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21st Century Consort 2012-2013 Concert Series

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Evening Program

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET
Code: 21CC05
American Art Museum/Portrait Gallery
McEvoy Auditorium, 8th & G Streets, NW
Metro:Gallery Place(Red, Green, Yellow Lines)
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The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s award-winning contemporary music ensemble-in-residence, 21st Century Consort, led by artistic director Christopher Kendall, and featuring chamber musicians Elisabeth Adkins, Paul Cigan, Lisa Emenheiser, Abigail Evans, Laurel Olssen, Sara Stern, Rachel Young with guest vocalists Lucy Shelton, William Sharp, Peter Becker, Deanne Meek and others, presents A Season of High Drama inspired by artworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s exhibitions and permanent collection.



Dance the Night Away
Sat., Apr. 20, 2013

The Consort performs 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 Night of the Four Moons (protesting human incursion into the moon’s ecosystem of myth) is a companion to music from a variety of composers’ for the dance of our imaginations.

Derek Bermel – Mulatash Stomp
Eugene O’Brian – Three Songs from Algebra of Night
David Froom – Dance of the Whistling Wind
Snorri Sigfus Birgisson – Dance for Solo Cello
George Crumb – Night of the Four Moons
Donald Crockett – World Premiere

Program subject to change.



The Smithsonian American Art Museum tells the story of America through the visual arts and encompasses more than three centuries of American artistic achievement that parallels the nation’s cultural development.  The Museum is honored to host the 21st Century Consort as artists-in-residence. For more information on the museum and its Renwick Gallery, please visit our website at

The 21st Century Consort has presented outstanding artists in concert since its 1975 debut concert in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lincoln Gallery. For thirty-five seasons, the Consort has offered engaging and challenging performances and recordings of contemporary American music especially for DC audiences. Visit for more information.