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2020 – 2021 Season

2020—2021 Season at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Capital Hill

The 21st Century Consort, award-winning contemporary music ensemble-in-residence at the Smithsonian Institution for over four decades, embarks on its new video season at the beautiful St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capital Hill. Artistic Director Christopher Kendall presents a season of new music and high drama featuring artists Paul Cigan, Lisa Emenheiser, Dan Foster, Lee Hinkle, Alexandra Osborne, Sara Stern, and Rachel Young.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 301 A St SE, Washington, DC 20003

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METRORAIL: Capitol South (two blocks), or Union Station and Eastern Market (15-minute walk)

PARKING: On Saturdays, most adjacent blocks have unrestricted parking, with two exceptions: on the east side of 3rd Street from Independence Avenue to A Street, a two-hour restriction runs 7:00am to 9:30pm; on the west side of 3rd Street from Independence Avenue to East Capitol Street, there is metered parking at $2.30 per hour.

  • NYC: Fire And Ice

    Saturday November 092002

    Ellington/Strayhorn
    Take the A Train
    Steve Reich
    NY Counterpoint
    Evan Chambers
    Firehouse Reel
    Jon Deak
    Mose the Fireman
    Donald Sur
    Epistrophe
    Charles Wuorinen
    NY Notes
  • Popcycle

    Saturday February 082003

    William Bolcom
    Violin Sonata
    George Rochberg
    Electrikaliedoscope
    Mark Kuss
    Ten American Folksongs
    Paul Schoenfield
    Four Music Videos
  • Cries And Whispers

    Saturday March 152003

    Curt Cacioppo
    Three Piano Pieces
    Anton Webern
    Four Pieces
    Sebastian Currier
    Whispers
    George Crumb
    Four Nocturnes
    Daniel Kellogg
    Divinum Mysterium
  • About The Bard

    Saturday April 262003

    Ned Rorem
    After Reading Shakespeare
    Malcolm Peyton
    Four Songs from Shakespeare
    Scott Wheeler
    Illyrian Rounds
    James Primosch
    The Tempest
  • What Goes Round

    Saturday November 012003

    (celebrating the Hirshhorn's "Gyroscope" Exhibition)
    Hayes/Jones
    Gyroscope
    David Froom
    Circling
    Luciano Berio
    Circles
    Luciano Berio
    Sequenza
    Jacob Druckman
    Come Round
  • Keys To The Future

    Saturday December 132003

    Richard Wernick
    Sonata
    James Primosch
    Fantasia-Sonata
  • Dylan

    Saturday February 072004

    Daniel Kellogg
    And the Dust Shall Sing Like a Bird
    John Corigliano
    Mr. Tambourine Man: Poems of Bob Dylan
    Yumiko Matsuoka/Bob Dylan
    Blowin’ in the Wind
    Elizabeth Lutyens
    Valediction (Dylan Thomas, 1953)
    Charles Wuorinen
    A Winter’s Tale
  • No Place To Hyde

    Saturday March 132004

    Robert Gibson
    Of Points Fixed and Fluid
    Arthur Levering
    Clarion/Shadowing
    Bela Bartok
    Contrasts
    Jon Deak
    Hyde and Jekyll
  • Running Backwards

    Saturday April 172004

    David Froom
    Trio
    Paul Schoenfield
    Partita
    Sebastian Currier
    Variations on “Time and Time Again”
    Nicholas Maw
    Ghost Dances
  • Washington National Cathedral Series

    Tuesday June 292004

    2004 Crumb Birthday Celebration "The Cosmos According to Crumb" (Crumb and His Antecedents)
    Anton Webern
    Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano
    George Crumb
    Voice of the Whale
    George Crumb
    Sonata for Solo Cello
    Claude Debussy
    String Quartet
  • Washington National Cathedral Series

    Tuesday June 292004

    2004 Crumb Birthday Celebration "The Cosmos According to Crumb" (Crumb and His Antecedents)
    Anton Webern
    Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano
    George Crumb
    Voice of the Whale
    George Crumb
    Sonata for Solo Cello
    Claude Debussy
    String Quartet
  • Washington National Cathedral Series

    Tuesday July 062004

    2004 Crumb Birthday Celebration "The Cosmos According to Crumb" (Crumb and His Antecedents)
    Bela Bartok
    Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (Mikrokosmos Vol. 6)
    George Crumb
    Macrokosmos Volume IV: Celestial Mechanics
    Olivier Messiaen
    Quartet for the End of Time
  • Washington National Cathedral Series

