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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: December 2005

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[December 31, 2005]

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On New Year’s Eve, this ensemble performs chamber music of 19th-century Austria.

Featured Artist(s): The Salon Orchestra of Washington

[December 30, 2005]

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Led by D.C.-based drummer Maurice Lyles, a student of the renowned Philly Joe Jones, this talented quintet focuses on swinging jazz standards, pop, bebop, and Latin music.

Featured Artist(s): The Maurice Lyles Quintet

[December 29, 2005]

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Though he has played with jazz and other contemporary artists, this Malian musician remains constantly rooted in the traditions of the Manding kora harp-lute and his griot (oral historian) heritage.

Featured Artist(s): Mamadou Diabate

[December 28, 2005]

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With its exciting blend of hard-driving bluegrass, country, folk, and original material, this band has been entertaining music fans for more than nine years.

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

[December 27, 2005]

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Billy McComiskey, Zan McLeod, and Brendan Mulvihill perform traditional Irish music on the button accordion, flute, fiddle, guitar, and bodhran, accompanied by The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.

Featured Artist(s): Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

[December 26, 2005]

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Washington’s eclectic chamber ensemble presents five early music specialists in WINTERGRACE, a baroque holiday event. In a performance featuring the Kennedy Center’s Filene organ, Rosa Lamoreaux (soprano), Tina Chancey (viola da gamba), Gwyn Roberts (recorders), Elizabeth Field (baroque violin), and J. Reilly Lewis (organ and harpsichord) perform arias and instrumental music by Bach, Handel, Buxtehude, and Geist.

Featured Artist(s): Hesperus

[December 25, 2005]

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Eighth Annual All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam: Celebrate Christmas at this jazz festivity with James King on bass, 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, 2005]

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Musicians from the world-class Concert Band perform a wide variety of repertoire including light classics and popular favorites.

Featured Artist(s): U.S. Air Force Trombone Ensemble

[December 22, 2005]

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Formed by pianist/composer Mintel in 1993, the quartet performs Dave Brubeck–inspired jazz compositions, interpretations of the American songbook, and holiday standards.

Featured Artist(s): The Eric Mintel Quartet

[December 21, 2005]

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Army musicians present audiences with an elegant and entertaining program, ranging from the music of Porter and Gershwin to holiday classics.

Featured Artist(s): U.S. Army Strolling Strings

[December 20, 2005]

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Featuring the virtuoso musicians of “The President’s Own,” Marine brass musicians perform classical repertoire and holiday favorites.

Featured Artist(s): U.S. Marine Corps Brass Ensemble

[December 19, 2005]

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A favorite of the D.C. roots-rock scene, Last Train Home delivers original holiday tunes and interpretations of yuletide classics from its CD, Holiday Limited.

Featured Artist(s): Last Train Home

[December 18, 2005]

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Under the direction of Cantor Aaron Marcus, cantors and choirs celebrate the life and music of the late Naomi Shemer, known as the “First Lady of Israeli Song.” The performance features Cantor Marshall Kapell, Hazzan Jenna Greenberg, the Keshet Chorale, the Congregation B’nai Tzedek Adult and Youth Choirs, the Kehila Chadasha Congregation Adult Choir, and the Ohr Kodesh Congregation Choir. Part of the Hanukkah Celebration.

Featured Artist(s): The Keshet Chorale

[December 17, 2005]

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Cajun cellist Sean Grissom hosts an evening of holiday vaudeville, featuring Rod Ferrone, rhythmic tap dancer and physical comedian; the Alexandria Kleztet, a modern klezmer quartet.; and Mark Mitton, a dazzling magician and comedian.

Featured Artist(s): Holiday Vaudeville

[December 16, 2005]

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Cajun cellist Sean Grissom hosts an evening of holiday vaudeville, featuring Rod Ferrone, rhythmic tap dancer and physical comedian; and the Alexandria Kleztet, a modern klezmer quartet.

