Past Highlights, Too


IBIS Chamber Music Society


Bach for Solo Violin

Friday, February 10 at 7:30 pm

Lyon Park Community Center

414 N. Fillmore Street, Arlington

Our program features Joseph Scheer, concertmaster of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, performing solo violin partitas and sonatas by Bach. These masterworks firmly established the technical capability of the violin as a solo instrument and served as a model for generations of composers including Ysaye and Bartok. Brahms wrote of these pieces: "On one stave, for a small instrument, the man writes a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful feelings."

Joseph Scheer was handpicked to be the concertmaster of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra by Maestro John Williams himself, and over the course of his career has performed in virtually every great concert hall and with every great conductor and soloist imaginable. Joe will "talk and play" through these great works in our intimate concert space and IBIS "home base."

Did your New Year's resolutions include getting some culture and helping your community? If so, on Friday, February 10 you can kill two birds with one stone.

This concert is a fundraising event for the renovation of the Lyon Park Community Center. ALL proceeds from this concert go directly to the renovation fund.

Tickets $20

$10 seniors/students

Kids under 18 are free

Join us for a champagne reception

after the concert!

JS Bach


Festival of Women Composers: February 26 and March 11,

Sundays at 4pm at Rock Spring Church in Arlington

These concerts are free!

This program is supported by the Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division

and the Arlington Commission of the Arts.



FRIDAY, February 10

Cupid's Not Stupid, Cocktails to Fall For

Aria Pizzeria



A Valentine’s Day themed cocktail reception with top DC mixologists engaging in a friendly cocktail competition.


Gina Chersevani

Rachel Sergi, Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Ben Wiley, America Eats Tavern

Youssef, J & G Steakhouse

Dennis Burns, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Book signing by Dan Searing whose new book The Punch Bowl: 75 Recipes Spaning Four Centuries of Wanton Revelry just came out.

Admission includes sampling all five cocktails, wine, beer and light snacks. Join us on Friday, February 10th at 7pm at Aria Pizzeria & Bar in the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center.



Margaret Newton Bronzes

Rafael Gallardo Paintings

Guillermo Perdomo Sculptures

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 6:00 - 8:00 PM Dupont Circle Art Walk

Barbara Bennett Q Street Fine Art

2015 Q St. NW Washington, DC 20009 map (202) 255-2893




from IBIS Chamber Music

assisted by the Arlington Children's Chorus


Music from Harry Potter

and the Prisoner of Azkaban


Saturday, January 28

at 11:15 am and 12:30 pm


DOME THEATER at the Artisphere

1101 WIlson Boulevard, Arlington

Free parking in the garage





Violinist Joseph Scheer plays and discusses solo violin music by Bach.

A champagne reception follows the concert.

Friday, February 10

7:30 pm

Tickets $10-20/

kids are free

email Susan

for tickets.



IBIS examines this fascinating topic in a series of 2 concerts at Rock Spring Church in Arlington.

Sunday, Feb. 26

4 pm

Sunday, March 11

4 pm


Complete details at our website.

Tickets $10/$8 for kids 12 and under

This program is suitable for music lovers of ALL ages!

Get Your Kids Out of the House!

(and excited about music)

IBIS reprises an audience favorite, with an assist from the Arlington Children's Chorus. This program is designed to show kids what an important role music plays in telling a good story. Joe Scheer's rollicking arrangement of the music from "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" was done with Maestro John Williams' approval, and features IBIS musicians from the Kennedy Center, National Symphony and Boston Pops on strings, flute and harp, not to mention tom-tom, triangles, and police whistles! The Arlington Children's Chorus (Kevin Carr, director) helps out with the vocals. The program also features our original arrangement of Ravel's Mother Goose Suite. Mr. Carr narrates the familiar stories that Ravel set so beautifully in music, while classic illustrations are projected on the Dome Theater's ceiling.

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IBIS Chamber Music Society

Champagne & Strings #1

"Afternoon Serenade"

Enjoy a concert of classics and new discoveries, followed by a champagne reception.

Sunday, November 20 at 4 pm

The first installment in our Champagne & Strings series brings great music to the intimate Lyon Park Community Center. The Beethoven Serenade for violin, viola and flute, Mozart Duo for Violin and Viola mix it up with lively works by composers Katherine Hoover and Rebecca Clarke--part of our season long celebration of women writing music.

