Bistro Concert Series

Serving up another kind of fare: swing, jazz, folk fiddle, blues guitar and more…

Check out the listings below for details on our 2018 Bistro Concert Series events at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury. This will give you some insight about the high caliber of performers we host every month. Just $10 at the door; and the public is invited. The Bistro Concert Series is sponsored by Union Bank and Trust.

Proceeds benefit the SVWC Fellowship Fund. In fact, over the past ten years, proceeds from the Bistro Concerts have reached over $42k contributed to the Fellowship Fund. Now that is music to our ears!

NEW TO SVWC…Fireside Recitals will take place on Wednesday evenings and will feature advanced graduate students from Shenandoah University’s Conservatory of Music. The great fireplace in the Bistro provides the backdrop, hence their name: Fireside Recitals.


Friday, April 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Open to the public/$10 at the door
Jonathan Snowden, one of the world’s most acclaimed flute players, will return on April 26 with his wife Su to explore the history of the flute.
His program will draw from his own career as a performing and recording soloist and orchestral player. In addition to serving as principal flutist for London’s four leading orchestras, he has played for numerous major film soundtracks and as soloist with major orchestras all over the world.
To illustrate the evolution of this lively instrument, Snowden will play works from the Baroque to today and perform selections from shows, TV programs and film soundtracks in which he has played. His film credits include Phantom of the Opera, City Life, Pride and Prejudice, Titanic, Aladdin, and Mr. Holland’s Opus.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Open to the public/FREE
Pianist Brian Woods has emerged as a promising soloist and collaborator in the United States and abroad. A native of Webster Groves in St. Louis, Missouri, he has enjoyed great success in several distinguished competitions including the Music Teachers’ National Association Young Artist Competition (Missouri Winner and West Central Division Alternate, 2017), the Shenandoah University Student Soloist Competition (Winner, 2018), and the St. Louis Artist Presentation Society Auditions (Winner, 2017). His solo performances have led him to a wide variety of venues, from the Kauffman Center in Kansas City to Italy and Ireland. Following his debut concerto performance at age eighteen, Brian continues to build an extensive concerto repertoire, ranging from Tchaikovsky and Liszt’s First Concerti to Beethoven’s Fifth and Brahms’ Second. He has since performed with the Masterworks Festival Orchestra, the University City Symphony Orchestra, and the Vanderbilt Oratorio Orchestra and Symphonic Choirs. Woods’ 2013 performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy in Nashville was met with great acclaim from both audiences and the press. His passionate and expressive performances attract a wide array of listeners, from classical music veterans to first-time audiences.
Woods’ studies have led him to work with Anton Nel at the Aspen Music Festival and School and with William Grant Naboré and Stanislav Ioudenitch at the Lake Como Summer Piano School in Italy. Masterclass work includes performances for Robert McDonald, Gabriela Montero, Lydia Artymiw, and Jeremy Denk. Previous teachers include Robert Weirich, Craig Nies, Donna Vince, and Margaret Kitto, as well as additional study with Frank Weinstock and Jerome Lowenthal. Woods holds degrees from Vanderbilt University and the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He currently studies with John O’Conor at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia.


Friday, May 17, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Open to the public/$10 at the door
Corda Nova is an early music ensemble that focuses on bringing lesser known 17th-18th century musical works to wider audiences in a historically informed manner. Corda Nova’s successful first season included programs of German Stylus Fantasticus works and Italian sonatas in Washington DC, Middleburg, VA and Philadelphia. The ensemble’s second season included performances with soprano Rebecca Mariman and French Baroque selections performed in Washington DC, Princeton NJ, and the group’s New York City debut on the GEMS Midtown Concert Series. The trio formed in 2012 after working together in the Early Music program at Peabody Conservatory and also at the Amherst Early Music Festival. In 2018 J.T. Mitchell (baroque flute and recorder) and Gabriel Benton (historical keyboards) joined Corda Nova Baroque, and the ensemble now performs in a variety of chamber music configurations.

Baroque Flute & Recorder/ J.T. Mitchell

Viola da gamba and baroque cello/ Amy Domingues

Harpsichord/ Gabriel Benton


Friday, June 21, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Open to the public/$10 at the door
Fred Williams returns on performing an evening of well-known standards. SVWC holds a special place in Fred’s heart because his dear father lived on campus for many years. Fred is a master on piano and sings tunes from the Supper Club era. John Kocur will join him, once again, on saxophone and flute. There is nothing better than being serenaded with old, familiar songs that you can sing along with!


Friday, July 19, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Open to the public/$5 at the door
Justin Lees started playing guitar professionally in the late 70’s and studied guitar with several local prominent guitarists in Washington D.C., including Rick Whitehead, Paul Bollenbach (local to DC at the time), Bill Biesecker, Danny Gatton, and guitarists not so local (including Herb Ellis and Emily Remler).
Although stylistically diverse, Justin’s main focus is on a straight ahead approach to jazz steeped in the fifties tradition of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie and rooted in the styles of Charlie Christian and T Bone Walker. The feeling of Swing and the Blues is a constant. While in Washington D.C., he worked as a freelance musician with a variety of people that have included Ron Holloway, Dick Morgan, Keeter Betts, Cindy Cain and others. At that time, you could here him every Monday night with his own trio at the One Step Down, Washington D.C.’s premier Jazz club, until it’s closing. He performed at Blues Alley, 219 Club, and Constitution Hall plus. He has studied seriously with Howard Alden and Michele Ramo, as well as Dr. Asher Zlotnik. Past performances include opening for Nina Simone as a member of the Ron Holloway Group at Constitution Hall.
In addition to his own solo, duo, and trio projects, current projects include being the guitarist for the John Colianni Quintet, since its formation in 2006 as well as being the guitarist for John’s NEWLY FORMED JAZZ ORCHESTRA. John Colianni was Les Paul’s most recent pianist until his passing, and was with Mel Torme for 4 years, and also played for Lionel Hampton at the tender age of 19.


