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Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 8pm
Hugo Wolf Quartett
Songs without Words

Our season opens with one of the most striking and sought-after string quartets of its generation - the Vienna-based Hugo Wolf Quartett. They make their Dumbarton debut with the music of Schumann, Schubert and their namesake - Viennese composer Hugo Wolf.  The thread that binds these three Romantic composers is an astonishing mastery of Leider; among them they wrotemore than 1,000 art songs.  However tonight we will turn to some of their most sublime “songs without words” – Schubert’s Quartettsatz in C Minor, Schumann’s String Quartet No. 2, and Wolf’s String Quartet in D Minor.

 

Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 8pm
Berta Rojas and Friends
Intimate Journey

Our warm, resonant hall is the perfect point of departure for guitarist Berta Rojas’ intimate journey into the colorful, melodic landscapes of Spain and South America. Praised by the Washington Post as “guitarist extraordinaire,” Berta’s soulful journey begins with Fernando Sor’s Variations on a Theme by Mozart and ends with Villa Lobos’ ethereal Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5, arranged by the composer himself for guitar and voice.  Soprano Rebecca Lister adds a touch of warmth and spice to select pieces for this evocative evening. 

Barnes & Hampton Celtic Consort
A Celtic Christmas
Saturday, December 3 at 4pm
Sunday, December 4 at 4pm
Saturday, December 10 at 4pm & 8pm
Sunday, December 11 at 4pm

Settle in with the Barnes & Hampton Celtic Consort for an evening of celebration to mark the beginning of the holiday season! Our candlelit hall bedecked with greens is a fitting festive setting for this annual merrymaking, complete with Celtic harp, flutes, pipes, lute, and bodhran, and interwoven with seasonal readings including A Child’s Christmas in Wales.


Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 8pm
Honigberg-Stern-Andrist Trio
Ode to the Cello

Long loved for its soulful sound and passionate expression, the cello receives a well-deserved moment in the spotlight tonight.  Virtuoso cellist Steven Honigberg and friends will warm your hearts on this wintry evening with his favorite works from the short and sweet to the iconic - Dvorak’s Songs my Mother Taught Me, Song to the Moon from his opera Rusalka,  Funf Stucke im Volkston, five lovely musical moments by Schumann, and Brahms’ autumnal Piano Trio, Op. 8 in B Major.


Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 8pm
Nordic Voices
Lamentations

Step into our candlelit sanctuary and prepare to be “carried away” by the other-worldly beauty of this six-voice a capella ensemble in a program of luminous settings of lamentations from Palestrina and Victoria to Robert White - Elizabeth I’s Master of Choristers.  The sheer emotional intensity of this music sung by Norway’s leading vocal ensemble will melt away your everyday cares by the time the candles are extinguished and the last notes of Gesualdo’s glorious  Misesere  are sung in enveloping darkness.

Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 8pm
Brooklyn Rider
Ultimate Beethoven

Written near the end of his life, the epic C Sharp Minor quartet was Beethoven’s favorite, and to thisday many musicians and music lovers consider it the greatest string quartet ever written.  Tonight the brilliant, boundary-defying Brooklyn Rider will play this masterpiece, Philip Glass’s String Quartet No.3, “Mishima,” and a Romanian gypsy music inspired piece by composer-violist Ljova. “Forgive the hyperbole,” wrote Strings magazine, “but I've seen the future of chamber music and it is Brooklyn Rider.”

 

Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 8pm
Amerigo Trio
Serenade

Tonight marks the Washington debut of Amerigo, the most recent major string trio to emerge in the world of chamber music.  Formed by New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow with cellist Inbal Segev and violist Karen Dreyfus, this dazzling new trio performs two of the best-loved pieces written for string trio - the Beethoven and Dohnanyi Serenades.

Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 8pm
Walden Chamber Players
Musical Reflections

The elegant, Boston-based Walden Chamber Players bring our season to a beautiful close with a program of gems – Brahms’ Horn Trio in E Flat Major, Op.40, Haydn’s Piano Trio in G Major, “Gypsy,” a truly gorgeous string trio by Austrian composer Gerhard Schedl, and the incomparable Romantic masterpiece, the Schumann Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Op.47.