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SCHEDULE CHANGE (January 13, 2 PM EST): Out of an abundance of caution amid the current conditions of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, we have transformed this program from a live, in-person event at the Lincoln Theatre to a pre-recorded virtual event, premiering on Wednesday, February 16, at 7 PM EST. (Specific streaming details will be announced soon.) A total of three 2021/22 events have been rescheduled at this time; for more information on our rescheduling of select events, please see the open letter from President & CEO Jenny Bilfield. We apologize for any inconvenience but thank you for your ongoing support!

Pianist, actress, and activist Hazel Scott was one of the best-known musicians and celebrities of the first half of the 20th century, famed in the 1930s and ’40s as the “Queen of Cafe Society” (the first racially integrated nightclub in New York City) and in 1950 becoming the first Black American woman to host her own TV show. A true “Renaissance artist,” steeped in both the jazz and classical traditions, she was equally at home performing with a small combo, a big band, or a full orchestra—sometimes even playing two pianos simultaneously. This concert, part of a multi-event Washington Performing Arts “centenary-plus-one” celebration, features music Scott loved to perform plus other chestnuts from her era—including works by George Gershwin, Florence Price, and others.

Co-presented with The United States Air Force Band

Please Note: This free performance can be added to a subscription order, but it cannot be applied toward fulfilling the minimum number of paid events for a Custom 2 or 4 Subscription. Limit: four tickets per household. (Click "Add to Cart" above and select up to 4 tickets on the next page—note that you will receive an error message if more than 4 tickets are selected.) Also note that this performance features General Admission seating; please disregard the named seating sections on the following page.

COVID Safety Notice: As Washington Performing Arts does not own or operate its own venue, Washington Performing Arts audiences will be subject to the current vaccination policy of each event’s venue on the date of the event. The great majority of our venues require proof of vaccination, along with the wearing of masks at all times within indoor facilities. Please visit our COVID Safety Policy page for more information and links to our partner venues' own COVID Safety policies.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Lyn and Barry Chasen, Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather, and Adam Clayton Powell III and Irene M. Solet.

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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.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Lyn and Barry Chasen; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; and Adam Clayton Powell III and Irene M. Solet.

This is one of eleven 2021/22 Season performances included in Washington Performing Arts’s World in Our City initiative, which promotes cross-cultural understanding and cultural diplomacy via international performances, globally inspired Mars Arts D.C. programming, and the award-winning Embassy Adoption Program, a partnership with D.C. Public Schools.

Thank you to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work in 2021/22: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Barbara Myers and Tom Gallagher; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Additional sponsorships are available for this performance and others in the 2021/22 season. Contact Elizabeth Racheva, Chief Advancement Officer, at Sponsorship@WashingtonPerformingArts.org or (202) 533-1862 to learn more.


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