Candlelight Concerts

The annual candlelight concert is the sole fundraising event of the year. This concert and the support of our patrons brings world-class music to the local community, and raises critically needed scholarship and outreach funds to preserve and expand music education in the Northern Piedmont area.

Bass, Bach & Beyond


Dr. Donovan Stokes, Shenandoah University Professor and acclaimed bassist, performed music from around the world at the 12th Annual Candlelight Concert "Bass, Bach and Beyond" on Sunday February 10th at the Ballroom of Barton Oaks. 

Chopin the Traveler,
Chopin the Teacher


On Sunday Febuary 18th, 2018 the Ballroom at Barton Oaks provided a magnificent setting to experience some of the lesser known works of Chopin through the skilled interpretation of acclaimed pianist Brian Ganz. 

Our Love is Here to Stay

CMSP hosted our annual 9th annual Candlelight Concert, featuring noted soprano, Rosa Lamoreaux, and her friends. On February 28th, Rosa presented a wonderful selection of songs from the Great American Songbook with bassist Jon Nazdin and pianist, Betty Bullock.



On February 8 the New Orchestra of Washington (NOW) under the direction of Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez presented the stunning centerpiece to an elegant evening, enjoyed by close to 150 people. The ensemble consisted of a double string quartet with contrabass, which sounded stunningly full in the intimate setting of the ballroom at Barton Oaks.

Time for Three

A phenomenal trio of classically trained musicians gave a stupendous performance that left the audience thoroughly delighted and asking for more. The event was the Sixth Annual Candlelight Concert, a benefit event  at The Community Music School of the Piedmont. On Sunday January 27th, Time for Three's two violinists - Zack De Pue and Nick Kendall - and one double bassist - Ranaan Meyer - played their hearts out for the local, much-impressed crowd.

J. Reilly Lewis

The event featured the highly talented conductor and keyboard artist, J. Reilly
Lewis. “Lewis’s performance journeyed well above the timberline into the heart and soul of Bach’s genius", said The Washington Post of his playing and conducting. “It was clear from his reading of it that Lewis loves this music deeply; it was a performance so tender you never wanted it to end.”

Dances of the Heart


On Sunday, February 12, 2017, CMSP hosted our 10th annual Candlelight Concert Fundraiser with internationally acclaimed cellist, Amit Peled, with Noreen Cassidy-Polera, accompanist.

Brilliant Bach

On Sunday February 9th, the Community Music School of the Piedmont held its annual Candlelight Concer. This time, the theme was “Brilliant Bach”.   It featured the internationally acclaimed conductor and keyboard artist Dr. J. Reilly Lewis and performers from the Washington Bach Consort.  

John O'Conor


Internationally acclaimed pianist John O'Conor gave a spectacular performance at our Fourth Annual Candlelight Concert Fundraiser on February 20th at Barton Oaks in The Plains. Proceeds from this wonderful event will go to support our scholarship and community outreach initiatives

Hardy-Orkis Duo

The Hardy-Orkis Duo, composed of two Grammy Award-winning Principal Chair members of the National Symphony Orchestra, offered a dynamic program for the Community Music School of the Piedmont’s Third Annual Candlelight Concert at 4 pm on February

John O'Conor and
The Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra


On Sunday, January 25th, 2009, CMSP bid céad míle fáilte (one hundred thousand welcomes) to internationally acclaimed Irish pianist John O’Conor and the Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra.

1st Annual
Candlelight Concert

The concert featured brilliant performances by pianist and Shenandoah University Professor Elizabeth Temple, cellist Cruz Taylor Almao, violinist Flor Maryory Serrano, and pianist Gerardo Fernandez.