National Chamber Ensemble preps upcoming season

The National Chamber Ensemble has announced plans for its 2018-19 session –  “Musical Adventures Through the Time Machine” – which will feature the Baroque, classical, Romantic and contemporary periods.

Artists joining artistic director/violinist Leo Sushansky this season include Jorge Orozco and Sean Ganous (violin), Sharon Christman (soprano), Anamer Castrello (mezzo-soprano), Jennifer Ries and Uri Wassertzug (viola), Steven Honigberg, Sean Neidlinger and Vasily Popov (cello), Carlos César Rodríguez, Natasha Dukan and Kathryn Brake (piano), Ephriam Wolfolk (bass) and Leland Nakamura (drums).

“I’m thrilled to be a part of several performances this season,” said virtuoso pianist Rodríguez, who has been a member of the ensemble from its inception. “It’s exciting to perform music requiring such different approaches to technique and expression. It’s a great joy to make the audience happy and to be able to make music with my dear friends and amazing colleagues.”

The season opens with “Masters of the Italian Baroque” on Oct. 20, with performances continuing through next May. The arts group also will host its Outstanding Young Artist Achievement awards and scholarships in November.

Concerts will take place at Gunston Arts Center and Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington.

The National Chamber Ensemble was founded in 2007. For information, see the Web site at

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