Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Returning for its 17th season, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols tells the Christmas story through lively readings and music that epitomizes hope, goodwill and joy.

On the day of the performance, tickets will be available only at Memorial Chapel beginning at 7PM.

Sirius Quartet

Internationally acclaimed veterans of contemporary music, Sirius Quartet creates unforgettable musical events that combine exhilarating repertoire with unequaled improvisational fire. The group’s forward-thinking,multi-genre approach includes collaborations in post-rock, avant-jazz and electronic music. Having premiered works by the likes of Phil Kline, Uri Caine and Richard Einhorn, Sirius pushes beyond the conventional vocabulary of string instruments with bold, original works by its own members, incorporating improvisation, extended techniques and undeniable grooves.

NextLOOK: Monique Walker: Amma's Chasm

Collaborating with community activists and artists, southern Maryland-based dance artist Monique Newton Walker, explores perspectives, outcomes and healing when a fatal domestic violence event disrupts a community’s continuity in her mixed-media dance residency, Amma’s Chasm.

NextLOOK: Be Steadwell: A letter to My Ex, the musical

Composer and vocalist Be Steadwell tells stories of love, loss and intimacy with LGBTQ-affirming pop music. Following the 2018 release of her album Queer Love Songs, Steadwell brings her album to life through theater and performance. A Letter to My Ex is a collage of music, movement and film, narrating one character’s journey through the ups and downs of love.

NextLOOK: Ronya-Lee Anderson: Kings and Queens: The Untold Heroes of Rock n’ Roll

Kings and Queens is a multi-disciplinary project designed to highlight the contributions of African-American artists to the beloved musical genre: Rock n’ Roll.  The project will combine monologues, live music, projections, dance and discussion honing in on artists such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Jimi Hendrix, Big Momma Thorton, Bo Diddley, Louis Gordon and others.  Beyond noting the practice of cultural appropriation, the project will illustrate the influence of black musicians on their white successors like Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppeli

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