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CANCELED - Performance: The Art of Afghan Music

Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Sackler sublevel 3. Cost: No tickets required. Seating is first-come, first-served. Continues: Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, 1 and 4 pm. Related Exhibition: Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan. Friday, September 30, 2016, 1:00 PM.

CANCELED - Performance: The Art of Afghan Music

Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Sackler sublevel 3. Cost: No tickets required. Seating is first-come, first-served. Related Exhibition: Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan. Saturday, October 1, 2016, 1:00 PM.

CANCELED - Performance: The Art of Afghan Music

Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Sackler sublevel 3. Cost: No tickets required. Seating is first-come, first-served. Related Exhibition: Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan. Saturday, October 1, 2016, 4:00 PM.

CANCELED - Performance: The Art of Afghan Music

Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Sackler sublevel 3. Cost: No tickets required. Seating is first-come, first-served. Related Exhibition: Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan. Sunday, October 2, 2016, 1:00 PM.

CANCELED - Performance: The Art of Afghan Music

Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Sackler sublevel 3. Cost: No tickets required. Seating is first-come, first-served. Related Exhibition: Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan. Sunday, October 2, 2016, 4:00 PM.

Performing Indonesia: Music from Sulawesi and West Java

This event is held in the atrium of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.  6 pm: pre-concert Indonesian snacks and beverages Experience the tropical sounds of Indonesia’s National Kolintang Association, a traditional xylophone ensemble from the island of Sulawesi. Then, listen to an orchestral tradition of tuned-bamboo rattles (angklung) from West Java performed by DC’s own House of Angklung. Before the concert, enjoy complimentary Indonesian savory and sweet snacks and traditional beverages. Event Location: Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, atrium. Cost: Reservations available beginning 10 am on September 6. Saturday, October 22, 2016, 7:30 PM.

Indian Classical Music: Harsh Narayan, sarangi; Aditya Kalyanpur, tabla

This event is held in the Ripley Center's lecture hall. 6 pm: pre-concert gallery tour with curator Debra Diamond, Notes from the Desert, Sackler sublevel 1 Listen to a rising star of Indian classical music play the rarely heard sarangi. This traditional fiddle, carved from a single block of wood, has thirty-six strings that lend a haunting richness to its unique sound. Harsh Narayan made his international debut in 2003 at the age of eighteen with a concert at Royal Festival Hall in London. He has since performed in Spain, Portugal, and Germany, and at Le Forum du Blanc-Mesnil in Paris. His many appearances in India include concerts at the Nehru Centre in Mumbai, the Tansen Music Festival in Gwalior, Sawai Gandharva in Pune, and for India’s president in New Delhi. Narayan trained under his grandfather, Ram Narayan, the legendary sarangi master who toured with violinist Yehudi Menuhin. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: Lecture hall. Cost: Tickets: $15 from Smithsonian Associates. Related Exhibition: Notes from the Desert. Thursday, October 27, 2016, 7:30 PM.

Lecture-Demonstration: The Art of Qur’anic Recitation

This event is held at the Hammer Auditorium of George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. Learn how Qur’anic recitation conveys scripture through virtuosic melodies, delicate vocal ornaments, and expert pronunciation of classical Arabic. Indonesian reciter Hajjah Maria Ulfah demonstrates the nuances of recitation, discusses how it is taught to young students, and shares a look inside local and international recitation competitions. Moderating the discussion is Anne Rasmussen of the College of William and Mary and author of Women, the Recited Qur’an, and Islamic Music in Indonesia. Event Location: Corcoran School of Arts and Design, Hammer Auditorium. Cost: Free. No tickets required. Related Events: Part of Performing Indonesia: Islamic Intersections. Saturday, November 5, 2016, 2:00 PM.

Martial Arts from Sumatra: Pencak Silat

This event is held at George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.  Practice the unique movements of this indigenous Sumatran form of martial arts under the guidance of Wona Sumantri of the Silat Martial Arts Academy. Born in Jakarta and raised in the United States, Sumantri comes from a family of pencak silat practitioners. He was exposed to martial arts through his father, who trained in a traditional West Javanese version called cimande. Since then, Sumantri has studied various pencak silat systems for more than thirty years, including cimande and panca sakti (West Java), harimau singgalang (West Sumatra), and al-azhar seni bela diri (East Java). His deep knowledge of the practice has earned him a place of high regard among fellow practitioners in Indonesia. Event Location: Corcoran School of Arts and Design, atrium. Cost: Tickets available beginning Tuesday, September 6, at 10 am. Wear comfortable clothing. Attendance is limited to the first one hundred registrants. Related Events: Part of Performing Indonesia: Islamic Intersections. Saturday, November 5, 2016, 3:30 PM.

Javanese Shadow-Puppet Play: Bima’s Quest for Enlightenment

This event is held in the atrium of George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. Follow one of the heroes of the Mahabharata, an ancient Hindu epic, on his mystical, Sufi-inspired journey for knowledge in this traditional shadow-puppet play (wayang kulit). Mixing philosophical dialogue, slapstick comedy, and improvised commentary on modern politics, the play is entertainment for all. Directing the program is scholar and puppeteer (dalang) Sumarsam, accompanied by guest artists and the Javanese Court Gamelan Ensemble of the Embassy of Indonesia. Co-sponsor: Presented in cooperation with the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Event Location: Corcoran School of Arts and Design, atrium. Cost: Tickets available beginning Tuesday, September 6, at 10 am. Related Events: Part of Performing Indonesia: Islamic Intersections. Thursday, November 10, 2016, 7:30 PM.

Lightbulb Ensemble—Hamsa: Five Tales

This event is held at the Hammer Auditorium of George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. An allegorical story of a beggar’s perplexing dreams offers a compelling and original perspective on the Five Pillars of Islam. This world premiere performance features music by Brian Baumbusch, director of the Bay Area’s trailblazing Lightbulb Ensemble, and a libretto by Paul Baumbusch. Playing on Balinese gamelan Semar pegulingan, the members of Lightbulb are joined by organist Brett Carson, guitarist Ramon Fermin, and narrator Christina Stanley. The Washington Post called Lightbulb’s 2015 performance at the Freer|Sackler “ritualistic and almost incantatory, a vast, shape-shifting universe of rhythmic patterns and pungent intonations.” The newspaper also referred to Brian Baumbusch’s “Hydrogen(2)Oxygen” as “exuberantly complex . . . built from an ethereal opening into a raging torrent of asymmetrical rhythms, phase-shifting patterns and beautifully strange harmonies . . . maddeningly… Event Location: Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, Hammer Auditorium. Cost: Tickets available beginning Tuesday, September 6, at 10 am. Related Events: Part of Performing Indonesia: Islamic Intersections. Saturday, November 19, 2016, 7:30 PM.

Concert: Musicians from Marlboro

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 Ahrim Kim. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Baird Auditorium. Cost: Tickets $15: smithsonianassociates.org. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:30 PM.