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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: December 2003

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[December 31, 2003]

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The Harry Watters Quintet presents the music of American greats Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Glenn Miller, led by New Orleans trombonist Harry Watters.

Featured Artist(s): Harry Watters

[December 30, 2003]

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Amy Finegan of the Royal Shakespeare Company performs The Log of the Skipper’s Wife, a sung solo drama by Joann Green Breuer (libretto) and Allan Crossman (music).

Featured Artist(s): Amy Finegan

[December 29, 2003]

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The Eric Mintel Trio performs original compositions and daring jazz improvisations of holiday standards in Brubeck style.

Featured Artist(s): The Eric Mintel Quartet

[December 28, 2003]

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Noa Baum, from Jerusalem, tells stories for children and adults from the Jewish tradition.

Featured Artist(s): Noa Baum

[December 27, 2003]

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Legendary Orioles Holiday Doo Wop: The Orioles are recognized as one of the first popular rhythm and blues quartets to emerge in the post-World War II era. Their 1953 hit Crying in the Chapel was later recorded by Elvis Presley.

Featured Artist(s): The Legendary Orioles

[December 26, 2003]

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Brendan Mulvihill, Billy McComiskey, and Zan McLeod commemorate the holidays with rousing Irish tunes, joined by dancers from the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.

Featured Artist(s): Brendan Mulvihill

[December 25, 2003]

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Sixth Annual All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam: Celebrate Christmas at this jazz festivity with host Keter Betts, vibraphonist Chuck Redd, pianist Robert Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeter Tom Williams, and vocalist Delores Williams.

Featured Artist(s): All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam

[December 23, 2003]

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A Christmas Carol: Charles Williams narrates the Dickens classic, accompanied by the musical stylings of Hesperus, featuring Tina Chancey and Scott Reiss.

Featured Artist(s): Charles Williams

[December 22, 2003]

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Hanukkah Celebration: Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah in song with the Keshet Chorale, The Kehila Chadasha Congregation Choir, and the Congregation Beth Emeth Youth Chorus, under the direction of Cantor Aaron Marcus, and the Adas Israel Youth Chorale, under the direction of Cantor Arnold Saltzman.

Featured Artist(s): The Kehila Chadasha Congregation Choir

[December 21, 2003]

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Woodbridge Flute Choir commissions and presents premiere performances of new works by composers from across the nation.

Featured Artist(s): The Woodbridge Flute Choir

[December 20, 2003]

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Holiday Vaudeville featuring the Alexandria Kleztet, Mark Mitton, and Sean Grissom: Cajun cellist Sean Grissom hosts two evenings of holiday vaudeville, with master magician Mark Mitton and the Alexandria Kleztet, a modern-Klezmer quartet (Jewish and Yiddish folk music from eastern Europe and the Middle East).

Featured Artist(s): Alexandria Kleztet

[December 19, 2003]

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Holiday Vaudeville featuring the Alexandria Kleztet, Mark Mitton, and Sean Grissom: Cajun cellist Sean Grissom hosts two evenings of holiday vaudeville, with master magician Mark Mitton and the Alexandria Kleztet, a modern-Klezmer quartet (Jewish and Yiddish folk music from eastern Europe and the Middle East).

Featured Artist(s): Mark Mitton

[December 18, 2003]

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Carol Ringers and the Peace Ringers join to perform sacred and popular holiday music on traditional hand bells.

Featured Artist(s): The Carol Ringers

[December 17, 2003]

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Bob Perilla and Big Hillbilly Bluegrass deliver a hard driving blend of bluegrass country and folk including original material and holiday favorites.

Featured Artist(s): Bob Perilla and Big Hillbilly Bluegrass

[December 16, 2003]

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Glass Harp Holiday Medley: Jamey Turner’s virtuoso musicianship on the glass harp has fascinated audiences in cathedrals, factories, and resorts all over the United States. Join this Montana native as he shares his unique renditions of holiday classics.

Featured Artist(s): Jamey Turner

[December 15, 2003]

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Levine School of Music’s Concert and Chamber Choirs and the Senior Singers Chorale combine forces to deliver a multi-generational performance of holiday favorites.

Featured Artist(s): The Levine School of Music

[December 14, 2003]

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Gospel Celebration, featuring The Lee Boys: The six Lee Boys from Florida, who began making music at age seven in the House of God church, present Sacred Steel music.

Featured Artist(s): The Lee Boys

[December 13, 2003]

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Gospel Celebration, featuring the Bolling Air Force Base Gospel Choir: Comprised of active duty military, dependents and retirees from the Air Force, Navy, and Army, the choir has performed concerts and services across the country since its creation in 1976.

Featured Artist(s): The Bolling Air Force Base Gospel Choir

[December 12, 2003]

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Gospel Celebration, featuring the Sweet Heaven Kings: The 16-member gospel brass and percussion band from the United House of Prayer use their unique and powerful voices for a joyful holiday program.

Featured Artist(s): Sweet Heaven Kings

[December 11, 2003]

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Artisan, a vocal trio from Great Britain, harmonizes original songs and garners laughs with a quirky sense of humor and a distinctly Yorkshire slant.

Featured Artist(s): Artisan

[December 10, 2003]

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Laura Risk & Paddy League: Holiday music by Californian master of Celtic, Appalachian and Quebec fiddle traditions, Laura Risk, with versatile folk percussionist Paddy League.

Featured Artist(s): Laura Risk

[December 8, 2003]

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Merry TubaChristmas: 2003 marks the 30th anniversary of this holiday tradition in which tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players from around Washington, D.C. play traditional Christmas music, led by Harvey Phillips.

Featured Artist(s): Merry TubaChristmas

[December 7, 2003]

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Buck Hill Sextet carries on the tradition of classic American jazz led by legendary saxophonist Buck Hill, who has performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Shirley Horn, and Cannonball Adderly, and made several acclaimed recording with his quartet.

Featured Artist(s): Buck Hill

[December 6, 2003]

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NSO Prelude Concert: Members of the National Symphony play music by Claude Debussy and Giacomo Puccini. Laurent Weibel, violin; Glen Cherry, violin; Mahoko Eguchi, viola; Rachel Young, cello.
Meet the Musicians

Featured Artist(s): National Symphony Orchestra Prelude

[December 5, 2003]

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Honors Tribute to Johnny Cash featuring Darrell Scott with Dave Giegerich and members of the Hula Monsters: Soulful country music iconoclast Darrell Scott leads a tribute, with steel guitarist Dave Giegerich and members of the Hawaiian, Country and Western swing band, the Hula Monsters, to 1996 Kennedy Center Honoree Johnny Cash.

Featured Artist(s): Dave Giegerich

[December 4, 2003]

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Last Train Home, D.C. roots-rock favorites led by Eric Brace, performs selections from their Holiday Limited recording.

Featured Artist(s): Last Train Home

[December 3, 2003]

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A Winter Talisman: Susan McKeown, Irish vocalist, and Johnny Cunningham, Scottish fiddler, deliver songs of winter and early Celtic poetry, with guitarist Aidan Brennan.

Featured Artist(s): Susan McKeown

[December 2, 2003]

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Graham Breedlove Sextet delivers jazz of the season led by Louisiana-born trumpeter Breedlove, whose influences range from Zydeco to John Coltrane and Art Blakey.

Featured Artist(s): Graham Breedlove

[December 1, 2003]

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December Song features cabaret artists Joanne Schmoll and Wendy Lane Bailey, accompanied by pianist James Fitzpatrick, interpreting familiar and new holiday tunes.

Featured Artist(s): December Song

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