Featured Artist(s): Holiday Vaudeville

[December 15, 2005]

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Due to the weather conditions this evening’s originally scheduled Millennium Stage performers are unable to join us.
In place of the Levine School Senior Singers we will have the Chuck Redd Trio.

Featured Artist(s): Chuck Redd

[December 14, 2005]

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Performing on seven octaves of Schulmerich handbells and six octaves of Malmark choirchimes, the Carol Ringers fill the Grand Foyer with sacred and popular holiday music.

Featured Artist(s): The Carol Ringers

[December 13, 2005]

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Blending traditional klezmer with old-time jazz, ethnic folk, blues, rock, and reggae, this ensemble creates a sound that is an integration of Yiddish, Israeli, Ladino, and other inspirational musical styles. Part of the Hanukkah Celebration.

Featured Artist(s): Jinny Marsh's Hot Kugel Klezmer Band

[December 12, 2005]

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International recording artist Ramón Tasat, Eugenia Shiuk on flute, Steve Bloom on Middle Eastern percussion, and Shir Shalom, the Temple Shalom choir, perform a joyful evening filled with the music of Italy, Holland, Russia, Morocco, Turkey, Iraq, and Israel, with songs in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and Judeo-Arabic. Part of the Hanukkah Celebration.

Featured Artist(s): Eugenia Shiuk

[December 11, 2005]

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As part of a 40-year-old music instruction and performance program, young musicians perform classical works and holiday favorites.

Featured Artist(s): DC Youth Orchestra

[December 10, 2005]

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Performing primarily self-written music, this D.C.-based gospel ensemble is the second generation of a group founded in 1968 and once directed by the late Dr. Robert J. Fryson. Part of the Gospel Celebration.

Featured Artist(s): Voices Supreme: The Second Generation

[December 9, 2005]

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Performing a program of classic choral works and American spirituals led by Dr. J. Weldon Norris, the choir maintains its tradition of excellence. Part of the Gospel Celebration.

Featured Artist(s): The Howard University Choir

[December 8, 2005]

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IN THE TERRACE THEATER
Norwegian trumpeter Ole Edvard Antonsen performs with keyboardist Atle Halstensen, percussionist Helge Norbakken, and bassist Tom Erik Antonsen in a variety of musical styles, from classical and baroque to strong rhythmic works. Presented in cooperation with the Royal Norwegian Embassy. Part of Norwegian Visions.

Featured Artist(s): Ole Edvard Antonsen

[December 7, 2005]

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An African American gospel quartet formed in 1979 by music director James Alex Taylor, The Birmingham Sunlights performs the preserved art of unaccompanied gospel harmony singing, which has an especially strong heritage in the group’s native Jefferson County, Alabama. Part of the Gospel Celebration.

Featured Artist(s): The Birmingham Sunlights

[December 6, 2005]

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In an all-brass big band performance titled “A Stan Kenton Christmas,” Army musicians pay tribute to the legendary pianist and big band leader.

Featured Artist(s): U.S. Army Blues

[December 5, 2005]

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In this holiday tradition, Harvey Philips leads tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players from around the Washington area in traditional Christmas music.

Featured Artist(s): Merry TubaChristmas

[December 4, 2005]

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IN THE THEATER LAB
This Croatian all-male a cappella choir, founded in 1982 to promote Croatia’s musical legacy, creates beautiful harmonies with its disparate and singular voices.

Featured Artist(s): Klapa Sinj

[December 3, 2005]

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Members of the NSO perform classical works by Rachmaninoff and Beethoven.

Featured Artist(s): National Symphony Orchestra Prelude

[December 2, 2005]

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Opera Noir celebrates the heritage and contributions of African American composers and artists as they relate to classical and gospel idioms. As part of the weekend of the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors, the group performs music inspired by the artistry of opera star and 1997 Kennedy Center Honoree Jessye Norman.

Featured Artist(s): Opera Noir

[December 1, 2005]

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Based in D.C.’s historic Navy Yard, Navy musicians expertly present several musical styles ranging from ceremonial “ruffles and flourishes” to classical and holiday music.

Featured Artist(s): U.S. Navy Brass Quartet

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