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Friends of Music at Dumbarton Oaks

  • Quicksilver, January 2013

  • Ray Chen and Julio Elizalde, April 2013

  • Cuarteto Latinoamericano with Daniel Binelli, February 2012

  • A Far Cry, April 2012

  • Kitka 2014-15

  • Gut Reaction 2014-15

Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss designed Dumbarton Oaks to be beautiful without and within, filling the gardens with flowers, the library with rare volumes, and the house itself with fine art and music. The Blisses enjoyed many performances in the The Music Room, most notably a chamber concerto by Igor Stravinsky, which was commissioned to celebrate their thirtieth wedding anniversary in 1938. Friends of Music continues this tradition with classical concerts from established and rising musicians.

Performances take place Sundays at 7 p.m. and Mondays at 8 p.m. Admission is available by subscription only. The cost of a subscription of all seven concerts is $350. When additional seats are available, admission ($54 per person) can be arranged on the Friday before the concert. If you wish to subscribe to the Friends of Music, or for more information, please contact  or call 202-339-6436.

For information about performing at Dumbarton Oaks, or to be considered for the series, please contact Valerie Stains, Artistic Director.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to exchange my tickets to a different night?

We do our best to accommodate ticket exchanges whenever possible. Requests for ticket exchanges should be addressed to the Friends of Music office at or (202) 339-6436. Subscribers who wish to change their ticket will be put on a waiting list. We will contact you to confirm your exchange.

How do I purchase an extra ticket for a guest?

When available, individual tickets can be purchased for $54/person by contacting the Friends of Music office. We are able to offer only a very limited number of seats to non-subscribers. If tickets are not available when you contact us, we will put your name on a waiting list and contact you no later than the Friday before the concert.

If I cannot attend a concert, may I offer my ticket to someone else?

Yes, you can offer your tickets to someone else. Please contact the Friends of Music office no later than Friday before a concert with the name of the person(s) who will be using your ticket for our subscription admittance list. 

If your tickets will not be used, and to better accommodate ticket exchanges, we request that you kindly contact our office to let us know.

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