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).

Current Top Items:

  1. Music Lover's Basket
  2. Wine! Our Favorite Malbecs
  3. Professional Headshots
  4. "Everyday Family Dinners" Cookbook, signed by the author
  5. $25 Gift Certificate to Taylor Gourmet
  6. $25 Gift Card to AMC Movie Theaters
  7. Set of 4 Coasters Handcrafted from Sheet Music
  8. Hand-woven shawl poncho scarf
  9. Ceramic Cup and Bowl Set
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.

WHY DONATE?

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.

WHY BID? 

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!


www.capitalcitysymphony.org

Saturday, March 8, 2014

CD Release by THREE FOR A SONG


"...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."

CD RELEASE CONCERT!
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."

ORDER YOUR COPY!
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 alexsara@noveltypiano.com to arrange purchase.

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


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Capital City Symphony - American MusicFest 2014




CCS American MusicFest Part I
Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 5pm

Scott Pender ~ Solemn Overture
Jennifer Higdon ~ blue cathedral
Steven Gerber ~ Two Lyric Pieces, with Robert Spates, violin
Howard Hanson ~ Symphony No. 2 "Romantic"

Post-concert Q&A with composers Scott Pender and Steven Gerber

Reception to follow for audience and orchestra members at Smith Commons (happy hour deals on drinks & food, including selected beer, wine, and cocktails for $5 and reduced-price appetizers).

Read more about our GUEST ARTISTS

Read more about the COMPOSERS

Read PROGRAM NOTES

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

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

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CCS American MusicFest Part II
Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 5pm


Barber ~ Adagio for Strings
Barber ~ Knoxville, Summer of 1915, with Mary Gresock, soprano
plus Brahms, Symphony No. 2

Monday, February 24, 2014

March 9 - Tapping the Classic at Knock On Wood Tap Studio

















March 9, 2014 from 2-3pm
BS Chorus
taught by Baakari Wilder

Throughout the year, Knock On Wood Tap Studio will be offering Sunday afternoon workshops featuring different classic tap dances. Come learn some fun bits of tap history, and be able to join in mass dances with other tappers wherever you go!

Open to all ages and experience levels
$10 per class

Register online or by email.

At Knock On Wood Tap Studio
6925 Willow Street NW, Suite 101, Washington, DC
in downtown Takoma Park, across from CVS, near the Takoma Metro station

Knock On Wood Tap Studio
202-722-1625

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Capital City Symphony - 2014 Chamber Music Jam - March 1st


2014 CHAMBER MUSIC JAM!

Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 4-8pm

at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 7611 Clarendon Road, Bethesda, MD

IF YOU MISSED THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE - email events@capitalcitysymphony.org to see if there's still room.

Chamber Music Jam quartet
Join members of the Capital City Symphony and other local musicians for socializing, sight-reading, and supper at our 2014 Chamber Music Jam.

Come to play, or just to listen!

Includes dinner and desserts!

$40 Full Event (participating musicians)
$25 Dinner & Listening (non-musicians)

Advance registration is required (so that we can have a headcount for dinner, and so that we can have the right assortment of music.) Sign up HERE.

OR register via email and pay by check or cash at the door. Please include your name, instrument, and ability level in your email. events@capitalcitysymphony.org

Do you like playing chamber music with friends? Fancy listening to others make ensemble music in a relaxed setting? Want to support your local community orchestra by joining us for dinner?

Come join members of the Capital City Symphony and other local musicians for socializing, sightreading, and supper.

Professional and accomplished amateur musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments, and others will be able to relax and enjoy music from a variety of composers, eras, and instrument combinations while roaming from room to room.


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This is a fundraiser for the Capital City Symphony. All but $10 of your registration fee is tax-deductible. The Capital City Symphony, a resident arts partner at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in NE Washington, D.C., makes music approachable by *presenting affordable concerts to the public, *performing creative programs in a relaxed concert format, and *providing appealing performance opportunities for talented amateur as well as professional players.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Head Roc to be Guest MC for Go-Go Symphony! Capital City Symphony at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival 2/21/2014




















The Capital City Symphony presents Go-Go Symphony!
With special Guest MC Head Roc

ATLAS INTERSECTIONS FESTIVAL
at the Atlas Performing Arts Center

Friday, 2/21 at 8:00pm

We are excited to announce that Head Roc, “the Mayor of DC Hip-Hop,” will be our guest MC for Go-Go Symphony! at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on February 21. Twenty years of award-winning song writing, performing, activism, and educating have earned recording artist Head-Roc the title “Mayor of DC Hip Hop”. Having established his brand of exceptional lyrical ability, outspoken social commentary, and powerful stage shows, Head-Roc performs at activist rallies just as often as he does at traditional music venues. (full bio below)

Musical worlds collide when a full symphony orchestra mixes with DC’s Go-Go beat, dancers from “Da Originalz,” and dazzling video in a world premiere by composer Liza Figueroa Kravinsky. Fans of both classical music and DC’s signature Go-Go style will delight in the chance to party with a thunderous funky orchestra! With conductor extraordinaire John Devlin at the podium, you can experience the genre-bending, festival-favorite style of this popular Atlas Arts Partner.

