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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: June 2006

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[June 30, 2006]

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This six-member band delights audiences with hot Latin dance music. Part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Featured Artist(s): El Grupo Ansiedad

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The NSO performs an exciting sneak preview of its upcoming 2006–2007 season! Associate Conductor Emil de Cou leads a program that includes Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and an excerpt from his Symphony No. 10, in anticipation of the NSO’s Shostakovich Centennial. Anderson's The Typewriter reveals the great things to come during Serious Fun, the NSO's celebration of humor in music. An excerpt from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet offers a taste of the citywide Shakespeare in Washington festival. The first movement from Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony looks ahead to the next installment of the NSO’s popular Composer Portrait series. An excerpt from Daphnis et Chloé showcases Ravel’s romantic ballet, which will be performed in full later in October. The finale from Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique gives you a glimpse into the new NSO Family Concerts. Other works to whet your appetite include Dvorák’s Slavonic Dance in C major and the final movement from Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.

IN THE CONCERT HALL

Featured Artist(s): National Symphony Orchestra

[June 28, 2006]

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To commemorate the opening of Little Women--The Broadway Musical (June 27-July 23 in the Opera House), the band recreates the sound and appearance of a Union Army regimental brass band of the 1860s using period instruments and period dress. The performance will feature music that was played by brass bands and in homes and concert halls in Massachusetts during the Civil War, the time in which Little Women takes place. Some are old standards that we recognize even today. Others may not be familiar to our ears but would have been well-known to contemporary audiences both military and civilian.  The March sisters' father, Mr. March, would certainly have heard these tunes played by regimental bands while serving with the army, and his family at home frequently gathered around Beth’s piano to enjoy singing beloved hymns and other popular ballads and songs of the time. Opera is represented here as well, as in fact it was the “pop music” of its day. Operatic tunes were arranged for piano, for brass band, and for any combination of instruments and were a staple of any concert program. Several of these selections come from the band books of the 25th Massachusetts Regiment Band, while others were either written, published, or first performed in Boston or elsewhere in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Featured Artist(s): Federal City Brass Band

[June 27, 2006]

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One of Canada’s foremost orchestral ensembles performs a wide-ranging repertoire, from the great classical masterworks to Pops and children’s concerts.

Featured Artist(s): Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players

[June 26, 2006]

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St. Luke Concert Handbell Choir, from Gales Ferry, Connecticut, is made up of high school and college-age ringers offering sacred and secular pieces on 5 octaves of handbells and 5 octaves of handchimes.

Featured Artist(s): St. Luke Concert Handbell Choir

[June 25, 2006]

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Six musicians—who came together in the refugee camps of Guinea after fleeing the civil war (1991–2002) in Sierra Leone—perform original compositions written during their years of exile. Their music was featured in the award-winning documentary The Refugee All-Stars and can be heard on their album, Living Like a Refugee. UNHCR World Refugee Day: WILL NOT BE BROADCAST. PENDING AVAILABILITY ON DEMAND

Featured Artist(s): Refugee All-Stars Of Sierra Leone

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Using traditional and contemporary instruments, this group under the direction of Julio Caesar Lara has performed Veracruz folk music since 1997. In cooperation with the Cultural Institute of Mexico and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Part of Afro-Mex: The First Annual Festival of Son Jarocho.

Featured Artist(s): El Son Por Estanzuela

[June 23, 2006]

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Dance to the grooves of Bio Ritmo, a nine-member ensemble that lays claim to the brassy Latin dance sounds of the 1970s. SUMMER SOCIAL DANCE SERIES: OUTDOORS ON THE SOUTH PLAZA

Featured Artist(s): Bio Ritmo

[June 22, 2006]

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Join Millennium Stage for these monthly “live radio theater” productions, which mix original scripts with music and sound effects and are recorded for broadcast on XM Satellite Radio’s Kids Channel. This month, young people and their families can enjoy The Magician’s Boy by Susan Cooper. IN THE FAMILY THEATER

Featured Artist(s): Night Kitchen Radio Theater

[June 21, 2006]

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Made up of Robert Schmer (accordion), Dave Beitz (hammered dulcimer), Jerry Hergenreder (trombone, vocals) and Steve Deines (bass, vocals), the band performs traditional Dutch Hop dance music.

Featured Artist(s): The River Boys Polka Band

[June 20, 2006]

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Japanese improvisational jazz cellist Yoshi Kikkawa, dubbed “The Samurai Cellist,” performs with “The Cajun Cellist” Sean Grissom, a Kennedy Center favorite.

Featured Artist(s): Sean Grissom

[June 19, 2006]

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Award-winning pianist Nada Kolundzija, from Belgrade, Serbia, performs a solo program of classical and contemporary works.

