50 Years - 50 Stories

50 Years – 50 Stories

During the 2016-17 Season, our friends and supporters shared favorite memories and inspiring insights on the occasion of our 50th Anniversary.

Elizabeth Hayes
Elisabeth Hayes, daughter of Washington Performing Arts Society founder Patrick Hayes, reflects on her father’s legacy.
Hilary Hahn
The violinist reminisces about her history with Washington Performing Arts and our support of artists.
Helen Santoro
Patron and donor Helen Santoro recalls her first Washington Performing Arts performance.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The noted arts patron reflects on Washington Performing Arts’ history and role in the DC community.
Libra and Pharaoh Mayo
Libra Mayo shares the impact of the Capital Strings Camp on her son, budding cellist Pharaoh.
Chase Maggiano
The arts administrator recalls his time as a Washington Performing Arts intern.
Anthony Williams
The former mayor considers the organization’s role in the D.C. community.
Jenny Bilfield
Our President and CEO recounts her earliest impression of Washington Performing Arts.
Stanley J. Thurston
The artistic director of our Gospel Choirs reflects on the choirs’ place in the local choral community.
Michael and Caroline Heaney
Michael Heaney explains why he took his daughter—now an arts publicist—to our concerts as a child.
Reginald Van Lee
Our Board Chair remembers the performance that introduced him to Washington Performing Arts.
Samantha Rios
Samantha Rios shares favorite memories of singing with the Children of the Gospel Choir.
Kenneth Fischer
UMS president Ken Fischer examines Patrick Hayes’s impact on the arts community nationwide.
Anoushka Shankar
The sitar star discusses her history with Washington Performing Arts and her upcoming solo show.
Gary and Christina Mather
Our 50th Anniversary Season sponsors share memories of a unique experience with one of our artists.
Leon Fleisher
The piano legend shares an early memory of Patrick Hayes and a concert with the Berlin Philharmonic.
Michele Fowlin
Music director Michele Fowlin recalls her experiences with the Children of the Gospel Choir.
Soloman Howard
Opera star Soloman Howard describes the impact of the Children of the Gospel choir on his musical development.
Douglas Wheeler
Our President Emeritus recounts his early years with Patrick Hayes and the Washington Performing Arts Society.
Therrell Smith
Long-time Women’s Committee member Therrell Smith discusses the importance of arts education.
André Lewis
The chair of our Junior Board talks about cultivating the next generation of arts lovers.
Melvin Deal
The long-time Washington Performing Arts teaching artist reflects on our place in the D.C. community.
Wynton Marsalis
The trumpet legend describes his unique relationship with Washington Performing Arts.
Women’s Committee member Njambi discusses the Embassy Adoption Program.
Jay & Robin Hammer
Former Board Chair and avid patrons reflect on what first attracted them to Washington Performing Arts.
Ndumiso Mngadi
The diplomat describes our relationship with the South African Embassy and the importance of cultural diplomacy.
Yo-Yo Ma
The beloved cellist reflects on Washington Performing Arts’ 50th anniversary.
Kari Paludan Sorey
The teaching artist reflects on her work with students in our education programs.
Murray Horwitz
Our artist-in-residence recounts the premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s Blues Symphony in 2015.
André Coleman
Now a development officer, André Coleman recalls his time as an intern with Washington Performing Arts.
Maria Saldana
The high school arts coordinator discusses the impact of professional musicians interacting with her students.
Col. Larry H. Lang
The U.S. Air Force Band’s conductor discusses the band’s collaborations with Washington Performing Arts.
Avery Gagliano
The conservatory student shares memories of attending our performances as a child.
Irfana Jetha Noorani
The deputy director of D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge Park discusses the Mars Urban Arts Initiative.
Nathan Diamond
DCPS’s Director of the Arts reflects on the school system’s rich partnership with Washington Performing Arts.
Deborah Rutter
The Kennedy Center President discusses the SHIFT Festival and our place in the cultural landscape.
Douglas Rathbun
Patron and donor Douglas Rathbun recalls the time he was called upon to assist pianist Jeremy Denk in recital.
Lena Scott
Former Board Chair Lena Scott discusses one of our long-time performance and fundraising series.
Susan Hepner
Susan Hepner reflects on her tenure on the Board of Directors and our organization’s place in the community.
Kathy Brewington
Veteran staff member Kathy Brewington recalls working with Patrick Hayes and Doug Wheeler.
Johnny Walker, Jr.
The cellist and teaching artist recalls his experiences with the Feder Memorial String Competition.
Paul Huang
The acclaimed violinist reflects on his American solo recital debut and his ongoing, multi-faceted relationship with Washington Performing Arts.
Vlora Çitaku
The Ambassador and Junior Board member shares her gratitude for the Embassy Adoption Program and praise for the broader work of Washington Performing Arts.
Carolyn Wilson
Retired school principal and Women’s Committee member discusses our invaluable contribution to public school music program offerings in the D.C. area.

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