions for The Catholic University of America First Annual Piano Competition, Tuesday, July 29, 7 to 10 p.m., Ward Recital Hall
Adult pianist showcase concert, featuring adult pianists participating in the festival, Thursday, July 31, 6:45 p.m.
Concerts of selected 2014 WIPF participants, including both solo and piano ensemble music from WIPF participants, Friday, Aug. 1, and Saturday, Aug. 2, 6 p.m., John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millennium Stage. Admission is free and concerts will be webcast online at www.kennedy-center.org.
Award ceremony and concert, featuring The Catholic University of America Piano Competition winners, Sunday, Aug. 3, 3:15 p.m., Ward Recital Hall
Closing concert of the 2014 WIPF participants, Sunday, Aug. 3, 11 a.m., Ward Recital Hall.

Ticket prices for each day (except free admission as noted) are $20 for adults; $10 for seniors and students; and free admission for CUA students with valid student ID. Tickets to all events can be purchased at the door or reserved by emailing washingtonpianofest@gmail.com.

Town And Gown Singers Present The Music Of Benjamin Britten At CUA Friday

Town and Gown Chorus, Photo Courtesy of CUA School of Music
Town and Gown Chorus, Photo Courtesy of CUA School of Music

The Town and Gown Singers are Brookland and Catholic U’s community choir. It is open to Brookland residents, CUA students, faculty, staff,  and alumni and basically anyone who wants to sing. The chorus presents two major concerts each year, in addition to performing at various city events.  Their next performance will be on April 25, at 7:30 p.m. The choir will be performing the music of Benjamin Britten at the St. Vincent de Paul Chapel on CUA’s campus. For more information about the group or to find out how to join , please contact the director, Kevin O’Brien at  obrienk(at)cua(dot)edu.

24th Annual Concert For Charity This Friday At The Basilica To Benefit Brookland’s Bethlehem House

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Photo Credit:: The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Photo Credit:: The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be having a Christmas concert on Friday night December 6th at 7:30 PM in the Great Upper Church. The concert, a longstanding neighborhood tradition, will feature the Choir of the Basilica and Catholic U’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. Sounds like a fantastic concert! Check out the evening’s program here. If that isn’t enough incentive, we love that the offering for the evening will benefit a Brookland charity, Bethlehem House, which provides community and support for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information about the concert or other Holiday events, check out the Basilica’s Christmas and Advent event calendar of events. The Basilica is located at Michigan Ave and John McCormack Rd. NE.