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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: May 2007

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[May 31, 2007]

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Kantara creates a unique synthesis of two distinct musical traditions, those of Appalachian bluegrass as well as old-time and traditional Tunisian music.

Featured Artist(s): Kantara

[May 30, 2007]

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The Culture Shock Dance Troupe combines hip-hop dance, breaking, popping, locking, and spoken word to bring audiences to their feet. The First Rays, based in Arlington, Virginia, culls influences from classic rock, roots reggae, drum-and-bass, punk, hip-hop, blues, and funk to form its dynamic sound. In cooperation with Filipino Young Professionals-DC (www.fypdc.org).

Featured Artist(s): Culture Shock Dance Troupe

[May 29, 2007]

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Led by saxophonist Thomas Whit Williams—who counts Ornette Coleman, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane as major influences—the quintet performs improvisational jazz.

Featured Artist(s): The Thomas “Whit” Williams Jazz Quintet

[May 28, 2007]

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The quintet performs patriotic tunes for Memorial Day.

Featured Artist(s): U.S. Air Force Brass Quintet

[May 27, 2007]

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The Kailas String Quartet and students perform works by Ravel, Schumann, and more. Part of the Conservatory Project. In the Terrace Theater

Featured Artist(s): The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University

[May 26, 2007]

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Students perform classical works. Part of the Conservatory Project. In the Terrace Theater

Featured Artist(s): The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

[May 25, 2007]

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The ViM Saxophone Quartet performs works by Maslanka and Dvorák. Part of the Conservatory Project. In the Terrace Theater

Featured Artist(s): Eastman School of Music

[May 24, 2007]

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The nine-piece ensemble Díle performs salsa and other Latin sounds. Part of the Conservatory Project. In the Terrace Theater

Featured Artist(s): Berklee College of Music

[May 23, 2007]

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Students perform classical works by Donatoni, Pierson, Debussy, Rossini, and Donizetti. Part of the Conservatory Project. In the Terrace Theater

Featured Artist(s): Oberlin Conservatory of Music

[May 22, 2007]

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The Baroque Ensemble and the New Music Ensemble perform works by Bach, Vivaldi, Jolas, Byrd, Jalbert, and Purcell. Part of the Conservatory Project. In the Terrace Theater

Featured Artist(s): The San Francisco Conservatory of Music

[May 21, 2007]

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Students perform classical works by Desenclos, Hindemith, Bloch, Demersseman, R. and J. Strauss, Bellini, and Donizetti. Part of the Conservatory Project. In the Terrace Theater

Featured Artist(s): Northwestern University Bienen School of Music

[May 20, 2007]

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The Levine School of Music’s Metropolitan Wind Symphony, under the direction of John Kilkenny, and Virginia Big Band, directed by Paul Norris, perform a mixed repertoire of classical and jazz works.

Featured Artist(s): The Levine School of Music

[May 19, 2007]

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Remembering Rostropovich: The National Symphony Orchestra performs a special tribute concert in honor of the late conductor and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich who served as music director of the NSO from 1977 to 1994, and Conductor Laureate from 1994-2007. In the Concert Hall

Featured Artist(s): National Symphony Orchestra

[May 18, 2007]

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Made up of John Peiffer (horn and vocals), John Previti (bass), and Tim Ford (piano), the ensemble performs jazz standards by Ellington, Parker, Jobim, along with original compositions by Peiffer.

Featured Artist(s): The Peiffer Ensemble

[May 17, 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, a hilarious adaptation of the well-known Grimm tale, Hansel and Gretel. It's so chock full of the inside story of the beleaguered brother and sister, that it will be presented in two parts (see May 8). Each part is its own story, but put together you have an original radio extravaganza. Fun for all ages. In the Family Theater

Featured Artist(s): Night Kitchen Radio Theater

[May 16, 2007]

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The company presents two new works that blend media and dance: Temporal Interference with interactive video and music on the Theremin, played by Bryan Leister, along with In Hiding, featuring artist Becky Heavner. Original music by Gina Biver.

