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Nordic Jazz 2018

May 22, 2018

On Sunday, June 24, 2018, the Nordic Embassies present the 12th annual Nordic Jazz Festival with internationally acclaimed performers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. 

Two bands will perform in the spectacular setting of House of Sweden. Enjoy a first hour of cocktails on our rooftop followed by two full sets of contemporary jazz by Sigurdur Flosason Quartet (from Iceland & Sweden) and Trail of Souls (from Norway).


Rooftop Reception (weather permitting) 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Concerts 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm



6:30 Doors open. Bar with spectacular views overlooking the Potomac river is available with items for 


7:30 - 7:35 Welcome remarks 

7:45 - 8:30 Sigurdur Flosason Quartet (Iceland & Sweden) in Alfred Nobel Hall

8:30 - 8:45 Short break 

8:45 - 9:30 Trail of Souls (Norway) in Alfred Nobel Hall


Please note that the full concerts will not take place on the rooftop. 

Bar and food items available for purchase. 21+ to drink. 




Sigurdur Flosason Quartet (From Iceland & Sweden)




Sigurdur Flosason on saxophone

Anna Greta Sigurdardottir on piano

Graig Earl on double bass

Paul Svanberg on drums

The quartet plays music composed by saxophonist Sigurdur Flosason, many of which were recorded on his most recent album, “Green Moss Black Sand” (Storyville Records). The music is dedicated to the nature in the highlands of his native Iceland. This touring ensemble is composed of Graig Earl on double bass, Paul Svanberg on drums, and Anna Greta Sigurdurdottir on piano. Anna Greta Sigurdurdottir, an award-winning jazz pianist in her own right, is also Sigudrur Flosason’s daughter.


Sigurdur Flosason is a leading Icelandic jazz musician. He has recorded more than twenty CDs with a wide variety of jazz music; everything from his own compositions and jazz standards to experimental music and improvisational solo performances with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Norrbotten Big Band. Sigurdur is a driving force and frequent conductor of the Reykjavik Big Band and a founding member of the Icelandic Saxophone Quartet. He has performed in all the Scandinavian countries, the US, Canada, Japan, China, Thailand, and various European countries. 


Trail of Souls (Norway)



Solveig Slettahjell with vocals

Knut Reiersrud on guitar and harmonica

Andreas Ulvo on piano and keys

Roger Arntzen on bass

Pål Hausken on drums

Vocalist Solveig Slettahjell, blues guitarist Knut Reiersrud and jazz trio Andreas Ulvo, Roger Arntzen and Pål Hausken are on an international tour with “Trail of Souls,” a cross-disciplinary musical performance reimagining blues and gospel classics through the lens of Norwegian folk traditions and electronic, experimental influences.


Trail of Soul's performance at the Nordic Jazz Festival in Washington, DC is the launch of an American tour. The ensemble has performed to great acclaim in Norway, Germany, and Austria.


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90th Annual Georgetown Garden Tour May 12th

April 5, 2018

(Photo by: Jenny Gorman)

2018 marks the 90th year of the Georgetown Garden Tour, an annual spring event presented by the Georgetown Garden Club.


This year’s tour consists of eight beautiful private gardens and takes place on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Five of the gardens on the tour are featured in Gardens of Georgetown Book, available online and during the tour.


Each garden provides a look at the treasured private spaces behind some of Georgetown’s most historic houses.  It includes Prospect House and the Marbury House, where John and Jacqueline Kennedy lived when he was elected President.


Tickets are $35 before April 30 at Georgetown Garden Club. On May 1 tickets will be available at $40 on the website and, on the day of the event, at Keith Hall, Christ Church, 3116 O Street in Georgetown. 


Refreshments for ticket holders will be served from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Keith Hall. The Boutique will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.



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On Blair House's Diplomatic Table April 4

March 28, 2018

Blair House became The President’s Guest House in 1942 to “wage peace.” It hosts official visits of world leaders and special events for the diplomatic corps. Managed by the Department of State’s Office of the Chief of Protocol, its restored interiors and important cultural heritage collections create an elegant, comfortable, and secure setting for international diplomatic hospitality.


On April 4, 2018 starting at 6:30 pm, enjoy a lecture with curator Candace S. Shireman about Blair House’s intriguing history as a friendly home-away-from-home for its visitors from the days of presidents Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln to today.


Highlights include the ways Blair House sets a welcoming table to meet guests’ needs, efficient service, and aesthetic appeal for a variety of occasions while appropriately incorporating pieces from its historical collections.


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This program is part of Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens' Artistic Table Lecture Series.

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