    Tuesday July 132004

    2004 Crumb Birthday Celebration "The Cosmos According to Crumb" (Crumb and His Antecedents)
    George Crumb
    Ancient Voices of Children
    Gustav Mahler (Stein)
    Symphony No. 4 in G Major
  • Washington National Cathedral Series

    Tuesday July 202004

    2004 Crumb Birthday Celebration "The Cosmos According to Crumb" (Crumb and His Antecedents)
    Claude Debussy
    La Cathédrale engloutie (Preludes, Book I, No. 10)
    Charles Ives
    Trio
    George Crumb
    Makrokosmos Vol. III: Music for Summer Evening
  • Slow Boat To The Universe

    Saturday October 162004

    Lawrence Moss
    A New Dawn
    James Fry
    Three Chinese Folk Songs
    Gustav Mahler
    Das Lied Von Der Erhde (arr. Schoenberg)
  • Flute Of The Moon

    Saturday October 162004

    Randall Woolf
    Quicksilver
    Fred Cohen
    That Which Binds Us
    Lowell Liebermann
    Flute Sonata
    Sebastian Currier
    Night Time
    Joseph Schwantner
    Wild Angles of the Open Hills
  • Homage

    Saturday January 222005

    Nicholas Maw
    Narrations
    Stephen Jaffe
    Homage to the Breath
    Arthur Benjamin
    Le Tombeau de Ravel
    Paul Schoenfield
    Camp Songs
  • Time For Three Plus One

    Sunday March 132005

    Music by Paul Schoenfield and Time for Three
  • Expanding Universe

    Saturday April 162005

    Robert Gibson
    Four Haiku
    Igor Stravinsky
    Three Japanese Lyrics
    Toru Takamitsu
    Between Tides
    Kenji Bunch
    Paraphraseology
    Joseph Schwantner
    Sparrows
  • Visual Music

    Thursday June 302005

    A series of four summer programs in connection with the Hirshhorn Museum's exhibition "Visual Music," including premieres by Thomas Albert, Christopher Patton and Bruce MacCombie and works by Messiaen, Schoenberg and others.
  • Homage

    Saturday November 052005

    Arthur Benjamin
    Le Tombeau de Ravel
    Paul Schoenfield
    Camp
    Nicholas Maw
    Personnae #VI
    Stephen Jaffe
    Homage to the Breath
  • 4 Hands, 18 Feet

    Saturday December 102005

    Kari Henrik Juusela
    Natai Boogie
    Joan Tower
    Stepping Stones
    Witold Lutoslawski
    Pagannini Variations
    Frances Poulenc
    Sonata for Two Pianos
    John Adams
    Hallelujah Junction
  • Time And Memory: Celebrating The Hirshhorn’s Hiroshi Sugimoto Exhibition

    Saturday February 112006

    Scott Wheeler
    Dream Palace (world premiere)
    John Cage
    Cheap imitation, String Quartet
    David Froom
    Down to a Sunless Sea
  • Near Myth

    Saturday April 292006

    Louis Ballard
    Four American Indian Piano Preludes
    Richard Wernick
    In Praise of Zephyrus
    Jon Deak
    Rapunzel
    Harrison Birtwistle
    Ring a Dumb Carillon
    Thomas Flaherty
    When Time Was Young
  • American Retrospeculative

    Saturday October 212006

    Cage, John
    Suite for Toy Piano in Five Movements
    Froom, David
    Amichai Songs (Premiere)
    Ives, Charles &Amp; Others
    Song-set: Charles Ives and his Sources
    Varese, Edgard
    Poeme Electronique
  • Sound Objects

    Sunday December 032006

    Morrill, Dexter
    Fantasy Quintet for Piano/Electronic Sounds
    Patton, Christopher
    Eleven-ninety-nine
    Primosch, James
    From A Book of Hours
    Schoenfield, Paul
    Elegy, Rag and Boogie
    Wernick, Richard
    Sonata for Cello and Piano
  • Error Of The Moon

    Saturday February 032007

    Moravec, Paul
    Tempest Fantasy
    Wernick, Adam
    Hymns, Sighs & Shadows
    Botti, Susan
    Talaio: Desdemona
  • Games People Play

    Saturday April 072007

    Albert, Thomas
    Illuminations (Premiere)
    Alexander, Peter
    Headlock
    Bolcom, William
    2nd Sonata for Violin and Piano
    Bolling, Claude
    Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio
    Fry, James
    A Little Cartoon Music (Premiere)
    Horne, David
    Spike
    Krash, Jessica
    Her and Him (Premiere)
  • Imaginary Landscapes

