Press Release

National Chamber Ensemble’s Concert



For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Anne Ellifritz
(703) 685-7590

National Chamber Ensemble Presents


World Premiere

Multimedia Project


New Ballet


The Contemporaries

Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Gunston Arts Center (Theater One)

(Arlington, April 3, 2019) The National Chamber Ensemble's "Musical Adventures Through The Time Machine" season comes to a spectacular conclusion with "The Contemporaries" on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Arlington's Gunston Arts Center (Theater One).

The season finale features genres from classical to contemporary to pop/rock, including the world premiere of Alexander Goldstein's Introspective Piano Trio for violin, cello, piano and computer. A true crossover work, the Introspective Trio marries the classical trio to multi-track computer audio playback and high-definition video effects, evoking both the Disco Era and the mega-rock sensibility of groups such as Queen. The composer of this brilliant genre-bender will be NCE's special guest for this premiere event.

"We are so excited to present this original program that travels across musical genres and presents new artistic and technical challenges which will be exciting to see, hear and experience for both the artists and audience."  Leo Sushansky, Artistic Director

The premieres continue as NCE and Bowen McCauley Dance Company perform a new work featuring NCE artistic director/violinist Leo Sushansky and pianist Carlos Cesar Rodriguez and the stunning choreography of Lucy Bowen McCauley. Set to the music of Igor Stravinsky's Suite Italienne and based on the composer's charming ballet Pulcinella - which was in turn a transformation of the works of early eighteenth-century Italian composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi - NCE and Bowen McCauley Dance will also take this new ballet to the Kennedy Center later in May of this year.

Works by Samuel Barber and Victor Herbert complete the season finale.

The Artists performing on May 4 are:
Steven Honigberg(cello)
Carlos Cesar Rodriquez (piano)
Leonid Sushansky (violin/artistic director)
Bowen McCauley Dance (Choreography by Lucy Bowen McCauley)


(From left to right: Leo SushanskySteven HonigbergCarlos Cesar RodriguezBowen McCauley Dance Co.)

Lucy Bowen McCauly
Lucy Bowen McCauley is the artistic director, choreographer and creative energy behind Bowen McCauley Dance Company. Her enduring love for dance moved her to form the company in 1996. Since founding BMDC, she has created over 80 works ranging from lyrical ballets to highly physical contemporary pieces set to rock music. Her repertoire offers an unconventional array of genres; her choreography demonstrates a fluent outpouring of dance blending balletic lines, quirky gestures and modern dance's earthiness that uniquely explores the interplay between music, dance and drama. Washingtonian Magazine named her among those "who have helped transform Washington into one of the nation's liveliest centers in performing arts."

Alexander GoldsteinAlexander Goldstein is an American music composer, conductor, songwriter, record producer, film producer, director, editor and is the founder of ABG World and He has composed scores for 27 feature films, 300 documentaries, radio and television shows, animations, commercials, sports programs in the US and abroad. He has written music for various ensembles and orchestras. Throughout his career as a sport music editor and arranger, Alexander Goldstein has worked with renowned athletes and coaches. 40 Olympic Medals and over 125 World Medals were won using the music that was either edited, arranged or written by Alexander Goldstein. Four of those were composed for Sochi 2014. Alexander Goldstein's Rotissimo, a Suite for Clarinet and String Orchestra, celebrating film music of Nino Rota, was recently performed at the Glenn Gould Auditorium in Toronto, at Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, and others. Trio on the Roof, the latest from AG, was performed at The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, Eastman School of Music and in Spain and the National Chamber Ensemble. His new trio is looking inward to the beginning, hence the use of musical elements of the Disco era of the 1970’, i. e. the period of composer’s early music work and experimentation. The Trio denotes three different layers in one word: three live instruments; three multimedia components used in the project - live instruments, video and audio; and three parts of the music composition also titled Introspective Trio.

The performance will be followed by a reception with the artists and the composer.
Piano generously provided by PianoCraft.

Tickets:  $36 Adult / $18 Student 


Phone for info only:(703)685-7590


Gunston Arts Center (Theater One)
2700 South Lang St.
Arlington, VA 22206

Free Parking:

For all evening and weekend performances use free parking lot at Gunston Arts Center. Multiple great dining options nearby at Shirlington or Crystal City.

For more information about the National Chamber Ensemble go to  

From the classical to contemporary compositions, the National Chamber Ensemble's internationally-acclaimed musicians provide outstanding performances of chamber music in an intimate setting. The NCE brings together composers, musicians, performers and audiences to create an environment that is fun, welcoming, engaging and offers the connoiseur, as well as the first-time concertgoer, an exciting musical experience.