Friends of Music
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 Friends of Music, founded in 1945, continues this tradition with classical concerts from established and rising musicians.
To find out more about performances from past Friends of Music concert seasons, see the Dumbarton Oaks Annual Reports. For information about performing at Dumbarton Oaks, or to be considered for the series, please contact Valerie Stains, artistic director.
Performances and Subscription
Performances take place Sundays at 7:00 p.m. and Mondays at 8:00 p.m. The cost of a full-season subscription is $350. Additional seats may become available for single concerts. Individual ticket sales may be arranged by contacting the Friends of Music office. The ticket price is $54 per person. All payments for tickets purchased on-site must be made by check.
If you wish to subscribe, purchase individual tickets, require further information, or have questions about accessibility, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 202-339-6436.
Please note: The first three concerts (fall 2016) will take place in the Oak Room of the Fellowship House, 1700 Wisconsin Avenue NW. The last four concerts (winter/spring 2017) will return to the Music Room in the Dumbarton Oaks Museum, 1703 32nd Street NW.
This prizewinning German ensemble opens the season with string quartets by Haydn, Beethoven, and Christopher Theofanidis.
The Italian Saxophone Quartet makes its Washington, D.C., debut at Dumbarton Oaks with music by Bach, Mozart, Françaix, Piazzolla, Rota, and Nyman.
The period-instrument ensemble presents “Bach’s American Christmas,” a sampling of the seasonal music that Johann Sebastian Bach might have heard had he settled in Virginia around 1710.
Muzijevic will play works by Scarlatti, Liszt, Wagner, W. F. Bach, and Schumann, as well as selections for prepared piano by John Cage.
In its Dumbarton Oaks debut, the Kontraband will be joined by Silk Road artists Johnny Gandelsman, violinist, and Kinan Azmeh, clarinetist, in performances of traditional and original works by Ljova and Azmeh.
The trio returns to the Music Room this season with works by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Dvořák.
Fandango’s Washington, D.C., debut includes works by Haydn, Granados, Falla, and Boccherini, as well as Sephardic-based works by Alan Thomas and Carlos Rivera.