The Community Music School of the Piedmont
Ninth Annual Candlelight Concert Featuring
Rosa Lamoreaux & Friends
Our Love is Here to Stay
Eighth Annual Candlelight Concert Featuring the
New Orchestra of Washington
The British came…to Middleburg for a delightful concert of eighteenth and nineteenth-century string music. On February 8 the New Orchestra of Washington (NOW) under the direction of Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez presented the stunning centerpiece to an elegant evening, enjoyed by close to 150 people. The ensemble consisted of a double string quartet with contrabass, which sounded stunningly full in the intimate setting of the ballroom at Barton Oaks.
CMSP’s annual Candlelight Concert raises money to enable us to provide scholarships to deserving students who might not otherwise be able to study music. To all of our concert sponsors, ticket purchasers, advertisers, board members, and all who contributed to the success of this event: Thank you for making music matter in the Piedmont!
Seventh Annual Candlelight Concert Featuring
J. Reilly Lewis and Members of the Washington Bach Consort
Brilliant Bach in a Beautiful Ballroom
By Jove, they’ve done it again!
On Sunday February 9th, the Community Music School of the Piedmont held its annual Candlelight Concert, its main fundraiser of the year. This time, the theme was “Brilliant Bach”. It featured the internationally acclaimed conductor and keyboard artist Dr. J. Reilly Lewis and performers from the Washington Bach Consort. The venue once again was the beautiful ballroom of Claude Schoch’s Barton Oaks home in The Plains.
This was a return engagement for Dr. Lewis and the Consort – back by popular demand. They had performed at Barton Oaks a couple of years ago for the same good cause – to raise critically needed scholarship and outreach funds for the non-profit music school. Highlights of the program included a selection of Bach’s greatest hits for solo harpsichord from The Well-Tempered Clavier and the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, as well as instrumental treasures, and several of the most famous arias and duets from the cantatas.
About 140 people attended and enjoyed Dr. Lewis’s scholarly, humorous introductions to the pieces that he and the other stellar soloists and instrumentalists performed. As a light snow fell on the Virginia countryside seen through the ballroom windows, the audience was once again transported to a realm of grace and strength by Bach’s abiding, gorgeous contributions to the art of music.
Executive Director of the Music School, Martha Cotter, stated that the concert was a great success. “This was our 7th annual Candlelight Concert. The concert and the silent auction that accompanied it are crucial to our ability to continue to provide high quality music instruction and performance opportunities for the community. We are so grateful to everyone who came out, and to all our supporters of this wonderful annual event”.
Sixth Annual Candlelight Concert Featuring Time for Three
It was a cold late January evening in The Plains, but the music in Claude Schoch's ballroom at Barton Oaks was smoking hot. A phenomenal trio of classically trained musicians gave a stupendous performance that left the audience thoroughly delighted and asking for more. The event was the Sixth Annual Candlelight Concert, a benefit event that raises money for scholarships and faculty development at The Community Music School of the Piedmont (CMSP). On Sunday January 27th, Time for Three's two violinists - Zack De Pue and Nick Kendall - and one double bassist - Ranaan Meyer - played their hearts out for the local, much-impressed crowd. Tf3 performed an exciting mix of genres. Their enthusiasm was limitless and they had no musical boundaries. Judging by this very successful evening, the Candlelight Concert series is continuing to provide world-class music to the local community - and also working hard to replenish those critically needed scholarship funds.
Fifth Annual Candlelight Concert Featuring J. Reilly Lewis
The event featured the highly talented conductor and keyboard artist, J. Reilly
Lewis. “Lewis’s performance journeyed well above the timberline into the heart and soul of Bach’s genius", said The Washington Post of his playing and conducting. “It was clear from his reading of it that Lewis loves this music deeply; it was a performance so tender you never wanted it to end.”
Highlights of the program included The Italian Concerto, The Anna Magdalena
Bach Notebook, the French Suite in G Major, among others. All were performed by stellar soloists and instrumentalists from the Washington Bach Consort conducted by Maestro Lewis.
Fourth Annual Candlelight Concert Featuring John O'Conor
Internationally acclaimed pianist John O'Conor gave a spectacular performance at our Fourth Annual Candlelight Concert Fundraiser on February 20th at Barton Oaks in The Plains. Proceeds from this wonderful event will go to support our scholarship and community outreach initiatives.
Third Annual Candlelight Concert Featuring the Hardy-Orkis Duo
The Hardy-Orkis Duo, composed of two Grammy Award-winning Principal Chair members
of the National Symphony Orchestra, offered a dynamic program for the Community
Music School of the Piedmont’s Third Annual Candlelight Concert at 4 pm on February
21st. The concert, which featured selections from Beethoven, Wagner and Stravinsky, was held at Buchanan Hall in Upperville, and will be followed by a special reception with the musicians at the Blackthorne Inn in Upperville.
David Hardy, Principal Cello of the NSO, and Lambert Orkis, Principal Keyboard of the NSO, first began performing chamber music together in 1983. They were two of the original five founding members of the highly acclaimed Kennedy Center Chamber Players, Their most recent release on Dorian Recordings is Beethoven Past & Present, which
contains two complete performances of Beethoven’s eight works for piano and cello performed on both modern and period instruments. The Washington Post named Beethoven Past & Present one of the “10 Best Classical albums of 2009” and called it “an invaluable addition to anyone’s Beethoven library.”
CMSP’s Annual Candlelight Concert is a fundraising event to raise money for student scholarships, community outreach programs and faculty development initiatives. Last year’s concert, which featured world-renowned Irish pianist John O’Conor and the Royal Irish
Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, raised over $13,000 in support for the music school.
The Second Annual Candlelight Concert Featuring John O'Conor and the Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
On Sunday, January 25th, 2009, CMSP bid céad míle fáilte (one hundred thousand welcomes) to internationally acclaimed Irish pianist John O’Conor and the Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra.
Fresh from New York’s famed Carnegie Hall, the Dublin-based musicians performed a splendid classical program that included TC Kelly’s “Three Pieces for Strings,” Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 3,” Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll” and Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella Suite.”Among the many honored guests was Orla O'Hanrahan, Deputy of Mission at the Irish Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Though Upperville's Buchanan Hall is not often the site of a post-Carnegie Hall performance, the quaint village setting only added to the evening's singular charm. The event was capped off with a post-concert reception with the artists at The Blackthorne Inn, a bit of Ireland in Virginia's Hunt Country.
The performance was CMSP's Second Annual Candlelight Concert, which raises funds for the school's student scholarship and faculty development programs. 2009 marks CMSP's 15th year of making high quality music education and performance opportunities available to all members of the Piedmont community.
First Annual Candlelight Concert Sparks Glowing Reviews!
“Better than the Kennedy Center.”
I overheard people remarking “I can’t believe we didn’t have to go to D.C.” to hear a performance of this caliber.
The concert featured brilliant performances by pianist and Shenandoah University Professor Elizabeth Temple, cellist Cruz Taylor Almao, violinist Flor Maryory Serrano, and pianist Gerardo Fernandez. Concertgoers were treated to the intimate atmosphere of a candlelit Buchanan Hall, complimented by champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and a rare proximity to the musicians.
Proceeds from the evening will benefit The Community Music School of the Piedmont’s student scholarships, faculty development and community outreach programs in the 2008-2009 school year, ensuring that, though the performance may be over for now, the music will still be there in the future.