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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: March 2009

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[March 31, 2009]

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Students from Virginia perform standard big band works and a selection of favorite vocal jazz arrangements. Part of Music in Our Schools Month.

Featured Artist(s): Heritage High School T.W.E.L.V.E. jazz choir

[March 30, 2009]

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Students from Maryland perform music by Jerome Kern, Eric Ewazen, and a compilation of Renaissance songs by various composers. Part of Music in Our Schools Month.

Featured Artist(s): University of Maryland Brass Quintet

[March 29, 2009]

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The Washington Toho Koto Society is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation for the koto (zither), Japan’s national instrument. Part of the 2009 National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Featured Artist(s): The Washington Toho Koto Society

[March 28, 2009]

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Accomplished vibraphonist and multi-instrumentalist Christian Tamburr leads his four-piece acoustic jazz group.

Featured Artist(s): Christian Tamburr Quartet

[March 27, 2009]

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Students from Schenectady, New York’s John Sayles School of Fine Arts perform. Creative Ticket National School of Distinction

Featured Artist(s): John Sayles School of Fine Arts

[March 26, 2009]

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Students from Chantilly High School in Virginia perform a one-act version of Taming of the Shrew and the spoof 15 Reasons Not to Do a Play.

Featured Artist(s): Chantilly High School

[March 25, 2009]

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Members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra perform Leon Gurvitch’s Oboe Sonata.

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

[March 24, 2009]

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This delightful and dazzling chamber ensemble performs Milhaud Suite (1936), Mozart Oboe Quartet, and Mendelssohn Piano Trio. The players are: Nancy Jin, Kyung LeBlanc, Sean Neidlinger, Joseph LeBlanc, Aaron Hill, and Jennifer Yeo.

Featured Artist(s): The Sage Chamber Players

[March 23, 2009]

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Mayor Adrian Fenty hosts an evening of live performances in recognition of outstanding local artists and organizations. IN THE CONCERT HALL

Featured Artist(s): The 24th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

[March 22, 2009]

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Winners of the 2009 competition present a recital.

Featured Artist(s): John and Susie Beatty Competition for Classical Guitar

[March 21, 2009]

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Founded in 1941, the Eastman Trombone Choir is regarded as one of the leading trombone choirs in the world.

Featured Artist(s): Eastman Trombone Choir

[March 20, 2009]

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Students from Berlin Intermediate School, located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and Silver Spring, Maryland’s Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School present a multi-disciplinary performance. Creative Ticket National Schools of Distinction

Featured Artist(s): Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary

[March 19, 2009]

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WNO Insight Lecture Series presents Benjamin Britten’s classic tale of murder, suspicion, and oppression as a village mob goes on a manhunt for vengeance.

Featured Artist(s): Washington National Opera Insights

[March 18, 2009]

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Students from Winters Mill High School of Westminster, Maryland present a multi-disciplinary performance. Creative Ticket National School of Distinction

Featured Artist(s): Winters Mill High School

[March 17, 2009]

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a performance by D.C.’s Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.

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

[March 16, 2009]

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Local D.C. students perform classic jazz standards.

Featured Artist(s): The Capitol Jazz Project

[March 15, 2009]

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Djamel Laroussi and his band combine both western and North African rhythms based on traditional desert music from the Sahara. Although the emphasis is Algerian there is a strong understanding of reggae, jazz, hard rock, pop, soul, and funk. Part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World

Featured Artist(s): Djamel Laroussi

[March 14, 2009]

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This ensemble from Jordan explores Oriental and Western traditions to form a new listening and imaginative experience. Part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World

Featured Artist(s): RUM Tareq Al Nasser Musical Group

[March 13, 2009]

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Renowned singer and oud player Ahmed Fathi is one of the symbols of Yemeni song. Part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World

Featured Artist(s): Ahmed Fathi

[March 12, 2009]

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Oriental Music Ensemble of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music-Palestine performs classical and contemporary Arab music for oud, nay, clarinet, qanun, and percussion. Part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World

Featured Artist(s): Oriental Music Ensemble

[March 11, 2009]

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This multimedia evening features Handal reading her poetry; a monologue about a woman storyteller, traditionally a male-only role; and a short film.

Part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World

Featured Artist(s): Nathalie Handal

[March 10, 2009]

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Tamim Al-Barghouti’s “In Jerusalem” became something of a street poem. The poem, which describes an aborted journey to the city, became the basis for number of performances around the world.

Part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World

Featured Artist(s): Tamim Al Barghouti

[March 9, 2009]

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In this one-woman show, three generations of Lebanese-American women tell stories of the challenges of living in two worlds and trying to fit in one without erasing the other. Musical director Tony Khalife leads the Country of Origin Band. Part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World

Featured Artist(s): Elmaz Abinader and the Country of Origin Band

[March 8, 2009]

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Making their U.S. debut, this reggae, rock, and gnawa (a mixture of African, Berber, and Arab religious songs and rhythms) band is based in Casablanca, Morocco. Hoba Hoba Spirit is one of the region’s hottest groups. Part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World

Featured Artist(s): Hoba Hoba Spirit

[March 7, 2009]

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A Palestinian-American poet, author, and political activist, Suheir Hammad was born in Amman, Jordan to Palestinian refugee parents and immigrated with her family to Brooklyn when she was five. She was discovered by hip hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons when he read her reaction to the 9/11 attacks; he signed her to a deal with HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. She has since performed her poetry around the world. Part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World

Featured Artist(s): Suheir Hammad

[March 6, 2009]

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One of today’s leading Sudanese vocalists—her voice has been compared to that of Aretha Franklin—Salma El Assal performs with her ensemble contemporary arrangements of traditional Sudanese songs. Part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World

Featured Artist(s): Salma El Assal

[March 5, 2009]

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“Engagingly flamboyant” (Los Angeles Times), prize-winning Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh combines solid classical training from the Juilliard school with deep understanding and appreciation of his roots and other cultures. He maneuvers between different genres—from classical and jazz to electronica and Arab music. He performs with his ensemble. Part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World

Featured Artist(s): Kinan Azmeh

[March 4, 2009]

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Hailing from the region of Marrakech, Morocco, the five women of Bnet Houariyat perform traditional Berber songs and dances that reflect the multiple facets of Islam and the female condition. Hauntingly beautiful, the harmonies, melodies, and rhythms in the songs transport you to another world. The themes explore the cultural traditions and the reality of these extraordinary women. Part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World

Featured Artist(s): Bnet Houariyat

[March 3, 2009]

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Classically trained Lebanese pianist Rami Khalifé creates compositions and improvisations in a variety of styles and genres ranging from classical to contemporary, jazz, and world music. He performs his non-traditional program, an exciting and dynamic production, with his Juilliard colleague Francesco Tristano. Part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World

Featured Artist(s): Francesco Tristano

[March 2, 2009]

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Sixteen year old Iraqi classical pianist Tami Meekoo began to play the piano at the age of five. His talent has taken him to many venues around the world. His program includes works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Ravel, and others. Part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World

Featured Artist(s): Tami Meekoo

[March 1, 2009]

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Algerian theater company Coopérative Théâtrale Hammou Boutlélis presents a humorous one-man show written by Mourad Senouci and performed by Samir Bouanani. It’s the hilarious account of the transformation of a man who doesn’t truly appreciate his wife until she goes on vacation. Performed in Arabic with English surtitles. Part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World

Featured Artist(s): Coopérative Théâtrale Hammou Boutlélis

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