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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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Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends: New Worlds

Sun, Mar 4, 2018, 8:00 PM

The acclaimed actor and renowned cellist team up to showcase core American values in literature and music. Murray brings his wit and charm to classic songs, prose, and poetry by Twain, Hemingway, Whitman, Bernstein, Gershwin, Foster, and more in dialogue with Vogler’s transfixing Stradivari cello. 

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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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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 offers 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: A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein

Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 2:00 PM

The Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano pays homage to Leonard Bernstein, who was a pivotal force in translating and transforming the European song cycle and oratorio tradition into an American idiom that can be related to by all. Isabel Leonard precedes her turn as Rosina in WNO's production of The Barber of Seville with this intimate concert.  

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

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, to a special performance by David T. Little's band, Newspeak, to Ted Hearne's moving The Answer to the Question that Wings Ask.

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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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POSTPONED: 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 & Martha Argerich, piano
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Wed, May 23, 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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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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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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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 Dvorák, R. Strauss & Brahms

Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 2:00 PM

In its vibrant first concert of the season, the ensemble of NSO musicians plays Dvorák’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, Lutoslawski & 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. 

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.

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.