Don't miss the Emerson String Quartet

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The Emerson String Quartet returns for its 38th year at the Smithsonian. Enjoy the artistry of violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violist Lawrence Dutton, and cellist Paul Watkins as they perform the works of Purcell, Britten, Shostakovich, Beethoven, and more. Newsweek has called this ensemble "the one indispensable quartet," and you won't want to miss this season.

Remember, Smithsonian Associates donors at the Resident Patron ($600) level and above get reserved seating at all performances. Upgrade today!

Please note: there are no concert subscriptions for the 2017-2018 year, only individual tickets.*


Sunday, October 15 at 6 PM
Member: $50
Non-Member: $60

Program features the works of Purcell, Britten, and Shostakovich.

Sunday, December 3 at 6 PM
Member: $50
Non-Member: $60

Program features the works of Beethoven and Shostakovich.

Sunday, January 7 at 6 PM
Member: $50
Non-Member: $60

Solo recital with cellist Paul Watkins.

*The Baird Auditorium, which has been our concert venue for many years, will be undergoing renovations. The auditorium will be closed for a brief period of time during spring of 2018, thus we are working to secure an alternative venue for the remaining 2018 spring concerts and cannot offer subscription packages at this time. Thank you for understanding.

Other returning favorites


Masterworks of Five Centuries
Weekend Performances
Begins Sat., Oct. 7
This season's Masterworks of Five Centuries series commemorate the 190th anniversary of the death of Franz Schubert. Choose from an all-Saturday 6-concert series, all-Sunday 6-concert series, or a combination 9-concert series.


What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow
Evening Performance
Sun., Nov. 19 at 6 PM
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. Other performances are available on Mar. 4 and Apr. 22, 2018.


The Axelrod String Quartet
Weekend Performances
Begins Sat., Nov. 11
The ensemble continues its traversal of Joseph Haydn's quartets with the first three of the Op. 33 quartets, published in 1782. Haydn himself described them as "written in a completely new and special way." Choose from an all-Saturday 3-concert series or an all-Sunday 3-concert series.

Art by Billy Dee Williams

Join us for this FREE daytime performance!

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition Semifinals
Mon., Oct. 9 at 1 PM

Come and hear some of the world's most talented young jazz pianists performing in this world-famous musical competition.

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