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2015-2016 season highlights

Sun, May 1, 2016 – 3:30 pm

Schnyderfest: Concerto for Pipa and Orchestra

National Gallery of Art, West Garden Court, 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565

The Swiss-American composer Daniel Schnyder is a master of stylistic fusion; his influences range from Bach and the demonic Schubert to Kurt Weill and Duke Ellington.

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Sun, April 17, 2016 – 3:30 pm

Psycho: A Narrative For String Orchestra

National Gallery of Art, 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565

A towering figure in 20th-century American music, Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975) has long been stigmatized as a “Hollywood composer.” Though he is our supreme composer for film (Citizen Kane, Vertigo, North by Northwest, etc.), his concert output remains unknown. He composed the fascinating soundtrack for Psycho, one of Hitchcock’s greatest hits.

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Previous season highlights

Sun, November 4, 2012 – 6:30 pm

Shostakovich Festival

National Gallery of Art, 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was a Russian pianist and composer of the Soviet period. This three-week festival —interpreting Shostakovich the man, Shostakovich the composer, and specific Shostakovich compositions— comprised three concerts at the National Gallery of Art, Dumbarton Concerts, and Georgetown University, as well as four film events at the National Gallery.

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Tue, September 21, 2010 – 8:00 pm

The Gershwin Project: Russian Gershwin

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, 8270 Alumni Dr, College Park, MD 20742

No other American composer straddles as many musical worlds. In the realm of popular song and jazz, Gershwin’s genius has long been celebrated. In the world of classical music, he was long marginalized as a “pops” composer —but no longer. PostClassical Ensemble explores “interpreting Gershwin” —the man and the music.

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Sat, April 17, 2010 – 8:00 pm

Falla and Flamenco

Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Manuel de Falla, Spain’s most famous composer, used Flamenco to revitalize Spanish music after a century of somnolence. El Corregidor y la Molinera (The Magistrate and the Miller’s Wife) is an early version of Falla’s beloved The Three-Cornered Hat and exemplifies the haunting cante jondo of Flamenco song and the dramatic exuberance of Flamenco dance. Choreographed by Spain’s renowned Ramón Oller, this new production –featuring dancers from Barcelona and New York– is part of the international celebration of Spain’s Spring 2010 Presidency of the European Union.

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