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July 30, 2014JUBILEE VOICES at FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS

Traditional African-American songs and spoken word from the Civil War era, including shouts, hollers, code songs, signals, spiritual, field songs, and more.

Hear the songs and stories that helped lead a people from enslavement to freedom!  For this special program, Jubilee Voices will sing a program of traditional African American spirituals, punctuated with spoken word from historical figures such as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and more.

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 30, 7:00-8:00pm
Tickets: None needed – FREE to all!
Location: Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave.Chevy ChaseMD 20815 <view map>

August 21, 2014 WASHINGTON REVELS - CARPE DIEM COMMUNITY SING

Community SingOn the 21st of every month we gather to share songs, community and refreshments – and sometimes even a dance or two! We sing adult, kid and family songs. All are welcome to bring a song to share. Sign up in advance to lead a song by contacting Busy Graham (busygraham@gmail.com or 301-466-0183). Or just show up to sing (or even just to listen)!

Date/Time: Thursday, August 21, 2014
         6:30-8:00pm - Community Sing (All Ages)
         8:00-8:30pm - Social Time & Celebration of August Birthdays
Tickets: Free (donations welcome)
Location: Washington Revels Studio Space, 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, Maryland <Map, Directions and Parking>

Future sings are held on the 21st of each month at Washington Revels. Co-sponsored by Carpe Diem (www.CarpeDiemArts.org).

September 1, 2014KENSINGTON LABOR DAY PARADE

Adults and kids of all ages... come march (and sing, for those who wish) with Washington Revels!

Our hardy band of Revelers – adults, teens, and children – will dress in white bedecked with multi-colored sashes, arm ribbons and flower garlands (supplied by Revels). We will be accompanied by the Hobby Horse, Snap the Dragon, bright banners and ribbon sticks, and more! You may sing along (songsheets provided) or simply march – we also need adults to pass out flyers and children to help pass out candy. To participate, please send an email to parade@revelsdc.org with your name and the name(s) of anyone coming with you (plus the ages of anyone 18 and under), and we will email you the details.

Date/Time: Monday, September 1; parade begins at 10am, and we will gather beforehand to practice the songs
Cost: Nothing!
Location: Kensington, MD

September 5-7, 2014TEEN & CHILDREN'S AUDITIONS

Strong performers sought for 2014 Christmas Revels production.

The 2014 Christmas Revels transports us to the Emerald Isle in the mid-1800’s for the warmth and community of an Irish Christmas. We'll celebrate the shortest day at a traditional pub featuring Irish step, sean nós and céilí dancing amidst a cascade of Irish tunes, familiar carols and more. Later we’ll pack up and board a ship carrying Irish emigrants across the vast ocean toward their new home in America, with on-board celebrations of music, dance and drama aplenty.

Audition appointment required -- call starting on August 11 to schedule an appointment.

Children’s Auditions: We seek strong performers entering grades 3-5 this Fall. Auditions take place on Friday, September 5 (late afternoon/evening) and Saturday, September 6 (morning). Callbacks are Sunday, September 7 (afternoon).

Teen Auditions: We seek strong singers and dancers entering grades 9-12 this Fall. Auditions take place on Saturday, September 6 in the afternoon.

September 13, 2014MARITIME VOICES IN BALTIMORE

Join Washington Revels Maritime Voices for two free concerts during this culmination of Baltimore's two-year commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Maritime VoicesWashington Revels Maritime Voices will perform two concerts as part of the final weekend of the “Star-Spangled Spectacular”—a 10-day free festival in Baltimore, Maryland celebrating the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem. Tall ships, Navy gray hulls and the Blue Angels will come to Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor to celebrate The Star-Spangled Banner. Landside festivals include re-enactments, a family fun-zone, live musical performances, and Chesapeake food and beverage. Events crescendo on September 13 with a star-studded patriotic concert and extraordinary fireworks display over Fort McHenry and the Baltimore harbor.

Maritime Voices will perform at 12:30pm on the "Star-Spangled Stage" in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, exactly 200 years to the day after the British fleet began the bombardment of Fort McHenry, and at 3:30pm, the Maritime Voices will perform a concert at Fort McHenry itself.

Tickets: Free and Open to the Public
Date/Time:
 Saturday, September 13, at 12:30 and 3:30pm
Event Web Site:
http://www.starspangled200.com/star-spangled-spectacular/

September 21, 2014 WASHINGTON REVELS - CARPE DIEM COMMUNITY SING

Community SingOn the 21st of every month we gather to share songs, community and refreshments – and sometimes even a dance or two! We sing adult, kid and family songs. All are welcome to bring a song to share. Sign up in advance to lead a song by contacting Busy Graham (busygraham@gmail.com or 301-466-0183). Or just show up to sing (or even just to listen)!

