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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.

  • NYC: Fire And Ice

    Ellington/Strayhorn
    Take the A Train
    Steve Reich
    NY Counterpoint
    Evan Chambers
    Firehouse Reel
    Jon Deak
    Mose the Fireman
    Donald Sur
    Epistrophe
    Charles Wuorinen
    NY Notes
  • Popcycle

    William Bolcom
    Violin Sonata
    George Rochberg
    Electrikaliedoscope
    Mark Kuss
    Ten American Folksongs
    Paul Schoenfield
    Four Music Videos
  • Cries And Whispers

    Curt Cacioppo
    Three Piano Pieces
    Anton Webern
    Four Pieces
    Sebastian Currier
    Whispers
    George Crumb
    Four Nocturnes
    Daniel Kellogg
    Divinum Mysterium
  • About The Bard

    Ned Rorem
    After Reading Shakespeare
    Malcolm Peyton
    Four Songs from Shakespeare
    Scott Wheeler
    Illyrian Rounds
    James Primosch
    The Tempest
  • What Goes Round

    (celebrating the Hirshhorn's "Gyroscope" Exhibition)
    Hayes/Jones
    Gyroscope
    David Froom
    Circling
    Luciano Berio
    Circles
    Luciano Berio
    Sequenza
    Jacob Druckman
    Come Round
  • Keys To The Future

    Richard Wernick
    Sonata
    James Primosch
    Fantasia-Sonata

     

  • Dylan

    Daniel Kellogg
    And the Dust Shall Sing Like a Bird
    John Corigliano
    Mr. Tambourine Man: Poems of Bob Dylan
    Yumiko Matsuoka/Bob Dylan
    Blowin’ in the Wind
    Elizabeth Lutyens
    Valediction (Dylan Thomas, 1953)
    Charles Wuorinen
    A Winter’s Tale

     

  • No Place To Hyde

    Robert Gibson
    Of Points Fixed and Fluid
    Arthur Levering
    Clarion/Shadowing
    Bela Bartok
    Contrasts
    Jon Deak
    Hyde and Jekyll
  • Running Backwards

    David Froom
    Trio
    Paul Schoenfield
    Partita
    Sebastian Currier
    Variations on “Time and Time Again”
    Nicholas Maw
    Ghost Dances

     

  • Washington National Cathedral Series

    2004 Crumb Birthday Celebration "The Cosmos According to Crumb" (Crumb and His Antecedents)
    Anton Webern
    Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano
    George Crumb
    Voice of the Whale
    George Crumb
    Sonata for Solo Cello
    Claude Debussy
    String Quartet

     

  • Washington National Cathedral Series

    2004 Crumb Birthday Celebration "The Cosmos According to Crumb" (Crumb and His Antecedents)
    Anton Webern
    Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano
    George Crumb
    Voice of the Whale
    George Crumb
    Sonata for Solo Cello
    Claude Debussy
    String Quartet

     

  • Washington National Cathedral Series

    2004 Crumb Birthday Celebration "The Cosmos According to Crumb" (Crumb and His Antecedents)
    Bela Bartok
    Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (Mikrokosmos Vol. 6)
    George Crumb
    Macrokosmos Volume IV: Celestial Mechanics
    Olivier Messiaen
    Quartet for the End of Time

     

  • Washington National Cathedral Series

    2004 Crumb Birthday Celebration "The Cosmos According to Crumb" (Crumb and His Antecedents)
    George Crumb
    Ancient Voices of Children
    Gustav Mahler (Stein)
    Symphony No. 4 in G Major
  • Washington National Cathedral Series

    2004 Crumb Birthday Celebration "The Cosmos According to Crumb" (Crumb and His Antecedents)
    Claude Debussy
    La Cathédrale engloutie (Preludes, Book I, No. 10)
    Charles Ives
    Trio
    George Crumb
    Makrokosmos Vol. III: Music for Summer Evening

     

  • Slow Boat To The Universe

    Lawrence Moss
    A New Dawn
    James Fry
    Three Chinese Folk Songs
    Gustav Mahler
    Das Lied Von Der Erhde (arr. Schoenberg)

