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[July 31, 2003]

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The award-winning Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra, Robert Ian Winstin, conductor, features several young soloists from the orchestra – trombonist Alex Birk, cellist Melanie Russo and French hornist Matthew Gray – in a program, including music by Gershwin, Carmichael, Rozsa, Winstin, Mozart and Webber.

Featured Artist(s): Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra

[July 30, 2003]

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Danielle Westphal sings popular classics from the likes of Cole Porter and Duke Ellington to Johnny Mercer and Burt Bacharach. Danielle's clear, rich melodies are the perfect compliment to her swinging jazz trio.

Featured Artist(s): Danielle Westphal

[July 29, 2003]

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US National Scottish Fiddle Champion, Jeremy Kittel, performs a mix of traditional and original Scottish and Irish music, with excursions into jazz and bluegrass. Accompanied by John-Harris Behling on guitar.

Featured Artist(s): Jeremy Kittel

[July 28, 2003]

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In this two-part concert guitarist Jack Quigley stirs up the musical styles of rock, blues, gospel, folk, spiritual, country and bluegrass, and pianist Amilia K Spicer plays songs and recites poetry influenced by her rural Pennsylvania roots. Writers’ Night

Featured Artist(s): Jack Quigley

[July 27, 2003]

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Cuban-American storyteller Carmen Deedy combines her Latin American and Southern heritage in works that tell of the innocent wonder of a young girl’s heart.

Featured Artist(s): Carmen Deedy

[July 26, 2003]

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Scott Ainslie, through stories, songs and historical anecdotes, demonstrates the West African roots of such beloved American musical styles as the blues, spirituals, gospel and rock.

Featured Artist(s): Scott Ainslie

[July 25, 2003]

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Silver Spring Brass performs a variety of musical styles from the composer of baroque J.S. Bach to the jazz of Duke Ellington.

Featured Artist(s): Silver Spring Brass

[July 24, 2003]

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Oliver Mtukudzi creates his distinctive Zimbabwean style with guitar and a blend of traditional South African mbira, mbaqanga, popular jiti and katekwe styles, underscored bythe traditional drumming patterns of his Korekore clan

Featured Artist(s): Oliver Mtukudzi

[July 23, 2003]

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Lúnasa, an all-star quintet from Ireland, pairs winds and strings – flutes, fiddle, whistle andpipes – in inventive acoustic arrangements and bass-driven grooves.

Featured Artist(s): Lunasa

[July 22, 2003]

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Tatiana Sarbinska, a world-renowned Balkan vocalist and teacher, performs an extensive repertoire that includes music from all of Bulgaria’s folkloric regions.

Featured Artist(s): Tatiana Sarbinska

[July 21, 2003]

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Rising star Susheela Raman boldly uses her sensuous voice to weave music of India with sounds from her Western upbringing and its European, African and Asian musical influences.

Featured Artist(s): Susheela Raman

[July 20, 2003]

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The Kusun Ensemble, an extraordinary ensemble of West African traditional musicians and dancers from Ghana, offers tropical passion and the riveting power of master drummers with their sensual and vibrant dances.

Featured Artist(s): Kusun Ensemble

[July 18, 2003]

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Electro Bamako features Mamani Keita singing Malian songs mixed with electro jazz, pop and rock. On the same program guitarist So Kalmery’s music displays the brakka rhythm traditionally played with mbiras, string instruments and bells. Kalmery’s style is infused with both reggae and the vocal harmonies of South Africa. Vive La World! Tour

Featured Artist(s): Electro Bamako

[July 17, 2003]

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The two oud-playing Parisians of DuOud combine their North African heritage with the latest in Western technology. Natacha Atlas follows blending her unfettered talent (dance and song) and the complexities of Arabic musical theory into a burst of sound that is thrilling, immediate and evocative. Vive La World! Tour

Featured Artist(s): Natacha Atlas

[July 16, 2003]

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The Minnesota Scandinavian Ensemble and Becky Weis use varied combinations of instruments to present a concert that includes interesting historical information, anecdotes, humor, dialect songs, jokes and a diversity of sounds and styles.
Part of Homegrown: 2003 The Music of America

