Friday Morning on Tuesday Night

The Dumbarton House kicked off the season of free chamber concert series Sept. 11, 2012.

The Friday Morning Music Club (FMMC) held its of Music Circa 1800 Tuesday night, filling the historic at 2715 Q St., NW with era-appropriate music.

“We really try to do programs that are centered on the 1800s because that was the music of the house,” said Barbara Gholz, FMMC member and liaison to Dumbarton House.

The evening included three performances, but Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita No. 2 played by Monika Chamasyan on violin stole the evening early on. Chamasyan played the entire five-movement partita. The concluding movement of Partita No. 2, Movement Ciaccona (funeral song), was the treat of the evening. Bach wrote Ciaconna when his first wife died. Though it is a symbol of sadness, it is a dance song meant for eighteenth-century royalty like the other four movements.

Chamasyan had played Ciaccona before, but she learned the other four movements two weeks before the performance.

Duo in F Major by Carl Stamitz and Quartet in A Minor were also performed.

The historic federal-style home on Q Street was a winner in the 2012 Spring Readers' Choice Contest on Patch. Dumbarton House has been working diligently to involve the wider community in the history of the home through events, such as the FMMC concerts.

"We are delighted that we continue to be discovered and appreciated as a great events space and historic house museum with many worthwhile public events and activities," Missy Hoggan Groppel, the event manager said in a previous interview with Patch.

Dumbarton House will host FMMC once a month until June. The next performance is Tuesday, Oct. 16 at noon. All following performances are held on Tuesday’s at noon. However, the season’s closing performance is an evening performance on June 11. There are no winter performances in Jan. or Feb.

This fall’s first Dumbarton House Home School History Days will be on Sept. 19 from 1-3 pm. Children will be taught about the federal era. The event is for families with children ages 5-12. The cost is $6 per child and $3 per adult. To register, call Education Manager Kanani Hoopai at 202-337-2288.

Dumbarton is also looking for volunteer museum docents. An information session will be held on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. To inquire or RSVP call Hoopai or email Education@DumbartonHouse.org.


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