National Chamber Ensemble

Special Events

Thursday, September 26, 2013  | 6:00 PM -- Kennedy Center Millenium Stage

Members of the National Chamber Ensemble will be performing a free concert on the Milllennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Come show your support, chat with Board Members, buy that NCE T-shirt or recordings you’ve always wanted. (Past - Pictures/Videos)

Saturday, October 5, 2013  | 6:30 PM -- Prince residence, Potomac MD

 NCE Benefit  - "Under the Tuscan Sun"  - (Past: Pictures)

Saturday, November 21, 2013  | 7:00 PM -- Embassy of Italy Atrium

The Italian Violin from Baroque to the Nineteenth Century  (Link)

2013 / 2014 Season Schedule:  Download     

(All Season Performances are held at the Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere)

Concert 1: Jewish Musical Treasures  - past Pictures & Videos, Review

Saturday, November 9, 2013  | 7:30 PM

The National Chamber Ensemble (NCE) opening night, " Jewish Musical Treasures", celebrates extraordinary music of Jewish Culture. NCE's high quality, inspiring season begins on the 75th Anniversary of "Kristallnacht" a significant and tragic date in history. The concert will feature several premieres including "Trio on the Roof", by Alexander Goldstein for violin, clarinet and piano. The remarkable composition is based on the musical Fiddler On the Roof. Also on the program will be the premiere of "Sabbath Song" by the Obie winning and Tony nominated composer Gary William Friedman and much more. For this concert the internationally acclaimed clarinetist Julian Milkis, the only student of Benny Goodman will captivate the audience as well as Cantor Mikhail Manevich, a renowned musician and cantor of the Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington DC.

Kristallnacht, the infamous ‘night of shattered glass," lingers in the Jewish cultural memory as an eerily prophetic prelude to the tragic Holocaust that followed in Nazi Germany. On November 9th and 10th of 1938, 91 Jews were publicly debased and murdered in the streets. Over 25,000 Jewish citizens were arrested and deported to concentrations camps. In one evening more than 200 synagogues were ransacked and destroyed as were thousands of Jewish homes and businesses. The National Chamber Ensemble concert “Jewish Musical Treasures” will note this heartbreaking tragedy through our concert celebrating the joy of life and creative survival. The Ensemble will perform music of beloved composers whose contributions symbolize the vibrant and continued flourishing of Jewish culture.

Concert 2: Happy Holidays - past Pictures & Videos

Sunday, December 8, 2013 | 4:30 PM

Holiday Concert
Avery Gagliano
The NCE Annual Holiday Concert invites outstanding young musicians to join the ensemble for some wonderful holiday music. The family concert will include some classical masterpieces as well!  As is our custom, the concert will conclude with a caroling sing-along. This concert is always such a joyful experience for all!

This season we present a young musician who is outstanding on several instruments. Twelve year old Avery Gagliano will amaze and delight with performances on both the violin and piano with music by another child genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Avery is a Jack Kent Cook Honors Scholarship recipient at the Levine School of Music and an active performer. At the age of 9, she performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and had her orchestral debut at the Strathmore Concert Hall with the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra (MCYO). Avery was featured in the prestigious NPR broadcast program “From The Top,” as well as the two-hour PBS documentary titled “Arts and the Mind” that was broadcast nationwide.

An annual tradition, the concert will include seasonal favorites like Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride", a Hanukkah Medley, selections by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Dvorak, and more. As always the concert will conclude with a Carols Sing-Along to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

Our special guest host for the evening will be Arlington County Board Vice-Chair Jay Fisette.


Concert 3: Schubert and Champagne - past Pictures & Videos

Saturday, February 8, 2014 | 7:30 PM


Enjoy the favorite chamber music of the great composer Franz Schubert as well as our remarkable guest, The American pianist, teacher, author, broadcaster, and painter David Dubal joins NCE as guest hostA familiar voice and personality on New York's WQXR and host of Piano Matters, he also the author of several books, including The Art of the PianoEvenings With Horowitz, Conversations with Yehudi Menuhin, and The Essential Canon of Classical Music. Dubal wrote and hosted The Golden Age of Piano, an Emmy Award-winning documentary, produced by Peter Rosen. Of course, a champagne reception will follow the performance. NCE, Dubal, Schubert and Champagne: a great evening of music, humor, reflections and champagne! Program includes:

  • Schubert- Sonata in A minor "Arpeggione" for Cello and Piano, D. 821

  • Six Dances - David Dubal piano

  • Piano Trio in E flat No.2 Op.100


Concert 4: Happy Birthday Vivaldi: The Extraordinary Four Seasons - past Pictures and Videos

Saturday, March 8, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Join us in celebrating the birthday of one of the most beloved composers of all time! Vivaldi’s greatest masterpiece, “The Four Seasons”, will be presented in concert with a giant screen above the ensemble. This family-friendly concert features “The Extraordinary Four Seasons” as never before with fun demonstrations and a spectacular multimedia presentation telling the story of the Seasons. Doug Kammerer, NBC 4 Chief Meteorologist, will be the guest host and will be reading Vivaldi’s “Sonnets For The Four Seasons”. Please join us for a uniquely-wonderful evening celebrating Vivaldi co-presented with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute! Artistic Director and acclaimed violinist Leo Sushansky performs the solo part of this brilliant, virtuoso work.

Vivaldi Four Seasons

Concert 5: Mother's Day Concert: American Classics

Saturday , May 10, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Mother's DaySeason Finale! Mothers Day Concert with pianist Burnett Thompson, will enthrall with incredible jazz and classical performances. This fun concert will feature music of great classical American composers Aaron Copland, Andreas Makris, George Gershwin and the Washington Area premiere of the Sonata for Violin and Piano by Richard "Dick" Hyman. Dick Hyman is world renowned as pianist, organist, arranger, music director, and composer. His versatility in all of these areas has resulted in numerous film scores, orchestral compositions, concert appearances and well over 100 albums recorded under his own name. Extraordinary Jazz music in the second half will include Grapelli's Sweet Georgia Brown, Burnett Thompson's own Shanghai Suite, Brubeck's Take Five and more — a wonderful way to treat moms and the whole family to a fun and classy evening!

NCE artists performing May 10 are: Burnett Thompson piano, Leo Sushansky artistic director/violin, Mashall Keys saxophone, Michael Bowie bass. Leland Nakamura drums and special young guest, violinist Sean Ganous.