Featured Artist(s): Becky Weis

[July 15, 2003]

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7:30 – 8:30 p.m. – A Performance Plus™ workshop, The Art of the Turntablist as Storyteller features members of NYC’s Kolabz Crew who take spinning, scratching and mixing to another level. DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival

Featured Artist(s): Kolabz Crew

[July 15, 2003]

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olive Hip-Hop Dance Theatre performs tOy bOx. This new company is dedicated to the indigenous American hip-hop dance form of “breakin’.” And the Rubberbandance Group from Montreal, Canada will be presenting: “Re-Inventing the Hip-Hop Routine: Take 3,” a mosaic of ideas that reconstruct and inject new forms into Hip-Hop dance, and “Secret Service.” DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival

Featured Artist(s): Olive Dance Theatre

[July 14, 2003]

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NSO Summer Music Institute Students: selected groups perform chamber music for a family audience

Featured Artist(s): NSO Summer Music Institute

[July 13, 2003]

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NSO Summer Music Institute Students: selected groups perform chamber music for a family audience.

Featured Artist(s): NSO Summer Music Institute

[July 12, 2003]

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The United States Marine Band’s Jazz Orchestra performs favorites of American jazz music.

Featured Artist(s): U.S. Marine Band Jazz Orchestra

[July 11, 2003]

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NSO Summer Music Institute Students: selected groups perform chamber music for a family audience.

Featured Artist(s): NSO Summer Music Institute

[July 10, 2003]

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Singers/Songwriters/Guitarists Lori Kelley and Todd Burge share the program in two separate presentations of music. Kelley performs story songs and songs about obsession, and Burge performs everything from punk to bluegrass. Writers’ Night:

Featured Artist(s): Lori Kelley

[July 9, 2003]

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Eastwind Consort, a woodwind trio based in Washington, D.C., is comprised of flutist Sara Stern, clarinetist James Bryla and bassoonist Eric Dircksen.

Featured Artist(s): Eastwind Consort

[July 8, 2003]

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Jake Armerding plays and sings original folk and bluegrass material on fiddle, mandolin and guitar from his Compass Records albums.

Featured Artist(s): Jake Armerding

[July 7, 2003]

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Performing a variety of programs in the United States and abroad, the 257th Army Band has earned its reputation as being “The Band of the Nation’s Capital.”

Featured Artist(s): The 257th Army Band, District of Columbia National Guard

[July 5, 2003]

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The Battlefield Band, inspired by its rich heritage of Celtic music, plays a fusion of ancient and modern instruments – bagpipes, fiddle, synthesizer, guitar, flutes, bodhran and accordion. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Featured Artist(s): The Battlefield Band

[July 4, 2003]

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String Wizard Concert: Virtuosos from Appalachia, Mali and Scotland. This event offers a unique opportunity to hear the best string players from each culture: Will Keys (Applachian two-finger style banjo), Donso N’goni (Malian harp-lute) and Scotland’s own Wrigley Sisters. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Featured Artist(s): Hunter's Music

[July 3, 2003]

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Phil and Johnny Cunningham with special guest Dougie MacLean: Virtuoso Scottish Fiddle, Accordion and Guitar, explore the musical traditions of their native land in a rare appearance by the two brothers on this side of the Atlantic. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Featured Artist(s): Johnny Cunningham

[July 2, 2003]

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Galax String Band: New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters, a hot old-time string band from Galax, Virginia, was winner of the Old-Time Band Competition at both the 1999 and 2000 Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention. The group takes its name from the original Bogtrotters, the famous Galax-area band of the 1930s. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Featured Artist(s): New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters

[July 1, 2003]

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Brian McNeill and Friends: New Songs of Scotland plays fiddle, viola, mandolin, cittern, bouzouki, guitar, concertina, bass and hurdy-gurdy. Their songs, written about Scotland’s past and future, reflect the complex history and culture of its people. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Featured Artist(s): Brian McNeill

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