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The Kennedy Center Chamber Players: Works by Leclair, Copland & Schumann

Sun, Oct 8, 2017, 2:00 PM

The acclaimed ensemble of NSO musicians opens its 2017–2018 season with a stunning, diverse journey through the Baroque, Romantic, and Contemporary musical eras.

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: 2-4-6-8! A Chamber Music Celebration by the Numbers

Thu, Oct 12, 2017, 7:30 PM

Some of today's brightest artists, including the Emerson String Quartet and Dover Quartet, perform a duet (2!), a quartet (4!), a sextet (6!), and an octet (8!) in a thrilling program curated and played in part by our own Fortas artistic director Joseph Kalichstein. 

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Sphinx Virtuosi

Sun, Oct 15, 2017, 2:00 PM

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Sphinx Organization, this exciting program offers a collection of concerti through the ages. The program has something for both seasoned listeners as well as young and new audiences, and showcases tremendous variety in languages and styles.

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Washington Performing Arts presents: Nikolai Lugansky, piano

Wed, Nov 1, 2017, 7:30 PM

A pianist applauded for his serene approach to some of the most demanding pieces of piano literature, Nikolai Lugansky is well known for his stunning performances as an orchestral soloist

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Tue, Nov 7, 2017, 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 of Beethoven's most famous and beloved trios.

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Washington Performing Arts presents: Verona Quartet

Fri, Nov 10, 2017, 7:30 PM

Winners of the 2015 Concert Artist Guild Competition and fresh off a two-year stint as the Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School, these musicians may be young, but they play with a clarity and conviction well beyond their years.

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Leila Josefowicz in Recital

Sat, Nov 11, 2017, 7:30 PM

Renowned violinist and new music advocate Leila Josefowicz makes her exciting Fortas debut! Frequent collaborator John Novacek joins her for a program that truly shows the range of musical emotion, from one of Prokofiev's darkest and most brooding works, to an ethereal and lively contemporary work by Kaija Saariaho.

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Young Concert Artists welcomes PyeongChang Music Festival in Celebration of the 2018 Winter Olympics

Mon, Nov 20, 2017, 7:30 PM

This Special Chamber Music Event opens the 39th Young Concert Artists Series in the Terrace Theater.
 

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Washington Performing Arts presents: Nathan Lee, piano

Sat, Dec 2, 2017, 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: Cantus

Wed, Dec 6, 2017, 7:30 PM

This "intellectually, emotionally, and musically rich" (Minneapolis Star Tribune) eight-member men's vocal ensemble is known worldwide for its trademark warmth and engaging performances. Join the group for an exciting Christmas program.

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Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Ear / Eye

Fri, Dec 8, 2017, 7:30 PM

The intersection of music and imagery will be explored in this multimedia performance, from the beautiful textures of Timo Andres's response to pen-and-ink abstractions to Anna Clyne's industrial response to a film about the creation of the Brooklyn Bridge. A featured work by Marcos Balter pairs startling musical sonorities with Italian design imagery of the 1970s, and the evening also includes Jacob Cooper's moody Ripple the Sky, a piece inspired by the mental illness of Robert Schumann.

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Young Concert Artists presents: Benjamin Baker, violin with Daniel Lebhardt, piano

Tue, Jan 23, 2018, 7:30 PM

Violinist Benjamin Baker debuts with YCA in the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Concert in a program of Schubert, Britten, and Elgar.
 

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Calidore String Quartet

Wed, Jan 24, 2018, 7:30 PM

Heralded as "the epitome of confidence and finesse" (Gramophone Magazine), this American Quartet brings one of the most exciting programs from its repertoire, "Hungarian Spirit," which showcases the influence and contribution of Hungarian music and artists on the string quartet canon.

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The Kennedy Center Chamber Players: Works of Françaix, Poulenc & Brahms

Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 2:00 PM

The Kennedy Center Chamber Players return for their winter concert with a mix of lesser-heard works by Françaix, Poulenc, and Brahms.

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Leonard Bernstein, His World Through Music

Tue, Feb 6, 2018, 7:30 PM

As part of the Kennedy Center Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration singer Carla Dirlikov Canales, in collaboration with pianist Justin Snyder and Leonard Bernstein's son Alexander, bring a captivating evening of the late legend's vocal and piano music, enriched with personal reminiscences, illuminating commentary, and illustrative video and photographs.

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Washington Performing Arts presents: Alexandre Tharaud, piano

Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 7:30 PM

Known for vibrant interpretations of Baroque music, French pianist Alexandre Tharaud applies his delicate sophistication to one of Western music’s most iconic keyboard works. This “Rubik’s Cube of invention and architecture” (NPR) will require every ounce of the “bravura virtuosity and cool intelligence” that the Washington Post noted in Tharaud’s 2005 Hayes debut.

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Washington Performing Arts presents: Emmanuel Pahud, flute & Alessio Bax, piano

Fri, Feb 16, 2018, 7:30 PM

After gaining his position as co-principal flutist for the Berlin Philharmonic at the age of 22, Emmanuel Pahud could have rested on his laurels. Instead, he has skyrocketed to become a proverbial rock star of the flute. Alessio Bax’s “quintessential lyricism, insightful interpretations, and dazzling facility” (Gramophone) pair with Pahud’s technical finesse to create a performance experience that overflows with insight and intensity.

