Phillips Music

A Phillips Tradition Since 1941

2017/2018 concert season


Silence . . . is the essence of the music itself, the vital ingredient that makes it possible for the music to exist at all.” —Alfred Brendel

While no Phillips Music concert season is limited to a strict theme, this season’s musicians and the music share a common thematic thread of works that celebrate the silences within music on many levels. Music without silence is like a painting without a canvas, the former dependent upon the latter. Silence has the power to captivate us; it can leave us hanging in suspense or force us to reflect on what we have experienced. We encourage our concert goers this season to focus on the impact of silence, to explore how the absence of a medium—be it sound waves or brushstrokes—resonates with or challenges our perceptions of art.

We look forward to seeing you this season.

Caroline Mousset, Director of Music


General admission seating is first-come, first-served beginning 45 minutes prior to concert start time. Tickets are $40, $20 for members and students with ID unless otherwise noted; museum admission for that day is included. Advance reservations are strongly recommended; tickets can be reserved online until 12 hours before each concert.

Please note ticket release schedule listed here. Season Sponsors and Chamber Society members may reserve in advance for any concert of the 2017/2018 season beginning August 15.

concerts

On Sale Date

October concerts

August 15

November concerts

September 1

December concerts

October 1

January concerts

November 1

February Concerts

December 1

March concerts

January 1

April Concerts

February 1

May Concerts

March 1

CONCERT SCHEDULE


Oct 1, 2017, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Alexander String Quartet String Quartet


The San Francisco based Alexander String Quartet will perform works by Kodály,  Shostakovich, and a new quartet by British composer Tarik O’Reagan in their Phillips Music debut. 

Oct 8, 2017, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Sergei Babayan Piano


Sergei Babayan will make his Phillips Music debut with works by Ryabov, Bach, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff.

Oct 15, 2017, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Ensemble 4.1 Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Horn


Ensemble 4.1 will make its DC debut with works by Francis Poulenc and Walter Gieseking. 

Oct 22, 2017, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Seth Parker Woods Solo Cello


Cellist Seth Parker Woods will make his DC debut with J.S. Bach's first cello suite and three DC premieres of works by Jurg Frey, Claudio Gabriele, and Monty Adkins.

Oct 29, 2017, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Steven Osborne Piano


Pianist Steven Osborne will make his Phillips Music return with a performance of Messiaen's monumental cycle Vingt Regards su l'Enfant-Jésus. 

Nov 5, 2017, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Victor Julien-Laferrière & Guillaume Bellom Cello and Piano


Victor Julien-Laferrière, 2017 Grand Prize winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and his pianist Guillaume Bellom will make their US debut with works by Beethoven, Escaich, Martinů, and Mozart

Nov 12, 2017, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Van Kuijk Quartet String Quartet


The Van Kuijk Quartet will make their DC debut with works by Mozart and Debussy.

Nov 19, 2017, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Annie Wu & Feng Niu Flute and Piano


Annie Wu and Feng Niu will make their DC debut with works by Eldin Burton, Claude Debussy, Philippe Gaubert, Robert Beaser, and Henri Dutilleux.

Dec 3, 2017, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Alexi Kenney & Renana Gutman Violin and Piano


Alexi Kenney and Renana Gutman will make their Phillips debut with works by Nicola Matteis, Franz Schubert, J.S. Bach, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Ottorino Respighi.

Tickets not yet available

Dec 10, 2017, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Tessa Lark & Roman Rabinovich Violin and Piano


Tessa Lark and Roman Rabinovich will make their Phillips debut with works by Brahms and Bartok.

Tickets not yet available

Dec 17, 2017, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Chalaca Trio Harp, Clarinet, and Percussion


The Chalaca Trio will make their DC debut with traditional sounds from South America and the Caribbean.

Tickets not yet available

Jan 7, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Vadim Gluzman & Angela Yoffe Violin and Piano


Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe will make their Phillips Music debut with works by Arvo Pärt, Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Ernest Bloch, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Tickets not yet available

Jan 14, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Jason Vieaux & Julien Labro Guitar and Bandoneón


Jason Vieaux and Julien Labro will make their DC duo debut with works by Astor Piazzolla, Radamés Gnattali, Pat Metheny, and Rossen Balkanski.

