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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: June 2009

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[June 30, 2009]

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Described as “pure Welsh musical gold,” Crasdant is known as the country’s leading instrumental band which combines music with clogging. Part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Featured Artist(s): Crasdant

[June 29, 2009]

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African American storytellers Mitchell G. Capel—known as “Gran’daddy Junebug”—and Diane Ferlatte charm audiences with their engaging tales. Part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Featured Artist(s): Diane Ferlatte

[June 28, 2009]

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This Afro-Puerto Rican ensemble fuses the traditional genres of Bomba and Plena with other Caribbean genres and jazz to create music that appeals to both listeners and dancers. Part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Featured Artist(s): Viento de Agua

[June 27, 2009]

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Performances from Welsh singer-songwriter/poet Gwyneth Glyn; Welsh folk artist Gareth Bonello; New York City-based poet/rapper Toni Blackman; D.C.-based poet/author/playwright/storyteller Kenny Carroll; and members of Arpex, a conjunto de arpa grande (big harp ensemble). Part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Featured Artist(s): Arpex

[June 26, 2009]

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This dynamic trio combines a hefty helping of Tex Mex conjunto simmered with several parts Texas rock and a daring dash of well-cured blues and R&B riffs. Part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Featured Artist(s): Los Texmaniacs

[June 25, 2009]

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Members from the multi-award-winning touring opera company based in Cardiff, which won a Barclays Theatre Award for Achievement in Opera in 2006, perform opera excerpts. Part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Featured Artist(s): Welsh National Opera

[June 24, 2009]

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This progressive Mexican band plays compositions that encompass experimental music, jazz, world music, and Mexican popular music merged with rock and improvisation. Presented in cooperation with the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Featured Artist(s): Cabezas de Cera

[June 23, 2009]

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Led by saxophonist/bass clarinetist Tim Garland and featuring percussionist Asaf Sirkis and pianist Gwilym Simcock, the trio mixes a range of rhythms from the Middle East, Spain, and South America with jazz.

Featured Artist(s): The Lighthouse Trio

[June 22, 2009]

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Local musicians play some of the best student compositions of the past few years, selected from events and contests run by MENC: The National Association for Music Education and the PTA’s “Reflections” program. Featuring the Cherry Blossom String Quartet. Presented in cooperation with MENC: The National Association for Music Education.

Featured Artist(s): MENC: The National Association for Music Education

[June 21, 2009]

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The Howard University Jazztet performs with guest saxophonist Dr. Willie Hill, chair of the Society for Jazz Education of MENC: The National Association for Music Education. Presented in cooperation with MENC: The National Association for Music Education.

Featured Artist(s): MENC: The National Association for Music Education

[June 20, 2009]

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World-renowned Congolese vocalist-bandleader Samba Mapangala leads his ensemble, which has been churning out danceable hits since 1981. UNHCR World Refugee Day

Featured Artist(s): Virunga

[June 19, 2009]

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Named Sweden’s Jazz Band of the Year in 2002, the quartet is led by the Swedish Grammy-nominated saxophonist who has been likened to Sonny Rollins. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden in collaboration with Rikskonserter.

Featured Artist(s): Jonas Kullhammar Quartet

[June 18, 2009]

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Three varied small ensembles from schools across the nation play as part of Music Education Week. Presented in cooperation with MENC: The National Association for Music Education.

Featured Artist(s): MENC: The National Association for Music Education

[June 17, 2009]

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Led by Daniel Chico Lorenzo and Brujo de la Mancha, the group performs re-creations of ancient Aztec music on handcrafted traditional instruments and dance from Mexico. Part of Homegrown: The Music of America concert series.

Featured Artist(s): Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac

[June 16, 2009]

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The 20-year-old pianist and vocalist from Dublin has opened for acts such as James Brown, Angie Stone, and The Roots and has earned the affectionate moniker “The Soul of Ireland.”

