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Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Masterworks by Sondheim get the distinctive in-depth examination from composer, conductor, and commentator Rob Kapilow in the new season. Presented in partnership with Washington Performing Arts.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM

You know the thundering rhythms and ominous vocal chorus of “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana even if you don’t know its name: It’s a soundtrack staple for action-movie trailers and commercials. But there’s far more to the music and the history of the perennially performed cantata, and Scott Tucker, artistic director of the Choral Arts Society of Washington, is ready to tell the story.

Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM

The Emerson String Quartet returns for its 35th year at the Smithsonian with a five-concert series that displays the range and unparalleled musicianship of an ensemble that has been hailed as “the one indispensable quartet” by Newsweek. The program features music by Mozart, Lowell Liebermann, and Tchaikovsky. This is part of a five-concert series.

Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 7:30 PM

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society celebrates its 38th season with musical masterpieces from the Elizabethan period to late 19th century. This is a six-concert series offered on Saturdays.

Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 7:30 PM

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society celebrates its 38th season with musical masterpieces from the Elizabethan period to late 19th century. This is a six-concert series offered on Sundays.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM

The SJMO’s big band pays tribute to the orchestra leaders, musicians, and composers who created the style that set America and the world swinging the 1930s and 40s.



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