Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Phillips after 5 / Leading European Composers

Thursday, November 5, 5-8:30 pm

At 6 pm, Afrofunk orchestra Chopteeth invades the auditorium with a blend of American Funk, Afrobeat, and West African music in celebration of Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens. Gallery talks at 6 and 7 pm tell the story of Man Ray, heiress Nancy Cunard, and the jazz and poetry opus Henry Music. At 6:30 and 7:30 pm, curator Elsa Smithgall shares her perspective on special exhibition Object as Subject: Photographs of the Czech Avant-Garde. Throughout the evening DJ Todd Threats will spin in the Music Room, as cash bar and light refreshments are served.

Free for members. For non-members, special exhibition-related programs are included in admission to Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens. All other programs and the permanent collection are by donation.

Leading European Composers
Premieres Thursday, November 12 at 6 pm!
The Phillips Collection and members of the European Union join forces to create a new contemporary music series dedicated to living European composers. Three European nations have selected their most distinguished composers to speak about their works and to present performances by musicians personally selected by the composers. The concerts will be followed by question and answer Coda Sessions with the composers, giving audience members a chance to ask questions and converse with these important voices in contemporary music.

Leading European Composers takes place at
6 pm on the following Thursdays:

November 12, 2009: Tristan Murail (France)
March 18, 2010: Olli Kortekangas (Finland)
May 13, 2010: José Luis Greco (Spain)

Seating is unreserved; early arrival is recommended.
Free for members; $15 for non-members.

For more information on Leading European Composers, visit

The Phillips Collection | 1600 Twenty-first Street, NW | Washington | DC 20009

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