Sounds of Spring Concert in Burtonsville, Maryland
By the Dancing Heart Ensemble Karen Johnson- flute, Carlos Rodriguez -piano, Manny Arciniega, Percussion. Classical and Contemporary Combined by Musicians Who Have Performed with Placido Domingo & Stevie Wonder
Silver Spring – (April 9) – On Saturday, May 2 at 8 pm, the Dancing Heart Ensemble (piano, flute, percussion) will perform an eclectic program of classical and contemporary works. Their concert, ‘Sounds of Spring” includes a Sonata by Australian composer Carl Vine; a Duke Ellington love song on Vibes and an uplifting collection of Appalachian Folk Songs for flute and piano, adorned with bells, glockenspiel, vibes, whistles and other percussion. The groups members have performed with Stevie Wonder (Karen Johnson- flute), Plácido Domingo (Carlos César Rodríguez- piano) and on Netflix’s House of Cards (Manny Arciniega- percussion) Widely respected classical pianist Brian Ganz said, “Dancing Heart isn’t just the name of this wonderful group, it’s the effect they have on their listeners! Their exciting, innovative programs fill audiences’ senses and leave hearts nourished and inspired.” The concert will be held at the Church of the Resurrection, 3315 Greencastle Rd, Burtonsville, MD 20866 Tickets at the door are $15, $10 for students. For more information visit [email protected] or call 301-512-1314.
The Sounds of Spring concert will include; “Fables” by Scott Wheeler, Yesterday by the Beatles, Sonata for flute and piano by Carl Vine, Prelude to a Kiss by Duke Ellington, Elegy for flute, piano and vibes by Israeli composer Gilad Rabinovitch and Mountain Songs by Robert Beaser.
The three members of Dancing Heart met at the Levine School of Music where they are all on the faculty. They talked of the need for a new paradigm in classical concerts: one in which there is much more connectivity with the audience and a repertoire that was accessible without being ‘watered down’. So in 2010 they formed Dancing Heart with this new musical agenda.
The Dancing Heart Ensemble’s mission is to transform audiences as well as themselves. To that end, they create programs that are both beautiful and evocative by juxtaposing classical works with more popular ones. Ganz said of them, “They are not a ‘cross-over’ group, but rather, they select pieces that compliment each other, regardless of their genre. The results are unique, magical programs.” The group has earned numerous rave reviews. “Dancing Heart rocked the Hylton Performing Arts Center … with an amazingly innovative and appealing program. Not only are they superb musicians, they are also highly entertaining and informative” (Hylton Performing Arts Center.)
Karen Johnson is known as a colorful and virtuosic stylist of both solo and chamber music repertoire. She has served as principal flutist of the Washington Bach Consort and is the Co-Principal of the Chesapeake Orchestra. The Washington Post has described her playing as “exquisite” and “mesmerizing” and in another recent review the Post said “ … flutist Karen Johnson wrought unforgettable magic.” Her diverse musical repertoire ranges from the sacred to the popular, and her many collaborations include appearances with pop star Stevie Wonder, the Takacs String Quartet and the Bach Aria Group.
Acclaimed by the Washington Post as “a virtuoso pianist”, Carlos César Rodríguez is a musician of great brilliance and versatility. At age 21 he made his Carnegie Hall debut. Mr. Rodríguez has also won acclaim as music director of operas and zarzuelas and has been active as composer, arranger, and improviser of ballets, Spanish dance scores, and Latin-Jazz/Pop compositions. Mr. Rodríguez made his recital debut in his native Venezuela at age 5 and made his orchestral debut as soloist at age 11.. Mr. Rodríguez has also performed in major venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center; the White House, the Corcoran Gallery and at the Steinway Series of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and Carnegie Hall.
Manny Arciniega is a free-lance percussionist, composer, arranger and educator living in Washington DC. Manny has had the opportunity to work with world renowned performers and conductors, including: Sir Colin Davis, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Trevor Pinnock, and has performed in venues all over the world. He has appeared with the London Sinfonietta, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of India, Orchestra Europa training orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Dame Evelyn Glennie. Skilled in many areas of percussion, Manny’s performance opportunities vary from playing tabla and percussion in the group Tablature, to playing buckets on the Netflix Series House of Cards. He has appeared in numerous musical theatre productions in the Washington DC area, including performances at the Arena Stage and Wooly Mammoth Theatre. He received a Master of Arts degree in Timpani and Percussion Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London.