Thursday, October 27, 2016

Washington Revels: The 2016 CHRISTMAS REVELS

The Christmas Revels ~ A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice in Music, Dance & Drama

Join us on a journey into the wonders of Nordic winter traditions! As our families from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden gather to celebrate the season, let the haunting melodies, breathtaking dance, mysterious folk legends, and joyful carols get you into the holiday spirit!

Discover mythic drama from Finland’s epic Kalevala. As the moon lights the snow, watch the spirited Icelandic Vikivaki as a mysterious stag looks on. Celebrate the Swedish “bringing of the light” by Sankta Lucia with her crown of candles. Watch dancers twirl in the hypnotic Telespringar and thrill to the spectacular leaps of Norway’s Tom Løvli in the Halling dance. Be enchanted by the songs and dances of our children, and participate in their retelling of a beloved Norwegian fairy tale. Delight as we decorate our tree with traditional woven hearts and raise your voice with us in festive Danish toasts and carols.

Revel with our cast of over 100, ages 8–85, as we journey to the Northlands.

Washington Revels’ flagship production, The Christmas Revels, is an annual festive celebration of the Winter Solstice and the return of sun and light after the “shortest day.” Through music, dance and drama, it draws on traditions and rituals from many lands, peoples, and eras — medieval, Renaissance and Victorian English, French, Russian, Roma (Gypsy), African-American, Nordic, American Appalachian, Native American, Renaissance Italian, Québécois, medieval Andalusian (Sephardic, Arabic and Spanish), southern Balkan (Bulgarian, Greek and Thracian Turkish), Irish, and more.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Rowyn Peel in Concert - August 19, 2016

Folklore Society of Greater Washington
Special Event: Rowyn Peel in Concert

Friday, August 19, 2016
6:30 - 8:00pm

Emma's Espresso and Wine Bar
106 Hume Ave, Alexandria, Virginia 22301

ROWYN PEEL, college-bound folksinger and songwriter

Rowyn Peel has performed with the Washington Revels since 2006 and with the Victorian Lyric Opera Company, and sung at the Kennedy Center with Shirley Jones under conductor Marvin Hamlisch. She has also studied songwriting under the FSGW's own Jennifer Cutting and vocal performance under Rae Carlson. Come hear the results on her last weekend before starting at Oberlin College!

$15 donation suggested

Rowyn Peel on Soundcloud

Details on the FSGW website.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Audition Announcement 7/16-17: Victorian Lyric Opera Company, Rockville, MD

Audition Announcement
for opera in concert:
Michael William Balfe's 

Music Directed by Joseph Sorge
Concert Staging by Debbie Grossman

Performances: 10/14 & 10/15 at 8pm, 10/16 at 2pm at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Rockville, MD

NOTE: Likely change of performance dates to 10/7-9 plus venue change.

Auditions (by appointment only): For those interested in principal roles and those new to The Victorian Lyric Opera Company. Current and former VLOC members may sign up for chorus using the audition sign up form.

  • Saturday, July 16, 12pm-3pm
  • Sunday, July 17, 7pm-10pm
Click here to sign up for an audition slot.

Callbacks: Monday, July 18, 7-10-pm, by invitation only.
Location: Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Parish Hall, 4902 Berwyn Road, College Park, MD

Audition information: Please prepare one verse of a song in English and bring sheet music in the appropriate key for the provided accompanist. You will be asked to provide your scheduling conflicts for the rehearsal period of August through October.

Rehearsals: Generally scheduled on Sunday afternoons, and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in August. Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday in September.

Principal Roles:

  • Count Arnheim (baritone) - Governor of Presburg
  • Thaddeus (tenor) – a Polish soldier
  • Florestein (tenor) – nephew of the Count
  • Devilshoof (bass) – Chief of the Gypsies
  • Arline (soprano) – daughter of the Count
  • Queen of the Gypsies (mezzo) 
  • Captain of the Guard (and narrator) (baritone)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Cosi fan tutte Goes HOLLYWOOD! 4/23-5/1, 2016

Sasha Olinick
Randa Rouweyha
Melissa Chavez
Erin Passmore
Sean Pflueger
Sam Keeler

Directed by Shirley Serotsky
Music directed by Stanley Thurston
Adaptation by Nick Olcott

Scenic Design by Jonathan Dahm Robertson
Costumes by Donna Breslin
Lighting by Stefan Johnson


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Three For a Song: Encores and Omelets

Three For a Song
SUNDAY, APRIL 3 from Noon-3pm

Come join Three For a Song as we follow up our recent Germano’s full house with a full plate of delicious brunch delicacies and fabulous classic tunes.

Iyona Blake, Doug Bowles and Alex Hassan will have you laughing, crying and cheering for more with their inimitable style and presentation of some of the most exciting American pops songs ever written – 1920s and 30s style.

Germano’s Piattini and Cabaret, 300 S High St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Takoma Ensemble: Peanut Butter & Jam Session

Takoma Ensemble: Peanut Butter & Jam Session

January 30, 2016 at 4:00pm
Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium
7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

We are excited to present the next installment in our series of Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions with Becky Linafelt as part of the WE ARE TAKOMA Series.

Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions are designed for children ages 1 1/2 to 7 and their accompanying grown-ups. These informal concerts encourage young children to become active and enthusiastic listeners through music, movement, and games.

In this session, we will explore FEELINGS. For the young child, navigating and understanding feelings can be quite a complicated task! Our feelings range from great excitement and joy to sadness and anger and all that’s in between.

Join a String Quintet from the Takoma Ensemble and Kindermusik educator, Becky Linafelt, on a musical journey through the varied landscape of FEELINGS.

Stay for snacks after the performance!

A $10 per child donation is suggested.
There are no advance tickets or reservations available for this event, so please come early as it is VERY POPULAR!