Friday Music Series 2015-16

The Georgetown University Music Program’s Friday Music Series features free concerts on select Fridays at 1:15 p.m. in McNeir Hall, New North Building, *unless otherwise indicated.




Friday, January 29, 2016 at 1:15 p.m.

Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program

Kerriann Otaño, Ariana Wehr, sopranos
Aleksandra Romano, Daryl Freedman, mezzo-sopranos
Michael Brandenburg, tenor
Timothy Bruno, bass
Joel Ayau, pianist

Participants in this prestigious program perform arias and duets from popular operas, including Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro, Verdi’s Il trovatore and Un ballo in maschera, and more.


Friday, February 5, 2016 at 1:15 p.m.

Modern Musick
with Georgetown University Chamber Singers

Early music in conjunction with Jesuit Heritage Week. 


Friday, February 19, 2016 at 1:15 p.m.

Char Prescott, cello & Ryo Yanagitani, piano

Cellist Char Prescott has performed all over the U.S., including Tanglewood Music Center, the John F. Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and was featured as a soloist for the World Trade Center September 11th Memorial in 2009. Canadian pianist Ryo Yanagitani has won the gold medal at the 10th San Antonio International Piano Competition and the grand prize of the Hugo Kauder International Piano Competition, and has made concerto appearances with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and more. 


Friday, February 26, 2016 at 1:15 p.m.

Aaron Broadus, trumpet and Lura Johnson, piano

Aaron Broadus (Band Leader) is a professor of music at Georgetown University and has performed in DC venues including Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage and The Howard Theater. He has performed with artists Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Lalah Hathaway, The Temptations, Pattie LaBelle, George Duke and Kirk Whalum. Pianist Lura Johnson is a Steinway Artist and the recent Second Prizewinner, as a member of Duo Baltinati, of the 2015 International Johannes Brahms Competition Chamber Music Division. Hailed as “brilliant” by the Washington Post, she is the Principal Pianist of the Delaware Symphony, and has collaborated extensively in orchestral performances and recordings with Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Leila Josefowicz, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. 


Friday, March 18, 2016 at 1:15 p.m.

Russell Weismann, organ

Program includes works by J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, George Shearing, and John Cook. Acclaimed for his musicianship as an organist and conductor as well as for his academic pursuits in the field of Sacred Music, Russell Weismann serves as Dean of the American Guild of Organists’ chapter in the District of Columbia, and has served on the national board. He is currently the Director of Music at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish in Bethesda, Maryland and Adjunct Professor of Music at George Mason University. Russell has been featured on American Public Media’s Pipedreams, and was among a select few number of organists chosen to play a recital on the Rubenstein organ at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts during its inaugural year. 


Friday, April 1, 2016 at 1:15 p.m.

Harbert/Hamley Guitar duo

Ben Harbert (Los Angeles Electric 8) and Chris Hamley (Alarms and Controls, Circus Lupus) adapt 20th-century art music to electric guitars. Program includes “Mouvements Perpêtuels” by Francis Poulenc, “Les tierces alternees” by Claude Debussy, “Three Canons for Two Guitars” by Wayne Siegel, and “Guitar Phase” by Steve Reich. 



Friday, April 8, 2016  at 1:15 p.m.

Ralitza Patcheva, piano
Nikolai Popov, flute
Vasily Popov, cello

Program includes Carl Maria von Weber’s Trio for Flute, Piano and Cello in G minor, Op. 63; Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Assobio a Jato (The Jet Whistle) for Flute and Cello, W 493; and fragments from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet (arranged for flute, cello and piano by the performers). Bulgarian pianist Ralitza Patcheva has presented recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Phillips Collection, the Aldeburgh Festival in England, the Washington International Piano Series and Festival, as well as many of the concert halls in Italy, Germany, Russia and the U.S. She is on the faculties of the Catholic University of America and Levine School of Music. She holds the Associate Chair of the Chamber Music Program at Levine Music. Ralitza is also the Associate Artistic Director of the Bulgarian Music Society in Washington DC.  Nikolai Popov has been the solo flutist of the the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra in Moscow since 2012 and from 2002-2011, was the soloist of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra. Russian cellist Vasily Popov was an associate principal cello with the Soloists of St. Petersburg chamber ensemble and cello section St. Petersburg Philharmonic orchestra, and currently serves as the Levine School of Music’s associate chair of Chamber Music and artistic director and conductor of the Levine Chamber Orchestras. 



Friday, April 15, 2016 at 1:15 p.m.

Bernard Herrmann
Interplay: Part One
Part of the PostClassical Ensemble’s festival Bernard Herrmann: Screen, Stage, and Radio

This program includes a world-premiere reconstruction of the classic Norman Corwin/Bernard Herrmann radio play “Untitled,” with live actors and GU Orchestra conducted by Professor Angel Gil-Ordóñez. The event is part of a multi-day festival presented by PostClassical Ensemble in collaboration with the American Film institute, the National Gallery of Art, & Georgetown University. A towering figure in 20th century American music, Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975) is best known as an outstanding film composer (Citizen Kane, Vertigo, North by Northwest, etc.), but he was also America’s foremost radio composer, and conductor of a radio orchestra – William Paley’s CBS Symphony – that boldly promoted new and unfamiliar music. Part two of the event, also in Georgetown’s McNeir Hall, begins at 7:30 p.m.


Friday, April 22, 2016 at 1:15 p.m.

John Kamitsuka, piano

Praised in the New York Times as “a great communicator” whose playing is “fresh, crisp, fluent,” pianist John Kamitsuka performs regularly throughout the United States, South America, Europe and Japan.  He has played at prominent New York City venues such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. This program features J.S. Bach’s monumental “Goldberg” Variations.



Past Performances