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Dumbarton Concerts
Historic Dumbarton Church
3133 Dumbarton Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

202-965-2000

office@dumbartonconcerts.org

3133 Dumbarton St NW
Washington, DC, 20007
United States

202-965-2000

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At the door on the day of our concerts, we will sell $25 tickets to adults under the age of 30 and $10 tickets to students.

You must provide valid identification to receive the discount. We look forward to seeing you at our concerts!


Photo by Yoon S. Byun

Photo by Yoon S. Byun

A Far Cry: TransAmericana

Saturday, October 24 at 8:00 pm                                                         

Four amazing works of the string orchestra literature open our season with Boston’s outstanding and innovative conductorless orchestra, A Far Cry. TransAmericana takes us on a journey through North and South America with Philip Glass, Symphony #3 for String Orchestra, Lena Frank’s Leyendas: an Andean Walkabout, Villa-Lobos – Bachianas Brasileiras #9 and Ginastera’s Concerto per Corde.

  “A superb, perfectly calibrated performance, full of subtle nuances and real power. Conductors, watch out: The collective approach works.”  Stephen Brookes, The Washington Post

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"Not the least obeisance made he", as illustrated by Gustave Doré (1884)

"Not the least obeisance made he", as illustrated by Gustave Doré (1884)

The Raven and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Nicholas White and The Raven Consort

Saturday, November 7 at 8:00 pm                                                        

Composers have always loved Poe and our deliciously Autumnal program, conducted by Nicholas White, starts with solo song settings by various composers of the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, readings of Poe poetry, and concludes with The Raven, White’s cantata in eight movements for vocal quartet, with string quartet, horn, cor anglais and piano:   
   “In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore;
    Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
    But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door—“

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Photo by Denis Doorly

Photo by Denis Doorly

The Barnes and Hampton Celtic Consort
A Celtic Christmas 

Saturday, December 5  at 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 6 at 4:00 pm

Saturday, December 12 at 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Sunday, December 13 at 4:00 pm                                                    

The holiday season brings with it our beloved festive celebration and outstanding performances on Celtic harp, lute, pipes, bodhran, flutes and recorders by the Barnes and Hampton Celtic Consort, featuring Joseph Cunliffe on flutes and Steve Bloom on percussion.  Delight in the holiday decorations, candlelight and the good cheer of Wales, Ireland and other Celtic domains.  Spend time with friends and family; let Robert Aubrey Davis' readings of poetry and A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas transport you to another time and place, and start your Christmastime with Dumbarton Concerts.  Join our candlelit Celtic Christmas celebration that “goes down as smoothly as a mug of hot cider,” -  The Washington Post. 

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Photo by Andrew Kim

Photo by Andrew Kim

Goldberg Variations - Steven Beck

Saturday, January 16 at 8:00 pm                                                     

Steven Beck, “one of New York’s finest pianists” (The New Yorker), and a renowned interpreter of Bach, has made his Barge Music performance of J.S. Bach’s masterwork, The Goldberg Variations, a New York institution.  Steven will be taking time out from his work as pianist with the New York Philharmonic, and his distinguished solo career, to bring one of the greatest works of the chamber canon to Dumbarton. Mr Beck will also perform Bach’s majestic Italian Concerto and Concerto in D minor (The Marcello).

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Photo by Nikolaj Lund

Photo by Nikolaj Lund

Copenhagen Cool with Trio Con Brio Trio con Brio Copenhagen play Tchaikovsky and Ravel Piano Trios

Saturday, January 30 at 8:00 pm                                              

Soo-Jin on violin and her sister, cellist Soo-Kyung, perform with Danish pianist Jens Elvekjaer’s;  their playing combines to create infinite tenderness, freshness and edginess.  The program features two of the greatest piano trios in the repertoire, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor and Ravel’s Piano Trio in A Minor, combined with Per Norgard’s haunting Nordic “Spell”, a classic of formal expansiveness and grace which unfolds across fifteen minutes of sensuously patterned music.  Trio Con Brio Copenhagen create “a magical new world of sensuous sound . . . so full of passion that it will enthrall you from beginning to end” (Peninsula Reviews).

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Photo by Juju Rhee

Photo by Juju Rhee

Tango Argentino – JP Jofre Quintet 

Saturday, February 20 at 8:00 pm

Dumbarton Concerts welcomes the master of Argentinian tango music, bandoneon player and composer JP Jofre in a dramatic event celebrating both traditional and contemporary renditions of Tango - the most beautiful dance in the world.  The program will include works by Tango master, Astor Piazolla, and new compositions from Jofre himself:  “For me, tango has to do with secrets, with beauty and mystery, and simplicity as well. But one of the main things is the bandoneón. Yes, you can have a tango without it. But it’s the sound that gives the music its stamp.”

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Photo by Britt Olsen-Ecker

Photo by Britt Olsen-Ecker

Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio
an Ensemble of Star Performers 

Saturday, March 12 at 8:00 pm                                                        

The Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio takes its name from the three young artists who make up the unusual ensemble of piano, cello and clarinet.  Bound by their Israeli roots, pianist Alon Goldstein, cellist Amit Peled, and clarinetist Alex Fiterstein formed the Trio in 2005. Today, the ensemble’s performances reflect both the special gifts and originality of the three artists as soloists as well as their marvelous sense of ensemble and love of chamber music.  The program includes Beethoven - Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11, the Brahms – Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114 and Ernest Bloch - From Jewish Life for cello and piano (1924).

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Photo by Christopher Drukker

Photo by Christopher Drukker

Russell Malone Quartet, Jazz Guitar
A Collaboration with the DC Jazz Festival
and Jazz Appreciation Month

Saturday, April 9 at 8pm

Russell Malone puts his own spin on the jazz-with-strings tradition. Those who think that they’ve heard it all when it comes to strings projects are in for a surprise; Malone is one of the most commanding and versatile guitarists performing. He can move from blues to gospel to pop to R&B and jazz without hesitation, a rare facility that has prompted some of the highest profile artists in the world to call upon him including Diana Krall, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Natalie Cole, David Sanborn, Shirley Horn, Christina Aguilera, Harry Connick, Jr, Ron Carter, and Sonny Rollins.  

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Photo by Sarah Small

Photo by Sarah Small

The Riders Return: The Brooklyn Rider Almanac

Saturday, April 30 at 8pm

Our season ends with the triumphant return to Dumbarton of Brooklyn Rider: to celebrate its 10th anniversary together, the group (violinists Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords and cellist Eric Jacobsen) commissioned a wide-ranging assemblage of musicians to write new works, including Wilco's Glenn Kotche, singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier and a host of jazz luminaries, including Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus, pianist Vijay Iyer and guitarist Bill Frisell. The quartet charged the composers with an inspired framing device: Each work should take the output of another creative muse of the last 50 years as its inspiration.

The resulting pairings offer energizing food for thought, in large part because of their diversity.

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