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The Musical Art Quartet and the Bliss Stradivarius Viola
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Mildred Barnes Bliss was an enthusiastic patron of the Musical Art Quartet. She supported the string quartet from soon after its inception in 1926 until it disbanded in 1944. The quartet performed in the Music Room each year between 1941 and 1944, and it was largely due to the success of these performances that Dumbarton Oaks decided to inaugurate a Friends of Music concert series in 1946.
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Stravinsky, Copland, Tower, and Shaw
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The Blisses ensured that music was given proper space in their homes, a commitment that was enhanced through their sponsorship of musicians and the commissioning of new works. Dumbarton Oaks continues this commitment through a concert series and commissioning new works from early-career musicians.
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Music at Dumbarton Oaks: The Performers
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Many famous or soon-to-be famous musicians performed at Dumbarton Oaks over the years, and several have reminisced fondly about their concertizing there, in both the residential and institutional periods.
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Commissioning and Performing Contemporary Compositions
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Dumbarton Oaks’ mission to foster original research and publication in humanistic studies has found a parallel expression in the Friends of Music commissions and performances of contemporary music.
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The Friends of Music
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Meet Robyn Bollinger, the Next Early-Career Musician in Residence
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Rising star violinist breaks down barriers to classical music
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