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Chamber Music Concert at The Phillips Collection July 17th

July 9, 2014

Join the faculty-artists of George Washington University’s Summer Piano & Chamber Music Institute for an evening of chamber music in the Music Room at The Phillips Collection, July 17, 2014 starting at 6:30 pm.

Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jockubaviciute, celebrated by The Washington Post as “complex, almost impossibly detailed and riveting in every way,” and the Aeolus Quartet, praised by The Baltimore Sun for combining “smoothly meshed technique with a sense of spontaneity and discovery,” perform a program featuring Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor, Op 10; Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 5, Op. 102 No. 2; and Franck’s Piano Quintet in F minor.  


Claude Debussy (1863–1918)
String Quartet in G minor, Op.10
Animé et très decide
Assez vif et bien rythmé
Andantino, doucement expressif
Très modéré

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Cello Sonata No.5, Op. 102 No. 2
Allegro con brio
Adagio con molto sentimento d'affetto


César Franck (1822–1890)
Piano Quintet in F minor
Molto moderato quasi lento
Lento, con molto sentimento
Allegro non troppo, ma con fuoco

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The Phillips Collection is located at 1600 21st Street NW.

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Dumbarton Oaks, The Museum

June 15, 2014

Not simply a glorious urban garden (named no. 6 in the world by National Geographic), a park and an historic Georgetown estate, Dumbarton Oaks is also a museum. Enthusiastic collectors, Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss initiated the museum collections in the first half of the twentieth century and provided the vision for future acquisitions after giving Dumbarton Oaks to Harvard University in 1940.

Sharing a taste in the art of little-known or under-appreciated cultures, the Blisses developed unique collections with the help of knowledgeable friends and scholarly advisors. They envisioned Dumbarton Oaks as a home of the Humanities, a place of natural serenity and intellectual adventure.

The Byzantine Collection opened to the public in 1940. The Music Room, built in 1928, displays works of art of the so-called House Collection, and the Pre-Columbian Collection was installed in 1963 in a wing added to the existing buildings and designed by Philip Johnson.

Take a look at their current online exhibitions:

God's Regents on Earth: A Thousand Years of Byzantine Imperial Seals

For over a thousand years the Byzantine Emperor ruled as God's regent of earth. The decisions of the individuals who sat on the throne had repercussions throughout the Byzantine world and far beyond. Decrees, letters, judgments, and commands left Constantinople every day signed by the emperor in red ink and secured with the imperial seal. The designs of the imperial seals provide an insight into the minds and policies of the rulers whose image they bore; they tell us not only how they wished to be viewed by the recipients of their letters, but also how they viewed themselves.

The Byzantine Emperors on Coins

One hundred twenty seven Byzantine coins, one for each Byzantine emperor, plus the few usurpers who struck coins are presented in this online exhibition. All the objects have been selected from the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Coin Collection in order to present the viewer with a glimpse into one of the largest Byzantine coin collections in the world.

Leaden Gospels

To accompany the 2013 Spring Symposium "New Testament in Byzantium," this exhibit presents and discusses several of the rare Byzantine lead seals from the collection that depict New Testament narrative scenes and figures.

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Zack Smith & The Dixie Power Trio at Volta Park June 15th

June 4, 2014

Come celebrate Summer 2014 with Concerts in the Parks! 

Calling all dad’s for a special Father’s Day celebration. Dads and their families will enjoy chilling out with the southern funk sounds of Dixie Power Trio.  This concert will feature special chair messages for dads plus a father and child dance contest.  In addition to cupcakes and ice cream, the Surf Side food truck will be serving up tacos and other mexi-cali morsels, and there will be many other fun activities for all ages.

This event, hosted by the Citizen's Association of Georgetown, will be held Sunday, June 15 at 5 p.m. at Volta Park at 34th and Q Streets.

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