Dublin Guitar Quartet
Our season kicks off in Irish style with The Dublin Guitar Quartet who, having taken Europe by storm, are now making a powerful name for themselves in the United States. The Quartet’s debut program at Dumbarton features the Philip Glass String Quartet No. 3 “Mishima”, “The Lamb” by John Tavener, works by Arvo Pärt, including “Alleluia – Tropus” and György Ligeti.
Audiences can expect an entertaining, and completely novel concert experience.
Special Guest Kevin Deas
Bach and the Divine
J.S. Bach is the perfect composer for Dumbarton’s warm and intimate acoustics. PostClassical Ensemble performs Bach favorites featuring bass baritone Kevin Deas, an oratorio artist praised by Boston Classical Review as “compelling” and “magnetic.” Ich habe genug, for bass and orchestra, is unsurpassed among Bach’s solo cantatas as an exposition of one of this composer’s great themes - the attainment of heavenly bliss. Nun ist das Heill, a one-movement fragment extolling the Almighty, will be performed with the audience.
The Barnes and Hampton Celtic Consort
Saturday December 6 at 4pm
Sunday December 7 at 4pm
Saturday December 13 at 4pm and 8pm
Sunday December 14 at 4pm
From the chilly world of the north comes this warm and inviting program of music and verse to welcome the holiday season. Weaving together the Celtic harp, lute, pipes, bodhran, flutes and recorders with the poetry of Dylan Thomas is a perfect way to spend time with friends and family. Join our candlelit Celtic Christmas celebration that “goes down as smoothly as a mug of hot cider,” - The Washington Post.
Steven Honigberg & the Volta Chamber Ensemble
Ode to the Cello
Tonight we celebrate the grace and beauty of the cello in an evening of music with renowned cellist Steven Honigberg. He is joined by the elegant Volta Chamber Ensemble, in a rare appearance. Soulful interpretations of Chopin, Schumann, and Debussy are the prelude to Schubert’s masterpiece, the C Major Quintet. A feast for cello lovers!
Beethoven, Early to Late
PostClassical Ensemble’s second program is devoted to Beethoven, juxtaposing the First Piano Concerto with the pinnacle of the chamber music canon – the epic Op. 131 String Quartet. Our piano soloist is Mykola Suk; Jonathan Woolf of MusicWeb International, reviewing Suk’s incomparable Liszt, writes: “you might be forgiven for thinking him a one-man orchestra.”
Turtle Island Quartet
Birth of the Cool
Turtle Island shows the world how a string quartet plays jazz by employing their signature groove-based rhythmic techniques to transform classic selections from Miles Davis’ cool jazz recording, Birth of the Cool. Israel, Venus De Milo, and Jeru become jazz string quartet masterpieces! The Quartet explore other perennial favorites such as Dave Brubeck’s Blue Rondo a la Turk, Gerry Mulligan’s Bernie’s Tune, Miles Davis’ dreamy Miles Ahead, and the Modern Jazz Quartet’s darker Django.
Nicholas White & The Tiffany Consort
Sanctuary Music by Candlelight
The hushed, candlelit beauty of our sanctuary is the perfect setting to discover the other-worldly beauty of the White Consort. This eight-voice ensemble sings sacred works of J.S. Bach, Palestrina, Allegri, Tallis and the world premiere of a new work by Nicholas White – composer of the wildly well-received, Poe-inspired The Raven, commissioned for Dumbarton’s 35th anniversary.
Our season comes to an electrifying close with the Washington debut of the Salomé Chamber Orchestra – New York City’s sensual, new conductor-less orchestra formed by the three dynamic Carpenter siblings. Tonight members of Salomé perform Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet, Piazzolla’s sizzling Libertango and delightful, fresh works by Alex Shor and Oran Eldor.