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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: October 2007

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[October 31, 2007]

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Celebrate Halloween in style with organist Ray Brubacher as he improvises accompaniment to the original 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera. IN THE CONCERT HALL

Featured Artist(s): Ray Brubacher

[October 30, 2007]

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Classical pianist Robert Boguslaw, cellist Charlie Powers, violinist Regino Madrid,and viola player Lisa Ponton, all members of The Rock Creek Chamber Players, perform classical works.

Featured Artist(s): Rock Creek Chamber Players

[October 29, 2007]

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The WNO Insights Lecture Series presents William Bolcom’s opera based on Arthur Miller’s classic A View from the Bridge, which follows the story of a longshoreman who struggles in 1950s America.

Featured Artist(s): Washington National Opera Insights

[October 28, 2007]

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Mexico’s renowned jazz ensemble, the trio is led by pianist Toussaint, bassist Agustin Bernal, and drummer Gabriel Puentes. Also includes a guest appearance by seven-yr-old cornet prodigy Geoffrey Gallante.

Featured Artist(s): Eugenio Toussaint Trio

[October 27, 2007]

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Members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra perform classical works in a chamber recital.

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

[October 26, 2007]

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Bearfoot Bluegrass, an up-and-coming acoustic band based out of Anchorage, Alaska, bring their unique sound ranging from traditional bluegrass to original jazzy compositions.

Featured Artist(s): Bearfoot Bluegrass

[October 25, 2007]

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Terra Voce, a flute and cello duo made up of flautist Elizabeth Brightbill and cellist Andrew Gabbert, lifts spirits with their renditions of works by Bach, Beethoven, Vivaldi, and more.

Featured Artist(s): Terra Voce

[October 24, 2007]

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WNO Insights Lecture Series presents Mozart’s Don Giovanni, a tragicomedy about the famous womanizer who is given one last chance to repent his philandering ways.

Featured Artist(s): Washington National Opera Insights

[October 23, 2007]

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LiveWireBoston, made up of musicians schooled at Berklee, New England Conservatory, Boston University School of Fine Arts, or gritty New England bars and clubs, plays a wide range of music: blues, jazz, rock, country rock, R&B, and funk.

Featured Artist(s): LiveWireBoston

[October 22, 2007]

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The Lennie Cuje Quintet, led by vibraphonist Cuje, performs innovative variations of jazz standards.

Featured Artist(s): Lennie Cuje

[October 21, 2007]

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South African guitar maestro Mongezi "Chris" Ntaka joins Nigerian-American guitarist and vocalist KUKU, who traces his Nigerian/Yoruba tradition in his acoustic soul music, as heard on his new CD The Absence of Cool.

Featured Artist(s): Mongezi Chris Ntaka

[October 20, 2007]

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Ecuadorian pianist Washington Garcia was awarded First Prizes at the Guillermo Wright-Vallarino National Piano Competition, the Elizabeth Davis Memorial Piano Competition, and the 19th International Young Artist Piano Competition in D.C.

Featured Artist(s): Washington Garcia

[October 19, 2007]

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Rory Stitt, pop pianist with a four-octave range, performs his aptly described theatre-pop. He incorporates long melodies like Rufus Wainwright, poetic license like Tori Amos, and androgynous soul like David Bowie.

Featured Artist(s): Rory Stitt

[October 18, 2007]

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Canadian saxophonist and composer Jeff Antoniuk, who has shared the stage with artists such as Bobby McFerrin and Ray Charles, leads The Jazz Update, made up of Tony Martucci, Tom Baldwin, and Wade Beach.

Featured Artist(s): Jeff Antoniuk and The Jazz Update

[October 17, 2007]

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Legendary lap steel guitarist Aubrey Ghent has won national acclaim for his unique gospel style and highly skillful techniques. Part of the Homegrown: The Music of America concert series, presented by The Library of Congress American Folklife Center.

