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Music at Dumbarton Oaks

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. Music at Dumbarton Oaks, founded in 1946 as the Friends of Music, continues this tradition with classical concerts from established and rising musicians.

 

Concert Series

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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. The ticket price is $54 per person. All subscription and ticket sales are nonrefundable.

If you wish to purchase a subscription, require further information, or have questions about accessibility, please contact us via email at concerts@doaks.org or by phone at (202) 339-6400 ext. 6436.

2019–2020 Season

Programs are subject to change.

Sandbox Percussion
March 1–2, 2020 | Tickets will go on sale February 3, 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.

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Ensemble Caprice
April 5–6, 2020 | Tickets will go on sale March 2, 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.

To find out more about performances from past 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, Director of Music.

 

Early-Career Musician Residency

The Early-Career Musician Residency was inaugurated in 2014–2015 to continue and enhance a long tradition of music at Dumbarton Oaks. The main goal of the residency is to provide time and resources to young composers and musicians who show promise in transmitting traditions of classical music to younger generations. Proposals for residencies are by invitation only.

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2019–2020 Residents

Robyn Bollinger

Robyn Bollinger

Telling the story of that most indulgent musical tradition, the encore, in an original multimedia recital.

Fall Term

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Viet Cuong

Premiering a new work for Sandbox Percussion in March at Dumbarton Oaks.

Spring Term