Start of Overtures Holiday Concert Series

violinist Tamaki Kawakubo performs on November 16.
violinist Tamaki Kawakubo performs on November 16.

Music, be it jazz or classical or pop, is the most adaptive of art forms. It can thrive in any setting.

Of course, it’s always nice to have a perfect setting, and that’s what the S&R Foundation and its Overtures Holiday Concert Series provided November 2 at the sumptuously and classically beautiful Evermay in Georgetown.

The S&R Foundation’s Holiday series —headed by President Sachiko Kuno and Honorary Chair Ryuji Ueno—kicked off last Friday with a sweet, energetic and eclectic turn by young Israeli jazz guitarist Yotam Silberstein. The jazz theme continues tomorrow with an appearance by top-notch jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut.

The two jazz concerts are being presented in conjunction with the DC Jazz Festival, with help from the DCJF Chairman Michael Sommenreich and his wife Linda. DC Jazz Festival executive producer Charlie Fishman (and son Moses) and Executive Director Sunny Sumter were on hand for the first concert.

Silberstein is an up and comer in the jazz world. At age 21, he was named Israel’s “Jazz Player of the Year.” He plays with a light, easy style, in which player, instrument and music all seem to be involved in a courtship as he moved from free-styling versions of old standards, through his own compositions and forays into lively Brazilian numbers.

The series switches to classical performers with violinist Tamaki Kawakubo on November 16 and pianist Yu Kosuge on November 23, followed by a return to jazz with Jeb Patton and Mike Rodriguez November 30, then back to classical music with violinist/violist Yura Lee on December 7 and pianist Ryo Yanagitani December 14.

The S&R Foundation was created to support talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the arts and sciences. The Overture Series—which will have a spring season as well—was created to showcase award-winning emerging musical artists in the splendid setting of Evermay estates.

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