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Performances
From the Podium: The Conductor's Perspective

A. Scott Wood, music director and conductor of the Arlington Philharmonic and the Amadeus Orchestra, offers a firsthand guide to what a conductor does from the first viewing of the score until the final performance’s bows. Participants also have the opportunity to sit in on an Arlington Philharmonic rehearsal a few days after the program.

Date
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The Axelrod String Quartet 2016-2017 Saturday Concert Series

Smithsonian Chamber Music Society audiences are privy to the unparalleled experience of hearing two magnificent quartets of instruments—one made by Antonio Stradivari, the other by his teacher Nicolo Amati—in this popular three-concert series offered on Saturdays. This concert features music by Haydn, Beethoven, and Spohr.

Date
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Emerson String Quartet 2016-2017 Concert Series (37th Season)

The Emerson String Quartet returns for its 37th year at the Smithsonian—and its 40th anniversary season—with a 5-concert series that displays the range and unparalleled musicianship of an ensemble hailed as “the one indispensable quartet” by Newsweek. This concert features music by Beethoven and Berg.

Date
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Axelrod String Quartet 2016-2017 Sunday Concert Series

Smithsonian Chamber Music Society audiences are privy to the unparalleled experience of hearing two magnificent quartets of instruments—one made by Antonio Stradivari, the other by his teacher Nicolo Amati—in this popular three-concert series offered on Sundays. This concert features music by Haydn, Beethoven, and Spohr.

Date
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Masterworks of Five Centuries 2016-2017 Saturday Concert Series

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features musical masterpieces from the 17th to the early 21st century, played by outstanding ensembles on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. This is a six-concert series offered on Saturdays. This concert features music by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Date
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Rob Kapilow’s What Makes It Great?

Masterworks by Harold Arlen, Britten, Dvorak, and Schubert get the distinctive in-depth examination from composer, conductor, and commentator Rob Kapilow in the new season. Presented in partnership with Washington Performing Arts. This performance features a masterwork by Schubert.

Date
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Masterworks of Five Centuries 2016-2017 Sunday Concert Series

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features musical masterpieces from the 17th to the early 21st century, played by outstanding ensembles on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. This is a six-concert series offered on Sundays. This concert features music by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Date
Sunday, April 9, 2017

Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
John Eaton Salutes Four Giants of American Song
4-Session Daytime Course

Pianist extraordinaire John Eaton shares insights, fascinating observations and performs selections from four legendary composers of popular American song in this engaging and entertaining course: Jerome Kern, Cole Porter; Harold Arlen; and George Gershwin.  And, of course, he always takes requests!

Date
Wednesday, April 12 to May 3, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Masterworks of Five Centuries 2016-2017 Saturday Concert Series

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features musical masterpieces from the 17th to the early 21st century, played by outstanding ensembles on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. This is a six-concert series offered on Saturdays. This concert features music by Brahms.

Date
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Masterworks of Five Centuries 2016-2017 Sunday Concert Series

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features musical masterpieces from the 17th to the early 21st century, played by outstanding ensembles on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. This is a six-concert series offered on Sundays. This concert features music by Brahms.

Date
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Masterworks of Five Centuries 2016-2017 Saturday Concert Series

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features musical masterpieces from the 17th to the early 21st century, played by outstanding ensembles on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. This is a six-concert series offered on Saturdays. This concert features music by Haydn and Schumann.

Date
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Masterworks of Five Centuries 2016-2017 Sunday Concert Series

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features musical masterpieces from the 17th to the early 21st century, played by outstanding ensembles on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. This is a six-concert series offered on Sundays. This concert features music by Haydn and Schumann.

Date
Sunday, May 7, 2017

Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Emerson String Quartet 2016-2017 Concert Series (37th Season)

The Emerson String Quartet returns for its 37th year at the Smithsonian—and its 40th anniversary season—with a 5-concert series that displays the range and unparalleled musicianship of an ensemble hailed as “the one indispensable quartet” by Newsweek. This concert features music by Mozart, Debussy, and Dvorak.

Date
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.