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Past Events: Fortas

  • 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.

  • Emerson String Quartet

    Thu., Nov. 6, 2008, 7:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Two seasons ago, the Emersons performed Shostakovich's first eight string quartets, enrapturing Fortas audiences. They return to perform Shostakovich's remaining string quartets, Nos. 9-12 (Nov. 5) and Nos. 13-15 (Nov. 6).

  • Emerson String Quartet

    Wed., Nov. 5, 2008, 7:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Two seasons ago, the Emersons performed Shostakovich's first eight string quartets, enrapturing Fortas audiences. They return to perform Shostakovich's remaining string quartets, Nos. 9-12 (Nov. 5) and Nos. 13-15 (Nov. 6).

  • Claremont Trio

    Thu., Oct. 30, 2008, 7:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Comprised of twin string musicians Emily and Julia Bruskin and pianist Donna Kwong--their colleague from The Juilliard School--the trio plays a program featuring a world premiere by Nico Muhly and works by Smetana and Schubert.

  • Concertante

    Wed., Oct. 8, 2008, 7:30 PM
    2008-2009 Season
    Comprised of six core virtuoso string players who are all alumni of The Juilliard School, Concertante performs a program dedicated to string sextets by Martinu, Dvorák, and Tchaikovsky.

  • I Fagiolini

    Sat., May 31, 2008, 7:30 PM
    2007-2008 Season
    One of Britain's most innovative vocal ensembles performs staged presentations of pre-classical secular masterpieces. Part of the Kennedy Center's A Cappella: Singing Solo.

  • Trio Mediaeval and Cantus

    Fri., May 30, 2008, 7:30 PM
    2007-2008 Season
    The gleaming voices of these two acclaimed ensembles combine for a splendid concert of rich sound. Part of the Kennedy Center's A Cappella: Singing Solo.

  • eighth blackbird: The Only Moving Thing

    Tue., May 13, 2008, 7:30 PM
    2007-2008 Season
    This "friendly, idealistic, and highly skilled" (The New Yorker) sextet performs contemporary music, including the Washington premiere of a work by Steve Reich.

  • Ariel String Quartet

    Mon., Apr. 21, 2008, 7:30 PM
    2007-2008 Season
    This young up-and-coming Israeli ensemble will perform favorites by Mozart, Webern, and Beethoven.

  • Midori, violin, with Miró Quartet

    Thu., Feb. 14, 2008, 7:30 PM
    2007-2008 Season
    In a rare, intimate performance, the world-renowned violinist is joined by the up-and-coming quartet, whose youthful intensity has made them one of America's brightest chamber groups.

  • Barnab├ás Kelemen, violin, and Shai Wosner, piano

    Mon., Feb. 4, 2008, 7:30 PM
    2007-2008 Season
    These two rising stars make their Kennedy Center debut with violin and piano sonatas by Mozart, Bartók, Debussy, and Brahms.

  • Members of the National Symphony Orchestra: Mozart & Stravinsky: The Search for Perfection

    Sun., Jan. 27, 2008, 7:30 PM
    2007-2008 Season
    Members of the NSO perform classical favorites by Mozart and Stravinsky.

  • Dawn Upshaw in Recital

    Wed., Jan. 23, 2008, 7:30 PM
    2007-2008 Season
    A three-time Grammy Award winner, this splendid singer shares her natural warmth in a varied repertoire.

  • Guarneri String Quartet

    Thu., Jan. 10, 2008, 7:30 PM
    2007-2008 Season
    In its only Washington engagement this season, the celebrated quartet performs masterpieces by Bartók, Haydn, and Smetana.

  • St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble (Dec. 20)

    Thu., Dec. 20, 2007, 7:30 PM
    2007-2008 Season
    New York's preeminent chamber group returns with an uplifting holiday concert featuring J.S. Bach's complete Brandenburg concerto cycle.

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