The grand 75th anniversary season of the critically acclaimed concert series showcases a wealth of rising and iconic stars.
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Washington, DC—Director Dorothy Kosinski is thrilled to announce the 75th anniversary of The Phillips Collection’s acclaimed concert series, marked by a diverse line‐up of more than 35 performances beginning October 2015 through May 2016. Some of the world’s most celebrated musicians have performed as part of the Phillips’s music program over the years, as well as undeniably promising young performers who explore repertoire with skill, curiosity, and deeply personal interpretations.
“Audiences and artists have been coming together at the Phillips since well before 1941, when Phillips Music became a series of more than 30 concerts, continually running through the Second World War until present day,” says Music Director Caroline Mousset. “This season, we commemorate 75 years of presenting enthralling performances of supreme musical works in the Music Room’s intimate and welcoming environment. I look forward to sharing many new and rewarding experiences with our audiences this landmark season.”
Throughout the 75th season, The Phillips Collection celebrates its historic connection to military music ensembles in Washington, DC. The Chamber Ensembles from “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band (Nov. 8) presents a program centered on Olivier Messiaen’sQuartet for the End of Time, and the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters Chorus & Quarterdeck Consort (May 15) performs patriotic selections by Eric Whitacre, Peter Wilhousky, Rene Clausen, Irving Berlin, and Mark Hayes, among others.
The critically acclaimed concert series showcases many up‐and‐coming artists—several performing in the nation’s capital for the first time. 20‐year‐old South Korean violinist Ji Young Lim (Nov. 1), first prize laureate of the 2015 International Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, makes her Washington debut with works by Brahms, Mozart, Grieg, and Hubay. German‐Korean pianist Christopher Park(Mar. 13), recipient of the renowned Leonard Bernstein Award by the Violinist Ji Young Lim makes her Washington debut on November 1. Photo: Rami Hyun 2014 jury of the Stiftung Schleswig‐Holstein Music Festival, makes his U.S. debut with a program featuring Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major Op. 10, No. 3 and Sonata in G Major Op. 14, No. 2, Stravinsky’sPétrouchka and Schumann’s Fantasie Op. 17.
This anniversary season also features the performances of well‐established, award winning musicians. Celebrated American cellist Lynn Harrell (Oct. 18), recipient of the Piatigorsky Award, the inaugural Avery Fisher Prize and winner of two Grammy Awards, makes his Phillips debut with pianist Victor Asunción in a magnificent program featuring Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Debussy’s Cello Sonata, Mendelssohn’s Cello Sonata No. 2 in D Major, and Chopin’s Introduction and Polonaise Brillante. Among the most respected artists of the last 50 years, pianist Richard Goode (Mar. 27) performs a transcendent all‐Bach solo program, including the sixth French suite, the complete sinfonias, Pianist Richard Goode performs an all‐Bach solo program on March 27. Photo: Steve Riskind the second partita, and the Italian Concerto.
The internationally praised Carducci Quartet commemorates the 40th anniversary of composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s death with its Shostakovich 15 project, performing a marathon cycle of all 15 quartets over two consecutive Sundays (Nov. 15 & 22).
Further 75th anniversary celebrations include Toronto‐born pianist Stewart Goodyear (Jan. 10), in his Washington, DC, premiere, presenting a reenactment of Glenn Gould’s iconic 1955 U.S. debut at the Phillips, replicating his original program of Gibbons, Sweelinck, Bach’s fifth Partita, Webern’s Variations, Beethoven’s E Major Sonata Op. 109, and Berg’s first sonata. The following January concerts—Tessa Lark and Timo Andres(Jan. 17), Nadia Sirota (Jan. 24), and the Arditti Quartet(Jan. 31)—are guest‐curated by composer‐pianist Nico Muhly, performing French classics and premieres of contemporary pieces. Continuing the vital practice of commissioning music from today’s composers, the Phillips in association with the Library of Congress, has commissioned new works from prominent American composer Frederic Rzewski, performed by violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Ursula Oppens (May 1).
LEADING INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS
In 2009, European embassies in Washington, DC, and The Phillips Collection joined forces to create an unprecedented concert series: Leading European Composers. Presenting some of the greatest living composers of our time, this series is unique in that the composers introduce their works with performers they select. The George Washington University joined the partnership in 2013, enriching the series with educational programming. This season, Phillips Music broadens its scope to create Leading International Composers, infusing the season with the best of global contemporary music.
Pianist Stewart Goodyear reenacts Glenn Gould’s 1955 performance on January 10. Photo: Anita Zvonar Composer Avner Dorman, a native of Israel now living in the United States, draws on a variety of cultural and historical influences in composing, resulting in music that affects an emotional impact while exploring new territories. Much of Dorman’s music finds its inspiration in the music of Israel and the surrounding region, extending the “Eastern” boundaries as far as the Indian sub‐continent. Dorman has chosen world‐renowned Israeli pianists Orli Shaham and Alon Goldstein, Israeli percussionist Tomer Yariv, 2012 Naumburg International Violin Award‐winner Tessa Lark, and saxophonist Amanda Heim to perform a concert of his chamber music (Dec. 17).
