Vienna meets the Islands.

Enjoy a distinctive musical dinner as tasty as schnitzel and rice! Dance your way through Washington Heights-native Valerie Coleman’s “Afro-Cuban Concerto,” then enjoy Mozart’s timeless Clarinet Quintet, featuring our principal strings and clarinetist John Hong. Closing the program is Arnold Schoenberg’s revolutionary Chamber Symphony that launched his new expressionist style and sparked the creation of the 2nd Viennese School of composers.

On Saturday, Friends of WHCO join us afterwards for a post-concert reception featuring local food and a group salsa dance lesson.


Valerie Coleman: Afro-Cuban Concerto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581
Arnold Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op. 9

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Adults $5 in advance / $7 at the door
Kids ages 17 and under FREE
Young listeners welcome!

Times & Locations

8:00pm Friday, November 15, 2019
Our Savior’s Atonement Lutheran
178 Bennett Ave, New York, NY 10040

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3:00pm Saturday, November 16, 2019
Fort Washington Collegiate Church
729 W. 181st St. New York, NY 10033
Followed by post-concert reception for
Friends of WHCO.

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In Detail


Described as one of the "Top 35 Female Composers in Classical Music" by critic Anne Midgette of the Washington Post, Valerie Coleman (B. 1970) is among the world's most played composers living today. Whether it be live or via radio, her compositions are easily recognizable for their inspired style and can be throughout venues, institutions and competitions globally. The Boston Globe describes Coleman as a having a “talent for delineating form and emotion with shifts between ingeniously varied instrumental combinations” and The New York Times observes her compositions as “skillfully wrought, buoyant music”. With works that range from flute sonatas that recount the stories of trafficked humans during Middle Passage and orchestral and chamber works based on nomadic Roma tribes, to scherzos about moonshine in the Mississippi Delta region and motifs based from Morse Code, her body of works have been highly regarded as a deeply relevant contribution to modern music.