    Saturday October 272007

    Ives, Charles
    Patriotic Songs
    Three Landscape Songs
    Krash, Jessica
    Undisclosed Locations
    Four Lives Cut Short
    Behrman, David
    Protest, 1917-2004
    Ran, Shulamit
    Mirage
    Cage, John
    In a Landscape
    Kellogg, Daniel
    Grand Canyon Hymns
  • A Child’s Christmas In Wales

    Saturday December 082007

    Thomas, Dylan
    A Child’s Christmas in Wales
    Warlock, Peter
    Balulalow
    Crumb, George
    A Little Suite for Christmas
    Frederico’s Little Songs for children
    Schoenfield, Paul
    Slovakian Children’s Songs
  • Swan To Stone

    Saturday February 232008

    Moss, Lawrence
    The Swan
    Deak, Jon
    The Ugly Duckling
    Albert, Stephen
    TreeStone
  • Music Of Color And Light

    Saturday April 052008

    Chambers, Evan
    Rothko-Tobey Continuum
    Larsen, Libby
    By a Departing Light
    Wourinen, Charles
    Iridule
    Maccombie, Bruce
    Color and Time
    Froom, David
    Lightscapes
    Primosch, James
    Dark the Star (Premiere)
  • October Surprise

    Saturday October 252008

    Moe, Eric
    Three Ways to Relieve Tension
    Deak, Jon
    Lucy and the Count
    Kuss, Mark
    Fear (Premiere)
    Gruber, Hk
    Frankenstein
  • Natural Affinities

    Saturday December 062008

    Copland, Aaron
    Fantasy
    Saariaho, Kaija
    Petals
    Tower, Joan
    And They’re Off/Holding a Daisy/Big Sky
    Thomas, Augusta Read
    a circle around the sun/ Moon Jig
  • Recalling Valentines

    Saturday February 212009

    Druckman, Jacob
    Valentine
    Maw, Nicholas
    Voice of Love
    David Froom
    Aubade
    Thomas, Augusta Read
    Love Twitters
    Richard Wernick
    Poison Tree
    Krash, Jessica
    Valentine
  • Recalling Valentines

    Saturday February 212009

    Druckman, Jacob
    Valentine
    Maw, Nicholas
    Voice of Love
    David Froom
    Aubade
    Thomas, Augusta Read
    Love Twitters
    Richard Wernick
    Poison Tree
    Krash, Jessica
    Valentine
  • Music Of Magic And Light

    Saturday April 042009

    Hesketh, Kenneth
    Aphorisms
    Froom, David
    Three Love Songs on Poetry of Sue Standing
    Feldman, Morton
    Projection I
    Four Songs to e.e. cummings
    Druckman, Jacob
    Glint
    Saariaho, Kaijo
    Changing Light
    Welcher, Dan
    Spirit Realms
    Doppmann, William
    Spring Songs
  • Nicholas

    Saturday October 242009

    A tribute to the late composer Nicholas Maw, soprano Lucy Shelton, baritone William Sharp, and Consort members perform Maw's intensely lyrical music.
    Nicholas Maw
    Head of Orpheus
    Ghost Dances
    Roman Canticle
    La Vita Nuova
  • Currier and Ives

    Saturday December 052009

    The Consort performs the work of two New England composers who, a century apart, have contributed to the American Musical landscape.
    Sebastian Currier
    Scarlatti Cadences
    Brainstorm
    Verge
    Charles Ives
    Piano Trio
  • Flora and Fauna

    Saturday March 132010

    Four fantastical forays into the plant and animal life of our minds.
    Kaija Saariaho
    Six Japanese Gardens
    Scott Wheeler
    Dragon Mountain
    Evan Chambers
    The Barnacle and the Nautilus
    Robert Parris
    The Book of Imaginary Beings
  • Characters

    Saturday May 082010

    The universal language of music plays with the language of letters, their form, meaning, and creation. Tonight includes the world premiere of Thomas Albert’s setting of Amy Young's poetry, with projection design by Wendall Harrington.
    Mark Kuss
    My Favorite Things
    Unsuk Chin
    Acrostic Wordplay—Seven Scenes from Fairy Tales
    Steve Reich
    Typing Music
    Thomas Albert
    Characters
  • As American As . . .

    Saturday October 232010

    Norman Rockwell introduced unlikely heroes in his one-frame vignettes about America that celebrate ordinary people, love of country and the value of family. The Consort salutes the exhibition with musical apple pie and adventure.

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    Samuel Barber
    Dover Beach
    Jordan Kuspa
    Fantastic Stuff: A Suite for Viola
    John Deak
    Wager at the El Dorado Saloon
    William Brehm
    Inaugural Suite
    Mark Kuss
    My Favorite Things
    Aaron Copeland
    Old American Songs / Music from films
  • Unruly Landscapes

    Saturday December 042010

    Photographer John Gossage focused on the the non-heroic landscape of our everyday surroundings, revealing the grace and elegance in places caught between the urban and natural worlds. The exhibition is the point of departure for a musical exploration of horizons near and far.

