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24th Annual Bach Festival at Grace Church

July 7, 2017

Starting Sunday, July 9, 2017, Grace Church Georgetown presents The 24th Annual Bach Festival. All are welcome!

The Program:

Sunday, July 9: 3:00 pm Francine Maté, Director of the Festival and Organ Soo Young Chrisfield, Soprano Irvin Peterson, Flute Regino Madrid, Violin Foster Wang, Violin Charlie Powers, Cello Works include JS Bach’s “Ich habe genug,” BWV 82a, solo organ works and 2 Mozart Church Sonatas

Monday, July 10: 7:30 pm The Madrid Quartet: Regino Madrid, Violin Foster Wang, Violin Sarah Hart, Viola Charlie Powers, Cello Works include portions of Art of Fugue of JS Bach, and fugues by Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Piazzolla

Wednesday, July 12: 7:30 p.m. Ronald Stolk, Organ Works by JS Bach and improvisation on a given theme

Friday, July 14: 7:30 p.m. Yuri Liberzon, Guitar and Piotr Pakhomkin, Guitar Works by JS Bach

Sunday, July 16: 1:30 p.m. Clavier-Übung III Lawrence Molinaro, Organ Joseph Regan, Tenor

Admission: $25 per person per concert, students $10 per person per concert with valid ID.

For more information email Bach Festival Director, Francine Maté at, call Grace Church at 202.333.7100, or visit Grace Church.

Grace Church is located at 1041 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown (Below M Street, near the C&O Canal) The Circulator Buses run from the Dupont Circle and Union Station Metro Stations to Georgetown. Exit the bus at Wisconsin and M Streets.

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Jean Carne Live at Blues Alley July 6-9

June 13, 2017

Soul legend Jean Carne will be performing live at Blues Alley July 6 through 9, 2017.


Her recording career began in 1969 with her husband Doug. Her musical skills became apparent as a teenager on a morning radio talk show, 'Today In Georgia', when she sang 'Misty' to the accompaniment of Errol Garner's piano. Together they made three albums for Ovation Records that saw a building success, via touring engagements across the U.S.A. Jean was often praised for being one of the first Afro-American women to control her musical stylings and not be controlled by the industry moguls.


Jean performed with Duke Ellington, the last vocalist to do so before his death. She then teamed up with Norman Connors for four highly regarded sets, contributed 'Reach For it' to George Duke's Gold album and sang lead vocals on the first two albums by Earth, Wind And Fire. The four albums she recorded for Philadelphia International are considered her finest and introduced Jean to pop and R & B audiences for the first time.


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Mayor Bowser Affirms DC Commitment to Paris Agreement

June 1, 2017

Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser issued the following statement regarding the Paris Agreement:


“Washington, DC will continue to work with cities and countries around the globe to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The effects of climate change are already here, and without proper planning and collaboration, they will continue to get worse. It is in the best interest of our country’s safety, economy, and future to take climate change seriously, and as the Mayor of a major city, I have a special obligation to protect our environment for generations to come and to create policies and programs that reflect the values of the residents I serve. Over the past two years, Washington, DC has launched Climate Ready DC, entered into one of the largest municipal onsite solar projects in the U.S., and completed the largest wind power purchase agreement deal of its kind ever entered into by an American city. Going forward, our commitment to wind and solar will not yield, and we will move forward with building a more sustainable DC.   


At a time when our country should be leading the fight against climate change, it is disappointing to see us retreating into isolation. Fortunately, I am confident that leaders around the country will continue to think globally, act locally, and ensure that the U.S. remains a strong partner in the fight against climate change.”


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