at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church
(Across from Arena Stage, where Maine Avenue turns into M Street SW.
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Admission free, donations accepted.
The Southwest Chamber Players announce their annual Christmas concert at Saint Augustine’s Church, 555 Water Street SW, Thursday, December 20, beginning at 7:00. In addition to our traditional assortment of carols, this year’s edition will have a distinctly Russo-centric feel -- in terms of both program and performers. Joining in the festivities will be Marje Palmieri and Joyce Bouvier, soprano; Vasily Popov (plus family) and Julia Goudimova, cello; Gwyn Jones, flute; Nancy Genovese, clarinet; Dilyana Kirova, bassoon; and Stephen Brown and David Ehrlich, piano. On the program will be works of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, together with Bach and Mozart, and some wonderful Italian baroque songs. Admission is free, although the Waterfront Village, who sponsors the concert, will greatly appreciate donations.
Don’t even think of driving -- there is virtually no parking. But the Metro is conveniently located (Waterfront Station – Green) or you can always arrange an Uber.
The Southwest Chamber Players is a loose aggregation of more than 100 dedicated amateur musicians who have performed at Saint Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Southwest Washington, D.C., for almost fifteen years.
Formed in March 1997, we present concerts of fine chamber music each month since. Including every one of the orchestra’s instruments as well as singers of every voice range, our repertoire extends from Bach and Telemann through Prokofiev and Barber, with heavy emphasis on the works of the great composers of the classical and romantic eras.
David Ehrlich, the director, learned the piano at the age of six from his father, Richard Ehrlich. Though his life’s work was in the retail business, he never lost touch with performing music as both pianist and singer. Today he hones his skills annually at chamber music workshops in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Spartanburg, South Carolina; and Lyndonville, Vermont. At this moment, he enjoys turning handsprings for his wonderful new teacher Naira Babayan.
The website lists a fair sampling of past concert programs as well as biographies of many of the performers.
No required dollars change hands. Admission to concerts is free, though we do gratefully accept donations to offset the minor expenses of publicity and post-concert receptions. None of the performers is paid. SWCP attracts much of its audience from the Southwest community, and maintains a mailing list of several hundred. Publicity is through this website, e-mail announcements, and postcards mailed for each performance.
August 30, 2018
For more information,or to add your address to our postal mailing list, email David Ehrlich at email@example.com or call him at (202) 484-6354.
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