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Celebrating Three Centuries of People and Pianos


June Events

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Docent Tours

Museum docents will lead tours on Tuesdays at noon. 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.
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.

Thursday, June 1 Robert Wyatt, classical and popular
Saturday, June 3 Rubén Peláez, classical
Thursday, June 8 José Cáceres, classical and Latin American
Saturday, June 10 Barbara Wing, classical and popular music from many nations
Thursday, June 15 Anthony Walker, jazz
Saturday, June 17 Carlos César Rodríguez, classical
Thursday, June 22 Burnett Thompson, jazz and improvizations
Saturday, June 24 Mari Paz, classical and contemporary
Thursday, June 29 Liz Donaldson, traditional music from the U.S. and the British Isles


Special Events and Concerts

Gallery Talk
Piano Tech Talk
Friday, June 16, 12 noon
Begins at exhibition entrance
David Lamoureaux, Joyce Meekins, and Ernest Weissenborn from the Piano Technicians Guild discuss and demonstrate the fine art of maintaining and tuning pianos.
Art Night on the Mall
Thursday evenings, 6:30 p.m.
June 1 through August 31
Exhibition performance space
Students and faculty from Washington's Levine School of Music present free, one-hour programs as a part of this annual evening arts event.

June 1, 6:30 p.m.Jazz composed by jazz pianists
June 8, 6:30 p.m.All-Bach program
June 15, 6:30 p.m.Scandanavian piano music
June 22, 6:30 p.m.Music of Crumb and Cowell, Laurie Hudicek
June 29, 6:30 p.m.Music of the Far East (students and faculty)
Other Smithsonian Programs
Vijay Iyer
Friday, June 9, 7:30 p.m.
Meyer Auditorium
Vijay Iyer and his band blend Iyer's South Asian heritage with the American jazz sounds of Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. Free tickets distributed at 6:30 p.m.
*Chucho Valdés
Saturday, June 10, 7:30 p.m.
Cuban composer, arranger, bandleader, music educator, and pianist in concert with his quintet; part of the Música de las Américas 2000 series.

Pre-concert interviews at 4 p.m., Room 3111, Ripley Center; concerts in Baird Auditiorium, National Museum of Natural History.

This TSA-sponsored events require ticket purchase. Call 202-357-3030 for more information.  

Thursday, June 15, 6:30 p.m.
Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Auditorium
This new fusion ensemble draws upon music from Iran, India, and other sources with santur (a type of hammered dulcimer), guitar, tabla (drums), vocals, harmonium, and percussion. Free tickets distributed at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 18, 4 p.m.
Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum
TSA presents concerts by winners of three prestigious piano competitions: the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition,
the Sixth American National Chopin Competition,
and the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.
This TSA-sponsored events require ticket purchase. Call 202-357-3030 for more information.
Piano Traditions
Friday, June 30, 5:30–9 p.m.
National Mall
Part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the concert features gospel singer/pianist Ethel Caffie-Austin; Donna Long of Cherish the Ladies with fiddler James Kelly; BluesWorks; Hesperus, with Scott Reiss on hammered dulcimer and guest fiddler Bruce Molsky; contra dance music with Laura and the Lava Lamps, featuring pianist Dave Wiesler; roots-rock great Johnny Johnson, formerly Chuck Berry's backup pianist; and Latino rhythms from composer/pianist Remy Rodriguez. Cosponsored by NMAH.  
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
Sunday, May 7, and
Monday, May 8,
8:30 p.m.
Performances by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall


More Piano Programs in the Washington Area

Concert Society at the University of Maryland
*The Piano Choir

Saturday, June 3, 8 p.m.
Tawes Theatre
University of Maryland

Dr. Billy Taylor is the guest artist.
For tickets and information, call 301-405-7847, or consult the Concert Society at the University of Maryland web page.
The Kennedy Center

Piano 2000 Festival
June 8–11

Join Music Director Leonard Slatkin, the National Symphony Orchestra, and an all-star roster in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the piano. Pianists will include Leonard Slatkin, Joseph Kalichstein, Lambert Orkis, and Steven Lubin.
For tickets and additional information, call 202-467-4600, or consult http://kennedy-center.org/kcnews.html
*All-Bach Program

Thursday, June 8
Kennedy Center

Music for two, three, and four pianos and orchestra.
*An Evening of Double and Triple Concertos

Friday, June 9
Kennedy Center

Music of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and P.D.Q. Bach.
*Grand Piano Extravaganza!

Saturday, June 10
Kennedy Center

Six pianos on stage for Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals, an arrangement of Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever," and more.
*Piano 2000!

Sunday, June 11
Kennedy Center

Ten pianos fill the stage for all-piano arrangements of music by Wagner, Berlioz, Schubert, Schickele, and more, including Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.  


These programs are supported by a grant from the Educational Outreach Fund administered by the Smithsonian Office of Education; the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation; the Irving Caesar Lifetime Trust; and the John Hammond Fund for the Performance of American Music.

Cosponsors and collaborators include the Freer Gallery of Art, The Smithsonian Associates, the Levine School of Music, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Special thanks to the Yamaha Corporation of America for providing pianos for programs on June 9 and 30.

Unless otherwise noted, all of the programs are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs subject to change. For starred (*) events, ticket purchase is required. Contact the sponsoring organization.

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