Sunday, April 20, 2014

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


CAPITAL CITY SYMPHONY 2013-2014 Season
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.

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


ABOUT THE SOLOIST

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).

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.