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Promise of Freedom Concert at Washington National Cathedral April 21

April 10, 2013

The Legatum Institute and the City Choir of Washington will be presenting the world premiere of 'Three Hymns of George Herbert' at the Washington National Cathedral on April 21st at 4:00 pm.

Sir John Tavener's choice of three works by the early 17th century poet George Herbert take us back to an earlier chapter in the transatlantic story - the time when religious and political radicals fled the Church and State establishment of England in order to embrace the freedom promised in the new American colonies.

The City Choir of Washington will be joined by the Shenandoah Conservatory Choir, and the City Choir Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Robert Shafer.

The concert will also include compositions by Bernstein, Handel, Parry, Stanford, Vaughan Williams and Whitacre, pieces that were performed at the Queen's 1953 Coronation.

To purchase tickets and for further information, click here or visit the National Cathedral's website.

Sir John Tavener is one of the best known and regarded composers of his generation. He was knighted in 2000 for his services to music. One of Tavener's most popular and frequently performed works is his short unaccompanied four-part choral setting of William Blake's The Lamb, written in 1982. Later prominent works include The Akathist of Thanksgiving (1987, written in celebration of the millennium of the Russian Orthodox Church); The Protecting Veil (first performed by cellist Steven Isserlis and the London Symphony Orchestra at the 1989 Proms); and Song for Athene (1993, performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997). Following Diana's death he also composed and dedicated to her memory the piece Eternity's Sunrise, based on poetry by William Blake. For more information, please visit

About the Promise of Freedom Series

The Promise of Freedom is a series of lectures and events exploring the vital role liberty has played in British and American cultural and social thought. The Promise of Freedom marks the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty the Queen. The series also features events with Grey Gowrie, poet, former Cabinet Minister and company Chairman, Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery in London, Dame Harriet Walter, British actress, and Lieutenant-General Simon Mayall, Senior Advisor Middle East, Ministry of Defence.

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Celebrating Jewelry & Fine Metalware at Dumbarton House April 4

March 16, 2013

The Ladies of the Dumbarton House Board and International Club of D.C. cordially invite you for an evening of music, food and cocktails with live and silent auctions featuring the one-of-a-kind commissioned pieces currently on exhibition in the museum. 

April 4, 2013
6:00 to 9:00pm
Dumbarton House

2715 Q Street, NW

Washington, D.C. 20007

Ticket price: $100

  Proceeds from the auctions will go toward Dumbarton House's preservation efforts.

To purchase a ticket please visit Dumbarton House


Shown above, a vase by Regents Professor of Art at the University of North Texas, Harlan W. Butt, who has has exhibited both nationally and internationally in a career that spans three decades. He also spent a year studying enameling and metalsmithing in Kyoto, Japan.

His work has been exhibited in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and throughout the United States. It is represented in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. An avid writer of Haiku, Butt lives with his wife Robin in Denton, Texas. 

To create Grand Canyon Vessel #1, Harlan took for a starting point a Chinese spill vase from the early 19th century found in the collections of Dumbarton House (click on image to enlarge). The natural beauty of the American southwest was another source of inspiration. To place a bid on Grand Canyon Vessel #1 click here.

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Sousou & Maher Cissoko at Embassy of Sweden March 12

March 3, 2013

Swedish/Sengalese couple Sousou & Maher Cissoko share a destiny shaped by music. Sousou grew up in southern Sweden and fell in love with the kora, a West African stringed instrument when her father started playing with the Gambian griot Alagie Mbye. Maher Cissouko was born into a well-known griot family from Casamance, Senegal, and learned to play the kora at an early age.

West African music mixed with influences of reggae, mbalax, pop, folk, soul and blues has made this couple popular in Scandinavia and around the world.

Together they will share their musical story at Embassy of Sweden on March 12 at Embassy of Sweden.

Tickets $10

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Show starts at 6:30 pm.

Embassy of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street.

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