Friday, August 16, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Open to the public/$5 at the door
“WESTMINSTER’S GOT TALENT” returns with our multi-talented staff, back by popular demand! You’ll likely hear a comedian, a pianist, and multiple vocalist. Each year is different and each concert is a real treat!


Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Open to the public/FREE
Our performer will be a Shenandoah University Doctoral student, to be announced.


Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Open to the public/$10 at the door
The Georgetown Quintet dares to go where other quintets never go. This group commissions new works and plays them alongside classic works before varied audiences – including some that have never experienced live chamber music. Nominated for a Washington Area Music Award as Best Chamber Ensemble of 2009, TGQ has entertained audiences at Strathmore Mansion, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, the Benning Neighborhood Library in Washington, DC and Black Rock Center in Germantown, MD. Individual artists of The Georgetown Quintet have performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Delaware Symphony, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, and Ray Charles.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Open to the public/FREE
Emily Konkle ’20 is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance (Violin) from Shenandoah University’s conservatory under the tutelage of Victor Brown Chair in Violin and Associate Professor of Strings Akemi Takayama, M.M.


Friday, October 18, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Open to the public/$10 at the door
Limon is back with his crisp vocals and glittering guitar to sing top 60’s and 70’s hits. Robbie is a very talented singer-songwriter and entertainer who is comfortable with intimate, small venues and solo appearances, singing the best music of the 1970’s and accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, as he is playing before festival crowds or sold out theater performances. He has averaged 200+ such appearances each year since 2005. Performing in multiple venues across the United States, at various events ranging from wineries, corporate functions, anniversary events, and private parties. His five piece band specializes in replicating the most memorable recordings of the 1970s. It is a musical event which rekindles the audience memories to that time and their place in it.
Robbie, with his uncanny ability to replicate the vocal characteristics of period singers, thrilled audiences in the syndicated theatrical productions of stage musicals about Hank Williams, Sr. and Buddy Holly (‘Lost Highway’, and ‘Buddy’ ). The performances resulted in consistent rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. He masterfully controls flow, tempo, and brings a huge (and constantly evolving) music selection to every appearance that perfectly compliments the desires and needs of any venue.
His diverse experience and talents, honed over many years of performing, continue to earn him high praise and bookings that regularly find him with a full schedule a year or more in advance, just to secure his talents. Tap your toes, clap, sing along, get up and dance!


Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Open to the public/FREE
We will hear Chamber music students of Doris Lederer’s from Shenandoah University.


Friday, November 15, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Open to the public/$10 at the door
Caleb Nei is a pianist from Winchester who can be found somewhere in Northern Virginia playing jazz on most weekends. He loves playing solo piano and in small combo situations. He plays most often at Village Square in Winchester and at Lightfoot Restaurant in Leesburg. He has played at most of the hotels in DC, and at almost every country club in Loudoun County. He has a music degree from Huntington University in Indiana and has studied jazz at Shenandoah University. He’s also the Worship Arts Director at Emmaus Church in Berryville, VA and has a rock band, Stereoreel. If that’s not enough, he’s married with three kids! SVWC is happy to have Caleb return with great jazz standards AND FUN. His quartet will wow us again with old favorites.


Friday, December 13, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Open to the public/$10 at the door
Pandolfi’s glittering delivery of the great piano literature has been impressive during a dozen previous performances in the Winchester area. He has covered a remarkable diversity of great piano works, from the Russian masters to the famous Italians, French, Germans and Austrians, from Gershwin and Weil to a selection of crossover works. Thomas has played in prestigious venues in many parts of the world. He has just returned from a four-week concert tour in China. His performances throughout Europe and across the US have been acclaimed. In Eastern Europe, where classical piano performance is highly valued, he has been strongly praised. When a student, he was awarded full scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Juilliard School.
As well as being a gifted pianist, Pandolfi is a compelling educator. In the intimate Bistro setting, which showcases this skill, he converses comfortably, providing concise insights about his program. His past performances have been musical and educational treats. This concert will be another. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Thomas earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as a scholarship student. At the moment, he is based in the Washington, DC area, and is the proud father of a wonderful son and daughter.


March 6, 2019, 7:30 p.m.        Vocal students of Dr. Byron Jones, Opera Scenes
April 3, 2019, 7:30 p.m.        Chamber music students of Professor Doris Lederer
May 8, 2019, 7:30 p.m. Brian Woods, Student of John O’Connor
September 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m. Student of John O’Conor
October 9, 2019, 7:30 p.m. Emily KIonkle, DMA, Student of Akemi Takayama
November 6, 2019, 7:30 p.m. Chamber music students of Doris Lederer

For questions or directions, call 540-665-0156.