This performance will be one of the opening night performances of INTERSECTIONS at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Feb. 21 – Mar. 8, 2014. Meet the artists after the show, including Kato Hammond, “Godfather of Go-Go Media,” and other go-go musicians, at the Festival’s Opening Night Party in the Kogod Lobby – FREE for concert ticket holders.

“We feel that this project will be an exciting collaboration and that the audience will love this new sound of DC’s own Go-Go beat, supported by a full symphony orchestra,” said John Devlin, conductor at the Capital City Symphony, ” The addition of visual elements and dancers will make this a truly unforgettable experience.”

“The audience will enjoy dancing to and interacting with the orchestra, just like a go-go show. It’s definitely going to be different from most other symphony orchestra performances,” said Liza Figueroa Kravinsky, composer and director of the Go-Go Symphony ensemble.

60 minutes
$22/$16.50 student/senior
For ages 8+

Tickets available at www.capitalcitysymphony.org or call 202-399-7993.

Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20001

Presented as part of INTERSECTIONS at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 2/21-3/8, 2014 ~ http://intersectionsdc.org/



ABOUT THE GROUPS

The Capital City Symphony is a founding Arts Partner and resident orchestra of the Atlas Performing Arts Center. The Capital City Symphony, under the Artistic Director of Maestra Victoria Gau, strives to make great orchestral music approachable by presenting affordable concerts to the public, performing creative programs in a relaxed concert format, and providing a musical outlet for talented amateur as well as professional players.

A typical Capital City Symphony season offers four full orchestral programs, a chamber concert, and a free community carol sing. CCS has collaborated with the Capitol Hill Chorale and Congressional Chorus to enhance its traditional instrumental format with a diverse offering of choral works. CCS has also presented both instrumental and vocal soloists on its concert programs. In addition, CCS has pushed the boundaries of traditional orchestral music, collaborating twice with contemporary composers Charlie Barnett and David Matthews, incorporating jazz, pop, and funk elements and instruments.

Learn more at http://capitalcitysymphony.org.



Go-Go Symphony– a thunderous percussive symphony that people can dance to. Founded in 2012, the 20 member Go-Go Symphony is comprised of a mix of classically trained musicians and experienced go-go musicians. The Go-Go Symphony performs original classical compositions over Washington DC's popular funk sub genre of go-go. This long term collaboration between classical and pop musicians is regarded as "maverick" in the classical music world, and the original compositions are loved by the go-go crowd.

Renowned classical music critic and expert Greg Sandow has called the Go-Go Symphony "Maverick" in the classical world, since it mixes the music of the DC dance beat with the classical music. He hopes this project will bring new more diverse audiences to classical music.

On the other side, Kato Hammond, author of the top go-go music news website "Take Me Out to the Go-Go," predicts this project will bring go-go music to a wider audience. He feels this project will be a "big deal" in the go-go world.
Liza Figueroa Kravinsky, creator of the go-go symphony concept, says, "I hope we can have all kinds of people dancing together to the go-go beat. I’d like to break down musical and social barriers. I want people to give go-go the respect that it deserves, while breathing new life into the classical music world."

Learn more at http://gogosymphony.com/.



ABOUT THE ARTISTS and GUESTS

* John Devlin, Associate Conductor of the Capital City Symphony, holds many positions as an artist in the Washington, DC area. He is Music Director and Conductor of both the University of Maryland Repertoire Orchestra and the Youth Orchestras of Prince William (VA). He is also the Assistant Conductor of the Apollo Symphony Orchestra, and a technical director for IMAG at the National Symphony Orchestra.

In 2013, Devlin conducted the world premiere of La Saulaie, written by Claude Debussy and completed by scholar Robert Orledge, at the University of Maryland. He also conducted a recording session at Capitol Records in Los Angeles. The orchestra, made up of musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra recorded the soundtrack to “Life is Love,” a new film by acclaimed director Halfdan Hussey, with score by Christopher Caliendo.

Also in 2013, Devlin made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut, leading the Youth Orchestras of Prince William at the National Orchestra Festival. He was also selected to conduct numerous honor ensembles, including the North Dakota All-State Orchestra.