Sunday, November 20 at 4 pm

Lyon Park Community Center

414 North Fillmore Street, Arlington, VA

Tickets $20/$10 seniors and students/Kids under 18 FREE

Includes post concert champagne reception

Subscription to this concert and February 10 Champagne & Strings for $30/$15

Email Susan for tickets

Also on the horizon: IBIS at IOTA

For a little change of pace this season, IBIS will be making several appearances (and holding several open rehearsals) at

IOTA Club and Cafe, Clarendon's live music mecca.

Did you miss our October 7 concert? We reprise most of the program, including string quartets by Barber (including the famous Adagio)

and Tchaikovsky, and Vaughan Williams Folk Songs for Viola and Harp.

Enjoy IOTA's great food and full bar along with this casual concert!

Tuesday, November 22 at 7 pm

IOTA Club and Cafe

2832 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington (2 blocks from Clarendon Metro)

Cover Charge $12 at the door.

You can follow us on Facebook,

and see our full season on our website.

IBIS is supported in part by Arlington County through the Cultural Affairs Division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.

IBIS Chamber Music Society | 300 North Garfield Street | Arlington | VA | 22201-1231



Saturday, October 15 from 6:30 - 10:30 pm

DC digest’s own Barbara Twigg, a very talented pianist as well as writer of some of our film and theater reviews, will be entertaining during cocktails and/or dinner at the wonderful Bombay Club restaurant, downtown on Connecticut Ave. NW near the White House on Saturday night! If you’ve been there, you know they have terrific Indian food, an elegant ambiance, and valet parking, if needed, though there’s usually plenty of street parking. Stop by for cocktails or book your dinner reservations …and say hello to Barbara!

(She’s also available to play for your upcoming holiday parties!)

Bombay Club

815 Connecticut Ave NW, between H & I Streets, NW

Saturday, October 15 from 6:30 - 10:30 pm


IBIS Chamber Music Society

We join you in remembering those whose lives were taken.

String quartets by Barber (including his famous Adagio) and Tchaikovsky; arias and songs by Copland, Cilea and Rodgers accompanied by harp and strings

This concert is presented by Federal Lodge #1.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit

Details of the IBIS season now posted

Based in Arlington VA, IBIS Chamber Music includes musicians from the National Symphony, Kennedy Center Orchestra and Boston Pops. An IBIS concert pairs dynamic performances with imaginative programming and friendly presentation. The Washington Post praised IBIS as "compelling" and "splendid", and the St. Petersburg Times appreciated the "refreshing mix of music, well-played and fetchingly presented." Recent projects include a collaborative concert with singer/songwriter Dar Williams, a world premier by composer Marti Epstein, and an arrangement of John Williams' music from Harry Potter for quintet and percussion.


IBIS Chamber Music Society

What are you doing this weekend?

The earthquake and hurricane are behind us-

why not enjoy some great food and music

for a great cause?

IBIS in Love

Our annual house party and fundraiser!

Sunday, September 11, 2011, 4:00 pm

Musical entertainment at 4:30

Hors d'oeuvres, wine and specialty IBIS cocktail at 5:30

Join IBIS musicians from the National Symphony, Kennedy Center Orchestra and Boston Pops, their spouses, and friends as they make music together in the spectacular, art-filled home of our friends Jan and Elizabeth Lodal.

On our program

Fantaisie for violin and harp by Saint-Saens

Duo for viola and flute by Devienne

Duets for 2 Violins by Shostakovich

and a few surprises...

As a remembrance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 Joel Fuller and Edward Newman will perform Louange a l'eternitie de Jesus from Messiaen's Quatour Pour La Fin du Temps.

Your children are welcome to attend as our guests.

Unable to attend? Please consider a donation to help IBIS bring its unique concerts to the community!

Your RSVP is requested!

Call (703)755-0960


The Lodals live at 6026 Chesterbrook Road

in McLean (at the corner of N. Albemarle)

There is ample street parking.


Save the date! Our first concert of the season takes place on Friday, October 7 at 7 pm at the Masonic Temple in Alexandria. IBIS will collaborate with legendary soprano Alessandra Marc.

Details at

IBIS is supported in part by Arlington County through the Cultural Affairs Division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.



Friday and Saturday, July 1 & 2 - Art Sale

The art sale described below is the private collection of an old friend of mine in his home near Dupont Circle. That is where I bought the painting on the left by Zamy Steynovitz, which reminds me of a Chagall ...and another friend of mine bought a couple of pieces, too.

