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Press Reviews

These quotes are a few examples of the nearly 100 reviews from The Washington Post over the 32 year history of the 20th/21st Century Consort:

  • So it was an inspired move by Christopher Kendall, the director of the 21st Century Consort, to put together a Steinberg-oriented concert at the museum on Saturday, premiering several works written for the occasion. Virtually all of it was as inventive and engaging as the art itself . . . Thomas Albert's “Illuminations,” for sextet and tap dancer, was absolutely stunning. (Stephen Brookes, April 2009)
  • The 21st Century Consort is a crack group of instrumental and vocal forces committed to bringing contemporary music to the public. Saturday's gripping performance at the Hirshhorn Museum was no exception. (Cecilia Porter, November 2005)
  • …“visual music” that was lyrical and timeless at the Washington National Cathedral. (Tim Page, July 2005)
  • The fact that the 20th Century Consort continues to attract substantial, knowledgeable and passionate audiences in the 21st is further proof of the group's significance. (Tim Page, November 2003)
  • …taut, expert and altogether committed performances with a welcoming-indeed, downright homey-friendliness that is quite unusual in the rarefied world of contemporary classical music… one of the best concerts of the season (Tim Page, March 2003)
  • It is colorful, melodious, ingenious and energetic music, and it got a brilliant performance… The performance sounded definitive. (Joseph McLellan, February 2003)
  • The 20th Century Consort, under artistic director Christopher Kendall, has programmed nine world premieres this year in celebration of the new millennium and the ensemble's 25th season. (Joan Reinthaler, January 2001)
  • The 20th Century Consort introduced a significant new work in its concert Saturday at the Freer Gallery that should give pause to anyone doubting the lasting value of music being written today… Surely [composer] Maw, who was in attendance, couldn't have wished for a more captivating and sympathetic interpretation. (Thomas May, March 1998)
  • …playing as they always do, a program carefully thought out and performed with virtuosity. (Joseph McLellan, June 1997)
  • The choice of music and the performances were brilliant. (Joseph McLellan, March 1996)
  • …the ensemble's diversity and hunger for new works remains hearteningly unchanged… Contemporary composers could wish no more eloquent advocacy than from this fine band of musicians. (Joe Banno, October 1996)