Tuesday, May 9, 2017

oin us on Saturday, June 3 at 7:30 for our final concert of the season, with guest artists Laura Choi Stuart, soprano, and Chris Gekker, trumpet!
Victoria Gau, conductor

Signs of Life: Music and Healing

Osvaldo Golijov, Three Songs for Soprano and Strings
Alan Hovhaness, Avak the Healer
Russell Peck, Signs of Life II


This program takes the listener on a musical journey from loss and despair, as explored in Golijov's intense and hauntingly beautiful songs, to the mystical exploration of the steps from loss to light by Alan Hovhaness, and finally the life-embracing music of Russell Peck, a composer who also had a deeply felt mission to make the world a better place.

The Boston Globe called Laura Choi Stuart "a lyric soprano of ravishing quality". Fanfare Magazine proclaimed Chris Gekker to be "a trumpeter who is able to produce meltingly flutelike tones at one extreme, and to bring the house down at the other". Come see why these are two of our favorite artists!

Join us at Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 633 Sligo Ave, Silver Spring, MD
7:30PM on June 3, 2017

Meet the Artists reception follows the concert

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

We all need beauty, now more than ever...

Heaven and Earth:
Spirituality in Music

Saturday, April 8 at 7:30PM
Church of the Ascension, 633 Sligo Ave, Silver Spring, MD

Join us as we explore music's ability to connect us to the inner and the divine,  
transcending religion and culture. 

Arvo Pärt, Summa for Strings
Andrian Pertout, Illuminismo
Alan Hovhaness, Alleluia and Fugue
Lucas Richman, Kol Nidre
Jennifer Higdon, String Lake
Christopher Theofanidis, Visions and Miracles

Guest Artists Noah Getz, saxophone, and Lee Hinkle, marimba
Victoria Gau, conductor

Concert partner: Interfaith Works

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Join us for our next installment of

PB & Jam Sessions with Becky Linafelt
with special guest, composer Charlie Barnett

Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium
7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD

Join Becky Linafelt, members of the Takoma Ensemble, and our special guest, the effervescent composer Charlie Barnett for the latest in our series of incredibly popular and interactive concerts geared to children ages 1 1/2 - 7 and their grown-ups! In a program called "Meet the Composer", our young audience will have the chance to learn how music is created - and to help!

Tickets not available in advance for this event, so come early as it fills up!  
Suggested donation $10 per child. 

The concert is presented by the We Are Takoma Series, and supported by a grant from the Takoma Foundation

For more information, please call 240-257-2714

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Announcing our next concert!!

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 7:30PM


Church of the Ascension, 633 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, MD
Presented in partnership with CASA of MD
Concert commentary in English and Spanish

with Special Guest, 5-time WAMMIE Award winner Lilo Gonzalez

Anna Clyne, Within Her Arms
Heitor Villa-Lobos, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Aria (arr. John Krance)
Kluge and Kluge, Beside the Golden Door (world premiere)
Bela Bartok, Divertimento for Strings
...and music by Lilo Gonzalez!

Tickets available HERE

Monday, February 22, 2016

Our Next Concert: Movable Home 4/9/2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 7:30pm
at Church of the Ascension, 633 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910

We will perform the DC area premiere of Joel Phillip Friedman's vibrant MOVABLE HOME, as well as the world premiere of CONSTELLATIONS by Alistair Coleman.

The evening kicks off with Ottorino Respighi's lovely ANCIENT AIRS AND DANCES, Suite No. 3, and ends with a chance to hear from the composers themselves, and then enjoy a reception with the composers and performers.

General Admission $25
Young Professional (up to age 30) $15
Student (17-25 w/ID) $10
Kids 16 and under FREE!

Tickets available here!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Takoma Ensemble: Peanut Butter & Jam Session

January 30, 2016 at 4:00pm

Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions are designed for children ages 1 1/2 to 7 and their accompanying grown-ups. These informal concerts encourage young children to become active and enthusiastic listeners through music, movement, and games. 

In this session, we will explore FEELINGS. For the young child, navigating and understanding feelings can be quite a complicated task! Our feelings range from great excitement and joy to sadness and anger and all that’s in between. 

Join a String Quintet from the Takoma Ensemble and Kindermusik educator, Becky Linafelt, on a musical journey through the varied landscape of FEELINGS.

Stay for snacks after the performance!

A $10 per child donation is suggested.

At the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium
7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

Monday, November 16, 2015

Carols for Christmas

Friday, December 4, 2015 at 8:00pm
Church of the Ascension, 633 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring, MD

Takoma Ensemble joins forces once again with the National Philharmonic Singers in a concert to help jump start your holiday season with music from the Baroque to right now. The concert includes an opportunity for the audience to sing along on favorite carols.

Featuring music of Durante, Torelli, and McDowall along with premieres of three works by local musicians; Alistair Coleman, a multi-talented young musician currently attending Walt Whitman High School who has received many awards for his work; Virginia composer and George Mason University alum Peter Gjon Kadeli; and National Philharmonic Singer Ed Rejuney. The concert concludes with favorite carols by the choir, including Stille Nacht and our ever-popular Carol Sing with the Twelve Days of Christmas.

$25 general admission
$15 "young professional" 30 and under
$10 student (17-25)
16 and under free

PARKING is available at East Silver Spring Elementary School located behind the church on Silver Spring Avenue. Street parking is also always available.