Date/Time: Sunday, September 21, 2014
         6:30-8:00pm - Community Sing (All Ages)
         8:00-8:30pm - Social Time & Celebration of Sept. Birthdays
Tickets: Free (donations welcome)
Location: Washington Revels Studio Space, 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, Maryland <Map, Directions and Parking>

Future sings are held on the 21st of each month at Washington Revels. Co-sponsored by Carpe Diem (www.CarpeDiemArts.org).

September 28, 2014HOUSE CONCERT BY GALLERY VOICES

Join Washington Revels Gallery Voices for the third in a series of house concerts in the Washington Revels Studio Space.

Celebrate Fall with Washington Revels Gallery Voices in a concert of a cappella songs from the early Renaissance to the present!  Formed in 2001, Gallery Voices presents a tapestry of musical styles: from early madrigals and part-songs to the more recent (and humorous) compositions of P.D.Q. Bach.

Sunday's concert is the third offering in the Washington Revels House Concert Series. This series showcases the Washington Revels vocal ensembles in a family-friendly, informal setting, followed by a reception and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Tickets: Tickets available at the door (Adults, $10; 18 & under, $5) 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 28 at 4:00 pm
Location: Washington Revels Studio Space, 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, MD <directions & parking>

PAST EVENTS

July 21, 2014 WASHINGTON REVELS - CARPE DIEM COMMUNITY SING

Community Sing On the 21st of every month we gather to share songs, community and refreshments – and sometimes even a dance or two! We sing adult, kid and family songs. All are welcome to bring a song to share. Or just show up to sing (or even just to listen)!

July theme: "Songs and Dances from Around the World,” featuring song leaders Molly Graham Hickman, Corinne Ducey, Greg Lewis, and others.

Date/Time: Monday, July 21, 2014
         6:30-8:00pm - Community Sing (All Ages)
         8:00-8:30pm - Social Time & Celebration of July Birthdays
Tickets: Free (donations welcome)
Location: Washington Revels Studio Space, 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, Maryland <Map, Directions and Parking>

Future sings are held on the 21st of each month at Washington Revels. Co-sponsored by Carpe Diem (www.CarpeDiemArts.org).

December 6-7 and 12-14, 2014THE CHRISTMAS REVELS

The Christmas RevelsMark your calendars... tickets go on sale in October!

Our flagship production, The Christmas Revels, is a festive, fully staged celebration of the Winter Solstice and the return of sun and light after the “shortest day,” radiating hope and joy in the renewal of life and the circle of the seasons. Seen by over 10,000 people every December, it draws on traditions and rituals from many lands and peoples, focusing each year on a different culture or related cultures.

The 2014 Christmas Revels transports us to the Emerald Isle in the mid-1800’s for the warmth and community of an Irish Christmas. We'll celebrate the shortest day at a traditional pub featuring Irish step, sean nós and céilí dancing amidst a cascade of Irish tunes, familiar carols and more. Later we’ll pack up and board a ship carrying Irish emigrants across the vast ocean toward their new home in America, with on-board celebrations of music, dance and drama aplenty.

8 PERFORMANCES: Dec. 6-14 (Matinees & Evenings)
TICKET PRICES: $18-50 (discounts for 18 & under)

July 12-13, 2014 VOICES OF THE CIVIL WAR AT FORT STEVENS

Music played an integral part in the Civil War on the battlefields—and on the home front.

Fort Stevens will host a three-day Civil War 150th Anniversary Commemorative event. These events will highlight the role of Fort Stevens in preventing Confederate General Jubal Early from wreaking havoc in Washington, D.C. and capturing the capital. The Battle of Fort Stevens was the only time in United States history that a president in office came under direct enemy fire. As part of the sesquicentennial commemoration of that conflict, the Washington Revels “Voices of the Civil War” ensembles are performing programs of music, song and spoken word following the course of the Civil War as it touched the greater Washington, D.C. area.

Lincoln and NicolayOn Saturday, July 12, Washington Revels Heritage Voices and Roustabout String Band will present two performances of words and music from the fields, fireplaces and the front lines. Hear parlor music, spirituals, work songs, shape-note tunes, camp meeting songs, battlefield songs, and more. President Abraham Lincoln will visit and make a speech to the assemblage, incorporating material from Lincoln’s writing, speeches and letters. On Sunday, July 13, Washington Revels Jubilee Voices will participate in a memorial program honoring those interred at the Battleground National Cemetery and others who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Civil War. Programming to include reading the interred names, placement of U.S. flags at grave markers, and period music.

