Performances
Masterworks of Five Centuries 2017-2018 Sunday Concert Series

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features musical masterpieces from the 17th to the early 21st century, played by outstanding ensembles on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. Part of a six-concert series, this concert features music by Beethoven and Schubert.

Date
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
The Emerson String Quartet 2017-2018 Concert Series

The 2017–­18 season marks the Emerson String Quartet’s 38th year in residence at the Smithsonian. In this concert, cellist Paul Watkins performs a solo recital.

Date
Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Masterworks of Five Centuries 2017-2018 Saturday Concert Series

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features musical masterpieces from the 17th to the early 21st century, played by outstanding ensembles on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. Part of a six-concert series, this concert features Consort Music of John Jenkins.

Date
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Masterworks of Five Centuries 2017-2018 Sunday Concert Series

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features musical masterpieces from the 17th to the early 21st century, played by outstanding ensembles on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. Part of a six-concert series, this concert features Consort Music of John Jenkins.

Date
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Masterworks of Five Centuries 2017-2018 Saturday Concert Series

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features musical masterpieces from the 17th to the early 21st century, played by outstanding ensembles on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. Part of a six-concert series, this concert features music by Schubert.

Date
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Masterworks of Five Centuries 2017-2018 Saturday Concert Series

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features musical masterpieces from the 17th to the early 21st century, played by outstanding ensembles on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. Part of a six-concert series, this concert features music by Reinbert de Leeuw.

Date
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Masterworks of Five Centuries 2017-2018 Sunday Concert Series

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features musical masterpieces from the 17th to the early 21st century, played by outstanding ensembles on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. Part of a six-concert series, this concert features music by Reinbert de Leeuw.

Date
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
How Do We Listen?: Conversations in Music with Aaron Diehl and Murray Horwitz

Virtuoso jazz pianist and composer Aaron Diehl teams with Tony Award-winning playwright and lyricist Murray Horwitz for three entertaining and enlightening excursions into the building blocks of music. Tonight's program focuses on melody.

Date
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Masterworks of Five Centuries 2017-2018 Sunday Concert Series

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features musical masterpieces from the 17th to the early 21st century, played by outstanding ensembles on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. Part of a six-concert series, this concert features music by J.S. Bach.

Date
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow

Congenial music educator and commentator Rob Kapilow is back for another delightful season, opening peoples’ ears—and minds—to what it is that makes a piece of music a masterpiece. Tonight's performance features Tchaikovsky.

Date
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How Do We Listen?: Conversations in Music with Aaron Diehl and Murray Horwitz

Virtuoso jazz pianist and composer Aaron Diehl teams with Tony Award-winning playwright and lyricist Murray Horwitz for three entertaining and enlightening excursions into the building blocks of music. Tonight's program focuses on harmony.

Date
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Emerson String Quartet 2017-2018 Concert Series

The 2017–­18 season marks the Emerson String Quartet’s 38th year in residence at the Smithsonian. In collaboration with Wolf Trap, this concert will present Shostakovich and the Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy.

Date
Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Axelrod String Quartet 2017-2018 Saturday Concert Series

Smithsonian Chamber Music Society audiences are privy to the unparalleled experience of hearing two magnificent quartets of instruments—one made by Antonio Stradivari, the other by his teacher Nicolo Amati—in this popular three-concert series. This concert features music by Haydn, Bartók, and Mendelssohn.

Date
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
The Axelrod String Quartet 2017-2018 Sunday Concert Series

Smithsonian Chamber Music Society audiences are privy to the unparalleled experience of hearing two magnificent quartets of instruments—one made by Antonio Stradivari, the other by his teacher Nicolo Amati—in this popular three-concert series. This concert features music by Haydn, Bartók, and Mendelssohn.

Date
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Masterworks of Five Centuries 2017-2018 Saturday Concert Series

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features musical masterpieces from the 17th to the early 21st century, played by outstanding ensembles on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. Part of a six-concert series, this concert features music by Schubert.

Date
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Masterworks of Five Centuries 2017-2018 Sunday Concert Series

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features musical masterpieces from the 17th to the early 21st century, played by outstanding ensembles on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. Part of a six-concert series, this concert features music by Schubert.

Date
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow

Congenial music educator and commentator Rob Kapilow is back for another delightful season, opening peoples’ ears—and minds—to what it is that makes a piece of music a masterpiece. Tonight's performance features the Bernstein Songbook.

Date
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Axelrod String Quartet 2017-2018 Saturday Concert Series

Smithsonian Chamber Music Society audiences are privy to the unparalleled experience of hearing two magnificent quartets of instruments—one made by Antonio Stradivari, the other by his teacher Nicolo Amati—in this popular three-concert series. This concert features music by Haydn, Beethoven, and Brahms.

Date
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
The Axelrod String Quartet 2017-2018 Sunday Concert Series

Smithsonian Chamber Music Society audiences are privy to the unparalleled experience of hearing two magnificent quartets of instruments—one made by Antonio Stradivari, the other by his teacher Nicolo Amati—in this popular three-concert series. This concert features music by Haydn, Beethoven, and Brahms.

Date
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Masterworks of Five Centuries 2017-2018 Saturday Concert Series

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features musical masterpieces from the 17th to the early 21st century, played by outstanding ensembles on some of the world’s most highly prized musical instruments. Part of a six-concert series, this concert features music by Haydn.

Date
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Pre-concert lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.