Many new pieces from other locations (home & gallery) also will be part of this sale.




Open House Art Sale

First Preview of Future Art Gallery

Renowned artists from around the world; Chagall, Dali, Miro, Rauschenberg, Icart, Gottlieb, Kertesz, Roy Schatt, and many more!

Hundreds of Photographs, Prints, Lithographs, Bronzes, Antiques, Furniture.

Join us for fun and refreshments, bring your friends.

Friday June 3, 5pm - 9pm

Saturday June 4, 11am - 9pm

2008 R St NW

Washington DC 20009

Donna's Note: I bought a fabulous painting at a great price at this preview sale in a Dupont Circle rowhouse that will become an art gallery in the near future. This terrific sale will continue on Saturday, June 4 - open from 11am until 9pm. It is a wonderfully

eclectic mix of paintings, sculpture, photography, vintage posters, antiques and more …by a wide variety of artists in every price range. Tip: some of the prices are negotiable! Don't miss it!


IBIS Chamber Music Society



in collaboration with Elizabeth Kluegel, soprano, Rock Spring Congregational Church

and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Friday May 27 at 7 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

4444 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington VA 22204

This concert will be followed by a dessert reception. There is no charge, but our audience is encouraged to donate generously. All proceeds will go directly to the American Red Cross.

Program to include:

Japanese Song Settings for Soprano, Harp and Cello by Masatoshi Mitsumoto

Arias for Soprano with piano and violin obligato by J.S. Bach

Piano Quartet in C Minor by Johannes Brahms




IBIS Chamber Music Society



2 events "of note" on Mother's Day weekend

The IBIS Annual


Saturday, May 7 at 10:30 am

Clarendon United Methodist Church

606 North Ivy Street

Arlington VA 22201

Kids--Grab your moms and dads, and come hear musicians from the Kennedy Center, Boston Pops and National Symphony performing on flute, harp, clarinet and strings.

We'll be playing our brand new arrangement of Ravel's Mother Goose Suite, with a narrator and pictures to help tell the stories that Ravel tells with music. And we'll be assisted by some big kids from Prelude--Arlington Youth String Orchestra.

and for the grown-ups...




Sunday, May 8 at 7:00 pm

Clarendon United Methodist Church

This program will feature Ravel's String Quartet, our new

Mother Goose, and the dazzling Introduction and Allegro

for harp and ensemble.


On Friday, May 27, 7 pm IBIS joins forces with

the Rock Spring Congregational Church and

the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington in

a concert to benefit earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.

This concert will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church,

4444 Arlington Boulevard and will feature IBIS musicians

and guest soprano Elizabeth Kluegel.

A dessert reception will follow.

IBIS Chamber Music Society | 300 North Garfield Street | Arlington | VA | 22201-1231


Sweet Charity tickets are usually $110 per person but are only $77 per person with our discount code PAULSLIST11.

Let me know if you need any more information! --Donna

Tickets are $110 per person but are only $77 per person with our discount code PAULSLIST11.


See the DCdigest Food & Wine page for additional details about a new series of Italian cooking classes at Al Tiramisu, the most authentic Italian restaurant in the nation's capital. Covering all 20 regions of Italy, “It’s like taking a trip throughout Italy without the cost of going abroad," smiles Al Tiramisu's chef/owner Luigi Diotaiuti, who is known for his good cheer and authentic Italian cooking and wine mastery. Attendees of the Saturday afternoon classes will gain a real "flavor" of each region—its history, culture, inhabitants, and food and wine specialties—while cooking and eating three courses with wine pairings representing the area.

The first cooking class, Saturday, April 16, 11 AM-2 PM, focuses on Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean and the southernmost region of Italy. Succeeding classes will then move from the south up to the north of Italy. Cooking classes are $75 apiece including all food and wine. Reservations: 202-467-4466. See the DCdigest Food & Wine page for additional details.




The IBIS String Quartet's Second

Champagne & Strings Concert!

Sunday, March 13, 7 pm

People often tell us that what they most enjoy at an IBIS concert is when we Offer our insights into the Music we are performing. This concert will begin at 7:00 with a glass of champagne (or non-alcoholic equivalent) while our violinist Joe Scheer gives a brief "fireside chat" about two great works by Brahms and Schubert.


