The Book of Imaginary Beings, by Robert Parris, to be performed by the 21st-Century Consort, Washington DC


Mar 13 2010 - 5:00pm

The 21st Century Consort, new music ensemble-in-residence at the Smithsonian Institution for 3 decades, embarks on its third season at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium.

The third concert of their 2009-10 season, FLORA and FAUNA, features music by Kaija Saariaho, Scott Wheeler, Evan Chambers, and The Book of Imaginary Beings, composed by Robert Parris in 1972, based on the literary work by Jorge Luis Borges. 

Led by artistic director Christopher Kendall and featuring some of Washington’s finest chamber musicans, including Sara Stern, Paul Cigan, Gabrielle Finck, Lisa Emenheiser, Tom Jones, Elisabeth Adkins, Rachel Young, and Rick Barber, along with acclaimed guest vocalists Lucy Shelton and William Sharp and others, the Consort presents the riveting and resonant music of our time.

All concerts are at 5:00, preceded by a 4:00 discussion with composers and performers, and followed by a post-concert reception.