Chamber Music


Joyce DiDonato

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Joyce DiDonato with Brentano String Quartet

Wed, Oct 5, 2016, 7:30 PM

Hailed for her "glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace, and remarkable talent" (New York Times), Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato joins the Yale School of Music's magnificent Quartet-In-Residence.

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Harlem String Quartet

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Harlem String Quartet with Aldo López-Gavilán

Mon, Oct 17, 2016, 7:30 PM

The acclaimed Harlem String Quartet combines its "fresh, bracing, and intelligent" work (The Cincinnati Enquirer) with the Fortas debut of "formidable virtuoso" Aldo Lopez-Gavilan (The Times of London), a renowned Cuban pianist and composer.

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Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Mercury Soul

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Mercury Soul

Mon, Oct 24, 2016, 7:30 PM

Mercury Soul--"the swirling, genre-busting musical extravaganza" (San Francisco Chronicle)--kicks off the new KC Jukebox season with an immersive performance that blends classical music, DJing, and imaginative stagecraft.

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The Kennedy Center

Washington Performing Arts presents Hilary Hahn, violin and Robert Levin, piano

Fri, Oct 28, 2016, 8:00 PM

Three-time Grammy-winning violinist Hilary Hahn brings a wide-ranging program in a recital performance with pianist Robert Levin.

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Takacs Quartet

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Takács Quartet

Wed, Nov 9, 2016, 7:30 PM

The quartet's sound "is like a fine wine: warm, rich, and light, and improving with age" (Washington Post). Following its memorable full Bartók cycle in 2014, the foursome returns with selections from Beethoven's string quartet cycle.

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ATOS trio

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: ATOS Trio

Mon, Nov 21, 2016, 7:30 PM

The distinguished Berlin-based threesome returns to play selections from its "Czech Album." Says the Washington Post: "Atos has risen steadily through the ranks to become one of the elite piano trios before the public today."

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KLR Trio

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Wed, Dec 7, 2016, 7:30 PM

Our beloved Chamber Ensemble-in-Residence commemorates 40 seasons since its official debut at President Carter's inauguration with a selection of favorites and a Fortas co-commissioned D.C. premiere from Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

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Dover Quartet

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Dover Quartet

Mon, Jan 9, 2017, 7:30 PM

"The young American string quartet of the moment" (New Yorker) follows its triumphant 2014 Kennedy Center debut with more soaring music, including a new work specially commissioned from Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.

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Weilierstein Bathman, McGill

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Alisa Weilerstein, Inon Barnatan and Anthony McGill

Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 7:30 PM

This exciting trio includes MacArthur Fellowship–winning cellist Alisa Weilerstein and two top New York Philharmonic talents: pianist and Artist-in-Association Inon Barnatan, and Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill.

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Pamela Frank

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Pamela Frank and Friends

Tue, Jan 24, 2017, 7:30 PM

The Avery Fisher Prize–winning violinist, lauded for her "big, rich sound" (Philadelphia Inquirer), joins esteemed musicians for a rare quintet combination: Arnaud Sussman (violin), Dmitri Murrath (viola), Peter Wiley (cello), and one more TBA!

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John Adams

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Ravishment

Mon, Jan 30, 2017, 7:30 PM

Step into a dreamlike world with Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates and a cadre of skilled artists for hot-off-the-press chamber music, anchored by a string quartet from the trailblazing John Adams, in celebration of the Pulitzer Prize–winning composer's 70th birthday.

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The Kennedy Center

Washington Performing Arts presents Joshua Bell, violin and Sam Haywood, piano

Fri, Feb 10, 2017, 8:00 PM

Superstar American violinist Joshua Bell performs with pianist Sam Haywood in a recital program that includes a reading of Robert Frost's poem "Dedication," written for President Kennedy's inauguration.

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Venice Baroque

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Venice Baroque Chamber Ensemble

Mon, Feb 13, 2017, 7:30 PM

Nearly a dozen musicians from the Venice Baroque Orchestra, "one of the world's most adventurous and dramatic period-instrument ensembles" (NPR), perform thrilling Italian concertos by Vivaldi, Corelli, and more in enthralling authentic Baroque style.

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Aizuri Quartet

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Aizuri Quartet

Mon, Feb 20, 2017, 7:30 PM

The all-female Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music has garnered acclaim for its explosive combination of depth, refinement, and vigor. Its Kennedy Center debut includes classics and a new work by Grammy-winning composer Caroline Shaw.

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Victor Gama

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Music & Instruments of Victor Gama

Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 8:00 PM

The renowned composer and instrument builder brings his unique vision to KC Jukebox for an exciting performance including a piece informed by his upbringing in Angola, performed on an array of beautifully constructed instruments.

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The Kennedy Center

Washington Performing Arts presents Daniil Trifonov, piano

Tue, Apr 4, 2017, 8:00 PM

Exciting young Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov returns to Washington, D.C. in a recital program of Schubert, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky.

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The Kennedy Center

Washington Performing Arts presents Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin and Lambert Orkis, piano

Sat, Apr 8, 2017, 3:00 PM

World-acclaimed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter returns to the Concert Hall, in recital with her longtime duet partner, NSO keyboardist Lambert Orkis.

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Elena Urisote

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Elena Urioste and Michael Brown

Wed, Apr 26, 2017, 7:30 PM

Recipient of a Sphinx Medal of Excellence, violinist Elena Urioste's last Fortas engagement was a "virtually flawless performance" (Washington Post). She returns with Avery Fisher Career Grant winner pianist Michael Brown, another star on the rise.

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Chanticleer

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Chanticleer

Tue, May 2, 2017, 8:00 PM

Hailed as "the world's reigning male chorus" by the New Yorker, the Grammy–winning a cappella ensemble performs the world premiere of a new Kennedy Center co-commission from Mason, in addition to works by a range of contemporary luminaries.

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Thievery Corporation

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Thievery Corporation

Mon, May 15

This D.C.-based duo performs its own bossa nova-inspired music plus new arrangements from today's leading young composers. Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates kicks off the evening with an instrumental/electronica work.

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Mauricio Pollini

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Maurizio Pollini in Recital

Tue, May 16, 2017, 7:30 PM

Grammy-winning classical pianist Maurizio Pollini rounds out our exciting Fortas season. The extraordinary Italian virtuoso is hailed as "one of the most satisfying, illuminating, and all-around impressive pianists of any generation" (LA Times).

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