Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie Joins National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center
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With a voice that The New York Times describes as a "singularly thunderous baritone," Broadway leading man Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the NSO Pops for an evening of holiday favorites. Equally comfortable as a dancer and a singer, he's an in-demand presence on the Great White Way, with critically acclaimed performances in Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me Kate, Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jelly's Last Jam, Sweeney Todd and, most recently, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. He's even had two cameo appearances on the hit TV show Glee, and last year released a CD of Broadway hits entitled Simply Broadway. Steven Reineke conducts the orchestra as Stokes puts his jazzy spin on all the holiday classics. Word on the street is that Jolly ol' St. Nick might even make an appearance at this show! Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Penny J.
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It was rewarding to experience the talent of internationally acclaimed solo percussionist Evelyn Glennie performing music written for her. The National Symphony Orchestra is commended for taking on a piece entirely new to them and bringing this artist to attention of Washington DC area music patrons. The overall program demonstrated the versatility to the NSO.
Quotes & Highlights
- "Evelyn Glennie is simply a phenomenon of a performer. --New York Times.
- "If you've never experienced Glennie, you shouldn't miss her. If you've heard her before, chances are you already have your tickets." --Washington Post
Edvard Grieg - Lyric Suite
Erkki-Sven Tüür - Symphony No. 4 Magma
Leonard Bernstein - Candide Overture and Suite
Duke Ellington – "Harlem"
A post show discussion will with Kristjan Järvi, Evelyn Glennie, and Nigel Boon will follow the June 10 performance.
About Dame Evelyn Glennie:
Dame Evelyn Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. As one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians on the scene today, she constantly redefines the goals and expectations of percussion. By combining superb technique, a profound appreciation of the visual, and her astonishing musicality, Glennie creates performances of such vitality that they almost constitute a new type of performance.
Evelyn Glennie gives more than 100 performances a year worldwide, performing with the greatest conductors, orchestras, and artists. Her diversity of collaborations have included performances with artists such as Nana Vasoncelos, Kodo, Bela Fleck, Bjork, Bobby McFerrin, Emmanuel Ax, Sting, Kings Singers, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and Fred Frith. Glennie's recording career has been as illustrious as her performing and composing career. Her first CD won her a Grammy in 1988; two Grammy nominations followed, one of which she won in 2002 for a collaboration with Bela Fleck. Despite working a relentless schedule, she is in constant demand to release new recordings (25 so far).
Outside of actual performance the Evelyn Glennie brand is constantly exploring other areas of creativity—writing a bestselling autobiography, Good Vibrations; collaborating with the renowned film director Thomas Riedelsheimer on the film Touch the Sound; presenting two series of her own television programs (Soundbites) for the BBC; and regularly appearing on television across the world (The David Letterman Show, Sesame Street, 60 Minutes, and many more). After 20 in the music business Glennie has begun teaching privately, allowing her to explore the world of sound therapy as a means of communication.
In 1993 Glennie was awarded the OBE (Officer of the British Empire). This was extended in 2007 to Dame Commander for her services to music, and to date she has received more than eighty international awards.
About the International VSA Festival:
From June 6–12, 2010, VSA — the international organization on arts and disability — will bring together artists, educators, researchers, and policymakers with and without disabilities from around the world for a multicultural celebration of the arts and arts education. The Festival will feature visual, performing, literary, and media artists and a guest list that includes more than 2,000 participants from all corners of the globe. The 2010 International VSA Festival will be the largest arts event featuring artists with disabilities to take place in Washington, D.C., to date.
About the Ticket Supplier: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America's living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation's busiest arts facility, presenting more than 2,000 performances each year. The Center is home to seven theaters: the Concert Hall, the Opera House, the Eisenhower Theater, the Family Theater, the Terrace Theater, the Theater Lab, and the Terrace Gallery. In addition, as part of the Kennedy Center's Performing Arts for Everyone outreach program, free performances take place each evening at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage. In addition to offering annual series of the National Symphony Orchestra, theater, ballet, dance, chamber music, jazz, and performances for young audiences, the Kennedy Center presents festivals celebrating the arts and culture of countries and regions around the world. Recent festivals include African Odyssey, AmericArtes, Festival of China, and JAPAN: culture + hyperculture.