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Washington Revels stages celebrations filled with traditional music, dance, stories and drama from around the world, revolving around the cycle of the seasons and the joys of community connections. Revels is for anyone who wants to share common ground through old and new traditions—connecting people across time and cultures. Revels is not something that you just watch—it is an experience.

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Maypoles and… frog’s eggs?

by April 9, 2015 » Add the first comment.
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This was a cold winter in Washington. The new climate reality, for now at least, seems to be cold air masses that get stuck over the region, dumping down snow and ice and bringing cold winds—nothing that would impress your average Canadian or Bostonian, but cold for us mid-Atlantic types. Read more »

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A New Intern’s View: Guest Post by April Li

by February 5, 2015 » Add the first comment.
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Greetings, Revelers! My name is April and I am so honored to be a new event planning intern at Washington Revels. I’m finding myself in a treasure island full of wonderful people and magical discoveries. I’m under passionate and inspiring hands from such a welcoming community who are so willing Read more »

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Revels Star Power: Volunteers! Guest Post by Christine Alexander

by November 2, 2014 » Add the first comment.
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The average Christmas Revels takes A LOT OF STAR POWER to produce.         Between the performers, production crews, and backstage crews an awe-inspiring amount of time is donated to the Washington Revels. Last year about 750 volunteers donated roughly 12,000 hours of their time. An adult chorus Read more »

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Greek and Bulgarian Salon Concerts

by November 20, 2013 » Add the first comment.
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Twice over the last week the performance space at Washington Revels was filled with dance and exciting music. Friday night, the music was Greek; last night, it was music from Bulgaria. The salon concerts are a chance for tradition-bearers in this year’s Christmas Revels to share a bit more of Read more »

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It’s Just So Many Words….

by November 14, 2013 » Add the first comment.
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In December, I’ll be standing on stage singing songs in Greek, Turkish, and Bulgarian like I’ve known them all my life. Today, November 14, I’m staring down a really large pile of words in languages I don’t speak. My memorization system has many parts. Some shorter pieces just stick in Read more »

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Blessed by the Survachka

by October 31, 2013 » Add the first comment.
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Last week Assen Assenov, a leader in the Washington-area Bulgarian community, and his wife Simona Assenova stopped by rehearsal for the Christmas Revels. First they taught our Wednesday Night Work Party volunteers how to make a survachka, a stick that Bulgarian children use to bless their elders on New Year’s Read more »

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Dancing (and singing) children

by October 14, 2013 » Add the second comment.
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This year, the children will not only sing in Greek, Bulgarian, Turkish, Croatian, and English… but they will also dance! Our children’s directors Kat Toton and Jenni Voorhees (along with children’s stage manager, Emilie Moore) couldn’t do all of this without help from our amazing specialists and tradition-bearers. Last Wednesday, Read more »

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Eleven-Sixteen? What?

by October 2, 2013 » Add the first comment.
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Overheard in rehearsal: “Eleven-sixteen? Whaaaat?” One of the challenges for this year’s Christmas Revels chorus is singing in unusual time signatures. If you don’t know what a time signature is, let me take a moment to enlighten. A piece of music written in the standard way has a couple of Read more »

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Singing Our Hearts Out

by August 8, 2013 » Add the first comment.
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A version of this post originally appeared at Last Word on Nothing. Recently I was rehearsing a glorious 16th-century motet with a small chorus, for the Washington Revels 30th Anniversary CD. Haec dies quam fecit Dominus, the song begins. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us Read more »

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May Day! May Day!

by May 1, 2012 » Add the second comment.
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Happy May 1st to all… how have you spent your May Day so far?  I was lucky enough to get up at 6:00 am, travel down the street to the Takoma Park Gazebo, and watch three morris teams do their very best to “bring in the  May.”  It was raining, but this Read more »

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