September 21, 2013/December 6, 2013/May 23, 2014
Great Noise Ensemble
Great Noise Ensemble is a working embodiment of its mission to fight for the performance of new works and promote emerging talent in contemporary music. Born in 2005 when composer and conductor Armando Bayolo placed an ad on Craigslist.org seeking like-minded musicians passionate about contemporary music, Great Noise Ensemble has become one of the most important and adventurous ensembles in the District of Columbia’s new music scene. Since January 2006, Great Noise Ensemble has presented the world premieres of some 23 new compositions as well as regional premieres and rare performances of some of the major works of the last 25 years by composers like Steve Reich, John Luther Adams and Louis Andriessen.
NOTICE: Saturday September 21, 2013 is the H Street Festival H Street will be closed the traffic until 9pm that evening. Parking in the surrounding neighborhoods will be extremely limited. The H Street Valet Parking service will not be available to Atlas patrons. The Atlas strongly advises patrons to take public transportation or taxi cabs.
September 22, 2013
This season, renowned cello player and founding member of Eight Blackbird, the Chicago-based three-time Grammy Award-winning new music ensemble, Nick Photinos will premiere his music as a solo artist on the Atlas stage. As a soloist, Photinos has performed throughout California and the Midwest, and has appeared with orchestras in California and Ohio, including the world premiere of the Cello Concerto in D Minor by Grace Vamos. He currently teaches at the University of Richmond and the University of Chicago, and is a graduate of Northwestern University, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
October 12, 2013
The Atlas welcomes 2012 MacArthur Fellow, Claire Chase to the stage as she uses her passion for playing the flute to push the instrument beyond traditional notes. Chase has given critically acclaimed solo recitals recently at Weill Recital Hall as part of the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center. As a soloist, collaborative artist and arts entrepreneur, Chase has premiered over 100 new works for flute in the past decade. She is also founder of the award winning International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).
November 15-16, 2013
eighth blackbird: Colombine’s Paradise Theatre
eighth blackbird combines the finesse of a string quartet, the energy of a rock band and the audacity of a storefront theater company. The Chicago-based, three-time Grammy-winning “super-musicians” (LA Times) entertain and provoke audiences across the country and around the world.
January 11, 2014
“Take a deeply spiritual journey through the life and writings of Franz Kafka, as the Atlas welcomes mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen and violinist Martha Morrison Muehleisen, to the stage performing contemporary composer Gyorgy Kurtag’s “Kafka Fragments.” Inspired by the life of Kafka and his many works, the Jewish-Hungarian composer of Europena music ties composer and writer together with “alliterative grace” taking listeners through “a century of modernism and a gasping for personal expression through violently impersonal time” in one of his longest and most celebrated works. This performance will feature live animations during the performance by Rome Prize fellow Karen Yasinsky.
January 31, 2014
Third Coast Percussion
Third Coast Percussion will take the Atlas by storm, offering its viewers a “vibrant” and “superb” contemporary performance. Using an impressive mix of percussion instruments, the band explores and expands the extraordinary sonic possibilities of the percussion repertoire, delivering audiences an experience like no other. Since its formation in 2005, Third Coast Percussion has gained national attention with concerts and recordings that meld the energy of rock music with the precision and nuance of classical chamber works. The ensemble champions the awe-inspiring music of John Cage, Steve Reich, George Crumb, among others.
April 26, 2014
Since 1999, Sō percussion has been creating music that explores all the extremes of emotion and musical possibility. Called an “Experi- mental powerhouse” by the Village Voice, “astonishing and entrancing” by Billboard Magazine, and “brilliant” by The New York Times, the Brooklyn-based quartet’s innovative work with today’s most exciting composers and their own original music has quickly helped them forge a unique and diverse career.
May 9, 2014
International Contemporary Ensemble
International Contemporary Ensemble has been receiving rave reviews for its innovative and inventive approaches to crafting new music and engaging audiences. With a flexible roster of 33 leading instrumentalists performing in forces ranging from solos to large ensembles, ICE functions as performer, presenter, and educator, advancing the music of our time. Since its founding in 2001, ICE has premiered over 500 compositions, the bulk of them by emerging composers, in venues ranging from New York’s Lincoln Center and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art to galleries, bars, clubs, and schools around the world.
