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We are the 21st Century Consort

21st Century Consort Members 2020-2021 SeasonFounded 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.

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION, HIRSHHORN, JUNE 25! (click here for details)

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Director's Corner

David Froom (1951 - 2022)

Many are aware that our dear friend and colleague David Froom has died. Having had the highest hopes for his success overcoming last year’s illness, and after his spring of extraordinary compositional productivity, it was heartbreaking to learn of David’s passing on June 19, Father’s Day. Members of his family, including daughters Rosalie and Anna and his wife Eliza Garth. The family has asked that contributions to David’s memory be made to the Consort.

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