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 2 at 10 am
April Concerts On sale February 1 at 10 am
May Concerts On sale March 1 at 10 am

Please note: tickets for concerts in March 2020 will go on sale on January 2 at 10 am, due to the January 1 public holiday. 

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.


Feb 2, 2020, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

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.

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. 

Feb 16, 2020, 1 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

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.

Feb 16, 2020, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

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.

Feb 23, 2020, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

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. 

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.

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.

Mar 15, 2020, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Nadia Sirota, Gabriel Cabezas & pianist (tba) viola, cello, and piano


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

Mar 22, 2020, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

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.

Mar 26, 2020, 6:30 PM

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THURSDAY CONCERTS

Chamber Music from Spoleto Festival USA violin, viola, cello, piano


Chamber musicians from Spoleto Festival USA bring their customary panache and exuberance to the Phillips with music by Mozart, Schumann, and rising-star composer, Paul Wiancko. 

Mar 29, 2020, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

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.

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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SUNDAY CONCERTS

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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SUNDAY CONCERT

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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SUNDAY CONCERTS

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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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Imogen Cooper solo piano


Pianist Imogen Cooper makes her debut at the Phillips with a program of works by Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn, and Schoenberg.

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May 17, 2020, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Maki Namekawa solo piano 


In a special performance marking the end of the 2019/20 season of Phillips Music, we welcome back pianist Maki Namekawa for the DC premiere of Philip Glass’s First Piano Sonata, composed for the pianist in 2019.

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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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THURSDAY CONCERTS

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.