Devlin has also studied at the Pierre Monteux School, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Baltimore Symphony Conducting Workshop, and the Conductors Institute at Bard College. At these and other programs he has studied with Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, Michael Jinbo, and Harold Farberman.

For more information, including recordings and upcoming concerts, please visit www.JohnDevlinMusic.com.



* Liza Figueroa Kravinsky, Composer, is an award winning composer of film and popular music. She credits her mother Elnora Teopaco Figueroa for starting her music career by teaching her piano and violin as a child. She became a classical and pop composer in her teens and went to Oberlin College to study classical music composition.

After she graduated from college in 1985, she started playing in pop, R&B and go-go bands in the Washington DC area. In 1988, she toured as a keyboard player for Motown recording artist Stacy Lattisaw.Then in 1990, she played keyboards for Pleasure go-go band for one summer. After legendary go-go band Trouble Funk broke up briefly in 1990, she played keyboards for “TRJ,” a faction of the original Trouble Funk members. In 1991, she flew to Paisley Park in Minneapolis to direct, play keyboards, and compose for “Robin Power and the Uptown Dames,” a band that Prince put together. That band played in Prince's Glam Slam night club and shot a music video in Paisley Park.

Following the Prince project, Liza started scoring music for documentaries, commercials, and industrial video productions; including works aired on the Discovery Channel and PBS. She also became a video producer and documentary filmmaker. Her documentary "Beauty in the Eyes of the Beheld," about the experiences of everyday beautiful women, is now distributed in the educational market.

A few years ago, Liza decided to return to the music industry; this time combining her classical, pop, and go-go experiences to create and compose for the Go-Go Symphony ensemble, which partners with larger orchestras to perform her new "symphonic go-go" music.

Learn more at http://www.artsjournal.com/sandow/2013/10/from-liza-figueroa-kravinsky-you-scratch-my-back.html



* Head Roc. Twenty years of award-winning song writing, performing, activism, and educating have earned recording artist Head-Roc the title “Mayor of DC Hip Hop”. Having established his brand of exceptional lyrical ability, outspoken social commentary, and powerful stage shows, Head-Roc performs at activist rallies just as often as he does at traditional music venues.

His unparalleled ability to reach even the most finicky music fans across all genres has put his reputation on par with those of internationally known progressive recording artists. Head-Roc has had four solo album releases during his career, numerous group and collaborative albums, and dozens of feature appearances on national and international compilations over the years.

Head-Roc has enjoyed performing and promoting his music across the United States as well as parts of Europe, consistently celebrated for delivering life changing performances for thousands of socially progressive, conscious, and independent music lovers. His artistic work and activism is well respected in US Progressive and Social Justice Communities, as he is often invited to participate and appear at important rallies and gatherings alongside the most prominent iconic names in The Movement of our time.

Head-Roc is currently serving as the first ever Arts Ambassador for the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA). In his very unique position as an artist/activist, he also serves the Washington, DC music community and the national social justice community as the writer of Head-Roc’s Mouth, an opinion column in the Washington City Paper and in featured blogs for the Huffington Post.

The year 2013 found Head-Roc on the brink of yet another solo album release, as well as work on a debut album with his critically acclaimed, award-winning funk/rock/soul band GODISHEUS (gotta-see-us). Videos and downloads are available at www.head-roc.com.


* Kevin "Kato" Hammond is an American musician and journalist. He is the owner and creator of Take Me Out To The Go-Go, Inc. (TMOTTGoGo), editor and publisher ofTake Me Out To The Go-Go Magazine, executive producer of TMOTTGoGo DVD Magazine, and webmaster of TMOTTGoGo.com. Take Me Out to the Go-Go Magazine gains attention from outside media outlets for its designation as "the official gateway to a Washington, DC music culture." Such magazines as Vibe have made Kevin Hammond anTake Me Out to the GoGo Magazine a significant source of information about the go-go music culture. His history as a musician includes performing and recording with the go-go bands Pure Elegance, Little Benny and the Masters, and Proper Utensils. Most recently he has served as co-music director of Fatal Attraction Band.

Kato is currently the director of marketing for Bag of Beats Records. He is also the chairperson for history and archives for The GoGo Coalition.

Born in Washington, DC, Kevin "Kato" Hammond grew up in Seat Pleasant, Maryland, and attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC and Bowie High School in Bowie, Maryland. As a child, he performed in DC area organizations such as CUE (Children's Urban Arts Ensemble), Bren-Carr Dancers and The T-N-T Poppers. Hammond is also an award-winning playwright. At the age of 17, he wrote a play entitled Buddies that listed in the finalist division of the Young Playwrights Inc. Young Playwrights Festival at the Public Theater. This play was performed Off-Broadway and starred Denzel Washington and Anna Maria Horsford, both of whom were lesser known actors at the time.

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