21st Century Consort

Lisa has been pianist for the 21st Century Consort since 1985. She has performed numerous premiers, and recorded many works with this internationally acclaimed ensemble. Performances are held at the St Marks Episcopal Church at 5PM, with pre-concert discussions at 4PM. This season's performances at St Marks will be on November 9, December 21, February 22 and April 18.  



The 21st Century Consort was founded in 1975 and in 1978 was invited to become the resident ensemble for contemporary music at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.   The Consort presented programs frequently related to the museum's exhibitions, featuring music by living composers- often world premieres-along with 20th and 21st century classics.  Called a "triumph for the 20th
century music" by the Washington Post, the Consort has since been hailed by critics-and a large and devoted following-for its innovative and superbly balanced programs and its virtouso performances.  The Consort now performs at St Marks Episcopal Church.

 

Under the direction of its founder and conductor Christopher Kendall, the Consort's artists include members of the National Symphony Orchestra, along with other prominent chamber musicians from the area and beyond.  The 21st Century Consort
has toured nationally, and its concerts have been broadcast on National Public Radio.  The award-winning ensemble has recorded extensively for the Innova, Delos, Nonesuch, ASV, Centaur, Arabesque, CRI and Smithsonian Collective labels.

 

On a personal note, some of Lisa's performances have been quite unique. Here is a funny video of Lisa practicing for a performance of Jon Deak's "Greetings from 1984."  She performed this work last season.  Lisa had to play not only the piano, but many different toy instruments, including a toy bass drum, duck call, sliding whistle, doorbell, car horn, siren, etc.  All this while wearing a fake nose, mustache, and glasses.

 

Please come to one of our concerts.  They are presented free of charge . Pre-concert discussion begins at 4PM, with the concert beginning at 5PM.

Click on this link for more information:

http://www.21stcenturyconsort.org

21st Century Consort

21st Century Consort

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Lisa and her Consort colleagues mastering the art of playing triangles in and out of water

Last day of recording Eugene O'Brien's "Algebra of the Night"

 

Consort Photo Shoot taking instructions from photographer Tony Powell

© 2015 by Lisa Emenheiser