Premier Artists features performers who are recognized nationally and internationally for their artistic excellence. This Series invites musicians from a variety of traditions, seeking programs that are entertaining, inspiring, educational and intellectually provocative. Individual tickets are $20 (adults) and $15 (seniors 65 and older; WC faculty/staff). Children 18 and under are free. Season tickets are available, as well.
Electric Brigade: The Navy’s Premiere Popular Music Group
The Electric Brigade, the Navy’s premier popular music group, has been entertaining audiences around the world since 1979. Acting as the United States Naval Academy’s musical ambassadors to the nation, EB serves as a major public relations tool for the Navy, supporting Navy Recruiting by acquainting young Americans with the Armed Forces. With its unique brand of high-energy performance, this elite group has set the standard in popular-music entertainment for United States Navy Bands all over the world.
Carnivals & Dances: Virtuoso French Music for Two Pianos
Pianists Grace Kim and Hanchien Lee join forces to showcase the virtuosity and versatility of the piano. Experience the thrilling sonorities of works for two pianos through Camille Saint-Saëns’ whimsical Carnival of the Animals and Dance Macabre, Francis Poulenc’s virtuosic Concerto for Two Pianos, and Maurice Ravel’s exhilarating La Valse. This all-French program promises to delight the youth and the young at heart. Kim and Lee appear collaboratively and as soloists in the US and abroad.
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
(Grammy Award Winning)
Thirty years young in 2010-11, the Grammy Award-winning LAGQ is one of the most multifaceted groups in any genre. The LAGQ is comprised of four uniquely accomplished musicians bringing a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from Bluegrass to Bach. They consistently play to sold-out houses world-wide. Their inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world-music realms continually break new ground.
Trio Galilei – StoryQuest: Remembering WWII
StoryQuest Exhibit and Reception to Follow
StoryQuest: Remembering WWII combines music and projected imagery with spoken and recorded interviews from Kent County and local Queen Anne’s County WWII veterans collected as part of the StoryQuest Oral History Project conducted over the past year by the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. Musical and spoken performances include Washington College students, faculty and staff members with special guest musicians Trio Galilei, an early music group that has offered performances every Friday over the past decade for wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Thomas Pandolfi, piano
Thomas Pandolfi is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique. The Washington Post has described him as “an artist who is master of both the grand gesture and the sensual line. Pandolfi possesses first-rate technical skills, an unerring comma and of phrasing, a quicksilver touch and cunning legerdemain when it comes to pedaling…etched with calm and crystal clarity…outstanding.” New York Concert Review has characterized Pandolfi’s interpretations as containing “high level pianism and tasteful, diversified musical ideas…crystalline texture and deft coloration… charm and bracing elan.”
A Celebration of Emancipation Day in Maryland, 150 years
The American Spiritual Ensemble, a critically-acclaimed professional group is composed of more than 20 of the finest singers in the classical music world! The vocalists have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic renditions of classic spirituals and Broadway numbers. Founded by Everett McCorvey in 1995, its members have sung in theaters and opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and abroad in Italy, Germany, Britain, Scotland, Spain and Japan. The repertoire ranges from opera to spirituals to Broadway. The members of the American Spiritual Ensemble are soloists in their own right and the vocalists have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic renditions of classic spirituals, jazz and Broadway numbers highlighting the Black experience.
Afro Bop Alliance
Latin Grammy Award Winning
Featuring drums, bass, piano, sax, trombone, trumpet, and steel pan, t he exhilarating seven-piece Latin Jazz ensemble Afro Bop Alliance always thrills audiences with their infectious polyrhythmic grooves, harmonic colorings, and improvisational flights. The band’s influences come from the musical styles of the many different cultures which come together under the umbrella of Latin and Latin Jazz. Afro Bop’s focus is to blend all of these Latin styles and musical traditions with each member’s jazz experiences to forge their own sound.
Cherry Blossom Festival & The Washington Toho Koto Society
Washington College welcomes spring with its very own Cherry Blossom Festival! Together with Sandbox, the Student Environmental Alliance, the Anthropology Club, and the Asian Culture Club, the Concert Series presents The Washington Toho Koto Society in Martha Washington Square as part of its 2014-2015 Premier Artists lineup. Come enjoy beautiful music, spring weather, Asian-style BBQ, and kid-friendly crafts and fun!
Jonathan McCollum, Ph.D.
Premier Artist Series, Artistic Director
Ken Schweitzer, D.M.A
Concert Series Advisory Council, Chair