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.
2017-2018 Season Concerts
October 13, 2017 – "Women in Jazz with Shannon Gunn Sextet CD Release"
All Female Big Band
Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes began as a “dream” of Shannon Gunn, trombone player and graduate of the George Mason University Masters in Jazz Studies program. Their first CD release, a five song EP, was the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2011. Since then, the Bullettes continue to wow audiences and perform both swing, originals, and straight ahead jazz charts for audiences young and old. The Bullettes are a musical organization that uplifts women in jazz, creates networking opportunities for female instrumentalists, and provides a positive role model for aspiring jazz musicians. This competition will include a pull out ensemble of a sextet of instrumentalists to perform three horn arrangements by originals and transcriptions of the jazz masters.
October 27, 2017 – Russkie Musikanti: "A Night for Romance"
The Washington Balalaika Society was founded in 1988 by a group of Washington-area musicians interested in studying and performing the music of Russia, Ukraine and eastern Europe on traditional Russian folk instruments -- the balalaika, domra, bayan and related folk wind and percussion instruments. The Society's initial membership of eight has grown to more than sixty, and the WBS Orchestra is now the largest of its kind in America with musicians at all levels from beginner to professional, from teens to 80s in age.
The"Russkie Musikanti" ensemble focuses on outreach programs - increasing WBS' exposure by bringing our unique music to venues such as retirement homes, festivals, churches and private events.
*Please Note – This performance will take place at the Sherwood Center (3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax)
December 8, 2017 –"Come Celebrate the Sounds of the Season with the Columbia Flute Choir"
Columbia Flute Choir, under the direction of Sharyn Byer, has been delighting Washington audiences since 1994, performing throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The ensemble features all members of the flute family including piccolo, C flute, alto flute, bass flute, contr'alto flute, contrabass flute, and subcontr'alto flute. Columbia Flute Choir presents a variety of classical music as well as original works for flute choir, and hosts an annual Flute Choir Festival in the Fall. Highlights of previous seasons include Columbia Flute Choir performances at The White House, on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, Concert Hall with Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, and Terrace Theater, in the Helen Hayes Gallery at The National Theatre, on Columbia Institute of Fine Arts "Distinguished Artist Series", during Fairfax City's "Spotlight on the Arts", on the "Old Town Hall Performance Series" in Fairfax, and the "Muldoon Concert Series" in Annandale. Columbia Flute Choir has presented world premieres at the Washington Flute Society's Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention and the National Flute Association's Annual Convention.
January 12, 2018 – National Brass Quintet: "Music of All Times for All Ages"
January 26, 2018 - Dave Anderson and Mike Wingo: "Anderson-Wingo Duo with Guest Vocalist, Kim Scudera"
Piano, Percussion, and Vocals
In 2006, interested in exploring the improvisational freedom and broadened sonic palette that a piano-percussion duo format would allow, Dave Anderson and Mike Wingo began performing together. Since then they have been evolving the duo repertoire. In 2010, Dave and Mike released their first duo CD entitled "Conversations", which is available at CD Baby, Amazon, and iTunes.
February 9, 2018 – "The Nearness of You" featuring Darden Purcell
Jazz Piano with Vocalist
Darden Purcell is a Washington D.C. based jazz vocalist. A multi-faceted musician, Ms. Purcell is an active featured soloist with symphony orchestras, big bands and small ensembles, band leader and vocal instructor. Ms. Purcell has shared the stage with many of the world's top jazz artists including Eric Alexander, Terell Stafford, Jim Pugh, Chip McNeill, Chuchito Valdes, Dana Hall, Alan Baylock, Don Heitler, Glenn Wilson, Chip Stephens, Stockton Helbing, Byron Stripling, Bobby Floyd, Joel Spencer, Darmon Meader, Lisanne Lyons, Jeff Helgesen, Jim Carroll, Charlie Young, Chris Vadala, Kenny Rittenhouse, Shawn Purcell, Steve Fidyk, Matt Niess, Dave Detwiler, Joe McCarthy, Harold Summey, Tom Williams, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, the US Navy Commodores, Naval Academy Big Band, Next Wave, The Airmen of Note, US Army Blues and the American Festival Pops Orchestra (Tony Maiello) performing at concert halls and clubs throughout the nation, including Blues Alley (Washington DC), Pops for Champagne (Chicago), The Jazz Kitchen (Indianapolis), The Blue Wisp (Cincinnati), Sandler Center (back-up vocals for Ben Folds) Meyerhoff Center (BSO with Ben Folds), Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts (NSO with Ben Folds) and The Kennedy Center (back-up vocals for Mr. George Benson). Dr. Purcell is the Director of Jazz Studies, Jazz Voice Instructor and Director of the Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble at George Mason University.
February 23, 2018 – Seth Kibel & Tom Teaseley: “Tiny Planet”
Winds & Percussion
Two local music icons, world percussionist Teasley and woodwind specialist Kibel, join forces to showcase tunes from their new duet album, Tiny Planet.
Teasley, 2016 DRUM! Magazine World Percussionist of the Year, continuously looks for innovative ways to create cross-cultural dialogue informed by his travels. He blends centuries-old percussion traditions with digital technology to create ancient and futuristic virtual ensembles.
A premier woodwind specialist, Kibel wows audiences on saxophone, clarinet, and flute. He is the featured performer with The Alexandria Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more. Kibel has been awarded numerous Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist.”
March 9, 2018 – Linn Barnes & Allison Hampton: "Celtic Spring, Music from the Celtic Countries"
Harp, Lute, & Guitar
Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton have been concertizing together for the last forty years. They began their performance and recording careers as duo-luternists playing the court music of 16th century Renaissance Europe. They became interested in Celtic music largely through the works of 18th century Irish composer Turlough O'Carolan. As their interest in Celtic music grew, the need for a broader range of instrumentation became apparent. Ms. Hampton has focused exclusively on a variety of nylon and wire strung Celtic harps, while Mr. Barnes, in addition to the lute, now plays an assortment of steel stringed instruments, including the guitar, harp-guitar and cittern. In addition, Mr. Barnes plays the Irish (Uillean) pipes.
March 23, 2018 – Marcolivia: "Music of the Folk"
Marc Ramirez and Olivia Hajioff form the violin and violin/viola duo Marcolivia. The duo has performed chamber music at the Kennedy Center, the Ravinia Festival, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space in Manhattan, as well as Carnegie Hall. The artists were invited to perform at Chamber Music America's Marathon Concert in New York alongside the Juilliard Quartet. In addition, Marcolivia was the only chamber music finalist in the 2000 Concert Artists Guild Competition.
The artists have performed and taught at festivals in the US, Japan, Italy and England and are on the roster of the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage Artists. In 2011, Marcolivia was invited to be founding members of the Phillips Camerata – a chamber ensemble in residence at the Phillips Collection and the National Gallery. They are regularly featured on NPR's "Performance Today" and "Front Row Washington." Over 50 live audio and video links can be found on YouTube: Marcolivia.
April 13, 2018 – Holocaust Remembrance Haunting Music Written by Survivors