Founded in 1975 as the 20th Century Consort, the group became a resident ensemble at the Smithsonian Institution three years later. In its concerts at historic St. Mark’s on Capitol Hill, at the Hirshhorn Museum and at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Consort has presented exciting programs frequently related to museum exhibitions, featuring music by a diverse array of living composers – often world premieres – along with 20th century classics.
Under the direction of its founder and conductor, Christopher Kendall, the Consort’s artists include members of the National Symphony Orchestra and other prominent chamber musicians from Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. The ensemble is managed by Boyd Sarratt.
For over forty-five years the Consort’s concerts have been professionally recorded and archived, complementing the Consort’s produced studio recordings. This vast, living archive is permanently preserved at the University of Maryland, and can be heard without charge on our archive page, where it can be searched for any concert, composition or composer.
at 5pm on Saturday January 202024
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill – inspired by the Hirshhorn exhibition of work by Simone Leigh, Jamaican/American artist and U.S. representative to the 2022 Venice Biennale, with soprano soloist Lucy Shelton.
- Jeanne Lee
- Angel Chile
- Hannah Kendall
- Glances / I Don’t Belong Here
- Jesse Montgomery
- Voodoo Dolls
- Eleanor Alberga
- Jamaican Medley
- Tania Leon
- Arenas D’un Tiempo
- Jon Deak
- The Jury (poetry by Rhina Espaillat)
- Mikhail Johnson
- Ton yo han mek fashan
- Disappearing LandscapesThe 21st Century Consort’s December 2nd concert at historic St. Mark’s on Capitol Hill takes as its point of departure the extraordinary, current exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum (the Consort’s