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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: August 2007

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[August 31, 2007]

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Local Dance Commissioning Project: Gesel Mason presents Whose Body Is This?: Scars and Healing, a multimedia investigation into how people move forward after they’ve been assaulted by illness. Dancers include members of Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Lucy Bowen McCauley, and Sarah Lowing Scott.

Featured Artist(s): Gesel Mason

[August 30, 2007]

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Local Dance Commissioning Project: Gesel Mason presents Whose Body Is This?: Scars and Healing, a multimedia investigation into how people move forward after they’ve been assaulted by illness. Dancers include members of Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Lucy Bowen McCauley, and Sarah Lowing Scott.

Featured Artist(s): Gesel Mason

[August 29, 2007]

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Hammered dulcimer artist Maggie Sansone combines a Renaissance spirit, Celtic melodies, and a jazzy new crossover into what she calls “cool Celtic.” You can hear this unique style on her upcoming CD Celtic Fair, which you can purchase at this performance before it’s officially released in September.

Featured Artist(s): Maggie Sansone

[August 28, 2007]

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Organist Charles Miller of National City Christian Church gives a concert on the Kennedy Center’s Filene organ. IN THE CONCERT HALL

Featured Artist(s): Charles Miller

[August 27, 2007]

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The Genesis World Music Ensemble featuring Haj Youness on the Lute, Howard Levy on harmonica and keyboard, and Tenor Alberto Mizrahi with a roster of International virtuosos from around the World in a unique musical feast for the senses.

Featured Artist(s): The Genesis World Music Ensemble

[August 26, 2007]

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Singer-songwriter Chris Kasper, whose compositions for both himself and the bluegrass band Lowlands have received numerous accolades, follows neither genre nor format as heard on his latest CD, Flying Boy. LEA, nominated for five WAMMY Awards for contemporary folk music, recently completed the Artist in Residency program at Strathmore.

Featured Artist(s): Chris Kasper

[August 25, 2007]

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Pianist/keyboardist Charles Covington Jr., a professor at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, has performed with Sammy Davis Jr., Eartha Kitt, Clark Terry, Milt Jackson, Hank Jones, and more.

Featured Artist(s): Charles Covington Jr.

[August 24, 2007]

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Singer-songwriter Rose, originally from Roxbury, Massachusetts, honed her skills in Madrid singing blues, jazz, and folk standards with local acts and in the underground. She then moved to D.C. in 1997 with the raw power of her extraordinary voice. Vandaveer, the town-folk, city-pop solo song-and-dance routine of Mark Charles Heidinger, can be heard on his debut record, Grace & Speed.

Featured Artist(s): Rose

[August 23, 2007]

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Japan-born Junko Ueno Garrett has captivated audiences around the world with her colorful tone, poetry, expressiveness, dynamic technique, and wide range of repertoire. She began playing piano at the age of three, trained at the prestigious Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, and received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Rice University in U. S. A.

Featured Artist(s): Junko Ueno Garrett

[August 22, 2007]

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Afro Bop Alliance, a seven-piece Latin jazz ensemble, fuses all of the varied "Latin" styles and cultures with its own jazz experience to create a unique sound.

Featured Artist(s): Afro Bop Alliance

[August 21, 2007]

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Born in 1918 in Green Cove, Virginia, Speedy Tolliver started as a banjo player, later took up the fiddle, and now riles up audiences with The New Old-Time String Band, performing its rich repertoire of traditional American roots music.

Featured Artist(s): Speedy Tolliver and The New Old-Time String Band

[August 20, 2007]

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Hailing from Ireland, guitarist and singer Sean Keane has released six solo albums with material ranging from traditional songs to folk, original tunes, country songs, and blues.

Featured Artist(s): Sean Keane

[August 19, 2007]

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From the Dine' (Navajo) Nation, the Jones Benally Family—comprised of world champion hoop dancer Jones Benally and his children Jeneda, Klee, and Clayson—performs traditional dances, songs, and stories, including histories of ceremonies, hunting, agriculture, and the foundation of the Dine' culture. Part of the National Museum of the American Indian Summer Music Series.

Featured Artist(s): Jones Benally Family (Blackfire)

[August 18, 2007]

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Each first-place winner of the six international categories—Coupe Mondiale, Piano Accordion Category, Junior Coupe Mondiale, Virtuoso Entertainment, Junior Virtuoso Entertainment, and Ensemble—take the Millennium Stage by storm. Part of the 2007 Coupe Mondiale: World Accordion Championships.

Featured Artist(s): Coupe Mondiale (2007)

[August 17, 2007]

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Denmark’s Accordeonova, conducted by Peter Anders, and China’s Beijing Children's Palace Accordion Orchestra perform. Part of the 2007 Coupe Mondiale: World Accordion Championships.