414 North Fillmore Street

Arlington VA 22201

Ample street parking available

About 1 mile south

of the Clarendon Metro


Brahms Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51 No. 1

Schubert Quintet for Strings in C Major


$10 for seniors (over 65)

and students

Kids 18 and under are


Tickets will be available at the door,

but advance purchase is

strongly recommended.

General admission

Doors open at 6:30

Email Susan to reserve tickets

IBIS String Quartet



This program is supported in part by Arlington County through the Cultural Affairs Division of the

Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.



IBIS returns to

Rock Spring Congregational Church

with an inaugural concert for

their new Steinway grand piano!


Get a jump on Valentine's Day with this program of Romantic works for piano, strings and flute.

Our fabulous pianist Edward Newman will be performing Chopin, and then collaborating with violinist Joel Fuller, cellist Amy Butler on works by Schumann, Kreisler and Brahms. Flutist Adria Foster also joins us to perform the lovely and evocativeAquarelles (Watercolors) for flute, piano and cello by 19th century French composer and flute virtuoso Philippe Gaubert.

This concert is free, with a goodwill donation to support the Rock Spring Music program accepted. Join us for a post concert reception.


Liebeslied and Liebesfreund by Fritz Kreisler

Fantasie Stucke by Schumann

"Aeolian Harp" Etude and Ballade No. 3 in Ab

by Chopin

Aquarelles (Watercolors) by Gaubert

Piano Trio No. 1 by Brahms

Rock Spring Congregational Church

5010 Little Falls Road

Arlington VA 22205

Free street parking is available.


On Monday, February 14th, 9 pm,

IBIS flute and harp duo Adria Foster and Susan Robinson will be featured on WETA's Front Row Washington. Enjoy this recital performed last fall at Georgetown University.

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4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


Sunday, January 30, 2011



Spectrum Theatre at the Artisphere

Arlington VA

Singer/songwriter Dar Williams has long been a luminous presence in today's pop-folk music scene and a regular on the touring circuit. Stereo-type raves: "Dar Williams may be the best female singer-songwriter in America today," and Paste hails her as "one of the genre's central figures." Her deeply felt, insightful songs and sweet singing voice have a broad appeal that transcends the boundaries of gender and generation, and her unique musical style defies categorization. Now Dar is embarking on a new boundary-crossing and definition-defying musical project: a collaboration with a classical chamber music ensemble.

Singer/Songwriter Dar Williams

Founded by violinist Joseph Scheer (concertmaster of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra) and Susan Robinson (principal harp of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and Dar's sister-in-law), IBIS prizes musical excellence, innovative programming, and a friendly performance style that delights audiences. The Washington Post has praised IBIS as "splendid" and "compelling."

Dar Williams and IBIS in Concert--click here to see video of this performance

This concert will feature an exciting mix of music: original arrangements of Dar's music (popular favorites like When I Was a Boy,Beauty of the Rain, and Buzzer to name a few), as well as classical and traditional vocal music, and works by Gershwin and William Grant Still for string quartet and harp.

TICKETS $35/$30 Military/Seniors/Students

AVAILABLE AT: Artisphere Box Office: 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA 22209

On-Site Box Office Hours:

Mon - Thurs: 11am - 10pm

Fri & Sat: 11am - Midnight

Sun: 11am - 8pm

Or buy your tickets online here


or call 888-841-2787

Please note: The Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre is located at 1611 North Kent Street, just across the street from Artisphere. There is free parking beneath the building.


DC Dining Society New Year's Eve Wine And Spirits Banquet

Contact Chef Marty at 202-265-0477 or

Membership is free. Reservations are required.

On Friday, December 31, at 8:00 PM we will meet at The Monocle on Capitol Hill, at 107 D Street NE. The restaurant is the very definition of a refined classical steak and seafood house (celebrating its 50th anniversary this month) yet is current enough to have won The Restaurant Association Of Metropolitan Washington's Voter's Choice Award as Restaurant Of The Year just two years ago.

Our adult beverage buffet will include the following until each is depleted and may be replaced by additional selections. Vintages may vary. (By the way, if you like what you drink at our events, our good friends at Schneider's of Capitol Hill will help you find them for your own home or gift giving, and may have some good holiday specials for you. Call Jon there for more information.)

