Music at the Atlas is the perfect way to celebrate Washington D.C.’s rich musical history. D.C. is the birthplace of Duke Ellington and for more than a century iconic jazz talents from Billie Holiday to Herbie Hancock have played in the District. The Atlas showcases an eclectic mix of local, national, and international musicians. Atlas is a home for musicians from many genres. This season will feature everything from Flamenco to Classical.

Join us for an inside look at the eXposure Media Project DC, a non-profit program featuring the photography of DC Youth. The photo exhibit will be available at varying times throughout the Intersections Festival 2020 in our Kogod Lobby in the Great Hall, from Feb. 19 - March 2, 2020. Please see our calendar for details.

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Nellie and Amelia are two adventurous mice ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the moon since it is cat-free and made entirely of delicious, mouth-watering cheese (so they have heard). In this interactive play, the audience becomes part of the story through multi-sensory activities. Join us as we all try to reach beyond the stars.

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Pianist, composer, and electronic musician James Fernando has been hailed by Textura magazine as having “seemingly effortless command of the piano”, and by author Grady Harp for creating music that “makes the world more beautiful.” Fernando presents an exciting solo program featuring his innovative piano and electronics setup. This performance includes audience participation and a post-show artist talk-back.

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Join the Washington and Lee University Singers in the Atlas Performing Arts Center premiere of Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard, one of the most meaningful recent works of social justice art. This multimedia fusion oratorio uses the featured choir, soloists, instrumentalists, and narrators to tell the tragic story and aftermath of the kidnapping, torture, and death of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming in 1998. Join us for a post-show discussion, facilitated by Jason Marsden, the Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.    

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The Misto di Voci  Ensemble explores mysticism and music of the spheres in a multimedia presentation of Alan Hovhaness' Saturn.   Written for soprano, clarinet and piano in cantata form, set to mystical text by the composer, and accompanied by NASA’s images of space, each movement is a unique and ethereal journey. The program concludes with The Klezmer's Wedding; a fusion of classical and klezmer style in a jubilant celebration of life. With post show artist talk-back.    

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In this production Furia Flamenca goes beyond flamenco’s music, song, and dance and explores some of Spain’s many other musical genres, including iconic classical pieces such as “La Boda de Luis Alonso” and “Vida Breve,” and some of Spain’s folk music and dance. The performance will include flamenco guitarists Maestro Torcuato Zamora and Juan L. Romero. Artist Talk-Back after the show. 

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Jamie Baum, known for her award-winning Septet+ that features her global-influenced, increasingly complex and long-form compositions, formed Short Stories to complement and expand her palette. With an emphasis on improvisation, her inspiration came from the short but eloquent, harmonic and motivically-packed compositions by such jazz icons as Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.

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Headed by Snarky Puppy’s multi-Grammy–winning percussion duo of Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth, Ghost-Note is an explosion of sound with an expansive roster of next-level musicians, representing members of Prince, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Marcus Miller, Toto, Justin Timberlake, and more.

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Featuring silent film era comedian Harold Lloyd, this comedy features a shy  Poor Boy (Harold Lloyd), a tailor’s apprentice who dreams of becoming an author. He falls for a Rich Girl (Jobyna Rolston) and the tale of the budding romance ensues. Presented with live accompaniment by Andrew Earle Simpson.

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In a collaboration with Mons Dansa Dance Company from Barcelona, Spain, we bring to life a dance-based show perfect for ages 1-5 that explores the many facets of creativity. A fun, interactive production that tells the story of two delightful creatures who live inside a wastepaper basket, Paper Dreams asks if our greatest mistakes can turn out to be our greatest ideas.

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Jazz at the Atlas is a highlight of our music series each season. We are dedicated to the preservation and progress of the jazz genre in DC. In addition to presenting local jazz artists, we partner with the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation to present unique jazz programming each year.

The Jazz Touring Network is a presenter-based membership program that provides support for professional development opportunities and performance fee subsidies for its participants. The Jazz Touring Network prioritizes participation by presenters that work in and with communities under served by the arts. The Jazz Touring Network is a program of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

 

 

Mid Atlantic Tours is a curated roster program of performing artists and ensembles chosen to tour throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Atlas proudly participates in the Mid Atlantic Tours program, a program of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

 

 

Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America is a grant program in the United States designed to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the richness and diversity of Latin American cultures through the work of its contemporary and traditional performing artists. Southern Exposure is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

 

In June, Atlas will present work as a part of the DC JazzFest Jazz in the ‘Hoods Program. Jazz in the ‘Hoods, presented by Events DC, is a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels, galleries, places of worship, and performing arts spaces in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Jazz in the ‘Hoods (JHoods) highlights DC as a vibrant cultural center in dozens of venues in 25+ neighborhoods citywide. JHoods events attract an increasingly large number of residents as well as tourists—adding revenue streams to clubs, restaurants and hotels, and boosting the local business economy—and, overall, encourage patronage of establishments that present jazz. Previous JHoods have attracted over 82,000 across DC neighborhoods, with adverting and promotional efforts reaching over 24 million people across 16 prominent, diversified and respected publications.

Pianist, composer, and electronic musician James Fernando has been hailed by Textura magazine as having “seemingly effortless command of the piano”, and by author Grady Harp for creating music that “makes the world more beautiful.” Fernando presents an exciting solo program featuring his innovative piano and electronics setup. This performance includes audience participation and a post-show artist talk-back.

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Jamie Baum, known for her award-winning Septet+ that features her global-influenced, increasingly complex and long-form compositions, formed Short Stories to complement and expand her palette. With an emphasis on improvisation, her inspiration came from the short but eloquent, harmonic and motivically-packed compositions by such jazz icons as Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.

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Headed by Snarky Puppy’s multi-Grammy–winning percussion duo of Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth, Ghost-Note is an explosion of sound with an expansive roster of next-level musicians, representing members of Prince, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Marcus Miller, Toto, Justin Timberlake, and more.

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Enjoy traditional classics from your favorite era as well as new, contemporary creations and interpretations in classical music, new music and opera, from the areas best soloists, small chamber ensembles, and full orchestras. Atlas is proud to partner with Capital City Symphony, our residents arts partner, which helps to anchor our classical music offerings each season.

The Misto di Voci  Ensemble explores mysticism and music of the spheres in a multimedia presentation of Alan Hovhaness' Saturn.   Written for soprano, clarinet and piano in cantata form, set to mystical text by the composer, and accompanied by NASA’s images of space, each movement is a unique and ethereal journey. The program concludes with The Klezmer's Wedding; a fusion of classical and klezmer style in a jubilant celebration of life. With post show artist talk-back.    

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