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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: April 2007

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[April 30, 2007]

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This ensemble fuses an eclectic mix of traditional roots music, rock, country, soul, and gospel with the high, lonesome vocal sound and instruments of bluegrass.

Featured Artist(s): Northern Lights

[April 29, 2007]

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For more than 30 years, this ensemble has brought musical excellence and variety to its audiences by presenting the best of big band, jazz, and popular music. Part of the Blues Alley’s Big Band Jam, a D.C.–wide event geared to bringing the best in big band jazz through the presence of youth and jazz education.

Featured Artist(s): United States Military Academy Band’s Jazz Knights at West Point

[April 28, 2007]

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Under the direction of Neil Slater, this group has performed at jazz festivals around the world in places such as Finland, France, Germany, Portugal, Russia, Mexico, Australia, and Thailand. Part of the Blues Alley’s Big Band Jam, a D.C.–wide event geared to bringing the best in big band jazz through the presence of youth and jazz education.

Featured Artist(s): University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band

[April 27, 2007]

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Led by vocalist Don Bruce, The Ultimate Big Band delights audiences with their big band spin on swing standards and pop favorites.

Featured Artist(s): The Ultimate Big Band

[April 26, 2007]

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Led by Alan Baylock, the ensemble performs fresh interpretations of standards and original tunes.
Part of the Blues Alley’s Big Band Jam, a D.C.–wide event geared to bringing the best in big band jazz through the presence of youth and jazz education.

Featured Artist(s): The Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra

[April 25, 2007]

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Led by tombak conductor Dr. Ali Analouei and daf conductor Dr. Naser Khorasani, this ensemble is comprised mostly of students from the Center for Persian Classical Music. Their name is adapted from the ritual Sufi dance. Part of the Homegrown: The Music of America concert series, presented by The Library of Congress American Folklife Center.

Featured Artist(s): The SAMA Ensemble

[April 24, 2007]

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Joy of Motion Youth Dance companies perform a mixed repertoire of tap, jazz, and hip hop in celebration of National Dance Week.

Featured Artist(s): Joy of Motion Dance Company

[April 23, 2007]

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This jazz vocalist performs Shakespeare in Jazz: If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On, songs with original words by William Shakespeare set to arrangements by John Dankworth, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and others. Part of Shakespeare in Washington.

Featured Artist(s): Christiana Drapkin

[April 22, 2007]

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Orchestra members perform classical works.

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

[April 21, 2007]

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Violinist Marissa Regni and harpist Dotian Levalier perform works by Bartók, Donizetti, Leisner, Ridout, and Saint-Saëns. This show will not be broadcast live or available in the archive.

Featured Artist(s): NSO Prelude

[April 20, 2007]

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High school musicians studying with the NSO perform a variety of classical works.

Featured Artist(s): NSO Youth Fellows

[April 19, 2007]

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Born in London to English and Trinidadian parents, this New York-based vocalist, composer, and lyricist infuses jazz with the soul and passion of flamenco, world, and Middle Eastern music.

Featured Artist(s): Tessa Souter

[April 18, 2007]

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Founded in 2003 by Lesole Z. Maine, Lesole's Dance Project creates and performs work that highlights the unique qualities of modern and Afro-fusion dance, and educates audiences on popular South African dances such as Gumboots, Indlamu, and Panstula.

Featured Artist(s): Lesole's Dance Project

[April 17, 2007]

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Members of this orchestra based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, perform a program of classical works.

Featured Artist(s): St. Malachy’s College Orchestra of Belfast

[April 16, 2007]

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Participants in the Vocal Arts Society Art Song Discovery Series perform classical voice recitals.

