2016-2017 Schedule of Performances:
Wednesday, September 14, 12:10PM
Sounds of the Scottish Highlands – Celebrated piper Jonathan Henken returns to Downtown Music with a program of ancient airs and dances of Scotland. This outdoor concert will take place in Renaissance Park at Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue. In the event of rain, the concert will be held in Grace Church. Free Admission.
Wednesday, September 21, 12:10PM
The Music Conservatory of Westchester Jazz Faculty Quartet, part of the White Plains Jazz Fest. Nicholas Biello, saxophone, Rale Micic, guitar, John Lang, bass guitar, Jake Robinson, drums. The quartet will play music of jazz saxophone legend and innovator Michael Brecker, who was a long-time resident of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. A Downtown Music debut. Free Admission.
Nicholas Biello, sax
The 2014 winner of the International Saxophone Idol Competition, Nick has shared the stage with Slide Hampton, Cedar Walton, Rich Perry, John Benitez, and many other jazz luminaries. He has performed at the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Iridium, and participated in Italy's Pescara and Bussi Jazz Festivals. His arrangements have been performed by Stevie Wonder, Dave Koz, and Kelly Rowland.
Rale Micic, guitar
All About Jazz columnist Jim Santella writes of Micic, “The NY jazz scene, and by extension jazz’s modern main-stream, has Rale Micic to thank for a portion of its continued growth.” He has performed at Catalina Jazz Club, Blues Alley, Scullers, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, and the San Jose Jazz Festival?, and been featured in Downbeat, JazzTimes, the LA Times, and the Boston Globe.
John Lang, bass guitar
Born in Fresno, California, bassist John Lang appears regularly at Fat Cat, Little Branch,
55 Bar and Bar Thalia. Numerous sideman credits include appearances with Cady Huffman, Tadataka Uno, Vikki Burns, and Melissa Hamilton. As a composer he has recorded two solo CDs as well as film scores.
Jake Robinson, drums
Jake performs Jazz, Funk, Pop, and everything in between. He gives clinics and master classes around NYC and New England, tours nationally and internationally, and has performed at world-class venues including Birdland NYC, Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, and Canterbury Cathedral in England.
The quartet will host a Jazz Workshop and Jam at the Music Conservatory of Westchester on Thursday, September 22, from 6:30 - 8 pm. All interested players are invited to participate in the jam session which follows the workshop. Admission is free.
This concert is a presentation of the 2016 White Plains Jazz Fest presented by ArtsWestchester, The City of White Plains and the White Plains BID. This year’s festival is made possible by Macy’s, White Plains Hospital, The New York Council on the Arts with support from Reckson, All New York Title, Apple Bank and other community partners. Free Admission.
Wednesday, September 28, 12:10PM
Violinist Jeehae Lee joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in September 2008. Prior to joining the Met, Ms. Lee performed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra and held an orchestral fellowship for three consecutive summers at the Aspen Music Festival. She is joined at the piano by Anna Vinnitsky, who has appeared in recital at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and Merkin Hall in New York. They will play a program which includes the Sonata in D minor, Opus 75 of Camille Saint-Saens. Free Admission.
This concert is made possible with the generous support of Beverley and Sabin Streeter.
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