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IN THE TERRACE THEATER

This performance: The Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Showcase features scenes from a range of award-winning plays.
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    Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    The Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Showcase features scenes from a range of award-winning plays.

    Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    National finalists of the KCACTF Ten-Minute Play Award present their original works, including Bread by Michael Yichao, A’nat Dittni by Tearrance Chisholm, Pass the Lingonberries by Nick Carr, Eskimo Pie by Stephanie Brownell, and a selection from Decision Height by Meredith Dayna Levy.

    Friday, April 18, 2014
    Vocal Arts DC

    Vocal Arts DC presents a recital featuring soprano Natalie Conte and baritone Matthew Morris, winners of its Young Artist Competition, accompanied by pianist Dr. R. Timothy McReynolds with spoken commentary by Elizabeth Daniels.

    Saturday, April 19, 2014
    Gary Gulman

    Comedian Gary Gulman takes the stage with opener Nik Oldershaw. With a host of television appearances, Gulman has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Showtime Presents Gary Gulman, and his own Comedy Central one-hour special Gary Gulman: Boyish Man.

    Sunday, April 20, 2014
    The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra

    Accomplished student musicians ages 14-17 offer an evening of big band jazz music.

    Monday, April 21, 2014
    U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note

    The premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force performs as part of the Blues Alley Big Band Jam!.

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Northwestern University Bienen School of Music
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students play Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces, Kovács’ Hommage à De Falla, Respighi’s Sonata in B minor for violin and piano, Carter’s Three Poems of Robert Frost, Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12, Mozart’s Turkish March from Sonata K. 331, and selections from Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Handel’s Rinaldo, and Messiaen’s Chants de terre et de ciel. Part of the Conservatory Project.

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Eastman School of Music
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students play Balakirev’s Islamey, Fantasie Orientale; Ravel’s Tzigane; Zyman’s Sonata; Young and Elliott’s “A Weaver of Dreams;” and selections from Puccini’s Turandot and Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 “Archduke.” Part of the Conservatory Project.

    Thursday, April 24, 2014
    The San Francisco Conservatory of Music
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students play Lorenzo’s Fire Dance, Thomas’ Street Song, Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles, Hindemith’s Kleine Kammermusik, and Holst’s Fantasia on the Dargason and March. Part of the Conservatory Project.

    Friday, April 25, 2014
    Manhattan School of Music
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students play Senfl’s Praeambulum 6 vocum and Dupré’s Prelude and Fugue in C Major, Op. 36, No. 3. Part of the Conservatory Project.

    Saturday, April 26, 2014
    Berklee College of Music
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Israeli duo talYtali’s original instrumentation and musical aesthetics stand out in the global jazz music scene, heavily influenced by Israeli traditional songs and classical music. Part of the Conservatory Project.

    Sunday, April 27, 2014
    Oberlin Conservatory of Music
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students play Abel’s Sonata in C minor, Chandler’s Modern Etude for Clarinet, Schober’s Variations for Sextet, Schumann’s Liederkreis, Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, and Pappalardo’s Over the Curve. Part of the Conservatory Project.

    Monday, April 28, 2014
    New England Conservatory of Music
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Students play Dutilleux’s Sarabande et Cortège, Strauss’s Five Songs, Ligeti’s Sonata for Cello, Sang’s Fantasia, Chopin’s Introduction and Polonaise brillante for Cello and Piano in C major, and a selection from Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango. Part of the Conservatory Project.

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014
    Adrian Anantawan

    Adrian Anantawan, 2002 VSA International Young Soloists Winner, and Vincent Chi Kwan Cheung present a program of classical repertoire for violin and piano. A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program, presented by VSA.

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014
    Vincent Chi Kwan Cheung

    Adrian Anantawan, 2002 VSA International Young Soloists Winner, and Vincent Chi Kwan Cheung present a program of classical repertoire for violin and piano. A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program, presented by VSA.

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014
    Nasar Abadey

    Specifically requested by Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz Jason Moran, drummer and composer Abadey’s 10-piece jazz orchestra brings a mix of jazz, bebop, fusion, Afro-Cuban, Afro Brazilian, and free form to the stage in honor of Jazz Appreciation Day.

    Sunday, May 4, 2014
    Marlena Shaw

    One of the first female vocalists signed by Blue Note Records, Marlena Shaw has never strayed far from her jazz roots. A former singer with the Count Basie Orchestra, she has the ability to highlight the dramatic possibilities of the simplest lyric, while her sassy, humorous onstage presence is as entertaining as her singing. She performs with pianist Andrew Adair, bassist James King, and drummer Lennie Robinson. Part of Blue Note at 75.

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014
    Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra

    Members of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra—the big band orchestra in residence at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History—perform repertoire from the storied 75-year history of the iconic label, Blue Note Records. Part of Blue Note at 75.

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014
    Fabian Almazan

    Cuban-born American pianist Fabian Almazan performs selections from his newest album Rhizome (released March 2014 on Blue Note/ArtistShare), complete with string quartet (Megan Gould, violin; Tomoko Omura, violin; Karen Waltuch, viola; Noah Hoffield, cello) and jazz trio (Linda Oh, bass; Henry Cole, drums). “Fabian pushes the envelope in ways that excite people,” says trumpeter Terence Blanchard. “He’s someone who takes all of his experiences around the world in different forms of music, and uses them to create something special.” Part of Blue Note at 75.

    Thursday, May 8, 2014
    Lionel Loueke

    Benin-native guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke--a current Blue Note Records artist whose most recent release Heritage was produced by labelmate Robert Glasper—performs with bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Ferenc Nemeth. Loueke stands out in a crowded field of musicians with his trademark sound which “fuses traditional African music with modern jazz harmonies, unique vocal inflections, and complex time signatures” (NPR). Part of Blue Note at 75.

    Friday, May 9, 2014
    DC Celebrates Blue Note Records

    An all-star group of Washington, DC-based musicians—Elijah Jamal Balbed, tenor/soprano saxophones, Musical Director, Lyle Link, alto saxophone/flute, Kenny Rittenhouse, trumpet, Raynel Frazier, trombone, Tim Whalen, piano, Eliot Seppa, bass, and Dave McDonald, drums—plays a variety of compositions recorded on the legendary record label. The compositions are from various Blue Note records and are arranged by several members of the band, including a special tribute to Butch Warren (house bass player for Blue Note Records 1960-64, and Washington, DC legend). Part of Blue Note at 75.

    Saturday, May 10, 2014
    Derrick Hodge

    Bassist and composer Derrick Hodge performs selections from his debut Blue Note Records recording, Live Today, with Federico Peña, keyboards, Michael Aaberg, keyboards, Keyon Harrold, trumpet, and Mark Colenburg, drums. Having served as sideman to the likes of Terence Blanchard and Robert Glasper, Hodge firmly steps out as leader as the New York Times states, “with roots in gospel, jazz and R&B….bearing earnest intentions and a glow of transparent optimism.” Part of Blue Note at 75.

    Sunday, May 18, 2014
    Dan Soder
    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    Comedian Dan Soder offers an evening of comedy with opener Carson Gross. With a comedy career that started at age 21, Dan Soder has been featured on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Conan, and Opie and Anthony. This year you can see him on Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, as well as his commentary as a new cast member of MTV2’s Guy Code. This program contains mature themes and strong language.