Phillips Music

75th Anniversary Season

welcome to our 75th anniversary season!

Audiences and artists have been coming together at the Phillips well before 1941, when Phillips Music became a series of 30+ concerts. Throughout 2015/2016, we commemorate our 75th season of presenting enthralling performances in the Music Room’s idyllic chamber music environment. Among the highlights—notwithstanding a reenactment of the iconic 1955 US debut of Glenn Gould—we pay special tribute to the outstanding musicians of the US military for their role in keeping Phillips Music continually running during World War II. I hope you’ll join us throughout this remarkable season as we traverse many musical landscapes together.

Caroline Mousset, Director of Music


May 8, 2016, 4 PM


Metropolis Ensemble Electro-Acoustic Music Experience

The Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble, led by conductor Andrew Cyr, “a prominent influence in the world of newly emerging music” (The Washington Post), presents its groundbreaking site-specific project Brownstone. Recent Rome Prize winner for composition Paula Matthusen introduces a world-premiere designed for The Phillips Collection. 

May 15, 2016, 4 PM

Sunday Concert

United States Navy Band  Sea Chanters Chorus & Quarterdeck Consort

Continuing its long history of presenting military music ensembles, Phillips Music proudly presents the US Navy Band Sea Chanters Chorus and Quarterdeck Consort

May 22, 2016, 4 PM


JACK Quartet multimedia performance

The JACK Quartet performs a new rendering of Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds’s multimedia work-in-progress, FLiGHT I: Imagining (2012-2016).

May 29, 2016, 4 PM


The Phillips Camerata 75th Anniversary Celebration Event

The grand finale performance of the 75th season comes full circle to follow the first performance of the inaugural series in 1941. Led by conductor Yaniv Dinur, The Phillips Camerata presents Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks Concerto and works by Chopin and Mendelssohn.

Phillips MUSIC 75th anniversary

Watch the 75th Anniversary video

Since 1941, The Phillips Collection has presented an exceptional program of classical, modern, and contemporary music in the museum’s intimate Music Room. In 2015/2016, the Phillips celebrates 75 years of Sunday Concerts with an unprecedented season rich in innovation, collaboration, and participation.

Phillips Camerata