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Past Performances

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Local Dance Commissioning Project: Chandini Darby

The dancer and choreographer presents The Stories That Bind Us, her new work inspired by her maternal grandmother, who lost her husband tragically and raised four young children on her own.

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Monday, October 5, 2015
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington

Local youth perform in Icon 15, an event to showcase their talents on stage and receive awards and academic scholarships.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015
Zedashe Ensemble

The vocal and dance group from Sighnaghi, Georgia (Caucasus), combines unique musical and dance techniques while using a variety of instrumental traditions.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015
José-Luis Orozco

The bilingual educator, children’s author, recording artist, and guitarist has dedicated his life to creating quality bilingual music, books, and videos for children.

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Friday, October 2, 2015
NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra—violinists Alexandra Osborne and Joel Fuller; violist Mahoko Eguchi; and cellist Rachel Young—play Haydn’s "Sunrise" String Quartet and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 12.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015
Alon Nechushtan Ensemble featuring Todd Marcus

The group blends music of the Middle East and its rich influence over jazz musicians in Strayhorn Revisited: A Middle Eastern Odyssey of Rhythm, Harmony, & Groove. Part of the East River Jazz Series. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person. IN THE TERRACE THEATER

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
We Speak Their Names...A Tribute to Warrior Women!

We speak their names…a tribute to Warrior Women! By FRESHH Inc. covers classics such as Four Women, Flyin’ West, and Cha Cha Cha as well as performs original works inspired by the theme of “warrior women.” Founded by playwright, performer, and poet Goldie Patrick, FRESHH Inc. is a hip-hop theater ensemble of young women, ages 13–20, who pay tribute to “warrior women” artists Nina Simone, Pearl Cleage, and MC Lyte in this high-energy performance of music, dance, and hip-hop theater. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Maarja Nuut

The young fiddler and singer from northern Estonia combines traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories with live electronics.

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Women of Welders 2.0

This showcase features works by the women of the 2nd generation of D.C.s own Playwrights' Collective, the Welders: Annalisa Dias, Rachel Hynes, Ronee Penoi, Alexandra Petri, Hannah Hessel Ratner. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival

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Sunday, September 27, 2015
Semilla Cultural

A non-profit organization founded in 2014, Semilla Cultural is dedicated to preserving and disseminating Puerto Rican traditional arts, more specifically, the interactive music genre of bomba. Bomba is a conversation between a dancer and a drummer, in which the drummer simultaneously interprets the improvised dancer’s movements in the drum. Free dance lesson at 5 p.m. Performance at 6 p.m.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015
Machiko Ozawa with Carlos Avila

The S&R Foundation’s newest Artist-in-Residence, violinist Machiko Ozawa from Urban Tango Trio is joined by pianist Carlos Avila for a vibrant program of Tango music and the sounds of South America.

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Friday, September 25, 2015
BravO Season Kickoff Party with Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra

Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra joins BravO members for the BravO Season Kickoff Party! Led by percussionist Gianni Mano and fronted by Argentinian superstar Solange Prat, the program features indie pop and famous opera tunes arranged under the influence of the ’70s Fania/Salsa Dura scene and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Free dance lessons at 5 p.m.

BravO is Washington National Opera’s group for young professionals under age 40. All ticketholders are invited to a special post-performance party in the Grand Foyer following the Friday, September 25 performance of Carmen. The party will feature a BravO exclusive champagne toast, music by the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, dancing at the Millennium Stage, a cash bar featuring signature cocktails, a photo booth, a tattoo bar, and the beautiful view of the river terrace.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Treasures from the Archive Roadshow featuring the Down Hill Strugglers, John Cohen and Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton

Celebrating Alan Lomax & The Folk Music Collections at the Library of Congress, The Down Hill Strugglers, John Cohen, and Jerron “Blindboy” Paxton give a performance on the Millennium Stage. Part of the Homegrown: The Music of America concert series.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The National Youth Orchestra of Uruguay Saluda al Papa Francisco with Georgetown University’s Chapel Choir and Chamber Singers

