Monday, March 20, 2017

UrbanArias: LUCY ~ April 1-8, 2017

LUCY is a one-man opera for baritone and chamber ensemble with music by John Glover and a libretto by Kelley Rourke. Set in the 1970s, it is based on the true story of the psychotherapist Maurice Temerlin, who adopted a chimpanzee named LUCY and raised her with his own family. Lucy learned sign language, had her own cat, and drank martinis-- and in this opera her "father" Dr. Maurice Temerlin tells the audience her heart-wrenching story. 
Presented by UrbanArias.

Starring Andrew Wilkowske as Maurice Temerlin 

Robert Wood, conductor
Erik Pearson, director
Michael Locher, set and costume design
Burke Brown, lighting design.

75 minutes, in English. 

Performances at April 1, 7, 8 at 8pm and April 2 at 2pm. 
Not for children.

Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20002

Adult $35
Senior/Student $32

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

3/4/17 ~ RISE: A Circus of Light

Two performances: 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm. 

At the Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20002

This brand-new Zip Zap Circus show is a fun and uplifting mash-up of poetry, live music, and circus amazement for all ages. Rise! is an hour of wonder celebrating our human capacity to rise up to create joy, love, and light. Featuring renowned clown-poet-philosopher-storyteller Bill Forchion and friends, Rise! is a unique collaboration of talented artists from the Baltimore and Washington area and beyond.

For the seventh year in a row, our circus community comes together at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival as volunteer artists and technicians to support the transformational work of Zip Zap Circus in South Africa and North America. 

Tickets are available at:

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2/18/2017 Takoma Ensemble - PB & Jam Session: Meet the Composer


PB & Jam Session: Meet the Composer!

Saturday, February 18 at 4 PM - 4:45 PM

Join Becky Linafelt, members of the Takoma Ensemble, and our special guest, the effervescent composer Charlie Barnett for the latest in our series of incredibly popular and interactive concerts geared to children ages 1-1/2 to 7 and their grown-ups!

In a program called "Meet the Composer", our young audience will have the chance to learn how music is created - and to help!

Tickets not available in advance for this event, so come early as it fills up!
Suggested donation $10 per child.

Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium
7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD

The concert is presented by the We Are Takoma Series, and supported by a grant from the Takoma Foundation.

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)