Date/Time: Saturday, July 12, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Heritage Voices at 1:15 and 2:45pm); Sunday, July 13, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Jubilee Voices between 2:00 and 3:00pm)
Tickets: Free and Open to the Public
Location: Historic Fort Stevens, 13th & Georgia Ave. NW, D.C. 20011
          and Battleground National Cemetery, 6625 Georgia Ave. NW, D.C. 20012
Event Web Site: http://www.nps.gov/cwdw/150th-anniversary-of-civil-war.htm

PAST EVENTS

July 4, 2014TAKOMA PARK 4th of JULY PARADE

March with us in the 125th annual Takoma Park Independence Day Parade!

Parade

All revelers, veteran and new, are invited to march with us (and sing if you like) so we can show thousands of spectators something of what Washington Revels is all about! If you prefer, come sit curbside and be one of the cheering spectators.

Our joyous and robust band of revelers – adults, teens, and children – will be a colorful and lively musical section of this historic parade. Please dress in white and Washington Revels will supply multi-colored sashes and flower garlands. We will be accompanied by the Green Man, Hobby Horse, bright banners and ribbon sticks, and more! Kids are welcome and will help hand out candy and flyers to spectators. We need some adult flyer-hander-outers, too, so non-singers are very welcome! Also, if you play an instrument that can be easily carried and you would like to be in the band, let us know that as well. If you would like to march with us, please send an email by July 1st to parade@revelsdc.org with your name and the name(s) of anyone coming with you (plus the ages of anyone 13 and under), and we will email you the details (including a song sheet with words and links to the music).

Cost: Nothing!
Date/Time: Friday, July 4th, 2014, 9am-11:45am (parade begins at 10am)
Location: Takoma Park, Maryland
Event Web Site: http://www.takomapark4th.org/ (select "Parade" then "When and Where to Watch the Parade"

June 28, 2014JUBILEE VOICES at OAKLEY CABIN

Celebrate Maryland's Heritage Days the historic Oakley Cabin with the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices.

Journey back in time at Oakley Cabin to the 1890s and enjoy special programs, guided cabin tours, hands-on activities and old-fashioned games for children, capped off by the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices. Tour the restored 19th-century log cabin; enjoy traditional African and African American stories told by master storytellers, members of the Griots' Circle of Maryland; and hear blues artists, "Franklin & Solomon." Learn about 19th century African American women through the presentations by FREED, Female RE-Enactors of Distinction, of the African American Civil War Museum. Jubilee Voices will perform at 3 p.m.

More info:
http://www.montgomeryparks.org/PPSD/Cultural_Resources_Stewardship/heritage/oakley_cabin.shtm

Cost: FREE!
Date/Time: Saturday, June 28, 12-4 p.m. (Jubilee Voices performs at 3:00 p.m.)
Location: Oakley Cabin, 3610 Brookeville Road, Olney, MD 20832 (General Information: 301-650-4373)
Parking: Parking is available at Longwood Local Park, 19300 Georgia Ave. Shuttle service provided between 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm between Longwood Park and Oakley Cabin.

June 22, 2014 HOUSE CONCERT with HERITAGE VOICES/ROUSTABOUT

Maritime VoicesJoin us for the second in a series of house concerts in the Washington Revels Studio Space

Heritage Voices (co-directed by Elizabeth Fulford and Andrea Blackford) and Roustabout String Band (Bruce Hutton, Chris Romaine and Lars Hanslin) will present a concert featuring words and music from the fields, fireplaces, and front lines of the Civil War—parlor songs, battlefield songs, shape-note tunes, camp meeting songs, spirituals, and more. This unique performance not only celebrates the truly American music that emerged from the war, but also chronicles the journey of people whose lives were swept in the violent winds of a conflict that changed their lives, and our nation, forever.

Sunday’s concert is the second offering in the Washington Revels Community House Concert Series.  This series showcases the Washington Revels vocal ensembles in a family friendly, informal setting, followed by a reception and an opportunity to meet the artists. For more information about Washington Revels Heritage Voices and the Voices of the Civil War program, visit civilwar.revelsdc.org

Tickets: Tickets available at the door (Adults, $10; 18 & under, $5)
Date/Time: Sunday, June 22 at 4:00 pm
Location: Washington Revels Studio Space, 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, MD <directions & parking>

June 21, 2014WASHINGTON REVELS at BETHESDA "BIG TRAIN"

Bethesda Big Train

$5 Baseball Tickets, and Sing With Washington Revels!

And be there as singers from our Maritime Voices perform and Big Train honors Washington Revels! The Bethesda Big Train, named for Washington Senators pitching great Walter Johnson, is a summer, collegiate, wooden-bat team playing in the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League. Over its 13-year existence Big Train has produced over 100 professional baseball players. In 2011 Big Train was the #1-ranked summer team in the nation.

Big Train’s home games are played at Shirley Povich Field in Cabin John Park (near Montgomery Mall in Bethesda). Povich Field is a wonderful ball park that makes fans feel they are back in small-town America. The Washington Post has called it the “ultimate small town fantasy.” The park seats 850 and for most games the stands are full. The concession stands offer the best ballpark value in the D.C. area.

