Thursday, June 26, 2014

Chesapeake, by Lee Blessing - Edge of the Universe Players 2

4 more performances - next performance Sunday 7/13 at 3:45pm

It’s a dog’s life . . . and the next one is, too.

The Edge of the Universe Players 2 present
by Lee Blessing

Featuring Dexter Hamlett
Directed by Aly B. Ettman

A magical-realist fable about a New York performance artist, a firebrand Southern politician, 
and the Chesapeake Bay retriever who unites their fates forever. And ever.

Thursday, July 10 at 8:00
Sunday, July 13 at 3:45
Saturday, July 19 at Noon
Wednesday, July 23 at 8:45
Saturday, July 26 at 7:00

At Fort Fringe—Bedroom
612 L St. NW, WDC 20001

Tickets available at 
or 866-811-4111 
Fort Fringe, 607 New York Avenue, NW, DC

Invite your friends through the Facebook Event Page
plus find out cool background info about the play and the actor. 

Check out the preview in the Gazette and on DC Metro Theater Arts.

This production is presented as a part of the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival, 

a program of the Washington, DC non-profit Capital Fringe.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Go-Go Symphony at the Atlas - Friday, June 27

"...a powerhouse of unstoppable momentum… it brought the sold-out house to its feet, cheering." -- Washington Post

Do you have your tickets yet? These shows are going to sell out! 
Check out the latest press:

Were you one of the lucky ones who snagged a ticket to “Go-Go Symphony” at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival in February?

If not, here’s your chance to get in on the high-energy excitement – or to experience it again!

The Capital City Symphony and the Go-Go Symphony ensemble are thrilled to announce a REMOUNT of the “Go-Go Symphony” concert, once again including Special Guest MC Head-Roc and dancers from Da Originalz.

Friday, June 27 at 8pm & 10pm

Special Guest MC Head-Roc

with Da Originalz dancers

in the Lang Theater
at the Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC

John Devlin, Conductor
Liza Figueroa Kravinsky, Composer
with additional compositions and arrangements by Peter Van Siclen

All tickets $30. Advance purchase strongly recommended!
This week only, use discount code ccsggs5 to get $5 off one ticket.

Tickets available online or through the Atlas Box Office at 202-399-7993.

Check out this review of the February performance.

Read the full press release.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

CCS Happy Hour at Shaw's Tavern 6/12/14

Capital City Symphony ~ Happy Hour at Shaw's Tavern

THURSDAY, JUNE 12 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Please join us at Shaw's Tavern for a Fundraising Happy Hour for the Capital City Symphony. Come mix and mingle with members of the orchestra!

A portion of the proceeds of food and drinks will benefit CCS.

(Check out the menu.)

Raffle prizes! 
Gift certificates to Shaw's Tavern and for CCS Concert Tickets!

$5 Cover Charge at the Door - goes directly to CCS.

Shaw's Tavern, 520 Florida Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Capital City Symphony ~ American MusicFest Part II ~ May 4, 2014 at 5pm

American MusicFest

April 20, 2014, Washington, D.C. -- The Capital City Symphony, a founding Arts Partners at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in NE Washington, D.C., is presenting a two-part American MusicFest in March and May of 2014. Part I, which was held on March 23, focused on 21st composers, including local composer Scott Pender, Jennifer Higdon of Philadelphia, and DC-native Steven Gerber, now living in New York, with guest artist Robert Spates, Violin. Part II, on May 4 at 5:00pm will include two favorite works by Samuel Barber, with guest artist local soprano Mary Gresock.

Artistic Director and Conductor Victoria Gau explains: “I find myself increasingly drawn to the incredibly rich array of new classical music being written by American composers  The idea of including music by my two friends, Scott Pender and Steven Gerber, got me started. It wasn’t hard to find the additions of Jennifer Higdon’s exquisite Blue Cathedral, and a perennial favorite, Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2.”

The May concert will feature two favorite works by Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings and Knoxville, Summer of 1915 with Mary Gresock, soprano. The program will also include a non-American work, the popular Brahms Symphony No. 2.

Sunday, May 4 at 5:00pm

At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC. 
Directions and parking information can be found at

Tickets for all seats are $25. Ticket for children 16 and under are FREE. Student Tickets are $15, available at the door only, with valid student ID.

Tickets are available online at www.capitalcitysymphony.orgor through the Atlas Box Office at 202-399-7993.

Reception to follow at SMITH COMMONS
Happy hour deals on drinks & food, including selected beer, wine, and cocktails for $5 and reduced-price appetizers. The full regular menu will also be available (no discounts).


Mary Gresock, soprano, performs extensively in concert, opera, operetta, and musical theatre throughout the Washington/Baltimore area. A versatile singing actress, Ms. Gresock’s singing voice has been described in The Washington Post as “radiant… sparkling…  and exquisite,” while her acting has been noted as “impressive… demonstrating a real gift for comedy and considerable charm.” Ms. Gresock has performed roles with Opera International, Washington National Opera, Baltimore Opera, Ashlawn-Highland Opera Festival, The IN Series of Washington, Opera Vivente, Maryland Lyric Opera, Annapolis Opera, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, Maryland Opera Society, Ohio Light Opera, The Washington Savoyards, Prince George’s Opera, Opera Americana, The Other Opera Company, Round House Theatre, Interact Theatre, and Signature Theatre. 