May 16-18, 2014
David T. Little’s Soldier Songs
Soldier Songs is an evening-length multimedia event from composer David T. Little that combines elements of theater, opera, rock-infused-concert music, and animation to explore the perceptions versus the realities of the Soldier, the exploration of loss and exploitation of innocence, and the difficulty of expressing the truth of war. Music can be easily co-opted to serve a political or ideological message or it can equally be a vehicle for reflection, engagement, and emotional connection, as is seen in this gripping music-theatre work.
June 6, 2014
Praised by the Washington Post for their “elegant mix ofpassion, ferocity and feathery delicacy”Hailed by the Denver Post for their “electric” playing The Euclid Quartet, a dynamic ensemble known for performances filled with personality andvibrant color, is recognized as one of the most well-regarded chamber ensembles in its generation. Captivating audiences and critics ranging from Carnegie Hall to school classroomsto radio and television broadcasts, the quartet has performed to great acclaim across the country.
April 6-13, 2014
Five Washington, D.C. area organizations, including The Atlas Performing Arts Center, Great Noise Ensemble, National Gallery of Art, Strathmore, and Shenandoah Conservatory,will present Andriessen 75, a week-long festival celebrating the music of the beloved Dutch composer Louis Andriessen on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Developed by Armando Bayolo, the Great Noise Ensemble founder and New Music curator at The Atlas Performing Arts Center, the Festival will feature a host of premieres and defining works by the honored composer, alongside pieces and performances by his collaborators, students, and friends.
Louis Andriessen Festival
April 6, 2014
Great Noise Ensemble
DC’s own Great Noise Ensemble will present the Washington, D.C. premiere of Andriessen’s Grawemeyer Award winning opera, La Commedia.
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April 7, 2014
This very enticing program brings together two trailblazing Holland-based musicians, violinist Monica Germino and punk-rock bassist turned sound designer Frank van der Weij, for electroacoustic innovations composed by Louis Andriessen, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, Kate Moore, Donnacha Dennehy and others.
Get Tickets to Roadmaps and Diaries II.
April 9, 2014
Andriessen’s Piano/Andriessen’s Jazz: Brad Linde Ensemble
Featuring the U.S. premieres of Louis Andriessen’s The Family Revisited and Monument to Graettinger, and Image de Moreau (the printed collection of his piano works, performed in its entirety).
April 11, 2014
Bang on a Can All-Stars
Featuring the Washington, D.C. premiere of Life, composed for Bang on a Can All Stars, as well as music by Andriessen, students, protégés, and friends. The Bang On A Can All-Stars present the Washington D.C. premiere of Life, composed for the ensemble, on a program with pieces by leading American composers (and Andriessen protégés) David Lang, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and Steve Martland (programmed in memoriam).
September 20, 2013
Bassekou Kouyate is one of the true masters of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa, and he has collaborated with many musicians in and outside of Mali: He played in the Symmetric trio alongside Toumani Diabate (kora) and Keletigui Diabate (balafon). He was part of Taj Mahal’s and Toumani Diabate’s ‘Kulanjan’ project, as well as being one of the key musicians on Ali Farka Toure’s posthumous album ‘Savane.”
October 3, 2013
Considered an expert and one of the few female voices of the musical tradition of maloya from the Reunion Island, chanteuse Christine Salem sings in Creole, Malagasy, Comoran or Swahili.
October 5, 2013
The Corey Harris Band – Fulton Blues World Tours 2013
Blues and reggae musician Corey Harris has performed with Keb Mo’, Ali Farka Toure and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007. Harris always knew that Africa lay behind the music he grew up loving R&B, funk, reggae, blues. Harris has explored language, social reality and music in a complex, post-colonial setting, but as much as he loved looking outward, he came home determined to make his way as a blues musician.