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    Bright Sheng
    The Stream Flows
    David Froom
    Piano Trio “Grenzen”
    Charles Ives
    Thoreau (from Concord Sonata)
    Donald Crockett
    to be sung on the water
    Alan Mandel
    Steps to Mt. Olympus
    Donald Crockett
    Horn Quintet "La Barca"
  • Fable

    Friday February 112011

    Artist Alexis Rockman depicts the natural world with virtuosity and wit while exploring concerns about the world’s fragile ecosystems. The Consort performs fantastic, ferocious, futuristic music for Rockman’s “A Fable for Tomorrow.”

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    Igor Stravinsky
    Rite of Spring
    Paul Schoenfield
    Cowbird Quartet
    Jennifer Furr
    Imaginary Animals
    Bruce MacCombie
    Light Upon the Turning Leaf
    Jacob Druckman
    Lamia
  • Carpe Diem

    Saturday April 162011

    Taking Time for what it is: nature’s way of keeping everything from happening at once, in this music reflecting artist Robert Rauchenberg’‘s works at American Art.

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    Joan Panetti
    The Instant Gathers
    John Cage
    The Seasons
    Jordan Kuspa
    Time Crunch
    Paul Moon
    Projections
    Olivier Messiaen
    Quartet for the End of Time
  • The Great American . . .

    Saturday November 052011

    Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson were the voices of 19th century American transformation. Their poetry and period are points of departure for these compositions of our own time.

    (EXHIBITION: THE GREAT AMERICAN HALL OF WONDERS).

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    John Harbison
    Songs America Loves to Sing
    William Brehm, Mario Davidovsky, Joan Tower, Richard Markowitz
    A Whitman Sampler
    David Froom
    Emerson Songs
    Miguel Del Aguila
    Clocks
  • . . . Hall of Wonders

    Saturday December 032011

    Charles Dickens’ marvelous, supernatural Christmas story, in the irresistible setting by American composer Jon Deak, is also an indictment of industrialization. A 19th century, romantic sensibility pervades Dickens’ countryman Nicholas Maw’s lush piano trio.

    (EXHIBITION: THE GREAT AMERICAN HALL OF WONDERS)

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    Nicholas Maw
    Piano Trio
    Jon Deak
    The Passion of Scrooge
  • Multiplicity Multiplicity

    Saturday February 112012

    The concept of making multiple images from one matrix has been integral to printmaking, yet each impression is considered to be an original of art. Consider the musical and visual series of contemporary impressions as explored by these American composers.

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    Luke DuBois/Paul Moon
    Multimedia Work
    Mark Kuss
    Power Synth
    Robert Beaser
    Variations
    David Froom
    Colors Passing Through Us
    David Crockett
    Wet Ink
    James Matheson
    Falling
  • Music of Games

    Saturday May 052012

    “The Art of Video Games” is one of the first exhibitions to explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies. Who better to explore and comment on this new realm than SAAM’s Consort in residence?.

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    Peter Buffett
    Video Music
    Laura Karpman
    Common Tone
    John Adams
    Road Movies
    Dan Visconti
    The Clear Light
    John Chowning
    Voices
    Paul Schoenfield
    Four Music Videos
  • Election Special: Music for Uncivil Discourse

    Saturday October 272012

    In honor of the November elections, the Consort circles the American democratic process with Fred Rzewski’s paean to Latin liberty in The People United Will Never be Defeated, Jon Deak’s setting of Orwell in Greetings from 1984, and, to remind us of our own revolution, Peter Maxwell Davies’ over-the-top, semi-staged portrait of George III, Eight Songs for a Mad King.

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    Frederick Rzewski
    Selections from The People United Will Never Be Defeated
    Jon Deak
    Greetings from 1984
    Peter Maxwell Davies
    Eight Songs for a Mad King
  • Music for Civil War

    Saturday December 012012

    Celebrating the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s exhibition The Civil War and American Art, the Consort traverses three distinct, multi-media treatments of beloved tunes from the American Civil War, by William Brehm, Charles Ives and Stephen Rush, along with Igor Stravinsky’s music theater masterpiece.

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    William Brehm
    Civil War Images and Echoes(Premiere)
    Charles Ives
    The Alcotts from Piano Sonata No. 2 "Concord"
    Stephen Rush
    U.S. Grant - a Fluxkit Opera
    Igor Stravinsky
    The Soldier’s Tale
  • A Christmas Carol

    Saturday December 152012

    Back by popular demand, Jon Deak’s marvelous and theatrical setting of Charles Dickens’ seasonal classic, The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol is joined by another English masterpiece, Benjamin Britten’s incomparable A Ceremony of Carols, to bring the holiday spirit to SAAM.

