Friday Music Series

The Georgetown University Music Program’s Friday Music Series features free concerts on Friday afternoons beginning at 12:30 p.m. in McNeir Hall, New North Building.

Unless otherwise noted, events below are currently planned as live offerings, subject to change based on existing public health guidelines.

Please see below for details and check back for updates.

Fall 2022

Paul Bratcher Quartet

Paul Bratcher, piano; Kelton Harris, drums, Karine Chapedelaine, bass, Jessica Boykin-Settles, vocals

Pianist Paul Bratcher is joined by colleagues for an afternoon of contemporary jazz and standards.

Friday, September 9 at 12:30 p.m.

McNeir Hall, New North Building

Handel’s Rivals

Early modern Italian music; Co-Sponsored by the Booth Family Special Collections and the Italian Research institute

Mark Janello, harpsichord; Kristen Dubenion Smith, voice. Music from a recently recovered eighteenth-century manuscript of cantatas featuring the compositions of luminaries Johann Adolph Hasse, Giovanni Bononcini, and Carlo Arrigoni, all rivals of Handel and conceived for the finest sopranos and castrati of the period.

Friday, September 16 at 12:30 p.m.

McNeir Hall, New North Building

From Go-Go to Crank and Flo

Shorty Corleone, Marcus Johnson and friends

R&B, Hip-Hop and Go-Go artist Charles “Shorty Corleone” Garris is widely recognized for his distinctive singing voice, flair for creative production, and wide range of explosive performances and recordings. He is joined by frequent collaborator Marcus Johnson, renowned jazz keyboardist and pianist, to share DC’s official music.

Friday, September 23 at 12:30 p.m.

McNeir Hall, New North Building

Project Pixingiunha

Rogério Souza and Stephen Guerra, guitars

A master of both 6 and 7 string guitars, Rogério Souza is one of the foremost representatives of the music of Rio de Janeiro and pioneer in developing the style of music that is known today as “choro novo” – innovative interpretations of traditional Brazilian instrumental music while remaining true to the roots of the music. Specializing in Brazilian choro, guitarist-composer Stephen Guerra performs at music clubs and concert halls, cultural centers, universities, and guitar societies around the United States and Brazil, sharing the stage with Rogério Souza, Duo Violão, Ami Molinelli, and Tiago do Bandolim among others.

Friday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m.

McNeir Hall, New North Building

Jim McCormick

Jim McCormick, singer and songwriter

Jim McCormick is a Grammy and CMA nominated, multi-platinum selling songwriter who has scored three #1 songs atop Billboard’s Country Airplay chart: Gabby Barrett’s “The Good Ones,” which spent two weeks at #1; Jason Aldean’s “Take A Little Ride,” which spent 3 weeks at the top; and Brantley Gilbert’s “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.”

Friday, October 14 at 12:30 p.m.

McNeir Hall, New North Building

Washington National Opera Cafritz Young Artists Program

Now in its 22nd season, the Cafritz Young Artists of Washington National Opera are young singers and pianists/coaches on the verge of international careers. The program provides intensive study with renowned vocal and dramatic coaches and offers voice lessons, language classes, career guidance, and master classes with Washington National Opera staff and guest artists.

Friday, October 21 at 12:30 p.m.

McNeir Hall, New North Building

The Music of Florence Price

Karen Walwyn, piano

Karen Walwyn is the first female African American pianist/composer to receive the Steinway Artist Award. A pioneering Florence Price soloist and scholar, Dr. Walwyn also recorded the premiere recording of the Florence Price Concerto for Piano (“a magnificent account of the concerto displaying her considerable technical skills” – NPR) with the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble, and served as a guest artist on the Emmy-nominated documentary The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price.

Friday, November 4 at 12:30 p.m.

McNeir Hall, New North Building

Modern Musick: The First Viennese School

John Moran (cello, viola da gamba), Risa Browder (baroque violin) and Dongsok Shin (harpsichord)

Modern Musick is an early music ensemble in-residence performing 17th and 18th century masterpieces on period instruments. John Moran holds performance degrees from Oberlin and the Schola Cantorum in Basel as well as a PhD in musicology from King’s College London. Ms. Browder earned a MusB at Oberlin Conservatory, studied at the Royal College of Music in London, and pursued post-graduate study at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. Much in demand as a soloist and continuo player, Mr. Shin has appeared with the American Classical Orchestra, ARTEK, Concert Royal, Early Music New York, Carmel Bach Festival, Mark Morris Dance Group, the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Friday, November 11 at 12:30 p.m. 

McNeir Hall, New North Building

Music for Violin and Piano

David Kim, violin and Grace Kim, piano

Violinist David Kim was named Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. He started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. Praised by The Washington Post for pianism “rich with emotional contrasts,” and “hypnotic from the first note to the last note” by Die Rheinpfalz (Germany), Grace Eun Hae Kim has performed as recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Kim has performed at venues such as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and National Concert Hall in Taipei, and has appeared as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra, and Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.

Friday, November 18 at 2 p.m.

McNeir Hall, New North Building

Past Performances