For the past 7 summers, groups of Washington Revels singers have entertained the fans at a Big Train game – singing songs before and during the game as well as the national anthem and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at the 7th-inning stretch. Singers from our Washington Revels Maritime Voices will do so again this Sunday. Big Train is playing its arch-rivals, the Youse Orioles. Cal Ripken, Jr.’s son plays for the Orioles, and it is rumored that Cal will again be in attendance, as he is at most Big Train-Orioles games at Povich Field.

At each home game, Big Train honors two nonprofits that have made extraordinary contributions to Montgomery County. This Sunday, Big Train honors Washington Revels! As part of that recognition, we get 100 tickets that we can sell for $5 each (normal price: $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, and $5 for kids 12-and-under), with kids 5-and-under free. If you and any family/friends would like to attend, send an email to office@revelsdc.org with your name and the number of tickets you would like (first come, first served!). You can pay for them at the ballpark. Come on out, sing along, and enjoy the fun!

Tickets: $5.00 ages 6 and up (ages 5-and-under admitted free)
Date/Time: Saturday, June 21, 2014 (Gates open at 6:00pm; Singing at 6:45; Game time is 7:30 pm)
Web site: http://www.bigtrain.org

June 21, 2014 WASHINGTON REVELS - CARPE DIEM Summer Solstice Sing

Community SingAn outdoor sing, dance and dinner on the summer solstice!

Join us for group sings, called dances, surprise activities and a potluck dinner outside at Bennington Drive Park (just down the street from the Revels offices). All are welcome to bring a song and a dish to share! Sign up in advance to bring a dish, and/or to lead a song by contacting Busy Graham (busygraham@gmail.com or 301-466-0183). Or just show up and sing (or even just listen)!

Date/Time: Saturday, June 21, 2014

  • 6-7 pm — Potluck picnic supper
  • 7-8 pm — Songs and dances to welcome the Summer & Solstice
  • 8-8:15 pm — Desserts & June birthday celebrations
  • 8:15-9 pm — Community Sing, Summer Rounds & Dances
Tickets: Free (donations welcome)
Location:  Bennington Drive Park (at the base of Pershing and Greenbrier at Bennington Drive, a few blocks from Washington Revels)

Future sings are held on the 21st of each month at Washington Revels. Co-sponsored by Carpe Diem (www.CarpeDiemArts.org).

June 7, 2014VOICES OF THE CIVIL WAR IN FREDERICK, MD

Rescheduled from February 14

Music played an integral part in the Civil War on the battlefields—and on the home front.

As part of the sesquicentennial commemoration of that conflict, the Washington Revels “Voices of the Civil War” ensembles are performing programs of music, song and spoken word following the course of the Civil War as it touched Maryland and the greater Washington, D.C. area. This year’s commemorations will focus on the events of 1864, including the summertime attack on Washington, D.C. by Confederate forces, and will celebrate the successful Union defenses in the “battles that saved Washington” at Monocacy Aqueduct and Fort Stephens.

Lincoln and NicolayAs a kick-off to the 2014 events in the D.C. area, our Heritage Voices, Jubilee Voices and Roustabout String Band will present an evening of words and music from the fields, fireplaces and the front lines. Hear parlor music, spirituals, work songs, shape-note tunes, camp meeting songs, battlefield songs, and more. President Abraham Lincoln will visit and make a speech to the assemblage, incorporating material from Lincoln’s writing, speeches and letters.

This program is being presented as part of the combination of Frederick’s First Saturday celebration of the arts and First Call Weekend, a commemoration of Frederick’s involvement in the Civil War.

Date/Time: Saturday, June 7, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Free and Open to the Public
Location:  Evangelical Lutheran Church, 31 Church Street, Frederick, MD 21702 <view map & directions>
Venue Web Site: http://www.twinspires.org/

June 4, 2014MARITIME VOICES AT FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS VILLAGE

Washington Revels Maritime Voices entertain at Friendship Heights

For their fourth annual performance at the Friendship Heights Village Center, Maritime Voices presents a program of songs of the sea, the shore, and the waterways of America.  

Come listen and sing along.

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 4, 7:00-8:00pm
Tickets: None needed – FREE to all!
Location: Friendship Heights Village Center

May 23-24, 2014ADULT AUDITIONS for THE CHRISTMAS REVELS

AuditionsBe part a spectacular holiday tradition!

Seen by over 10,000 people each December, Washington Revels’ flagship production, The Christmas Revels, is a colorful pageant that celebrates the Winter Solstice and the return of sun and light after the “shortest day.” It draws on traditions and rituals from many lands and peoples—medieval, Renaissance and Victorian English, French, Russian, Roma (Gypsy), African-American, Scandinavian, American Appalachian, Native American, Renaissance Italian, Québécois, medieval Andalusian (Sephardic and Arabic as well as Spanish) and more—and from different eras.

