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

Sun, Aug 5, 2018, 7:00 PM

The Fifth Annual VCU Global Summer Institute of Music's 12-day intensive training program for talented young vocalists and musicians includes a free concert in the Family Theater.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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