September 4, 4:30. Will and Peter Anderson, an extraordinary woodwind duo and excellent showmen, will play arrangements of jazz classics and fresh original music. The brothers, Bethesda natives who now reside in New York City, have headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and numerous jazz festivals, including the New Orleans Jazz Festival. What a fantastic way to begin the season.
November 13, 4:30. The Alexandria Kelztet, is returning to our Community Concert series after a lively and entertaining concert last season. The trio will perform klezmer music, which combines Eastern European/Jewish music with classical, world beat, rock and other genres into a unique and exciting sound. Don’t miss it. We loved them last season.
January 15, 4:30. The Village Jazz Band arrives to enliven January with the music of Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller and others who created the traditional New Orleans style of toe-tapping jazz and soulful blues. The eight-piece band, composed of cornet, trombone, drums, clarinet, piano, banjo, tuba and vocals, has been entertaining residents of the Washington, D. C. metro region since 1982. A great time is guaranteed.
February 26, 4:30. Elisabeth Von Trapp. The granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron Von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music, Elisabeth has performed since the age of 16, enthralling audiences from European cathedrals to the Kennedy Center. Accompanying herself on the guitar, her beautiful vocal repertoire ranges from Bach to Broadway, opera to gospel and pop classics, along with some of her own compositions.
April 2, 4:30. Storytelling. We are bringing back internationally acclaimed teller, Andy Offutt Irwin, to weave for us more stories from the South, along with his unique musical compositions featuring vocals and whistling. Joining Andy will be Adam Booth, a young Appalachian teller and musicologist whose stories merge traditional influence, family heritage and music, incorporating humor, tenderness and a range of insights on life. Adam has also appeared at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee.
May 7, 4:30 p.m. Bluestone Bluegrass. Our season finishes with a strong, exciting performance by Bluestone Bluegrass. Bluestone derives its name from the blues in bluegrass music and the stone in the former Keystone band name. Bluestone formed two decades ago when Dick Laird (mandolin) and Carroll Swam (guitar and vocals), members of the southern York County band Keystone, joined forces with Dick’s two sons, Heath (bass) and Jeff Laird (guitar), and veterans banjoist Tom Neal and violinist Jon Glik. Recently joined by veteran Dobro player Russ Hooper, this hard-driving bluegrass band brings together musicians who will play music incorporating gospel, country, blues, swing and folk influences.