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Levine Presents

Levine Presents a 2014-2015 season that explores the ways in which artists––from Bach to Jimi Hendrix––pushed boundaries and broke down barriers. Levine Presents, recognized as one of the most original performance series in the Washington area, invites audiences to experience concerts with Levine alumni and faculty, as well as master classes with world-famous artists in an intimate and interactive setting.

Audiences are invited to arrive early to hear Levine Introduces, a short pre-concert featuring talented Levine students.

Levine Music continues to join with Classical WETA 90.9 FM, a passionate advocate for the advancement of music education, to share the Levine story with listeners. 

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Levine Music provides performances free of charge or at a modest cost thanks to the generosity of many donors.

Levine Presents 2014-2015 Highlights

Season Sneak Preview and Open House
Saturday, September 27, 7 PM; Reception/art opening, 5:30 PM
DC Campus: NW, Lang Recital Hall, free with registration
The 2014-2015 Performance Season launches with a lively evening featuring samples from the season’s offerings and commentary from Carl Yaffe. Join us before the concert for a reception celebrating an art exhibition and sale by artist Yvette Watson.

Jean Philippe Rameau’s Enlightenment
Saturday, October 11, 7 PM
DC Campus: NW, Lang Recital Hall, $15 online/$20 at the door/ Free for Levine Students
Jean Philippe Rameau changed the course of music with his groundbreaking vision of harmony. This concert will present some of Rameau’s most innovative and striking works, featuring Levine faculty artists Lois Narvey and Ralitza Patcheva, harpsichord, and Jeff van Osten and Vasily Popov, cello.

Bach’s The Art of Fugue
Saturday, November 1, 7 PM
DC Campus: NW, Lang Recital Hall, $15 online/$20 at the door/ Free for Levine Students
Bach’s monumental last work, The Art of Fugue, is a captivating composition and an unforgettable listening experience. No other piece is as illustrative of the composer’s legacy. Levine faculty artists Ralitza Patcheva and Sam Post perform this mesmerizing work on various keyboards, including harpsichord, piano, and electronic organ.

Reimagining the Piano Trio
Saturday, November 22, 4 PM
Presented in partnership with Hillwood
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
$15 online/$20 at the door/Free for Levine Students
Rethink the traditional piano trio! The program highlights works that question conventional format by bringing symphonic (Brahms), opera (Tchaikovsky) and ballet (Prokofiev) scenes into trio repertoire. Featuring Levine faculty artists Anna Ouspenskaya, piano and Igor Zubkovsky, cello, with Levine alum Fedor Ouspenskaya playing violin.

The Music of Jimi Hendrix
Saturday, January 24, 7 PM
DC Campus: NW, Lang Recital Hall, $15 online/$20 at the door/Free for Levine Students
Rock out to tunes by one of the most revolutionary electric guitarists of all time! American singer and songwriter Jimi Hendrix expanded the vocabulary of the electric rock guitar more than any other artist. Hendrix experimented with groundbreaking amplifications and stunning showmanship. The concert showcases Levine’s rock faculty artists: Jeremy Castillo, Gary Prince, Josh Walker and Eric Ulreich, electric guitar, Christopher Brown, electric bass, and Andrew Hare, drums.

Bassappella: the Art of Solo Bass
Saturday, February 14, 7 PM
DC Campus: NW, Lang Recital Hall, $15 online/$20 at the door/ Free for Levine Students
Experience the full spectrum of electric bass, from Bach and Stevie Wonder to U2. Customarily an accompanying instrument, the electric bass guitar continues to evolve in its range and presentation. Performed by Levine faculty artists Christopher Brown, electric bass and Manny Arciniega, percussion.

Changing Soundscapes
Saturday, March 7, 7 PM
DC Campus: NW, Lang Recital Hall, $15 online/$20 at the door/Free for Levine Students
Journey through the 20th century, during which the cello came to the fore as a vehicle for expressing the challenging emotional tides of the time. Performed by Levine faculty artists Fiona Thompson, cello and Andrew Harley, piano.

Cycles: the Music of John Coltrane
Saturday, March 28, 7 PM
MD Campus: Strathmore, Education Room 309, $15 online/$20 at the door/Free for Levine Students
Forever changing the accepted and established “standard” song forms of the time, the music of John Coltrane continues to be some of the most engaging, challenging, and electrifying jazz music of the last century. Discover Coltrane as performed by Levine faculty artists Josh Walker, electric guitar, Lyle Link, saxophone, Karine Chapelaine, bass, and Andrew Hare, drums.

Conflux: Indian, Jazz, and Classical Improvisation
Saturday, May 9, 7 PM
MD Campus: Strathmore, Education Room 309, $15 online/$20 at the door/Free for Levine Students
A common language of improvisation blurs the boundaries between Indian music, jazz and contemporary classical music. Witness how these styles are interwoven using jazz rhythmic concepts and harmony, Indian ragas, and contemporary classical timbral and compositional ideas. Performed by Levine faculty artists Noah Getz, saxophone and Pepe Gonzalez, bass, with guest artist Deepak Ram, Indian flute.