Dumbarton Oaks - 2019-2020 Season & Subscription Info
October 6 & 7, 2019
Hailed by BBC World News as “one of the most talented composers of his generation,” Fairouz composes in virtually every genre, including opera, symphonies, vocal and choral settings, and chamber and solo works. His program “Circles: A Recital of Song Cycles” showcases his engagement with American poets, each cycle representing a different aspect of recursive human experience. In these four song cycles, singers are complemented by chamber ensembles of bowed string instruments, winds, and piano.
October 27 & 28, 2019
Harpist Lavinia Meijer is passionate about broadening the possibilities of her instrument. She experiments with electronic music, jazz, and avant-garde works by living composers, and has collaborated with artists such as Iggy Pop, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, and Sufjan Stevens. Since 2011 she has worked closely with Philip Glass, transcribing for harp her groundbreaking renditions of his music. Represented in Meijer’s Dumbarton Oaks debut are composers Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, Philip Glass, Bryce Dessner, and Paul Patterson.
December 1 & 2, 2019
The Knights are a collective of adventurous musicians dedicated to transforming the orchestral and chamber music experience and eliminating barriers between audiences and music. Their three-season partnership with Dumbarton Oaks concludes with an homage to Johann Sebastian Bach—an exploration of music directly or indirectly influenced by the master, from modernist giants such as Igor Stravinsky, György Ligeti, and György Kurtág to American folk/pop icon Paul Simon. Joining the Knights in performance is our 2019 Early-Career Musician in Residence, violinist Robyn Bollinger.
January 12 & 13, 2020
Praised by the Washington Post for “captivating” performances that draw from its notable “meld of intellect, technique, and emotions,” the prizewinning Aizuri Quartet has garnered critical acclaim for bringing “a technical bravado and emotional power” to bold new commissions, and for its “flawless” (San Diego Union-Tribune) performances of the great masterpieces of the past. In their program “Music and Isolation,” the ensemble performs works by Joseph Haydn, Jean Sibelius, Hildegard von Bingen, Carlo Gesualdo, and Conlon Nancarrow.
February 9 & 10, 2020
“His virtuosity at the cello defied belief, and left the audience rubbing its eyes and shaking its heads in wonder. Difficulties were not overcome, they were atomized” (Spokesman). Várdai is the only cellist in the world to have won both the International Cello Competition in Geneva (2008) and the ARD Competition in Munich (2014), the two most important contests for cellists. In his Dumbarton Oaks debut, Várdai performs works by György Ligeti, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Zoltán Kodály.
March 1 & 2, 2020
Lauded by the Washington Post for “revitalizing the world of contemporary music” and called “a bombshell of raw talent” by I Care if You Listen, Sandbox Percussion has established itself as a leading proponent in this generation of contemporary percussion chamber music. The ensemble captivates audiences with performances that are both aurally and visually stunning. They perform works by Jason Treuting, Victor Caccese, Lou Harrison, and a world premiere by our 2020 Early-Career Musician in Residence, Viet Cuong.
April 5 & 6, 2020
Returning to the Music Room with a team of splendid singers in tow, Canada’s lively period-instrument orchestra performs the best of the recently unearthed opera Motezuma, by Antonio Vivaldi. According to baroque music expert Kees Vlaardingerbroek, this work is the most important Vivaldi discovery in 75 years, since the popular composer’s own archives were found in the 1920s. Motezuma recounts a fictitious love story between the Aztec emperor’s daughter, Teutile, and Cortés’s brother, Ramiro.