Thursday, March 29, 2007

A Bevy Of Classical And Popular Composers From Japan, Europe, And America Help The Nation's Capital To Usher In The Spring Holiday Festivities

Chanoyu: Japanese Tea Ceremony
Saturday, March 31, 2007, 12 to 2 pm, Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art

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.


Slavic Cultural Festival
Saturday, March 31, 2007, noon to 6 pm
The George Washington University, University Yard, 21st and H St NW, Washington, DC.

A day of traditional Slavic cuisine, dance, and folk music from Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.
The feature performance will be by the 2004 winner of Eurovision Song Contest, Ruslana Lyzhichko, from Lviv and Kyiv.


New Chamber Music from Japan: Ruckus, with Retsuzan Tanabe, shakuhachi
Sunday, April 1, 2007, 1 pm, Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art
Pre-concert tour, Arts of Japan, 12:15 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 Baltimore County.


Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (4th Street and Michigan Avenue NE), a short walk from the Brookland/CUA Metro stop (Red Line).

PALM SUNDAY (April 1, 12 noon)
Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, celebrant

Thomas Weelkes, Hosanna to the Son of David
Felice Anerio, Christus factus est
Tomás Luis de Victoria, Vere languores nostros

HOLY THURSDAY (April 5, 5:30 pm)
Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, celebrant

Roland de Lassus, Gustate et videte
Juan de Lienas, Coenantibus autem illis
Michalenagelo Grancini, Suspirat anima mea and Dulcis Christe
Robert Powell, Anima Christi
David Hurd, Love Bade Me Welcome
Maurice Duruflé, Tantum ergo and Ubi caritas
William Byrd, Ave verum corpus
Giovanni da Palestrina, Sicut cervus
João Rebola, Panis angelicus

GOOD FRIDAY (April 6, 2:30 pm)
Monsignor Walter Rossi, celebrant

Gregorio Allegri, Miserere mei
Palestrina, Stabat mater and Super flumina Babylonis
Victoria, O vos omnes
Giovanni Nanino, Adoramus te Christe
Antonio Lotti, Crucifixus à 8
Carlo Gesualdo, Tenebrae factae sunt


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The Museum of Folk Architecture in Strochitsy, Minsk region, Belarus. The building of the museum is also an example of folk Belarusian architecture.

Photo credit (c) Ira, Volcovysk, Belarus (2001) and [Students of the World / Etudiants du Monde]. With thanks.


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