About the Concert
We return to the Phillips in a chamber orchestra configuration for a spirited program anchored by Igor Stravinsky’s Chamber Concerto in E-flat, Dumbarton Oaks. Commissioned in 1937 by the original owners of the Georgetown estate, Robert and Mildred Woods Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks exhibits Stravinsky’s Neoclassical style and his ability to generate musical material through the reinvention of old forms, notably the style of the Baroque and its manifestation in the music of J.S. Bach. Exploring these connections in greater depth, Experiential Orchestra pair Stravinsky’s chamber concerto with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, a well-loved work that exhibits the contrapuntal richness and joyous sonority of Bach’s concerto writing.
Please note that as of February 15, this concert is SOLD OUT. However, a livestream is available by clicking here.
Kobi Malkin, Conrad Harris, Sami Merdinian, Pauline Kim Harris, violins
Edwin Kaplan, Ramon Carrero Martinez, viola
Serafim Smigelskiy, Titilayo Ayangade, cello
Nathaniel Chase, double bass
Catherine Gregory, flute
Mark Dover, clarinet
Nicolee Kuester, Colin Weyman, french horn
Oleksiy Zakharov, bassoon
Concert Details TBD
The Phillips Collecton
The listening experience is strikingly persuasive. Part of that is due to the splendor of the performance, powerfully conducted by James Blachly — a champion of the work and of Smyth’s music in general — and featuring remarkable vocal contributions by bass-baritone Dashon Burton and soprano Sarah Brailey.