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.
Ever since they first played together in 2003, Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa have been touring the world, including performances at Lincoln Center with the US premiere of Philip Glass’s Four Movements for Two Pianos, Ars Electronica festival in Linz (Austria), Morgan Library New York, and the Ruhr Piano Festival (Germany).
A celebrated figure in the world of Baroque music, leading French soprano Sandrine Piau makes her Phillips Collection debut with works by Britten, Chausson, Debussy, Poulenc, Strauss, and Wolf with pianist Susan Manoff.
Washingtonian composer Steve Antosca presents a delicate balance..., a two-movement composition exploring the delicate expressions and sounds produced from a small ensemble with voice and computer processing.
Sandbox Percussion and Amphion Quartet join forces at the Phillips to feature Andy Akiho’s LIgNEouS for marimba and string quartet, and the east coast premiere of a new multi-movement percussion quartet by David Crowell.
Richard Goode is among the most respected artists of the last 50 years. Goode performs a transcendent all-Bach solo program, including the sixth French suite, the complete sinfonias, the second partita, and the Italian Concerto.
Praised in the media around the globe, Ukrainian-born Stanislav Khristenko is one of America’s most eminent young artists. He joins Russia’s most internationally acclaimed clarinetist and accomplished conductor, Valentin Uryupin, who makes his US debut.
Deutsche Grammophon artist Ingolf Wunder presents a titanic Phillips program, including Schubert’s last Sonata in B-flat Major D. 960, Chopin’s metaphysical Polonaise-Fantaisie Op. 61, and Liszt’s brilliant Hexaméron variations.
This season, Phillips Music broadens its scope to create Leading International Composers. Anna Thorvaldsdottir is a composer who frequently works with large sonic structures that tend to reveal the presence of a vast variety of sustained sound materials.
Taiwanese-American violinist Paul Huang won the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant. With pianist Jessica Xylina Osborne, Huang performs works by Vitali, Stravinsky, Pärt, and Franck.
Emanuel Ax is among the most highly regarded pianists in the world. He gave his American debut at The Phillips Collection in 1967. For the 75th season, Ax presents, among others, Beethoven’s “Appassionata” Sonata and works by C. P. E. Bach.
Lawrence Power is one of the most prestigious violists performing today and has been shortlisted for the 2015 Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award. Simon Crawford-Phillips is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and teaches at the Royal Academy and the Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama.
Continuing the vital practice of commissioning music from today’s composers, and in celebration of the anniversary seasons of both institutions, The Phillips Collection and the Library of Congress have joined forces and commissioned new works for violin and piano from prominent composer Frederic Rzewski. Jennifer Koh and Ursula Oppens perform.
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.
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.
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.