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JFK Jukebox: In Homage to JFK’s Legacy in Civil Rights

Wed, Apr 25, 2018, 7:30 PM

In celebration of President Kennedy, this evening of music informed by the Civil Rights Movement includes performances by the Mivos Quartet with spoken word artist Saul Williams, David T. Little and his band Newspeak, and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble. 

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Washington Performing Arts presents: Paul Huang, violin & Orion Weiss, piano

Fri, Apr 27, 2018, 7:30 PM

Avery Fisher Career Grantees Paul Huang and Orion Weiss focus their shared crystal-clean techniques and virtuosity on an exploration of the lyrical poetry of the violin sonata, including a new work commissioned by Washington Performing Arts and composed by fellow grantee Conrad Tao. 

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Washington Performing Arts presents: Nathan Lee, piano
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Sun, Apr 29, 2018, 2:00 PM

Fifteen-year-old pianist Nathan Lee’s young age belies a musical insight well beyond his years and a remarkable a talent for nailing the stylistic nuances of varying composers. Having won First Prize in the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions—where he also picked up 14 performance prizes—Lee has shared the stage with the likes of Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Lang Lang.

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Les Violons du Roy with Isabelle Faust

Thu, May 3, 2018, 7:30 PM

Masterpieces abound in this stirring all-Bach program! Acclaimed Canadian ensemble Les Violons du Roy welcomes guest soloist Isabelle Faust, renowned for her musical talent and deep understanding of a composer's intentions.

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Washington Performing Arts presents: Evgeny Kissin, piano

Wed, May 16, 2018, 8:00 PM

Piano master Evgeny Kissin brings his ambitious repertoire and masterful talent back to the Concert Hall stage following a U.S. tour hiatus.

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Washington Performing Arts presents: Itzhak Perlman, violin; Pinchas Zukerman, violin/viola; and Rohan de Silva, piano

Wed, May 23, 2018, 8:00 PM

Two of the great string performers of our day—and longtime friends—Perlman and Zukerman will perform several duos for two violins and for violin and viola by Mozart, Bartók, and Wieniawski. Perlman’s frequent recital partner Rohan De Silva joins for works by J.S. Bach and Moszkowski.

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Washington Performing Arts presents: Emily Daggett Smith, violin

Wed, May 30, 2018, 7:30 PM

A member of Brooklyn-based chamber orchestra The Knights (2017 SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras participants), violinist Emily Daggett Smith embraces their championship of classical masterpieces and advocacy for new music in her own solo recitals, imparting her “gracefulness and easy rapport” (Boston Globe) to a program of mixed repertoire. 

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New York Concert Artists & Associates presents Hee-Sung Jang, piano & Jun Seo, cello, in Recital

Mon, Jun 4, 2018, 7:30 PM

New York Concert Artists & Associates is pleased to present a joint recital featuring Hee-Sung Jang, piano and Jun Seo, cello.

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The Kennedy Center Chamber Players: Works by Handel, Carter, Stravinsky & Enescu

Sun, Jun 10, 2018, 2:00 PM

In its vibrant final concert of the season, the ensemble of NSO musicians plays Handel’s Trio Sonata and Sonata for Violin and Basso continuo, Elliot Carter’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, and George Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1.

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CANCELLED: Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: A Night of Schumann and Brahms with Christoph Eschenbach and NSO Members

Mon, Jun 11, 2018, 7:30 PM

Taking his talents from the podium to the piano, the National Symphony Orchestra's own Christoph Eschenbach is joined by four distinguished NSO musicians for an intimate evening of classic Schumann and Brahms works.
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New York Concert Artists & Associates present Jayoung Hong, piano, in Recital

Mon, Jun 25, 2018, 7:30 PM

New York Concert Artists & Associates presents Jayoung Hong, piano, in Recital

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Dover Quartet

Wed, Oct 10, 2018, 7:30 PM

Fresh from playing a key part in 2017’s Terrace Theater grand re-opening, the Dover Quartet returns as the Kennedy Center’s new Quartet-in-Residence. In its first season of this three-year residency, the group will showcase classic repertoire alongside a work by our Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates.