Featured Artist(s): Laura Izibor

[June 15, 2009]

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The Brazilian jazz band plays a variety of music styles from the Southeast and Northeast regions of its homeland, such as samba, bossa nova, forro, afoxe, and maracatu.

Featured Artist(s): Origem Band

[June 14, 2009]

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Listen to some of the nation’s top young poets and spoken word artists as they embark on their journey to the 12th annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in Chicago.

Featured Artist(s): Road to Brave New Voices

[June 13, 2009]

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Composing and arranging for more than 20 years and playing the trumpet for 30, Thad Wilson blends progressive elements such as blues, funk, gospel, and hip hop into music played by his 16-piece big band. Part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival’s New Orleans on the Potomac

Featured Artist(s): The Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra

[June 12, 2009]

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The last 25 years of its nearly 100-year history have been under the brilliant direction of Bob French, carrying forward the raucous, irresistible sounds of classic New Orleans jazz. Part of the Explore the Arts Summer Social Dance Series. Part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival’s New Orleans on the Potomac

Featured Artist(s): Original Tuxedo Jazz Band

[June 11, 2009]

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The band was formed by five of the finest and most creative jazz musicians from Berklee College of Music: guitarist/composer Roy Guzman Rodriguez, trumpeter Billy Buss, drummer Mark Whitfield Jr., saxophonist Michael Sachs, and bassist Greg Chaplin. Part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival’s New Orleans on the Potomac

Featured Artist(s): Roy Guzman Quintet

[June 10, 2009]

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At age 14, jazz pianist Tony Madruga has already accompanied phenomenal artists such as Danilo Perez and Paquito D’Rivera, been featured in JAZZIZ Magazine, and toured all over the world. Part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival’s New Orleans on the Potomac

Featured Artist(s): Tony Madruga

[June 9, 2009]

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New Orleans sousaphonist/percussionist Monty Montgomery’s DC jazz band plays New Orleans jazz, ’30s Caribbean Latin music, and improv funky jams. Part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival’s New Orleans on the Potomac

Featured Artist(s): Yamomanem

[June 8, 2009]

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Founded in 2007, this four-piece New Orleans band plays soulful rock infused with funk, blues, and reggae. Part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival’s New Orleans on the Potomac

Featured Artist(s): The Revivalists

[June 7, 2009]

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This ensemble of music teachers and educators from the metropolitan DC area is led by Founding Conductor Stanley Schoonover.

Featured Artist(s): The Fairfax Wind Symphony

[June 6, 2009]

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This lively and authentic 1920s and 30s cabaret features Doug Bowles and Cindy Hutchins on vocals with the internationally acclaimed novelty and stride expert, Alex Hassan, on keys. Target Family Night

Featured Artist(s): Cindy Hutchins

[June 5, 2009]

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Called “the nation’s polka band,” The Continentals has carved its own niche in the polka world since 1972 and continues to make new fans across the U.S. Part of the Explore the Arts Summer Social Dance Series. Dance lessons from 5:30-6 p.m.

Featured Artist(s): The Continentals

[June 4, 2009]

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Reminiscent of James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, and Billy Joel, singer/songwriter Kevin So plays music from his recent solo acoustic recording Best Foot Forward.

Featured Artist(s): Kevin So

[June 3, 2009]

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A Music Center at Strathmore resident partner, the choir is known for performances that are “powerful,” “impeccable,” and “thrilling” (The Washington Post). Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Serbia.

Featured Artist(s): National Philharmonic Singers

[June 2, 2009]

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Violinist Xi Chen, violist Uri Wassertzug, and cellist Elizabeth Davis—members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra—and pianist Patrick O'Donnell perform works by Schumann and Brahms.

Featured Artist(s): Novella Chamber Players

[June 1, 2009]

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This award-winning steelpan group from Maryland performs all genres of music, from jazz and gospel to R&B and calypso.

Featured Artist(s): Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra

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