About WMV and BannerArts

Washington Musica Viva produces high quality, unpretentious public performances of a broad range of classical, jazz-based, and contemporary chamber music. WMV began as a monthly multi-disciplinary performance series in the Kensington studio of visual artist Marilyn Banner. Now in its 18th season, WMV has produced more than 250 programs, including performances at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, the Czech Center in NY, the Embassy of the Czech Republic, the Embassy of Austria, Busboys and Poets, Twins Jazz Club, and Brooklyn Conservatory. WMV is directed by pianist Carl Banner. Other participants include professional musicians from Washington, Baltimore, New York, Raleigh, and elsewhere.

WMV's popular monthly Flower Avenue House Concert series began in January 2013 in the BannerArts studio at 7502 Flower Avenue in Takoma Park MD. The studio, which seats about 35, also serves as gallery space for artist Marilyn Banner. These lively, informal events include plenty of time for socializing before, during intermission, and after the music. Other very popular house concerts take place in Bethesda at the home of Richard White. The house concerts are almost always filled to capacity, so it is best to reserve early.


"Classical" music means music that has been written down in some way so that other people can play it. According to tradition, "classical" music employs clean and precise intonation and rhythms, but this is not essential to its nature.

"Jazz" means music which is often (but not always) improvised, relies heavily on syncopation and swing, and often utilizes flexible intonation.

"Chamber music" means music suitable for small rooms and intimate audiences.

"Contemporary" means music that has been written recently.


Washington Musica Viva, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization, and all contributions are fully tax deductible. WMV can be reached at 301-891-6844, dcmusicaviva at verizon.net. Our mailing address is WMV, 7502 Flower Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912.


Washington Musica Viva Board of Directors:

Marilyn Banner, president, Diane Costenoble, treasurer, Patty Barden, secretary, Carl Banner, executive director

ex officio: David Cheng