The 2014 Christmas Revels transports us to the Emerald Isle in the mid-1800’s for the warmth and community of an Irish Christmas. We'll celebrate the shortest day at a traditional pub featuring Irish step, sean nós and céilí dancing amidst a cascade of Irish tunes, familiar carols and more. Later we’ll pack up and board a ship carrying Irish emigrants across the vast ocean toward their new home in America, with on-board celebrations of music, dance and drama aplenty.

While Revels uses a number of professional performers in its productions, its volunteer choruses - adults, teens and children - are at its core. We value the presence of new faces in our choruses every year. We also look for a variety of ages, ancestries, sizes and personalities to create a realistic "village" on stage. People of diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to audition. The ability to read music is helpful but not required.

» Learn More about auditions

May 24, 2014C&O SPRING FESTIVAL

MaritimeMusic, History and Fun on the Canal.

Join the Washington Revels Maritime Voices as they sing at the Great Falls Tavern on the C&O Canal. They will be the centerpiece of a full day of activity celebrating the life of the Canal during the 19th Century – featuring music, rides on a mule-pulled full-scale replica of the boats that plied the canal, games and crafts from the period, and visits from the Park Service’s mules and costumed re-enactors.  Maritime Voices will present songs of the canal and the ships that carried its products out to sea. It’s all family-friendly and kids will love it as much as the adults.

Date/Time: Saturday, May 24 (Maritime Voices sing at 11:45am and 2:15pm; Boat rides at 11, 1:30 and 3)
Tickets: Free and open to the public -- Boat rides are $8.00 for adults (ages 16-61), $6.00 for seniors (ages 62 +), and $5.00 for children (ages 4-15). Children aged three and under ride free
Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center: http://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/greatfallstavernvisitorcenter.htm
Location: Great Falls Tavern, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, MD 20854

May 4, 2014MAY REVELS at STRATHMORE

A free, outdoor family festival celebrating Spring!

Join us for a vibrant performing arts festival in celebration of Spring on the grounds of Strathmore. Spend an afternoon sampling four stages of continuous traditional music and dance, festive processions, a Community Sing, a Community Dance, children’s crafts and games, food, sing-alongs, and more.

Make sure to find your way to the Gazebo Stage at 1:30 or 3:30 pm for the centerpiece of the day -- Washington Revels’ 30th annual celebration of western English Spring traditions, with singing by Revels’ adults, teen and kids choruses, a crowning of the May Queen, the Padstow May ‘Oss, Maypole dances, mummers plays, and plenty of audience participation.

For more information about the festival, including a complete list of performers and actvities, visit: http://revelsdc.org/mayrevels.html

Date/Time: Sunday, May 4, 12:00 Noon - 5:00 pm (rain or shine – in the Music Center if rain)
Tickets: Free and open to the public
Location:  Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda, MD 20852 <directions & parking>
Venue Web Site: http://www.strathmore.org/

April 26, 2014MADRIGALS, MORRIS & MAYPOLE

Celebrate Spring at the National Arboretum with Washington Revels Gallery Voices and Arlington Northwest Morris.

At this year's Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) Garden Fair and Plant Sale, Washington Revels Gallery Voices will entertain with madrigals and some traditional Revels songs for a morning of merriment. We will dance the Maypole several times and invite fairgoers to join us in more Maypole dancing. The Arlington Northwest Morris will be on hand to "dance in the Spring" with style. While you are there, pick up some wonderful green stuff for your garden.

Cost: Free and open to the public
Date/Time: Saturday, April 26, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: National Arboretum, 3501 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002 <view directions>
Event Web Site: FONA Annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale (for Garden Fair hours, etc.)

March 23, 2014 MARITIME VOICES HOUSE CONCERT

Maritime VoicesJoin us for the first in a series of "house concerts" featuring Washington Revels' ensembles in our community space in Silver Spring, MD.

Washington Revels Maritime Voices will present a program of songs of the sea and shore, featuring chanteys that the sailors sang at sea, songs that their womenfolk sang at home, and songs that embody the maritime history of the 19th Century.  The audience will be invited to sing along, and to chat afterwards with the performers about these traditions.

Tickets: Tickets available at the door (Adults, $10; 18 & under, $5)
Date/Time: Sunday, March 23 at 4:00 pm
Location: Washington Revels Community Space, 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, MD <directions & parking>

March 11, 2014 JUBILEE VOICES in HARRIET TUBMAN TRIBUTE

Jubilee VoicesWashington Revels Jubilee Voices will be featured in a Women's History Month Tribute to Harriet Tubman at the MLK Memorial Library

The multi-faceted production will feature New York poet and author, Cyd Charisse Fulton and renowned historian C. R. Gibbs, who will will share poetry and insights into Harriet Tubman's historic involvement in the "Women's Movement" and highlight her Civil War connection in this arts-based tribute. The event moderated by poet and arts advocate J. Joy "Sistah Joy" Matthews Alford and includes performances by Washington Revels Jubilee Voices and Djembe drummer, Doc Powell. A light reception will conclude the event.

