Wednesday, April 19, 2017

National Chamber Ensemble Presents Final Concert of Season, May 13th

Music of Our Time closes the National Chamber Ensemble's 10th anniversary season

From our friends at the National Chamber Ensemble...

National Chamber Ensemble Concludes 10th Anniversary Season with Music Of Our Time at Rosslyn Spectrum, Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 PM

Featuring Bowen McCauley Dance

National Chamber Ensemble is joined by the ever-popular Bowen McCauley Dance for the final concert of its 10th anniversary season, Music of Our Time, on Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 PM. This will also be the last Ensemble concert to be performed at Rosslyn Spectrum.

General admission tickets are $33 for adults and $17 for students, plus applicable service charges. Tickets are available online at and at the box office one hour prior to the performance. Group discounts for 10 or more are available by calling (703) 685-7590. For more information, call (703) 685-7590 or visit The theater has free garage parking and is two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro. A wine and cheese reception with the artists follows the concert.

The Ensemble’s season finale celebrates musical compositions inspired by theater and film. With Julian Milkis - Benny Goodman’s only student - on clarinet, Carlos César Rodriguez on piano, and Ensemble Artistic Director Leonid Sushansky on violin, as well as the stunning choreography of Lucy Bowen McCauley, the repertoire features the Washington area premiere of Giya Kancheli’s “Miniatures for Clarinet and Piano - Music of Cinema.” Georgian composer Kancheli has written seven symphonies, a liturgy for viola and orchestra entitled “Mourned by the Wind,” and dozens of film scores.

Music of Our Time also includes the Ensemble premiere of “Dreamers” by Alexey Shor, composer-in-residence with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Academy. Shor’s compositions have been featured at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Aldeburgh Festival in the United Kingdom, St. Petersburg State Capella, Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Additional works to be performed include “Por Una Cabeza” by Carlos Gardel, featured in the movie Scent of a Woman; selections by John Williams from Schindler’s List; Nigel Hess’s “Fantasy” from Ladies in Lavender; and Alexander Goldstein’s “Trio on the Roof,” recalling the themes of Fiddler on the Roof. Goldstein has composed music scores for more than 25 feature films and approximately 300 documentary films, animations, and radio and television shows, as well as for ensembles and orchestras. In 2010, he composed a suite for clarinet, violin, and string orchestra entitled “Rotissimo.” The European and Russian premieres of “Rotissimo” both featured Milkison clarinet.

About Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre:
Located at 1611 N. Kent Street, Arlington VA
Parking: Free garage parking, entrance on Arlington Ridge Road
Metro: Blue/Orange/Silver - Rosslyn Station

About National Chamber Ensemble:
The National Chamber Ensemble was founded in 2007 to provide opportunities to appreciate and enjoy the art of chamber music, bringing together performers, audiences, and composers. Through its performances and commissions of original musical works, NCE presents a full range of chamber music repertoire from the classics to the contemporary. Its internationally-acclaimed musicians provide outstanding performances of chamber music in an intimate setting. The Ensemble has presented several world premieres and hosted visiting guest artists such as international clarinet star Julian Milkis (the only pupil of Benny Goodman), opera diva Carmen Balthrop, and America's most often performed and recorded living composer Lowell Liebermann, among others. Over the years, NCE has collaborated with Ballet Nova, Choralis Children's Choir, Russian Chamber Art Society, and Bowen McCauley Dance. NCE strives to build a sense of closeness between performers and audience that enhances the feeling of community and a deeper musical experience.

The National Chamber Ensemble is supported in part by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.

The National Chamber Ensemble is partially supported by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Bowen McCauley Dance:
For 20 years Bowen McCauley Dance has energized broadly diverse audiences with inventive and vibrant choreography - a fusion of contemporary and classical techniques set to a sweeping range of musical styles. Showcasing the founding Artistic Director Lucy Bowen McCauley’s choreography, this award-winning company is renowned for its spirited dancers, use of live music, the professionalism of its dance performances, and its extraordinary outreach programs for socio-economically diverse communities. Ranging from free family-friendly programs to ticketed concerts, BMD performs regularly throughout Northern Virginia and the greater DC area.

Performer Biographies

Julian Milkis (Clarinet)
A true “cross-over artist” and Benny Goodman’s only student, Julian Milkis is an internationally acclaimed soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and jazz clarinetist. Mr. Milkis has appeared on major world stages throughout the Far East, Europe, and the Americas: New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center; the Salles Pleyel and Gaveau in Paris; the Great Halls of the Moscow Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic; Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall and Weston Recital Hall; and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, among others. Read more about Julian.

Carlos César Rodríguez (Piano)
A musician of brilliance and versatility, Carlos César Rodríguez has gained recognition as a virtuoso pianist who not only generates excitement in the Hispanic and Spanish repertoire but also displays an extraordinary flair for Mozart, the romantics and the avant-garde scores. As concert-pianist Carlos César Rodríguez made his recital debut in his native Venezuela at age 5 and made his orchestral debut as soloist at age 11. Soon after he arrived in the United States to continue his music studies, At age 21 he made his Carnegie Hall debut. Read more about Carlos.

Leonid Sushansky (Violin)
Violinist Leo Sushansky has been acclaimed widely for his “Gorgeous tone... Compelling musical personality... Passionate intensity” by The Washington Post. He has appeared with many orchestras, as a recitalist and chamber musician in esteemed concert halls worldwide, and has been featured on numerous radio and television programs. He opens his tenth season with the National Chamber Ensemble in the role of Artistic Director and performer. He returned to the Kennedy Centers Terrace Theater in March 2016 to perform the monumental Chaconne by J.S. Bach with Bowen McCauley Dance. Read more about Leonid.