Wednesday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Musical Meditation for Advent

Poolesville Presbyterian Church

Poolesville, MD

Event Info

Selections by Mark Hayes, Arvo Pärt, and Traditional Carols 

Take a moment to breathe. Selections of live music in the calmness of the dimly-lit sanctuary to prepare your soul, mind, body and spirit for Christmas. Come as you are during this informal, musical "open house." Free.

March 5th, 2017 at 3:30 pm

An Afternoon of Drama in Song

Black Water by Jeremy Beck

Lúa Descolorida by Osvaldo Golijov

Kentlands Mansion

Gaithersburg, MD


Black Water by Jeremy Beck (1994)

Based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates

In 1969, the dead body of a young woman,

Mary Jo Kopechne, was discovered inside an

overturned car in a channel on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts. The car belonged to Senator Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy, who did not report the late-night incident to police authorities until the following morning. After the discovery, Kopechne’s body was recovered from the submerged car and Kennedy gave a statement to police saying that during the previous night, she was his passenger when he took a wrong turn and accidentally drove his car off a bridge and into the water. After pleading guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident after causing injury, Kennedy received a sentence of two months in jail, which was suspended. The incident became a national scandal, and may have influenced Kennedy’s decision not to campaign for President of the United States in 1972 and 1976.

August 28th, 2015 at 7:30pm

Summer Recital

Featuring pianist Thomas Pandolfi

Poolesville Presbyterian Church, Speer Hall

17800 Elgin Rd., Poolesville, MD 20837


June 28th, 2015

West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein
Bethesda Summer Music Festival

Bethesda Presbyterian Church,

7611 Clarendon Rd., Bethesda MD 20814


May 5th, 2015 6pm

Mira Yang and the Asian American Music Society

Kennedy Center, Millenium Stage

Washington, D.C.

March 28th, 2015

NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Regional Competition

University of Maryland, College Park

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center


March 7th, 2015

NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Maryland/DC Auditions
Morgan State University

Murphy Fine Arts Building


Black Water is a slightly-veiled fictional account of these events. Scored for soprano and piano, the monodrama requires the performers to assume multiple roles and states of mind (following the variety of levels created by Oates). The work is presented almost completely from the point of view of the drowning woman: in reality, in flashback, in dreams and in hallucinations.

Called “an original voice celebrating music” by MusicWeb International (2009), Jeremy Beck’s music has been described by NewMusicBox (2012) as “rhythmically intricate, and making nods to the past while sitting squarely in the present. … Though architecturally rigorous, Beck writes clearly and without pretense.” Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Beck’s music has been presented by New York City Opera, American Composers Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Opera, Yale Opera, the Dallas Festival of Modern Music, IonSound Project, and the Nevsky String Quartet, among others. A graduate of Yale, Duke and Mannes, his music is available on the Innova label.

Monica Harwood, Soprano
Andrew Kraus, Piano