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Chamber Music


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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Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Chanticleer performs My Secret Heart

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 seeks to penetrate hidden places of the heart with vocal selections ranging from the ancient Song of Songs to a world premiere by host Mason Bates set to poetry by Walt Whitman. 

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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 plays Chopin in recital

Tue, May 16, 2017, 7:30 PM

Grammy®-winning classical pianist Maurizio Pollini rounds out our exciting Fortas season with a concert of Chopin favorites. 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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The Kennedy Center Chamber Players / Fall Concert

Sun, Oct 8, 2017, 2:00 PM

The acclaimed ensemble of NSO musicians offers a fall concert, with a program to be announced at a later date.

Celebrate Chamber Music

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

Thu, Oct 12, 2017, 7:30 PM

Today's brightest artists 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 artistic director Joesph Kalichstein. He is joined by NSO pianist Lisa Emenheiser and two of today's most notable foursomes: the Emerson String Quartet and the Dover Quartet.


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.

KLR Trio

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.

Leila Josefwicz in Recital

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.


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.

Jukebox: Ear/Eye

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.

Calidore String Quartet

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 / Winter Concert

Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 2:00 PM

The acclaimed ensemble of NSO musicians offers a winter concert, with a program to be announced at a later date.

Leonard Bernstein

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.

Tackaks Quartet

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 Mozart, Shostakovich, and Grieg played with fervor and imbued with fresh insight.

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The Kennedy Center Chamber Players / Spring Concert

Sun, Mar 25, 2018, 2:00 PM

The acclaimed ensemble of NSO musicians offers a spring concert, with a program to be announced at a later date.

Dawn Upshaw

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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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.

Stephen isserlis

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.

Jukebox: JFK Jukebox

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: JFK Jukebox

Wed, Apr 25, 2018, 7:30 PM

In celebration of President Kennedy, KC Jukebox presents a program of music informed by the Civil Rights movement, from a haunting string quartet by Carlos Simon--Elegy: A Cry From the Grave, dedicated to those who have been murdered wrongfully by an oppressive power--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.

Isabel Faust

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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The Kennedy Center Chamber Players / Summer Concert

Sun, Jun 10, 2018, 2:00 PM

The acclaimed ensemble of NSO musicians offers a summer concert, with a program to be announced at a later date.

Christoph Eschenbach

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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