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“Virtuosity that is barely to be believed”
—Washington Post 

Longtime WPA audience favorite Zakir Hussain is the “indisputable tabla maestro” (Gramophone): an artist who has not only taken his instrument to its limits within its original discipline, Indian classical music, but who has vastly expanded the presence of both his instrument and musical heritage within other genres—including jazz, rock, and Irish and American folk music. In his Home Delivery Plus set on the Strathmore stage, he joins regular collaborators and one special guest from the D.C. scene—to be chosen by Hussain himself—in a musical exploration of “The Story of the Tabla,” from the drum’s origins to its leading-edge expressions. The package also includes an Opening Act by Hussain’s D.C.-based collaborator plus a Linger Longer “listening party,” in which Hussain shares and discusses some of the most influential recordings in his life, from childhood to today. 

Featuring a Headline Artist performance plus: 

Opening Act: A D.C.-based artist (TBA) selected by Zakir Hussain opens the show before joining Hussain for the Headline set. 

Linger Longer: “Zakir Hussain Listening Party,” in which the maestro plays and discusses some of the most important recordings in his life, from childhood to today. 

Additional components TBA

Single-Event Price: $25
Student Price: $4 (with free Gateway Student Ticket Program registration)

Special Thanks: View event and series sponsors.

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Artist website: Zakir Hussain

Special Thanks

Event Sponsors

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Gordon and Lisa Rush.

Linger Longers on Home Delivery Plus are made possible through the generous support of an anonymous donor.

This performance is one of six Home Delivery Plus events in 2020/21 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.

Series Sponsors

Thank you to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work in 2020/21, including presentation of Home Delivery Plus: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Betsy and Robert Feinberg; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; Tom Gallagher; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.

DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities


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