Displaying all posts for December, 2011

Winter Concert at the Birchmere

by December 27, 2011 » Add the second comment.
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Back in the early 90’s, Washington Revels did a few post-Christmas shows at the Birchmere with the local folk-rock band The New St. George. Now the New St. George’s leader, Jennifer Cutting, has a fabulous new band, and we’re reuniting with her to do a show tonight at the Birchmere! Read more »

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Marking the Shortest Day of the Year

by December 21, 2011 » Add the first comment.
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This post is a reprint of  “The Shortest Day” by Paddy Swanson (Artistic Director, Revels, Inc.). It was published on December 21, 2011 in the Revels Winter Newsletter. In our own time the Winter Solstice is indissolubly linked with the festival of Christmas, though it was not always so. The Read more »

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Tarasque Spotted in Wild

by December 15, 2011 » Add the second comment.
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Chorus member Terry Winslow e-mailed this photograph of a tarasque to the chorus this week: Here’s proof that the tarasque is a real live piece of Provence’s folk history: a carving on a column at the church of Saint-Trophime in Arles. If I understand the construction history correctly, the oldest Read more »

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Goodbye to Andalusia

by December 13, 2011 » Add more comments.
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Well, it’s over. Our beautiful Andalusian world has been dismantled. The final step in The Christmas Revels is taking down the set and moving all of our things out of the theater that we’d occupied for the last two weeks. The entire cast helps out with strike. The actual set Read more »

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There’s a Wig Under There

by December 11, 2011 » Add more comments.
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Most of us get to walk around on stage with our own hair showing, but if your hair is too short or too pink, you have to wear a wig. Yesterday Jane Bloodworth, alto section leader and all-around awesome person, was kind enough to let me take pictures of having Read more »

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Eating, Singing, and Hydrating After the Show

by December 9, 2011 » Add more comments.
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This year the evening performances of The Christmas Revels are over at about 10:15. After the show I hang around in the lobby to chat with any friends who were at that performance, then go upstairs to get out of costume, wash my face, and leave the theater. Then I Read more »

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Meet Melissa Carter

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Melissa has been my assistant music director for The Christmas Revels for many years, but this year I have finally gotten her back on stage … playing guitar!   Because of the theme of the 2011 Andalusian Treasures show, we decided to form a large group of guitarists to play on Read more »

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You Can’t Revel Without an Audience

by December 8, 2011 » Add more comments.
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Last night I went to a play at the Shakespeare Theatre. After the performance, some of the actors came back out on stage to answer questions. Someone asked what part the audience plays in a performance. One of the actors said that audiences have different personalities; one night everything will Read more »

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Meet David Buchbut

by December 7, 2011 » Add the first comment.
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David is the third member of this year’s guest musical ensemble, Layali El Andalus (along with Rachid Halihal and Daphna Mor).  He is the group’s “beat keeper,” playing the riq, dumbek and frame drum. I would describe David as a “gentle giant” — bean-pole tall and thin with a warm Read more »

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Meet Tina Chancey

by December 6, 2011 » Add the second comment.
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Actually, I met Tina Chancey back in 1983, when she played viola da gamba with the Washington Bach Consort (a group that I sang in at the time).  Who would have thought that all of these year’s later, we would be making music together again? Tina is the “bowed string” Read more »

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