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 6:30 pm
Tickets: Free (no tickets required)
Location:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, Great Hall, 901 G St NW, Washington, DC <view map>

February 14, 2014VOICES OF THE CIVIL WAR IN FREDERICK, MD

CANCELLED - To Be Rescheduled

Music played an integral part in the Civil War on the battlefields—and on the home front.

As part of the sesquicentennial commemoration of that conflict, the Washington Revels “Voices of the Civil War” ensembles are performing programs of music, song and spoken word following the course of the Civil War as it touched Maryland and the greater Washington, D.C. area. This year’s commemorations will focus on the events of 1864, including the summertime attack on Washington, D.C. by Confederate forces, and will celebrate the successful Union defenses in the “battles that saved Washington” at Monocacy Aqueduct and Fort Stephens.

As the kick-off to the 2014 events in the D.C. area, our Heritage Voices, Jubilee Voices and Roustabout String Band will present an evening of words and music from the fields, fireplaces and the front lines. Hear parlor music, spirituals, work songs, shape-note tunes, camp meeting songs, battlefield songs, and more; witness President Abraham Lincoln and his secretary, John Nicolay, as they pay a visit, highlighting material from Lincoln’s writing, speeches and letters. The evening concludes with a question-and-answer session with the performers, and a meet-and-greet reception with Lincoln, Nicolay, and select musicians.

Date/Time: Friday, February 14, 7-8:30 p.m.
Tickets: Free and Open to the Public
Location:  Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, Frederick Community College, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702 <view map & directions>
Venue Web Site: http://www.frederick.edu/our_campus/jbk.aspx

February 8, 2014MARITIME VOICES "SING-ALONG" at FSGW MINI-FEST

Washington Revels Maritime Voices will present a sing-along version of "Songs of Sea and Shore"  at this year's FSGW Midwinter Festival.

Maritime Voices audiences are always invited to join in singing some of the refrains during a performance. This Saturday, however, the audience will be featured throughout the entire program of this sing-along version of the Maritime Voices’ ever-evolving program of nautical song, dance, and ritual. As an added bonus, both before and after their hour-long performance, the Maritime Voices will wander through the hallways singing to one and all. The annual FSGW Mini-Fest features Morris and Rappersword dancers cavorting through the hallways (hopefully not colliding with our Maritime Voices), banjo pickers, contra dancers and fiddlers, balladeers and blues singers. Even if it's cold outside, Mini-Fest'll be hot!!

Date/Time: Saturday, February 8, 11:55am-10:30pm (Maritime Voices perform 2-2:45pm, in the "Jams" room)
Cost: Tickets are available for half and full-day pricing (special pricing for families); discounts for FSGW members.
Location: Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, Takoma Park, MD <view map>.
Event website: http://fsgw.org/myorgnet/public.php (complete ticket information and schedule here).

February 8, 2014JUBILEE VOICES AT FREDERICK DOUGLASS HOUSE

Join Washington Revels Jubilee Voices as they participate in the annual celebration of Douglass's birthday.

Celebrate Frederick Douglass's 196th birthday in this celebration of the life of this great orator, abolitionist, and statesman. Hear music from the Civil War era from the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices, see demonstrations of a Civil War soldier's life and weaponry, enjoy fun activities for kids, and learn more about the role of African American soldiers in the Civil War.

Date & Time: Saturday, February 8 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Jubilee Voices performs at 10 am during the Opening Ceremonies at the Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place, SE, before the gathering processes the half-mile from there to the Douglass House).
Place: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W Street SE, Washington, D.C.

February 5, 2014GALLERY VOICES at "Happenings at the Harman"

Love is in the Air: Madrigals in Celebration of St. Valentines Day

Gallery VoicesWhat better way to anticipate Valentine’s Day than with a concert of amorous and saucy songs celebrating love?  Washington Revels Gallery Voices will present a tapestry of musical styles: from Renaissance madrigals and part-songs to the more recent (and humorous) compositions of P.D.Q. Bach. "Happenings Lunchtime" events are held in the Forum of Sidney Harman Hall at 610 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. Bring your lunch and enjoy a shot of culture -- for five years Happenings at the Harman has been providing audiences’ relief from their work-day and filling their afternoon with wonder.

