Press Release

National Chamber Ensemble’s 2018-2019 Season


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

Subscriptions Now Available for the
National Chamber Ensemble’s 2018-2019 Season,
"Musical Adventures Through the Time Machine"

The National Chamber Ensemble (NCE) will takes its audience on a journey through time with "Musical Adventures Through the Time Machine," its 2018-2019 concert season featuring music of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary periods.The journey includes the season-opener "Masters of the Italian Baroque" on October 20, featuring works by Vivaldi, Corelli, Albinoni and Pergolesi, "The Romantics" on February 9, a Valentine's Gala featuring the music of Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens and Dvorak, "The Viennese Classics" on March 23 with masterpieces by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven and "The Contemporaries" season finale concert on May 4, which includes the premiere of Alexander Goldstein's new "Crossover Piano Trio" as well as the premiere of a new choreographed work with Bowen McCauley Dance, set to the music of Igor Stravinsky.

The December 15 "Holiday Time Warp" concert unites all of the musical periods in a program of seasonal treasures. This holiday tradition features musicians of all ages and a highly-anticipated performance by the winner of the NCE Outstanding Young Artist Competition.

String players ages 12 to 18 will compete for the Outstanding Young Artist Achievement Award and scholarships in November, 2018. Interested students and their teachers may obtain additional information and competition application. at:

NCE artists joining artistic director/violinist Leo Sushansky this season include Jorge Orozco and Sean Ganous (violin), Sharon Christman (soprano), Anamer Castrello (mezzo-soprano), Jennifer Ries and Uri Wassertzug (viola), Steven Honigberg, Sean Neidlinger and Vasily Popov (cello), Carlos César Rodríguez, Natasha Dukan and Kathryn Brake (piano), Ephriam Wolfolk (bass) and Leland Nakamura (drums.) More information about each of this season’s artists can be found at

“I’m thrilled to be a part of several performances this season,” says virtuoso pianist Carlos Cesar Rodríguez, who has been a member of the Ensemble from its inception. “It’s exciting to perform music requiring such different approaches to technique and expression. It’s a great joy to make the audience happy and to be able to make music with my dear friends and amazing colleagues.”

The December 15 holiday performance will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia. All other concerts take place at Theater 1 of the Gunston Arts Center, 2700 South Lang Street, Arlington, Virginia.
Concert locations:
Leo and Carlos
Gunston Arts Center - Theatre 1
2700 South Lang Street, Arlington 22206
Free on-site parking

Unitarian Church
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
4444 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington 22204
Free on-site parking
Each concert is followed by a heavy hors devours reception with the artists.

. Season subscriptions, which include all five concerts, are $135 through September 14 and $145 thereafter. General admission tickets are $36 for adults and $18 for students, plus applicable service charges. Group discounts for 10 or more are available by calling (703) 685-7590. Tickets are available online at

2018-2019 SEASON SCHEDULE (Click Here)

Programs subject to change

About the 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 international guest artists, and 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.