Andrew Gerle, Karen Ziemba and Betsy Wolfe
Writer, composer, and lyricist Andrew Gerle, a Helen Hayes Award nominee and four-time Richard Rodgers Award winner for new musical writing, performs an evening of musical theater cabaret with Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba and Betsy Wolfe, Jon Nazdin on bass, and Rex Benincasa on percussion. Part of ASCAP’s “Songwriters: the Next Generation” series.
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The Lovejoy Group presents The Giant that Lived in the Shadows, honoring Billy Strayhorn as the genius behind Ellington, his life, and his music. The performance is an exploration of Strayhorn’s soulful and haunting melodies, captivating harmonies, and sophisticated lyrics. His music seduced and challenged the musical world while expanding the artistic vocabulary of American society.
Part of East River Jazz’s Strayhorn Centennial Celebration Series.
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Dance off that turkey at a 1940s-themed Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party, as the Millennium Stage and Gottaswing present a festive program featuring dancing and music by Jive Aces. Free swing dance lessons begin at 6 p.m. with Hollywood-Style Lindy icon Jean Veloz, followed by a free, evening-long dance party from 7–9 p.m.
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Charm City Junction
The Baltimore-based Charm City Junction creates a fresh soundscape that keeps listeners on the edge of their seats wondering where they'll go next. The band is comprised of four of the most talented and promising acoustic roots musicians in the country—Patrick McAvinue (fiddle, mandolin, and vocals), Brad Kolodner (clawhammer banjo and vocals), Sean McComiskey (button accordion) and Alex Lacquement (upright bass and vocals). Their music melds Old Time rhythms, foot-stomping Irish melodies, hard-driving bluegrass, and three-part harmonies,
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Armenian-born pianist Sofya Melikyan is recognized as an artist with a unique voice and enthusiastic zeal for her work. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, she performs compositions by Aram Khachaturian, Komitas Vardapet, Eduard Sadoyan, Alexander Arutunian, and Arno Babadjanian.
Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Armenia.
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Xuejuan Dance Ensemble
Xuejuan Dance Ensemble performs on the Millennium Stage. Formed in 2009, its mission is to bring together dancers and dance enthusiasts of different ages, backgrounds, and dance experiences, with a common interest in Chinese folk and classical dance. As a group, ensemble members study classical and folk techniques and learn iconic, award-winning repertoire, as well as original choreographic works in each dance style, including Tibetan, Mongolian, Dai, Miao, Yang Ge, Uygur, and Chinese classical dance.
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