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 at the International Student House of Washington, DC, while the Phillips original house undergoes a thermal upgrade project.

Caroline Mousset, Director of Music

CONCERT SCHEDULE


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.

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.

Mar 8, 2018, 5:30 pm

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Performance

Direct Current: Jason Moran Performance


Pianist Jason Moran (Kennedy Center Artistic Director of Jazz and MacArthur Fellow) will improvise with a fresh and personal perspective to work from Ten Americans: After Paul Klee

Mar 9, 2018, 5:30 pm

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Performance

Direct Current: Myra Melford Performance


American avant-garde jazz pianist and composer Myra Melford will improvise with a fresh and personal perspective to work from Ten Americans: After Paul Klee.

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.

Mar 15, 2018, 6 PM

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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.

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, Beethoven, Mozart, and his own piano sonata, Gezi Park 2.

 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

May 6, 2018, 4 PM

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SUNDAY CONCERTS

David Shifrin & 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 Piano Trio Piano Trio


The Hermitage Piano 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 Bernstein, will make its DC debut at the Phillips as part of a DC-citywide centennial celebration of Leonard Bernstein'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

Ticket Information


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.

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

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. During our renovation The Phillips Collection remains the grateful recipient of the hospitality of several neighbors in the community, including not only the International Student House but also The Cosmos Club, Anderson House, and the Ambassador of Colombia. Their kindness and generosity has allowed our concert series to continue uninterrupted and for that we express our deepest appreciation.

As the Phillips’s Music Room is unavailable during the project, Sunday Concerts from January28 through the completion of the project will take place across Dupont Circle at the International Student House of Washington, DC, located at 1825 R Street, NW. Will call tickets can be claimed at the International Student House DC.

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.