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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: October 2008

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[October 31, 2008]

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France’s Théâtre de la Cordonnerie presents a silent film with live musical accompaniment and sound effects. The film follows two brothers who manage a gas station in the middle of nowhere. Part of Kids Euro Festival, a celebration of European arts and culture for children that features a mix of artists from the participating countries of the European Union.

Featured Artist(s): Théâtre de la Cordonnerie

[October 30, 2008]

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Finland presents circus artist and acrobat Rauli Kosonen in a work about the creativity of both the human body and mind. Part of Kids Euro Festival, a celebration of European arts and culture for children that features a mix of artists from the participating countries of the European Union.

Featured Artist(s): Rauli Kosonen

[October 29, 2008]

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The Czech Republic’s award-winning mime and clown, Vaclav Strasser, along with Katia Jirankova Levanti, presents Rainbow Bubbles— a show combining classic clown and mime humor with colorful and delicate bubble creations. Part of Kids Euro Festival, a celebration of European arts and culture for children that features a mix of artists from the participating countries of the European Union.

Featured Artist(s): Rainbow Bubbles

[October 28, 2008]

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Celebrate Czech National Day with the critically acclaimed Czech pianist.

Featured Artist(s): Radoslav Kvapil

[October 27, 2008]

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Internationally acclaimed Swedish choreographer Gunilla Heilborn has created a dance show for children about sometimes being in the right place but other times being in the completely wrong place. Part of Kids Euro Festival, a celebration of European arts and culture for children that features a mix of artists from the participating countries of the European Union.

Featured Artist(s): Gunilla Heilborn

[October 26, 2008]

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Ireland presents traditional Irish music and step dancing. Part of Kids Euro Festival, a celebration of European arts and culture for children that features a mix of artists from the participating countries of the European Union.

Featured Artist(s): Kerry Ramblers

[October 25, 2008]

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Denmark’s Carl Quist Moller—cartoon animator, author, and musician—is a real, live Pinocchio in this comic tale. Part of Kids Euro Festival, a celebration of European arts and culture for children that features a mix of artists from the participating countries of the European Union.

Featured Artist(s): Carl Quist Moller

[October 24, 2008]

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Enjoy a discussion about and excerpts from Donizetti’s tale of vengeance.

Featured Artist(s): Washington National Opera Insights

[October 23, 2008]

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Germany’s puppet theater company Figurentheater Vagantei Erhardt presents the beloved fairy tale about the miller’s daughter who supposedly spins straw into gold. Part of Kids Euro Festival, a celebration of European arts and culture for children that features a mix of artists from the participating countries of the European Union.

Featured Artist(s): Figurentheater Vagantei Erhardt

[October 22, 2008]

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Enjoy a discussion about and excerpts from Bizet’s passionate and seductive masterpiece Carmen.

Featured Artist(s): Washington National Opera Insights

[October 21, 2008]

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This early music ensemble from Bogotà, Colombia specializes in Latin American and Spanish baroque and renaissance music. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Colombia.

Featured Artist(s): Musica Ficta

[October 20, 2008]

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The Mexican classical guitarist is a rising star. Presented in cooperation with the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Featured Artist(s): Francisco Bibriesca

[October 19, 2008]

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Members of the KCOHO—Michelle Kim, violin; Igor Zubkovsky, cello; Diane Winter Pyles, piano—play Cassado’s Sonata in Old Spanish Style (1925) for cello and piano, Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro for cello and piano, Op. 70, and Dvo?ák’s Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 (“Dumky”).

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

[October 18, 2008]

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La Menestrandise, a baroque trio comprised of oboe and recorder, harpsichord, and string bass, performs music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Featured Artist(s): La Menestrandise

[October 17, 2008]

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This 27-year-old program gives high school musicians the opportunity to study and take master classes with National Symphony Orchestra members. Participants perform a variety of classical works. Note: the NSO does not perform in this concert.

Featured Artist(s): NSO Youth Fellows

[October 16, 2008]

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This top Finnish choir composed of young male sopranos performs classical hymns, opera, and folk music.

