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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: October 2005

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[October 31, 2005]

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Be a part of a ghoulishly thrilling All Hallow’s Eve when organist Ray Brubacher improvises his accompaniment to the original 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera.  A Film And Live Music Event For Halloween.

Featured Artist(s): Ray Brubacher

[October 30, 2005]

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The Chuck Redd Quintet, led by the drummer and vibraphonist, performs a special tribute to the late jazz bassist and local favorite Keter Betts.

Featured Artist(s): Chuck Redd

[October 29, 2005]

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David Tamulevich and Michael Hough’s gentle love songs and vivid ballads have been described as “folk from the heart.”

Featured Artist(s): Mustard’s Retreat

[October 28, 2005]

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Enjoy a discussion and excerpts from the WNO’s production of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. The story follows disabled beggar Porgy’s love for the beautiful but troubled Bess.

Featured Artist(s): Washington National Opera Insights

[October 27, 2005]

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The J Street Jumpers combine the beat of Buddy Johnson, the memorable New Orleans lilt of Fats Domino, and the passion of Dinah Washington.

Featured Artist(s): The J Street Jumpers

[October 26, 2005]

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The Pete BarenBregge Quartet, led by the nationally known jazz saxophonist, performs an exciting mix of jazz standards, originals, blues, and Latin jazz.

Featured Artist(s): Peter BarenBregge

[October 25, 2005]

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Washington, D.C.-based musician Amikaeyla boasts musical techniques ranging from opera, jazz, blues, rock, and funk, to international styles from West Africa, Cuba, Brazil and South India.

Featured Artist(s): Amikaeyla

[October 24, 2005]

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IN THE TERRACE THEATER
Winner of the prestigious Crystal Award at the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, prodigy Chen Sa astounds with her virtuosic technique and graceful musicality. The legendary artist and teacher Fou Ts’ong named her as one of China’s top three pianists, on a list with Lang Lang and Li Yundi.
Part of the FESTIVAL OF CHINA

Featured Artist(s): Chen Sa

[October 23, 2005]

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The Hazzards—formerly a female glockenspiel, ukelele, and tambourine duo and now a full band with drums, bass, and harp—bring their saucy wit to the Millennium Stage and perform an original tune written in honor of Steve Martin. Steve Martin receives the Mark Twain Prize later in the evening during a paid ticketed gala event in the Concert Hall.

Featured Artist(s): The Hazzards

[October 22, 2005]

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Led by accordionist Walter Roldán, Los Gauchos de Roldán performs Uruguayan polka and dance.

Featured Artist(s): Los Gauchos De Roldán

[October 21, 2005]

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Led by hard-bop to post-bop trumpeter Craig Fraedrich, the quintet performs jazz standards and straight-ahead Fraedrich originals.

Featured Artist(s): Craig Fraedrich Quintet

[October 20, 2005]

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Known for his blues-soaked chords, Latin rhythms, and soulful riffs, this guitarist shows a strong connection to improvisation and roots music.

Featured Artist(s): Brooks Williams

[October 19, 2005]

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Sons of the Never Wrong, a trio from Chicago, has been creating original “turbo-charged folk music” for 12 years.

Featured Artist(s): Sons of the Never Wrong

[October 18, 2005]

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The closing performance of the annual D.C. International Improvisation Festival features artists from around the world who push the envelope of contemporary improvisation performance.

Featured Artist(s): International Improvisation Festival

[October 17, 2005]

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Diane Zeigler’s crystalline vocal style and distinctive open-tuning guitar work can be heard on her fourth CD December in Vermont.

Featured Artist(s): Diane Zeigler

[October 16, 2005]

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The Dick Morgan Quartet is led by the piano virtuoso, whose style echoes the brilliance of Count Basie and the complexity of Oscar Peterson. The ensemble plays jazz favorites from the American songbook.

Featured Artist(s): Dick Morgan

[October 15, 2005]

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The duo is led by pianist/keyboardist Charles Covington, a Baltimore native, who played on Baltimore’s “Avenue Strip” and socialized with Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

Featured Artist(s): Charles Covington Jr.

[October 14, 2005]

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Traditional harpist Lily Neill melds her own compositions with traditional tunes from the Scottish and Irish repertoires.

Featured Artist(s): Lily Neill

[October 13, 2005]

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Negrura Peruana performs the music and dance of Peru’s African and criollo population from the coastal region just to the south of Lima.