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    Benjamin Britten
    A Ceremony of Carols
    Jon Deak
    The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol
  • How it Begins

    Saturday February 232013

    An epic pairing of two major 20th century works, both settings of surreal texts sung by soprano Lucy Shelton: Arnold Schoenberg’s seminal Pierrot Lunaire, with Mime Mark Jastor as Pierrot, and To Wake the Dead, Stephen Albert’s earthy and decidedly un-surreal music to passages from James Joyce’s Finnigan’s Wake, with Elegy, Bruce MacCombie’s moving tribute to Albert, and ours to MacCombie.

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    Arnold Schoenberg
    Pierrot Lunaire
    Bruce MacCombie
    Elegy
    Stephen Albert
    To Wake the Dead
  • Dance the Night Away

    Saturday April 202013

    Music that takes us from the darkest hours of night to the dancing light of dawn, in a program calculated for challenge and choreographed to move. George Crumb’s staged, classic environmental manifesto (protesting human incursion into the moon’s ecosystem of myth) is companion to dance music from a variety of composers’ for the dance of our imaginations.

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    Derek Bermel
    Mulatash Stomp
    Eugene O’Brien
    Algebra of Night
    David Froom
    Dance to the Whistling Wind
    Snorri Sigfus Birgisson
    Dance for Solo Cello
    George Crumb
    Night of the Four Moons
    Donald Crockett
    Dawn Dance (Premiere)
  • New Sounds for a Timeless Space

    Monday July 082013

    The 21st Century Consort, conducted by Christopher Kendall with guest soprano Mary Mackenzie, guest ensemble the Folger Consort, and members of the Cathedral Choirs perform music of our time, written to be played at the landmark Washington National Cathedral. Music by Stephen Albert (“Cathedral Music”), James Primosch (“Sacred Songs and Meditations”) and Christopher Patton (“From Darkness to Light”) all address the magnificent reaches of space and sound in this soaring space.

    Stephen Albert
    Cathedral Music
    James Primosch
    Sacred Songs and Meditations
    Christopher Patton
    Out of Darkness
  • Like the Dickens

    Saturday December 072013

    Back by popular demand! The return of Jon Deak’s irresistible, hilarious and moving monodrama and holiday classic, The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol, featuring baritone William Sharp.

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    David Biedenbender
    Awakening
    John Cage
    Living Room Music
    David Froom
    Flying High
    Paul Schoenfield
    Beulah
    Jon Deak
    The Passion of Scrooge or a Christmas Carol
  • Tango Amor

    Saturday February 152014

    A synchronized celebration of Valentine’s Day and the SAAM exhibition “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art” with a complete performance of Frederick Rzwski’s monumental setting of the iconic Chilean protest song, The Citizens United Will Never Be Defeated, balanced by romantic and Tango-tinged music by Oswaldo Golijov, David Froom and Paul Schoenfield.

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    Frederick Rzwski
    The People United Will Never Be Defeated!
    Oswaldo Golijov
    Omaramor
    David Froom
    Two Yeats Songs
    Paul Schoenfield
    Dark Eyes
  • Just Folk

    Saturday April 262014

    The Consort closes the season as it began, celebrating two Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibitions in one concert: 20th century American Realism from the Sara Roby Foundation Collection with works by Edward Hopper and others, and the upcoming, colorful, socially-minded folk art of Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget, in a program inspired by the artist’s explorations and reflections of American society.

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    Shulamit Ran
    Perfect Storm
    Luciano Berio
    Folk Songs
    Evan Chambers
    Now Winter, Wi' His Cloudy Brow
    Aaron Copland
    Appalachian Spring
  • Aviary

    Saturday October 252014

    The Consort celebrates the exhibition The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art with flights of musical imagination. The program features soprano Carman Pelton singing avian-obsessed music from the late 14th century and the past hundred years, a tribute to birds of all feathers.

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    Ars Subtilior
    Bird Pieces
    Oliver Messiaen
    Selected works
    Henri Dutilleux
    Blackbird
    Thomas Albert
    Thirteen Ways
  • A Christmas Carol

    Saturday December 062014

    The return by popular demand of Jon Deak’s Dickensian classic of the season, with baritone William Sharp in his unforgettable role as Ebenezer Scrooge, preceded by Martin Goldsmith’s reading of another holiday favorite by Dylan Thomas interspersed among George Crumb’s etherial evocation of Giotto’s Christmas frescoes.

