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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: May 2012

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[May 31, 2012]

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The classically trained Sri Lankan pianist, composer, and improviser performs a recital of her own work, along with works by Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and others.

Featured Artist(s): Tanya Ekanayaka

[May 30, 2012]

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The recital features mezzo-sopranos Kate Jackman and Sarah Mesko accompanied on piano by Dr. R. Timothy McReynolds.

Featured Artist(s): Vocal Arts DC

[May 29, 2012]

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The performance features readings of creative writings by participants in the initiative of the NYU Creative Writing Program. Selected writers include Eric Fair, Matt Gallagher, Matthew Mellina, Perry O’Brien, and Roy Scranton. NOTE: THIS PERFORMANCE CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE AND MATURE THEMES.

Featured Artist(s): The NYU Veterans Writing Workshop

[May 28, 2012]

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Gottaswing, America’s largest exclusively swing dance instruction and dance event promotion company, presents a Memorial Day Swing Dance Party with music played by Lady Luck and the Suicide Kings and dance lessons taught by instructors Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg at 5:00 p.m.

Featured Artist(s): Lady Luck and the Suicide Kings

[May 27, 2012]

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The Strathmore Artist-in-Residence is a soul guitarist adept at playing funk, blues, rock, soul, gospel, and, on occasion, jazz.

Featured Artist(s): Nate Foley

[May 26, 2012]

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The D.C. area promoter for experimental music presents a performance of works by American composer John Cage performed by D.C. area artists.

Featured Artist(s): Sonic Circuits

[May 25, 2012]

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Listen Local First presents the Maryland-based guitarist and vocalist as he sings hill country blues.

Featured Artist(s): Jonny Grave

[May 24, 2012]

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The Strathmore Artist-in-Residence and Maryland native is a gypsy jazz vocalist with a penchant for beautiful music and dangerous rhythm.

Featured Artist(s): Mary Alouette

[May 23, 2012]

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Mezzo-soprano Sonia Ganassi, bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams, members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, and the WNO Orchestra conducted by Emmanuel Villaume offer a sampling from WNO’s upcoming 2012–2013 season. IN THE OPERA HOUSE

Featured Artist(s): Washington National Opera

[May 22, 2012]

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Gifted students from the D.C. community perform a program of classical works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Sibelius.


Featured Artist(s): DC Youth Orchestra

[May 21, 2012]

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The Emmy-nominated singer/songwriter and Strathmore Artist in Residence artfully displays her talents in folk, pop, jazz, and instrumental music.

Featured Artist(s): ellen cherry

[May 20, 2012]

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The dance company presents The Three Wise Monkeys, a performance inspired by hip hop, capoeira, and acrobatics that explores human beings’ ability to see and analyze, to hear and interpret, to speak and transmit.

Featured Artist(s): Par-Allèles

[May 19, 2012]

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Joy of Motion Dance Center’s elite pre-collegiate student company returns with a mixed repertory program featuring works by Helanius Wilkins and Helen Hayes, among others.



Featured Artist(s): Joy of Motion Dance Company

[May 18, 2012]

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Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play Katherine Hoover’s Summer Night for flute, horn and piano, a brass quintet by Philip Parker, and Grant Cooper’s Octagons for Clarinet and String Quintet.



Featured Artist(s): NSO Prelude

[May 17, 2012]

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This music education program is a collaboration between WPAS, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and DC Public Schools.

Featured Artist(s): The Capitol Jazz Project

[May 16, 2012]

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This program highlights young student musicians and dancers in performances with professional artists

Featured Artist(s): Washington Performing Arts Society

[May 15, 2012]

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Students in grades 6 to 12 perform a program of classical works.

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

[May 14, 2012]

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The popular singer performs a program of traditional fado music. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Portugal.

Featured Artist(s): Nathalie Pires

[May 13, 2012]

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Thai string trio VieTrio performs, as well as dancers Elías Aguirre and Álvaro Esteban with their modern dance piece Entomo, which examines animal and insect movement. VieTrio is presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Thailand. Entomo is presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Spain.