Taittinger Champagne Brut La Francaise NV

Louis Jadot Beaujolais Village 2009

St Francis Old Vine Zinfandel 2007

Salviano Turlo 2008

Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2008

Lucien Albrecht Crement d'Alsace (Sparkling) Brut Rose NV

Catoctin Creek Organic Roundstone Rye Whisky

Catoctin Creek Pearousia

Philadelphia Distilling Bluecoat American Dry Gin

Philadelphia Distilling Vieux Carre Absinthe Superieure

Vermont Spirits Vermont Gold Vodka

Herradura Tequila

From 8:00 to 9:00 PM we will enjoy oysters on the half shell with traditional accompaniments and The Monocle's signature roasted oysters with curried chardonnay sauce and California sparkling wine selections in the lounge. Then we will be seated for the following menu:

First-Course Selections

Paradise Salad

Crisp-Fried Calamari with red pepper aoli

Shrimp over pesto beans

Grilled Squash, Portobello, Roast Peppers and Goat Cheese

Shellfish Bisque

Main-Course SelectionsNew York Sirloin, certified Angus, 14 oz., grilledShort Ribs of Beef, braised with cipollini and red wineMaryland Blue Crab Cakes, roasted red pepper sauceWellington Farms Chicken with herb sauce and French beans with shallotsAtlantic Salmon Filet with oven roasted fennel & leeksVegetarian Pasta

DessertMeyer Cheese Cake with rum roasted pineappleLemon Curd Pie with berries

Chocolate Triomphe Cake with crème anglaise

Seasonal berries with yogurt and honey

The price is $125.00 per person at the door or the advance price is $115.00 by cash or check that must be received at least 24 hours before the event and includes all food, the wines and spirits listed above, tip and tax. Because of the large selection of alcoholic beverages we strongly suggest that you take cabs, limos, public transportation, etc. or have a designated driver. We want you to stay safe and keep the rest of our neighbors the same way! The restaurant is only a three minute walk south from the Union Station Metro exit.

Contact Chef Marty for reservations or any additional information.

Note: It is not too late to book private in-home cooking class banquets as holiday gifts for immediate or later use.

Happy New Year and Happy eating,

Chef Marty






December 9, 7:30 p.m.

Resurrection Lutheran Church

6201 Washington Boulevard, Arlington

Free street parking

Next up from IBIS Chamber Music: a free concert featuring music for flute, harp and viola. Principal players from the Kennedy Center Orchestra will perform Jolivet's Pastorales de Noel, the seminal Trio for Flute, Harp and Viola by Debussy, as well as an unusual and beautiful trio by German composer Harald Genzmer.

This concert is free--your goodwill donation is happily accepted. It will run about 90 minutes, and is suitable for older kids. A meet-the-artists reception follows the concert.




Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m.

The IBIS Chamber Music Society, musicians from the Boston Pops, Kennedy Center Opera House and National Symphony Orchestras, offers a FREE concert on Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m.

FREE Works by Debussy, Genzmer and Jolivet

Resurrection Lutheran Church

6201 Washington Boulevard, Arlington


11/5/10 TONIGHT !!!

Attention Music-loving friends:

IBIS musicians are members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Boston Pops and the National Symphony. As many of you know, I’m on the Board of the wonderful not-for-profit IBIS Chamber Music Society, providing free and low-cost concerts to the community. Tonight's intimate concert will start with a champagne chat, a different format than most concerts! Details below and full season schedule on their website.

The IBIS concert at Belmont Mansion last month was completely Sold Out …word is getting around about this outstanding group! Reservations are suggested, but any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

I hope you can join us!


The IBIS String Quartet's First

Champagne & Strings Concert!


People often tell us that what they most enjoy at an IBIS concert is when we offer our insights into the music we are about to play. This concert will begin at 7:30 with a glass of champagne (or non-alcoholic equivalent) while our violinist Joe Scheer gives a brief "fireside chat" about two great quartets by Beethoven and Mendelssohn, and examines the relationship between them.


Beethoven Quartet No. 15 in a Minor, Op. 132

Mendelssohn Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13

IBIS String Quartet


November 5

7:30 pm


414 North Fillmore Street

Arlington VA 22201

Ample street parking available

About 1 mile south

of the Clarendon Metro


$10 for seniors (over 65)

and students

Kids 18 and under are FREE

A Subscription for both concerts in this series is available at a discounted price. The second concert is Sunday March 13, 7 pm and features Brahms String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, and the

Schubert Quintet for Strings.

Series Subscription: $30

$15 for seniors and students

Tickets will be available at the door,

but advance purchase is recommended.

Email Susan to Reserve Tickets




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