at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church
6th Street and Maine Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C.

(Across from Arena Stage, where Maine Avenue turns into M Street SW.
Click HERE to see a map.)

Admission free, donations accepted.


The One Hundred Eighty-Ninth Concert

Friday, December 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Featuring:

Marje Palmieri, soprano

Julia Goudimova, cello

Isabella Ulate, violin

Harold Yaffe, clarinet

Dilyana Kirova, bassoon

Cecilia Buttgen, horn

Stephen Brown and David Ehrlich, piano

The Program:

Wachet Auf (from Cantata 140) by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

O Come all ye Faithful (Traditional)

Largo by Francesco Veracini (1690-1768)

Virgin’s Slumber Song by Max Reger (1873-1916)

Hark the Herald Angels Sing by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47)

Kol Nidrei by Professor D. Ehrlich (published 1916)

Polish Lullaby (Anonymous)

Sonatina, op. 100 (Allegro risoluto; Indian Lament; Scherzo) by Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)

Christmas Berceuse (arr. Joseph Martin)

Nacht und Traume, D827 by Franz Schubert (1798-1828)

In the Deep Midwinter by Christina Rossetti (1830-94)

INTERMISSION

Lo How a Rose by Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)

Auf dem Strom, D945 by Schubert

Carol (from Bagatelles) by Gerald Finzi (1901-56)

Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Part (1935-)

Romance by Alexander Scriabin (1871-1915)

Ave Maria by Luigi Luzzi(1824-76)

O Little Town of Bethlehem by Philips Brooks (1835-93)

Adagio (from Clarinet Concerto, K. 622) by W.A. Mozart (1756-91)

O Holy Night by Adolphe Adam (1803-56)


Additional Event

Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

The Nightingale's Sonata

A related event is the Thursday, December 12, convocation of our Waterfront Village book club’s December meeting, at which we will consider The Nightingale's Sonata, a biography of Russian violinist Lea Luboshutz (1885-1965) as told by the author, who is her grandson Thomas Wolf. Tom will be on hand for a lecture and book-signing followed by light refreshments.

The event will take place at the Thurgood Marshall Library in the same concert venue of Saint Augustin'e Episcopal Church.

The “nightingale” in question is “Lubo’s” violin, “rossignol;” the sonata is Cesar Franck’s; and the story is her own. The wondrous lubo started life in the ghetto of Odessa, Ukraine, emerged from the conservatory in Moscow with a gold medal, and escaped Russia amid the tumult of WWI. Concertizing first in Berlin and Paris, then New York, she ended up ultimately in Philadelphia at the Curtis Institute. Along the way, she married one of her children into a prominent Philadelphia family, and produced a large number of successful grandchildren, one of whom will be our guest.


About Us

The Southwest Chamber Players is a loose aggregation of over 100 dedicated amateur musicians who have performed at Saint Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Southwest Washington for the past twenty years. Formed in March 1997, we have presented concerts of fine chamber music nearly each month since. Including every one of the orchestra’s instruments as well as singers of every voice range, our repertoire has extended from Bach and Telemann through Prokofiev and Barber, with heavy emphasis on the works of the great composers of the classical and romantic eras. Tonight marks our 186th appearance on the performing stage from its three-year exile to celebrate this magnificent new church!

David Ehrlich, the director, learned the piano from the age of six from his father, Richard. Though his life’s work was in the retail business, he never lost touch with performing music as both pianist and singer. Today he burnishes his skills annually at the University of North Carolina’s chamber music workshop in Chapel Hill; he also sojourned in Spartanburg, South Carolina; Lexington, Virginia; and Lyndonville, Vermont. Our website southwestchamberplayers.org lists a fair sampling of past concert programs as well as biographies of many of the performers.

No required dollars change hands. None of the performers is paid; admission to concerts is free, though we do gratefully accept donations to offset the minor expenses of publicity and post-concert receptions. SWCP attracts much of its audience from the Southwest community, and for years maintained a mailing list of several hundred until our church venue was razed in 2014.

Concerts past:

August 30, 2019
April 19, 2019
December 20, 2018
August 30, 2018
March 30, 2018
December 20, 2017
August 25, 2017
March 31, 2017
April 18, 2014
March 27, 2014
February 28, 2014
January 10, 2014
December 19, 2013
November 8, 2013
October 9, 2013
August 22, 2013
June 11, 2013
May 24, 2013
March 19, 2013
December 20, 2012
November 15, 2012
October 16, 2012
September 20, 2012
June 12, 2012
April 24, 2012
March 30, 2012
February 28, 2012
January 31, 2012
December 20, 2011
November 8, 2011
August 11, 2011
June 14, 2011
May 10, 2011
April 12, 2011
February 24, 2011
August 17, 2010
June 22, 2010
May 25, 2010
April 2, 2010
December 22, 2009
November 24, 2009
September 24, 2009
July 21, 2009
July 2, 2009
May 1, 2009
April 29, 2009
April 10, 2009
February 12, 2009
December 18, 2008
November 11, 2008
July 31, 2008
June 17, 2008
May 6, 2008
March 28, 2008
March 21, 2008
January 29, 2008
December 14, 2007
November 27, 2007
September 18, 2007
August 14, 2007
July 26, 2007
June 19, 2007
May 3, 2007
April 9, 2007
April 6, 2007
February 27, 2007
December 19, 2006
November 14, 2006
October 19, 2006
September 26, 2006
September 23, 2006
August 24, 2006
July 13, 2006
June 12, 2006
May 25, 2006
April 27, 2006
March 30, 2006
January 10-31, 2006
December 20, 2005
November 17, 2005
October 16, 2005
September 15, 2005
August 18, 2005
July 21, 2005
June 16, 2005
May 24, 2005
April 28, 2005
March 31, 2005
February 22, 2005
February 3, 2005
December 22, 2004
November 11, 2004
September 21, 2004
August 26, 2004
July 20, 2004
June 17, 2004
May 20, 2004
April 22, 2004
April 1, 2004
February 24, 2004
January 15, 2004
December 18, 2003
November 11, 2003
November 2
October 31
September 16, 2003
August 21, 2003
June 12, 2003
May 22, 2003
April 22, 2003
March 25, 2003
February 27, 2003
February 6, 2003
January 9, 2003
December 19, 2002
November 19, 2002
October 22, 2002
September 11, 2002
August 15, 2002
July 11, 2002
June 21, 2002
May 21, 2002
April 25, 2002
April 4, 2002
February 21, 2002
January 22, 2002
December 20, 2001
November 14, 2001
October 10, 2001
September 25, 2001
August 22, 2001
June 14, 2001
May 24, 2001
April 26, 2001
April 5, 2001
March 15, 2001
February 15, 2001
January 17, 2001
December 20, 2000
November 14, 2000
November 9, 2000
October 5, 2000
September 13, 2000
August 16, 2000
July 20, 2000
June 14, 2000
May 10, 2000
April 5, 2000


For more information,or to add your address to our postal mailing list, email David Ehrlich at david@southwestchamberplayers.org or call him at (202) 484-6354.

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