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Millennium Stage Online Performance Archive: August 2011

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[August 31, 2011]

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Firmly rooted in post-bop jazz traditions, Mike Lee, Ted Chubb, Kellen Harrison, and Shawn Baltazor bring new twists to acoustic straight-ahead jazz.

Featured Artist(s): New Tricks

[August 30, 2011]

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With a repertoire that ranges from the Baroque to today’s contemporary composers, the award-winning pianist has thrilled audiences throughout the world.

Featured Artist(s): Anna Shelest

[August 29, 2011]

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Originally from Baghdad, the two-time Grammy® nominee is a virtuoso oud musician and composer. Part of the Millennium Stage Happy Hour Series. With drink specials from 5:30 to 8 p.m., patrons can purchase a cold libation from the bar while mingling, dancing, and enjoying a wide range of music. IN THE ATRIUM

Featured Artist(s): Rahim AlHaj

[August 28, 2011]

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Holly Bass, joined by a DJ and cadre of wordslingers, hosts a poetic celebration of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial through verse highlighting Dr. King’s dream of a nation dedicated to justice, equality, and ending war.

Featured Artist(s): Holly Bass

[August 27, 2011]

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Founded by Smalls to preserve the unique melodies and storytelling of South Carolina’s Gullah culture, The Hallelujah Singers perform an evening of music and narration in celebration of the new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial.

Featured Artist(s): The Hallelujah Singers

[August 26, 2011]

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Gospel legends Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes of Richmond, Virginia—whose career in gospel music spans nearly 55 years—a cappella group Naturally 7, and urban jazz harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet kick off a three-day celebration of the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. NOTE: This performance is FREE, tickets are required. Reserved seating tickets, two per person, will be distributed on the day of the performance, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Hall of Nations. IN THE CONCERT HALL

Featured Artist(s): Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes

[August 25, 2011]

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The Brooklyn band led by Kurt Hoffman and Meg Reichardt specializes in a repertoire of French swing from the 1920s through the 40s.

Featured Artist(s): Les Chauds Lapins

[August 24, 2011]

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The group is led by Greek vocalist Sophia Bilides, who specializes in the Smyrneika singing style, the cabaret tradition of the Greek Asia Minor refugees from the 1930s and 40s. Part of Homegrown: The Music of America series.

Featured Artist(s): Sophia Bilides Trio

[August 23, 2011]

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Prize winners perform Western favorites, exotic pieces, and new premieres from China.

Featured Artist(s): International Young Artist Piano Competition

[August 22, 2011]

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The group combines traditional Brazilian rhythms with the outrageous sounds of psychedelic pop—equal parts samba, bossa nova, forró, and rock 'n' roll. Part of the Millennium Stage Happy Hour Series. With drink specials from 5:30 to 8 p.m., patrons can purchase a cold libation from the bar while mingling, dancing, and enjoying a wide range of music. IN THE ATRIUM

Featured Artist(s): Alma Tropicália

[August 21, 2011]

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Playing a blend of jazz, R&B, hip hop, and rock, the band is led by the 23-year-old Baltimore native, a gifted trumpeter and pianist who bridges old school soul with new school creativity.

Featured Artist(s): Johnny Graham and the Groove

[August 20, 2011]

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For more than 40 years, the jazz pianist has been one of the most widely respected jazz musicians on the East Coast.

Featured Artist(s): Charles Covington Jr.

[August 19, 2011]

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The Brazilian singer/songwriter performs songs ranging from pop and jazz to bossa nova and Latin ballads.

Featured Artist(s): Patty Ascher

[August 18, 2011]

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The singers have delighted audiences all over Brazil with their distinctive voices blending folk sounds with subtle lyrics and sweet melodies. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Brazil.

Featured Artist(s): Tiê and Tulipa Ruiz

[August 17, 2011]

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The Franco-American fiddler is a master of crooked-metered tunes with a true gift for comic timing. Part of Homegrown: The Music of America series.