Program for June 19, 2006 performance:
GLASS: Modern Love Waltz
ANDRIESSEN: Wals
LIGETI: Tempo di Valse
BOGDANOVIC: A Little Prayer
MILJKOVIC: Waltz for Nada
GRIGSBY: Dream Waltz
KULENOVIC: Willow Waltz
PEPA: Waltz of the Mystic Bird
RAICKOVICH: Winter Waltz
Schönberg: Walzer
STEFANOVIC: Esenin’s Waltz
POPOVIC: Mechanical Waltz (for piano, toy piano, and tape)
SAVIC: Well Tempered St. Lazarus Waltz (for piano and two toy pianos)

Featured Artist(s): Nada Kolundzija

[June 18, 2006]

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Rahim Alhaj, an oud master from Iraq who has been in the U.S. since 1991, combines traditional Iraqi maqams with contemporary styling and influence.

Featured Artist(s): Rahim AlHaj

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The Millennium Stage presents Threads of Connection: An Evening of Staged Readings from Plays by John Belluso, the late award-winning playwright. His plays frequently featured a disabled character, including Henry Flamethrowa and Pyretown.

Featured Artist(s): John Belluso

[June 16, 2006]

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Los Cojolites performs music from the southern part of Mexico’s Veracruz state. In cooperation with the Cultural Institute of Mexico and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Part of Afro-Mex: The First Annual Festival of Son Jarocho.

Featured Artist(s): Los Cojolites

[June 15, 2006]

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The Plymouth Festival Ringers of Lawrence, Kansas, perform sacred and secular works.

Featured Artist(s): Plymouth Festival Ringers

[June 14, 2006]

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Iranian musician Reza Derakshani teams up with drummer John Densmore—a founding member of The Doors—to create a blend of Persian jazz.

Featured Artist(s): John Densmore

[June 13, 2006]

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Singer/songwriters Randall Williams and Claudia SanSoucie deliver quiet acoustic ballads and stories born from lives of travel, living strong, and loving true. Their strong voices and rich but mellow guitars speak to the beauty of human warmth and kindness.

Featured Artist(s): Claudia SanSoucie

[June 12, 2006]

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Dancer and choreographer Ed Tyler, former Visiting Artist/Instructor at the University of Maryland, brings his work E X P O S E, originally commissioned by the Kennedy Center as part of the first Local Dance Commissioning Project in 2001, and Ataraxia, a new work with 4 dancers exploring concepts of inertia.

Featured Artist(s): Ed Tyler

[June 11, 2006]

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The Fairfax Wind Symphony, comprised of present, former, and future educators in Fairfax County, Virginia, performs a program of classical works.

Featured Artist(s): The Fairfax Wind Symphony

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Acclaimed harpist Celso Duarte, originally from Paraguay and now based in Mexico City, performs Latin American folk music including son jarocho. In cooperation with the Cultural Institute of Mexico and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Part of Afro-Mex: The First Annual Festival of Son Jarocho.

Featured Artist(s): Celso Duarte

[June 9, 2006]

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Members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform classical works.

Featured Artist(s): NSO Prelude

[June 8, 2006]

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Participants in this 25-year-old program, which gives high school musicians the opportunity to study and take master classes with National Symphony Orchestra members, perform a variety of classical works.

Featured Artist(s): NSO Youth Fellows

[June 7, 2006]

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Turkish folk musician Husnu Aydogdu—who has conducted orchestras and choirs throughout Turkey, Europe, and the U.S.—performs the music of his homeland on traditional instruments.

Featured Artist(s): Husnu Aydogdu

[June 6, 2006]

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The Matt Savage Trio, led by 14-year-old jazz pianist Savage and featuring bassist John Funkhouser and drummer Steve Silverstein, performs original tunes and swinging improvisations. In cooperation with VSA arts.

Featured Artist(s): Matt Savage Trio

[June 5, 2006]

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Arena Stage’s Voices of Now Ensemble, made up of students from D.C.’s Southwest community who have participated in the theater’s after-school play-building program, performs an original production.

Featured Artist(s): Arena Stage’s Voices of Now Ensemble

[June 4, 2006]

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Members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra perform a program of classical works.

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

[June 3, 2006]

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Ma Xiaohui—principal Er’hu player of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, whose playing was featured on the film score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon—performs classical and traditional music accompanied by pianist Burnett Thompson.

Featured Artist(s): Ma Xiaohui

[June 2, 2006]

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Dance to the sounds of Chopteeth, a 14-member Afro-funk orchestra that mixes Afro-beat—a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970s Nigeria—with Ghanaian funk, Senegalese rumba, Jamaican ska, and choice selections from the James Brown catalog. SUMMER SOCIAL DANCE SERIES: OUTDOORS ON THE SOUTH PLAZA

Featured Artist(s): Chopteeth

[June 1, 2006]

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Young Artists of the Laurel Fund for the Performing Arts showcase works from their chosen discipline and answer questions after the performance.

Featured Artist(s): Young Artists of the Laurel Fund

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