Featured Artist(s): VieTrio

[May 12, 2012]

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A D.C. native, Dashiell is a jazz vocalist, 2010 alumnus of the Center's Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, and graduate of Howard University, where she was a member of the premier vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue. Part of the 17th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.

Featured Artist(s): The Christie Dashiell Quartet

[May 11, 2012]

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Pianist Bormet is a 2010 alumnus of the Kennedy Center's Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead residency program and 2010 Howard University graduate. Part of the 17th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.

Featured Artist(s): Amy K. Bormet’s Striking Quartet

[May 10, 2012]

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Chicago’s Midnight Circus presents a dazzling stage show featuring the eclectic talents of its actors, acrobats, aerialists, clowns, contortionists, dancers, singers, and more. By breaking down the barriers that separate individual art forms, these artists consistently create a unique style of live performance. ON THE NORTH PLAZA

Featured Artist(s): Midnight Circus

[May 9, 2012]

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Yo-Yo People, featuring husband and wife duo John Higby and Rebecca Loomis Higby, present a stage show featuring their finely-tuned acts such as blending yo-yos with hula hooping and unicycling. American juggler Paolo Garbanzo shows off his comedic talents and daring feats, which includes juggling flaming torches. Part of Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America.

Featured Artist(s): Paolo Garbanzo

[May 8, 2012]

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Colombia's National Circus School Circo Para Todos (“Circus for All”) is coming to the Kennedy Center directly from Cali, Colombia. Circo Para Todos is the first professional circus school for vulnerable kids and displaced youth in the world. Their energy and talent has taken them to perform at some of the most important venues all over the world. Circo Para Todos performs in Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America under the auspices of the Embassy of Colombia.

Featured Artist(s): Circo Para Todos

[May 7, 2012]

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Swami Yomahmi, the Original Sideshow Geek, presents his unique combination of dangerous acts and physical comedy, while actor and comedian Matt Pauli will do some plate spinning, cigar box juggling, balancing, and even some banjo ukulele playing. Magician and comedian Karen Beriss will appear, as well as talented juggler Evan Young. Part of Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America.

Featured Artist(s): Evan Young

[May 6, 2012]

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Chicago-based circus-punk marching band Mucca Pazza brings its sweet sounds indoors, using trombones, marching drums, accordions, and more to get the audience moving. Happenstance Theater presents its blend of cabaret, mime, and slapstick comedy in a visual, poetic theater performance. Part of Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America.

Featured Artist(s): Mucca Pazza

[May 5, 2012]

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Performances by Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe, Japanese Taiko Club, Washington Korean Dance Company, Natyabhoomi School of India Dance, Wrhatnala Indonesia Music & Dance, and Sri Lanka Dance Group of Washington. Part of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

Featured Artist(s): Asian American Music Society

[May 4, 2012]

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Enjoy a preview of musical highlights from Washington National Opera’s new production of Verdi’s Nabucco (D.C. Premiere) in addition to Massenet’s Werther, featuring members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.

Featured Artist(s): Washington National Opera Insights

[May 3, 2012]

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An evening of live and digital performances highlighting the poetry, video, photography, and music of young people from around the country engaged in “What's Going On…NOW,” the Kennedy Center’s first-ever digital youth arts and media campaign.

Featured Artist(s): What's Going On Now Youth Showcase

[May 2, 2012]

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An evening of live and digital performances highlighting the poetry, video, photography, and music of young people from around the country engaged in “What's Going On…NOW,” the Kennedy Center’s first-ever digital youth arts and media campaign.

Featured Artist(s): What's Going On Now Youth Showcase

[May 1, 2012]

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Writer, director, and performer Holly Bass hosts an event celebrating the Kennedy Center’s “What's Going On…NOW” campaign, featuring members of the DC Slam Team, a group comprised of local spoken word artists, and Words, Beats, and Life, an organization that works to transform individual lives and communities through hip hop.

Featured Artist(s): Holly Bass

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