Featured Artist(s): Pirkanpojat

[October 15, 2008]

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The Texas quartet brings its haunting art-rock songs, as heard on their 2007 debut Palo Santo and their recently released Rook.

Featured Artist(s): Shearwater

[October 14, 2008]

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The blues artist oozes Southern soul and blues from his voice and guitar-picking fingertips. Part of Disability Awareness Month.

Featured Artist(s): Memphis Gold

[October 13, 2008]

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Austria presents actor Christophe Dumalin, a member of the Austrian theater company konnex, who mimes a passionate conductor leading an imaginary orchestra. Part of Kids Euro Festival, a celebration of European arts and culture for children that features a mix of artists from the participating countries of the European Union.

Featured Artist(s): Christophe Dumalin

[October 12, 2008]

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Hungary presents János Kovács, CEO of the Rubik Studio in Budapest, in a Rubik’s Cube Show that includes a history of the famous puzzle and its solution. Part of Kids Euro Festival, a celebration of European arts and culture for children that features a mix of artists from the participating countries of the European Union.

Featured Artist(s): János Kovács

[October 11, 2008]

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The Netherlands presents Dutch children’s artist Hakim Traïdia, who combines mime and storytelling to promote a message of goodness and brotherhood. Part of Kids Euro Festival, a celebration of European arts and culture for children that features a mix of artists from the participating countries of the European Union.

Featured Artist(s): Hakim Traïdia

[October 10, 2008]

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Artists from Slovakia, Hungary, Netherlands, and Austria perform. Part of Kids Euro Festival, a celebration of European arts and culture for children that features a mix of artists from the participating countries of the European Union.

Featured Artist(s): Kids Euro Festival

[October 9, 2008]

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Slovakia’s celebrated mime Juraj Bencik captivates and enchants audiences with a tale about a sea captain and his parrot who prepare a feast for visitors to their island. Part of Kids Euro Festival, a celebration of European arts and culture for children that features a mix of artists from the participating countries of the European Union.

Featured Artist(s): Kids Euro Festival

[October 8, 2008]

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The singer/songwriter, who has played everything from punk-a-billy to bluegrass, recently released My Lost and Found.

Featured Artist(s): Todd Burge

[October 7, 2008]

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Formed in 1998, this group of marimbists showcases their fusion of folk, Latin, and jazz in a percussive display. Presented in cooperation with the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Featured Artist(s): Na'rimbo

[October 6, 2008]

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The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington presents Icon 08, in which local youth display their talents on stage and receive awards and scholarships for school.

Featured Artist(s): Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

[October 5, 2008]

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Millennium Stage celebrates the fifth anniversary of the innovative program devoted to young talent from the nation’s leading music conservatories. The concert features the young, dynamic trio Time for Three and an ensemble orchestra including one representative musician from each of the 14 participating conservatories, colleges, and universities. Conducted by rising star Teddy Abrams, they will perform Copland's Appalachian Spring and more.

Featured Artist(s): Time for Three

[October 4, 2008]

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A protégé of Dr. Billy Taylor, pianist Christian Sands is a “rising star” in the world of jazz. He takes a fresh look at the entire language of jazz: stride, swing, bebop, progressive, fusion, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban. Part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival.

Featured Artist(s): Christian Sands and Friends

[October 3, 2008]

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A VSA arts Young Soloists Award winner, 20-year-old saxophonist and composer Alex Han is steadily gaining attention as one of the "Young Jazz Lions" of his generation. In cooperation with VSA arts and part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival.

Featured Artist(s): Alex Han

[October 2, 2008]

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This Jackson Hole, Wyoming–based group entertains with its style of western music, stellar harmony, outrageous comedy, and remarkable musicianship. Part of Masters of Tradition, the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, and Homegrown: The Music of America concert series, presented by The Library of Congress American Folklife Center.

Featured Artist(s): Bar J Wranglers

[October 1, 2008]

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The fusion of world rhythms and straight-ahead jazz make this passionate performer an audience favorite all over the world. Part of Masters of Tradition and the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival.

Featured Artist(s): Benito Gonzalez Trio

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