Featured Artist(s): Accordeonova

[August 16, 2007]

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New Hampshire’s Rosita Lee Accordion Orchestra and Dancers, conducted by Rosita Lee Latulippe, and New Zealand Accordion Orchestra, conducted by Lionel Reekie, perform. Part of the 2007 Coupe Mondiale: World Accordion Championships.

Featured Artist(s): New Zealand Accordion Orchestra

[August 15, 2007]

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The University of Missouri-Kansas City Accordion Community Orchestra, conducted by Joan Cochran Sommers, and California’s Martin Music Center Accordion Orchestra, conducted by Randall Martin, perform. Part of the 2007 Coupe Mondiale: World Accordion Championships.

Featured Artist(s): Martin Music Center Accordion Orchestra

[August 14, 2007]

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Germany’s Akkordeonorchester Hof, conducted by Guenther Zeilinger, and Canada’s Jerosh Accordion Orchestra, conducted by Maureen Jerosh, perform. Part of the 2007 Coupe Mondiale: World Accordion Championships.

Featured Artist(s): Akkordeonorchester Hof

[August 13, 2007]

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WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir, formed in 1993 through a community-wide audition, is an expansion of Washington Performing Arts Society’s continued commitment to gospel music programming, and showcases the tremendous talents of Washington metropolitan-area youth.

Featured Artist(s): WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir

[August 12, 2007]

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Led by Roger Blevins Jr., the eight-piece Austin-based band Mingo Fishtrap blends soul, New Orleans funk, and horn-fueled Motown pop with a sound reminiscent of Chess, Stax, and Muscle Shoals.

Featured Artist(s): Mingo Fishtrap

[August 11, 2007]

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The Lovell Sisters, a five-piece band from Calhoun, Georgia, feature the tight harmonies of Jessica (21), Megan (18), and Rebecca (16) with an innovative fusion of country, folk, and contemporary acoustic music. The band won NPR’s “Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor” National Teen Talent Competition in 2005.

Featured Artist(s): Lovell Sisters Band

[August 10, 2007]

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The Dixie Power Trio, a Dixieland “trio with four members” that plays rock and roll, is made up of cornetist and accordionist Zach Smith, tubist Andy Kochenour, guitarist Wayne Wilkinson, and drummer Byron McWilliams.

Featured Artist(s): The Dixie Power Trio

[August 9, 2007]

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Arlington-based guitarist and singer Justin Trawick plays both solo and with his band, comfortable in his ability to incorporate multiple genres while still maintaining his distinctive sound, performing with a number of artists ranging from hip-hop to bluegrass.

Featured Artist(s): Justin Trawick

[August 8, 2007]

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This DC-area trio performs gypsy rumba and Latin jazz grooves, spiced with Flamenco pop, bossa nova, and salsa.



Featured Artist(s): Trio Caliente

[August 7, 2007]

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From Maryland, College Park’s 10-person band Soul’d Out takes its cue from the classic funk and soul acts of the 1970s, tempting audiences everywhere to dance to its infectious groove.

Featured Artist(s): Soul'd Out

[August 6, 2007]

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Saxophonist David Bond has been on the jazz scene since the late 1970s, performing in New York, Boston, and Europe with artists such as Archie Shepp, Dewey Redman, and Sonny Fortune.

Featured Artist(s): David Bond

[August 5, 2007]

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Born in Maracaibo, Venezuelan flutist Huáscar Barradas performs everything from Bach to the Beatles, playing chamber, contemporary, folk, flamenco, jazz, and African music. In cooperation with the Embassy of Venezuela.

Featured Artist(s): Huáscar Barradas

[August 4, 2007]

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Now in its fifth year, The Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra is a big band comprised of the best high school and college musicians from the greater Philadelphia and New Jersey areas.

Featured Artist(s): The Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra

[August 3, 2007]

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Formed in 1982, the internationally renowned Argentine band Huancara has integrated a trio of guitar, bass, and drums with an extensive variety of traditional pre-Columbian and criollo instruments. Part of the National Museum of the American Indian Summer Music Series.

Featured Artist(s): Huancara

[August 2, 2007]

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Jazz guitarist Wayne Wilkinson is a former member of the premier Air Force jazz ensemble, The Airmen of Note, and a current member of Zach Smith & The Dixie Power Trio. You can hear him on his latest CD, Full Circle.

Featured Artist(s): Wayne Wilkinson

[August 1, 2007]

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A native of China’s Hunan province, vocalist Coco Zhao discovered jazz at 17 and later studied at The Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He is accompanied by pianist Burnett Thompson.

Featured Artist(s): Coco Zhao

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