Jeremy Castillo, the director of Performance/Contemporary Music at Levine tells Forest Hills Connection that the concert series started with a conversation between VNMS Executive Director Gloria Garcia and Jeffery Tribble, who became the president and CEO of Levine Music in July. Castillo was the next to be introduced to Garcia, and he says he is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the Main Street and to perform for the school’s neighbors.
“The Van Ness neighborhood is a location near and dear to us as it is the home of Levine’s main campus location [2801 Upton Street NW],” Castillo said. “Working with Gloria and Van Ness Main Street is a great opportunity for us to engage with one of our closest communities in the DMV where many of us at Levine eat, socialize, and hang out.”
Two Levine faculty members and a Levine Music guest artist will be involved in the performances on November 5th, 13th and 20th.
Manny Arciniega, a member of the Levine Percussion Department faculty, will be performing at Uptown Market from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, November 5th with fellow members of Project Locrea. Uptown Market will offer $5 beer, sangria and margarita specials starting at 4 p.m., and will host a wine raffle. You can find more details here.
The Josh Walker Quartet, featuring an instructor in the Levine Jazz Program and Guitar Department, will perform at Rosemary Bistro Cafe on Saturday, November 13th. This performance is indoors. Proof of vaccination is required, and reservations are suggested. Call 202-506-5961 to lock in a table.
“Our school is all about music education and performance, and we have great performers on our teaching faculty and some of the best DC area musicians joining us as guest artists at our concerts,” Castillo said. “Many of these performances take place on our campuses, and Van Ness Main Street is an awesome opportunity to get out there right in the middle of everything and play music for our friends in the area.”