2018-2019 - 12th Season

Concert Schedule Details

NCE's 2018-19 Program is "Musical Adventures through the Time Machine." The project will  take the audience on a journey through the remarkable highlights from the periods or eras of Western Music. The season will present an adventure for our audience of experiencing the remarkable evolution of great music and the ability to enjoy, learn about, compare and contrast a variety of works from one period of music together on a program.


Lubber Run: Summer Concert (FREE)

Friday, Aug 3, 2018 | 8:00 PM

National Chamber Ensemble presents a free performance on the Arlington Arts Series at Lubber Run Amphitheater. The program will feature popular classical and contemporary compositions and is a great way to get acquainted with some of the NCE artists.

Location: Lubber Run Amphitheater



Concert 1: Masters of the Italian Baroque

October, 2018

The Adventures Through the Musical Time Machine season begins with the distinct, ordered, ornate and emotives sounds of the Italian Baroque period with marvelous works by Vivaldi, Corelli, and Albinoni. The concert will culminate with the performance of Pergolesi's masterpiece, the Stabat Mater with renowned soprano Sharon Christman and Washington National Opera mezzo-soprano Anamer Castrello. The Stabat Mater is one of the composers most celebrated sacred works and has been called "the most perfect and touching" works to come from the pen of any composer.

Sharon Christman              Anamar Castrello
Sharon Christman Anamer Castrello

Location: Gunston Arts Center - Theatre 1

A reception follows the performance 

Concert 2: Holiday Time Warp

December, 2018

NCE's holiday concert will bring classical masterpieces and holiday favorites together for the whole family. The Outstanding Young Artist Achievement Award - string competition winner performs. The Concert concludes with a Carols Sing-Along to get everyone in the holiday spirit!

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

A reception follows the performance

Concert 3: The Romantics

Saturday, February 16, 2019 | 7:30 PM

Enjoy the glorious music of the Romantic period as compositions became increasingly expressive and inventive with expansive symphonies, virtuosic solo instrumental music, dramatic operas, and passionate songs took inspiration from art and literature. Featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Brahms, Saint-Saens and Dvorak. The perfect period and music for a Valentine's celebration.

Location: Gunston Arts Center - Theatre 1

A reception follows the performance

Concert 4: The Classics

March, 2019

The Classical period, with it's growing emphasis on the melody was the period where composers could let their imaginations run free in a quest for balance between reason and emotion. Experience the musical period obsessed with clarity, balance and form and the genius of the three masters all working in Vienna. Includes works by giants of the Classical Era: Haydn's Piano Trio No.39 in G Major "Gypsy", Mozart's Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 32 in B flat Major K. 454, and Beethoven's Piano Trio Op.70 "Ghost."

Location: Gunston Arts Center - Theatre 1

A reception follows the performance

Concert 5: The Contemporaries

May, 2018

Exciting season finale of great contemporary music of our time with classical, pop and jazz works featuring the premiere of Alexander Goldstein's new "Crossover" Piano Trio.

Location: Gunston Arts Center - Theatre 1

A reception follows the performance