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Virginia Commonwealth University's Global Summer Institute of Music @ VCU presents Special Showcase Concert

Sun, Aug 4, 2019

An intensive program that captures exceptional talents from all over the world, Global Summer Institute of Music celebrates its 6th season by presenting a special showcase with an eclectic mix of solo, chamber music, and vocal performances by festival faculty and top participants.


Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Takács Quartet I

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

The Grammy Award®–winning Takács Quartet performs a not-to-be-missed cycle of Bartók's string quartets, Nos. 1, 3, & 5 (Oct. 15) and Nos. 2, 4, & 6 (Oct. 16). 

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Takács Quartet II

Wed, Oct 16, 2019

The Grammy Award®–winning Takács Quartet performs a not-to-be-missed cycle of Bartók's string quartets, Nos. 2, 4, & 6 (Oct. 16) and Nos. 1, 3, & 5 (Oct. 15).

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Wed, Oct 30, 2019

The Kennedy Center's beloved Trio-in-Residence shares a real treat this season—a stunning program of Beethoven's most compelling trios in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday in 2020.

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The Kennedy Center Chamber Players—Fall Concert

Sun, Nov 3, 2019

This fall, The Kennedy Center Chamber Players join the celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday with two of his sonatas. In addition the ensemble will play a cello sonata by Jaffe. 

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Cantus

Wed, Nov 13, 2019

This charming men's vocal ensemble returns with its trademark musicality, “spontaneous grace,” and “expressive power” (The Washington Post). The centerpiece of this year’s program is the exciting D.C. premiere of a new composition from Grammy Award® winner Libby Larsen.

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Pamela Frank and Peter Serkin

Wed, Dec 4, 2019

Violinist Pamela Frank unites with frequent collaborator pianist Peter Serkin for an evening of Bach's sonatas. 

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Jay Campbell

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja makes her long-awaited Kennedy Center debut alongside her frequent collaborator, cellist Jay Campbell.

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Nelly’s Harpsichord: Music from Mount Vernon

Sun, Jan 26, 2020

Harpsichordist Richard Egarr plays the newly completed replica of Eleanor “Nelly” Custis one-of-a-kind harpsichord, a gift from her grandfather George Washington in 1793. The program features popular music from Nelly's time and selections from her own song book to be announced from the stage.

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Trio Con Brio Copenhagen

Wed, Feb 19, 2020

Last at the Kennedy Center for the Nordic Cool Festival in 2013, Trio con Brio Copenhagen's program is mysterious yet personal featuring Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Bent Sørensen.

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The Kennedy Center Chamber Players—Winter Concert

Sun, Feb 23, 2020

For their February concert The Kennedy Center Chamber Players share two Beethoven works: String Quartet in C major, Op. 29 and "Kreutzer" Sonata, arranged for String Quintet.

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: A Far Cry

Tue, Mar 31, 2020

The Boston-based Grammy®-nominated string orchestra makes its Kennedy Center debut with a program of works by Pärt, Mozart, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky. 

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Dover Quartet

Wed, Apr 15, 2020

Now ingrained in the Kennedy Center’s rich history, “the young American string quartet of the moment” (The New Yorker) enters its second season as our Quartet-in-Residence.

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Maurizio Pollini in recital

Sun, May 10, 2020

Extraordinary Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini returns to the Concert Hall with a program celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday.

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Emerson String Quartet and Renée Fleming

Thu, May 14, 2020

The Grammy Award®–winning Emerson String Quartet reunites with Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large Renée Fleming for another “rapturous recital” (The Washington Post).  At the center of the evening is Penelope, a new monodrama inspired by Homer’s The Odyssey from the Academy Award®–winning composer André Previn and libretto by playwright Tom Stoppard.

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The Kennedy Center Chamber Players—Spring Concert

Sun, May 17, 2020

For their final concert of the season, The Kennedy Center Chamber Players highlight two Beethoven works and Mozart's “the Kegelstatt Trio.”

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