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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: March 2011

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[March 31, 2011]

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Comprised primarily of junior, senior, and graduate vocalists, the group has presented major concerts both regionally and internationally.

Featured Artist(s): West Virginia University Choir

[March 30, 2011]

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Students from Duke Ellington School of the Arts, a Kennedy Center District of Columbia Partner School, present an artistic representation of the school's motto--Commitment, Responsibility, Excellence, Empowerment, Dignity (C.R.E.E.D.)--through song, instrumental jazz, and spoken word.

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

[March 29, 2011]

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Kennedy Center District of Columbia Partner Schools present an evening of vocal music. The School Without Walls Senior High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Ms. Joan Moten, and the Wilson Senior High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Ms. Lori Williams, perform classical, spiritual, jazz, and Broadway selections.

Featured Artist(s): Wilson Senior High School Concert Choir

[March 28, 2011]

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Founded in 1965, the ensemble now directed by Christopher Eanes performs a diverse repertory of choral literature.

Featured Artist(s): Cincinnati Boychoir

[March 27, 2011]

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The Brooklyn-based dream pop band uses a textured and effects-heavy vocal and guitar sound. Presented in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Featured Artist(s): Asobi Seksu

[March 26, 2011]

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A featured artist at 2011 SXSW, “the best new band in Israel” (Time Out Tel Aviv) meshes British Invasion rock, punk, new wave pop, reggae, rockabilly, and power rock. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel.

Featured Artist(s): Electra

[March 25, 2011]

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Hosted by D.C. songwriters and Grammy Award winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, tonight’s program focuses on young pop composers discussing and performing their own songs. Dan Mackenzie is an Emmy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, and film/TV composer. Katie Costello is the 2009 winner of Sennheiser’s “My Song Contest” and her recent album Lamplight was released February 22, 2011. Presented by The ASCAP Foundation and made possible by the Bart Howard Estate.

Featured Artist(s): Katie Costello

[March 24, 2011]

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Dr. Billy Taylor (1921–2010), Artistic Director for Jazz at the Kennedy Center and a member of The ASCAP Foundation board, was instrumental in establishing the 2010 program. In his honor, tonight’s program hosted by D.C. songwriters and Grammy Award winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer focuses on jazz: vocalist/composer Sonia Szajnberg and her band, and pianist/composer Zaccai Curtis who will play with the Curtis Brothers Quartet. Presented by The ASCAP Foundation and made possible by the Bart Howard Estate.

Featured Artist(s): Zaccai Curtis

[March 23, 2011]

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The D.C.-based contemporary dance company shows the transformation of relationships through the medium of touch, and frames each dance with a physical container such as a box, a wall, or a ring.

Featured Artist(s): Human Landscape Dance

[March 22, 2011]

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The award-winning cellist and Strathmore Artist-in-Residence performs a variety of classical and contemporary pieces, as heard on her debut CD Tableaux.

Featured Artist(s): Alicia Ward

[March 21, 2011]

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Embrace your inner gypsy with “The New Gypsy Trio,” created by Christian Escoudé in 2004 and featuring Jean-Baptiste Laya and Hugo Lippi. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of France.

Featured Artist(s): Nouveau Trio Gitan

[March 20, 2011]

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Borrowing his name from the north Indian language which he uses in his raps, Panjabi MC effectively fuses the two worlds of bhangra (a north Indian dance) and hip hop as heard on his 2002 hit Beware of the Boys, featuring Jay-Z. Part of maximum INDIA.

Featured Artist(s): Panjabi MC

[March 19, 2011]

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The premier public institution for the preservation and promotion of Kerala's traditional performing arts presents a troupe of performers trained in kathakali, a highly stylized classical dance-drama. This maximum INDIA performance is presented under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi.

Featured Artist(s): Kerala Kalamandalam Kathakali Troupe

[March 18, 2011]

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A percussion ensemble unique in its look, feel and vibrancy, Taal India is a concept of Banyan Tree Events created and directed by Mr. Mahesh Babu. Featuring some of the most popular as well as rare, exotic, folk, and classical instruments form across India like pung, dhol, naal, khadtaal, dholak, mirav, edddakka, chenda, and tabla etc., it is powerful, pulsating with energy and spectacular synergy. Each performer in his traditional attire adds to the charm of the colorful presentation. Led by Anubrata Chatterjee on the tabla, Taal India truly brings alive the phenomenon called India with its grand diversity of sound, instruments, and, most importantly, the joy the percussionists create together. Part of maximum INDIA.

Featured Artist(s): Taal India

[March 17, 2011]

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Feel the thrill of India’s Bollywood with the country’s sensational song and dance movie genre performed live on stage. Artistic Director Shubhra Bhardwaj’s Ticket to Bollywood aims to present an all-encompassing Bollywood experience, featuring music from across the genre, including several of Bollywood’s best-loved hits. This maximum INDIA performance is presented under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi. IN THE EISENHOWER THEATER

Featured Artist(s): Shubhra Bhardwaj

[March 16, 2011]

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Does Gandhi Matter? explores the continuing interest, especially among today’s youth, in the Mahatma and his message of tolerance and non-violence. Through interviews with a wide cross-section of people, the film depicts reactions to its titular question. Ismat & Annie follows the lives and works of Ismat Chugtai and Qurrat-ul-Ain Haider (better known as Annie)—two writers who, in spite of turmoil and turbulence in their personal lives and the period in which they lived, contributed immeasurably to the Indian literary landscape. Documentaries produced by the Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Part of maximum INDIA.

Featured Artist(s): Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

[March 15, 2011]

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The Story of Gitanjali takes a look at the collection of poems by the renowned Indian polymath Rabindranath Tagore, which won him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, making him the first Asian Nobel laureate. Pather Panchali: A Living Resonance explores legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s film Pather Panchali. Fifty years after its release, Pather Panchali is still regarded as one of the greatest films ever made and one that solidified India’s spot on the international film map. Documentaries produced by the Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Part of maximum INDIA.

Featured Artist(s): Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

[March 14, 2011]

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Founder and artistic director of the Odissi Vision and Movement Centre, Sharmila Biswas’s versatility ranges from classical odissi dance to experimental choreographic work. This maximum INDIA performance is presented under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi. IN THE EISENHOWER THEATER

Featured Artist(s): Odissi Vision & Movement Centre

[March 13, 2011]

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Chef Hemant Oberoi, Executive Grand Chef of the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower in Mumbai, and Chef Ananda Solomon, Executive Chef of the Taj President, are two of India’s foremost culinary masters. Discover some of their masterful techniques as each chef introduces and demonstrates the preparation of a signature dish from the infinitely varied world of Indian cuisine. This maximum INDIA performance is presented under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi.



Featured Artist(s): Chef Hemant Oberoi

[March 12, 2011]

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(Satya Ke Pratiroop, based on the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi)
In addition to traditional marionettes and hand puppets, Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust uses giant puppets to tell stories that entertain and educate. Leading Indian puppeteer Dadi Pudumjee and his troupe deal with the philosophy of peacemaker Mahatma Gandhi in a series of vignettes from Gandhi’s life set to contemporary music from around the world. Part of maximum INDIA. IN THE EISENHOWER THEATER

Featured Artist(s): The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust

[March 11, 2011]

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Inspired by bands and musicians such as Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Jimi Hendrix, the six-member band also incorporates Indian instruments such as the mridangam, tabla, and flute into their traditional Western combination of guitar, drums, and keyboards. This maximum INDIA performance is presented under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi.

Featured Artist(s): Parikrama

[March 10, 2011]

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A male choir and percussion ensemble from the south Indian state of Kerala, Asima combines elements from India’s rhythmic and melodic systems with harmonic traditions of western music. Part of maximum INDIA.

Featured Artist(s): Asima

[March 9, 2011]

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Internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Tanusree Shankar leads her contemporary Indian dance company in original works. This maximum INDIA performance is presented under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi.  IN THE EISENHOWER THEATER

Featured Artist(s): Tanusree Shankar

[March 8, 2011]

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Born and raised in a family of snake charmers, Gulabo Sapera is one of the foremost performers in the Kalbelia style, the traditional, celebratory dance of the snake charmers and an integral part of their heritage. This maximum INDIA performance is presented under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi.

Featured Artist(s): Gulabo Sapera

[March 7, 2011]

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Natyalakshana, the Institute of Choreography and Innovative Dance in Bangalore, presents classical dance forms in a contemporary format. This maximum INDIA performance is presented under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi. IN THE EISENHOWER THEATER

Featured Artist(s): Natyalakshana

[March 6, 2011]

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Violinist L. Subramaniam has gained international acclaim with his dynamic performances in both traditional Carnatic and Western classical styles. His own compositions for orchestra, ballet, and film combine these Eastern and Western traditions. This maximum INDIA performance is presented under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi. IN THE EISENHOWER THEATER

Featured Artist(s): L. Subramaniam

[March 5, 2011]

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Combining Kailash Kher’s strong traditional folk sensibilities and lyrics invoking Sufi mysticism with Naresh and Paresh Kamath’s more modern rock, electronic, and funk influences, Kailasa has proved to be a big hit with audiences in India and around the world. Note: This concert is standing room only. Part of maximum INDIA.

Featured Artist(s): Kailash Kher’s Kailasa

[March 4, 2011]

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Raghu Dixit and his band play a seamless amalgamation of Indian music, rock and roll, and other world styles. Part of maximum INDIA.

Featured Artist(s): Raghu Dixit

[March 3, 2011]

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Half-Indian, half-Japanese comedian Dan Nainan premieres new material in his family friendly comedy act. Part of maximum INDIA.

Featured Artist(s): Dan Nainan

[March 2, 2011]

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Featuring driving percussion and hypnotic instruments such as the sarangi (bowed lute) and algoza (double flute), the five musicians and one dancer of Rhythm of Rajasthan perform a diverse program, ranging from vibrant and joyous folk music to ecstatic Sufi songs. Part of maximum INDIA.

Featured Artist(s): Rhythm of Rajasthan

[March 1, 2011]

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A renowned mandolin player, U. Shrinivas is one of the foremost figures in Carnatic music today. Part of maximum INDIA.

Featured Artist(s): U. Shrinivas

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