Tickets not yet available

Jan 21, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Goldmund Quartett String Quartet


The Goldmund Quartett will make its DC debut with works by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Beethoven.

Tickets not yet available

Jan 28, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Shai Wosner Piano


Shai Wosner will return to the Phillips with two performances of Schubert's last six piano piano sonatas. 

Tickets not yet available

Feb 4, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Shai Wosner Piano


Shai Wosner will return to the Phillips with a performance of Schuberts last six piano sonatas.

Tickets not yet available

Feb 11, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Aleksey Semenenko & Inna Firsova Violin and Piano


Aleksey Semenenko and Inna Firsova will make their Phillips debut with works by Mozart, Schubert, Ysaÿe, Debussy, and Henryk Wieniawski.

Tickets not yet available

Feb 18, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Miriam Fried & Jonathan Biss Violin and Piano


Miriam Fried and Jonathan Biss will make their Phillips debut with works by Brahms, Beethoven, and Bartók.

Tickets not yet available

Feb 25, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Smetana Trio Piano trio


The Smetana Trio will make their DC debut with works by Zemlinsky, Shostakovich, and Mendelssohn.

Tickets not yet available

Mar 4, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Dublin Guitar Quartet Guitar Quartet


The Dublin Guitar Quartet will make their Phillips Music return with works by Phillip Glass, Rachel Grimes, Marc Mellits, and Bryce Dessner among others.

Tickets not yet available

Mar 11, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

David Finckel & Wu Han Cello and Piano


David Finckel and Wu Han will make their Phillips Music debut with works by J.S. Bach, Bruce Adolphe, Felix Mendelssohn, and Edvard Grieg.

Tickets not yet available

Mar 15, 2018

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LEADING INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS

Leading International Composer: Fazıl Say, Turkey with University of Maryland School of Music Faculty and Students


In partnership with the University of Maryland, Phillips Music will celebrate the music of pianist and Leading International Composer, Fazıl Say.

Tickets not yet available

Mar 18, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Fazıl Say Piano


Fazıl Say will make his Phillips Debut with works by Chopin, Be

Tickets not yet available

Apr 1, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Busch Trio Piano trio


The Busch Trio will make their DC debut with works by Schubert and Dvořák. 

Tickets not yet available

Apr 8, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

István Várdai Solo Cello


István Várdai will make his Phillips solo debut with works by Ligeti, J.S. Bach, and Kodály.

Tickets not yet available

Apr 15, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Schumann Quartett String Quartet


The Schumann Quartett will make their return to the Phillips with works by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky.

Tickets not yet available

Apr 22, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet Piano


Jean-Efflam Bavouzet will return to the Phillips with a program of all Debussy.

Tickets not yet available

Apr 29, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Yeol Eum Son Piano


Yeol Eum Son will make her DC debut with works by Mozart, Brahms, Pärt, Ravel, and Liszt. 

Tickets not yet available

May 6, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

David Schifrin & Miro Quartet Clarinet and String Quartet


David Shifrin and the Miró Quartet will make their DC ensemble debut with works by Kevin Puts, W. A. Mozart, and Johannes Brahms.

Tickets not yet available

May 13, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Hermitage Trio Piano Trio


The Hermitage Trio will make their return to the Phillips with works by Glinka, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky.

Tickets not yet available

May 20, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Late Night with Leonard Bernstein soprano, two pianos, and guest narrator Jamie Bernstein


The Multi-Media Cabaret, Late Night with Leonard Bertstein, will make its DC debut at the Phillips as part of a DC-citywide centennial celebration of Leonard Bertstein's 100th birthday.

 

Tickets not yet available

May 27, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

Stephen Kovacevich Piano


Stephen Kovacevich will make his return to the Phillips with works by J.S. Bach, and Beethoven.

Tickets not yet available

Preserving the Music Room


The original Phillips family house is currently undergoing a preservation project until early 2018. The project is carefully designed to enhance the 1897 building’s historic character and preserve the museum’s celebrated collection for years to come.

As the Phillips’s Music Room is unavailable during the project, Sunday Concerts from October through the completion of the project will take place next door at the historic Cosmos Club’s elegant Beaux Arts Warne Ballroom, located at 2121 Massachusetts Ave, NW. Will call tickets can be claimed at the Cosmos Club.

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.