Featured Artist(s): Negrura Peruana

[October 12, 2005]

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Jon Jang has broken barriers and genres as a composer and pianist with such works as his music for the stage adaptation of Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior. He performs a solo concert of Chinese and American works, including Butterfly Lovers Song and music from Flower Drum Song, plus music by Duke Ellington and Rodgers & Hammerstein.
Part of the FESTIVAL OF CHINA

Featured Artist(s): Jon Jang

[October 11, 2005]

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Artists of the Yi and Wa ethnic groups from Yunnan Province—the most ethnically diverse in China—demonstrate their unique folk traditions. Connecticut College’s Dance Department has been instrumental in developing the presentation and preservation of ethnic cultures in Yunnan China through the China Yunnan/Mekong Project, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. In cooperation with Connecticut College Dance Department.
Part of the FESTIVAL OF CHINA: : YUNNAN REVEALED: INDIGENOUS MUSIC AND DANCE FROM CHINA’S LAND OF CLOUDS

Featured Artist(s): Yunnan Singers, Dancers, and Musicians

[October 10, 2005]

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This fascinating ensemble performs the vibrant music of the Andes region.

Featured Artist(s): Andes Manta

[October 9, 2005]

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Experience two dance works commissioned by the Washington Performing Arts Society. Burgess bridges the cultures of East and West in his work. Washington Reflections Dance Company brings an urban edge to its dance.

Featured Artist(s): Dana Tai Soon Burgess

[October 8, 2005]

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OUTDOORS ON THE SOUTH PLAZA STAGE
The Millennium Stage hosts a spectacular outdoor drumming extravaganza featuring 250 drummers from the local community performing with members of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. The four high-energy works on the program include Worship of the Phoenix compiled by Ren Tongxiang and Chen Jiaqi, Chen Zuohui’s Lion Dance Drum Music, Li Zhengui and Tan Dun’s A Poem on the Drum, and excerpts from Li Minxiong’s Flying Dragons Jumping Tigers.
Part of the FESTIVAL OF CHINA: FESTIVAL OF 250 DRUMS

Featured Artist(s): Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

[October 7, 2005]

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Six and 12-string guitarist Michael Young brings his driving rhythms to energetic grooves, as heard on his debut CD I Listen to My Feet.

Featured Artist(s): Michael Young

[October 6, 2005]

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Performing on more than 40 types of Chinese and Western percussion instruments, the young female musicians of Red Poppy combine new age and world music with flashy outfits and high energy. Their thunderous performances have been televised around the world, from South Africa and Canada to America’s MTV. Sponsored by CCTV International.
Part of the FESTIVAL OF CHINA

Featured Artist(s): Red Poppy

[October 5, 2005]

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Take a musical tour of China’s cultural heritage with one of the country’s premiere traditional ensembles. Its extensive repertoire and virtuoso musicians demonstrate the range of distinctive styles that developed in each region for erhu (fiddle), pipa (lute), and other instruments.
Part of the FESTIVAL OF CHINA

Featured Artist(s): Chinese Traditional Music Ensemble

[October 4, 2005]

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Each under 18 years old and well on their way to international celebrity status, He Qizhen, Zuo Zhang, Pan Linzi, and Zhang Haochen are prize-winning pianists who have all studied under famed Professor Dan Zhaoyi of China’s Shenzhen Arts School. They perform piano classics by Mozart, Chopin, Schubert, and Liszt, as well as works by modern Chinese composers Ding Shande, Li Yinghai, Chu Wanghua, and Wang Jianzhong.
Part of the FESTIVAL OF CHINA featuring HE QIZHEN, ZUO ZHANG, PAN LINZI, and ZHANG HAOCHEN

Featured Artist(s): Shenzhen Musical Prodigies

[October 3, 2005]

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Shenzhen musical prodigies (see Oct. 4) perform under National Symphony Orchestra Music Director Leonard Slatkin for this record-breaking gathering of 100 pianists. They make music with young Chinese piano sensation Chen Sa, plus 95 other young pianists from the Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory of Music, and Levine School of Music on pianos provided by Jordan Kitts. Sponsored by Jordan Kitts Music.
Part of the FESTIVAL OF CHINA: 100 PIANOS featuring HE QIZHEN, ZUO ZHANG, PAN LINZI, and ZHANG HAOCHEN

Featured Artist(s): Shenzhen Musical Prodigies

[October 2, 2005]

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From China’s Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, this internationally acclaimed chorus preserves the musical legacy of its heritage by combining traditional Mongolian music and a cappella singing techniques.
Part of the FESTIVAL OF CHINA

Featured Artist(s): Inner Mongolian Chorus

[October 1, 2005]

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The Wong Chinese Lion Dancers, a nationally acclaimed local company under the direction of Sifu Raymond Wong, has dazzled audiences with traditional Southern Chinese Lion Dancing for more than 20 years. They join local ensemble Step Afrika!—which specializes in high-energy percussive dance—to celebrate the relationship between the sister cities of Beijing and Washington. Co-presented with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Part of the FESTIVAL OF CHINA

Featured Artist(s): Step Afrika!

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