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 5 at Noon
Tickets: Free and Open to the Public
Place: Sidney Harman Hall at 610 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Event Web Site: http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/tickets/happenings.aspx

January 26, 2014PUB SING at McGINTY'S PUBLIC HOUSE

Bagpiper at the Pub SingRaise your glass and lift your voice for Washington Revels Pub Sing in Silver Spring, Maryland!

We gather for good food, good drink, good company, and, great singing! If this is your first time at a Revels Pub Sing, we will be the ones laughing and singing in the second-floor bar area, which is wheelchair accessible. Food and drinks may be ordered beginning at 6:00pm. Singing will begin at 7:00pm and formally end at 9:00pm, with a brief intermission. All songs will be SING-ALONGS, with songbooks and song leaders provided. Kids and teens are welcome — there will be a few songs that celebrate the virtue of drink, but not many. If you would like to lead a song, email pubsing@revelsdc.org.

Additionally, we will have a mini-"Burns Supper," honoring the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns — a shortened, 15-minute version of the traditional celebration, including a few songs, the entrance of (and "Address" to) the haggis, and bagpiper, ending with a rousing 'Auld Lang Syne' as written by Burns himself!

Admission may be available at the door, but we strongly recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance online (no fees!) because seating is limited. Tickets for Pub Sing regularly sell out in advance. Ticket proceeds go entirely to Washington Revels; food and beverage may be ordered separately from the McGinty's regular menu at your expense.

Tickets are available online through TIX (no service charges)

Date/Time: Sunday, January 26, 7:00-9:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm)
Where: McGinty's Public House, 911 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Free parking available after 6pm in the nearby Wayne Avenue and Fenton Street Garages (see McGinty’s web site for driving directions and garage locations).
Tickets: [In advance] Adults: $20;  Youth (ages 13 to 18): $15;  Kids (12 and under): $10 -- No fees!
       [At the door] Adults: $23;  Youth (ages 13 to 18): $18;  Kids (12 and under): $13 -- space permitting!

January 17, 2014JUBILEE VOICES at TEMPLE SHALOM MLK SERVICE

Soulful ShabbatIn honor of the life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices will perform as part of the Annual MLK Shabbat Celebration at Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

MLK Jr. Jubilee Voices will join Cantor Lisa Levine, the Woodrow Wilson Senior High School Chorus, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, DC, three Temple Shalom choirs and two temple-sponsored bands for this celebration of Dr. King’s life and work. The Jubilee Voices, who appeared as guest artists on Cantor Lisa Levine’s CD, Soulful Shabbat Ruach, will perform songs from the recording and will also sing a traditional African American spirituals from their own repertoire. The Jubilee Voices song, and the music of the other groups will be interspersed throughout the 90-minute service. This free event will be followed by a reception to which everyone is invited. This contemporary-style Shabbat celebration is part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area activities leading up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 20.

Date/Time: Friday, January 17, from 7:30-9:00pm (followed by reception)
Where: Temple Shalom, 8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 <view map>
Tickets: None needed – FREE to all!

December 7-8 and 13-15, 2013THE CHRISTMAS REVELS

The Christmas RevelsECHOES OF THRACE: Music, Dance and Drama of Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey

Our flagship production, The Christmas Revels, is a festive, fully staged celebration of the Winter Solstice and the return of sun and light after the “shortest day,” radiating hope and joy in the renewal of life and the circle of the seasons. Seen by over 10,000 people every December, it draws on traditions and rituals from many lands and peoples, focusing each year on a different culture or related cultures.

Our 2013 Christmas Revels harkens back to ancient Thrace – legendary home of Orpheus, Bringer of Music, whose evocative notes open our story. His melodies scatter to the regions of Bulgaria, Greece, Thracian Turkey, and beyond, where each culture shapes them into traditions of its own. Revel with families of an imagined village where these colorful folk traditions weave together. Gather in the village square to celebrate the turning of the year!

8 PERFORMANCES: Dec. 7-15 (Matinees & Evenings)
TICKET PRICES: $18-50 (discounts for 18 & under)

Learn more about this year's guest artists and order tickets

 

November 19, 2013SALON CONCERT: MUSIC OF BULGARIA

Featuring Lyuben Dossev (kaval), Tanya Dosseva (singer), Tzvety Dosseva Weiner (singer) and Lyuti Chushki

Tanya DossevaAs a lead-up to the 31st annual Christmas Revels – ECHOES OF THRACE: Music, Dance and Drama of Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey – Washington Revels is presenting salon concerts featuring the principal “tradition-bearers” who will authentically represent the music of Bulgaria and Greece in the show. The concerts will explore in greater depth the music of Thrace and beyond.

Lyuben DossevThe second concert, on Tuesday, November 19, offers the unique chance to hear two of the top figures in traditional Bulgarian folk music – master kaval player Lyuben Dossev and his wife, celebrated Thracian singer Tanya Dosseva –
who are traveling from Bulgaria to perform in the concert and show with their daughter, Tzvety Weiner, lead singer for local Bulgarian band Lyuti Chushki (also featured in the concert and show). Watch for dancing to break out at the end of the concert!

