Shenson Chamber Music Concerts

  • Lily Afshar, Guitar, at NMWA April 22
  • Julia Bullock, Soprano, at NMWA May 13; Photo credit: Christian Steiner
  • Cicely Parnas, Cello, at NMWA October 29; Photo credit: Christian Steiner

Artistic Director Gilan Tocco Corn presents the Shenson Chamber Music Concerts.

In support of NMWA’s mission to bring recognition to women in the arts, we present this annual free concert series. For sixteen years, women musicians have been delighting audiences as a part of NMWA’s concert series. Concerts typically take place in the winter and spring. 

In 2003, the series was named the Shenson Chamber Music Concerts in honor of Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson, who were long-time supporters of the museum and lovers of music. Gilan Tocco Corn is the Shenson Concerts’ Artistic Director and has guided the series since its inaugural season.

Over the years, the series has welcomed emerging and established artists, including Ahn Trio, Christine Brewer, Sara Davis Buechner, Sara Daneshpour, Simone Dinnerstein, Eroica Trio, Ingrid Fliter, Sharon Isbin, Olga Kern, and Anne Akiko Meyers.

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2014–2015 Shenson Chamber Music Concerts

October 29, 2014:Cicely Parnas, Cello

April 22, 2015:Lily Afshar, Guitar
May 13, 2015:Julia Bullock, Soprano

2015–2016 Shenson Chamber Music Concerts

October 7, 2015:Bella Hristova, Violin
April 27, 2016:Nadine Sierra, Soprano
May 25, 2016:The Story of Babar
Rhoya Tocco Didden, Narrator
James Tocco, Piano

All Shenson Chamber Music Concerts are free and begin at 7:30 p.m.


Registration is required. Seating is limited and registration does not guarantee your seat(s). Registered guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Open seats will be given to guests on standby beginning at 7:25 p.m.

To make a reservation, click on the links above. To cancel, please email


Parking available at LAZ Parking, 1100 New York Ave., NW, 12th Street entrance. Open until 12 a.m., $10 after 5 p.m.


2014–2015 Shenson Chamber Music Concert Brochure

Shenson Chamber Music Concerts are partially supported by generous gifts from Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation, in memory of Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson. Additional support is provided by Washington Marriott at Metro Center and Sofitel Washington D.C. Lafayette Square.