Featured Artist(s): Daniel Boucher

[August 16, 2011]

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The inventive string band inspires heartstring tugs and toe-taps in fans of all types of music—pop, country, bluegrass, folk, rock, jazz, and more—paying homage to the traditional with a mix of tasty originals.

Featured Artist(s): The Ebony Hillbillies

[August 15, 2011]

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Nominated for Best Emerging Artist at the Big Easy Music Awards, the New Orleans singer/songwriter is acclaimed for her energetic blend of funk, soul, and contemporary music. Part of the Millennium Stage Happy Hour Series. With drink specials from 5:30 to 8 p.m., patrons can purchase a cold libation from the bar while mingling, dancing, and enjoying a wide range of music.

Featured Artist(s): Mia Borders

[August 14, 2011]

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In celebration of Indonesian Independence Day, the ensemble gives a performance featuring exquisitely costumed dancers, puppets, and musicians playing traditional instruments.

Featured Artist(s): Wrhatnala USA

[August 13, 2011]

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Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun use the acoustic violin and guitar to create a unique blend of jazz, folk, world beat, and rock.

Featured Artist(s): Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun

[August 12, 2011]

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The group performs original groove-driven music on self-invented instruments, such as the electric rubber band harp and copper pipe horn.

Featured Artist(s): Electric Junkyard Gamelan

[August 11, 2011]

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Musical director Antony Sanders leads this group in a toe-tapping program of favorites.

Featured Artist(s): The Harwich Royal British Legion Brass Band

[August 10, 2011]

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Participants perform a recital of solo piano music.

Featured Artist(s): Washington International Piano Festival

[August 9, 2011]

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Producer, musician, and inventor Mikael Mutti leads the group that mixes traditional drums and Bahia percussion with original instruments fashioned from digital objects, such as video game controllers.

Featured Artist(s): Percussivo Mundo Novo

[August 8, 2011]

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Debo Band performs unique interpretations of classic Ethiopian pop music by combining vintage 1970s with contemporary sounds. Special guest Fendika features a female vocalist, a dance duo, and a traditional goat-skin drummer. Part of the Millennium Stage Happy Hour Series. With drink specials from 5:30 to 8 p.m., patrons can purchase a cold libation from the bar while mingling, dancing, and enjoying a wide range of music. IN THE ATRIUM

Featured Artist(s): Fendika

[August 7, 2011]

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Led by members of Step Afrika!, young performers showcase the traditions of stepping and other percussive dance styles.

Featured Artist(s): Washington Performing Arts

[August 6, 2011]

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With a range of kid songs that are also pleasing to parents’ ears, the Brooklyn-based indie group performs music sure to have families dancing to their catchy tunes and clever lyrics.

Featured Artist(s): The Pop Ups

[August 5, 2011]

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The Colombian band performs an evening of Afro-Colombian Caribbean music that fuses traditional rhythms such as cumbia, bullerengue, and porró.

Featured Artist(s): Sexteto Tabala

[August 4, 2011]

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Participants perform a recital of solo piano music.

Featured Artist(s): Washington International Piano Festival

[August 3, 2011]

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An evening of music in celebration of its 55th anniversary.

Featured Artist(s): U.S. Army Chorus

[August 2, 2011]

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The spotlight is on Metro’s talented employees as vocalists Marilyn Ashford-Brown, Angela Gordon, Monic Morgan, and Barbara Green and eight musicians take the stage.

Featured Artist(s): Metro Divas and the Mass Transit Band

[August 1, 2011]

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This Brazilian singer, guitarist, and percussionist blends and transcends traditional styles. Part of the Millennium Stage Happy Hour Series. With drink specials from 5:30 to 8 p.m., patrons can purchase a cold libation from the bar while mingling, dancing, and enjoying a wide range of music. IN THE ATRIUM

Featured Artist(s): Badi Assad

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