     

  • Flute Of The Moon

    Randall Woolf
    Quicksilver
    Fred Cohen
    That Which Binds Us
    Lowell Liebermann
    Flute Sonata
    Sebastian Currier
    Night Time
    Joseph Schwantner
    Wild Angles of the Open Hills
  • Homage

    Nicholas Maw
    Narrations
    Stephen Jaffe
    Homage to the Breath
    Arthur Benjamin
    Le Tombeau de Ravel
    Paul Schoenfield
    Camp Songs

     

  • Time For Three Plus One

    Music by Paul Schoenfield and Time for Three
  • Expanding Universe

    Robert Gibson
    Four Haiku
    Igor Stravinsky
    Three Japanese Lyrics
    Toru Takamitsu
    Between Tides
    Kenji Bunch
    Paraphraseology
    Joseph Schwantner
    Sparrows
  • Visual Music

    A series of four summer programs in connection with the Hirshhorn Museum's exhibition "Visual Music," including premieres by Thomas Albert, Christopher Patton and Bruce MacCombie and works by Messiaen, Schoenberg and others.
  • Homage

    Arthur Benjamin
    Le Tombeau de Ravel
    Paul Schoenfield
    Camp
    Nicholas Maw
    Personnae #VI
    Stephen Jaffe
    Homage to the Breath

     

  • 4 Hands, 18 Feet

    Kari Henrik Juusela
    Natai Boogie
    Joan Tower
    Stepping Stones
    Witold Lutoslawski
    Pagannini Variations
    Frances Poulenc
    Sonata for Two Pianos
    John Adams
    Hallelujah Junction

     

  • Time And Memory: Celebrating The Hirshhorn’s Hiroshi Sugimoto Exhibition

    Scott Wheeler
    Dream Palace (world premiere)
    John Cage
    Cheap imitation, String Quartet
    David Froom
    Down to a Sunless Sea

     

  • Near Myth

    Louis Ballard
    Four American Indian Piano Preludes
    Richard Wernick
    In Praise of Zephyrus
    Jon Deak
    Rapunzel
    Harrison Birtwistle
    Ring a Dumb Carillon
    Thomas Flaherty
    When Time Was Young

     

  • American Retrospeculative

    Cage, John
    Suite for Toy Piano in Five Movements
    Froom, David
    Amichai Songs (Premiere)
    Ives, Charles &Amp; Others
    Song-set: Charles Ives and his Sources
    Varese, Edgard
    Poeme Electronique

     

  • Sound Objects

    Morrill, Dexter
    Fantasy Quintet for Piano/Electronic Sounds
    Patton, Christopher
    Eleven-ninety-nine
    Primosch, James
    From A Book of Hours
    Schoenfield, Paul
    Elegy, Rag and Boogie
    Wernick, Richard
    Sonata for Cello and Piano
  • Error Of The Moon

    Moravec, Paul
    Tempest Fantasy
    Wernick, Adam
    Hymns, Sighs & Shadows
    Botti, Susan
    Talaio: Desdemona

     

  • Games People Play

    Albert, Thomas
    Illuminations (Premiere)
    Alexander, Peter
    Headlock
    Bolcom, William
    2nd Sonata for Violin and Piano
    Bolling, Claude
    Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio
    Fry, James
    A Little Cartoon Music (Premiere)
    Horne, David
    Spike
    Krash, Jessica
    Her and Him (Premiere)

     

  • Imaginary Landscapes

    Ives, Charles
     
    Patriotic Songs
     
    Three Landscape Songs
    Krash, Jessica
    Undisclosed Locations
    Four Lives Cut Short
    Behrman, David
    Protest, 1917-2004
    Ran, Shulamit
    Mirage
    Cage, John
    In a Landscape
    Kellogg, Daniel
    Grand Canyon Hymns

     

  • Imaginary Landscapes

    Ives, Charles
     
    Patriotic Songs
     
    Three Landscape Songs
    Krash, Jessica
    Undisclosed Locations
    Four Lives Cut Short
    Behrman, David
    Protest, 1917-2004
    Ran, Shulamit
    Mirage
    Cage, John
    In a Landscape
    Kellogg, Daniel
    Grand Canyon Hymns

