Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: August 2005
August 31, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceGenesis at the Crossroads presents Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble consists of musicians from the U.S., Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Israel, and France, and performs North African, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Armenian, Sepharadic music, introducing audiences to the major genres of Arabic music: the maqams, taqasim, and iqa'at.
Featured Artist(s): Genesis at the Crossroads presents Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble
August 30, 2005 - Watch this Performance
Featured Artist(s): CFS Pantasy Steel Orchestra
August 29, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceBorn in Dublin, Ireland, Mark Geary has established himself as one of New York's most popular singer/songwriters, “spicing up traditional folk arrangements and instrumentation with bits of electronica.”
Featured Artist(s): Mark Geary
August 28, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceTraveling Players Ensemble is a camp that provides intensive theatre training to a small troupe of actors, culminating in a backpacking trip to perform their show, giving participants the experience of wandering entertainers who carry their dinner, their tent, and their props in their trusty pack.
Featured Artist(s): Traveling Players Ensemble
August 27, 2005 - Watch this PerformancePhat Alpert, co-led by trumpeter Zach Smith and trombonist/trumpeter/keyboard artist Dan Haverstock, perform tunes from the Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass repertoire.
Featured Artist(s): Phat Alpert
August 26, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceSoulful jazz vocalist Alyson Williams (7:30-9:00) can be heard on her most recent release It’s About Time (Expansion Records). Tyris (6:00-6:30) has collaborated with fellow Chicago musicians Mike & Gina Thurston, Monique Whittington, and Euclid Gray, and renowned Indian artist Jai Walia. Wade O. Brown (6:40-7:20), a Detroit-born vocalist and keyboardist, has performed with Aretha Franklin and Quincy Jones, among others, and can be heard on All Night, All Love.
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Featured Artist(s): Mike Phillips
August 25, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceCity of Belfast Youth Orchestra hails from the City of Belfast School of Music, which opened in 1965 under the direction of Leonard Pugh OBE and provides high quality music instruction in schools and in the evening Music Centre.
Featured Artist(s): City of Belfast Youth Orchestra
August 24, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceItalian group Fiamma Fumana combines acoustic folk with electronic music of the club culture, as heard on their album Home.
Featured Artist(s): Fiamma Fumana
August 23, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceThe Moonlighters, winners of the 1995 DC Blues Battle, specialize in genuine American music: blues, jazz, swing and oldies.
Featured Artist(s): The Moonlighters
August 22, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceVoest-Alpine Concert Band from Linz, Austria, celebrating its 55th anniversary, is one of the most innovative modern European wind orchestras.
Featured Artist(s): Voest-Alpine Concert Band
August 21, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceThe Madison Ensemble String Quartet, featuring violinist Patricia A. Smith, has performed at the White House and with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Featured Artist(s): The Madison Ensemble
August 20, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceVocalist Kiran Ahluwalia entertains audiences with Punjabi folk songs and ghazals, a form of poetic sung verse that originated in Persia and later reached India—music firmly rooted in tradition yet taking a contemporary turn.
Featured Artist(s): Kiran Ahluwalia
August 19, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceNew Orleans artist John Mooney combines “the sounds of the delta with the syncopated rhythms of the Crescent City” in a program of jambalaya jazz.
Featured Artist(s): John Mooney
August 18, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceMercy Creek, comprised of singer/guitarist Cheryl Nystrom, and songwriting partner and drummer Jim Ball, perform aggressive folk rock.
Featured Artist(s): Mercy Creek
August 17, 2005 - Watch this Performance83 year-old fiddler Benton Flippen performs old time music with the Smokey Valley Boys (banjoist Paul Brown , Verlen Clifton on mandolin, and guitarist Frank Bodie).
Featured Artist(s): Smokey Valley Boys
August 16, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceWashington National Opera's Opera Camp for Kids: Professional opera company staff and artists engage students in workshops designed to develop well-rounded musicianship and further professional development. In conjunction with The Summer Opera Theatre Company and the Benjamín T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America.
