The more than a century old Gothic style church with the bright red front door doesn't look like a major music venue. But that's exactly what Grace Episcopal church in downtown White Plains has become.
"The mission is really to keep affordable, very quality culture in the downtown White Plains area," said director Timothy Lewis.
World renowned flutist and composer Pamela Sklar has played in Downtown Music at Grace jazz and classical programs for four years. The Westchester resident has recorded and played with legendary musicians such as Luciano Pavarotti, Tony Bennett and Dave Brubeck. Even though she travels the world playing with big names at grand venues, Sklar says she enjoys returning to the delightful, intimate setting of Grace Church.
"I love it. It's a beautiful space," she said. "I love the fact that it's community-based and that the styles of music presented are varied, everything from jazz to classical to holiday music.
Sklar returns to Downtown Music at Grace again on Dec. 22.
The White Plains Patch, Michelle Brown
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Flutist Pamela Sklar composed the closing piece "Wood Spirit". She said, "It (Wood Spirit) has to do with the properties of sound and feeling of wood, the way it breathes. One of my favorite instruments includes the cello and the open sound of its strings. You can hear that quality of the sound because of the resonance of the wood."