WMPA Summer Chamber Music Series Presents Violinist Benjamin Scott and pianist Anna Khanina

 Each summer, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association sponsors a Summer Chamber Music Series full of exceptional musicians from the Washington D.C. metro area.   Sunday, June 29th WMPA welcomes  to The Lyceum stage Violinist Benjamin Scott and pianist Anna Khanina playing Beethoven Kreutzer Sonata along with a program of shorter classical gems    Celebrating its 24th year, the Chamber series continues to provide stimulating and diverse classical music in an intimate setting.  These weekly performances are free and open to the public.

In addition to the wonderful music, this summer, the elegant and extraordinary Society Fair Restaurant is offering a 10% off coupon to Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association’s patrons attending the Chamber Music Series at The Lyceum.  The Restaurant is located next to The Lyceum at 277 South Washington Street, Alexandria

WHEN:                   Sunday June 29nd at 3 P.M

WHERE:                  The Lyceum
201 South Washington Street

Alexandria, Virginia

TICKETS:                 FREE – Donations gladly accepted at the door.

WEBSITE:               http://www.wmpamusic.org      For more information wmpa@earthlink.net


About the Musicians:


Violinist Benjamin Scott is a regular substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and just returned from their 3-week tour of Asia. He joined the National Philharmonic as Associate Concertmaster in 2012, and also performs with the Harrisburg Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Opera Philadelphia, and Philly POPS. Benjamin spent three seasons as a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, during which he performed with Michael Tilson-Thomas and Yo-Yo Ma at Carnegie Hall. He has attended the prestigious Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland and performed concerts in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Benjamin was concertmaster of the 2010 Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan, during which he presented chamber concerts with Clive Greensmith of the Tokyo String Quartet. This summer he will be returning to the AIMS festival in Graz, Austria. As a soloist, Benjamin has performed at Jordan Hall on the NPR Radio Show “From the Top,” the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and The Lyceum in Alexandria, VA where he performs annual recitals. In May 2007, Benjamin completed his Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory, with Boston Symphony violinist Valeria Kuchment. He has studied privately with Donald Weilerstein, Alexander Kerr, Ronda Cole, Cho-Liang Lin, and at the Aspen Music Festival, Benjamin received chamber coaching with renowned violinist Gil Shaham.


Moscow native, Anna Khanina started her musical education at the age of five, and in 1996 she graduated with honors from the Gnessin School of Music.  Further studies include Master’s Degrees from both the Gnessin Academy of Music and the Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater Hannover, as well as a Performance Diploma from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, studying with Solomon Mikowsky.  Ms. Khanina is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the State University of New York at Stony Brook with Gilbert Kalish.  Ms. Khanina’s career spans the continents of Asia, Europe, North and South America, where she regularly appears as a soloist and with chamber music ensembles.  Anna is a laureate of many international piano competitions. Her guest appearances include engagements at the Schleswig-Hollstein Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Music Festival at Banff Centre.




About WMPA:

Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association (WMPA) is a not-for-profit organization of musicians and music lovers dedicated to making high-quality musical performances and opportunities accessible to the community.

WMPA is composed of several major programs, including three orchestras, a free summer concert series, and a composition competition; through its unique and diverse programming and initiatives, WMPA celebrates the living, breathing nature of music—music that moves with time, moves its audiences, and makes a difference.

WMPA is composed of several major programs and initiatives:

Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic

WMP is an auditioned symphonic orchestra composed of approximately 65 professional, semi-professional, and amateur musicians. It performs five regular season concerts in Alexandria, Virginia at George Washington Masonic National Memorial, and in Washington, D. C. at Church of the Epiphany.

Washington Metropolitan Youth Orchestra

WMYO is an auditioned symphonic orchestra for advanced student musicians. It performs five free regular season concerts in Alexandria, Virginia at Episcopal High School, where it is the orchestra-in-residence.

Washington Metropolitan Concert Orchestra

WMCO, launched in 2008, is a full orchestra composed of auditioned musicians not yet ready for entrance into the Youth Orchestra.  Its members are interested in performing challenging music with their peers that will prepare them for the next level of performance.  This orchestra rehearses and performs in Alexandria, Virginia, also at Episcopal High School.



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