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Masterworks of Five Centuries 2013-2014 Concert Series
37th Season
Sun., Oct. 20, 2013; Nov. 24, 2013; Feb. 16, 2014; Mar. 9, 2014; Apr. 6, 2014; and May 11, 2014

Pre-concert Lectures: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Concerts: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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The season opens with the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra presenting two works for winds—Dvorak’s Serenade, Op 44, and Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments (in the version the composer premiered in New York’s Town Hall in 1947)—plus Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, in a particularly intimate and immediate guise. The Dvorak “theme” is taken up again in November, when the composer’s “American” quintet, a pendant to the better-known quartet—to be heard during January’s Axelrod Quartet concert—will be performed, along with the great, but relatively little known, quintet of Bruckner.

Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra membersThe ensemble includes Smithsonian Chamber Music Society (SCMS) regulars Mark Fewer and Steven Dann, plus talented newcomers Rory McLeod and Karen Dekker. In February, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra concertmaster and Juilliard Historical Performance graduate program director Robert Mealy joins SCMS artistic director Slowik for a program of Bach sonatas. In March, Archibudelli’s Vera Beths returns with three of the members of The Knights—the innovative Brooklyn-based orchestral collective including violists Nicholas Cords and Max Mandel and violinist and artistic director Colin Jacobsen—for an evening of Mozart quintets. The Castle Trio, anchored by fortepianist Lambert Orkis, brings its passion for Beethoven to three heroic masterworks in April. The final concert in May holds the season’s earliest works, with a rare opportunity to hear a consort comprised of four of America’s leading gambists play on a group of antique instruments from the remarkable Caldwell Collection of Viols.

Featured Ensembles: The Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Castle Trio, and Smithsonian Consort of Viols


2013-2014 Season Information


Sun., Oct. 20
Dvorak: Serenade for Winds, Op. 44
Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60

The Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra: Kenneth Slowik, conductor; Elisabeth Adkins, concertmaster.
Location: Grand Salon of the Renwick Gallery

Sun., Nov. 24
Dvorak: Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97, “American”
Bruckner: Quintet in F Major

The Smithsonian Chamber Players: Mark Fewer and Karen Dekker, violin; Steven Dann and Rory McLeod, viola; Kenneth Slowik, violoncello
Location: Warner Bros. Theater, American History Museum

Sun., Feb. 16
J.S. Bach: Sonatas for violin and harpsichord

The Smithsonian Chamber Players: Robert Mealy, violin; Kenneth Slowik, harpsichord
Location: Castle Commons

Sun., March 9
Mozart: Viola Quintets

The Smithsonian Chamber Players: Vera Beths and Colin Jacobson, violin; Nicholas Cords and Max Mandel, viola; Kenneth Slowik, violoncello
Location: Warner Bros. Theater, American History Museum


Sun., April 6
Beethoven: Sonata in A Major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer”
Beethoven: Sonata in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2
Beethoven: Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, “Archduke”

The Castle Trio: Lambert Orkis, fortepiano; Marilyn McDonald, violin; Kenneth Slowik, violoncello
Location: Warner Bros. Theater, American History Museum


Sun., May 11
Music of Alfonso Ferrabosco I, Richard Mico, and Henry Purcell

The Smithsonian Consort of Viols: Catharina Meints, Brent Wissick, Craig Trompeter, Kenneth Slowik, viols
Location: Castle Commons



Full Series (6 concerts; CODE: BPN4)

Programs, locations, and artists subject to change.


Grand Salon, Renwick Gallery
17th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Metro: Farragut West (Blue/Orange Lines)
Quick Tix Code: BPN4