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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: December 2007

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[December 31, 2007]

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Salon Orchestra of Washington presents soprano Kathryn Hearden, cellist Marcio Botelho, and pianist Patricia Parker, in an evening of music from Old Vienna, turn-of-the-century Paris, and Manhattan's Tin Pan Alley.

Featured Artist(s): Sidney's Music and Entertainment

[December 30, 2007]

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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 as heard on the recording Holiday Limited.

Featured Artist(s): Last Train Home

[December 29, 2007]

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Cajun cellist Sean Grissom hosts two evenings of holiday vaudeville, featuring magician Mark Mitton and the modern-Klezmer quartet Alexandria Kleztet.

Featured Artist(s): Mark Mitton

[December 28, 2007]

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Cajun cellist Sean Grissom hosts two evenings of holiday vaudeville, featuring magician Mark Mitton and the modern-Klezmer quartet Alexandria Kleztet.

Featured Artist(s): Sean Grissom

[December 27, 2007]

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Currently a professor at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland, organist Joan DeVee Dixon has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Israel, Palestine, and Japan, performing at such historic venues as Westminster Abbey in London and Church Cathedral in Oxford, England. IN THE CONCERT HALL

Featured Artist(s): Joan DeVee Dixon

[December 26, 2007]

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Billy McCominskey, Zan McLeod, and Jim Eagan 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 25, 2007]

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Celebrate this festive Millennium Stage tradition—now in its tenth year—with host and vibraphonist Chuck Redd, pianist Robert Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeter Tom Williams, bassist James King, and vocalist Delores Williams.

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

[December 24, 2007]

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The award-winning Monumental Brass Quintet performs all styles of classical music, as well as Dixieland jazz, ragtime, and traditional holiday favorites. PERFORMANCE BEGINS AT NOON

Featured Artist(s): Monumental Brass Quintet

[December 23, 2007]

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Formed in 1978 by trumpeter Dave Detwiler, Prelude presents Christmastime in Washington, featuring straight-ahead and smooth jazz arrangements of holiday classics.

Featured Artist(s): Prelude

[December 22, 2007]

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Isaiah D. Thomas was nominated for a 2007 Stellar Award Winner for Song of the Year. Elements of Praise brings its 17-member choir and full band to the Grand Foyer.

Featured Artist(s): Isaiah D. Thomas

[December 21, 2007]

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Recipients of the Washington’s WAMMIE Award for Best Roots Rock Group and Artist of the Year for 2007, the Baltimore-based Junkyard Saints get the holiday party started with a New Orleans Christmas.

Featured Artist(s): The Junkyard Saints

[December 20, 2007]

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Led by bassoonist Dilyana Kirova, the ensemble explores the variety and diversity of the repertoire for woodwinds in different instrument combinations.

Featured Artist(s): The Worldwinds Ensemble

[December 19, 2007]

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The bluegrass band has been entertaining music fans for more than 10 years with its exciting blend of hard-driving bluegrass, country, folk, and original material.

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

[December 18, 2007]

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The 16-member gospel brass and percussion ensemble from the United House of Prayer creates a joyful holiday program with its unique instrumentation and powerful voices.

Featured Artist(s): Sweet Heaven Kings

[December 17, 2007]

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Made up of soprano Ellen Myers Kliman, alto Naomi DeVries Pomerantz, and countertenors Chris Dudley and John Bohl, the quartet explores music for upper voices and delights audiences with its unusual sound.

Featured Artist(s): The Countertop Quartet

[December 16, 2007]

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The award-winning steel drum troupe presents Caribbean Christmas.

Featured Artist(s): High Groove Steelers

[December 15, 2007]

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Formed in 1993 through a community-wide audition, the Children of the Gospel Choir is an expansion of Washington Performing Arts Society’s continued commitment to gospel music programming and showcases the tremendous talents of Washington metropolitan-area youth.

Featured Artist(s): WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir

[December 14, 2007]

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This year marks the 34th anniversary of this holiday tradition in which tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players from around D.C. play traditional Christmas music led by Harvey Phillips. Grab your instrument and arrive for rehearsal at 3 p.m.

Featured Artist(s): Merry TubaChristmas

[December 13, 2007]

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The flamenco dance company under the direction of Estela Velez combines traditional gypsy dance with modern flamenco, transporting audiences across the ocean to southern Spain.

Featured Artist(s): Furia Flamenca

[December 12, 2007]

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Established West Virginia musicians Jim Martin, Gerry Milnes, Ron Mullenex, and Mark Payne will have audiences on their feet with lively old-time music. Part of the Homegrown: The Music of America concert series, presented by The Library of Congress American Folklife Center.

Featured Artist(s): Gandydancer

[December 11, 2007]

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The group performs sacred and popular holiday music on traditional hand bells.

Featured Artist(s): The Carol Ringers

[December 10, 2007]

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The singer-songwriter delivers quirky, acoustic soul music, as heard on his latest EP Before I Sold Out, reflecting a wide range of influences, from Stevie Wonder to Elvis Costello to Ben Folds.

Featured Artist(s): Eric Hutchinson

[December 9, 2007]

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Led by Zack Smith, the quintet features jazzy and jaunty arrangements of holiday favorites as heard on its CD Holiday Drive.

Featured Artist(s): Beltway Brass Quintet

[December 8, 2007]

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Mexican pianist Patricia García Torres has appeared in such international festivals as the Alamos Festival, the International Festival of Chamber Music of San Miguel de Allende, the Peace Festival of San Salvador, Treff Punkt Festival of Stuttgart, and more. Presented in cooperation with the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Featured Artist(s): Patricia García Torres

[December 7, 2007]

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The Bolivian guitarist has been awarded at the International Guitar Contest of Habana, the International Spring Contest for the Guitar in Belgium, and the International Guitar Contest of the Guerrero Foundation in Spain. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Bolivia.

Featured Artist(s): Pirai Vaca

[December 6, 2007]

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The Brooklyn-based band, led by Michael Hearst and Joshua Camp, performs its distinct brand of Balkan-pop, featuring lyrics by literary figures including Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers, and Rick Moody. Presented in cooperation with the DC Jewish Community Center.

Featured Artist(s): One Ring Zero

[December 5, 2007]

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Vocalists Inga Elisa Påve and Lawra Somby deliver their unique brand of dreamlike electro pop with their band Adjagas, whose name is taken from the Sami word for the mental state between sleep and waking. Created in 1995, Norwegian Visions is a long-term Norwegian-North American cultural partnership program initiated by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Featured Artist(s): Adjagas

[December 4, 2007]

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Hailing from Silver Spring, the unique foursome of Orthodox Jewish musicians combines traditional and original bluegrass with Hassidic and other Jewish melodies to form what the group calls a “jewgrass” sound all its own. Presented in cooperation with the DC Jewish Community Center.

Featured Artist(s): The Sinai Mountain Boys

[December 3, 2007]

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The University of Maryland Dance Ensemble presents a mixed repertory program that includes How Long Brethren by Helen Tamiris.

Featured Artist(s): University of Maryland Dance Ensemble

[December 2, 2007]

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The string trio, led by double bassist Mark Bergman with violinists Sonya Hayes and Nancy Jin, specializes in elegant arrangements of music from Bach to the Beatles. IN THE THEATER LAB

Featured Artist(s): Virginia Virtuosi

[December 1, 2007]

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Members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform classical works.

Featured Artist(s): National Symphony Orchestra Prelude

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