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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: November 2007

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[November 30, 2007]

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In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Kennedy Center Honors, Catholic University’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents selections from the American Songbook by an artist from the first class of Honorees in 1978—Richard Rodgers.

Featured Artist(s): Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at Catholic University

[November 29, 2007]

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The Woodbox Gang, from Southern Illinois, skillfully combines bluegrass, delta blues, folk, and traditional country with the aggressive delivery of punk rock to create a unique style which the band dubs “Trashcan Americana.”

Featured Artist(s): The Woodbox Gang

[November 28, 2007]

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The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas shares the music of Latin America with original compositions by Latin American composers. Presented in cooperation with the Mexican Cultural Institute. IN THE CONCERT HALL

Featured Artist(s): The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas

[November 27, 2007]

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Classically trained in piano and music theory, Brian Wilbur Grundstrom’s compositions—for various mediums including film, orchestra, and piano—demonstrate his innovative incorporation of harmony and melody.

Featured Artist(s): Brian Wilbur Grundstrom

[November 26, 2007]

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A mainstay on the American blues scene for three decades, Catfish Hodge has been called an “American folk blues hero.”

Featured Artist(s): Catfish Hodge

[November 25, 2007]

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The energetic and unpredictable Sandra Boynton is joined by Davy Jones of The Monkees. She entertains audiences of all ages with her songs, heard on such albums as Dog Train, Philadelphia Chickens, Rhinoceros Tap, and her newest book Blue Moo.

Featured Artist(s): Sandra Boynton

[November 24, 2007]

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Rolando Matias and the Afro-Rican Ensemble bring audiences “jazz with conviction, hip hop with consciousness, and rhythms that will open your mind.”

Featured Artist(s): Afro-Rican Ensemble

[November 23, 2007]

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The Karelian Folk Music Ensemble, a trio from Petrozavodsk in the Russian Republic of Karelia, performs music ranging from a cappella Russian village songs to ancient epics accompanied by Finnish harps.

Featured Artist(s): Karelian Folk Music Ensemble

[November 22, 2007]

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Led by tabla player Broto Roy, the ensemble uniquely blends Indian classical music with jazz.

Featured Artist(s): Broto Roy Ensemble

[November 21, 2007]

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The quintet has performed at various embassies around D.C. and for the G8 European Commission.

Featured Artist(s): The International Woodwind Quintet

[November 20, 2007]

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Jazz pianist and composer Gene D'Andrea performs accompanied by guitarist Greg Loman.

Featured Artist(s): Gene D’Andrea

[November 19, 2007]

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This traditional Scottish folk band achieves its giant acoustic sound with Scottish border pipes, fiddle, low whistle, flute, bodhran (Irish frame drum), a rhythmic force of guitar and piano, and beautiful three-part vocal harmonies.

Featured Artist(s): Back of the Moon

[November 18, 2007]

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The Youth Orchestra of the DC Youth Orchestra Program, comprised of students from throughout the DC metropolitan area, performs classical work by Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn.  This is the Kennedy Center debut of the Youth Orchestra's new conductor, Maestro Jesus Manuel Berard.

Featured Artist(s): DC Youth Orchestra

[November 17, 2007]

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Cantes Huastecos is a cycle of ten songs for soprano, tenor, string quartet, Huastec jarana, and guitar. In Cantes Huastecos, the voices of the soprano and the tenor alternate in imitation of the Huastec descante. The string quartet and the jarana or guitar intertwines in order to sustain the rhythmic-harmonical texture typical of the Huapango, or Huastec son. Presented in cooperation with the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Featured Artist(s): Jesus Echevarría

[November 16, 2007]

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Members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform classical works.

Featured Artist(s): NSO Prelude

[November 15, 2007]

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Dallas Chief Eagle, of the Rosebud Sioux tribe, and Jasmine Pickner, of the Crow Creek Sioux tribe, outline sacred hoop wisdom through an ancient hoop dance story. Part of the Homegrown: The Music of America concert series, presented by The Library of Congress American Folklife Center.

