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2016 – 2017 Season

2016—2017 Season at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

The 21st Century Consort, award-winning contemporary music ensemble-in-residence at the Smithsonian Institution for three decades, embarks on its tenth season at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium. Artistic Director Christopher Kendall presents a season of new music and high drama featuring artists Paul Cigan, Lisa Emenheiser, Dan Foster, Sara Stern, Rachel Young with guest vocalists William Sharp, Mary Mackenzie and Lucy Shelton.

Tickets are THIS SEASON FREE. Pick up your free tickets beginning at 3:30, and all who attend the 4:00 pre-concert discussion are guaranteed tickets. Past performances suggest that tickets will likely be available for all until the performance itself, at 5:00 pm.

All concerts are at 5:00, preceded by a 4:00 discussion with composers and performers, and followed by a post-concert reception.

  • Election Special

    The Consort’s traditional, topical, election-year program. This time featuring
    music of women composers and noted businessman Charles Ives.Read the printed program now for this concert.

    Mark Rimple
    Sonata Malcontento
    Andrea Clearfield
    Joan Tower
    Charles Ives
    Charles Ives


  • Museum Music

    A celebration of two museums: the reinstallation of the SAAM Folk Art Galleries,
    and the opening of the new national Museum of African American History and
    Culture, along with the return of a season favorite, Jon Deak’s “The Passion of
    Scrooge.” Read the printed program now for this concert.

    Hannah Lash
    Folk Songs
    David Baker
    Heritage: A Tribute to Great Clarinetists
    Jon Deak
    The Passion of Scrooge or a Christmas Carol


  • Stone Dancing

    Inspired by the SAAM exhibition of work by Isamu Noguchi, the great Japanese/
    American sculptor and furniture and set designer. Featuring music from ballets
    with sets designed by Noguchi.Read the printed program now for this concert.

    John Cage
    The Seasons
    Elliott Carter
    Sonata for Cello and Piano
    John Williams
    Air and Simple Gifts
    Toru Takemitsu
    Arnold Schoenberg
    Five Pieces for Orchestra


  • Color School

    A musical reflection of the Washington DC Color School painter Gene Davis,
    featuring music by minimalist, synesthetic and Washington DC composers.Read the printed program now for this concert.

    Jessica Krash
    Dangerous Curves
    Robert Gibson
    Twelve Poems
    David Froom
    John Chowning
    Nicolas Maw
    Ghost Dances


*Programs subject to change.