Cost: $15 (plus $1 service fee for advance tickets)
- Purchase tickets online from washingtonrevels.tix.com
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Washington Revels Performance Space, 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, MD <directions & parking>

November 15, 2013SALON CONCERT: MUSIC OF GREECE

Featuring the Music of Greece with Spyros Koliavasilis and the Karpouzi Trio

Spyros KoliavasilisAs a lead-up to the 31st annual Christmas Revels – ECHOES OF THRACE: Music, Dance and Drama of Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey – Washington Revels is presenting salon concerts featuring the principal “tradition-bearers” who will authentically represent the music of Bulgaria and Greece in the show. The concerts will explore in greater depth the music of Thrace and beyond.

The first concert, on Friday, November 15, will feature Spyros Koliavasilis and his Karpouzi Trio (with Len Newman and Margaret Loomis). Spyros plays and teaches 19 instruments and specializes in the authentic practice of traditional music spanning all of Greece, with a particular emphasis on the music of Asia Minor. The concert will highlight traditions from Asia Minor (most notably on the oud and kemane) as well as music from the Greek islands.

Cost: $15 (plus $1 service fee for advance tickets)
- Purchase tickets online from washingtonrevels.tix.com
Date & Time: Friday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Washington Revels Performance Space, 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, MD <directions & parking>

November 3, 201330th ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT GALA

partyCOME CELEBRATE WITH US!

Join us as we mark 30 years of reveling in the DC area at our festive gala at the elegant Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.  We are grateful to former Congressman Marty Russo for sponsoring our fête, which includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and an evening that celebrates Washington Revels’ past, present and future. Proceeds from the event will support the over 50 programs and after-school workshops (comprising over 125 performances and classes) that Washington Revels presents each year.

The program will include an exciting foretaste of the riches of our 2013 Christmas Revels, “Echoes of Thrace: Music, Dance and Drama of Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey” (see detailed description below). Entertainment will include our principal guest artists from the show—traditional Bulgarian band Lyuti Chushki and Greek trio Karpouzi—with singing and simple dances for everyone wishing to participate, in typical Revels style!

We are pleased to announce the honorary patronage and attendance of the Ambassador of Bulgaria to the United States, Elena Poptodorova. The Ambassador of Greece, Christos P. Panagopoulos, has also been invited as Honorary Patron.

Please join us for this very special evening in a stunning venue. Individual tickets and table sponsorships are available as noted below. Complimentary valet parking will be provided.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Date & Time: Sunday, November 3 from 6:00–9:30pm
Location: Congressional Country Club, 8500 River Road Bethesda, MD 20817<view map/directions>
Individual Tickets: Individual Tickets: $225 per ticket ($125 deductible). They can be purchased three ways:
- Purchase tickets online from washingtonrevels.tix.com
- Send a check to Washington Revels, 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910
- Call the Washington Revels Office at 301-587-3835
Table Sponsorships: Available at $3,500 and $5,000—call the Washington Revels Office at 301-587-3835 for details on the benefits associated with each level.

October 12, 2013MARITIME VOICES at CAPITAL MARITIME MUSIC FEST

A full day of maritime music, history and folklore!

On Saturday, October 12, 2013, the U.S. Navy Memorial will host the first Capital Maritime Music Fest at its Naval Heritage Center. The event will be co-sponsored by Washington Revels and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. The Washington Revels Maritime Voices and men of our Jubilee Voices will be among the highlighted performing groups.

The Fest will showcase the music and lore of local and international maritime traditions performed by artists recognized for their dedication to the preservation and presentation of maritime material, old and new. A continuous series of afternoon workshops will combine music with folklore and historical information about local and general maritime activities. A kickoff concert and an evening concert will showcase a variety of musical styles. Vendors and exhibitors will add to the “landscape” of the festival and provide alternative activities.

Cost: Admission free; donations will be invited.
Date & Time: Saturday, October 12, 2013: 11 am – 10 pm.
Location: U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC
Event Web site: http://capitalmaritimemusicfest.com/

October 5, 2013JUBILEE VOICES at SURRATT HOUSE MUSEUM

An afternoon of African-American history and traditions through the songs and stories of struggle and perseverance, trials and triumphs.

While you're there, enjoy the Surratt House Museum, which recaptures the history of the mid-19th century life and focuses on the fascinating web of the Lincoln assassination conspiracy and the involvement of the Surratt family. Arrive early, seating is limited. 

Cost: FREE
Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 4-5 pm
Location: Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, MD
Web site: http://www.mncppcapps.org/calendar/history/prog_events.aspx?searchResult=sh

 
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