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Free Performance! Our multi-event tribute to the late, great Hazel Scott launches with music, stories, and more courtesy of The United States Air Force Band, piano virtuoso Michelle Cann, and others.

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.

FLORENCE PRICE - Piano Concerto in One Movement
GERSHWIN - Summertime
GERSHWIN - Rhapsody in Blue

Co-presented with The United States Air Force Band

This web stream 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.

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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 is one of eleven 2021/22 Season events 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 web stream and for a number of performances 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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