2017-2018 Professional Concert Series
James Buswell & Tobias Werner

Washington Conservatory of Music presents

JAMES BUSWELL, solo violin

with TOBIAS WERNER, cello

Masterpieces for Unaccompanied Violin, Plus 1

Saturday, Mar 3, 2018 at 8 PM
Westmoreland Congregational
United Church of Christ
One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816
FREE (donations welcome) | directions


Talk by James Buswell: A Passion for Music from the Inside Out
Sunday, Mar 4, 2018 at 2 PM

Washington Conservatory at
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812
FREE (donations welcome) | directions


Chamber Music Play-In with James Buswell & Tobias Werner
Sunday, Mar 4, 2018 at 3-7 PM

Washington Conservatory at
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812
FREE, RSVP Required | directions

On Saturday, March 3 at 8:00 pm, internationally acclaimed violinist James Oliver Buswell, renowned for his recordings of the complete sonatas and partitas for solo violin by J.S. Bach and for his programming of music “off the beaten path,” will present masterpieces for solo violin by Bach & Ysaÿe and the highly praised violin/cello duo by Maurice Ravel, performed with cellist Tobias Werner.

Then on Sunday, March 4 at 2:00 pm, Buswell will present a free talk "A Passion for Music from the Inside Out" at Washington Conservatory at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, Md, in which he discusses his fascinating double life as an internationally-renowned solo performer and an esteemed pedagogue who held faculty positions at two of the most prestigious music schools in the U.S. His 50 years of experiences gives him a unique perspective on the peculiar conflicts and reinforcements of those two professions, and on what he sees as a growing crisis that threatens the very nature of art in our culture - the increasing presumption that numbers are more accurate than words or anything more related to the human spirit. Buswell is well-known as an engaging speaker and thoughtful knowledgeable musician.

An amateur adult Chamber Music Play-in with James Buswell & Tobias Werner follows from 3pm - 7pm, as part of the ACMP Annual World-Wide Play-In. James Buswell will help to kick off the event by reading chamber music with play-in participants for the first hour of the event, before flying back to his home in Boston. Cellist Tobias Werner, Artistic Director of the Pressenda Chamber Players, will join with Buswell in reading chamber music with participants. All avid chamber musicians are welcome! If you like, bring food, drink & music, to help create a fun soiree. To participate in the Play-in, RSVP to info@washingtonconservatory.org, Subject: Play-in 2018, with your name, instrument, level of playing (beginner, intermediate, advanced), Will you arrive by 3 pm, comments, and email.

James Buswell has performed as a solo violinist with virtually all of the major orchestras in North America, and throughout Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia, performing over one hundred solo works for violin and orchestra. Early in his career he was an artist-member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. Active as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and educator, James Buswell is one of the most versatile musicians performing today. More+

Cellist Tobias Werner is the music director of The Chamber Music Conference of the East, as well as Artistic Director/ Founder of the Pressenda Chamber Players. He has appeared in chamber music concerts throughout the world. More+


Audience members are invited to a post-concert Wine & Words in the church social hall – a fun and informal question and answer session with the musicians, with complimentary beverages.

The Washington Conservatory is a nationally accredited community music school for students of all ages. The Conservatory presents a professional monthly concert series October through May at Westmoreland Church in Bethesda and other public concerts and events throughout the year at Glen Echo Park. The Conservatory welcomes both seasoned and novice classical concert-goers and encourages families to attend our concerts with their children. Back balcony seating at the Westmoreland Circle location is suggested for families with small children as a courtesy to other audience members and to allow for easy exit. Conservatory Concerts are funded by donations and presented free of charge to allow those of all ages and economic means to enjoy outstanding live classical music in the community. Thank you for your generosity and support.

Parking is on-street on Massachusetts and Western Avenues and in the parking lot of Westmoreland Congregational UCC church. As a courtesy, please refrain from parking in the neighborhood and blocking the driveways of our neighbors.

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