     

  • A Child’s Christmas In Wales

    Thomas, Dylan
    A Child’s Christmas in Wales
    Warlock, Peter
    Balulalow
    Crumb, George
    A Little Suite for Christmas
    Frederico’s Little Songs for children
    Schoenfield, Paul
    Slovakian Children’s Songs
  • Swan To Stone

    Moss, Lawrence
    The Swan
    Deak, Jon
    The Ugly Duckling
    Albert, Stephen
    TreeStone

     

  • Music Of Color And Light

    Chambers, Evan
    Rothko-Tobey Continuum
    Larsen, Libby
    By a Departing Light
    Wourinen, Charles
    Iridule
    Maccombie, Bruce
    Color and Time
    Froom, David
    Lightscapes
    Primosch, James
    Dark the Star (Premiere)

     

  • October Surprise

    Moe, Eric
    Three Ways to Relieve Tension
    Deak, Jon
    Lucy and the Count
    Kuss, Mark
    Fear (Premiere)
    Gruber, Hk
    Frankenstein

     

  • Natural Affinities

    Copland, Aaron
    Fantasy
    Saariaho, Kaija
    Petals
    Tower, Joan
    And They’re Off/Holding a Daisy/Big Sky
    Thomas, Augusta Read
    a circle around the sun/ Moon Jig

     

  • Recalling Valentines

    Druckman, Jacob
    Valentine
    Maw, Nicholas
    Voice of Love
    David Froom
    Aubade
    Thomas, Augusta Read
    Love Twitters
    Richard Wernick
    Poison Tree
    Krash, Jessica
    Valentine

     

  • Recalling Valentines

    Druckman, Jacob
    Valentine
    Maw, Nicholas
    Voice of Love
    David Froom
    Aubade
    Thomas, Augusta Read
    Love Twitters
    Richard Wernick
    Poison Tree
    Krash, Jessica
    Valentine

     

  • Music Of Magic And Light

    Hesketh, Kenneth
    Aphorisms
    Froom, David
    Three Love Songs on Poetry of Sue Standing
    Feldman, Morton
    Projection I
    Feldman, Morton
    Four Songs to e.e. cummings
    Druckman, Jacob
    Glint
    Saariaho, Kaijo
    Changing Light
    Welcher, Dan
    Spirit Realms
    Doppmann, William
    Spring Songs

     

  • Nicholas

    A tribute to the late composer Nicholas Maw, soprano Lucy Shelton, baritone William Sharp, and Consort members perform Maw's intensely lyrical music.
    Nicholas Maw
    Head of Orpheus
    Ghost Dances
    Roman Canticle
    La Vita Nuova
  • Currier and Ives

    The Consort performs the work of two New England composers who, a century apart, have contributed to the American Musical landscape.
    Sebastian Currier
    Scarlatti Cadences
    Brainstorm
    Verge
    Charles Ives
    Piano Trio
  • Flora and Fauna

    Four fantastical forays into the plant and animal life of our minds.
    Kaija Saariaho
    Six Japanese Gardens
    Scott Wheeler
    Dragon Mountain
    Evan Chambers
    The Barnacle and the Nautilus
    Robert Parris
    The Book of Imaginary Beings

     

  • Characters

    The universal language of music plays with the language of letters, their form, meaning, and creation. Tonight includes the world premiere of Thomas Albert's setting of Amy Young's poetry, with projection design by Wendall Harrington.
    Mark Kuss
    My Favorite Things
    Unsuk Chin
    Acrostic Wordplay—Seven Scenes from Fairy Tales
    Steve Reich
    Typing Music
    Thomas Albert
    Characters

     

  • As American As . . .

    Norman Rockwell introduced unlikely heroes in his one-frame vignettes about America that celebrate ordinary people, love of country and the value of family. The Consort salutes the exhibition with musical apple pie and adventure.

