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A GOSPEL CONCERT OF UPLIFTING HOPE TO CLOSE OUR 21/22 SEASON

Join us as we celebrate the close of our 2021/22 Season with an unforgettable evening of inspiration! The Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs take to the Grand Theater stage at Prince George's Community College's Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, June 11, 8pm. Their program Forever, We Will Sing: A Gospel Celebration offers a thrilling range of artistry, from spirituals to contemporary gospel, and celebrates the power of music, faith, and community in these complex times.

For 30 years, these ensembles have shared uplifting and versatile gospel music experiences with audiences across the Washington metro area. Men and Women of the Gospel Choir, led by Theodore Thorpe III, rock the house with powerful and poignant performances while the Children of the Gospel Choir, led by Michele Fowlin, bring a youthful energy to the stage that is truly spellbinding.

Highlights include the premiere of Stephen Key's Forever, We Will Sing—a work commissioned in celebration of the 30th anniversary of our gospel choirs—and the announcement of the 2022 recipient of the Children of the Gospel Choir Reggie Award. Guest artists include award-winning vocalist and music educator G. Thomas Allen, Children of the Gospel Choir alum Jordan Embrack, Canadian-born songstress, the renowned Monique Steele Griffiths, and DMV-based recording artist Sherice Tomlin.

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2022/23 Season

SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT NEXT WEEK

SAVE THE DATE: Mark your calendar for June 14! We can’t wait to share the unique programs, astounding artists, and bold collaborations that comprise The World In Our City, our 2022/23 season. 30+ events, representing 19 nations. We hope you’ll join us for each and every one.

Highlights Include:

  • The Return of Orchestras!
  • Classical Icons on a Grand Scale
  • Special Collaborations and Presentations
  • Intimate Recitals From Legends and Newcomers Alike
  • The Hayes Piano Series
  • The Glory of Gospel Music
  • Institutions of Jazz
  • And More!

 

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DowntownDC Live

MARS ARTS D.C. CURATES FREE DOWNTOWNDC SERIES

 

Mars Arts D.C. is proudly partnering with DowntownDC to offer a summer lineup of fantastic local artists at Franklin Park (1315 I St NW). This June, take your Thursdays to the next level with the DowntownDC LIVE! at Franklin Park concert series where Mars Arts D.C. artists will bring some lunch break beats and midday melodies every Thursday at 12:30pm from June 2 to June 23!

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Mars Arts D.C. Concert Series at Songbyrd

THE MARS ARTS D.C. CONCERT SERIES AT SONGBYRD
ENDS WITH A POWERHOUSE COLLABORATION

The Mars Arts D.C. Concert Series at Songbyrd ends with a performance you won’t want to miss! On Wednesday, June 22, Frenchie Davis, Broadway vocalist and past contestant on American Idol and The Voice, joins forces with multi-genre feel-good group The Experience Band & Show to bring you an concert of classic covers. Get ready for an evening of moving and grooving to some of your favorite tunes—and as always, sing 'em if you know 'em! Food and drinks will be available from the Songbyrd bar & restaurant. This event is FREE with registration required. Doors open at 7pm.

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This event is part of the Mars Arts D.C. Concert Series at Songbyrd—a four-part concert series presented by Washington Performing Arts and its signature community engagement initiative Mars Arts D.C. With monthly concerts spanning March - June of 2022, the Mars Arts D.C. Concert Series at Songbyrd is a product of Mars Arts D.C.’s curatorial prowess and the welcoming atmosphere of Songbyrd Music House, a distinct local venue ingrained in the D.C. music scene. The Series features a wide range of musical genres providing a monthly oasis for music-lovers of all types.

Mars Arts D.C. is a partnership of Mars, Incorporated and Washington Performing Arts, with support from Jacqueline Badger Mars.

The Mars Arts D.C. Concert Series at Songbyrd is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Gary and Silvia Yacoubian and SVS Home Audio; the D.C. Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment.

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Teaching Artist Applications

NOW ACCEPTING TEACHING ARTIST APPLICATIONS!

Washington Performing Arts is now accepting applications to join our diverse roster of Teaching Artists for the 2022-23 school year! Each year, our Teaching Artists participate in programs such as Concerts in Schools, In-School Artist Residencies, Embassy Adoption Program, and Enriching Experiences for Seniors in schools, senior communities, and other venues throughout the DC Metro area.

About Our Education & Community Programs

Application deadline: July 15th

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2022 Fall Internships

FALL 2022 INTERNSHIPS

Washington Performing Arts is currently accepting applications for Fall 2022 Internships in Advancement, Education & Community Engagement, Choral Education & Performance, Communications & Creative Media, Cultural Diplomacy & Education, and Mars Arts D.C./Special Productions! This fall, our internships fully in-person, on a hybrid schedule, or fully remote depending on the position. Our volunteer interns are eligible for a stipend of $500 upon completion of an average of 15 hours per week for at least 9 weeks during the summer term. Visit our internships page to view the position descriptions and application instructions. Apply by July 10 for best consideration.

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Washington Performing Arts Gala

A GLORIOUS NIGHT: DISTRICT OF CREATIVITY GALA

What a spectacular evening! Thank you for joining us to celebrate the creativity and resilience of local artists as well as the strength and warmth of our community! We hope you enjoyed every moment of the night, from the amazing Emcee Aimee Cho to the array of exceptional artists that took the stage, including painter Khalid Thompson, saxophonist Brad Linde; DJ DINO, The String Queens, pianist Avery Gagliano, steelpannist Josanne Francis, and our very own Children of the Gospel Choir, led by Michele Fowlin. We were thrilled that so many of you embraced the Gala theme creatively and stayed to dance the night away with The Experience Band & Show.

It was such a joy to recognize and celebrate our honorees with you. They are all changemakers and innovators in the District—artists Sweet Honey in the Rock, the D.C. Pubic Schools Arts Team, as well as dance Icon and long-time Women’s Committee member Therrell Smith.

Check out some highlights from the evening (by David Claypool/Kalorama Photography), as well as snaps from our photobooth, generously sponsored by Mrs. Jacqueline Badger Mars.

We extend our gratitude to our Gala leadership and generous sponsors!

GALA CO-CHAIRS
H.E. Shaikha Aisha Jaber AlKhalifa
Kathryn and Will Korengold
Y. Grace Lin and Y. Morris Chen
Joseph May and Brian Pesin
Cheryl McQueen

AUCTION CHAIR
Elaine Rose

Complete list of Sponsors and Contributors

Special thanks to the members of our Board of Directors, Junior Board,
and the Women’s Committee who helped make this evening possible.

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Lauren Beyea

MEET OUR NEW WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS STAFF MEMBER

Lauren Beyea is our Director of Marketing, Communications, & Creative Media. Lauren has nearly two decades of communications experience with D.C. non-profits including Ford’s Theatre and Museum and the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Her work has spanned public relations, branding, marketing and social media promotions for stage productions, world-premieres, numerous special museum exhibitions, educational initiatives, and red carpet events. A choral music enthusiast and occasional soloist, Lauren has performed with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Music Center, Ford’s Theatre, and more.

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