The internationally known and recipients of the Golden Citizen National Award issued by the Latin American Center for Development (2012, 2013), the National Youth Orchestra of Uruguay performs a spirited program with Georgetown University’s Chapel Choir and Chamber Singers in celebration of Pope Francis’s visit to Washington.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Target’s James A. Johnson Young Artist Series: "The Jam Session"

This performance showcases some of the District’s most talented young DJs, MCs, poets, hip-hop dancers, and B-boy and B-girl apprentice students from the Words Beats & Life Academy. Presented in collaboration with Words Beats & Life.

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Monday, September 21, 2015
Panel Discussion: (All) Women's Voices: A Conversation About Intentionality and Inclusion

With an introduction by Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter, the panel will be moderated by Jennifer Nelson. Panelists include: Michelle Banks, Thembi Duncan, Paige Hernandez, Eric Swartz, Caleen Sinnette Jennings, and Anu Yadav. When you hear the word "woman", who first comes to mind? What does she look like? What does her family look like? Where is she from? Where does she live? Who does she love? What's important to her? What worries her? How often do you hear her story? Has she ever been asked to tell it? We invite the community to join theater professionals in a dialogue about making space for women's intersectional identities both onstage and behind the scenes. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival

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Sunday, September 20, 2015
Sam Post

Pianist/composer Sam Post is not your typical classical performer. He weaves wit and commentary into his program of folk- and American-themed 20th and 21st century piano music, including his own original ragtime and pieces inspired by the “Star-Spangled Banner” and Ke$ha, among others.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015
SEPIA SCULPTRESS: The Life and Trials of Edmonia Lewis

Written and performed by Caroline Stephanie Clay, this performance is a look at the life of the 19th century sculptress. A rich celebration of artistic agency and freedom, emancipation, and the joys and challenges of creative genius. Her talents emerging in the days following the Civil War while a student at Oberlin College, Edmonia Lewis was an African American and Native American sculptor who worked for most of her career in Rome. Her work is known for incorporating themes relating to black and American Indian people into Neoclassical style sculpture. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

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[Photo from the  September 17, 2015 performance.]

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Kate Berlant
This performance is not available for viewing.

Brooklyn-based comedian Kate Berlant performs in comedy festivals across the country and was recently profiled by the New York Times as a "magnetic improvisational comic" at the forefront of experimental comedy. John F. O'Donnell opens. This program contains mature themes and strong language.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Sones de México Ensemble

Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day with a luscious concert by Sones de México, a two-time Grammy Award®–nominated sextet from Chicago. Specializing in regional folk music from Mexico, the sextet performs on a collection of more than 30 traditional musical instruments.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Eleven Reflections on September

Eleven Reflections on September is a poetry-based multimedia performance on Arab American experience, Wars on/of Terror, and “the constant, quiet rain of death amidst beauty” that each autumn brings in a post-9/11 world. Written and directed by Andrea Assaf, featuring live music with an international ensemble of women artists, Eleven Reflections offers an embodied manifesto on the devastation and empowerment of women in the face of war. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

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Monday, September 14, 2015
The U.S. Navy Band Commodores

Jazz is America’s music and the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, has been performing the very best of big band jazz for the Navy and the nation for more than 40 years. Formed in 1969, this 18-member group continues the jazz big band legacy with some of the finest musicians in the world. Joining the U.S. Navy Band Commodores in performance is vocalist and Musician 1st Class Kristine Hsia.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015
Target Family Night: 123 Andrés: Latin Music for Children and Families

Andrés Salguero is 123 Andrés, one of the most exciting voices in the family music scene today. His new CD, ¡Uno, Dos, Tres, Andrés! en Español y en Inglés, is an interactive celebration of Latin American culture for children and families.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015
WNO Preview

Washington National Opera previews the company’s upcoming production of Bizet’s Carmen with a performance by members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.

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