    Dylan Thomas
    A Child's Christmas in Wales
    George Crumb
    Little Suite for Christmas
    Jon Deak
    The Passion of Scrooge or a Christmas Carol
  • New York Nights

    Saturday February 212015

    Inspired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s extensive collection of New York cityscapes, this program features the world premiere of the complete “Algebra of Night,” Eugene O’Brien’s setting of New York and Night themed poetry sung by mezzo-soprano Deanne Meek. Charles Wuorinen’s epic musical evocation of the metropolis, Charles Wuorinen ode to the city, and a surprise encore follow.

    Eugene O'Brien
    Algebra of Night
    Robert Paterson
    Star Crossing
    Charles Wuorinen
    New York Notes
  • Worlds Away

    Saturday April 182015

    Reflecting on works from the exhibition The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi and those of other artists who immigrated to America, the consort celebrates their artistic and musical contributions to the cultures of this country and the world. Featuring soprano Lucy Shelton in Unsuk Chin’s “Acrostic Wordplay-Seven Scenes from Fairy Tales” and a variety of works by composers from all corners of the globe.

    Toru Takemitsu
    And Then I Knew 'twas Wind
    Nicholas Maw
    Roman Canticle
    Kamran Ince
    Hammer Music
    Bright Sheng
    My Other Song
    Unsuk Chin
    Acrostic Wordplay - Seven Scenes from Fairy Tales
  • Beyond Beauty

    Saturday November 072015

    David Froom
    Fantasy Dances
    Caroline Shaw
    in manus tuas
    Nicholas Maw
    Roman Canticle
    Nicholas Maw
    The Old King's Lament
    Stephen Jaffe
    Homage to the Breath
  • The Passion of Scrooge

    Saturday December 052015

    Paul Schoenfield
    Six Improvisations on Hassidic Melodies
    Jon Deak
    The Passion of Scrooge (William Sharp, Baritone)
  • Crosscurrents

    Saturday February 062016

    John Adams
    Hallelujah Junction (Lucy Shelton, soprano)
    Luciano Berio
    Circles
    Eugene O'Brien
    Close Harmony (Lisa Emenheiser and Audrey Andrist)
    Bela Bartok
    Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
  • Icons

    Saturday March 122016

    Andrea Clearfield
    Convergence
    George Crumb
    Voice of the Whale
    James Primosch
    Icons
    Joseph Schwantner
    Sparrows (Mary Mackenzie)
  • Imaginary Landscapes

    Saturday April 302016

    Paul Schoenfield
    Cafe Music
    John Cage
    Imaginary Landscapes II
    Stephen Albert
    Distant Hills Coming Nigh Part I
    Shulamit Ran
    Mirage
    Stephen Albert
    Distant Hills Coming Nigh Part II
  • Election Special

    Saturday October 222016

    The Consort’s traditional, topical, election-year program. This time featuring
    music of women composers and noted businessman Charles Ives.

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    Mark Rimple
    Sonata Malcontento
    Andrea Clearfield
    Gaia
    Joan Tower
    Amazon
    Charles Ives
    Majority
    Charles Ives
    Trio
  • Museum Music

    Saturday December 172016

    A celebration of two museums: the reinstallation of the SAAM Folk Art Galleries,
    and the opening of the new national Museum of African American History and
    Culture, along with the return of a season favorite, Jon Deak’s “The Passion of
    Scrooge.”

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    Hannah Lash
    Folk Songs
    David Baker
    Heritage: A Tribute to Great Clarinetists
    Jon Deak
    The Passion of Scrooge or a Christmas Carol
  • Stone Dancing

    Saturday February 042017

    Inspired by the SAAM exhibition of work by Isamu Noguchi, the great Japanese/
    American sculptor and furniture and set designer. Featuring music from ballets
    with sets designed by Noguchi.

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    John Cage
    The Seasons
    Elliott Carter
    Sonata for Cello and Piano
    John Williams
    Air and Simple Gifts
    Toru Takemitsu
    Itinerant
    Arnold Schoenberg
    Five Pieces for Orchestra
  • Color School

    Saturday March 252017

    A musical reflection of the Washington DC Color School painter Gene Davis,
    featuring music by minimalist, synesthetic and Washington DC composers.

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    Jessica Krash
    Dangerous Curves
    Robert Gibson
    Twelve Poems
    David Froom
    Nightsongs
    John Chowning
    Voices
    Nicolas Maw
    Ghost Dances
  • Lumia

    Saturday September 232017

    As early as 1919, well before the advent of consumer television and video technology, Thomas Wilfred began experimenting with light as his primary artistic medium, developing the means to control and project colorful, luminous forms that have been compared to the aurora borealis. A luminous program for two pianos with Lisa Emenheiser and Lura Johnson.

