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February 2001 Events

[Docent Tours]   [Performance Tours]   [More]   [Music of the White House Series]


Docent Tours

Tuesdays as announced by docents. Noon, within the exhibition, led by NMAH docents. All tours are free and open to the public.



Performance Tours at the International Gallery

Thursdays and Saturdays, noon, within the exhibition. Tours begin at exhibition entrance. The International Gallery and Ripley Center are NOT at the National Museum of American History. Click here for Museum Maps.
Professional pianists specializing in various musical genres -- classical, jazz, traditional, gospel, and popular -- lead visitors through the exhibitions, talking about and performing on some of the historic pianos.

February Performance Tours

Thursday, Feb. 1 Anthony Walker, classical and jazz
Saturday, Feb. 3 Deena Gift, classical and popular
Thursday, Feb. 8 Howard Breitbart, popular
Saturday, Feb. 10 Mari Paz, music of many nations
Thursday, Feb. 15 Liz Donaldson, traditional
Saturday, Feb. 17 Thomas Mastroianni, classical
Thursday, Feb. 22 Carlos César Rodríguez, classical
Saturday, Feb. 24 Rubén Peláez, classical



Gallery Talk, Tactile Tour and Concerts

Tactile Tour
February 17, 10 a.m.
Meet at exhibition entrance.

Tactile Tour

Designed for visitors who are blind or have low vision, the tour features tactile and audio components, including a wall of piano parts, action models demonstrating the mechanics of the piano, and a demonstration of several of the 26 keyboards on display. First-come, first-served reservations required. Call 202-357-1481.
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Gallery Talk
Friday, February 23, noon, exhibition Performance Space

Gallery Talk
Storytellers and Crooners: Male Jazz Vocalists

James Zimmerman, executive director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, highlights the careers and showcases the styles of male vocalists Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks, Johnny Hartman, and others. With Aaron Graves, piano; James King, bass; and Ken Kimery, drums.
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"Music of the White House"
Sunday, February 25


"Music of the White House" Concert

A Tribute to Marian Anderson, with Carmen Balthrop, soprano, and pianist Helen Yorke. Art songs, opera arias, and spirituals in tribute to the great American soprano who performed several times at the White House. Pre-concert discussion at 6 p.m. by historian Ira Berlin in Carmichael Auditorium, NMAH. Hall of Musical Instruments, NMAH.

Highlights from the White House. Hall of Musical Instruments, NMAH. Music of the White House is cosponsored by The Smithsonian Associates. *Tickets required. Call 202-357-3030 or visit www.ResidentAssociates.si.edu.
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Liederabend: Songs of Franz Schubert
Sunday, February 11, 7:30 p.m.

Smithsonian Chamber Music Society

Max van Egmond, baritone, and Kenneth Slowik, fortepiano, perform Schubert's Schwanegesang and other favorite lieder. Hall of Musical Instruments, NMAH. *Tickets required. Call 202-357-3030 or visit www.ResidentAssociates.si.edu.
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Sarah Cahill, piano
Friday, February 23, 7:30 p.m.

At the Freer Gallery of Art

The program includes the world premieres of two works commissioned for this concert: a Balinese gamelan-inspired piece by Evan Ziporyn and a work by Kui Dong based on the five elements of Chinese cosmology. Also on the program are works by Hyo-Shin Na, Ushio Torikai, John Cage, and Lou Harrison. Reserved tickets are available to all of these events by contacting TicketMaster at (202) 432-7328 or www.ticketmaster.com the second Monday before the concert (event code EFG0223E). Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Auditorium.
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March 2001 events       Music of the White House Series


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