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[February 28, 2006]

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On Fat Tuesday, this Baltimore-based band performs its own brand of roots party music, blending New Orleans R&B, zydeco, Latin, ska, jump blues, and Mardi Gras funk. A MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION

Featured Artist(s): The Junkyard Saints

[February 27, 2006]

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Organist Marvin Mills, Associate Minister of Music at National City Christian Church in D.C., is a frequent featured recitalist for the American Guild of Organists and guest soloist with symphonies, performing throughout the United States. Sponsored by the American Legacy Foundation.

Featured Artist(s): Marvin Mills

[February 26, 2006]

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Noor Wodjouatt Ensemble performs authentic Afghan music and Kathak dance. The group’s music can be heard on the CD City of Love.

Featured Artist(s): Noor Wodjouatt Ensemble

[February 25, 2006]

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The NEXT WAVE, the United States Naval Academy Band's jazz ensemble, under the direction of Senior Chief Musician Dan Drew, will appear with Dave Samuels, Grammy Award winning vibraphonist and leader of the Caribbean Jazz Project, showcasing his music as arranged for big band.

Featured Artist(s): The Next Wave

[February 24, 2006]

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Members of the NSO perform works by Mozart and Hindemith.

Featured Artist(s): National Symphony Orchestra Prelude

[February 23, 2006]

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The Metropolitan Chorus, under the direction of Barry Hemphill, is renowned for performing music from the Renaissance to the 20th century with a strong emphasis on American composers.

Featured Artist(s): The Met Singers

[February 22, 2006]

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Composer, saxophonist, and flutist Matt Steckler brings his group Persiflage, which “explores spontaneous, ensemble-driven creativity, revealing a communication of the highest order.”

Featured Artist(s): Matt Steckler with Persiflage

[February 21, 2006]

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Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi and Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko perform traditional Mali music, blues, Renaissance harmonies, and Caribbean beats as heard on the CD Diario Mali.

Featured Artist(s): Ballake Sissoko

[February 20, 2006]

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Xauen Music presents Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble, comprised of musicians from the U.S., Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Israel, and France, performs “The Songs of Sayyed Darweesh: Soul of a People.”

Featured Artist(s): Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble

[February 19, 2006]

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Tappers with Attitude, founded in 1991 by Yvonne Edwards and Renee Kreithen, and under the artistic direction of Victoria Moss, presents dancers ages 8 to 18 from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The group promotes tap dance as a percussive art with an emphasis on the jazz tradition.

Featured Artist(s): North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble

[February 18, 2006]

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Students from the conservatory perform classical works by Khachaturian, Handel, Schumann, and Liszt. Also, the Oberlin Jazz Septet plays jazz standards. THE CONSERVATORY PROJECT

Featured Artist(s): Oberlin Conservatory of Music

[February 17, 2006]

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New England Conservatory of Music presents David Kim (viola), Vincent Planes (piano), Ji-Young Yang (soprano), Vincent Planes (piano), and the Tel-Aviv Trio comprised of Matan Givol (violin), Ira Givol (violin), and Jonathan Aner (piano). THE CONSERVATORY PROJECT

Featured Artist(s): New England Conservatory of Music

[February 16, 2006]

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The Cleveland Institute of Music presents Jin Joo Cho (violin), Karla Donehew (violin), Yu Jin (viola), and Maaike Harding (cello) in a performance of works by Mozart, Messiaen, and Bartók. THE CONSERVATORY PROJECT

Featured Artist(s): Cleveland Institute of Music

[February 15, 2006]

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The University of Michigan School of Music presents scenes from The Coronation of Poppea and Where the Cross Is Made; a jazz quartet; and students from the Musical Theater program in numbers from The Frogs and Avenue Q. THE CONSERVATORY PROJECT

Featured Artist(s): The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance

[February 14, 2006]

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The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music presents pianist Ayako Toba, baritone Christopher Bolduc, the Kuttner Quartet, soprano Jing Zhang, and violinist Frederieke Saeijs in a program of Sarasate, Charpentier, Puccini, Mendelssohn, Strauss, and Mozart.
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Featured Artist(s): The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

[February 13, 2006]

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The Manhattan School of Music presents a classical concert by The Escher String Quartet: Adams Barnett-Hart (violin), Wu Jie (violin), Pierre Lapointe (viola), and Andrew Janss (cello). THE CONSERVATORY PROJECT

Featured Artist(s): Manhattan School of Music

[February 12, 2006]

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The Curtis Institute of Music presents Rob Patterson (clarinet), Michael Haas (cello), and Sara Daneshpour (piano) in a performance of works by Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Crumb, and Brahms. THE CONSERVATORY PROJECT

Featured Artist(s): The Curtis Institute of Music

[February 11, 2006]

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Founded in 1988 by a group of Washington-area musicians interested in studying and performing the music of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe, this orchestra performs on traditional Russian folk instruments—the balalaika, domra, bayan, and related folk wind and percussion instruments.

Featured Artist(s): The Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra

[February 10, 2006]

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Violinists Julia Grueninger, Joan Hurley, Joel Fuller, and Richard Chang; violists Uri Wassertzug and Evelyn Harpham; and cellists Elizabeth Davis and Amy Frost Baumgarten perform Mendelssohn’s Octet in E flat, Op. 20.

Featured Artist(s): The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

[February 9, 2006]

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Anna Ouspenskaya (piano), Susan Midkiff (violin), Martha Kaufman (violin), Shelley Coss (viola), and Igor Zubkovsky (cello) perform Taneyev’s Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30.

Featured Artist(s): The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

[February 8, 2006]

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Jazz trumpeter Graham Breedlove leads his energetic sextet, bringing audiences the sounds of his native Louisiana.

Featured Artist(s): Graham Breedlove

[February 7, 2006]

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Drummer and composer Nasar Abadey, who has performed with such jazz legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Shirley Horn, and Ella Fitzgerald, leads his quintet in original compositions and jazz standards.

Featured Artist(s): Nasar Abadey

[February 6, 2006]

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Singer/songwriter Stuart Valentine, who has performed with such bands as The Out Crowd and Paramore, writes songs like conversations meant to be overheard—subtle, personal, and intimate. Donny Hue & The Colors use organ, autoharp, melodica, glockenspiel, guitar, theremin, and other musical instruments to create lush and textured melodies and sweeping arrangements.

Featured Artist(s): Donny Hue and The Colors

[February 5, 2006]

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Senegalese-French singer Julia Sarr and French flamenco-inspired guitarist Patrice Larose perform from the heart, combining traditional music from their respective roots with jazz, soul, and flamenco influences. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of France.

Featured Artist(s): Julia Sarr

[February 4, 2006]

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Participants in a 25-year-old program—which gives high-school-aged musicians the opportunity to study and take master classes with NSO members—will perform a variety of classical works.

Featured Artist(s): NSO Youth Fellows

[February 3, 2006]

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A double bass quartet from the NSO performs classical works.

Featured Artist(s): National Symphony Orchestra Prelude

[February 1, 2006]

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Banjo player and vocalist Abigail Washburn, fresh from her tour of China and her stint in the U.S. with string band Uncle Earl, plays her original compositions in Chinese and English, plus traditional Chinese poems set to banjo, guitar, bass, and fiddle.

Featured Artist(s): Abigail Washburn

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