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Elizabeth Fulford Miller is the Washington Revels Music Director and will be performing on stage as part of the 2011 Christmas Revels.  Her posts will focus on all things related to music in the Christmas Revels as well as in all other Washington Revels activities throughout the year.

Andrea Jones Blackford is the Music Director of the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices, and Associate Music Director of the Washington Revels Heritage Voices. Her posts will focus on things related to music in the Washington Revels Voices of the Civil War program and other activities.

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Something Nordic This Way Comes

by June 8, 2016 » Add the first comment.
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When I opened my fortune cookie today at lunch, I found the message to be particularly meaningful: “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” That single step begins tonight at the first meeting of the 2016 Nordic Christmas Revels adult chorus. This year’s production will feature music from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden as we take a “Journey to the Northlands”! 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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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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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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Happy President’s Day – Celebrating Lincoln and Liberty at Ford’s Theatre

by February 20, 2012 » Add the first comment.
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Hurrah for the choice of the nation!  Our chieftan so brave and so true; We’ll go for the great Reformation — For Lincoln and liberty too! —“Lincoln and Liberty,” 1860 The echoes of this campaign song, made famous by songster and abolitionist Jessie Hutchinson, rang the rafters as the Washington Read more »

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Happy 194th Birthday, Frederick Douglass!

by February 18, 2012 » Add the first comment.
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February is another month of holidays–Valentine’s Day, and of course, Presidents Day, which celebrates the birthdays of Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  But there is another famous birthday in February–that of the former slave, orator, and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass.  In fact, Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Read more »

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Reaching for Peace

by January 17, 2012 » Add the first comment.
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Friday the 13th is a date that’s usually reserved for pessimism and superstition.  Nothing could be further from the truth on Friday evening, January 13, when the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices shared in a warm, inspiring commemoration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This community Read more »

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Marking the Shortest Day of the Year

by December 21, 2011 » Add the second 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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Meet Melissa Carter

by December 9, 2011 » Add the second comment.
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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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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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