Iceland’s Anna Thorvaldsdottir is a composer who frequently works with large sonic structures that reveal the presence of a vast variety of sustained sound materials, reflecting her imaginative listening to landscapes and nature. Thorvaldsdottir’s music is frequently performed internationally, and has been featured at major venues and festivals such as Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Norway’s Ultima Festival, Klangspuren Festival, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Reykjavik Arts Festival, Tectonics, and the Kennedy Center. The ensemble for her spring performance (Apr. 14) is to be announced.
THE PHILLIPS CAMERATA
The grand finale performance of the 75th season (May 29) 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.
SUNDAY CONCERTS 2015/2016 SEASON
Composer Avner Dorman presents his chamber music at the Phillips on December 17. Photo: Dan Seltzer
Oct. 4, 2015
Oct. 11, 2015
Oct. 18, 2015
Oct. 25, 2015
Nov. 1, 2015
Nov. 8, 2015
Nov. 15 & 22, 2015 Nov. 29, 2015
Dec. 6, 2015 Dec. 13, 2015 Dec. 20, 2015 Jan. 10, 2016 Jan. 17, 2016 Jan. 24, 2016 Jan. 31, 2016 Feb. 7, 2016 Feb. 14, 2016 Feb. 21, 2016 Feb. 28, 2016 Mar. 6, 2016 Mar. 13, 2016 Mar. 20, 2016
Olivier Cavé, piano
Sharon Isbin, guitar
Lynn Harrell, cello
Jasmin Toccata Project
Ji Young Lim, violin
Chamber Ensembles from “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band Carducci Quartet
Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepianoSchumann Quartett
Shai Wosner, piano
Stewart Goodyear, piano
Timo Andres & Tessa Lark, piano and violinNadia Sirota, violin
Sandrine Piau, sopranoVárjon‐Baráti‐Várdai Piano Trio
Bella Hristova, violin
Steven Osborne, piano
Jordi Savall, viol
Christopher Park, piano
Amphion Quartet & Sandbox Percussion
Mar. 27, 2016 Apr. 3, 2016 Apr. 10, 2016 Apr. 17, 2016 Apr. 24, 2016 May 1, 2016 May 8, 2016 May 15, 2016 May 22, 2016 May 29, 2016
Oct. 29, 2015 Mar. 17, 2016 Mar. 31, 2016
Richard Goode, piano
Valentin Uryupin & Stanislav Khristenko, clarinet and piano
Ingolf Wunder, pianoPaul Huang, violin
Lawrence Power & Simon Crawford‐Phillips, viola and piano
Jennifer Koh, Ursula Oppens, & Frederick Rzewski, violin, piano, and composerMetropolis Ensemble
United States Navy Band Sea Chanters Chorus & Quarterdeck Consort
The Phillips Camerata
Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa, pianoSteve Antosca Ensemble
Sayaka Shoji, violin
LEADING INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS 2015/2016 SEASONDec. 17, 2015 Avner Dorman, Israel
Apr. 14, 2016 Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Iceland
CONCERT INFORMATION AND TICKETING
Concert tickets are $30, $15 for members and students with I.D. (unless otherwise noted), and include museum admission for the day of the concert. Reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets on sale August 24; online reservations are available until 9 a.m. on the morning of each performance. Tickets, up‐to‐date concert programs, and past concert podcasts available at: www.phillipscollection.org/music.
Sunday Concerts are held in the Music Room at 4 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). Leading International Composers are held in the Music Room at 6:30 p.m. and conclude with informal conversations between audience and performers. Seats are unreserved, and early arrival is recommended.
The commemoration, recognition, and reflection of the past 75 years of Phillips Music secures a strong roadmap for the future. Proceeds from the 75th anniversary season will sustain the programs in place while helping build new initiatives. Consider celebrating this landmark season by making a gift in support of Phillips Music through one of the following ways:
75th Anniversary Season Sponsorship
Sponsors receive recognition in 75th anniversary season promotional materials and enjoy benefits including exclusive seating to Sunday Concerts and invitations to two signature programs: the 75th season Prelude Concert with the Phillips Camerata (Sept. 11) and a Benefit Concert by Emanuel Ax (Apr. 19).
Music Endowment Fund
A current or legacy gift to endow Phillips Music allows the Phillips to expand its impact, engage still more diverse communities, build creative conversations with partners around the globe, and interact with a broader community of artists.
Phillips Chamber Society
Consider adding a season subscription to any category of museum membership. Benefits include free admission and guaranteed seating at Sunday Concerts and Leading International Composers, as well as advance e‐mail notice of concert programming.
VISITOR INFORMATION Location:
1600 21st Street, NW (at Q Street)
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Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.;
Thursday, 10 a.m.–8:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon–7 p.m.
Café: Tryst at the Phillips: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, noon–6 p.m.
Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, & Christmas Day.