A select few of the Men whose work is featured The Agenda News
Dana Tai Soon Burgess Choreographer
Jim Chuchu Multimedia Artist
The National Museum of African Art is exhibiting Jim Chuchu's Invocations, thru June 24, 2018. The museum is the first institution to acquire and display the Kenyan multimedia artist's suite of video projections: Invocation: The Severance of Ties (2015)and Invocation: Release (2015).”
The exhibition is curated by Karen E. Milbourne. The two distinct videos loop in succession and follow the structure of initiation ritual.
COL Christopher P. Costa - Executive Director The International Spy Museum
COL Christopher P. Costa (US Army, ret.), who is the new Executive Director of The International Spy Museum, will have a discussion with Museum historian Dr. Vince Houghton at the Museum on April 12. Director Costa was most recently the Special Assistant for the President & Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the White House National Security Council. Previously, Director Costa's career included 25 years of active duty in hot spots such as Panama, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.He’s the recipient of two Bronze Stars for intelligence work in Afghanistan and has been inducted into the Commando Hall of Honor for the US Special Operations Command. Director Costa's career has included human intelligence, special operations, counterintelligence, and unconventional warfare.
Frank Albinder - Music Director of The Washington Men's Camerata
Joey Alexander - Jazz Pianist/Bandleader
Strathmore will present The Joey Alexander Trio with Jamison Ross in the Music Center on March 23. Alexander, who was born in Bali in 2003, has been widely-recognized for his jazz performances. He was the youngest jazz artist ever nominated for a Grammy. Jamison won the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jr. international Jazz Competition in 2012. He is a contemporary jazz bandleader and composer.
Image below: Joey Alexander – Photo by Carol Friedman.
Christopher Bell - Conductor of The Washington Chorus
Thomas Beveridge - Conductor of The New Dominion Chorale
Samuel Carabetta - Georgetown Concerts Series Director
Stan Engebretson Conductor of The National Philharmonic
Jack Everly - BSO Principal Pops conductor
The BSO, led by Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, will perform a concert titled From Vienna to 42nd Street in the Music Center on March 8.The salute to operetta will feature the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, with Broadway vocalists Ted Keegan, Kristen Plumley & Ben Crawford. The program will include memorable melodies from Lehar to Lloyd Webber, with favorites including music from Kiss Me Kate, Phantom of the Opera and Candide.
Image below: Jack Everly by Michael Tammaro
The BSO, led by Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, will perform a concert titled Vegas Nights with Frankie Morenoon April 12. Musician and showman Frankie Moreno, who was twice named Las Vegas Headliner of the Year, will return to the BSO “with his own brand of piano-pounding rock ’n’ roll.”
Jeremy Filsell Organist & Music Director
The Church of the Epiphany Tuesday Concert Series, led by Music Director Jeremy Filsell, “reaches out to the entire metropolitan Washington community and runs for 52 weeks of the year. No other concert series follows such a pattern and, as such, it is unique in the Washington DC area.”
Steven Fox - Music Director Cathedral Choral Society
The Cathedral Choral Society (CCS) has announced the four-year appointment of Steven Fox as Music Director. He will succeed Dr. J. Reilly Lewis, who led the chorus from 1985 until 2016. As Music Director, Fox will be charged with the continued development of the Society as one of the nation’s finest symphonic choruses. He is the Artistic Director of The Clarion Orchestra and The Clarion Choir, and Founder of Musica Antiqua St. Petersburg, which he established as Russia’s first period-instrument orchestra. A 2017 GRAMMY® nominee, he has appeared as a guest conductor with many renowned ensembles. Fox was named an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 2010 “for significant contributions to his field in music.” To read more about Maestro Fox, visit http://www.cathedralchoralsociety.org/
Piotr Gajewski - Conductor of The National Philharmonic
The National Philharmonic, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, performsin The Music Center at Strathmore.
Angel Gil-Ordóñez - Conductor of PostClassical Ensemble
Washington National Cathedral will present Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual on February 28.Harry Burleigh (1866-1949) was the composer/singer most responsible for turning spirituals into art songs, although he became “a forgotten hero of American music.” The concert will feature the Cathedral's new ensemble-in-residence, the PostClassical Ensemble, conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez plus The Washington National Cathedral Choir and Choristers from Woodrow Wilson High School, Eastern High School, and Howard County high schools. The soloists will be Kevin Deas, bass-baritone, with Joseph Horowitz, piano.
Image below: Angel Gil-Ordonez - Photo by Andrew Chung
Nicholas Hersh - Associate Conductor The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Ulysses James - Conductor of The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic
Michael McCarthy - Conductor of The Washington National Cathedral Choir & Orchestra
Washington National Cathedral Choir and Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Michael McCarthy, will perform George Frideric Handel’s Israel in Egyptat Washington National Cathedral on March 25. The performance will include Part 1 - The Ways Of Zion Do Mourn – the anthem which Handel first performed at the funeral for Queen Caroline at Westminster Abbey in 1737.
The NSO, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will perform John Adams's The Gospel According to the Other Mary, March 8-10 in the Concert Hall.The concert will celebrate the composer’s 70th birthday year and will star mezzo-soprano Kelly O’Connor & will feature the University of Maryland Concert Choir. The composition for chorus, soloists, and orchestra “depicts Jesus's final weeks as told from the unique perspective of Mary Magdalene.”
Image below:Gianandrea Noseda
Thomas Pandolfi - Pianist
Eliot Pfanstiehl - Founder and CEO of Strathmore
Eliot Pfanstiehl, the founder and CEO of Strathmore, will retire as head of the organization in August,2018 after 37 years of service.“He has been Strathmore’s only leader and has shepherd the organization through tremendous growth—including construction of the 1,976-seat Music Center at Strathmore, the off-site venue AMP, and most recently, an announced renovation of the Music Center. He has shaped Montgomery County as an arts destination in greater Washington. The impact of his work is tremendous.”
Image below: Eliot Pfanstiehl - Photo by Kirsten Beckerman
Steven Reineke - Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra Pops
21st Century Consort
Robert Shafer - Conductor of The City Choir of Washington
Leonid Sushansky - Violinist/Music Director National Chamber Ensemble
Christopher Zimmerman - Conductor of The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Ryan Brown - Conductor of Opera Lafayette
Antony Walker - Conductor of The Washington Concert Opera
Washington Concert Opera (WCO) is led by Artistic Director & Conductor Antony Walker.
Eric Schaeffer - Co-Founder & Artistic Director Signature Theatre
Signature Theatre of Arlington, Virginia - under the leadership of Co-founder & Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer - has won many Helen Hayes awards and a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater in America. Please see the Theatre in Virginia column of this edition to read about Signature Theatre's ongoing and upcoming productions.
Image below: Eric Schaeffer - Photo by Christopher Mueller.