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Smithsonian Chamber Music Society

2017-2018 Season Subscriptions On Sale Starting July 31, 2017
Single Tickets Available Starting Sept. 8, 2017

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The 41st season of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society (SCMS) features musical masterpieces from the early 17th century to the early 21st, played on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. Two series, featuring the SCMS’s acclaimed artists, offer musical feasts simply unobtainable anywhere but at the Smithsonian, in the intimate surroundings of the American History Museum’s Music Hall.

Kenneth Slowik, artistic director and recipient of the Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar Award, curates a series of pre-concert lectures (one hour prior to each program), shedding light on the glorious music and the life and times of the featured composers.

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Axelrod String Quartet Series

members of the Axelrod Quartet Smithsonian Chamber Music Society audiences are privy to the unparalleled opportunity of hearing two magnificent quartets of instruments—one made by Antonio Stradivari, the other by his teacher Nicolò Amati—in this popular three-concert series.

General Details

Dates & Music

Sat., Nov. 11, 2017; Sun., Nov. 12, 2017
Joseph Haydn: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 2, The Joke (1781)
Johannes Brahms: Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1 (1873)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quintet in C Major, K515 (1787)

Sat., March 17, 2018; Sun., March 18, 2018
Joseph Haydn: Quartet in C Major, Op. 33, No. 3, The Bird (1781)
Béla Bartók: Quartet No. 1, Op. 7 (1908-9)
Felix Mendelssohn: Quintet in A Major, Op. 18 (1832)

Sat., April 28, 2018; Sun., April 29, 2018
Joseph Haydn: Quartet in B Minor, Op. 33, No. 1 (1781)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6 (1801)
Johannes Brahms: Quintet in G Major, Op. 111 (1890)

Programs, locations, and artists subject to change.

Masterworks of Five Centuries Series

Smithsonian Chamber Music Society This six-concert series features several artists and ensembles including the Smithsonian Chamber Players and Smithsonian Consort of Viols.

General Details

  • All Masterworks concerts are from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.; pre-concert lecture is from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
  • All concerts will be held at the Hall of Music in the American History Museum.

Dates & Music

Sat., Oct. 7, 2017
Joseph Haydn: Three Piano Trios, Hob: XV: 27-29, “dedicated to Mrs. Bartolozzi” (1797)

Sun., Oct. 22, 2017
Johannes Brahms: Sonata in E Minor, Op. 38, for Cello and Piano (1862-5)
Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25 (1861)

Sun., Dec. 10, 2017
Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1, The Ghost (1808)
Franz Schubert: Trio in B-flat Major, D898 (1827)

Sat., Jan. 13, 2018
Consort Music of John Jenkins (1592-1678)

Sat., Jan. 20, 2018
Franz Schubert: Winterreise, D911(1827)

Sun., Jan. 28, 2018
Reinbert de Leeuw: Im wunderschönen Monat Mai: Three times seven Liederafter Schumann and Schubert(2004)

Sun., Feb. 25, 2018
Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite in E-flat Major, BWV 1010 (ca. 1720)
Johann Sebastian Bach: “English” Suite in E Minor, BWV 811 (before 1720)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 903 (before 1723)

Sun., April 15, 2018
Franz Schubert: Quartet in G Minor, D173 (1815)
Franz Schubert: Octet in F Major, D803 (1824)

Sat., May 5, 2018
Joseph Haydn: Early Keyboard Trios (1759-85)

Programs, locations, and artists subject to change.