Featured Artist(s): Jasmine Pickner

[November 14, 2007]

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Gypsy Spirit, Journey of the Roma pays homage to Gypsy music and dance traditions, featuring the Budapest Dance Ensemble and the Gypsy Cimbalom Band under the direction of Kálmán Balogh.

Featured Artist(s): Budapest Dance Ensemble

[November 13, 2007]

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Moroccan composer and guitarist Tarik Hilal joins Palestinian musicians Joseph Duqmaq, saxophone; oud player and vocalist Basel Zayed; oud player, pianist, and vocalist Wissam Murad; and darbouka player John-Robert Handal for cross-cultural grooves.

Featured Artist(s): Tarik Hilal

[November 12, 2007]

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The Asian American Music Society’s International Competition—unique to elementary, middle, and high school students in the categories of woodwind, piano, string, and voice—commenced at the end of October. Now see the winners perform in concert.

Featured Artist(s): Asian American Music Society

[November 11, 2007]

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Singer-violinist Jake Armerding performs a fusion of classical, folk, “newgrass,” and pop genres, as heard on his critically acclaimed CDs Jake Armerding and Walking on the World.

Featured Artist(s): Jake Armerding

[November 10, 2007]

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Residents of a sanctuary for street children in the Kangemi slum of Nairobi make up the harmonic Shangilia Youth Choir of Kenya, which combines Swahili and American gospel music with acrobatics in an inspirational performance.

Featured Artist(s): Shangilia Youth Choir of Kenya

[November 9, 2007]

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R. Carlos Nakai, of Navajo-Ute heritage and the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute, has released more than 35 albums, received seven Grammy nominations, and earned two gold records.

Featured Artist(s): R. Carlos Nakai

[November 8, 2007]

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Percussionist Steven Alvarez, Native American flute player Vince Redhouse, guitarist Gabriel Ayala, flautist Lisa Long, and pianist Timothy Long perform a diverse program of music by 20th-century composers and the world premiere of David Yeagley’s Romance.

Featured Artist(s): National Museum of the American Indian “Classical Native”

[November 7, 2007]

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Indie rock troubadour Marshall Costan has played with the band Mazarin and has produced records for Donny Hue and the Colors, as well as the band Nethers. He is joined by D.C. blues veteran J.P. Reali as he performs tunes from his recently released solo album Cold Steel Blues.

Featured Artist(s): Marshall Costan

[November 6, 2007]

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Nashville-based singer-songwriter J.P. Williams has shared the bill with the likes of Bruce Hornsby, Charlie Daniels, Marshall Tucker, and Ricky Skaggs.

Featured Artist(s): J.P. Williams

[November 5, 2007]

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The chief musical representative of the Dubrovnik region of Croatia performs 18th-century classics by Luka Sorkocevi and Ivan Mane Jarnovi.

Featured Artist(s): Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra

[November 4, 2007]

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Join members of Ballet Hispanico for a lesson in Latin dance. Practice your moves as the seven-piece Latin jazz ensemble Afro-Bop Alliance heats up the Grand Foyer. Dance lesson begins at 5:30 p.m.; performance begins at 6 p.m. A Performance Plus event.

Featured Artist(s): Afro Bop Alliance

[November 3, 2007]

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Aramis y su Orquesta Ashe performs a tribute to the legendary Afro-Cuban-American salsa singer Celia Cruz. The orchestra thrills audiences with its interpretation of timba, or modern Cuban salsa, which fuses native African and Cuban rhythms, as well as funk, jazz, soul, and Go Go. A Performance Plus event in conjunction with the Multicultural Children’s Book Festival.

Featured Artist(s): Aramis y su Orquesta Ashe

[November 2, 2007]

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Self-taught Peruvian guitarist Alfredo Muro represented his country in 2005 at the 16th Annual International Guitar Festival in Lima.

Featured Artist(s): Alfredo Muro

[November 1, 2007]

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High school students who have been given the opportunity to study with members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform a variety of classical works. Note: the NSO does not perform at this concert.

Featured Artist(s): NSO Youth Fellows

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