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Celebrating Three Centuries of People and Pianos


August Events

[Docent Tours]   [Performance Tours]   [Special Events and Concerts]   [More]  


Docent Tours

Museum docents will lead tours on Tuesdays at noon. All tours are free and open to the public. Please note: no docent tours on August 22, or August 29.



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, Aug. 3 Liz Donaldson, traditional
Saturday, Aug. 5 Rubén Peláez, classical
Thursday, Aug. 10 Marcia Daft, classical
Saturday, Aug. 12 Tony Walker, classical and jazz
Thursday, Aug. 17 Carlos César Rodríguez, classical
Saturday, Aug. 19 Mari Paz, music of many nations
Thursday, Aug. 24 Dave Wiesler, traditional
Saturday, Aug. 26 Deena Gift, classical and popular
Thursday, Aug. 31 Barbara Wing, classical


Special Events and Concerts

Gallery Talk
Friday, August 18 , noon
Exhibition performance space
Plugged-in Pianos
Reuben Jackson, archivist in the Archives Center, NMAH, discusses the impact of modern technology on pop music in the early to mid-1970s, with examples from the music of Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and others.
Art Night on the Mall Thursday evenings, 6:30 p.m. 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.
Aug. 3 Young Virtuoso (student)
Aug. 10 Artist of Tomorrow (student)
Aug. 17 All-Russian Program (students)
Aug. 24 Witty Words and Music (student)
Aug. 31 Father and Son Play Music of Fathers and Sons (students)



Other Smithsonian Programs

The Smithsonian Associates sponsored events require ticket purchase. Call 202-357-3030 for more information.
And the Winners Are. . .*Winner of the American National Chopin Piano Competition
Sunday, July 16, 4 p.m.
Limited to U.S. citizens, this competition sends the four top winners to the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland.
*Winner of the Thelonius Monk Institute of jazz Piano Competition
Sunday, August 6, 4 p.m.
Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum
This year's first-prize winner, Eric Lewis, presents the final program in this three-part series. Established in 1986, the Monk competition has developed a reputation for launching the careers of such aspiring jazz artists as Marcus Roberts and Joshua Redmond.
These programs are supported by a grant from the Educational Outreach Fund administered by the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies; 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.

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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