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A Beautiful Sound in the Neighborhood

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , , on January 3, 2013 by substanceandstyledc
Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) is making U Street, Howard University, Shaw, and Logan Circle the focus of its free community engagement activities in January 2013. Between January 8 and 14, members of the NSO are breaking into small ensembles to perform chamber music and educational activities as requested by community organizations. The NSO has worked with approximately 20 partners in these communities, and has agreed to fulfill more than 30 activities requested by the neighborhoods. Venues include the Lincoln Theater, Florida Avenue Baptist Church, Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium, Whole Foods and Dahlak Eritrean Restaurant.

The culminating event in the will be a concert by the full NSO at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium, January 14, at 7 p.m. which will be led by NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach and NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke. The celebrated soprano Jessye Norman, a graduate of Howard University, will perform, and the program will include the Washington premiere of George Walker’s Sinfonia No. 4, co-commissioned by the NSO. Events are free but some do require registration in advance. View the full schedule here.

Celebrate Freedom

Posted in Culture, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2012 by substanceandstyledc

Nine months before President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, on April 16, 1862, he signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, granting freedom to 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. The Compensated Emancipation Act was a significant step in ending the institution of slavery in the United States. Since 2005 the District of Columbia has commemorated this day with an official public holiday – DC Emancipation Day.  To mark the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act a number of educational and cultural events will take place throughout the city. Signature events taking place April 11 – April 16 include a parade, film screening, special exhibitions and a “Great Debate” Saturday, April 14 at the Lincoln Theater hosted by C.B. Homes and participants including Rev. Al Sharpton and the provocative thought leader, activist and author Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. Get more details about upcoming Emancipation Day events here.

Another Homecoming

Posted in Culture with tags , , , on March 1, 2012 by substanceandstyledc

Anthony Manough is a Howard University alum experiencing a homecoming all his own.  A native Washingtonian, who trained at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts before attending Howard University, he is an accomplished stage actor who has traveled the world honing his craft. His credits include Disney’s The Lion King, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Songs for a New World and taking on the role of Dromio in The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare Festival/LA.

But now this soulful son of Washington has returned as a featured artist to play the leading role in the Howard University Department of Theatre Arts production of Passing Strange alongside current Howard students with dreams of going where has already gone in his career.  It is a fitting production for his return.

Written by Stew and Heidi, Passing Strange is a funky and fun semi-autobiographical musical about a young Black man who grows up in suburban Los Angeles in the 1970’s who flees all that he has been taught in hopes that he’ll truly learn about himself and relearn about the world around him. Thoughtful dialogue and roaring and passionate songs move the audience with him through the show and his journey that takes him throughout Europe before he realizes where home is and how to define him.

The production of Passing Strange at Howard University is the first by a college or university. The show is directed by Eric Ruffin, with musical direction by Darius Smith and choreography by Princess Mhoon Cooper. Passing Strange will be performed in the Ira Aldridge Theater, Wednesday-Saturday, February 29, 2012 – March 10, 2012. Discount tickets are available for seniors and Howard alumni.

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