Phillips Music

A Phillips Tradition Since 1941

2019/20 concert season


We are excited to announce the Phillips Music 2019/20 Season. Throughout this season, we present special concerts that explore the rich connections between music and the visual arts, including several performances aligned with our special exhibitions, including a Leading International Composers concert featuring the music of George Lewis (March 1). Exciting debut performances include German musicians Christian Tetzlaff, violin, and Lars Vogt, piano (October 20), Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire (April 5), and American countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo (March 29). In more Phillips Music firsts, we fuse dance by the New Chamber Ballet with music by Ursula Mamlok (February 16). Acclaimed American pianist Jonathan Biss performs a mini-cycle of the Piano Sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven (November 3, December 1, March 22). We also salute the great string quartet repertoire with performances by the Vision Quartet (November 17), St. Lawrence Quartet (January 16), Harlem Quartet (October 13), and Attacca Quartet (May 3).

We look forward to sharing in so much varied and exciting music with you this season.

CONCERT SCHEDULE


October Concerts On sale August 1 at 10 am
November Concerts On sale September 1 at 10 am
December Concerts On sale October 1 at 10 am
January Concerts On sale November 1 at 10 am
February Concerts On sale December 1 at 10 am
March Concerts On sale January 1 at 10 am
April Concerts On sale February 1 at 10 am
May Concerts On sale March 1 at 10 am

Concert sold out? Standby tickets may become available (credit card only) near the House entrance to the Music Room starting at 3:30 pm for Sunday Concerts and 6 pm for Thursday Concerts.


Nov 17, 2019, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Vision String Quartet


The Vision String Quartet make their Phillips debut with a program featuring the string quartets of Haydn, Bacewicz, and Schumann.

Dec 1, 2019, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Jonathan Biss: Beethoven Piano Sonata Series, Part II solo piano


For the second installment in his exploration of the Piano Sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven, Jonathan Biss turns to Sonatas of Beethoven’s “middle period.”

Dec 8, 2019, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Francisco Fullana & Tomomi Sato violin and piano | Exhibition Concert


2018 Avery Fisher grant winning violinist Francisco Fullana and pianist Tomomi Sato explore the influence of symbolism in music as part of the exhibition Bonnard To Vuillard, The Intimate Poetry of Everyday Life: The Nabi Collection of Vicki and Roger Sant. 

Dec 15, 2019, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Claremont Trio piano trio


The Claremont Trio returns to the Phillips for a program of all-female composers featuring works by Gabriela Lena Frank, Helen Grime, Kati Agócs, and Fanny Mendelssohn.

Jan 12, 2020, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Quatuor Hermès, Kerson Leong & Jonathan Fournel string quartet, violin, and piano | Exhibition Concert


In partnership with the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels, the Hermès Quartet, violinist Kerson Leong, and pianist Jonathan Fournel explore connections between music and the visual arts as part of the exhibition Bonnard To Vuillard, The Intimate Poetry of Everyday Life: The Nabi Collection of Vicki and Roger Sant

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Jan 19, 2020, 4 PM

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Roderick Williams, Julius Drake & Alastair Boag baritone, piano, actor


Baritone Roderick Williams, pianist Julius Drake, and actor Alastair Boag perform Brahms’s song cycle, Die schöne Magelone, Op. 33, 15 romances from Ludwig Tieck’s novella, The Wonderous Romance of Magelone the Fair and Peter, Count of Provence.

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Jan 26, 2020, 4 PM

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St. Lawrence String Quartet


Celebrating their 30th anniversary, The St. Lawrence String Quartet make their Phillips debut with works by Joseph Haydn, Osvaldo Golijov, and John Adams.

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Feb 2, 2020, 4 PM

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Bridget Kibbey & Alexi Kenney harp and violin


Harpist Bridget Kibbey and violinist Alexi Kenney make their return to the Phillips for an intimate and virtuosic collaboration. They will perform adaptations of the music of John Dowland, J. S. Bach, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Sebastian Currier.

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Feb 9, 2020, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Doric String Quartet


The Doric String Quartet return to the Phillips to perform works by Haydn, Britten, and Beethoven. 

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Feb 16, 2020, 1 PM

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New Chamber Ballet & Ensemble: Stray Bird: a Dance Tribute to Ursula Mamlok chamber music and dance


The New Chamber Ballet and an ensemble of leading musicians take us on a sonic and visual journey through Ursula Mamlok’s delicate, abstract music revealing powerful themes of loss, displacement, rejection, and reconciliation.

