2015/03/11

Millennium Stage: Hanna Khoury and Nathalie Handal


Date: March 12, 2015 (Thursday)
Time: 6:00 P.M.
Place: Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center (directions)
Tickets: Free and open to the public on a first-come-first-serve basis -- or watch live

Violinist Hanna Khoury with poet Nathalie Handal will explore Arab influences on Iberia's arts and culture over the centuries.

Performers: Video:

2015/03/10

Kennedy Center: Post-Classical Ensemble's Iberian Mystics 2


Date: March 11, 2015 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Place: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (directions)
Tickets: $30 general, online

[This is the second night's performance]

Washington's own PostClassical Ensemble brings back "Iberian Mystics: The Confluence of Faiths" after a decade hiatus, this time to the Kennedy Center.

This performance features the inspirational confluence of Islamic, Catholic, and Jewish influences prior to the Reconquest (1492) as a distinctive feature of Iberian culture, culminating in Flamenco.

This is the second of two nights of performance.

Program:
  • Traditional flamenco song and dance
  • Works by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Manuel de Falla, and Joaquin Nin-Culmell
  • Sephardic melodies
  • Music of Al Andalus
Performers: Social Media: Facebook event

Sponsors: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Millennium Stage: Al Andalusyun


Date: March 11, 2015 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:00 P.M.
Place: Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center (directions)
Tickets: Free and open to the public on a first-come-first-serve basis -- or watch live As part of its month-long Iberian Suite festival, the Kennedy Center presents Al Andalusyun, an Andalusian ensemble, featuring Hadi Eldebek on 'oud. Al Andalusyun brings to life the poetry and music of Andalusia. Performers: Video:

Kennedy Center: PostClassical Ensemble's Iberian Mystics 1


Date: March 10, 2015 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Place: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (directions)
Tickets: $30 general, online

[For details about the second night's performance, please click here]

Washington's own PostClassical Ensemble brings back "Iberian Mystics: The Confluence of Faiths" after a decade hiatus, this time to the Kennedy Center.

This performance features the inspirational confluence of Islamic, Catholic, and Jewish influences prior to the Reconquest (1492) as a distinctive feature of Iberian culture, culminating in Flamenco.

This is the first of two nights of performance.

Program:
  • Traditional flamenco song and dance
  • Works by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Manuel de Falla, and Joaquin Nin-Culmell
  • Sephardic melodies
  • Music of Al Andalus
Performers: Social Media: Facebook event

Sponsors: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2015/02/08

Kennedy Center: Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo-Ma


Date: March 1, 2015 (Sunday)
Time: 5:00 P.M.
Place: Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy for the Performing Arts
Tickets: $45-$115 online at the Kennedy Center

The Silk Road Ensemble returns to Washington, DC. “Mr. Ma, in addition to having achieved the rare thing that is classical-music celebrity, traffics in big ideas. His—and by extension, Silk Road’s—particular brand of musical philosophy is, first and foremost, a belief in the arts as a critical yet oft-ignored ingredient in solving the world’s economic and political problems.” Wall Street Journal – October 13, 2013

“For musicians, much of life is spent on the road, performing in far-flung corners of the globe. They are thus uniquely positioned to take in the diversity of ideologies that people uphold as truth. But on a daily basis, they also see how music breaks boundaries. In the midst of political discord, the musicians within the Silk Road Project see an opportunity to foster other kinds of cross-cultural encounters.” Atlantic Monthly – October 10, 2013

Performers 2015:
Yo-Yo Ma: cello
Siamak Aghaei: santur
Kinan Azmeh: clarinet
Jeffrey Beecher: double-bass
Mike Block: cello
Nicholas Cords: viola
Sandeep Das: tabla
Haruka Fuji: percussion
Johnny Gandelsman: violin
Joseph Gramley: percussion
Hu Jianbing: bawu, sheng
Colin Jacobsen: violin
Eric Jacobsen: cello, conductor
Siamak Jahangiry: ney
Kayhan Kalhor: kamancheh, composer
Dong Won Kim: composer, jang-go, vocals
Kevork Mourad: visual art
Christina Pato: composer, gaita, piano
Shane Shanahan: composer, percussion
Mark Suter: composer, percussion
Kojiro Umezaki: composer, shakuhachi
Wu Man: composer, pipa
Wu Tong: bawu, composer, sheng, vocals
Yang Wei: pipa

Video:
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Sponsors: Washington Performaing Arts

2015/02/05

Simon Shaheen at Sixth & I Synagogue


Date: February 7, 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 8:00 P.M.
Place: Sixth & I Synagogue, 600 I Street NW, Washington DC 20001 (directions)
Tickets: $35 general, online with TicketFly


Simon Shaheen Palestinian oud and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen also goes beyond traditional Arabic music, infusing his compositions with jazz and Western classical styles.


Video:



Sponsors: Washington Performing Arts

2015/01/17

St. Joseph's: Ayman Fanous and Susan Alcorn


Date: January 30, 2015 (Friday)
Time: 07:30 P.M.
Place: St. John's Episcopal Church, 5649 Mount Gilead Road, Centreville, VA 20120 (directions)
Tickets: free to the public
Come see and hear this first-ever duet of Ayman Fanous and Susan Alcorn with improvised music for guitar, bouzouki, prepared guitar, and pedal steel guitar.
Ayman Fanous synthesizes classical and flamenco guitar techniques with contemporary improvisation: Derek Bailey meets Paco de Lucia, plus ancestral Egyptian bouzouki.
Susan Alcorn is a Baltimore-based composer-musician and innovator of pedal steel guitar with combinations of country-western, free jazz, avant-garde classical, Indian ragas, indigenous, and other world music.
Further details appear on Facebook.

Video:
Susan Alcorn
Ayman Fanous

Sponsors: St. John's Episcopal Church