Featured Artist(s): Vocal Arts DC

[April 15, 2007]

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Students from the University of Evansville perform Shakespeare’s hilarious classic, The Comedy of Errors.
An initiative of the Center’s Education Department and under the Artistic Direction of Gregg Henry, The Shakespeare Project utilizes three established Kennedy Center Education programs—the American College Theater Festival, PAFE/Millennium Stage, and ArtsEdge—to bring new productions of classic Shakespeare works to the stage and web for teaching tools in the classroom. Part of Shakespeare in Washington. In the Family Theater

Featured Artist(s): University of Evansville

[April 14, 2007]

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Students from the University of Evansville perform Shakespeare’s hilarious classic, The Comedy of Errors.
An initiative of the Center’s Education Department and under the Artistic Direction of Gregg Henry, The Shakespeare Project utilizes three established Kennedy Center Education programs—the American College Theater Festival, PAFE/Millennium Stage, and ArtsEdge—to bring new productions of classic Shakespeare works to the stage and web for teaching tools in the classroom.
Part of Shakespeare in Washington. In the Family Theater

Featured Artist(s): University of Evansville

[April 13, 2007]

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Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert. Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead is celebrating its 10th anniversary.



Featured Artist(s): Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

[April 12, 2007]

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Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert. Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Featured Artist(s): Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

[April 11, 2007]

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Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert. Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Featured Artist(s): Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

[April 10, 2007]

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This ensemble, led by National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) member Peter Haase, is composed of string, wind, and percussion players from the university and community and performs regularly with the GMU Choruses, featured guest artists, and guest conductors, including NSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin.

Featured Artist(s): George Mason University Symphony Orchestra

[April 9, 2007]

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Founded and directed by Arthur Yorinks, Night Kitchen Radio Theater stages original scripted programs with music and sound effects, recorded for broadcast on XM Satellite Radio. This month, it presents The Tale of Peter Rabbit. In the Family Theater

Featured Artist(s): Night Kitchen Radio Theater

[April 8, 2007]

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The string trio—bassist Mark Bergman and violinists Sonya N. Hayes and Nancy Jin—performs works by Mozart, Handel, Haydn, and more.

Featured Artist(s): Virginia Virtuosi

[April 7, 2007]

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The ensemble is joined by Trio Sakura and children from the Shizumi Kodomo Dance Troupe for “Seeds of Hope: How the Crane Brought a Cherry Blossom Tree to Japan.”
Part of the Kennedy Center's Arts of Japan Celebration.

Featured Artist(s): Shizumi Dance Theater

[April 6, 2007]

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Founded in 1971 by Kyoko Okamoto, this ensemble promotes the understanding and appreciation of Japanese koto music. Part of the Kennedy Center's Arts of Japan Celebration.

Featured Artist(s): The Washington Toho Koto Society

[April 5, 2007]

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An artist-in-residence at Strathmore and a Levine School of Music faculty member, Naoko Takao is a classical pianist who recently received the Gold Medal at the San Antonio International Piano Competition.
Part of the Kennedy Center's Arts of Japan Celebration.

Featured Artist(s): Naoko Takao

[April 4, 2007]

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Named for the Greek muse of dance, this group celebrates National Tartan Day. The ensemble is made up of Elke Baker, 1995 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion; pianist Liz Donaldson; and bassist/cellist Ralph Gordon.

Featured Artist(s): Terpsichore

[April 3, 2007]

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Under the directorship of Kimiko Shimada, the Japanese Choral Society of Washington performs traditional and modern melodies of Japan in dramatic and striking choral arrangements.
Part of the Kennedy Center's Arts of Japan Celebration.

Featured Artist(s): Japanese Choral Society of Washington

[April 2, 2007]

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Founded in 1975 by director Fred Irby III, the Howard University Jazz Ensemble is recognized as one of the foremost college jazz ensembles and has performed at the 1992, 1996, and 2005 Kennedy Center Honors Gala. The ensemble is joined by Japanese jazz trumpeter Shunzo Ohno. In cooperation with the Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan, and Amway Japan. Part of the Kennedy Center's Arts of Japan Celebration.

Featured Artist(s): The Howard University Jazz Ensemble

[April 1, 2007]

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A trained modern and hip-hop dancer from Tokyo, Ono blends tantra, yoga, and classical Indian dance called Odissi within her choreography.
Part of the Kennedy Center's Arts of Japan Celebration.

Featured Artist(s): Masako Ono

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