Monday, November 10, 2008

Uneven Creative Reception: New American Classical Music Coming To American Indian Museum, But Not Washington National Opera And Classical WETA-FM

Nilchi Shada’ji Nalaghali (winds that turn on the side from the sun -- in Navajo)


Emanuele Arciuli

Classical and Contemporary Piano Compositions

Tues., Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.

National Museum of the American Indian

Italian pianist Emanuele Arciuli is the leading proponent for music for piano by Native American composers. This concert features works by Louis Ballard (Quapaw/Cherokee), Brent Michael Davids (Mohican), Barbara Croall (Odawa), and George Quincy (Choctaw), and the world premiere of Nilchi Shada’ji Nalaghali (winds that turn on the side from the sun), composed for Arciuli by Raven Chacon (Navajo).

Arciuli has earned a reputation as a champion of both Classicism and 20th-century Music, particularly the Second Viennese School and American contemporary classical music.


The Coast Orchestra

November 9 at 6:30PM

East Building Concourse, Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Silent film, In the Land of the Head Hunters, with live music
Presented in conjunction with the National Museum of the American Indian; in honor of George de Forest Brush: The Indian Paintings

Concert Notes



"Our nation’s creativity has filled the world’s libraries, museums, recital halls, movie houses, and marketplaces with works of genius. The arts embody the American spirit of self-definition. As the author of two best-selling books – Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama uniquely appreciates the role and value of creative expression."

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Library of Congress American Memory Project:

Words and Deeds in American History

Letter with colored sketch, James W. Duke to an unidentified cousin, written from a Union prison camp, 31 August 1864. (Charles Buford Papers)

Image credit: Library of Congress American Memory Project.


In Memorium Miriam Makeba

At the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Honors Awards Gala this coming December, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, but not Miriam Makeba?

Photo credit: Associated Press.


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