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    Samuel Barber
    Dover Beach
    Jordan Kuspa
    Fantastic Stuff: A Suite for Viola
    John Deak
    Wager at the El Dorado Saloon
    William Brehm
    Inaugural Suite
    Mark Kuss
    My Favorite Things
    Aaron Copeland
    Old American Songs / Music from films

     

  • Unruly Landscapes

    Photographer John Gossage focused on the the non-heroic landscape of our everyday surroundings, revealing the grace and elegance in places caught between the urban and natural worlds. The exhibition is the point of departure for a musical exploration of horizons near and far. Read the printed program now for this concert.

    Bright Sheng
    The Stream Flows
    David Froom
    Piano Trio “Grenzen”
    Charles Ives
    Thoreau (from Concord Sonata)
    Donald Crockett
    to be sung on the water
    Alan Mandel
    Steps to Mt. Olympus
    Donald Crockett
    Horn Quintet "La Barca"

     

  • Fable

    Artist Alexis Rockman depicts the natural world with virtuosity and wit while exploring concerns about the world’s fragile ecosystems. The Consort performs fantastic, ferocious, futuristic music for Rockman’s “A Fable for Tomorrow.” Read the printed program now for this concert.

    Igor Stravinsky
    Rite of Spring
    Paul Schoenfield
    Cowbird Quartet
    Jennifer Furr
    Imaginary Animals
    Bruce MacCombie
    Light Upon the Turning Leaf
    Jacob Druckman
    Lamia

     

  • Carpe Diem

    Taking Time for what it is: nature’s way of keeping everything from happening at once, in this music reflecting artist Robert Rauchenberg’‘s works at American Art. Read the printed program now for this concert.

    Joan Panetti
    The Instant Gathers
    John Cage
    The Seasons
    Jordan Kuspa
    Time Crunch
    Paul Moon
    Projections
    Olivier Messiaen
    Quartet for the End of Time

     

  • The Great American . . .

    Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson were the voices of 19th century American transformation. Their poetry and period are points of departure for these compositions of our own time.
    (EXHIBITION: THE GREAT AMERICAN HALL OF WONDERS).

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    John Harbison
    Songs America Loves to Sing
    William Brehm, Mario Davidovsky, Joan Tower, Richard Markowitz

    A Whitman Sampler

    David Froom
    Emerson Songs
    Miguel Del Aguila
    Clocks

     

  • . . . Hall of Wonders

    Charles Dickens’ marvelous, supernatural Christmas story, in the irresistible setting by American composer Jon Deak, is also an indictment of industrialization. A 19th century, romantic sensibility pervades Dickens’ countryman Nicholas Maw’s lush piano trio.
    (EXHIBITION: THE GREAT AMERICAN HALL OF WONDERS)).

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    Nicholas Maw
    Piano Trio
    Jon Deak
    The Passion of Scrooge

     

  • Multiplicity Multiplicity

    The concept of making multiple images from one matrix has been integral to printmaking, yet each impression is considered to be an original of art. Consider the musical and visual series of contemporary impressions as explored by these American composers.

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    Luke DuBois/Paul Moon
    Multimedia Work
    Mark Kuss
    Power Synth
    Robert Beaser
    Variations
    David Froom
    Colors Passing Through Us
    David Crockett
    Wet Ink
    James Matheson
    Falling

     

  • Music of Games

    “The Art of Video Games” is one of the first exhibitions to explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies. Who better to explore and comment on this new realm than SAAM’s Consort in residence?.

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    Peter Buffett
    Video Music
    Laura Karpman
    Common Tone
    John Adams
    Road Movies
    Dan Visconti
    The Clear Light
    John Chowning
    Voices
    Paul Schoenfield
    Four Music Videos

     

  • Election Special: Music for Uncivil Discourse

    In honor of the November elections, the Consort circles the American democratic process with Fred Rzewski’s paean to Latin liberty in The People United Will Never be Defeated, Jon Deak’s setting of Orwell in Greetings from 1984, and, to remind us of our own revolution, Peter Maxwell Davies’ over-the-top, semi-staged portrait of George III, Eight Songs for a Mad King. Read the printed program now for this concert.

