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Masterworks of Five Centuries Saturday Concert Series

Evening Performance

View this year's Masterworks Saturday concerts!

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Code: 1P0640

The 42nd season of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society (SCMS) features musical masterpieces from the 17th to the early 21st century, played on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments.

This concert series is also offered on Sunday dates.

Kenneth Slowik, SCMS artistic director and recipient of the Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar Award, again curates a series of pre-concert talks one hour prior to each concert.

To learn more about the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, click here.


The season opens in October with a Schubert/Schumann evening marking the return of tenor Aaron Sheehan (who gave such a moving performance of Schubert’s Winterreise last year) and several of SCMS’s most senior players.

Franz Schubert: Schwanengesang, D 957
Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet, Op. 44

The Smithsonian Chamber Players: Aaron Sheehan, tenor; Ian Swensen and Marilyn McDonald, violins; Gregory Luce, viola; Myron Lutzke, violoncello; Kenneth Slowik, fortepiano


Program, location, and artists are subject to change.

To view other concerts in this Saturday classical concert series, click here. This concert series also is offered on Sunday dates.

National Museum of American History
Nicholas and Eugenia Taubman Hall of Music
14th St & Constitution Ave NW