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Young Concert Artists presents: Xavier Foley, double bass

Tue, Feb 20, 2018, 7:30 PM

A multiple award winner at several prestigious international competitions, double bassist Xavier Foley offers a program of selections by Bach, Sperger, Franck, and a composition of his own.
 

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Washington Performing Arts presents: Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos & Yo-Yo Ma

Fri, Feb 23, 2018, 8:00 PM

This “super trio” of musicians lend their artistic mastery the richness of Schubert's and Brahms’s chamber music.

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Washington Performing Arts presents: David Fung, piano

Sat, Mar 10, 2018, 2:00 PM

A past winner of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition and the Arthur Rubinstein Piano International Masters Competition in Tel Aviv, David Fung makes his solo Washington Performing Arts debut on this season’s Hayes Piano Series, having made a powerful impression as the recital partner of violinist Chad Hoopes in 2016.

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Young Concert Artists presents: Anthony Trionfo, flute

Thu, Mar 15, 2018, 7:30 PM

Young flutist Anthony Trionfo offers an eclectic program which includes a Premiere by YCA Composer-in-Residence Katherine Balch.
 

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Washington Performing Arts presents: Itzhak Perlman, violin & Martha Argerich, piano

Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 8:00 PM

Washington Performing Arts brings two titans of classical music to the Concert Hall stage, the renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman and the incomparable pianist Martha Argerich. 

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Takács Quartet

Wed, Mar 21, 2018, 7:30 PM

Largely considered to be one of today's best string quartets, the Grammy-winning Takács Quartet "stands at the peak of its powers--at the peak of its profession" (The Boston Globe). Join them for an evening of classics by Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich played with fervor and imbued with fresh insight.

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Washington Performing Arts presents: Boris Berezovsky, piano

Thu, Mar 22, 2018, 7:30 PM

A product of the famed Moscow Conservatory, Boris Berezovsky rocketed to fame as the Gold Medal winner at the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition and, after many trips to the U.S., he spent a large portion of the next two decades focusing on performance opportunities across Europe. In this rare U.S. recital, Berezovsky demonstrates the introspective but powerful performance style for which he is internationally known.

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Washington Performing Arts presents: Roman Rabinovich, piano

Sat, Mar 24, 2018, 2:00 PM

From winning the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition to being tapped by Sir András Schiff for his young pianists’ series to stepping in for Murray Perahia in recital at Mann Auditorium in Tel-Aviv, Roman Rabinovich has garnered accolades and the attention of the international piano community.

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The Kennedy Center Chamber Players: Works by Beethoven, Mozart & Franck

Sun, Mar 25, 2018, 2:00 PM

The ensemble of NSO musicians offer a mix of playfulness and melancholy in its spring concert with Beethoven’s Duo with Two Obbligato Eyeglasses for Viola and Cello, Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor, and Franck’s Piano Quintet.

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Dawn Upshaw and So Percussion

Thu, Apr 5, 2018, 7:30 PM

Five-time Grammy-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw is joined by today's leading percussion ensemble, So Percussion. This contemporary pairing brings an exciting freshness to our season with an evening that includes a brand new work by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw.

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Young Concert Artists presents: Dasol Kim, piano

Mon, Apr 9, 2018, 7:30 PM

Korean pianist Dasol Kim brings a recital program of music by Chopin, Ravel, and Schubert to the Terrace Theater stage. 
 

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Isabel Leonard in Recital

Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 2:00 PM

The acclaimed mezzo-soprano precedes her turn as Rosina in Washington National Opera's production of The Barber of Seville with an intimate concert. The Grammy-winning, operatic superstar brings her gorgeous voice to a glorious evening of story and song.

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Washington Performing Arts presents: Conrad Tao, piano

Sat, Apr 21, 2018, 2:00 PM

Conrad Tao’s accomplishments as a pianist, violinist, and composer have already earned him notoriety as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and an Avery Fisher Career Grantee. “A musician of deep intellectual and emotional means” (NPR), he juxtaposes recent additions to the piano repertoire with beloved standards in a program that displays his versatility and talent as a performer.

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Steven Isserlis and Richard Egarr

Mon, Apr 23, 2018, 7:30 PM

Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist Steven Isserlis brings a special Baroque program to our newly re-opened theater. He is accompanied by harpsichordist Richard Egarr and, in the authentic style of the period, plays a gut-string cello.

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Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: JFK Jukebox

Wed, Apr 25, 2018, 7:30 PM

In celebration of President Kennedy, KC Jukebox presents an evening of music informed by the Civil Rights movement, from Carlos Simon's An Elegy: Cry From the Grave—a haunting dedication to those wrongfully murdered by an oppressive power, performed by the Parker Quartet—to a special performance by David T. Little's band, Newspeak. The evening's featured piece is The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc for 10 cellos by recently rediscovered visionary Julius Eastman, performed by American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME).

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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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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: 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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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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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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