Featured Artist(s): Jane Franklin Dance

[May 15, 2007]

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The WNO discusses and performs excerpts from Verdi’s dramatic opera based on Shakespeare’s classic tale of power, greed, and revenge. Part of Shakespeare in Washington.

Featured Artist(s): Washington National Opera Insights

[May 14, 2007]

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For the 7th year in a row, young poets perform in Olympic-style competitions and are judged on presentation and content.

Featured Artist(s): DC Writer's Corps

[May 13, 2007]

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Bassist Miriam Sullivan directs this competitively selected group comprised of tenor saxophonist Chelsea Baratz, alto saxophonist Sharel Cassity, bassist Vanessa McGowan, pianist Mika Nishimura, and drummer Tina Raymond. Part of the 12th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.

Featured Artist(s): IAJE Sisters in Jazz Collegiate All-Stars (2007)

[May 12, 2007]

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NSO members perform classical works.

Featured Artist(s): National Symphony Orchestra Prelude

[May 11, 2007]

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Finalists Dawn Clement, Brenda Earle, Anke Helfrich, Helen Sung, and Pamela York compete for a chance to perform at the 2008 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. Part of the 12th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.

Featured Artist(s): Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artist Showcase

[May 10, 2007]

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Bassist Miriam Sullivan directs this competitively selected group comprised of tenor saxophonist Chelsea Baratz, alto saxophonist Sharel Cassity, bassist Vanessa McGowan, pianist Mika Nishimura, and drummer Tina Raymond. Part of the 12th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.

Featured Artist(s): IAJE Sisters in Jazz Collegiate All-Stars (2007)

[May 9, 2007]

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Vocalist Vidushi Sumitra Guha has given recitals of classical Hindustani music across India and throughout Europe, South East Asia, the U.S., and Canada.

Featured Artist(s): Vidushi Sumitra Guha

[May 8, 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, a hilarious adaptation of the well-known Grimm tale, Hansel and Gretel. It's so chock full of the inside story of the beleaguered brother and sister, that it will be presented in two parts (see May 17). Each part is its own story, but put together you have an original radio extravaganza. Fun for all ages. In the Family Theater

Featured Artist(s): Night Kitchen Radio Theater

[May 7, 2007]

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As part of its Youth or Dare Tour, the group presents 10-minute plays written by public school students, featuring some of DC’s finest directors and young actors.

Featured Artist(s): Young Playwright's Theater

[May 6, 2007]

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The Japanese Choral Society of Washington, the Chinese Washington Chorus, the Korean Men’s Ensemble, and Asian American Music Society Children’s Ensemble collaborate for Asian American Heritage Month. Presented in cooperation with the Asian American Music Society.

Featured Artist(s): Korean Men's Ensemble

[May 5, 2007]

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Made up of classically trained actors and experienced emcees from New York and North Carolina, this group performs music from its new CD Shakespeare is Hip-Hop, uniting Shakespeare’s skills of wordplay, metaphor, and rhyme with original hip-hop music. Part of Shakespeare in Washington.

Featured Artist(s): Flocabulary

[May 4, 2007]

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Northern Ireland’s Opera Theatre Company, in association with the Washington National Opera, presents Bug Off!!! by Belfast composer Stephen Deazley, with a libretto by Simon Glass. Based loosely on Kafka’s Metamorphosis, the performance offers children a fun first impression of opera.

Featured Artist(s): Northern Ireland’s Opera Theatre Company

[May 3, 2007]

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The WNO discusses and performs excerpts from Jenufa, Janácek’s Czech masterpiece that is a drama of betrayal and revenge.

Featured Artist(s): Washington National Opera Insights

[May 2, 2007]

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The chorus performs “Welcome Love: Four Settings of 17th Century Love Poetry” by Lana Walter; “Rose Trilogy” by Eleanor Daley; and “Six Songs for Two Voices from Shakespeare” by Mary Carmichael. Part of Shakespeare in Washington.

Featured Artist(s): Washington Women’s Chorus

[May 1, 2007]

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Made up of Alexander Paperny (balalaika) and Vladimir Fridman (guitar and vocals), this duo seamlessly blends diverse music styles, including Bach, klezmer, jazz, and traditional Russian music.

Featured Artist(s): TransAtlantic Duo

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