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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: January 2008

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[January 31, 2008]

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Major League Tassa presents the powerfully propulsive Tassa drumming of East Indians from the Caribbean region performed by both Hindus and Muslims, in sacred as well as secular contexts.

Featured Artist(s): Major League Tassa

[January 30, 2008]

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Violinists Eddie Drennon and Lerna May-Frandsen, viola player Julius Wirth, and cellist Henry Mays can be heard on their second CD, Things Ain't What They Used to Be.

Featured Artist(s): Umoja String Quartet

[January 29, 2008]

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Comprised of Japanese and American professional musicians based in New York City, the ensemble is an improvising chamber group that performs compositions with Japanese cultural, artistic, and historical themes.

Featured Artist(s): The Kitsune Ensemble

[January 28, 2008]

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Led by the D.C. percussionist and educator, the Wayne Tympanic Quintet plays original and jazz standards.

Featured Artist(s): Wayne Tympanick Quintet

[January 27, 2008]

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The Minneapolis-based experimental jazz group—made up of David King (of The Bad Plus) on drums, Michael Lewis on sax, keyboards, and bass, and Erik Fratzke on guitar—takes its name from a 1960s Fischer-Price toy that King often uses as a percussion instrument.

Featured Artist(s): Happy Apple

[January 26, 2008]

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NSO members perform classical works.

Featured Artist(s): NSO Prelude

[January 25, 2008]

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The 14-piece Afrofunk orchestra combines Afrobeat, modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music, and James Brown–inspired rhythms with Ghanaian dance tunes, Senegalese rumba, and Jamaican ska.

Featured Artist(s): Chopteeth

[January 24, 2008]

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Pembroke Symphony Orchestra, one of Australia's best school orchestras, is touring the U.S. in January, 2008. Their special guest for the tour is Kamahl, an iconic Australian singer known for his sympathetic interpretations of popular cabaret and easy listening standards.

Featured Artist(s): Kamahl

[January 23, 2008]

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Critics praise Lithuanian pianist Kasparas Uinskas for his unique interpretation of Chopin. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Lithuania.

Featured Artist(s): Kasparas Uinskas

[January 22, 2008]

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Coolooloosh, whose name comes from the Hebrew word meaning “celebration” and “joy,” has been wooing fans around the world since 2003 with its intelligent blend of hip hop, rap, jazz, and funk that combines both English and Hebrew text.

Featured Artist(s): Coolooloosh

[January 21, 2008]

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The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration featuring Denyce Graves, Nuttin’ but Stringz, and the Let Freedom Ring Choir, as part of the University’s sixth annual Let Freedom Ring initiative celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION IN THE CONCERT HALL

Featured Artist(s): Let Freedom Ring Choir

[January 20, 2008]

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Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry pay homage to Dave Carter and other writers with beautifully matched voices and original songs played on acoustic and electric guitars, dobro, mandolin, and violin.

Featured Artist(s): Tracy Grammer

[January 19, 2008]

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National Symphony Orchestra members perform classical works.

Featured Artist(s): NSO Prelude

[January 18, 2008]

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Members perform classical works.

Featured Artist(s): The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

[January 17, 2008]

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The ballet company performs Moondance Suite—a suite of dances set to well-known arias and popular songs, choreographed by Jared Nelson and Septime Webre. The company also presents excerpts from the ballet Peter and the Wolf with live narration and choreographed by Brian Reeder.

Featured Artist(s): The Washington Ballet Studio Company

[January 16, 2008]

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Mirah and Spectratone International present Share This Place, a multimedia event with original songs inspired by the French entomologist Jean Henri Fabre and a series of 12 animated short films by Britta Johnson.

Featured Artist(s): Mirah & Spectratone International

[January 15, 2008]

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Talented lute player Eric Bellocq and virtuoso juggler Vincent de Lavenère perform Le Chant des Balles. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of France.

Featured Artist(s): Compagnie Chant de Balles

[January 14, 2008]

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Backed by a blazing instrumental trio, the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet performs tightly harmonized arrangements, inventive lyrics, and unique renditions of classic jazz, swing, pop, originals, and American songbook standards.

Featured Artist(s): The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet

[January 13, 2008]

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Circus, dance, theater, video, and music make up Jean-Baptiste Andre’s Dis moi ce que tu vois, je te dirai. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of France.

Featured Artist(s): Association W

[January 12, 2008]

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This six-piece group delivers passionate offerings of Bohemian cabaret in which Paris Hot Jazz, gut bucket swing, tangos, Ukrainian folk-punk ballads, and Klezmer music meet a world of riverboat gambling queens, Turkish belly dancers, and the enigmatic Marlene Dietrich.

Featured Artist(s): Vagabond Opera

[January 11, 2008]

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Eccentric Italian folk artist Vinicio Capossela presents music portraying entire worlds infested by demons, grace, shadows, lost souls, and losers.

Featured Artist(s): Vinicio Capossela

[January 10, 2008]

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Promising D.C.-area high school students who have been recommended by National Symphony Orchestra musicians and area youth orchestras perform side-by-side with the NSO. IN THE CONCERT HALL

Featured Artist(s): NSO Youth Orchestra Day

[January 9, 2008]

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Sean, Andrew, and Rob make up Hoots & Hellmouth. Frequently augmented by Ramon Sender or Tim Celfo on bass, and a holy host of guest vocalists and instrumentalists, the band blends roots music, gospel, and blues.

Featured Artist(s): Hoots & Hellmouth

[January 8, 2008]

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Originally formed in 2004 as a satellite of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago chamber music program, the quartet blurs the lines that divide musical styles.

Featured Artist(s): Third Coast Percussion

[January 7, 2008]

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Considered one of the leading authorities on Novelty Piano, Alex Hassan performs spirited melodies from the Golden Age of popular music.

Featured Artist(s): Alex Hassan

[January 6, 2008]

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A young musician will be chosen to perform as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra. IN THE CONCERT HALL

Featured Artist(s): NSO Young Soloists

[January 5, 2008]

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The singer-songwriter describes her original music as “an echo of Erin McKeown hopping into Jeff Buckley's Pontiac, cruising backwoods Alabama red dirt roads and singing along to The Sundays and Nick Drake.”

Featured Artist(s): Jenny Owen Youngs

[January 4, 2008]

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Brandon Butler's raw voice and stark style evoke the rich songwriting style of Neil Young, and Butler pulls it off as if he's lived a hundred years.

Featured Artist(s): Brandon Butler

[January 3, 2008]

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Neuroscientists Joseph LeDoux, Daniela Schiller, and Nina Galbraith Curley, plus environmental scientist Tyler Volk call their original music about mental life and disorders “Heavy Mental.”

Featured Artist(s): The Amygdaloids

[January 2, 2008]

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Fronted by Sam Quinn and Jill Andrews, Tennessee’s “the everybodyfields” are rapidly gaining a reputation as the front-runners of the newest generation of the alt-country movement.

Featured Artist(s): the everybodyfields

[January 1, 2008]

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Noted jazz pianist Dick Morgan has performed with such artists as Herb Ellis, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Etta Jones, and more throughout his 30-year career.

Featured Artist(s): Dick Morgan

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