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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: December 2008

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[December 31, 2008]

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The D.C.-based orchestra performs chamber music and waltzes of 19th-century Austria in an intimate setting.

Featured Artist(s): The Salon Orchestra of Washington

[December 30, 2008]

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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.

Featured Artist(s): Last Train Home

[December 29, 2008]

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This Brooklyn-based group re-imagines ancient Sephardic Judaic melodies as contemporary pieces with an indie-rock twist.

Featured Artist(s): DeLeon

[December 28, 2008]

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Russian-born guitarist Vladimir Fridman blends popular instrumental Klezmer melodies, traditional Jewish songs, and original compositions.

Featured Artist(s): Vladimir Fridman

[December 27, 2008]

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Billy McComiskey and Zan McLeod 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, 2008]

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This six-piece Eastern European folk-punk band is “where Eastern Europe meets the Lower East Side.”

Featured Artist(s): Golem

[December 25, 2008]

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Celebrate this festive Millennium Stage tradition—now in its eleventh 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): James King

[December 24, 2008]

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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 12 NOON. (No 6 PM show.)

Featured Artist(s): Monumental Brass Quintet

[December 23, 2008]

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

Featured Artist(s): The Peace Ringers

[December 22, 2008]

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These gospel legends captivate audiences with their big sound and rapturous dancing.

Featured Artist(s): Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes

[December 21, 2008]

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The granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music, continues the musical legacy with a repertoire that ranges from Bach to Broadway, Schubert to Sting, and includes her own compositions.

Featured Artist(s): Elisabeth von Trapp

[December 20, 2008]

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

Featured Artist(s): Rod Ferrone

[December 19, 2008]

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

Featured Artist(s): Alexandria Kleztet

[December 18, 2008]

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The 16-member gospel brass and percussion ensemble creates a joyful holiday program with its unique instrumentation and powerful voices.

Featured Artist(s): Sweet Heaven Kings

[December 17, 2008]

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This group delivers vintage jazz and classic swing music that is made for dancing.

Featured Artist(s): Blue Sky 5

[December 16, 2008]

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Musicians over the age of 55 perform crowd-pleasing holiday music.

Featured Artist(s): Encore Chorale

[December 15, 2008]

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A winner of several Washington Area Music Awards for Best Male Vocalist in Bluegrass and Traditional Folk, Randy Barrett leads his band.

Featured Artist(s): Mama Tried

[December 14, 2008]

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This group has been entertaining fans for more than 10 years with their original bluegrass, country, and folk music.

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

[December 13, 2008]

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Playing traditional Russian folk instruments, including the balalaika, dorma, and bayan, this orchestra plays the music of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe.

Featured Artist(s): The Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra

[December 12, 2008]

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Now in its 48th season, this orchestra composed of young people ages 4 to 19 performs holiday favorites.

Featured Artist(s): DC Youth Orchestra

[December 11, 2008]

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Led by Zack Smith, the quintet features jazzy and jaunty arrangements of holiday favorites.

Featured Artist(s): Beltway Brass Quintet

[December 10, 2008]

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Bassist Eivind Opsvik and tenor saxophonist Håkon Kornstad produce their distinctive brand of avant-garde adventurous jazz. Created in 1995, Norwegian Visions is a cultural partnership program initiated by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Featured Artist(s): Eivind Opsvik

[December 9, 2008]

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In its 30th season, this ensemble is composed of students from more than 22 area high schools. This ensemble has performed at venues such as the East Coast Jazz Festival and Blues Alley.

Featured Artist(s): The Montgomery County Public Schools Senior Honors Jazz Ensemble

[December 8, 2008]

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This year marks the 35th 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 7, 2008]

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Ragtime scholar Bill Edwards presents a program of holiday classics. IN THE THEATER LAB

Featured Artist(s): Bill Edwards

[December 6, 2008]

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This choir of 60 boys and girls ages 8 to 18 dazzles with classical, multicultural, folk, and contemporary music.

Featured Artist(s): Handel Children's Choir of Baltimore

[December 5, 2008]

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This D.C. based Latin American group plays contemporary folk music on traditional Andean instruments.

Featured Artist(s): Raymi

[December 4, 2008]

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Dubbed "One to watch in 2008" by the Onion A.V. Club, Tom Schraeder brings his brand of honky-tonk swagger, blending atmospheric melody with a hollerin' devotion to early rock 'n' roll.

Featured Artist(s): Tom Schraeder

[December 3, 2008]

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This Vietnamese classical pianist performs the works of experimental composer and pianist Leo Ornstein. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Vietnam.

Featured Artist(s): Tra Nguyen

[December 2, 2008]

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The acclaimed quartet, founded in 1968, is named after the godfather of professional music in Lithuania, M.K. Ciurlionis. Winners of Lithuania’s 1990 National Prize for music, this dynamic quartet plays a chamber program. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Lithuania.

Featured Artist(s): The Ciurlionis Quartet

[December 1, 2008]

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The premier jazz ensemble of the U.S. Army performs Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite.

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

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