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.
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
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
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.
- 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
A musical reflection of the Washington DC Color School painter Gene Davis,
featuring music by minimalist, synesthetic and Washington DC composers.
- Anna Clyne
- Paint Box
- Robert Gibson
- Twelve Poems
- David Froom
- John Chowning
- Nicolas Maw
- Ghost Dances
*Programs subject to change.