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Music at Dumbarton Oaks

Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss designed Dumbarton Oaks to be beautiful without and within, filling the gardens with flowers, the library with rare volumes, and the house itself with fine art and music. Music at Dumbarton Oaks, founded in 1946 as the Friends of Music, continues this tradition with classical concerts from established and rising musicians.

2019–2020 Concert Series

This season Music at Dumbarton Oaks offers new sounds and new works, along with classical fare. In October you will meet the brilliant young American composer Mohammed Fairouz in an engaging evening devoted to song-cycles of his settings of American poetry. November brings Dutch harpist Lavinia Meijer to the Music Room with her groundbreaking renditions of music by Philip Glass and works by other living composers. Two of our resident early-career musicians will participate in the concerts: virtuoso violinist, Robyn Bollinger (2019) plays in December with The Knights in their homage to J. S. Bach, and the world premiere of composer Viet Cuong’s (2020) commission by Dumbarton Oaks will be performed by Sandbox Percussion in March. To conclude the season, we hear the “best of” Vivaldi’s recently discovered opera, Motezuma, performed by the period instrumentalists and singers of Canada’s Ensemble Caprice.

Performances take place Sundays at 7:00 p.m. and Mondays at 8:00 p.m. The cost of a full-season subscription is $350. Additional seats may become available for single concerts. The ticket price is $54 per person. All subscription and ticket sales are nonrefundable.

If you wish to purchase a partial-season subscription, require further information, or have questions about accessibility, please contact us via email at or by phone at (202) 339-6400 ext. 6436.

To find out more about performances from past concert seasons, see the Dumbarton Oaks Annual Reports. For information about performing at Dumbarton Oaks, or to be considered for the series, please contact Valerie Stains, Director of Music.

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Early-Career Musician Residency

The Early-Career Musician Residency was inaugurated in 2014–2015 to continue and enhance a long tradition of music at Dumbarton Oaks. The main goal of the residency is to provide time and resources to young composers and musicians who show promise in transmitting traditions of classical music to younger generations. Proposals for residencies are by invitation only.