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Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe

Thundering taiko drumming meets traditional Japanese dance in a special performance on the National Mall. Led and choreographed by Kabuki dance master Isaburoh Hanayagi, this troupe is one of the top-ranking taiko groups in Japan and comes from the country’s most prestigious performing arts school. Categories: Performances. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: National Mall entrance. Cost: Free. Thursday, April 9, 2015, 12:00 PM.

Shanghai Quartet

The world-renowned ensemble performs Ravel’s only work for string quartet as well as Beethoven’s op. 59, no. 2 (one of the Razumovsky quartets) and the world premiere of Lei Liang’s Verge Quartet. The Shanghai Quartet has appeared on the PBS series "Great Performances," and the group is ensemble-in-residence with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. The New York Times has called their performances “utterly sublime,” and The Strad declared them “a foursome of uncommon refinement.” The Washington Post praised their “unwavering unanimity of expressive intent.” Composer Lei Liang has written for the New York Philharmonic and is a winner of the prestigious Rome Prize. Wire magazine calls him “one of the most exciting voices in new music.” His last work premiered at the Freer and was described by the Washington Post as “far, far out of the ordinary, brilliantly original, and inarguably gorgeous.” Presented as part of the Bill and Mary Meyer Concert Series. Categories: After Five. Performances. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free tickets are available for all winter and spring concerts (with service charge) through Ticketmaster beginning at 10 am on Monday, January 12, at ticketmaster.com or 800.551.7328. Tickets are also available at the door beginning one hour before show time on a first-come, first-served basis. Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:30 PM.

Peace Mission Korean Dance Group Performance

Washington-area children and adults present diverse traditional dances choreographed by the group’s director, Joung Sook Park, including refined royal court dances and lively, comical folk dances. Categories: Performances. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Sublevel 1. Cost: Free. Continues: Repeats 1:15–1:45 pm. Sunday, May 3, 2015, 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM.

Peace Mission Korean Dance Group Performance

Washington-area children and adults present diverse traditional dances choreographed by the group’s director, Joung Sook Park, including refined royal court dances and lively, comical folk dances. Categories: Performances. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Sublevel 1. Cost: Free. Sunday, May 3, 2015, 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM.

Musicians from Marlboro III

Cellist Peter Wiley, a Grammy nominee with the Beaux Arts Trio, is joined by Cleveland Orchestra oboist Mary Lynch, International Tchaikovsky Competition winner Itamar Zorman, and young stars from the Marlboro Music Festival. Horn virtuosos Patrick Pridemore and Wei-Ping Chou are featured in Beethoven’s Sextet for Two Horns and String Quartet, op. 81b, and in Mozart’s Divertimento for Oboe, Horns, and Strings, K. 251. French violist Hélène Clément and violinist David McCarroll join in for Brahms’ String Quartet in C, op. 51, no. 1. Categories: After Five. Performances. Co-sponsor: Part of the Bill and Mary Meyer Concert Series. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free tickets are available for all winter and spring concerts (with service charge) through Ticketmaster beginning at 10 am on Monday, January 12, at ticketmaster.com or 800.551.7328. Tickets are also available at the door beginning one hour before show time on a first-come, first-served basis. Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 7:30 PM.

The Symphonic Landscape: Merging Art and Music in Filthy Lucre

Artist Darren Waterston and members of the band BETTY examine the relationship between art and music and discuss the haunting, ethereal soundscape that Waterston and BETTY created for Filthy Lucre. The conversation charts the collaboration and the challenges—both conceptual and logistical—of breathing music into Waterston’s immersive vision of a “resplendent ruin.” Following the conversation, BETTY members Amy Ziff, Elizabeth Ziff, and Alyson Palmer give a live musical performance to the accompaniment of their recorded soundscape. The idea of interdisciplinary harmony resonates with the legacy of James McNeill Whistler, whose famed Peacock Room inspired Filthy Lucre. Whistler traced a significant parallel between painting and music throughout his career, titling many of his paintings as “symphonies,” “arrangements,” “harmonies,” and “nocturnes.”. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Performances. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston's Filthy Lucre. Sunday, May 17, 2015, 2:30 PM.

Third Thursday Open House

Experience both our latest special exhibition, Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre, and its inspiration, Whistler’s famous Peacock Room. Take advantage of this rare chance to see the Peacock Room with its shutters open while enjoying art-making activities and curator-led tours. Plus, look out for the band BETTY, which created the soundscape for Filthy Lucre and pops up this evening for a performance. Categories: After Five. Celebrations. Gallery Talks & Tours. Performances. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Freer and Sackler. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston's Filthy Lucre. Thursday, May 21, 2015, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Third Thursday Open House

Experience both our latest special exhibition, Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre, and its inspiration, Whistler’s famous Peacock Room. Take advantage of this rare chance to see the Peacock Room with its shutters open while enjoying art-making activities and curator-led tours. Plus, uncover hidden stories about the installations through a renegade performance by Museum Hack. Categories: After Five. Celebrations. Gallery Talks & Tours. Performances. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Freer and Sackler. Cost: Free. Related Exhibition: Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston's Filthy Lucre. Thursday, June 18, 2015, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Electric Imaginary: Compositions Inspired by Nam June Paik

Artist Nam June Paik (1932–2006) once said, “The future is now.” This performance pays homage to Paik with digital media compositions that reflect the complex connections between contemporary art and music. Composer, multimedia artist, and writer Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, and guest artists perform Electric Imaginary, a virtual cello quartet and installation. Commissioned by Asia Society in 2014, the work is based on cellist Charlotte Moorman’s collaborations with Paik on his early multimedia experiments. The evening also features selections from Seoul Counterpoint, a composition commissioned by the Seoul Institute of the Arts in 2014 that juxtaposes the new urban landscape of Seoul with that of New York City. Equally inspired by Nam June Paik in this work, Miller collages his own landscape in sound and image. Seoul Counterpoint was originally produced by La MaMa in association with CultureHub, and created with the support of the Seoul Institute of the Arts. Electric Imaginary was originally… Categories: Films. Performances. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free. Sunday, June 21, 2015, 5:00 PM.