UPCOMING EVENTS

Sweet Honey In The Rock

MLK Day Celebration Reclaiming the Beloved Community

Join Washington, D.C.-based, African-American a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock®, as they mark this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a celebration of hope, resilience, and new beginnings. The ensemble will once again take the stage at the historic Lincoln Theatre, where they will look out to an audience of thousands from around the world who have joined via Zoom so that they can be seen by the artists. The concert will feature an exciting lineup of special guests including Kiki Shepard, Keith David, Mumu Fresh, Azar Lawrence, and Wycliffe Gordon who reflect the life of Reverend King and offer words of inspiration for the future.

Since 1973, Sweet Honey has empowered and inspired with songs about a range of social issues, blending potent themes with gorgeous artistry to stir the mind and the soul. Throughout their sterling career, the ensemble has raised their voices to defend civil rights, social justice, equality, and freedom for all.

The three-time Grammy® Award-nominated and internationally renowned group currently consists of members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, Rochelle Rice, Christie Dashielland features Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass. This performance will include American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, Barbara Hunt.

This event is made possible by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (CAH). The CAH is an independent agency in the District of Columbia government that evaluates and initiates action on matters relating to the arts and humanities and encourages programs and the development of programs that promote progress in the arts and humanities. CAH is the designated state arts agency for the District of Columbia and is supported primarily through District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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Festival de Flamenco

An Adventure In Traditional Music and Dance from Granada

Uncork a bottle of sherry, dust off your sense of adventure, and join us for a festival of music and dance set in the foothills of Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains. The afternoon begins with Variación a Tempo, the newest award-winning work by Sara Jimenez and Pablo Gimenez, broadcast live from Teatro Mira Amescua in Guadix. The exquisitely choreographed piece chronicles the evolution of Spanish music and dance, linking the classical traditions' influence on the more modern genre, flamenco. 

We then retreat to the olive groves of Almazara de Paulenca for an intimate performance broadcast live from a rustic, family-owned olive mill. Against a backdrop of hand-hewn timbers and terracotta tiles, guitarist Pablo Giménez leads a Granada based ensemble which features dancers Rocío Montoya, of Riverdance acclaim, and Jasiel Nahim. They remind us that nothing, not even a pandemic, can temper the passion of authentic Flamenco.

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Jesús Bienvenido

CARNIVAL BY CANDLELIGHT FROM CÁDIZ

Born in Cadiz, Spain, Jesús Bienvenido is a celebrated Carnival performer, composer, and singer-songwriter who embodies the region’s romantic musical heritage. He has written songs for many of Spain’s biggest stars including Antonio Banderas, Pasion Vega, India Martinez, Manuel Carrasco, and David de Maria. His socially conscious repertoire addresses themes ranging from politics and immigration to domestic violence and human rights. Jesús is the recipient of three Candela y Espino Prizes awarded by Amnesty International.

Broadcast live from Cadiz, Spain, this day of celebration begins with a staging of “Momo’s Four Suites,” which Jesús composed as a tribute to the city’s legendary Carnival. The show evokes the spirit of the beloved annual tradition with colorful costumes, storytelling, and humor while reimagining the music in a more contemporary and seductive style. He brings a different character to life in each suite, immersing the audience in the spectacle that has enlivened the streets of Cadiz for generations.

We then retreat to a more intimate setting for “Bolero by Candlelight”, an evening made for lovers that lends Spanish romanticism to America’s Valentine's Day. Slip into something comfortable, pour a glass of wine, light a few candles, and snuggle up to a selection of songs that will transport you and your loved one to a dimly lit cafe on the Southwestern coast of Spain.

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Claudia Acuña

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN RISING FESTIVAL

Latin Grammy Award nominee, Claudia Acuña, presents a two-part musical celebration to mark International Women’s Day. Broadcast live from Northampton’s Academy of Music Theatre, the production features a six-camera shoot to capture the intimacy of her performance and the majesty of this historic opera house. Audience members are invited to join via Zoom so they can “be seen” by the artists on a video wall in the orchestra pit.

Growing up in Chile, Claudia dreamed of performing in the iconic jazz clubs of New York City. She fell in love with this unfamiliar music while listening to international stations on her transistor radio. At age 20, she sold all of her possessions and immigrated to the US with no English and little more than her own ambitions. In a short period of time, she began appearing at jam sessions and gained recognition as one of the most intriguing and original vocalists on the scene. “She sings in the tradition of the great ones.” remarked Abbey Lincoln, “ Her sound is her own.”

Claudia will be joined by Pablo Vergara on piano, Carlos Henderson on bass, Juancho Herrera on guitar, and Rodrigo Recabarren on drums.

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Grand Opera Divas

Daughters of the Spanish Opera

Spend the day with two of Spain's most revered singers, both divas in their own right and daughters of some of the greatest stars in the history of Grand Opera. The day begins with an Opera Gala featuring Montserrat Martí Caballé, daughter of soprano Montserrat Caballé and tenor Bernabé Martí, who takes us on a journey through the world of Opera and Spanish Zarzuela with a selection of some of the classical genre’s most fascinating solos and duets.

The evening turns to Bacchus in Love with an inebriating mix of good wines and music; duets and songs that speak to us of passion and joy, friendships and glamour, exaltation and inspiration. Together soprano Cecilia Lavilla Berganza, daughter of the grand opera diva Teresa Berganza, baritone Luis Santana and pianist Victor Carbajo exalt the goodness of “miracle juices” by interpreting an extensive repertoire of different composers and celebrating this exciting and passionate pairing.

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Magos Herrera

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN RISING FESTIVAL

Born in Mexico City and currently based out of New York, Magos is best known for her eloquent vocal improvisation and her singular bold style, which embraces elements of contemporary jazz with Ibero-American melodies and rhythms singing in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. Regarded as one of the most active vocalists in the Latin American jazz scene, she is also a United Nation's spokesperson for UN Women UNITE, a program promoting the elimination of violence against women, and the UN's "He For She" campaigns to promote gender equality. Magos will be joined by an all-star ensemble with Luis Perdomo on piano, Sam Minaie on bass, and Alex Kautz on drums.

Join us in celebrating the vital contributions of women in the arts as part of the 2021 International Women Rising Festival. Broadcast live from the historic Academy of Music Theatre, this three-day event weaves together a tapestry of musical performances and conversations with distinguished artists and leaders in gender equity.

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New Immigrant Experience

Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble

The New Immigrant Experience, the remarkable eighth release by renowned composer Felipe Salles, is a powerful multimedia work inspired by the lives of “Dreamers,” the almost seven hundred thousand individuals currently protected by DACA. The performance will be preceded by an investigative panel discussion to ground us in the work's sociopolitical context.

Written by Salles –who emigrated from Brazil to the United States in 1995 – and developed with the aid of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, the work uses speech cadences and melodic motifs based on key words as its main source of musical material. The compelling and personal stories it tells were collected through interviews Salles conducted with a group of nine Dreamers during the summer of 2018. 

It’s an emotional musical journey through beautiful orchestral textures, carefully developed motifs, and intense solo features, that combine the power of a big band recording and the dramatic landscape of a soundtrack.

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