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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: July 2007

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[July 31, 2007]

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Donny Hue and the Colors uses organ, autoharp, melodica, glockenspiel, guitar, theremin, and other musical instruments to create lush, textured melodies and sweeping arrangements in their experimental rock.

Featured Artist(s): Donny Hue and The Colors

[July 30, 2007]

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The roots rock quartet The Grandsons whirls an eclectic mix of New Orleans rhythm and blues, rockabilly, swing, and country two-step.

Featured Artist(s): The Grandsons

[July 29, 2007]

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Classical violinist Aishu Venkataraman began studying the Suzuki Method at the age of two and a half, and became the protégé of T. N. Krishnan—a living icon of classical South Indian violin.

Featured Artist(s): Aishu Venkataraman

[July 28, 2007]

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Conducted by Elizabeth Schulze, the orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, and von Suppé’s Light Cavalry Overture. IN THE CONCERT HALL

Featured Artist(s): NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra

[July 27, 2007]

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Catch a preview of the NSO’s upcoming season in this special concert. NSO Associate Conductor Emil de Cou will lead works by Bernstein, Copland, Tchaikovsky, John Williams, and more. IN THE CONCERT HALL

Featured Artist(s): National Symphony Orchestra

[July 26, 2007]

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Established in August 2005 and devoted to the support of musical performance and education in D.C.-area schools, The Serapis Foundation, Inc. presents a brass ensemble performing classical repertoire.

Featured Artist(s): The Serapis Foundation Brass Ensemble

[July 25, 2007]

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The BlackOut Series - a reincarnation of Theater of the Absurd and readjustment of the Japanese Suzuki Method—presents My Way Little Girl, which explores explores social mores in education, advertising and politics. Mature content; recommended for ages 13 and up.

Part of the D.C. Fringe Festival

Featured Artist(s): The BlackOut Series

[July 24, 2007]

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Participants perform an evening of chamber music.

Featured Artist(s): NSO Summer Music Institute

[July 23, 2007]

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Participants perform an evening of chamber music.

Featured Artist(s): NSO Summer Music Institute

[July 22, 2007]

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Participants perform an evening of chamber music.

Featured Artist(s): NSO Summer Music Institute

[July 21, 2007]

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Participants perform an evening of chamber music.

Featured Artist(s): NSO Summer Music Institute

[July 20, 2007]

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Grammy Award–winning singer, songwriter, actress, and educator Joanne Shenandoah, Wolf Clan member of the Iroquois Confederacy, has channeled her love of pop, folk, and classical into music inspired by her ancestors.

Featured Artist(s): Joanne Shenandoah

[July 19, 2007]

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Ecuador’s Jazz Envoys blends the indigenous sounds of the group’s homeland with jazz to create a unique groove. Presented in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State and the Embassy of Ecuador.

Featured Artist(s): Jazz Envoys

[July 18, 2007]

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Students from the Eastern Music Festival Piano Program, a leading summer program for pre-professional musicians, perform a variety of works. Repertoire will be announced at the performance.

Featured Artist(s): Eastern Music Festival Piano Program

[July 17, 2007]

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The Wiyos are a Brooklyn-based trio comprised of three vocalists who use the washboard, harmonica, kazoo, guitar, and upright bass to play old-time American music—vaudevillian ragtime blues, early swing, jugband, and country.

Featured Artist(s): The Wiyos

[July 16, 2007]

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Participants who have just completed the Washington National Opera’s Opera Institute, an intensive three-week training program, perform a variety of well-known, semi-staged opera scenes in English. Select individuals also present Italian art songs.

Featured Artist(s): Washington National Opera Institute for Young Singers

[July 15, 2007]

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Conducted by Elizabeth Schulze, the orchestra performs a program that includes Johann Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus Overture, Britten’s Soirées Musicales, and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7 in D minor. IN THE CONCERT HALL

Featured Artist(s): NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra

[July 14, 2007]

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Now in its 26th season, the Cambridge Madrigal Singers, under Musical Director Dr. Raymond Fahrner, presents the best in choral music—from traditional masters to talented new composers. Presented in cooperation with The MacDowell Colony.

Featured Artist(s): Cambridge Madrigal Singers

[July 13, 2007]

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Strathmore Artists-in-Residence Almost Recess, an a cappella quartet from the D.C. area, dazzles listeners with its fresh and dynamic sound.

Featured Artist(s): Almost Recess

[July 12, 2007]

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Brazilian vocalist Eduardo Costa, who got his start in musical theater and singing backup for Oswaldo Montenegro, received the Pedro Ernesto Medal in 2004 for his work in the restoration of popular music composed since 1950. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Brazil.

Featured Artist(s): Eduardo Costa

[July 11, 2007]

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Shallaway, the Newfoundland and Labrador Youth in Chorus, presents the chamber opera Ann and Séamus, written and composed by Stephen Hatfield. Based on the book by Kevin Major, it tells the true story of 17-year-old Ann Harvey, who lived on the Isle aux Morts, located on the treacherous southwest coast of Newfoundland.

Featured Artist(s): Shallaway

[July 10, 2007]

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Olive Dance Theatre takes traditional folk art forms and infuses them with multimedia production and the art of B-Boyin’. Presented in cooperation with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Part of D.C.’s Hip Hop Theater Festival.

Featured Artist(s): Olive Dance Theatre

[July 9, 2007]

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Brett Leake, “one of our nation’s top sit-down standup comics,” is a regular on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and is featured in his own 60-minute PBS comedy special, Laughing Matters with Brett Leake. Presented in cooperation with the National Council on Independent Living.

Featured Artist(s): Brett Leake

[July 8, 2007]

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Blues Nation, founded in 1990 by Tom Machauty-Ware (Kiowa/Comanche), plays original blues and covers popular blues hits of the past and present. Presented in cooperation with the National Museum of the American Indian.

Featured Artist(s): Blues Nation

[July 7, 2007]

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Jeffrey Scott is a Piedmont Blues musician from Culpeper, Virginia, and nephew of the late, legendary artist John Jackson. Part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Featured Artist(s): Jeffrey Scott

[July 6, 2007]

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Craobh Rua is a name that is well known in Celtic history from the Red Branch Knights of Ulster. This Belfast-based quartet mixes traditional instruments such as uilleann pipes, tin whistle, fiddle, and bodhran with banjo, mandolin, guitar, bouzouki, and vocals. Part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Featured Artist(s): Craobh Rua

[July 5, 2007]

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Bou N’Diaye is a master traditional drummer from Senegal, West Africa, who combines drumming and storytelling. Part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Featured Artist(s): Bou N’Diaye

[July 4, 2007]

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Students from the Stax Music Academy in Memphis, next to the legendary Stax Record Company where the Stax Museum of American Soul Music is now located, perform a program focused on the music of soul artist Otis Redding.

Featured Artist(s): Stax Music Academy

[July 3, 2007]

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The all-female Eleggua Group, named after the Afro-Venezuelan saint “who opens the ways,” fuses African polyrhythmic percussion and Spanish vocals. In cooperation with the Embassy of Venezuela.

Featured Artist(s): Eleggua Group

[July 2, 2007]

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The Bruce Stanly Brass Quintet performs a program of patriotic music in anticipation of the Fourth of July.

Featured Artist(s): Bruce Stanly Brass Quintet

[July 1, 2007]

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Influenced by Ralph Stanley, Jimmy Martin, and Jerry Lee Lewis, Lonesome Will Mullins and his Virginia Playboys present a show packed with original tunes, bluegrass standards, and clawhammer banjer. Part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Featured Artist(s): Lonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia Playboys

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