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Music Director’s Blog

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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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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Meet Susan Gaeta

by December 1, 2011 » Add the first comment.
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Susan Gaeta is the vocalist/guitarist in Trio Sefardi, one of the two specialist music groups performing in this year’s Christmas Revels.  Susan is an important member of a new generation of musicians who are exploring the rich and varied traditions of Sephardic music. Originally from Connecticut, where her grandfather played Read more »

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Meet Howard Bass

by November 30, 2011 » Add the first comment.
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Howard plays lute and guitar and is part of Trio Sefardi–one of our specialist groups for this year’s Christmas Revels.  Howard has studied guitar in Cleveland, Ohio, Washington, DC and Alicante, Spain!  (he even played for the King and Queen of Spain at the Smithsonian Institute in 1976 and at Read more »

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You Know It’s Tech Week When…

by November 29, 2011 » Add more comments.
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The Top Ten Reasons You Know It’s Tech Week: 1. There is a rehearsal every night 2. You spend a lot of time ascending and descending stairs 3. Lisner Auditorium starts to feel like home 4. The second full day (of your day) begins at 5:00pm (call time!) 5. You Read more »

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Meet Rachid Halihal

by November 28, 2011 » Add the first comment.
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This year we are lucky to have two specialist music groups for our Christmas Revels show. The Arab Andalus group of musicians is named Layali El Andalus and is led by Rachid Halihal. Rachid is a world-class musician who brings, to us, the true character and spirit of music from Read more »

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Sordas, Claras, and the Art of the Clap

by November 24, 2011 » Add more comments.
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Did you know that the hand clap is something of an “art form” in Spain?  Indeed, palmas (hand clapping) is an essential ingredient to the musical accompaniment used for dances like the flamenco and sevillana.  If you want to know just how important, try a Google search for “palmas clapping” Read more »

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Lather, Rinse, Repeat… Memorizing Music

by November 23, 2011 » Add more comments.
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Each year, our amazing Washington Revels Chorus (adults and teen) and Children have to memorize their music. The process begins in September, as we learn each piece, but the actual memory crunch tends to occur sometime in November (like… now!).  Some years our job is easier than others… like last Read more »

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Meet the Brass

by November 22, 2011 » Add more comments.
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Well, it certainly was a big weekend in the life of this year’s Christmas Revels production — the full cast (adults, teens, children, musicians, and actors) finally has an opportunity to work through the entire show… in costume!  The “November weekend” at the Washington Episcopal School is also notable because Read more »

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Sefardic Celebration!

by November 17, 2011 » Add the first comment.
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Tonight at 7:30pm, Trio Sefardi will be presenting a special concert at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church.  This will be Washington Revels’ second “salon-concert” presented in conjunction with the 2011 Christmas Revels show–offering a great opportunity to hear and interact with our guest musicians in a more intimate setting than Read more »

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Meet Daphna Mor

by November 12, 2011 » Add the first comment.
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As I mentioned previously, we have two guest artist groups joining us for this year’s Christmas Revels show.  Over the next few days, I would like to profile each separate musician so you all can learn a bit more about them and the many talents and skills they bring to Read more »

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