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    John Corigliano
    Kaleidoscope
    Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Symphonic Dances
    Claude Debussy
    Blanc et Noir
    William Bolcom
    Garden of Eden
    Witold Lutoslawski
    Paganini Variations
  • Howling at the Moon

    Saturday November 042017

    Mexican artist influenced by Picasso; shared common interests with younger American artists including Jackson Pollock and Adolph Gottlieb, who were drawn to indigenous art, mythical themes, and increasingly non-representational imagery, and who grappled with the anxieties of World War II. Tamayo’s fierce and symbolic animal paintings and artworks evoking celestial themes from the 1940s are a special focus of the exhibition. Featuring Soprano Lucy Shelton.

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    Mario Lavista
    Cuaderno de Viaje
    Shulamit Ran
    Moon Songs
    Missy Mazzoli
    Magic with Everyday Objects
    Gheorghe Costinescu
    Nine Portraits from the Wild
    Gabriela Ortiz
    Vitrales de Ambar
  • An Evening of Carols

    Saturday December 162017

    The Consort undertakes the performance and filming by videographer Paul H. Moon of Jon Deak’s redemptive tale at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill (301 A St., SE.)

    Be sure to note this change of venue in your schedule!

    The holiday masterpiece, featuring William Sharp, is paired with Benjamin Britten’s beloved work for harp and children’s choir featuring voices from the Washington National Cathedral children’s choirs.

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    Benjamin Britten
    A Ceremony of Carols
    Jon Deak
    The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol
  • Lenny’s Legacy

    Saturday February 172018

    SAAM’s contribution to the city-wide Bernstein Centennial celebration, with repertoire including the Clarinet Sonata and other works by Bernstein along with Foss, Rorem and other leading composer/performers. Soprano Alice Teyssier will make her Consort debut.

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    Lukas Foss
    For Lenny
    Leonard Bernstein
    Clarinet Sonata
    Lukas Foss
    Time Cycle
    Charles Ives
    The Unanswered Question
    Ned Rorem
    The Unquestioned Answer
    Kate Soper
    The Crito (after Plato)
    Leonard Bernstein
    Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
  • Memory Lane

    Saturday April 212018

    The exhibition “Do Ho Suh: Almost Home” highlights the artist’s physical manifestation of memory, reckoning with ideas of personal history, cultural traditions, and belief systems in the contemporary world. Two new works will be presented, and soprano Bora Yoon will be heard in selections from Sarah Kirkland Snider’s unforgettable mega-cycle.

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    Chen Yi
    Tunes from My Home
    Sarah Kirkland Snider
    Songs from the Unremembered
    Bora Yoon
    New multi-media work with videographer Paul Moon
    Paul Schoenfield
    Gloria’s Century (Premiere)
  • “Sites Unheard”

    Saturday October 202018

    A sly musical take on the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s exhibition of artist Trevor Paglen, who makes the invisible world visible via photography and video, journalism, geo-politics, and astronautical engineering, documenting the infrastructures of American surveillance. The Consort surveils music by a select database of extant American composers.

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    Annie Gosfield
    Lost Signals and Drifting Satellites
    Frederik Rzewski
    Winnsboro Cottonmill Blues
    Gemma Peacocke
    Lumen
    Robert Paterson
    Star Crossing
    Robert Gibson
    Night Music
    Jon Deak
    Greetings from 1984
    David Froom
    Hidden Motives
  • Scrooge Opera Film Premiere

    Saturday December 082018

    Special Event: Film maker Paul H. Moon’s film of Jon Deak’s “The Passion of Scrooge, or a Christmas Carol” will receive a premiere screening, free to the public, at 3:30 PM in McEvoy Auditorium prior to the concert.

    View an introductory video now for this premiere.

    Jon Deak
    The Passion of Scrooge, or a Christmas Carol
  • “Between Worlds”

    Saturday December 082018

    Bill Traylor is one of the most celebrated American self-taught artists, whose life spanned slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and the Great Migration and foreshadowed the era of Civil Rights, offering a rare perspective to the large story of America. The Consort’s music probes subjects and stories that inhabit Traylor’s remarkable work.

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    Special Event: Film maker Paul H. Moon’s film of Jon Deak’s “The Passion of Scrooge, or a Christmas Carol” will receive a premiere screening, free to the public, at 3:30 PM in McEvoy Auditorium prior to the concert.

    View an introductory video now for this premiere.

