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Power Weekend

“Power Weekend” featuring 4 powerful contemporary performers in 3 stunning performances in just 1 weekend.  “Cello goddess” Maya Beiser and the vibrant pianist Michael Harrison make their Atlas debut and celebrated performer and arts activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph returns with red, black & GREEN: a blues (rbGb).  Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Luciana Souza and guitarist Romero Lubambo present a dynamic evening of musical styles.  

Cellist defying tradition for bold exploration of sound
Virtuoso cellist Maya Beiser and the brilliant composer and pianist Michael Harrison will perform selections from their duo album, Time Loops.  The founding cellist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars has been called “the hot, young, cello-diva of the avant-garde” by The Washington Post. Harrison’s exhilarating and beautiful compositions draw on music from ancient Greece and the Renaissance, Indian ragas and minimalism. NPR named Beiser and Harrison’s duo album one of the “Top 10 Classical Albums of 2012.”
May 10 | More |Tickets

DC premiere of innovative new work that focuses on social change and sustainability within urban communities.
Oakland-based spoken word and dance artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s red, black & GREEN: a blues (rbGb) receives its DC premiere.  The performance blends spoken word, music, film and dance and sparks a conversation about sustainability and environmentalism in urban communities. The performance takes place over four seasons in set of row houses made from repurposed materials, designed by artist Theaster Gates. Robert Hurwitt of the San Francisco Chronicle called rbGb “a piece as smart and provocative as it is breathtakingly beautiful.” May 10 – 12|More | Tickets

Additional Engagement Activities for rbGb

Youth Arts Share Out on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 2:00pm
Featuring young artists from Arena Stage’s Voices of NOW Mead and Mentor Ensembles, FRESHH, Inc., Split This Rock Youth Slam Poetry Team, and Next Stop (formally, the Holloway Youth Project), participants will present dramatic, poetic, performing arts pieces that explore the question, “What sustains life in your community?”

rbGb Installation Viewing on Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Visitors will have a chance to view and interact with the set design of rbGb, an installation of four houses created from all repurposed materials by master visual artist, Theaster Gates. Each house represents four American cities in the course of four seasons: Summer in Chicago, Fall in Houston, Winter in Harlem, and Spring in Oakland.  The cities’ residents’ realities are the focus of the performance.

 


World-renowned jazz singer and interpreter
Brazil-born Luciana Souza transcends traditional jazz and incorporates a range of musical styles. Souza has eight acclaimed releases including seven Grammy-nominated records. Billboard Magazine said Souza’s music “soulfully reflects, wistfully regrets, romantically woos, joyfully celebrates…” which is why it is no surprise that her music has earned her accolades and fans across the world.  She performs with Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo.
May 11 | More | Tickets


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