Friday Music Series

The Georgetown University Music Program’s Friday Music Series features acclaimed artists in free concerts on Friday afternoons now at 12:30 p.m. in McNeir Hall, and integrated into a new undergraduate course (MUSC 200) titled Live Music in Context. Each concert will be followed by a Q&A with the performers.

Spring 2020



January 31 at 12:30 p.m.

Aaron Myers, voice/piano

Awarded “Jazz Artist of the Year” by the International Music & Entertainment Awards (IMEA) in 2016, composer/singer/pianist Aaron Myers kicks off the new year with a program dedicated to seasons—of weather, love, and life. 

McNeir Hall, New North Building
FREE


February 7 at 12:30 p.m.

Chris Freitag, guitar

Part of “The Chaconne Project,” a year-long exploration of one of music’s great masterworks, Freitag performs his adaptation for classical guitar of the final movement from Bach’s Partita in D minor for solo violin.

McNeir Hall, New North Building
FREE


February 14 at 12:30 p.m.

Rehanna Thelwell, mezzo-soprano
William Woodard, piano

Program featuring two members of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. Thelwell has been applauded for her “superb and expressive power” by the South Florida Classical Review and Woodard made his Carnegie Hall debut participating in Renée Fleming’s SongStudio.

McNeir Hall, New North Building
FREE


February 21 at 12:30 p.m.

Soloists from the Havana Lyceum Orchestra

Music from Cuba
Members of the Lyceum Orchestra of Havana perform works by Cuban composers, joined by students participating in the GU Orchestra and the Chamber Music Ensembles Program.This event is part of “Music for Cuba,”an international exchange program initiated in 2017 between GU’s Music Program and the Lyceum Orchestra of Havana.

McNeir Hall, New North Building
FREE


February 28 at 12:30 p.m.

Nation Beat

Co-sponsored with the Department of History

Brass band and percussion explode in Nation Beat’s jazz-infused, funkified New Orleans-meets-Brazil carnival sound: “a blissful mix” (New York Daily News).

McNeir Hall, New North Building
FREE


March 20 at 12:30 p.m.

Louise Toppin, soprano
John O’Brien, piano

The Music of Margaret Bonds

Featuring songs by African-American composer Margaret Bonds and part of the GU Music Program’s multi-year exploration of her work. Manuscripts and sketches for many of the works on this program come from Lauinger Library’s Booth Family Center for Special Collections ,and the recital is offered in tandem with a spring world premiere of Bonds’ Credo, performed by the GU Orchestra and Concert Choir. Toppin is a winner of the Metropolitan Opera regional auditions.

McNeir Hall, New North Building
FREE


March 27 at 12:30 p.m.

Leah Claiborne, piano
with Akilah Kidd, flute

Claiborne, coordinator of Keyboard Studies at the University of the District of Columbia, performs this Women’s History Month program featuring music by Black Female composers. 

McNeir Hall, New North Building
FREE


April 3 at 12:30 p.m.

Mauro Refosco, percussion

“Virtuoso” (New York Times) percussionist and noisemaker Mauro Refosco performs and records with artists such as David Byrne, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace.

McNeir Hall, New North Building
FREE


April 17 at 12:30 p.m.

Marco Pavé with Wyzlife

GU Artist in Residence and Memphis native Tauheed Rahim II (Marco Pavé), who has been featured on NPR and MTV News, performs as part of “Critical Frequencies: Live from the Southern Hip Hop Stage.”

McNeir Hall, New North Building
FREE


Past Performances