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Concert: Musicians from Marlboro

This event is held at the National Museum of Natural History's Baird Auditorium. Young virtuosos from the venerable Marlboro Music Festival return to the FreerǀSackler series to perform music by Schubert, Haydn, Reger, and Schumann. The Washington Post calls our annual Marlboro concerts “among the most invigorating events of the classical season. Dozens of astoundingly gifted young virtuosos [give] . . . performances that radiate vitality and freshness.” This program, marking the group’s twenty-third season on the FreerǀSackler series, features Schubert’s String Trio in B-flat Major, D. 471; Haydn’s Flute Trio in D Major, Hob.XV:16; Reger’s Serenade in G Major, op. 141a; and Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 47. Veteran pianist Cynthia Raim leads an international ensemble that includes violinist Francisco Fullana, violist Maiya Papach, flutist Joshua Smith, and cellist Deborah Pae. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Baird Auditorium. Cost: Tickets: $15. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:30 PM.

Performance: The Art of Afghan Music

Hear the legendary voice of Afghanistan’s most beloved singer in the intimate setting of the Turquoise Mountain exhibition. Ustad Mahwash sings romantic Persian poetry set to music in ghazals, as well as Kabuli songs and Afghan folk music. She is accompanied by Khalil Ragheb on vocals and harmonium. In 2003, Farida Mahwash was honored with the BBC World Music Award for her recording Radio Kaboul, made with other exiled Afghan artists. Her stellar career began at Radio Afghanistan in 1967. Within four years, the station’s listeners voted her outstanding singer of the year, making her an in-demand performer for elite Kabul weddings. In 1977, the Afghan minister of information and culture granted her the lofty title of Ustad, a controversial move since it had never been applied to a female artist. Mahwash left Afghanistan in 1991 and was later granted asylum in the United States, where she continues to perform, sometimes as a member of the all-star ensemble Voices of Afghanistan. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Sackler sublevel 3. Cost: No tickets required. Seating is first-come, first-served. Continues: Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15, 1 and 3:30 pm. Related Exhibition: Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan. Friday, January 13, 2017, 1:00 PM.

Performance: The Art of Afghan Music

Hear the legendary voice of Afghanistan’s most beloved singer in the intimate setting of the Turquoise Mountain exhibition. Ustad Mahwash sings romantic Persian poetry set to music in ghazals, as well as Kabuli songs and Afghan folk music. She is accompanied by Khalil Ragheb on vocals and harmonium. In 2003, Farida Mahwash was honored with the BBC World Music Award for her recording Radio Kaboul, made with other exiled Afghan artists. Her stellar career began at Radio Afghanistan in 1967. Within four years, the station’s listeners voted her outstanding singer of the year, making her an in-demand performer for elite Kabul weddings. In 1977, the Afghan minister of information and culture granted her the lofty title of Ustad, a controversial move since it had never been applied to a female artist. Mahwash left Afghanistan in 1991 and was later granted asylum in the United States, where she continues to perform, sometimes as a member of the all-star ensemble Voices of Afghanistan. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Sackler sublevel 3. Cost: No tickets required. Seating is first-come, first-served. Continues: Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15, 1 and 3:30 pm. Related Exhibition: Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan. Saturday, January 14, 2017, 1:00 PM.

Performance: The Art of Afghan Music

Hear the legendary voice of Afghanistan’s most beloved singer in the intimate setting of the Turquoise Mountain exhibition. Ustad Mahwash sings romantic Persian poetry set to music in ghazals, as well as Kabuli songs and Afghan folk music. She is accompanied by Khalil Ragheb on vocals and harmonium. In 2003, Farida Mahwash was honored with the BBC World Music Award for her recording Radio Kaboul, made with other exiled Afghan artists. Her stellar career began at Radio Afghanistan in 1967. Within four years, the station’s listeners voted her outstanding singer of the year, making her an in-demand performer for elite Kabul weddings. In 1977, the Afghan minister of information and culture granted her the lofty title of Ustad, a controversial move since it had never been applied to a female artist. Mahwash left Afghanistan in 1991 and was later granted asylum in the United States, where she continues to perform, sometimes as a member of the all-star ensemble Voices of Afghanistan. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Sackler sublevel 3. Cost: No tickets required. Seating is first-come, first-served. Continues: Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15, 1 and 3:30 pm. Related Exhibition: Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan. Saturday, January 14, 2017, 3:30 PM.

Performance: The Art of Afghan Music

Hear the legendary voice of Afghanistan’s most beloved singer in the intimate setting of the Turquoise Mountain exhibition. Ustad Mahwash sings romantic Persian poetry set to music in ghazals, as well as Kabuli songs and Afghan folk music. She is accompanied by Khalil Ragheb on vocals and harmonium. In 2003, Farida Mahwash was honored with the BBC World Music Award for her recording Radio Kaboul, made with other exiled Afghan artists. Her stellar career began at Radio Afghanistan in 1967. Within four years, the station’s listeners voted her outstanding singer of the year, making her an in-demand performer for elite Kabul weddings. In 1977, the Afghan minister of information and culture granted her the lofty title of Ustad, a controversial move since it had never been applied to a female artist. Mahwash left Afghanistan in 1991 and was later granted asylum in the United States, where she continues to perform, sometimes as a member of the all-star ensemble Voices of Afghanistan. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Sackler sublevel 3. Cost: No tickets required. Seating is first-come, first-served. Continues: Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15, 1 and 3:30 pm. Related Exhibition: Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan. Sunday, January 15, 2017, 1:00 PM.