Featured Artist(s): Aubrey Ghent

[October 16, 2007]

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French choreographer Kyra Green, a recent Juilliard graduate, was one of three winners of the 2006 National Choreographic Competition at Chicago’s Hubbard Street Theatre.

Featured Artist(s): Kyra Green

[October 15, 2007]

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The trio performs music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Featured Artist(s): La Menestrandise

[October 14, 2007]

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The ensemble performs classical works.

Featured Artist(s): The John Wright Brass Ensemble

[October 13, 2007]

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The Capital Piano Trio, made up of pianist Anna Ouspenskaya, violinist Emil Chudnovsky, and cellist Igor Zubkovsky, all members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, perform works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Shchedrin.

Featured Artist(s): Capital Piano Trio

[October 12, 2007]

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Members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform classical works in a chamber recital.

Featured Artist(s): NSO Prelude

[October 11, 2007]

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The March Fourth Marching Band characterizes its shows as “Duke Ellington meets Sgt. Pepper in an international big-top Fantasia evoking a familial community reminiscent of the Grateful Dead.”

Featured Artist(s): March Fourth Marching Band

[October 10, 2007]

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The Karan Casey Band, with lead vocalist Casey, guitarist Robbie Overson, pianist Caoimhín Vallely, and cellist Kate Ellis, brings its unique spin on Irish folk music.

Featured Artist(s): Karan Casey Band

[October 9, 2007]

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Gaurav Mazumdar, one of India’s greatest sitar players, has collaborated with western musicians, including Daniel Hope, Phillip Glass, and Kenny Werner. His composition East-meets-West received a Grammy nomination.

Featured Artist(s): Gaurav Mazumdar

[October 8, 2007]

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D.C.-based jazz saxophonist Matt Rippetoe, who can be heard on the album Boink, performs regularly with Dan Roberts Band, Dog Fashion Disco, the Alter Boys, Will Rast and Friends, and more.

Featured Artist(s): Matt Rippetoe

[October 7, 2007]

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Tokyo’s Zojoji Gagaku-kai, from the Zojoji Temple of the Buddhist Jodo sect in Kanto, celebrates its 70th anniversary by performing the Japanese classical music of the Imperial court with song and bugaku dance.

Featured Artist(s): Zojoji Gagaku-kai

[October 6, 2007]

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An ensemble consisting of some of Namibia’s greatest musicians brings its unique compositions and beats to the stage in Ounongo Pamwe, or “Knowledge Together.” Musicians include Jackson Kaujeau, Setson Wahengo, Pap Shikongeni, Axue Gomachab, Tunakie, and Moses Manza.

Featured Artist(s): Ounongo Pamwe

[October 5, 2007]

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Split Second, Roberto Hidalgo and Marc Peloquin’s piano ensemble, has been offering interpretations for four hands on one and two pianos for over a decade. Composers Rzewski, Piazzolla, Sánchez-Gutiérrez and Bolcom will be part of the program. Presented in cooperation with The Mexican Cultural Institute.

Featured Artist(s): Marc Peloquin

[October 4, 2007]

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The U.S. Air Force Chamber Trio—comprised of MSgt. Steven Erickson, piano, TSgt. Nathan Wisniewski, violin, and TSgt. Christine Choi, cello—performs music by Shostakovich, Mendelssohn, and Piazzolla.

Featured Artist(s): U.S. Air Force Chamber Trio

[October 3, 2007]

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Argentine composer and accordionist Chango Spasiuk mixes contemporary and traditional sound, combining schotis, rural polkas, rancheras and rasguidos dobles.

Featured Artist(s): Chango Spasiuk

[October 2, 2007]

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Formed in Prague in 2001, Bengas has performed its Gypsy folk rock at festivals throughout the world and has collaborated with such groups as the Gypsy Kings. In cooperation with the Embassy of Czech Republic.

Featured Artist(s): Bengas

[October 1, 2007]

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Classika Theatre brings the classic children’s tale Peter and the Wolf to the stage through Classika and Synetic Theatre’s movement-based acting and Prokofiev’s music.

Featured Artist(s): Classika Theater

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