2017-2018 Professional Concert Series
Pressenda Chamber Players

Washington Conservatory of Music presents

Washington Conservatory Ensemble-in-Residence:
Great Romantics: Quartets for violin, viola, cello & piano

Aaron Berofsky, violin
Amadi Azikiwe, viola
Tobias Werner, cello
Read Gainsford, piano

Open Rehearsal: Friday, Feb 2, 2018 at 1 PM
Concert: Saturday, Feb 3, 2018 at 8 PM
Westmoreland Congregational
United Church of Christ
One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816
FREE ($20 suggested donation) | directions

Interested in how musicians rehearse chamber music? Join us for a free open rehearsal of the Pressenda Chamber Players at 1 pm, Friday Feb. 2 in preparation for their concert at 8 pm Saturday. Both events are at Westmoreland Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda.

The Pressenda Chamber Players, Washington Conservatory's Ensemble-in-Residence, perform a concert highlighting two beloved and diverse works from the Romantic period: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major by Anton Dvorak and Piano Quartet in g minor by Johannes Brahms. Performers are Aaron Berofsky, violin; Amadi Azikiwe, viola; Tobias Werner, cello; Read Gainsford, piano. The Pressenda Chamber Players is a multi-member ensemble of strings and piano is named for Giovanni Pressenda (1777-1854) maker of the instruments played by Pressenda Chamber Players Founder/Artistic Director and cellist Tobias Werner and member violinist Aaron Berofsky. This is the third of four concerts presented by this ensemble, as part of the 2017-18 Washington Conservatory concert season.

Violinist Aaron Berofsky has gained wide recognition as a chamber musician and soloist performing with orchestras in the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain and Canada. More+

Violist Amadi Azikiwe has performed in recitals throughout the US and with ensembles including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. More+

Cellist Tobias Werner is the music director of The Chamber Music Conference of the East, as well as Artistic Director/ Founder of the Pressenda Chamber Players. He has appeared in chamber music concerts throughout the world. More+

Pianist Read Gainsford has performed widely in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, making successful solo debuts in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, and others. More+


Audience members are invited to a post-concert Wine & Words in the church social hall – a fun and informal question and answer session with the musicians, with complimentary beverages.

The Washington Conservatory is a nationally accredited community music school for students of all ages. The Conservatory presents a professional monthly concert series October through May at Westmoreland Church in Bethesda and other public concerts and events throughout the year at Glen Echo Park. The Conservatory welcomes both seasoned and novice classical concert-goers and encourages families to attend our concerts with their children. Back balcony seating at the Westmoreland Circle location is suggested for families with small children as a courtesy to other audience members and to allow for easy exit. Conservatory Concerts are funded by donations and presented free of charge to allow those of all ages and economic means to enjoy outstanding live classical music in the community. Thank you for your generosity and support.

Parking is on-street on Massachusetts and Western Avenues and in the parking lot of Westmoreland Congregational UCC church. As a courtesy, please refrain from parking in the neighborhood and blocking the driveways of our neighbors.

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