October 11, 2013
Vieux Farka Toure
Malian guitarist and singer Vieux Farka Toure, son of Grammy- winner Ali Farka Toure, has forged a tremendous reputation and recently collaborated with Israeli artists ldan Raichel for “The Toure- Raichel Collective” that has been called “a masterpiece” of inter- national music. With each new project, Vieux expands his horizons, embraces new challenges and further entrenches his reputation as one of the world’s most talented and innovative musicians.
April 25, 2014
Noted for venturing onto the wilder shores of rhythm & blues, Martha Redbone’s award winning music blends Native American elements with funk, Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues.
May 3, 2014
I Draw Slow
Dublin band I Draw Slow has been setting records in their native Ireland. The sound of the five-piece band has been compared to Alison Krauss and with a sound rooted in the old style of the Appalachian Mountains, drawing on Irish traditional music and modern Americana.
Noted for venturing onto the wilder shores of rhythm & blues, Martha Redbone’s award winning music blends Native American elements with funk, Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues.Tickets: Advance: $28.50 Door: $33.50 Student: $20.00 with valid ID
Dublin band I Draw Slow has been setting records in their native Ireland. The sound of the five-piece band has been compared to Alison Krauss and with a sound rooted in the old style of the Appalachian Mountains, drawing on Irish traditional music and modern Americana.Tickets: Advance: $28.50 Door: $33.50 Student: $20.00 with valid ID
Great Noise Ensemble is a working embodiment of its mission to fight for the performance of new works and promote emerging talent in contemporary music. Born in 2005 when composer and conductor Armando Bayolo placed an ad on Craigslist.org seeking like-minded musicians passionate about contemporary music, Great Noise Ensemble has become one of the most important and adventurous ensembles in the District of Columbia’s new music scene. Since January 2006, Great Noise Ensemble has presented the world premieres of some 23 new compositions as well as regional premieres and rare performances of some of the major works of the last 25 years by composers like Steve Reich, John Luther Adams and Louis Andriessen.Tickets: Advance: $28.50 Door: $31.50 Student: $20.00
African Continuum Theatre Company
A Cabaret Fundraiser Starring Beverly Cosham & Friends
Directed by Scot Reese
Musical Director: Darius Smith
Experience a modern-day twist on the historical “jook joint” experience with the best and brightest of Washington, D.C.’s African-American performers!
Featuring song, dance, and spoken word by:
Dino Antoniou, Jamar Brown, Leaynne Freeman, Deborah Lubega, Bina Malhotra, Aaron Reeder, Deidra LaWan Starnes, Cliff Walker, Duyen Washington, Patrick Washington, Baakari Wilder, Devron Young, and MORE!
The annual FREE Holiday Concert at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, in collaboration with Capital City Symphony the Congressional Chorus, the American Youth Chorus, and the Atlas Performing Arts Center. An H Street holiday tradition!
Tickets are FREE but must be reserved ($2 per ticket service fee). Tickets must be collected on the day of the performance at least 30 minutes before the performance. All tickets that have not been collected 30 minutes prior to the performance will be distributed to patrons on the wait list.
SOLD OUT-Call the Box Office to join the waiting list. 202.399.7993 ext 2
“Who wants to sit still and be quiet for the holidays?” Can Step Afrika! teach a polar bear to step? What about a penguin? This December, come make music with Step Afrika! and their furry friends from the Animal Kingdom in this new holiday tradition! Come ready to bring in the festive season with a bang featuring the electrifying artists from Step Afrika! and special guest DJ Frosty the Snowman. We’ll get you in the mood for the festive season.
Don’t miss this interactive holiday experience.
Group Reservations are available for groups of 10 or more.Tickets: $35.50 -Adults $22- Seniors-Students-Military $15- Kids 17 & Under
$88- Family Fun Pack (includes 4 tickets, snack and drink; 2 adults and 2 children between ages 2 and 16.) Call Atlas Box Office at 202.399.7993 ext. 2 to purchase Family Fun Pack
Grammy nominee, drummer, Matt Wilson, livens up the holiday season with his one-of-a-kind Christmas Tree-O! As one of today’s most celebrated jazz artists, he is recognized for his melodic drumming style as well as his strength as a composer and bandleader. With Jeff Lederer and Paul Sikivie, the fun and delightful Wilson offers up all of our Holiday favorites without letting go his jazzy, snazzy flow. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, this is the perfect holiday treat!