    Carlos Oliver Simon
    Lickety Split
    Isai Rabiu
    Freedom
    Corey Dundee
    Migration Miniatures
    David Baker
    Clarinet Sonata
    Frederic Rzewski
    Down by the Riverside
    TJ Anderson
    Gospels, Serenades, and Vamp
    Evan Chambers
    Come Down Heavy!
  • “All You Need is Love”

    Saturday February 162019

    Well, maybe it’s not ALL you need; a little music is also good. For Valentine’s Day, the Consort digs deep to find contemporary classical music that explores the subject of romance viewed from multiple vantage points, in a program that ends with a Valentine surprise.

    In light of recent and potential “circumstances beyond their control” effecting the Smithsonian, you may not be entirely surprised to learn that the Consort’s February 16th concert won’t be happening at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Instead the beautiful St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capital Hill has generously agreed to be the venue for “All You Need Is Love.”

    We’re very much looking forward to it and to seeing you there!

    St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
    301 A St SE
    Washington, DC 20003

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    Melinda Wagner
    Romanza with Faux Variations
    Jeffrey Mumford
    An Evolving Romance
    Maurice Wright
    Cantata
    Scott Wheeler
    Serenata
    Hilary Purrington
    Mean Reds
    Nicolas Maw
    La Vita Nuova
  • “Black Angels”

    Saturday April 132019

    A harrowing and formative period for many in America, 1965-1975 is the subject of SAAM’s exhibition “America and the Vietnam War.” The Consort mounts a musical corollary with works that speaks to the tenor of the times and the themes that still radiate from them.

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    James Primosch
    Times Like These
    Susan Botti
    River Spirits
    Kim Ngoc
    Open House
    Christopher Theofanidis
    The World is Aflame
    George Crumb
    Black Angels
  • “Time Out of Mind”

    Saturday November 092019

    St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capital Hill (301 A St SE, Washington, DC 20003)

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    Corey Dundee
    Convoluted Reasoning
    Sebastion Currier
    Brainstorm
    Gemma Peacocke
    Amygdala
    Chen Yi
    Memory
    Sofia Gubaidulina
    Garten von Freuden ynd Traurigkeiten
    Robert Paterson
    The Thin Ice of Your Fragile Mind
    Jon Deak
    Moody Melody
    Melinda Wagner
    Four Settings
  • “Round About Midnight”

    Saturday December 212019

    St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capital Hill (301 A St SE, Washington, DC 20003)

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    Dylan Thomas
    A Child’s Christmas in Wales (not in program order)
    George Crumb
    Eine Kleine Mitternacht Musik
    Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    Music a Quattro
    Evan Chambers
    Firehose Reel
    Helen Grime
    Snow and Snow
    Pete Seeger
    The Bells of Rhymney
    Paul Mealor
    Silent Night
    David Froom
    Violinetude (Eine Kleine Kleinmusik)
    Hilary Tann
    ....Slate, Blue-Gray
    Paul Mealor
    Ubi Caritus
  • “Time’s Up”

    Saturday February 222020

    St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capital Hill (301 A St SE, Washington, DC 20003)

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    Gyorgy Ligetti
    Poeme Sympthonique for 100 Metronomes
    Sebastion Currier
    Variations on Time and Time Again
    Elliot Carter
    Tempo e Tempi
    Olivier Messiaen
    Quartet for the End of Time
  • “H2O (Water Music)”

    Saturday March 212020

    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium
    6:00 Concert (5:00 pre-concert discussion)

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    Tan Dun
    Water Music
    Kati Agocs
    A la Claire Fountaine
    Stella Sung
    Dance of the White Lotus Under the Sliver Moon
    Luciano Berio
    Circles
  • “A Time for…”

    Saturday April 182020

    Note: Due to Covid19 restrictions this concert is cancelled.

    St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capital Hill (301 A St SE, Washington, DC 20003)

     

    Paul Dessau
    Guernica
    Eugene O’Brien
    Elegy to the Spanish Republic (premiere)
    Conlon Nancarrow
    Prelude and Blues
    Kevin Puts
    And Legions Will Rise
    Roberto Gerhard
    Three Impromptus
    George Crumb
    Ancient Voices of Children (50th anniversary of the work)
  • “ S p a c e d O u t ”

    Friday October 162020

    This concert was recorded on October 16, 2020, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

    Jeffrey Mumford
    An Expanding Distance of Multiple Voices
    Carlos Simon
    Between Worlds I
    Zosha Di Castri
    La Forma della Spazio
    Carlos Simon
    Between Worlds II
    Jennifer Jolley
    How to be a Deep Thinker in LA
    Carlos Simon
    Between Worlds IV
    John Luther Adams
    The Light that Fills the World

*Programs subject to change.