at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church
(Across from Arena Stage, where Maine Avenue turns into M Street SW.
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Admission free, donations accepted.
THE SOUTHWEST CHAMBER PLAYERS are pleased to announce our triumphant return to the concert stage after a two-year hiatus caused by the demolition and subsequent rebuilding of our performance venue Saint Augustineís Episcopal Church, 555 Water Street SW. The approximately two-hour show is scheduled for FRIDAY, MARCH 31, beginning at 7:00 sharp.
Part of the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, the gala FREE performance will mark the twentieth anniversary of the groupís 1997 founding, and will represent SWCPís 181st treading of the concert boards. Devoted to presenting the best of classical chamber music from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, our program will consist of works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and others.
Julia Goudimova was born in Moscow. She began studying piano at the age of five and cello at the age of seven. After nine years of music school she studied at Tiraspol College of Music with Prof. G. A. Balykbaev. Julia received her masterís degree from Belarus Academy of Music under the instruction of E. L. Ksaveriev, professor of cello, who was a student of M. Rostropovich and N. Gutman. She has performed in recitals and chamber music concerts in Belarus, Moldova, Germany, South Korea, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Since moving to the United States, Julia has been actively participating in the music life of western Virginia and is involved in symphony and chamber performances in Lexington, Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Buena Vista, as well as Bath and Rockbridge Counties. Currently Julia is principal cellist of the University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra and a cello instructor at Washington and Lee and Southern Virginia universities.
The Southwest Chamber Players is a loose aggregation of more than 100 dedicated amateur musicians who have performed at Saint Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Southwest Washington, D.C., for almost fifteen years.
Formed in March 1997, we present concerts of fine chamber music each month since. Including every one of the orchestra’s instruments as well as singers of every voice range, our repertoire extends from Bach and Telemann through Prokofiev and Barber, with heavy emphasis on the works of the great composers of the classical and romantic eras.
David Ehrlich, the director, learned the piano at the age of six from his father, Richard Ehrlich. Though his life’s work was in the retail business, he never lost touch with performing music as both pianist and singer. Today he hones his skills annually at chamber music workshops in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Spartanburg, South Carolina; and Lyndonville, Vermont. At this moment, he enjoys turning handsprings for his wonderful new teacher Naira Babayan.
The website lists a fair sampling of past concert programs as well as biographies of many of the performers.
No required dollars change hands. Admission to concerts is free, though we do gratefully accept donations to offset the minor expenses of publicity and post-concert receptions. None of the performers is paid. SWCP attracts much of its audience from the Southwest community, and maintains a mailing list of several hundred. Publicity is through this website, e-mail announcements, and postcards mailed for each performance.
April 18, 2014
For more information,or to add your address to our postal mailing list, email David Ehrlich at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (202) 484-6354.
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