    Frederick Rzewski
    Selections from The People United Will Never Be Defeated
    Jon Deak
    Greetings from 1984
    Peter Maxwell Davies
    Eight Songs for a Mad King

     

  • Music for Civil War

    Celebrating the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s exhibition The Civil War and American Art, the Consort traverses three distinct, multi-media treatments of beloved tunes from the American Civil War, by William Brehm, Charles Ives and Stephen Rush, along with Igor Stravinsky’s music theater masterpiece. Read the printed program now for this concert.

    William Brehm
    Civil War Images and Echoes(Premiere)
    Charles Ives
    The Alcotts from Piano Sonata No. 2 "Concord"
    Stephen Rush
    U.S. Grant - a Fluxkit Opera
    Igor Stravinsky
    The Soldier’s Tale

     

  • A Christmas Carol

    Back by popular demand, Jon Deak’s marvelous and theatrical setting of Charles Dickens’ seasonal classic, The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol is joined by another English masterpiece, Benjamin Britten’s incomparable A Ceremony of Carols, to bring the holiday spirit to SAAM.  Read the printed program now for this concert.

    Benjamin Britten
    A Ceremony of Carols
    Jon Deak
    The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol

     

  • How it Begins

    An epic pairing of two major 20th century works, both settings of surreal texts sung by soprano Lucy Shelton: Arnold Schoenberg’s seminal Pierrot Lunaire, with Mime Mark Jastor as Pierrot, and To Wake the Dead, Stephen Albert’s earthy and decidedly un-surreal music to passages from James Joyce’s Finnigan’s Wake, with Elegy, Bruce MacCombie’s moving tribute to Albert, and ours to MacCombie. Read the printed program now for this concert.

    Arnold Schoenberg
    Pierrot Lunaire
    Bruce MacCombie
    Elegy
    Stephen Albert
    To Wake the Dead

     

  • Dance the Night Away

    Music that takes us from the darkest hours of night to the dancing light of dawn, in a program calculated for challenge and choreographed to move. George Crumb’s staged, classic environmental manifesto (protesting human incursion into the moon’s ecosystem of myth) is companion to dance music from a variety of composers’ for the dance of our imaginations.

    Derek Bermel
    Mulatash Stomp
    Eugene O’Brien
    Algebra of Night
    David Froom
    Dance to the Whistling Wind
    Snorri Sigfus Birgisson
    Dance for Solo Cello
    George Crumb
    Night of the Four Moons
    Donald Crockett
    Dawn Dance (Premiere)

     

  • New Sounds for a Timeless Space

    The 21st Century Consort, conducted by Christopher Kendall with guest soprano Mary Mackenzie, guest ensemble the Folger Consort, and members of the Cathedral Choirs perform music of our time, written to be played at the landmark Washington National Cathedral. Music by Stephen Albert (“Cathedral Music”), James Primosch (“Sacred Songs and Meditations”) and Christopher Patton (“From Darkness to Light”) all address the magnificent reaches of space and sound in this soaring space.

    Stephen Albert
    Cathedral Music
    James Primosch
    Sacred Songs and Meditations
    Christopher Patton
    Out of Darkness

     

  • 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
    Awakening
    John Cage
    Living Room Music
    David Froom
    Flying High
    Paul Schoenfield
    Beulah
    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
    Omaramor
    David Froom
    Two Yeats Songs
    Paul Schoenfield
    Dark Eyes

     

  • Just Folk

    The Consort closes the season as it began, celebrating two Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibitions in one concert: 20th century American Realism from the Sara Roby Foundation Collection with works by Edward Hopper and others, and the upcoming, colorful, socially-minded folk art of Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget, in a program inspired by the artist’s explorations and reflections of American society.  Read the printed program now for this concert.

    Shulamit Ran
    Perfect Storm
    Luciano Berio
    Folk Songs
    Evan Chambers
    Now Winter, Wi' His Cloudy Brow
    Aaron Copland
    Appalachian Spring

     

*Programs subject to change.