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2015 – 2016 Season

2015—2016 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 ninth 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.

  • Beyond Beauty

    David Froom
    Fantasy Dances
    Caroline Shaw
    in manus tuas
    Nicholas Maw
    Roman Canticle
    Nicholas Maw
    The Old King's Lament
    Stephen Jaffe
    Homage to the Breath


  • The Passion of Scrooge

    Paul Schoenfield
    Six Improvisations on Hassidic Melodies
    Jon Deak
    The Passion of Scrooge (William Sharp, Baritone)


  • Crosscurrents

    John Adams
    Hallelujah Junction
    Luciano Berio
    Circles (Lucy Shelton, soprano)
    Eugene O'Brien
    Close Harmony
    Bela Bartok
    Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion


  • Icons

    A program featuring works that have become icons of the Consort’s four decades and also resonate with icons of SAAM’s collection. This program features music by George Crumb and others, along with the bright new compositional voice of Andrea Clearfield. Read the printed program now for this concert.

    Charles Ives
    Andrea Clearfield
    George Crumb
    Voice of the Whale
    James Primosch
    Joseph Schwantner
    Sparrows (Mary Mackenzie)


  • Imaginary Landscapes

    Paul Schoenfield
    Cafe Music
    John Cage
    Imaginary Landscapes II
    Stephen Albert
    Distant Hills Coming Nigh Part I
    Shulamit Ran
    Stephen Albert
    Distant Hills Coming Nigh Part II


*Programs subject to change.