Featured Artist(s): Washington Opera Camp for Kids
August 15, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceThe Asian American Music Society and the Embassy of Indonesia present an evening of Indonesian gamelan music (gongs, stringed instruments, wooden xylophone, bronze kettles, and drums on carved teakwood frames) and a shadow puppet show in which finely carved and decorated puppets are illuminated behind a white screen by a puppet-master.
Featured Artist(s): Asian American Music Society
August 14, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceThe Asian American Music Society and Korean Cultural Service present “Songs of a Forgotten War,” commissioned by the Catholic University of America—19 movements composed by 19 composers, reflecting the 19 soldiers of the Korean War Memorial on the National Mall; and the world premiere of Reflections on Marguerite Higgins' “War in Korea,” commissioned by the Korean Cultural Service.
Featured Artist(s): Asian American Music Society
August 13, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceThe Richmond Times Dispatch hails King Wilkie as “a vibrant shot in the arm of bluegrass” that “takes hold and stings with the power of youth and musicality.” The Tony Rice Unit spans the range of acoustic music, from straight-ahead bluegrass to jazz-influenced new acoustic music, to songwriter-oriented folk.
Featured Artist(s): King Wilkie
August 12, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceViolinist, violist, and percussionist Bruno Nasta and the Gypsy Strings (guitarist and vocalist Vladimir Fridman, accordion player Manuel Bobenrieth, and Jonathan Nazdin on contrabass) perform gypsy jazz.
Featured Artist(s): The Gypsy Strings
August 11, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceStudents from Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell perform a piece designed and choreographed by world famous ballerina Suzanne Farrell; key elements and choreography of ballet will also be showcased and explained.
Featured Artist(s): Students from Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell
August 10, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceMary Lorson has a groove-loving take on the confessional pop song, referencing the kind of songwriter revered in the 1960's and 70's.
Featured Artist(s): Mary Lorson
August 8, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceAttacca Percussion Group, made up of Adam Green, Scott Pollard, and Marc Dinitz, have a repertoire that runs the gamut from the earliest Western percussion music to the most avant-garde contemporary compositions from around the globe.
Featured Artist(s): Attacca Percussion Group
August 7, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceThe Ramon Ballve Quintet, led by Argentine pianist Ballve, treats audiences to jazz, tangos, Dixieland, and Latin rhythms.
Featured Artist(s): Ramon Ballve
August 6, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceIssa Bagayogo blends Malian roots music and Western dance technology, as heard on his latest release, Tassoumakan (Six Degrees).
Featured Artist(s): Issa Bagayogo
August 5, 2005 - Watch this PerformancePercussionist Donald Knaack plays junk jazz on found objects and materials that others have discarded—all recycled materials.
Featured Artist(s): Donald Knaack
August 4, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceStudents from the School of Washington Ballet in D.C. and Range of Motion Company Dancers in Oklahoma City, under the direction of CeCe Farha, perform a variety of dances styles such as ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary.
Featured Artist(s): Range of Motion Company
August 3, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceThe Foghorn Stringband, at the forefront of Portland, Oregon’s old time music revival, encompasses in their style early country music, the fiddle repertoire of the Southern Appalachians and the Midwest, and the stringband sounds of the Piedmont region.
Featured Artist(s): Foghorn Stringband
August 2, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceJim & Jennie & the Pinetops weave together Southern rock and folk idioms, producing tunes that “sound simultaneously timeless and old as the hills.”
Featured Artist(s): Jim & Jennie & the Pinetops
August 1, 2005 - Watch this PerformanceSouthern poet Paul Allen, whose “comedy, surreal seriousness, and antic desperation” can be heard on the CD The Man with the Hardest Belly: Poems & Songs, performs with Lady P-Coq, a philanthropic and award-winning poet, teacher, and vocalist.
Featured Artist(s): Lady P-Coq