On the concert stage, Ms.Gresock recently debuted with The Trinity Chamber Orchestra in a concert celebrating works by Gilbert and Sullivan, and she was featured with The Maryland Chamber Orchestra in Saint-Saen’s Christmas Oratorio and Scarlatti’s Christmas Cantata. Unique operatic performances include the honor of creating “Castrato” and “The Judge” in the world premiere of John Musto’s Grammy nominated opera, Volpone, with The Wolf Trap Opera Company, and “Anna Gomez” in The Consul with Washington National Opera under the stage direction of the composer, Gian Carlo Menotti. Future engagements include: the world premiere a new opera entitled Lost Childhood with the National Philharmonic, Laetitia in Menotti’s original opera radio version of The Old Maid and The Thief with Odyssey Opera Theatre, featured soloist with Trinity Chamber Orchestra, and the roles of Officer’s Wife/Martha in the east coast premiere of an opera version of The Secret Garden with The Opera Theatre of Weston in Vermont. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Online Auction to Benefit the Capital City Symphony - Spring 2014

Capital City Symphony
Spring 2014 Online Auction!

April 1 through May 5 

The Capital City Symphony SPRING Auction helps to support our concert programming, including exciting collaborations and free tickets for kids.

Auction items range from theater tickets to handmade pottery to dining gift certificates to craft beer.

Check out the latest list of Donated Items.

Or, go directly to our Auction Website (click here for Mobile Website).

The Capital City Symphony fits your budget and your lifestyle, with low ticket prices (free for kids!), creative programming, exciting collaborations, and fun special events such as Meet-The-Musicians Happy Hours and Come-Play-With-Us Chamber Music Jams.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Capital City Symphony Online Auction - Spring 2014

Capital City Symphony
Spring 2014 Online Auction!
April 1 through May 5 

The Capital City Symphony SPRING Auction 2014 will run from April 1, 2014 to May 5, 2014, with proceeds going to Capital City Symphony in order to support our concert programming, including exciting collaborations and free tickets for kids.

Auction items range from theater tickets to handmade pottery to dining gift certificates to craft beer. So, tell your friends, family, community.

Visit the Auction Website!

Items will continue to be added throughout April, so check back often.
Click here to donate an item.


In addition to your exposure through our Auction website, donors will be listed on our CCS website, as well as being mentioned in our upcoming e-newsletters and on our Facebook page. Sponsors will also be thanked in our Spring concert programs, among other possible benefits. Our members live all over the DC Metro region, with large concentrations in NW DC, Capitol Hill, Montgomery County, and the Northern Virginia suburbs.


Your support will help the Capital City Symphony continue its mission to present affordable concerts to the public, perform creative programs in a relaxed concert format, and provide appealing performance opportunities for talented amateur as well as professional players. This includes providing FREE tickets to kids age 16 and under, offering performance opportunities for young artists, and presenting our annual FREE Community Carol Sing.

Thank you in advance for your support! We look forward to your item donation and online bids!

Saturday, March 8, 2014


"...One of the freshest and most stimulating shows for lovers of vintage popular music performed by an outstandingly talented trio." -- Michael Feinstein

THREE FOR A SONG, the nationally featured trio of Karin Paludan, soprano, Doug Bowles, tenor, and Alex Hassan, pianist, announces the release of their latest CD "THE GREATEST SONGS YOU'VE NEVER HEARD."

at Germano's Piattini
Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 7:30pm Showtime

Cabaret Room opens at 6pm for pre-show dining

Click here for tickets and details.

"Greatest Songs" features 72 minutes of songs from the 1930s that were in most cases never allowed the light of day or only momentarily enjoyed the spotlight.The songs are drawn from Alex Hassan's personal collection of over 40,000 original song sheets from 1920-1940, and the newly unveiled "It's Showtime" database at the Library of Congress, which brings to light over 60,000 pieces of theatrical music from America's early days to mid twentieth-century.

The songs have been recorded in absolute brilliant style, and come complete with a 21 page booklet, loaded with tons of funny and informative pictures and articles. Each song has a mini-history and intro written by Alex Hassan.

This show was featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" with Robert Siegel, and has appeared at The Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, L.A.'s Jonathan club, and Sophia's in New York with Vince Giordano (The Aviator and Boardwalk Empire). It received this recent rave from Michael Feinstein: "You have done something that no one else has ever done by finding and performing, and now recording these songs that were long ago buried and had no chance of ever being heard by anyone! What a great achievement... One of the freshest and most stimulating shows for lovers of vintage popular music performed by an outstandingly talented trio."

To obtain a copy for just 20 dollars, shipping INCLUDED, order via PayPal:

Name and Mailing Address

or send an email to Alex Hassan at to arrange purchase.

Follow Three For A Song on Facebook or on their blog!