National Chamber Players

T he National Chamber Players have been the resident chamber ensemble at Episcopal High School since 2004. Made up of members of the National Symphony Orchestra and other prominent artists and under the artistic direction of N.S.O. cellist James Lee, the National Chamber Players perform four concerts per year in the Ainslie Arts Center's Pendleton Hall. The concerts, featuring ensembles ranging from solo instruments to chamber orchestra, are appreciated by the school community, critics, and a devoted following for their innovative and balanced programs and their virtuoso performances.

All concerts take place in Pendleton Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Concerts are free and open to the public.
In general, concerts are not canceled because of weather.

For more information call 703-933-4170 or email
*Please note, the December and May concerts will take place on Monday evening this year.

2015-16 Concert Series

Tuesday, OCTOBER 20, 2015

  • Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio No. 44 in E Major 
  • Johannes Brahms: String Quintet No. 2 in G Major

monday, december 7, 2015

  • Edward Elgar: Serenade for Strings in E Minor, Op. 20
  • Béla Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

tuesday, january 12, 2016

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Chaconne from Partita in D Minor (arranged for four cellos by Laslo Varga)
  • Arvo Pärt: Fratres for four Cellos
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Quartet No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 44, No. 3
  • Avro Pärt: Salve Regina (arranged for choir, celesta, and four cellos)

Monday, MAY 9, 2016

  • Johannes Brahms: String Sextet No.1
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

May 9 Concert

7:30 p.m., Pendleton Hall

String Sextet No. 1

Johannes Brahms

Movements: Allegro; Andante; Scherzo; Ronda

Musicians: Jonathan Carney, violin; Alexander Kerr, violin; Charles Wetherbee, violaEugena Chang, cello; James Lee, cello

Souvenir de Florence

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Movements: Allegro con spirit; Adagio cantabile e con moto; Allegretto moderato; Allegro con brio e vivace

Musicians: Alexander Kerr, violin; Teri Lee, violin; Jonathan Carney, viola; Charles Wetherbee, viola; James Lee, cello; Eugena Chang, cello

Read the musicians' bios here

James Lee, artistic director of the National Chamber Players

Please enter campus by the gate at 3900 W. Braddock Road, opposite Minnie Howard School. The main gate on Quaker Lane will be closed. For more information, please call 703-933-4135 or email