Concerts & Lectures


LECTURE

Consciousness of Color: Eileen Berger

Date: Sunday, August 11, 2019
Time: 2:30 PM
Admission: Free

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Eileen Berger, owner of the Just Lookin’ Gallery in Downtown Hagerstown, will discuss the WCMFA exhibition The Blues and the Abstract Truth: Voices of African American Art. The Just Lookin’ Gallery specializes in original African American artwork.


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Amadou Kouyate

Date: Sunday, September 22, 2019
Time: 2:30 PM
Admission: $10 for the general public, FREE for WCMFA Members

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Amadou Kouyate is the 150th generation of the Kouyate family of Manding Diali (oral historians/musicians of West Africa) and the first generation born of his father’s lineage in America. Amadou performs a musical montage on the 21-string Kora and rhythmic presentations on Djembe and Koutiro drums. His repertoire ranges from traditional songs from the 13th century to original contemporary compositions incorporating blues and jazz riffs. In addition to his solo work, Amadou Kouyate performs with guest artists as well as with The Kouyate Family, Urban Afrikan, Farafina Kan, Manding Jata and Spank Rock. His credits include performances at The Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, Bristol Academy and Isle of White (England), Tim Festival (Brazil), Lowell, East-Lansing and Dayton National Folk Festivals, DanceAfrica DC, New York and Chicago, with The National Symphony Orchestra, the production “Soul Possessed,” directed by Debbie Allen, at Carnegie Hall with Sweet Honey in The Rock.


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Beau Soir Ensemble

Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019
Time: 2:30 PM
Admission: $10 for the general public, FREE for WCMFA Members

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Ruth Wicker Schaaf, Violist, a native of Germany, studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and graduated from the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik Koln. As the recipient of a Graduate Teaching Fellow Scholarship, she received her master’s degree from the University of Oregon. Her primary teachers include Joseph de Pasquale and Rainer Moog, and she studied Chamber Music with Felix Galimir, Karen Tuttle, Primosz Novsak, and the Alban Berg Quartet.
Ms. Schaaf has given recitals in Europe (including Switzerland, Germany, and Greece) and throughout the United States. She has appeared as soloist with the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Halle, and the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn. Ms. Schaaf is active as a chamber musician and has taught viola at Western Michigan University and Andrews University. For two seasons she served as principal violist of the Kalamazoo Symphony, and was a member of the Oregon Symphony prior to joining the National Symphony Orchestra.

Carole Bean is the Piccoloist with the National Symphony Orchestra. Before joining the NSO, she performed with the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra in Mexico and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. She also performs with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Verge Ensemble, and Fessenden Ensemble. Ms. Bean has presented numerous children’s concert performances as part of the Outreach Program of the NSO. She also has performed with the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, since 1992. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Ms. Bean attended Bowling Green State University and Northwestern University, where she studied with Judith Bentley and Walfrid Kujala, respectively.

Michelle Myers Lundy is a professional harpist who performs throughout the Washington, DC area. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall and Mansion, the Capitol, Supreme Court, National Archives, Lyceum Museum, Alden Theatre and several of the Smithsonian Museums. Ms. Lundy is currently principal harpist with the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Amadeus Orchestra, Tysons McLean Orchestra, Arlington Philharmonic and the New Orchestra of Washington. She has played with the National Philharmonic and Maryland Symphony Orchestra and regularly works with the Thomas Circle Singers.
As a proponent of chamber music, Ms. Lundy is the founding member of Beau Soir Ensemble (BSE), a flute, viola and harp trio formed in 2007. Beau Soir Ensemble has premiered music written for the Trio in the Washington DC area. The trio has performed at a variety of esteemed venues throughout the region including the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, Lyceum Museum in Alexandria, DACOR Bacon House, and the Anderson House.


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Shepherd University Jazz Faculty Recital

Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019
Time: 2:30 PM
Admission: $10 for the general public, FREE for WCMFA Members

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Gallery Quartet

Date: Sunday, November 17, 2019
Time: 2:30 PM
Admission: Free

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Museum Consort

Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Time: 2:30 PM
Admission: Free

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Rhamat Shabazz Trio

Date: Sunday, January5, 2020
Time: 2:30 PM
Admission: $10 for general admission, FREE for WCMFA Members

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EVENT

Frederick Douglass: Historical Interpretation

Date: Sunday, February 9, 2020
Time: 2:30 PM
Admission: Free

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Join us to experience the historical interpretation of Frederick Douglass, portrayed by Nathan Richardson. Frederick Douglass was one of the most prominant human rights leaders of the 19th century. His oratorical and literary brilliance thrust him into the forefront of the U.S. abolition movement, and he became the first Black citizen to hold high rank in the U.S. government.


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Shepherd University Honors Recital

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020
Time: 2:30 PM
Admission: Free

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Washington County Public Schools Honors Recital

Date: Sunday, April 5, 2020
Time: 1:30-2:30, 3-4 PM
Admission: Free

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John Bullard: Classical Banjo

Date: Sunday, May 17, 2020
Time: 2:30 PM
Admission: $10 for general admission, FREE for WCMFA Members

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As a classically trained musician and the first graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music to earn a degree in performance with the banjo, John Bullard has established a critically praised performing and recording career dedicated to exploring the artistic marriage of banjo and classical music. Bullard understands that accepting the banjo—a “folk” instrument with a complex pedigree—into the classical fold is a challenging proposition for
traditionalists; the guitar once had to navigate a similar journey to mainstream acceptance. But through three album-length recordings, live performance, and workshops, Bullard continues to introduce the classical banjo to a growing audience worldwide. Bullard’s concert repertoire includes solo, duet, and quartet performances of works from Bach, Vivaldi, Handel and others of the Baroque Period, along with later-period pieces by Schumann and others. More recently, Bullard has begun featuring new work by contemporary American composers, including a Caprice in D minor in the Romantic style, from composer Frank Mullen, and a set of 24 Preludes for Solo Banjo, commissioned from Adam Larrabee. In addition, Bullard is now working on a new collaboration with the genre-fusing composer Joshua Stamper. More information, including recent videos of Bullard in performance, can be found at JohnBullard.com.


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Hiroya Tsukamoto: Guitarist, singer/songwriter

Date: Sunday, June 7, 2020
Time: 2:30 PM
Admission: $10 for general admission, FREE for WCMFA Members

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Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after. In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He formed his own group in Boston “INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic)” which consists of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy Colombian singer Marta Gomez. The group released three acclaimed records (“The Other Side of the World”, “Confluencia” and “Where the River Shines”). Hiroya has released three solo albums (“Solo”, “Heartland” and “Places”). Hiroya has been leading concerts internationally including several appearances at Blue Note in New York City with his group and Japanese National Television(NHK). In 2018, Hiroya won 2nd place in International Finger Style Guitar Championship. Learn more at HiroyaTsukamoto.com.


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Thomas Pandolfi

Date: Sunday, June 28, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM
Admission: TBA

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