Levine Presents 2021-22

Levine Presents 2021-22 Performance Series:
Hear Our Voices

This season we are celebrating inspiring voices from both the past and present. Through live performances presented to audiences both in-person and virtually, the 2021-22 Levine Presents performance season will share these remarkable stories with our community. Hear our voices!

This season of Levine Presents is offered free of charge thanks to the generosity of many donors.

Watch Our Past Performances!

Season Preview

Saturday, September 25, 2021 7 PM
View the launch of our performance season! Enjoy this lively evening of music featuring samples from the season’s offerings.

Voice of Change: The World of Zarzuela from Spain to Latin America

Saturday, October 16, 2021 7 PM
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, join us for evening of vocal performance showcasing Spain’s musical tradition of Zarzuela, which blends classical operatic composition with folk dance, song, and instruments. Its dissemination into Latin America as a colonizing force led to the development of new musical-cultural identities.
Featuring: Anamer Castrello, mezzo-soprano; Peter Joshua Boroughs, tenor; Gustavo Ahualli, baritone; and Carlos Rodriguez, piano

Creative People of Color Giving Voice to Song

Saturday, November 13, 2021 7 PM
Enjoy our diverse program of music that showcases the contributions of Black musicians, composers and performers. The concert will feature works of Florence B. Price and Duke Ellington.
Featuring: Marilyn Moore, soprano and Darya Gabay, piano

Illuminations: American Soundscapes of Dance, Rhythm, and Jazz

Saturday, December 4, 2021 7 PM
Music illuminates the power of story and voice. Come with us as we explore Tania Leon’s Afro-Cuban fusion, Gabriela Lena Frank’s Peruvian-influenced folk dances, and David Baker’s jazzy Roots II trio.
Featuring: Erin Durham, violin; Max Wollam-Fisher, cello; Brian Jones, clarinet; and Topher Ruggiero, piano

Horacescope: the Music of Horace Silver

Saturday, January 22, 2022 7 PM
American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, Horace Silver was an original sound in jazz with a talent of straddling complete jazz harmony with catchy melodies and soulful feels. Join us to experience the music of Horace Silver.
Featuring: Paul Bratcher, piano; Paul Carr, tenor saxophone; Tim Thompson, trumpet; Corey Wallace, trombone; Herman Burney, bass; and Byron Lanham, drums

Journey Across the World and Back

Saturday, March 5, 2022 7 PM
Look back on an evening of music influenced by folk instruments, melodies, rhythms, and stories. Featuring pieces by women composers, past and present, including women of color, these composers have created works that are enchanting and inspiring.
Featuring: Kathleen Jacobi, flute; Heidi Schuller, flute; Johnny Walker, violoncello; Dana Smith, piano

Hugh Masekela: Father of South African Jazz

Saturday, April 9, 2022 7 PM
Blending the traditional music of South Africa with American jazz music, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Hugh Masekela is regarded as giving birth to jazz as it sounds today in South Africa as well as being an ambassador of this music to the rest of the world.
Featuring: Josh Walker, Guitar; Donvonte McCoy, trumpet; Karine Chapdelaine, bass; Paul Bratcher, piano; Manny Arciniega, percussion; and Billy Williams, drums

The Duke and the Busboy Poet: Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, and the DC Harlem Renaissance

Saturday, May 7, 2022 7 PM
Poet Langston Hughes and composer/bandleader Duke Ellington interpreted the American experience through sounds and words. Join us for an evening of music, poetry, and to explore the lives of these two great artists, including their roots in Washington, DC, their role in the Harlem Renaissance, and their continued relevance in today’s troubled world.
Featuring: Charles Williams, vocals and spoken word; Gary Prince, guitar

Early and Black

Saturday, June 4, 2022 7 PM
Join us for an evening of early music by black European composers Joseph Bologne, Le Chevalier de Saint-George (Paris 1745-1799), and Charles Ignatius Sancho (London 1729-1789).
Featuring: Mary Findley, baroque violin; Leslie Nero, baroque violin; Marta Howard, baroque viola; Seth Castleton, baroque cello; and Patrick Merrill, harpsichord

Rage Against the Machine

Saturday, July 9, 2022 7 PM
Rage Against the Machine was a political activist rock/hip-hop group of the 90s, speaking out against the injustices of racism, wealth inequality, police brutality, colonialism, and many more issues that are, unfortunately, still present today. 
Featuring: Contemporary department faculty