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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: March 2006

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[March 31, 2006]

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The New York-based dance troupe Sachiyo Ito and Company performs kabuki dance and Okinawan court dance, combining Japanese formality with the fluidity of Western modern dance. Part of the Arts of Japan Celebration.

Featured Artist(s): Sachiyo Ito and Company

[March 30, 2006]

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Japanese classical guitarist Soichi Muraji, who has studied at both the New England Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, can be heard on his 2005 CD New York Sketches. Part of the Arts of Japan Celebration.

Featured Artist(s): Soichi Muraji

[March 29, 2006]

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Grammy®-nominated guitarist, singer, and songwriter Bill Kirchen leads the band Too Much Fun, drawing upon country music’s origins in blues and bluegrass, as well as the western swing of Texas and California honky tonks. Regional favorites the Rosslyn Mountain Boys add their roots music flair. Part of Country: A Celebration of America’s Music.

Featured Artist(s): The Rosslyn Mountain Boys

[March 28, 2006]

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The WNO Insight Lecture Series presents excerpts and discussion about Gaetano Donizetti and Felice Romani’s L’Elisir d’Amore (“The Elixir of Love”), which follows the story of Nemorino, who is head-over-heels in love with the beautiful Adina.

Featured Artist(s): Washington National Opera Insights

[March 27, 2006]

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Cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl and pianist Andreas Woyke perform all styles of music, from classical and jazz to pop and crossover.

Featured Artist(s): Friedrich Kleinhapl

[March 26, 2006]

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Featuring banjo player Leroy Troy, the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band performs “hairy-legged, head-thrown-back, open-throat country singing that’s not for the faint of heart” as heard on its CD Barnyard Frolic. Part of Country: A Celebration of America’s Music.

Featured Artist(s): Tennessee Mafia Jug Band Featuring Leroy Troy

[March 25, 2006]

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Led by imaginative flautist Kaori Fujii and featuring pianist Bruce Stark, the trio performs a program of baroque, contemporary, and jazz music. Part of the Arts of Japan Celebration.

Featured Artist(s): Kaori Fujii Trio

[March 24, 2006]

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

Featured Artist(s): NSO Youth Fellows

[March 23, 2006]

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The WNO Insight Lecture Series presents excerpts and discussion about the first of the four operas comprising Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.



Featured Artist(s): Washington National Opera Insights

[March 22, 2006]

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Winner of a 2004-2005 CTNSD award, students from the school in Columbia, South Carolina, perform an original work inspired by USO variety shows.

Featured Artist(s): Richland Northeast High School

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Four-time Grammy®-winning banjo player Earl Scruggs performs with his “Family and Friends” band in a lively evening of bluegrass to kick off the Kennedy Center’s Country: A Celebration of America’s Music. CELEBRATION-OPENING CONCERT

Featured Artist(s): Earl Scruggs

[March 20, 2006]

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Winners of a 2004-2005 CTNSD award, students from the school in Starksboro, Vermont, perform “A Vermont Kitchen Junket.” Also, local students from Duke Ellington School of the Arts perform.

Featured Artist(s): Robinson Elementary School

[March 19, 2006]

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Founded in 1977 by University of Texas professor emeritus and trombone legend Donald Knaub, the group performs original trombone music.

Featured Artist(s): University of Texas Trombone Choir

[March 18, 2006]

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Members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform classical works.

Featured Artist(s): National Symphony Orchestra Prelude

[March 17, 2006]

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a performance of traditional Irish music and dance by this D.C.-based school. A ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION

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

[March 15, 2006]

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Pianist Andrew Luse, a recent Artist in Residence at Strathmore Hall, performs a program of classical works by Chopin, Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, and Gershwin.

Featured Artist(s): Andrew Luse

[March 14, 2006]

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Winners of a 2004-2005 Creative Ticket National School of Distinction (CTNSD) award, students from the school in Bozeman, Montana, perform “An American Kaleidoscope.” Also, local students from Duke Ellington School of the Arts perform vocal selections.

Featured Artist(s): The Duke Ellington School of the Arts Music Department

[March 13, 2006]

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This ensemble, led by saxophonist and D.C. native Yarborough, also features his wife, vocalist Esther Williams. The sextet performs original tunes as well as jazz standards.

Featured Artist(s): Davey Yarborough

[March 12, 2006]

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Led by Iranian-born Shahriar Saleh (santur/violin/zarb/guitar/voice), the group brings the music of Persia to new audiences.

Featured Artist(s): Nava Ensemble

[March 11, 2006]

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Cellists Carol Kang and Benjamin Wensel—members of the U.S. Army Orchestra, Strolling Strings, and String Quartet—perform repertoire for dual cellos.

Featured Artist(s): Carol Kang

[March 10, 2006]

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Made up of cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Cadet Glee Club has provided entertainment for Americans both young and old in nearly every state for more than 100 years, and has become one of the most well-known college choirs in the nation.

Featured Artist(s): Cadet Glee Club

[March 9, 2006]

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Tenor Darryl Taylor, along with accompanist Joseph G. Holt, performs art song, opera, and oratorio, with a repertoire ranging from Bach to Britten and beyond.

Featured Artist(s): Darryl Taylor

[March 8, 2006]

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Acclaimed choreographer and dancer Nejla Y. Yatkin explores the topics of identity, transformation, migration, and multiculturalism through her artistic vision dubbed NY2 Dance.

Featured Artist(s): Nejla Yatkin

[March 7, 2006]

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Colonial Forge High School and Winding Creek Elementary School present the CFHS-WCES Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Andrew Loft. The Patuxent High School Advanced String Orchestra, under the direction of Cheryl A. Blockland, performs classical repertoire. MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH

Featured Artist(s): Colonial Forge High School Percussion Ensemble

[March 6, 2006]

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Osbourn High School performs CenterStage, directed by Jacqueline Watkins. T.C. Williams High School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Vaughn Ambrose, performs jazz standards. MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH

Featured Artist(s): T.C. Williams High School Jazz Ensemble

[March 5, 2006]

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Comprised of accomplished student musicians from 11 to 17 years old, the group preserves and promotes the big band jazz genre.

Featured Artist(s): The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra

[March 4, 2006]

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This French-born harmonica player successfully demonstrates the harmonica’s versatility as a lead instrument in contemporary jazz, as well as other genres of music.

Featured Artist(s): Frédéric Yonnet

[March 3, 2006]

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Jennifer Cutting—composer, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist—along with some of the D.C. area’s finest Celtic musicians, form a seven-piece ensemble that celebrates the mystery and magic of the sea. The group combines Cutting’s original compositions with arrangements of classical, Irish, and British music.

Featured Artist(s): Ocean Orchestra

[March 2, 2006]

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This brother-and-sister Celtic band from the Pacific Northwest has been turning heads in the American folk scene with its dynamic sound and high-energy performances.

Featured Artist(s): The McKassons

[March 1, 2006]

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South African vocalist and guitarist Vusi Mahlasela performs songs of political and social significance, stressing a message of peace. He can be heard on the recent CD The Voice.

Featured Artist(s): Vusi Mahlasela

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