Tickets: Advance: $31.50 Door:$33.50 Student: $20.00 with valid ID
National Symphony Orchestra
The National Symphony Orchestra will make Capitol Hill and H Street, NE, the focus of its free community engagement activities between January 7 and 13, 2014.
The full orchestra plays a special opening concert at historic H Street corridor’s Atlas Performing Arts Center, led by NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl and featuring soprano Aundi Marie Moore.
Program to include:
BEETHOVEN: Overture to Coriolan
COPLAND: Three Latin-American Sketches – Nos. 2 & 3
IVES: The Unanswered Question
SIBELIUS: “Valse Triste” from Kuolema
BARBER: Knoxville: Summer of 1915
STRAVINSKY: Dumbarton Oaks
ADAM SCHOENBERG: Finding Rothko – movements 2 & 3
PROKOFIEV: Classical Symphony
Tickets are FREE but must be reserved ($2 per ticket service fee). Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Beats”, forget the hype, here comes the real deal
- “A Gypsy Music phenomenon” – The Independent UK
- “Fanfare … play with almost frightening power. Fanfare always temper their sonic attack with imaginative instrumental verve and gracious wit.” – Songlines
Fanfare Ciocarlia are one of the world’s greatest live bands, their energy and ingenuity having won them fans from Melbourne to Memphis, Tokyo to Toulouse. Having learnt their craft at the feet of their fathers and grandfathers Fanfare’s members proudly approach every concert as a challenge to both entertain audiences and keep the true spirit of Gypsy music alive.
When Fanfare Ciocarlia – the brass orchestra from the “hidden” village of Zece Prajini in north-eastern Romania – take the stage the crowd receive 100% Gypsy music. Zece Prajini’s isolation – situated in a misty valley, the valley’s dirt roads are occupied by flocks of geese and horse and carts; here live eighty Gypsy farming families who live a traditional rural lifestyle dictated by nature’s seasons – meant that under communism the village remained hidden from the outside world. Somehow the ancient Ottoman tradition of brass bands accompanying armies, weddings and funerals continued to exist here when it had long died out in the rest of Romania. And when Henry Ernst, a young German music fan, wandered into the village in 1996 he found a living tradition that he knew the world would embrace.
Live Performance in NYC at PACE University
Live Performance at 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Concert
Brooklyn-based artist, Daniel Lopatin, has always deftly balanced the experimental with the accessible: He has released several albums under his Oneohtrix Point Never moniker on various independent labels – including the 2013 3-CD/5 LP Rifts, a compilation of his early work – as well as amassing a large catalogue of mini-album tape releases. His most recent disc, 2011’s Replica, was built around samples of television commercials; Sasha Frere Jones of the New Yorker called it “music that gently triggers a series of images and feelings, none of which you can name and all of which seem entirely common.”
General Admission: $18
The Big Apple! Gotham! NYC! lt’s the city that never sleeps.
For almost four hundred years, New York City has enticed and inspired throngs of artists and entrepreneurs. It has served as a muse for countless musicians who have praised its contagious and unflappable charm as well as its darker and edgier side. Come to our nightclub and experience the music that helped define the Empire City,from the tunes of George M. Cohan,Cole Porter,and Stephen Sondheim to the rhythms of Leonard Bernstein, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys and Jay-Z.
A cast of 85 singers and dancers,accompanied by our hot,live Atlas band.will transport you to that magical place..New York,New York… it’s a helluva town!
Thursday, March 21 at 8:00 pm
Friday, March 22 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 23 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 24 at 4:00 pm
Capital City Symphony
Jennifer Higdon, Blue Cathedral
Get Tickets to CCS American MusicFest Part 1.
Capital City Symphony
Tickets: Adults: $25.00 Child (16& Under): FREE; Student (16+): $15.oo; Student tickets can only be purchased at the door with valid student ID
Get tickets to American MusicFest Part II.