What a pleasure to experience one of Washington’s newest and most charming concert venues, the ballroom of Evermay in Georgetown, home of the S&R Foundation and its Overtures Summer Concert Series. Friday evening, the third performance of the season presented members of the New Orchestra of Washington.
Following a gracious welcome by S&R co-director Sachiko Kuno, pianist Grace Cho collaborated with the sweet-toned cellist Benjamin Wensel in an arrangement of “Summertime,” from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” and with violinist Chaerim Smith in “Nightclub 1960,” by Astor Piazzolla. The main event of the evening, however, was Franz Schubert’s beloved “Trout” quintet — so called for a tune from Schubert’s own song “The Trout,” which features prominently in the piece. Violist Robin Fay Massie and double bassist Alec Hiller joined Cho, Smith and Wensel in a performance that exuded youthful enthusiasm and joy in music-making. Schubert’s quintet, composed less than two decades after Evermay was built, seemed especially appropriate fare for this newly refurbished mansion.