Performance: The Art of Afghan Music

Hear the legendary voice of Afghanistan’s most beloved singer in the intimate setting of the Turquoise Mountain exhibition. Ustad Mahwash sings romantic Persian poetry set to music in ghazals, as well as Kabuli songs and Afghan folk music. She is accompanied by Khalil Ragheb on vocals and harmonium. In 2003, Farida Mahwash was honored with the BBC World Music Award for her recording Radio Kaboul, made with other exiled Afghan artists. Her stellar career began at Radio Afghanistan in 1967. Within four years, the station’s listeners voted her outstanding singer of the year, making her an in-demand performer for elite Kabul weddings. In 1977, the Afghan minister of information and culture granted her the lofty title of Ustad, a controversial move since it had never been applied to a female artist. Mahwash left Afghanistan in 1991 and was later granted asylum in the United States, where she continues to perform, sometimes as a member of the all-star ensemble Voices of Afghanistan. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Sackler sublevel 3. Cost: No tickets required. Seating is first-come, first-served. Continues: Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15, 1 and 3:30 pm. Related Exhibition: Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan. Sunday, January 15, 2017, 3:30 PM.

Concert: Musicians from Marlboro

This event is held at the Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium. One of NPR’s “Favorite New Artists of 2011,” tenor Nicholas Phan is featured in this program of music by Haydn, Beethoven, and Vaughan Williams. He performs Vaughan Williams’ song-cycle On Wenlock Edge for tenor, piano, and string quartet, as well as selections from Beethoven’s Irish Songs. Phan’s most recent recording was named one of the best classical albums of 2015 by the Chicago Tribune. He appears this season with the orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and San Francisco and gives his recital debut at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London. The Chicago Sun-Times called Phan “vocally and dramatically at the level of the finest international artists,” and Opera News praised his “lyric instrument of exceptional quality.” The program also includes Haydn’s Quartet in D Major, op. 76, no. 5, and Beethoven’s String Quartet, op. 59, no. 3. In addition to Phan, the musicians are violinists Michelle Ross and Carmit Zori,… Co-sponsor: Presented in cooperation with the Library of Congress. Event Location: Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium. Cost: Tickets: free. Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 8:00 PM.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Ring in the Year of the Rooster with art! Our third annual Chinese New Year celebration features free attractions for all ages highlighting contemporary performers and artists from Beijing, including: • Beijing Opera performed by students from the Beijing Opera Art’s College • Chinese acrobatic performances • Calligraphy demonstrations • Paper cutting and appliqué embroidery • Sugar painting and dough figurines • Chinese New Year card crafts • Year of the Rooster mask making • Photo booth fun Chinese food is available for purchase. Co-sponsor: Cosponsored by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: Sackler and Ripley Center. Cost: Free. Sunday, February 5, 2017, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Performances: Beijing Opera and Chinese Music

This event is held at the Ripley Center, Discovery Theater. This up-close experience, featuring student-actors from the Beijing Opera Arts College, includes four scenes from favorite stories and a pre-show look at makeup and costuming. In the first scene, from a famous eighth-century tale, a concubine complains to her eunuchs when the emperor fails to appear for a lavish banquet she has provided. From the Song dynasty (tenth–twelfth century) comes a popular martial arts scene in which an innkeeper fights after dark with an emissary he mistakes for an assassin. Next, in a scene from Journey to the West, the Monkey King is tricked into accepting a phony weapon after he rejects all of the usual devices from the Dragon King of the East. Finally, The Jade Bracelet portrays two young people exchanging subtle messages of mutual attraction. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: Discovery Theater. Cost: No tickets required; seating is first-come, first-served. Continues: Repeats at 2:30 pm. Related Events: Chinese New Year Celebration. Sunday, February 5, 2017, 12:30 PM.

Performances: Beijing Opera and Chinese Music

This event is held at the Ripley Center, Discovery Theater. This up-close experience, featuring student-actors from the Beijing Opera Arts College, includes four scenes from favorite stories and a pre-show look at makeup and costuming. In the first scene, from a famous eighth-century tale, a concubine complains to her eunuchs when the emperor fails to appear for a lavish banquet she has provided. From the Song dynasty (tenth–twelfth century) comes a popular martial arts scene in which an innkeeper fights after dark with an emissary he mistakes for an assassin. Next, in a scene from Journey to the West, the Monkey King is tricked into accepting a phony weapon after he rejects all of the usual devices from the Dragon King of the East. Finally, The Jade Bracelet portrays two young people exchanging subtle messages of mutual attraction. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: Discovery Theater. Cost: No tickets required; seating is first-come, first-served. Related Events: Chinese New Year Celebration. Sunday, February 5, 2017, 2:30 PM.