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The Power of Our Reveling in a Changing World

The Power of Our Reveling in a Changing World

A post by Jo Rasi, Community Engagement Director
All of us who consider ourselves Revelers probably enjoy singing and sharing songs with others. We may all love the sense of community we’ve created. And we know what it is to be in the midst of a moment of collective joy. Recently, as Community Engagement Director, I’ve been thinking about those four elements of Reveling (singing, sharing songs, a sense of community, and collective joy).

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Wanted!—Heritage Voices

Wanted!—Heritage Voices

A post by Elizabeth Fulford, Washington Revels Music Director
During the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, Washington Revels formed several groups to research and “bring to life” the varied traditions that made up nineteenth-century musical life in this country, from shape-note tunes, to political ditties, to traditional spirituals. So when Jackie Streker of the George Washington University Museum approached me about recording some music for its upcoming “Songs of the Civil War” exhibit, I jumped at the opportunity to gather the forces and learn some new tunes.

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Hi Ho, the Rattlin’ “Blog”

Hi Ho, the Rattlin’ “Blog”

Posted by Washington Revels
For 35 years, Washington Revels and its audiences have celebrated the arrival of spring with performances on the first weekend of May featuring Revels’ usual combination of music, song, dance, and drama. Like many of the traditions that Washington Revels celebrates year-round, May Day has its origins in ancient festivities marking the changing of the seasons. These traditions relate to humanity’s vulnerability in the face of nature and its use of community celebrations to express the joys and fears surrounding the cycle of

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The Sailors’ Spring

The Sailors’ Spring

A post by Mike Matheson, Director, Maritime Voices
This past Winter, we sailors and womenfolk of the Washington Revels Maritime Voices got our annual voyage underway by performing center stage at the Folklore Society of Greater Washington’s annual Mid-Winter Festival — and as all hearty sailors would do at the end of a successful voyage, we concluded February by conducting our usual raucous party. We’ve since been sailing through the Spring to some old familiar shores.

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News Release – May Revels at BlackRock SpringFest

News Release – May Revels at BlackRock SpringFest

Silver Spring, MD, April 11, 2019 – While taking a holiday this May Day might not be possible for most people in Montgomery County, on Sunday, May 5, Washington Revels and BlackRock Center for the Arts will invite UpCounty residents to celebrate the return of Spring during the first annual outdoor BlackRock SpringFest: a free afternoon of traditional music, dance and more featuring local musicians and entertainers, craft vendors, food trucks, and 100 performers from Washington Revels.

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News Release – May Revels in DC

News Release – May Revels in DC

Silver Spring, MD, April 11, 2019 – While taking a holiday this May Day might not be possible for most Washingtonians, on Saturday, May 4, Washington Revels invites DC-area residents to celebrate the return of Spring during its annual May Revels at Washington National Cathedral: a free, family-friendly, one-hour performance that revives Spring traditions from merry old England.

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The Elusive Revels Elevator Pitch

The Elusive Revels Elevator Pitch

A post by Ross Wixon, Marketing & Development Director
One of the challenges that I find most fun to tackle is explaining to new audiences what Revels is. It’s not easy! I can’t just say, “Washington Revels produces theater.” Or, “Washington Revels is a community chorus.” Certainly, there are elements of both disciplines present in what we do here, but our programs extend far beyond stage productions and concerts. We teach children in multidisciplinary classes. We offer workshops in traditional crafts that are both volunteer opportunities and social time. We preserve and practice traditional dances, and we present informal participatory programs like our monthly Community Sings and Dances, World Story Time, and Day of Service volunteer activities.

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A Journey Paved with Songs of Freedom

A Journey Paved with Songs of Freedom

A post by Andrea Jones Blackford, Director, Jubilee Voices & Co-Director, Heritage Voices March 1, 2019 As Washington Revels Jubilee Voices enters its ninth year as an ensemble, we’ve shared songs and stories all over the DC region, from the National Archives in Washington, DC to places

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The Christmas Revels Journey, Part 2

The Christmas Revels Journey, Part 2

A post by Roberta Gasbarre, Artistic Director
Apologies for this belated letter… I had promised to catch up with you later in the process of mounting The Christmas Revels — and I guess strictly speaking this is later… only much later! As our royal carriage gallops further away from 2018 and our visit to Norwich with Will Kemp and Her Majesty the Queen, here are a few parting thoughts about this year’s sumptuous, boisterous, exquisitely melodious Elizabethan Revels.

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One Year with the Revels Directors’ Blog

One Year with the Revels Directors’ Blog

Posted by Washington Revels
In our January 2018 e-newsletter we announced a new monthly blog series, featuring letters, essays, and musings from the directorial staff at Washington Revels; the first post in this series was published in February. As 2019 begins, we thought we’d look back at all 11 blog posts (and group them in one convenient place!). The Directors’ Blog showcases a range of voices and topics, and highlights many facets

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