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[December 31, 2009]

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The D.C.-based orchestra starts the New Year’s festivities early with big band swing tunes.

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

[December 30, 2009]

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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 29, 2009]

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The critically acclaimed indie songstress delivers evocative and original tunes, as heard on such albums as The In-Between, Idaho, and Silver and Ash.

Featured Artist(s): Clare Burson

[December 28, 2009]

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The organist plays a concert on the Center’s Filene Organ.

Featured Artist(s): Weston Jennings

[December 27, 2009]

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

Featured Artist(s): Sean Grissom

[December 26, 2009]

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

Featured Artist(s): Alexandria Kleztet

[December 25, 2009]

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Celebrate this festive Millennium Stage tradition—now in its 12th 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, 2009]

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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, 2009]

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Winner of the 2008 Stellar Award for Contemporary Choir of the Year, the 17-member gospel choir brings its full band.

Featured Artist(s): Isaiah D. Thomas

[December 22, 2009]

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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 21, 2009]

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The string trio specializes in elegant arrangements of music from Bach to the Beatles.

Featured Artist(s): Virginia Virtuosi

[December 20, 2009]

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The D.C.-based singer-songwriter builds her songs from a solid pop foundation, throwing blues, rock, and soul into the mix, as heard on her recent release Keep Talking.

Featured Artist(s): Laura Tsaggaris

[December 18, 2009]

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The 2007 New Artist of the Year and 2008 Modern Rock Vocalist Wammie winner, also a Strathmore Artist-in-Residence, has a formidable vocal style that mixes rock, folk, jazz, R&B, and ballads. Embodying “the heritage of everyone from Stevie Nicks to Whitney Houston to Sheryl Crow” (On Tap Magazine), she brings her acoustic quartet.

Featured Artist(s): Margot MacDonald

[December 17, 2009]

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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 16, 2009]

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

Featured Artist(s): Encore Chorale

[December 15, 2009]

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The Bolivian guitarist has won competitions all around the world. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Bolivia.

Featured Artist(s): Pirai Vaca

[December 14, 2009]

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This year marks the 36th anniversary of this holiday tradition in which tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players from around D.C. play traditional Christmas music led by Harvey Phillips.

Featured Artist(s): Merry TubaChristmas

[December 13, 2009]

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Now in its 49th season, this orchestra composed of young people ages 4 to 19 plays holiday favorites. IN THE TERRACE THEATER

Featured Artist(s): DC Youth Orchestra

[December 12, 2009]

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This gospel choir showcases uniquely talented voices from the DC Metropolitan area.

Featured Artist(s): WPAS Men and Women of the Gospel Choir

[December 11, 2009]

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Led by Zack Smith, the group plays jazzy and jaunty arrangements of holiday favorites as heard on their CD, Holiday Drive.

Featured Artist(s): Beltway Brass Quintet

[December 10, 2009]

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In its 31st 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 9, 2009]

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Music for trombone.

Featured Artist(s): U.S. Air Force Chamber Players

[December 8, 2009]

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The big band returns to present a “Stan Kenton Christmas,” paying tribute to the legendary pianist and big band leader.

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

[December 7, 2009]

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Double bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and saxophonist/flutonettist Håkon Kornstad have established themselves as two of the most driven young musicians on the world jazz scene. On their recent album, Elise, the duo uses unique Norwegian hymns as a basis for their improvisation. Created in 1995, Norwegian Visions is a cultural partnership program initiated by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. IN THE THEATER LAB

Featured Artist(s): Ingebrigt Håker Flaten

[December 6, 2009]

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The band excites audiences with its infectious traditional Mariachi music. IN THE THEATER LAB

Featured Artist(s): Pepe Reyes y su Mariachi Monumental de Cuscatlán

[December 5, 2009]

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National Symphony Orchestra members play classical works.

Featured Artist(s): NSO Prelude

[December 4, 2009]

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Having dominated the D.C. children's music scene since its inception in 2005, the winner of four Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies) covers a dizzying range of musical styles—from Tin Pan Alley to the shores of Jamaica. Target Family Night

Featured Artist(s): Rocknoceros

[December 3, 2009]

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The family musicians play Scandinavian folk tunes on instruments that have been handed down by three generations: the 1916 Beckwith family pump organ, the 1920s B & D tenor banjo, and the late 1930s L 5 style guitar. Part of the Homegrown: The Music of America concert series.

Featured Artist(s): The Berntsons

[December 2, 2009]

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Participants in this co-collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center—students from six D.C. middle schools—play swinging standards.

Featured Artist(s): The Capitol Jazz Project

[December 1, 2009]

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The premier jazz ensemble of the U.S. Army performs Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite, arranged by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn in 1960.

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

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