Premier Artist Series
The Premier Artist Series 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, students over age 12, and WC faculty/staff). Children 12 and under are free. Season tickets are available, as well.
September 5, 2013 (Thursday), 6:00 p.m. - Martha Washington Square (Outside Gibson Center for the Arts - FREE
The US Naval Academy Big Band, Next Wave
The US Naval Academy Big Band, Next Wave, will provide an outdoor concert featuring original compositions in Martha Washington Square. Ample seating will be provided, but guests are also welcome to bring blankets and spread out across the Square and into the grass!
Stephen Wade - The Beautiful Music All Around Us (Book Talk and Performance)
Author and Musician Stephen Wade will be talking about his new book, The Beautiful Music All Around Us, while he sings and plays his banjo. Free and open to the public, this event is co-sposnored by the Washington College Concert Series (Premier Artists Series) and the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. It is also part of the 2013 Chestertown Book Festival.
Ensemble Galilei - First Person: Seeing America
First Person: Seeing America combines iconic photographs from The Metropolitan Museum of Art – searing pictures of the Civil War and haunting portraits from the Great Depression – with the music of Ensemble Galilei and narration by Rob Nagel and actress Lily Knight to create a remarkable and powerful performance.
November 11, 2013 (Veteran’s Day), 7:30 p.m.- Decker Theater - FREE
(Patron Cocktail Reception to Follow!)
The Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army Field Band
One of the finest big bands in the world today, the Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, DC, tours thousands of miles each year to promote patriotism and good will for the U.S. Army through free public concerts.
The Army’s official touring big band has appeared in a variety of high profile contexts, including performances with the Columbus (OH) Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Syracuse Symphony. During a joint performance with the National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Marvin Hamlisch declared, “I can’t think of better ambassadors for our country.” This unique collaboration with Maestro Hamlisch has included the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Pops, the Colorado Pops Orchestra, and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.
The Atlantic String Quartet, of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
The Atlantic Quartet, founded in 1995, has established itself as one of the most prominent chamber music ensembles in the Baltimore-Washington area. The quartet has appeared at major chamber music series in the region including the Chamber Music by Candlelight series, the Embassy Series, the Music in the Great Hall series, the Sundays at Central series, Music in the Mansion series at the Strathmore and Sundays at Three series. Other recent chamber performances have taken them to venues such as the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick and Blackrock Center in Germantown. They performed as guest artists at the Quartet Program at Bucknell in PA, which YoYo Ma called “The best program of its kind…a training ground for lifemanship.”
Beyond the Line of Blue
Featuring tenor Christopher Swanson, the Anderson/Fader Guitar Duo, and Damon Ferrante. American Folk Songs, poems by Walt Whitman and Edgar Allan Poe, Alexander Calder’s sculptures, and the paintings of Christopher Engel serve as inspirations for the musical works, which follow a narrative trajectory of intersecting themes about water, surrealism, the passage of time, and the unconscious. The performances also feature films and video projections by Alessandro Bonini.
Jonathan McCollum, Ph.D.
Premier Artist Series, Artistic Director
Ken Schweitzer, D.M.A
Concert Series Advisory Council, Chair