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Listen Local First: The Harry Bells
Listen Local First DC presents The Harry Bells, a horn-and-percussion-driven tribute to the music of Harry Belafonte. They will be performing their own interpretations of his songs, in addition to arrangements of holiday classics, in their own style.
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.
| The Lovejoy Group |
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.
| Gottaswing |
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,
| Charm City Junction |
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.
| Sofya Melikyan |
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.
| Xuejuan Dance Ensemble |
Enjoy an energetic evening of traditional Appalachian music and square dancing at the Pre-Thanksgiving Square Dance. Leah Weiss (fiddle), Gary Wright (guitar), Kate Brett (banjo), and Kevin Enoch (bass) rock the dance tunes, and Janine Smith teaches and calls the figures from 5–7 pm. You’ll be square dancing before you know it!
National Symphony Orchestra Prelude
Members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform chamber works, including Beethoven’s Sextet and Schubert’s String Quartet No.13 “Rosamunde.” The program features violinists Alexandra Osborne and Joel Fuller; violist Mahoko Eguchi; cellist Rachel Young; and horn players James Nickel and Abel Pereira.
| National Symphony Orchestra |
The members of Suricato, who are five jazz musicians from Bogota, use voice, guitar, bass, trombone, and drums in a diverse and balanced musical style. Faint yet abrupt voices, dreamy lyrics, a gentle yet insidious trombone, sharp guitars, and a rhythmic rock base are the most suitable ingredients to offer the listener a contradictory sonic experience.
Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Colombia.
| Suricato |
Ana Sinkovec Burstin
Pianist Ana Sinkovec Burstin performs Lebic’s Impromptus, Beethoven’s Sonata in A major, Chopin’s Barcarolle, and Scriabin’s Sonatas No. 4 and No. 10. She is a graduate of conservatories in Ljubljana, Brussels, Bergamo, and Paris and has studied with prominent teachers, including Eugen Indjic, Dmitri Bashkirov, Vladimir Ogarkov, and Karl-Heinz Kammerling. She was a first prize winner at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Competition in Paris.
Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Slovenia.
| Ana Sinkovec Burstin |
Experience a unique, multi-sensory performance that celebrates the emotions and the seasons of our lives. From poignant and tender ballads to toe-tappin’ and roof-raisin’ production numbers, Congressional Chorus, in collaboration with members from three Washington, D.C. dance companies, will present an eclectic program of songs filled with pure joy.
| Congressional Chorus |
The S&R Foundation presents violinist Tamaki Kawakubo and pianist Ryo Yanagitani with an overture program featuring music by Kreisler, Sarasate, Manuel de Falla, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Bartók, and Ravel.
The S&R Foundation’s mission is to support talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the arts, sciences, and social entrepreneurship, with a special emphasis on furthering international cultural collaboration and ensuing social benefits.
Young artists perform hip-hop music and spoken word in this showcase of selections from the chess-inspired album Crowns, followed by a talk-back with the producers and MCs who took part in the project.
Presented in collaboration with Words Beats & Life.
| Words Beats & Life |
Community-Wide Spirituals Sing
Curated by Nolan Williams, Jr. and NEWorks Productions, Community-Wide Spirituals Sing brings together an august gathering of choirs and community participants from across the region for an evening of spirituals. Note: the call for participants is 4 p.m.
| Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. |
Target Family Night: Top Notch 2015
Top Notch 2015 is a 3v3 b-boy competition and part of the annual Words Beats & Life teach-in, Remixing the Art of Social Change, representing a continued investment to engage in hip-hop. Registration begins at 1 and prelims begin at 2.
Top Notch 2015 is a One Mic Production, which is hip-hop–based, urban, youth-driven programming focused on changing society through the arts.
| Words Beats & Life |
National Association of Black Storytellers presents Family Night: Storytelling Rejuvenation
In many African traditions storytelling was the foundation of historical and cultural preservation. Today, AFAM storytellers are keeping that foundation strong. Come hear two of the nation’s best, Charlotte Blake Alston and Oba William King, energize and rejuvenate the storyteller in you with Family Night: Storytelling Rejuvenation. Traditional and contemporary stories come alive with drumming, rhythm, singing, and audience participation in this event designed for the whole village—young and old!
Broadway Tomorrow: ASCAP presents Karen Mason, who has starred on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on television, and in recordings. Ms. Mason most recently garnered rave reviews starring as The Queen of Hearts in Wonderland on Broadway. As a concert artist, she has headlined Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Lincoln Center, among many others. Her television appearances include the hit dramas ED and Law & Order: SVU and her film credits include Sleeping Dogs Lie and A Chorus Line.
Part of ASCAP’s Musical Theatre Week.
| Karen Mason |
Broadway Tomorrow: ASCAP presents Michael Mott, a composer, lyricist, singer, actor, and voice teacher. Mr. Mott graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theatre performance. After graduating, he moved to New York City and enjoyed a successful career performing in numerous Off-Broadway, regional, and national touring shows. In 2012, he decided to shift his focus to writing and was accepted into the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writer’s Workshop.
Part of ASCAP’s Musical Theatre Week.
| Michael Mott |
Broadway Tomorrow: ASCAP presents Neil Bartram, who is best known as the composer and lyricist of Broadway’s The Story of My Life which starred Will Chase and Malcolm Gets and was directed by Richard Maltby Jr. Mr. Bartram has also written music and lyrics for Somewhere in the World (five seasons at the Charlottetown Festival), Clara’s Piano (Stratford Festival), Not Wanted on the Voyage (AMTP, 2012 Goodspeed Festival), The Adventures of Pinocchio (Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Greenwich Theatre London), Spin (Signature Theatre), and Belles Soeurs (Segal Centre Montreal, upcoming National Arts Centre Ottawa). His current projects include a musical based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Something Wicked This Way Comes and the stage adaptation of Disney’s beloved film Bedknobs & Broomsticks.
Part of ASCAP’s Musical Theatre Week.
| Neil Bartram |
Recently featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series, Gina Chávez invites audiences on a journey to discover her own Latin roots through music. Backed by a talented four-piece band, Ms. Chavez is winning audiences everywhere with a passionate collection of bilingual songs traversing cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton, and folk combined with dynamic vocals and sharp social commentary.
| Gina Chavez |
The Millennium Stage was created and underwritten by James A. Johnson and Maxine Isaacs to make the performing arts
accessible to everyone in fulfillment of the Kennedy Center's mission to its community and the nation.
Additional funding for the Millennium Stage is provided by The Isadore and Bertha Gudelsky Family Foundation, Inc., The Meredith Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Dr. Deborah Rose and Dr. Jan A.J. Stolwijk, U.S. Department of Education, and the Millennium Stage Endowment Fund.
Millennium Stage Endowment Fund - James A. Johnson and Maxine Isaacs, Fannie Mae Foundation, James V. Kimsey, Gilbert† and Jaylee† Mead,
Mortgage Bankers Association of America, Anonymous, and other gifts to secure the future of the Millennium Stage.
Education and related artistic programs are made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts.