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Washington Performing Arts and The Library of Congress team up to present Grammy-winning violinist Johnny Gandelsman on Friday, May 13, 8pm at The Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium. Best-known to D.C. audiences as a co-founder of the adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider, violinist Johnny Gandelsman has re-imagined the works of Bach, recording not only the complete violin sonatas and partitas, but also the complete cello suites, praised by the New York Times for “an improvisatory feel of folk music.” His new project, This is America, is a set of 22 works for solo violin born out of the social-justice reckoning of 2020. The project highlights a diverse group of composers, including women, people of color, people of all ages, and representatives of myriad genres and backgrounds. The concert includes a new composition by Anjna Swaminathan, commissioned by Washington Performing Arts.

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Washington Performing Arts and The United States Air Force Band join forces to present the long-awaited, much-anticipated To Shiver the SkyChristopher Tin’s monumental, multi-media salute to flight. After a year’s pandemic postponement, this concert experience finally comes to the stage of The Anthem on Sunday, May 15 at 7pm and includes performances by The United States Airforce Band conducted by Col. Don Schofield, Choral Arts under the artist direction of Scott Tucker, and vocal ensemble ModernMedieval Voices. Two-time Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin is a master of the concert stage, silver screen, and gaming world. His work was featured on the soundtrack of blockbuster film Crazy Rich Asians, and he is beloved by millions thanks to his music for the game Civilization IV. To Shiver the Sky, a musical exploration of humankind’s journeys into the heavens, marries texts from pioneers of flight—from Leonardo da Vinci to Amelia Earhart—to Tin’s inspiring and wonder-filled score for orchestra, chorus, and soloists.

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This engagement of Johnny Gandelsman is made possible through the Special Presenter Initiatives program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and through the Dan Cameron Family Foundation.

Linger Longers are made possible through the generous support of an anonymous donor.

Washington Performing Arts’s participation in the originally scheduled 2020 To Shiver the Sky event was made possible through the generous support of Lyn and Barry Chasen, the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, Encompass Supply/Rudy Burwell and Mona Mohib, Washington Gas, and Daimler.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation     DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities     Encompass Supply     Washington Gas     Daimler

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Washington Performing Arts Gala

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS’S ANNUAL GALA & AUCTION!

District of Creativity: Arts & Community Amplified
Washington Performing Arts Gala
Saturday, May 21, 2022

National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

RSVP via web by May 4, 2022

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EVENING SCHEDULE

Cocktails and Silent Auction with Mars Arts D.C.
6:30-7:15pm
Featuring painter Khalid Thompson, saxophonist Brad Linde, and DJ Violetta Markelou

Program
7:15-8:00pm
Emceed by NBC4’s Aimee Cho and featuring The String Queens, pianist Avery Gagliano, steelpannist Josanne Francis, and Children of the Gospel Choir, led by Michele Fowlin

Dinner and Live Auction
8:00-10:00pm

After Party
Co-Hosted by the Washington Performing Arts Junior Board
Featuring The Experience Band & Show

Creative Black Tie Attire
Valet Parking Available
All guests and staff must be fully vaccinated to attend.

GALA LEADERSHIP

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

We are grateful for the generosity of our early Gala supporters and host committee, who encourage you to celebrate with us!

Design Foundry  Ourisman Automotive of Virginia  Mars  Ridgewells Catering  Total Wine & More  RJ Whyte Event Production  Wiley  Pepco, An Exelon Company  Encompass Supply   McGuire Woods Consulting   Northern Trust   Verizon

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Dupont Brass

THE FREE MARS ARTS D.C. SERIES AT SONGBYRD
CONTINUES WITH DUPONT BRASS

We are halfway through the Mars Arts D.C. Concert Series at Songbyrd presented by Washington Performing Arts and we can’t wait to keep the good times rolling with D.C.’s own soulful brass ensemble and past Mars Arts D.C. ensemble-in-residence DuPont Brass! They will be bringing a supercharged performance to the stage at Songbyrd Music House featuring contemporary spins on classic covers as well as award-winning original compositions. From jazz and R&B to hip hop and rock, DuPont Brass’s wide range of influences are sure to make for a truly unique and entertaining experience—May 18, 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.

Mars Arts D.C.    SVS Sound Revolution    D.C. Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment

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Michelle Cann

PIANO VIRTUOSO MICHELLE CANN IN SECOND HAZEL SCOTT TRIBUTE

A major American artist of the mid-20th century, Hazel Scott was best-known as a virtuosic jazz pianist—a celebrated presence on stage, on records, in movies, and later, on television. But she was also an exceptional classical musician, at a time when classical artists of color had few opportunities to perform. In this recital, the second concert in our 2021/22 Hazel Scott “centenary-plus-one” salute, pianist Michelle Cann pays tribute to Scott and to other Black female, classically trained pianists and composers of Scott’s time, including Florence Price and Margaret Bonds—all of whom incorporated Black culture into their classical works. A newly announced recipient of a 2022 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, Cann has been hailed as “a compelling, sparkling virtuoso” by the Boston Music Intelligencer. She will also be joined on stage by special guests in dialogue about Hazel Scott. Don’t miss Hazel Scott 101st Birthday Celebration: Michelle Cann Recital Wednesday, May 25, 8pm at Sixth & I.

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This performance is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Billy Rose Foundation; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; Pepco, An Exelon Company; and Adam Clayton Powell III and Irene M. Solet.

Washington Performing Arts’s Hazel Scott 101st Birthday Celebration is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Lydia Micheaux Marshall, and Barbara Myers and Tom Gallagher.

Performances at Sixth & I are made possible in part through the generous support of the Galena-Yorktown Foundation.

Pepco, An Exelon Company    National Endowment for the Arts Logo

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