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[April 30, 2010]

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Participants in the 28-year-old program, which gives high school-aged musicians the opportunity to study and take master classes with National Symphony Orchestra members, play classical works. Note: The NSO does not play in this performance.

Featured Artist(s): NSO Youth Fellows

[April 29, 2010]

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The winners of WPAS’s competition, DC-area youth in grades 6–12, play classical works.

Featured Artist(s): Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition

[April 28, 2010]

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The renowned West African storyteller and his ensemble put the balafon—the ancestor of the marimba—center stage, promoting awareness of Malian culture and its rich musical history. Part of the Homegrown: The Music of America concert series.

Featured Artist(s): Balla Kouyate & World Vision

[April 27, 2010]

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Youth Speaks and the U.S Green Building Council present slam poetry performances and perspectives from youth leading the sustainability movement.

Featured Artist(s): Brave New Voices Bringing the Noise for the Earth

[April 26, 2010]

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The West Point Band ensemble presents the best in big band favorites, popular music, and original compositions.

Featured Artist(s): Jazz Knights

[April 25, 2010]

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Joyful Sounds closes with a performance by Detroit-based Grammy Award winners The Clark Sisters, credited for helping to bring gospel music to the mainstream and considered pioneers of contemporary gospel. Part of Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America.

Featured Artist(s): The Clark Sisters

[April 24, 2010]

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WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir and the Stellar Award–winning contemporary gospel ensemble, Youthful Praise, led by JJ Hairston, join forces for a celebration of contemporary gospel music. Part of Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America.

Featured Artist(s): WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir

[April 23, 2010]

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In a celebration of gospel jazz and brass, The Sweet Heaven Kings—a 16-member gospel brass and percussion band from Anacostia’s United House of Prayer—and the Todd Ledbetter Gospel Jazz Quartet—led by the veteran jazz saxophonist—use their instruments as unique and powerful “voices.” Part of Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America.

Featured Artist(s): Sweet Heaven Kings

[April 22, 2010]

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Based in Nashville, 2008 NEA National Medal of Arts awardees Fisk University Jubilee Singers—whose original lineup introduced “slave songs” to the world in 1871—are instrumental in preserving the unique American musical tradition known today as Negro spirituals. Part of Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America.

Featured Artist(s): Fisk University Jubilee Singers

[April 21, 2010]

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Gospel legends Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes of Richmond, Virginia—who in 2008 celebrated their 52nd year in gospel music—and Washington, D.C.’s own Seven Sons of Soul perform in a tribute to the golden era of gospel. Part of Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America.

Featured Artist(s): Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes

[April 20, 2010]

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In a celebration of traditional sacred forms, Rochester, New York’s The Campbell Brothers, 2004 NEA National Heritage Fellowship awardees, bring the sounds of sacred steel guitar—a rare music tradition rooted in the African American Holiness-Pentecostal church, also known as the House of God. Part of Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America.

Featured Artist(s): The Campbell Brothers

[April 19, 2010]

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Artistic Consultant for Joyful Sounds, Rev. Nolan Williams Jr.—the Chief Music Editor of the African American Heritage Hymnal and CEO of NEWorks Productions—leads a Community-Wide Hymn Sing featuring The Communitywide Hymn Sing Choir and the Hymn Choir of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church of Charlotte, North Carolina. Be a part of a 4,000-voice community choir that will fill the Grand Foyer. Part of Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America.

Featured Artist(s): Hymn Choir of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church

[April 18, 2010]

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Howard University alumnus and Stellar, Dove (gospel music’s highest honors), and Grammy winner Richard Smallwood and his ensemble Vision bring the “Smallwood Sound”—a fusion of the Gospel, classical, pop and R&B styles. Part of Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America.

Featured Artist(s): Richard Smallwood

[April 17, 2010]

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The first runner-up in the 2009 Verizon “How Sweet the Sound” National Gospel Choir Competition, Pittsburgh’s massive, 65-member Remnant Concert Choir of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church offers a stirring tribute to Gospel mass choirs, under the leadership of Trini Lopez Massie. Part of Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America.

Featured Artist(s): The Remnant Concert Choir of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church

[April 16, 2010]

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Led by Dance Place Founding Director Carla Perlo, the company is known for its high-energy performances and dedication to bringing the arts to people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

Featured Artist(s): Carla & Company

[April 15, 2010]

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Members of the KCOHO play classical works.

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

[April 14, 2010]

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Priscilla Dreams the Answer by Walt McGough and Girls Play by Masha Obolensky. IN THE FAMILY THEATER

Featured Artist(s): Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

[April 13, 2010]

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The ensemble explores both the sacred and mystical traditions in Arab, Jewish, and Persian music, infused with sub-Saharan roots of blues and jazz and spiced with Afro-Caribbean and South American rhythms.

Featured Artist(s): Saffron Caravan

[April 12, 2010]

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The eclectic, high-energy band brings light to the darkest corners of the dance floor with its original fusion of funky rhythms, soulful songs, and alternative hip hop.

Featured Artist(s): Higher Hands

[April 11, 2010]

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The DC quintet, including NSO cellist David Teie, blends elements of classical and heavy metal music—cello rock—specializing in the music of Megadeth, Apocalyptica, and Metallica, as well as its own original compositions in an undeniably unique concert program. A Strathmore Artist-in-Residence.

Featured Artist(s): Primitivity

[April 10, 2010]

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The only Japanese opera company in the United States presents Amanjaku and Urikohime by Hikaru Hayashi, a medley of folk songs, and scenes from Madama Butterfly. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan. Part of the 2010 National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Featured Artist(s): Harmonia Opera Company

[April 9, 2010]

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The 35-member ensemble performs stunning traditional and contemporary Japanese drumming medleys. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan. Part of the 2010 National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Featured Artist(s): Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe

[April 8, 2010]

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Award-winning violinist Dautricourt joins forces with pianist Jokubaviciute, a regular at the Marlboro, Ravinia, and Bard music festivals. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of France.

Featured Artist(s): Nicolas Dautricourt

[April 7, 2010]

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Directed by John Kilkenny, the ensemble performs traditional percussion works, as well as experimental repertoire and world music.

Featured Artist(s): George Mason University Percussion Ensemble

[April 6, 2010]

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Vandaveer’s Rose brings her folk rock and bittersweet musings, and alt-country singer-songwriter Bustine uses life experiences as inspiration.

Featured Artist(s): John Bustine

[April 5, 2010]

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Ten of Pernambuco, Brazil’s brightest musicians highlight Latin grooves, Afro-beats, and native Brazilian rhythms.

Featured Artist(s): Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda

[April 4, 2010]

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From an early age Swedish-born Anders Lundegård demonstrated a unique talent for performing classical music on the saxophone and has won numerous awards, including the Fulbright and a Sweden-America Foundation Fellowship. Pianist María José Parker joins him. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden.

Featured Artist(s): Anders Lundegård

[April 3, 2010]

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Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play classical works.

Featured Artist(s): NSO Prelude

[April 2, 2010]

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Frostburg, MD’s three-year-old high school jazz group, directed by David Kauffman, has received superior ratings at the 2010 Maryland State Jazz Festival and the 2010 Chantilly Jazz Festival.

Featured Artist(s): Mountain Ridge Jazz Orchestra

[April 1, 2010]

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Väänänen, a master of the kantele—a traditional Finnish folk instrument in the zither family—combines traditional idioms with world music influences. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Finland.

Featured Artist(s): The Mitrej Ensemble

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