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Feb 16, 2020, 4 PM

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New Chamber Ballet, Cree Carrico & Ensemble: Stray Bird: a Dance Tribute to Ursula Mamlok chamber music and dance


The New Chamber Ballet, soprano Cree Carrico, and an ensemble of leading musicians take us on a sonic and visual journey through Ursula Mamlok’s delicate, abstract music revealing powerful themes of loss, displacement, rejection, and reconciliation.

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Feb 23, 2020, 4 PM

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Aaron Diehl solo piano | Exhibition Concert


As a musical preview to the exhibition Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition, celebrated pianist and composer Aaron Diehl weaves between jazz and classical styles as he explores the cross-pollination between musical forms. 

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Mar 1, 2020, 4 PM

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LEADING INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS

Ensemble Dal Niente performing the music of George Lewis Leading International Composers


The 2019/20 season of Leading International Composers will feature Ensemble Dal Niente performing the work of the iconoclastic American composer George Lewis.

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Mar 8, 2020, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Riffs and Relations: WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists vocal and piano | Exhibition Concert


Singers from the Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and Program Director Robert Ainsley present an evening of art song engaging with the exhibition Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition.

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Mar 15, 2020, 4 PM

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Nadia Sirota, Gabriel Cabezas & James McVinnie viola, cello, and piano


New music powerhouse Nadia Sirota returns to the Phillips for a collaboration with pianist James McVinnie and cellist Gabriel Cabezas

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Mar 22, 2020, 4 PM

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Jonathan Biss: Beethoven Piano Sonata Series, Part III solo piano


In the final installment of his exploration of the Piano Sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven, Jonathan Biss turns his attention to the composer’s monumental triptych: the final three sonatas of Op. 109, Op. 110, and Op. 111.

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Mar 29, 2020, 4 PM

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Anthony Roth Costanzo & Bryan Wagorn countertenor and piano


Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo makes his Phillips debut with pianist Bryan Wagorn. Their program juxtaposes old and new with works by Handel and Glass, Purcell and Britten, and new music by Gregory Spears.

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Apr 5, 2020, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Nelson Freire solo piano


For Nelson Freire’s Phillips debut, he presents an adroit program of music associated with his 60-year career, including works by Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Chopin, Mozart, and Zygmunt Stojowski.

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Apr 19, 2020, 4 PM

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Riffs and Relations: Castle of our Skins led by Ashleigh Gordon, Artistic Director and viola | Exhibition Concert


Castles of our Skins present “In Black & White,” a program that responds to the exhibition Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition. Tracing a parallel musical line of enquiry into the exchange of visual aesthetics between 20th- and 21st-century African American artists and European modernists.

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Apr 26, 2020, 4 PM

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Miriam Fried & Musicians from Ravinia Steans Music Institute violin and ensemble


Violinist Miriam Fried and Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute make their debut at the Phillips.

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May 3, 2020, 4 PM

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Gabriel Kahane, Caroline Shaw & Attacca Quartet voice, piano, and string quartet


Two dynamic composer-performers known for their hybrid musical styles, Gabriel Kahane and Caroline Shaw join the brilliant Attacca Quartet for a special collaboration.

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May 10, 2020, 4 PM

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Imogen Cooper solo piano


Pianist Imogen Cooper closes the 2019/20 season with a program of works by Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn, and Schoenberg.

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Jun 11, 2020, 6:30 PM

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THURSDAY CONCERTS

Vocal Colors: Wolf Trap Opera voice and piano


Wolf Trap Opera singers explore musical links to The Phillip Collection’s extraordinary permanent collection.

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Jul 9, 2020, 6:30 PM

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Vocal Colors: Wolf Trap Opera voice and piano


Singers from Wolf Trap Opera respond to works in the exhibition In and Out of the Garden: Pierre Bonnard and Jennifer Bartlett (on view June 27–September 20, 2020).

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quartet for the end of time


Watch Quartet for the End of Time

A music documentary about Olivier Messiaen’s transcendent masterpiece, that he composed in a World War II prison camp, and debuted there on January 15, 1941. This film was completed on the 75th Anniversary of that historic premiere, and features “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band Ensemble performing in rehearsal and at The Phillips Collection. Created by H. Paul Moon.

The art of piano restoration


Watch Sitka: A Piano Documentary

Some of the world's leading pianists have played The Phillips Collection's Steinway Concert D 542016, but they started hearing something wrong with it: the soundboard. This half-hour documentary—named for the spruce wood that replaced the soundboard—tells the story of tearing the piano apart and bringing it back to life. Along the way, we learn how a piano works and witness the consummate art of restoration by PianoCraft. Rising international star Olivier Cavé puts it to the test in this cinematic music documentary by filmmaker H. Paul Moon.