National Chamber Ensemble Hosts Mother’s Day Concert: ‘American Classics’ on Saturday, 5/10/14@7:30 PM

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Burnett Thompson

Saturday , May 10, 2014 | 7:30 PM
Featuring Pianist Burnett Thompson

If you are looking for a very special way to celebrate Mother’s Day, look no further. National Chamber Ensemble is set to present its final concert of the season on Mother’s Day, Saturday, May 10, 2014. Artistic Director Leo Sushansky is known for programming great music from a wide range of genres, and for creating fun, exciting and welcoming concerts that audiences love. This one has it all. Classical Favorites, Jazz Masterpieces, a Washington, DC Premiere, and … a drawing for chance to win a hot air balloon ride!

Violinist Leonid (Leo) Sushansky.
Violinist Leonid (Leo) Sushansky.

NCE’s featured artist in this concert is pianist Burnett Thompson, a musician’s musician whose talents simply know no bounds. In addition to performing his own composition, Shanghai Suite, and other jazz favorites, Thompson and Artistic Director Leo Sushansky will treat their audience to the DC area premiere of Dick Hyman’s Sonata for Violin and Piano.

Dick Hyman is an award winning pianist and composer who has enjoyed a highly successful career in music. Besides accomplishments that include more than 100 recordings and winning two Emmy Awards, Hyman is known as the composer/arranger/conductor/pianist for the Woody Allen films Zelig, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Broadway Danny Rose, Stardust Memories, Hannah and Her Sisters, Radio Days, Bullets Over Broadway, Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says “I Love You”, Sweet and Lowdown, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion and Melinda and Melinda.Other scores have included Moonstruck, Scott Joplin, The Lemon Sisters, and Alan and Naomi.

Sushansky is admired for his support of young and emerging musicians and frequently includes them in his concerts. In this concert he will perform Little Milton On the Beach (a duet for two violins composed by longtime National Symphony Orchestra resident composer and violinist Andreas Makris) with his own student, violinist Sean Ganous.

The Program: Louis Moreau Gottschalk Bamboula … Aaron Copland Simple Gifts … Andreas Makris Little Milton on the Beach … Dick Hyman Sonata for Violin and Piano ... George Gershwin It Ain’t Nescesarily So,” Bess You Is My Woman Now,” Dave Brubeck’s Take Five, “Sweet Georgia Brown,” Burnett Thompson Shanghai Suite.

Performing Artists: Burnett Thompson (piano), Leo Sushansky violin, Marshall Keyes (saxophone), Leland Nakamura (drums), Michael Bowie (bass), and Sean Ganous (violin).

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Tickets and Information: National Chamber Ensemble: American Classics will be presented at 7:30 pm on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Artisphere’s Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre, located just two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro, at 1611 Kent Street in Arlington, VA.

This family friendly concert is well suited to music lovers of all ages, and it represents a fabulous way to celebrate Mother’s Day! Tickets ($30 Adults/$15 Students) are available online, by phone at (888) 841-2787, or at the door, and include free parking and a complimentary post- concert reception. This concert is expected to sell out, so get your tickets early!

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Jane Coyne
Jane Coyne has been involved in the arts for all of her life. As a singer, she has toured the country as a soloist, appearing at major venues throughout the United States, performing with musicians including Duke Ellington, Johnny Coles, Paul Gonzalves, and Tyree Glenn, and she has appeared in many musical theatre productions. She has managed the careers of a number of a number of international conductors and composers and previously served as the vice president of the National Philharmonic at Strathmore, executive director of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras, and associate director of Washington’s Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts. Jane directs the National PTA Reflections Program (one of the largest arts education programs in the country). She is also one of the founding directors of Young Artists of America, and manages the career of her son, composer and violinist Joshua Coyne.