Earth and the Great Weather, Upcoming Season

In an epic addition to the Smithsonian’s Summer Solstice celebration on June 25, the 21st Century Consort partnered with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to present John Luther Adams’ vast Earth and the Great Weather for a rapt crowd on the plaza beneath a circle of stars. This “sonic journey through the physical, cultural and spiritual landscape of the Arctic” was captured on video by filmmaker H. Paul Moon, and can now be experienced via the Consort’s YouTube channel by clicking here.

The summer event also served as the announcement of the 21st Century Consort’s return to the Hirshhorn Museum, its original Smithsonian home of three decades. On October 1, in a program entitled “Threnody,” the Consort celebrates the museum’s current exhibition, “Put It This Way,” with a varied and dynamic program of music by women composers. Recognizing the loss this summer of a composer with a deep connection to the Consort, David Froom’s last work, Lamentations for the City, will also be heard in a new version for modern instruments. William Sharp will be the baritone soloist. As always, the concert will start at 5:00pm, with a 4:00pm pre-concert discussion.

  • Threnody

    Saturday October 012022

    Hirshhorn Museum’s Ring Auditorium – music by women composers inspired by the Hirshhorn Museum’s exhibition of the same name featuring work from the collection by women artists

    Tatev Amiryan
    Susan Kander
    And Then Not
    Elena Ruehr
    Klein Suite
    David Froom
    Lamentations for the City
    Stacey Garrop
    Pieces of Sanity
    Alexandra Gardner
    The Way of Ideas
    Tansy Davies
    Dark Ground
    Juri Seo

(Please note that this concert at the Hirshhorn requires advance free tickets at the following link: CLICK HERE. If advance tickets are no longer available, there will be a stand-by line at the Ring Auditorium inside the Hirshhorn Museum on the day of the performance. We note that based upon prior experience, you are likely to get seated via stand-by.)