Our 30th Anniversary Season
September 2017 - May 2018


You do not need to be a classical music buff to enjoy the simple delight of arriving at this small, landmark church with wonderful acoustics, taking your seat, and allowing the music to wash over you. A true escape from the rigors and unwanted noise of our lives.”

– Joshua Worby,
Executive Director,
Westchester Philharmonic



2017-18 Weekend Discovery Concerts

Sunday, January 21, 4:30 pm

REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music

Musical Treasures of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Hailed by the New York Times as “Sophisticated and Beguiling” and praised by the Los Angeles Times for their “astonishingly vital music-making”, REBEL has earned an impressive international reputation for virtuosic, highly expressive performances of the baroque and classical repertoire.
Jörg-Michael Schwarz and Karen Marie Marmer, violins; John Moran, baroque cello, and Dongsok Shin, harpsichord.Works by Telemann, Legrenzi, Stoelzel, Fux and Corelli will be featured.


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Sunday, February 18, 4:30 pm

The Highbridge Voices
Chamber Choir
Mary Clementi, Director
A Benefit Concert for
Highbridge Voices
Downtown Music

Since 1998, Highbridge Voices has been teaching children to embrace a commitment to excellence. The program provides an extraordinary training experience in choral singing to more than one hundred students in the historically underserved Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx.

With its robust academic program, Highbridge Voices is also dedicated to improving the academic outcomes of all our students through enrichment activities designed to show students the direct correlation between academic and personal success.

Highbridge Voices has secured a strong reputation throughout the state and country. Since 2006, more than 90% of our seniors have completed high school in four years, while more than 80% have enrolled in college.

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Sunday, April 22,  4:30 pm        


Festival Concert 
Three Concertos and a World Premiere

Join us as several members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra gather to play concertos with Downtown Sinfonietta, our resident chamber orchestra. A world premiere of a work for orchestra and narrator, commissioned and narrated by Robert Sherman, caps this anniversary celebration.  A gala reception follows.
Concerto for Four Violins in B minor, from L'estro Armonico Antonio Vivaldi

Concerto for Organ Opus 7, No. 1 in B-Flat Major   G.F. Handel

Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major K. 299/297c W.A. Mozart

Why the Aspen Tree is White for narrator and Chamber Orchestra  Grigory Smirnov
(World Premiere)

Downtown Sinfonietta

Vincent Lionti, Conductor
Robert Sherman, Narrator (photo credit Steve J. Sherman)
Timothy Lewis, Organ

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Sunday, May 20,  4:30 pm
Young Artist’s Concerto Concert

Mackenzie Melemed and Angie Zhang, Piano
Downtown Sinfonietta, Vincent Lionti, Conductor

Downtown Music continues its collaboration with the young prize winners of the New York International Piano Competition, a biennial event sponsored under the auspices of the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. Mackenzie Melemed plays Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37 Beethoven. Angie Zhang plays Concerto No. 9 in E flat Major, K. 271, “Juenehomme”  Mozart.  They will be accompanied by our resident chamber orchestra, Downtown Sinfonietta, which features members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Mackenzie Melemed was a Prize Winner of the Sixth New York International Piano Competition in June, 2012. He is First Prize Winner of the 18th International Hamamatsu Piano Academy Competition in Japan. Mackenzie is a recent winner of the Juilliard School’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, awarding him a full-tuition scholarship. Upon being accepted into the accelerated B.M./M.M program, he will be both a senior and a first-year master’s student at The Juilliard School in New York.
Angie Zhang, became the Second Prize Winner of the Eighth New York International Piano Competition in June 2016. She won the 2016 Juilliard Concerto Competition as well as a top prize in the PianoArts North American Competition.  Angie has appeared as soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. She has been featured on National Public Radio’s popular show, “From the Top,” as well as Aspen Public Radio, Portland’s All Classical KQAC, Seattle’s KING FM, and WGBH in Boston.

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