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 Bissperforms 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 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.
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.
In partnership with the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels, the Hermès Quartet, violinist Kerson Leong, andpianist 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.