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Past Events: Fortas

  • Escher String Quartet

    Mon., Apr. 26, 2010, 7:30 PM
    2009-2010 Season
    The exuberant Escher String Quartet returns for a night of Bartók, Brahms, and Beethoven, demonstrating what the San Francisco Chronicle calls "ripe tonal balances with the kind of heedless intensity that comes with youth."

  • Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano

    Wed., Apr. 21, 2010, 7:30 PM
    2009-2010 Season
    Performing as part of Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America, mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson "endows everything she sings with uncommon intelligence" (San Francisco Chronicle).

  • Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

    Sun., Feb. 28, 2010, 7:30 PM
    2009-2010 Season
    Enjoy a night of Schubert from the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, hailed by the New York Times as "one of the best-blended, most sensitive, and intelligent piano trios in the world today."

  • East Coast Chamber Orchestra

    Sun., Feb. 14, 2010, 7:30 PM
    2009-2010 Season
    The youthful, energetic East Coast Chamber Orchestra's program covers a wide variety of classical music with works by Purcell, Elgar, Britten, Villa-Lobos, and Tchaikovsky.

  • Steven Isserlis, cello & Kirill Gerstein, piano

    Wed., Jan. 6, 2010, 7:30 PM
    2009-2010 Season
    Cellist Stephen Isserlis performs in recital with pianist Kirill Gerstein in a program that includes Isserlis's own transcription of Schumann's Violin Sonata No. 3.

  • The Waverly Consort

    Wed., Dec. 16, 2009, 7:30 PM
    2009-2010 Season
    Returning for another performance of The Christmas Story, The Waverly Consort's eight singers and five instrumentalists recount the events of Christmas with the timeless spirit of medieval church dramas.

  • Trio Solisti

    Thu., Dec. 3, 2009, 7:30 PM
    2009-2010 Season
    In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn's birth, the "consistently brilliant…dangerous and radical" (The New York Times) Trio Solisti presents one of Mendelssohn's most lauded works, Trio No. 2.

  • Vogler String Quartet

    Thu., Nov. 19, 2009, 7:30 PM
    2009-2010 Season
    "Delivering everything we can ask of chamber music" (The Washington Post), Berlin's Vogler String Quartet celebrates 25 years with a program centered around a lost generation of Jewish composers living in Russia.

  • Zukerman ChamberPlayers

    Tue., Nov. 17, 2009, 7:30 PM
    2009-2010 Season
    Led by the great Pinchas Zukerman, the Zukerman ChamberPlayers return accompanied by Canadian pianist Angela Cheng in a program that includes a beloved Brahms Piano Quartet and the "FAE" violin and piano sonata composed by Schumann, Brahms, and Dietrich.

  • Christopher Taylor, piano

    Wed., Oct. 14, 2009, 7:30 PM
    2009-2010 Season
    Renowned pianist Christopher Taylor returns to play Bach's Goldberg Variations on a special instrument that combines the harpsichord's ability to double its keyboard with the sonority of a modern Steinway.

  • American Brass Quintet

    Tue., Oct. 6, 2009, 7:30 PM
    2009-2010 Season
    Celebrating 50 amazing years of performance, the American Brass Quintet continues its crusade as the "high priests of brass" (Newsweek) with a program that includes music written for them by Joan Tower, and more.

  • Australian Chamber Orchestra

    Wed., Sep. 30, 2009, 7:30 PM
    2009-2010 Season
    Known for energetic performances, the Australian Chamber Orchestra presents an eclectic program with works by Pink Floyd, Shostakovich, and more.

  • Australian Chamber Orchestra

    Tue., Sep. 29, 2009, 7:30 PM
    2009-2010 Season
    The acclaimed Australian Chamber Orchestra, led by Artistic Director Richard Tognetti, performs works by Handel, Bartók, Paganini, Vine, Elgar, and Ravel.

  • National Symphony Orchestra chamber ensemble: Oliver Knussen, conductor; Brad Lubman, conductor

    Sun., May 10, 2009, 7:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Conductors Oliver Knussen and Brad Lubman lead a chamber ensemble of NSO musicians as part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week. The program includes Knussen's Requiem - Songs for Sue featuring soprano Elizabeth Keusch.

  • The Nash Ensemble of London

    Wed., May 6, 2009, 7:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    The Nash Ensemble of London boasts an eclectic repertoire, from the classics to the contemporary. They perform a program that was chosen by British composer and conductor Oliver Knussen, the curator of the Kennedy Center's Contemporary Music Week.

  • Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and Miami String Quartet

    Tue., May 5, 2009, 7:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    These two world-renowned ensembles return for a program with works by Boccherini and Dvorák, as well as the D.C. premiere of a new piano septet written for them by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich as part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week.

  • Composer Spotlight: Joan Tower

    Mon., May 4, 2009, 7:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Acclaimed composer Joan Tower's music is often personally inspired. Tower on piano is joined first by her frequent collaborators the Muir Quartet and then the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio as part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week.

  • Composer Spotlight: Bruce Adolphe

    Sat., May 2, 2009, 7:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    As part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week, this concert features a selection of composer Bruce Adolphe's chamber works played by some of today's exciting musicians and the Center debut of the Apollo Trio.

  • Composer Spotlight: Lera Auerbach

    Fri., May 1, 2009, 7:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    As part of CrossCurrents, the Kennedy Center's Contemporary Music Week, pianist/composer Lera Auerbach performs a program of her works with cellist Alisa Weilerstein and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke.

  • Harolyn Blackwell, soprano, with Post-Classical Ensemble

    Sun., Mar. 1, 2009, 7:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    One of the brightest stars on stage today, soprano and D.C. native Harolyn Blackwell is joined by Post-Classical Ensemble, self-dubbed as "more than an orchestra," for a unique program of chamber music with roots from Europe's Iberian Peninsula.

  • The Hilliard Ensemble

    Thu., Feb. 12, 2009, 7:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    One of the world's foremost vocal groups, this British a cappella quartet makes its Kennedy Center debut, bringing its ensemble virtuosity to bear on great works of the Medieval, Renaissance, and contemporary periods.

  • Guarneri String Quartet: Farewell Tour - Final Concert in Washington

    Tue., Feb. 10, 2009, 7:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    After 45 years as one of the world's most revered quartets, the Guarneri embark upon their final tour. For their last DC concert, they play Beethoven's String Quartet in A minor and, with original cellist David Soyer, Schubert's Cello Quintet in C major.

  • Augustin Hadelich, violin

    Sun., Jan. 25, 2009, 7:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Juilliard graduate Augustin Hadelich has established himself as an eloquent, versatile, and unique voice among the new generation of violinists. He's joined by pianist Rohan De Silva for works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Sarasate, and Bartok.

  • Juilliard String Quartet

    Fri., Dec. 5, 2008, 7:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    The ever-evolving institution that is the Juilliard String Quartet has become a living American legend. It makes its Fortas debut with Mendelssohn's Quartet in E-flat major, Dutilleux's Ainsi la Nuit, and Ravel's Quartet in F major.

  • Perlman-Schmidt-Bailey Trio

    Wed., Nov. 12, 2008, 7:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    For their second Fortas appearance, this acclaimed trio--pianist Navah Perlman, cellist Zuill Bailey, and violinist Giora Schmidt--lends its energetic performance style to works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and others.

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