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Described as “delightful” by The Washington Post, this Arlington group’s internationally acclaimed musicians engage their audiences in an intimate setting.
The highly popular radio station WETA broadcasts classical music to the greater Arlington area. Here's an opportunity to enjoy favorites from the genre in the exciting context of a live concert courtesy of the National Chamber Ensemble, offering classical aficionados multiple performances to attend during their current season.
World-class musicians present diverse chamber compositions with exceptional delivery and technique. Performances cover the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods.
What sets apart the National Chamber Ensemble, besides beautiful music, is that artists and audience connect in an intimate setting. Artistic Director Leonid Sushansky and musicians share tales about the music and composers. You’re right with them, every step of the way, in a manner that you usually aren’t in a large classical music performance.
“It’s like listening to a friend, because you really get to know who’s playing for you,” Sushansky said, and that friendship and laid-back atmosphere deepen the audience’s enjoyment.
According to Sushansky, audiences seem to hang on every sound, every note, every humorous anecdote, making it a different and entirely fulfilling experience. Performers and audience members build a sense of closeness that enhances the feeling of community and creates a deeper musical experience.
The 2019 shows, in the ensemble’s 12th season, lead audiences through various eras to hear how music has evolved over time:
Concerts are held in Gunston Arts Center's Theatre One, an acoustically excellent 420-seat venue that is (a bit unconventionally) located on the Gunston Middle School campus at 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington, VA 22206.
Learn more by visiting the National Chamber Ensemble website.
Author: Kathleen Murphy