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2013 – 2014   Season

2013—2014 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 seventh 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 Elisabeth Adkins, Rick Barber, Paul Cigan, Lisa Emenheiser, Abigail Evans, Laurel Ohlson, Sara Stern, Rachel Young with guest vocalists Lucy Shelton, William Sharp, Deanne Meek and others.

Tickets are THIS SEASON FREE, with a cash bar reception following the concert. Pick up your free tickets beginning at 3:30, and all who attend the pre-concert discussion are guaranteed tickets. Past performances suggest that tickets will likely be available 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.

  • Like the Dickens

    Back by popular demand! The return of Jon Deak’s irresistible, hilarious and moving monodrama and holiday classic, The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol, featuring baritone William Sharp. Read the printed program now for this concert.

    David Biedenbender
    John Cage
    Living Room Music
    David Froom
    Flying High
    Paul Schoenfield
    Jon Deak
    The Passion of Scrooge or a Christmas Carol


  • Tango Amor

    A synchronized celebration of Valentine’s Day and the SAAM exhibition “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art” with a complete performance of Frederick Rzwski’s monumental setting of the iconic Chilean protest song, The Citizens United Will Never Be Defeated, balanced by romantic and Tango-tinged music by Oswaldo Golijov, David Froom and Paul Schoenfield.  Read the printed program now for this concert.

    Frederick Rzwski
    The People United Will Never Be Defeated!
    Oswaldo Golijov
    David Froom
    Two Yeats Songs
    Paul Schoenfield
    Dark Eyes


  • Dude

    The Consort looks to the Left Coast for an immersion of California compositional culture with Jennifer Jolley’s How to be a Deep Thinker in Los Angeles, John Adams’ Hallelujah Junction, John Chowning’s Voices featuring soprano Lucy Shelton, Eugene O’Brien’s Close Harmony and Stephen Hartke’s The King of the Sun.

    John Adams
    Hallelujah Junction
    John Chowning
    Eugene O’Brien
    Close Harmony
    Jennifer Jolley
    How to be a Deep Thinker in Los Angeles
    Stephen Hartke
    The King of the Sun


*Programs subject to change.