The Kennedy Center Chamber Players: Works of Dvořák, R. Strauss & Brahms

Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 2:00 PM

In its vibrant first concert of the season, the ensemble of NSO musicians plays Dvořák’s Terzetto in C major, Strauss’s Metamorphosen, and Brahms’s String Quintet in F major.

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Tue, Oct 23, 2018, 7:30 PM

Hailed as "the greatest piano trio on the face of the Earth" (The Washington Post), Joseph Kalichstein, Jaime Laredo, and Sharon Robinson dazzle audiences once again with a stunning program featuring Schumann, Ravel, and Mendelssohn.

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Escher String Quartet

Wed, Nov 14, 2018, 7:30 PM

As former BBC New Generation Artists, the Escher String Quartet has established itself as a creative force in the UK and beyond. The group’s strength as expressive and nuanced performers is clear as they play with a “penetrating intelligence and curiosity” (The New York Times).

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: The Tallis Scholars

Wed, Dec 5, 2018, 7:30 PM

After their last sold-out performance in 2015, The Tallis Scholars return to fill the Terrace Theater once again with richly textured vocal music from the Renaissance—this time in a delightfully festive concert for the holidays. 

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Imani Winds

Wed, Jan 30, 2019, 7:30 PM

The Grammy®-nominated quintet Imani Winds returns with a diverse program highlighting works from six contemporary composers including a new commission from Pulitzer Prize recipient Henry Threadgill.

The Kennedy Center Chamber Players: Works of Hindemith, Respighi, Lutosławski & Schubert

Sun, Feb 3, 2019, 2:00 PM

The Kennedy Center Chamber Players return to play works by Respighi, Schubert, Lutoslawski, and Hindemith.

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Juilliard String Quartet

Wed, Feb 6, 2019, 7:30 PM

The ever-evolving institution that is the Juilliard String Quartet has become a living American legend. The group continues to be “the standard by which all other quartets must be judged” (The New York Times).  

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Shai Wosner and Orion Weiss

Tue, Mar 5, 2019, 7:30 PM

Pianists Shai Wosner and Orion Weiss unite for an exhilarating evening including works for four hands—a rare treat for Fortas concertgoers. 

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Takács Quartet with Garrick Ohlsson

Tue, Mar 12, 2019, 7:30 PM

The Grammy®-winning Takács Quartet return with their trademark blend of drama, spirit, and levity. Star pianist Garrick Ohlsson joins them for Elgar’s Piano Quintet.

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Benjamin Beilman in Recital

Thu, Mar 21, 2019, 7:30 PM

Charismatic young violinist Benjamin Beilman returns for an evening of Beethoven and Bartók sonatas, plus a new piece by prolific composer Frederic Rzewski, specially composed for Beilman.

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Morgenstern Trio

Tue, Mar 26, 2019, 7:30 PM

Morgenstern Trio offers delightful 20th-century works alongside a lighthearted favorite by Schubert—all with the same “polished technique and musical imagination” that made its last Kennedy Center performance a “night to remember” (The Washington Post).

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Venice Baroque Chamber Ensemble with Robin Johannsen

Wed, Apr 10, 2019, 7:30 PM

This collective of musicians from the Grammy®-nominated Venice Baroque Orchestra returns with a program highlighting some of the quintessential composers of the era. 

The Kennedy Center Chamber Players: Works of Loeffler, Shostakovich & Brahms

Sun, Apr 14, 2019, 2:00 PM

In their Spring concert, the ensemble of NSO musicians present a varied program of music by Loeffler, Shostakovich, and Brahms.

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Russian Renaissance

Thu, May 23, 2019, 7:30 PM

With classic Russian instruments, Russian Renaissance dexterously melds traditional folk music with an infusion of modernity. Their program reflects this diversity with its broad range of works by classical composers to jazz favorites.

The Kennedy Center Chamber Players: Works of Poulenc, Penderecki & Beethoven

Sun, Jun 2, 2019, 2:00 PM

In their last concert of the season, The Kennedy Center Chamber Players will play an eclectic program of Poulenc and Penderecki, concluding with Beethoven’s Serenade for Flute, Violin, and Viola in D major.