Friday, February 23, 2007

In The Shadow Of The Culture Palaces: The NGA Celebrates American Music And The Freer/Sackler Celebrates Old & New Music From Japan, Turkey, And India

Music from Japan

Saturday, February 24, 2007, 7:30 pm, Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery

Junko Tahara, biwa (lute); Kohei Nishikawa, flutes; Akikuni Takahashi, percussion

Pre-concert gallery tour, 6:45 pm

Hear this all-star trio, direct from Japan, perform new and traditional music for the ancient Japanese lute, accompanied by flutes and percussion. Joining Junko Tahara, a master of the rarely heard biwa, are Kohei Nishikawa on fue (Japanese flute) and percussionist Akikuni Takahashi. All three are longtime members of the acclaimed Pro Musica Nipponia. Their program ranges from medieval narrative songs to a newly commissioned work by Masataka Matsuo. Presented in cooperation with Music From Japan, Inc. (New York).

Ahmet Özhan Ensemble

Thursday, March 15, 2007, 7:30 pm, Meyer Auditorium

Pre-concert tour, Arts of the Islamic World, 6:45 pm

This year marks the eight hundredth birthday of the great poet and mystic Jalal ad-Din Rumi, who inspired the formation of the Whirling Dervishes and remains one of the world's best-selling authors in any language. Join this yearlong celebration of Rumi's enduring religious and literary legacy. Made possible with support of Koç Holding.

Ahmet Özhan is Turkey's leading interpreter of Rumi songs and other Sufi music. He makes a rare visit to the United States to perform not only with Whirling Dervishes at the Library of Congress (March 13) but also in recital with his musical ensemble at the Freer. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Turkey.

Chanoyu: Japanese Tea Ceremony

Saturday, March 31, 2007, 12 to 2 pm, Meyer Auditorium

Join masters and students from Nakamura Gakuen University in Japan for a demonstration of chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony. Curator of Ceramics Louise Cort provides commentary.

New Chamber Music from Japan

Sunday, April 1, 2007, 2 pm, Meyer Auditorium

Ruckus, with Retsuzan Tanabe, shakuhachi

Pre-concert tour, Arts of Japan, 1:15 pm

Three leading Japanese composers are on hand for the Washington premiere of their works for shakuhachi (bamboo flute), flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, and piano. Composers Hiroyuki Itoh, Hiroyuki Yamamoto, and Shirotomo Aizawa participate in a discussion after the concert, which concludes the Music of Japan 2007 conference at the University of Maryland.

An Encounter with Rumi: Gardens of the Heart

Thursday, April 12, 2007, 7:30 pm, Meyer Auditorium

Two great musical traditions from India and Turkey meld their sources in imagery of nature. Neva Özgen, one of the few female masters of the Turkish kemenche (fiddle), draws upon the Sufi repertoire inspired by the poet Rumi and recites his evocative poetry on garden themes. Bansuri flutist Deepak Ram, a senior disciple of the great Hariprasad Chaurasia, joins her along with Diana Rowan on troubadour harp and Tupac Mantilla on percussion.

Enjoying the Flowers: Chinese Music and Drama

Sunday, April 22, 2007, 12 & 2:30 pm, Haupt Garden (rain location: Meyer Auditorium)

Relax in the beautiful Haupt Garden adjacent to the Sackler and enjoy rarely heard nanguan music and drama, a Chinese tradition dating from the sixteenth century. Hear the bittersweet song "Painting of One Hundred Flowers," an instrumental piece that depicts a plum tree blossoming, and a scene from the romantic drama Enjoying the Flowers. Members of the Gang-a-Tsui Ensemble, direct from Taiwan, perform, introduced by Chinese music scholar Nora Yeh of the Library of Congress.

Slanty Eyed Mama

Saturday, May 5, 2007, 7 pm, Meyer Auditorium

Pre-performance gallery tour (East Meets West), 6:15 pm.

Trip-hop spoken-word sensation Slanty Eyed Mama comes to DC with a concert of sonic poems, electric violin arias, and satirical politico-comic commentary that deconstructs images of Asians in America. The duo is made up of two Juilliard-trained "good Asian girls gone wild." Classical violin virtuoso Lyris Hung traded her bow for a guitar pick and rock 'n' roll sampler, and award-winning actor-writer Kate Rigg dominates the microphone with her wicked Nuyorasian lyrics. Dissect the show in a post-performance question-and-answer interrogation with the artists. This program is intended for mature audiences

Details for Freer/Sackler Performance Series


February 18
Mark Kaplan, violinist, and Yael Weiss, pianist
Music by Carter, Feigin, and Sessions

Presented in honor of Jasper Johns: An Allegory of Painting, 1955–1965, as part of the Sixty-second American Music Festival
6:30 p.m.
East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art
Concert Notes

February 25
Alan Feinberg, pianist
Music by Babbitt, Cage, Feldman, Helps, Ives, and Nancarrow

Presented in honor of Jasper Johns: An Allegory of Painting, 1955–1965, as part of the Sixty-second American Music Festival
6:30 p.m.
East Building Auditorium
Concert Notes

March 4
The Contemporary Music Forum
Music by Cage

Presented in honor of Jasper Johns: An Allegory of Painting, 1955–1965, as part of the Sixty-second American Music Festival

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Concert Series

Anton Henning - Interieur No. 321

Image credit: (c) Anton Henning 2007. All rights reserved. Via Frieze Art Fair 2007 (London). With thanks.


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