American Echoes Series (2012-13 Season)

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Dr. John & The Lower 911 Band and The Blind Boys of Alabama: Spirituals to Funk

  • November 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Based on legendary Carnegie Hall concerts of the 1930s, Dr. John & The Lower 911 and the Blind Boys of Alabama join forces as icons of American music for a rousing night of jazz, blues, and gospel music. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dr. John is the living embodiment of New Orleans’ musical heritage. This keyboard master played with the royalty of rock before breaking out on his own and developing “The Night Tripper” persona. He dazzles audiences everywhere with his blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, R&B, psychedelic rock, and Creole. Legends of gospel music, The Blind Boys of Alabama first raised their voices together over 70 years ago and are celebrated for their remarkable longevity, diverse repertoire, and a stunning collection of achievements: five Grammy Awards, a Gospel Music Hall of Fame induction, a National Endowment of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, and performances for two U.S. presidents. This fantastic concert is a joy for music fans of all ages.

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$46, $38, $23

American Festival Pops Orchestra – Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season

  • December 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Anthony Maiello, conductor

Northern Virginia’s own American Festival Pops Orchestra comes home for the holidays with a dazzling celebration that is sure to warm the hearts and brighten the Christmas spirits of the entire family. This joyful program features the AFPO Holiday Brass Quintet, a special guest narration of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," and festive favorites including "The Holly and the Ivy," "Jingle Bell Rock," and Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride." For the past three seasons, this brilliant ensemble has delighted audiences with its lively interpretations of classic pops music, and has already established a loyal following. Under the baton and leadership of Anthony Maiello, the orchestra comprises some of the most talented musicians in the greater D.C. area. Capture the holiday spirit with this evening of traditional holiday music complete with an audience sing-along!

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$48, $40, $24

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: Mardi Gras with the MJO

The Pre-Performance Discussion for this event will begin at 7:30.

  • February 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Escape to the Big Easy for Mardi Gras! Join the “second line” (a New Orleans brass band parade tradition!) as the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra celebrates the birthplace of jazz. These first-rate jazz musicians from the D.C. area bring audiences to their feet in enthusiastic ovations whenever they perform their swinging interpretations of the great jazz classics. Artistic Director Jim Carroll has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, Apollo Theatre, and the White House. A versatile performer, he has shared the stage with Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Taylor, Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Don’t miss this festive evening of swingin’ New Orleans big band tunes.

$44, $36, $22

Turtle Island Quartet

  • March 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

With special guest Michael Doucet, fiddle

These accomplished Grammy Award-winning artists explore the myriad faces of Cajun music, a quintessentially American genre. Inspired by Virgil Thomson’s 1949 Pulitzer Prize-winning film score for Louisiana Story, this collaboration with Michael Doucet reflects a long time connection among these extraordinary instrumentalists. Turtle Island Quartet, the world’s preeminent cross-genre string quartet, has spent more than 25 years expanding the definition of classical music by infusing the string quartet esthetic with jazz, folk, rock, and ethnic music. Master fiddler Michael Doucet, leader of the famed band BeauSoliel, has put his encyclopedic mastery of Cajun music to work, revealing an array of diverse stylistic influences from around the globe. The Washington Post extols his mastery of the fiddle as “brash and blazing.” Together, these artists present a thrilling evening of music not to be missed!

$46, $38, $23

American Festival Pops Orchestra: Cinema Magic

  • April 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Anthony Maiello, conductor

Join this spirited ensemble for a journey through the world of film in a delightful program that includes some of the best music of the silver screen, including favorites from film giants John Williams, Hans Zimmer, James Horner, and Danny Elfman. The music also includes “Gabriel’s Oboe” (the theme from The Mission) played by former New York Philharmonic Orchestra Prinicipal Oboist, Joe Robinson.  Then, get an inside look into the film industry when motion picture and television composer, Vincent Oppido, leads a live film score recording. “Professionalism, affection, and more than a bit of pizzazz,” raves the Washington Times about this Northern Virginia pops orchestra sensation.

This performance is sponsored by Prof. and Mrs. James T. Bennett

$48, $40, $24