21st Century Consort

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.

To read more about us, click here. And to see our full concert season, click here.

  • Sound Shards

    at 5pm on Saturday February 042023

    Hirshhorn Museum of Modern Art [ TICKETS ]

    Jesse Montgomery
    Peace
    Evan Chambers
    The Old Burying Ground
    Stephen Jaffe
    Tableaux (world premiere)
    Olly Wilson
    A City Called Heaven II
    Nkeiru Okoye
    1861
    Mark Kuss
    Ares (world premiere)
  • Sound Shards
    The 21st Century Consort returns to the Hirshhorn with “Sound Shards,” inspired by the Museum’s epic Mark Bradford installation, “Pickett’s Charge.”