Amuse Bouche

Maestro Ivan Fischer, With Budapest Festival Orchestra, Returns to Kennedy Center

February 11, 2016

Legendary Maestro Ivan Fischer returns to Washington, D.C. with his beloved Budapest Festival Orchestra to direct a special concert at the Kennedy Center on Monday, February 15.

Fischer is a former principal conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra.

After his performance at the Kennedy Center, Fischer and the orchestra will then travel to New York to perform at a concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, February. 18. 

According to David Allen of The New York Times, the Budapest Festival Orchestra “might be the best in the world.”

Romanticism will dominate the first part of the concert with Weber’s overture to his supernatural opera Der Freischütz. Virtuoso pianist Marc-André Hamelinwill play Liszt’s technically daunting Piano Concerto No. 1 — one of the greatest 20th-century symphonies. And, Prokofiev’s brilliantly scored, melodic and emotionally compelling Symphony No. 5 will conclude the program.

“It’s hard to think of an orchestra that can stir greater thrills than the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer,” wrote the New York Classical Review.

To purchase concert tickets, contact: Rachel Ciborowski at 646.854.3331 or e-mail rciborowski@friendsofthebudapestfestivalorchestra.org. Tickets also available at the Kennedy Center.

Media contact: Christine K. Schott at CKS@CKSchott.comor 917.847.0015


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Flora Fraser on The Washingtons at Dumbarton House Feb. 11

February 2, 2016

Lecture by author Flora Fraser

The Washingtons: George and Martha “Join’d by Friendship, Crown’d by Love”

Thursday February 11th, 2016

Bellevue Room, Dumbarton House

6:30pm reception, 7:00 pm talk followed by a book signing.

Books will be available for purchase the evening of the event. 

Please join Dumbarton House for an early celebration of George Washington’s Birthday. Flora Fraser, British author and daughter of Lady Antonia Fraser, and granddaughter of Elizabeth Longford, will speak on her new book, The Washingtons: George and Martha “Join’d by Friendship, Crown’d by Love”.

Flora Fraser is author of Beloved Emma: The Life of Emma, Lady Hamilton; The Unruly Queen: The Life of Queen Caroline; Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III; Pauline Bonaparte: Venus of Empire;, She is chair of the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography, established in 2003 in affectionate memory of her biographer grandmother. She lives in London.

This event is organized by the DC Society of the NSCDA and the Sulgrave Manor Committee.

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Georgetown BID Announces DDOT Public Space Partnership Agreement

January 12, 2016

The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) and DDOT entered into a year-long partnership designed to more quickly and efficiently maintain public space within the BID’s boundaries.  Under the agreement, facilitated by the Public Space Maintenance Contracting Authorization Act of 2014 (B20-0796) that was introduced by Councilmembers Mary Cheh and Jack Evans and co-sponsored by then-Councilmember Muriel Bowser, DDOT will contract with the Georgetown BID to complete small brick and cobblestone repairs on Georgetown’s sidewalks and alleys, as well as install and maintain bike racks in the area. 

“There are over one million bricks on Georgetown sidewalks, some of which are loose, broken, or missing at any given time,” said Georgetown BID CEO Joe Sternlieb.  “This agreement allows DDOT to use the BID’s staff and ‘eyes on the street’ to quickly identify and fix problems on a daily basis.” said Sternlieb. 

“I applaud the Georgetown BID for their willingness to partner with DDOT to maintain the sidewalks and bike racks in Georgetown,” said DDOT Director Leif A. Dormsjo. “This agreement will serve as a model for future partnerships with other BIDs that will give DDOT some of the help it needs to address the volume of maintenance requests within BID boundaries.” 

By keeping many of the unique historic paving materials used in Georgetown in inventory, and training its own staff in brick repair, the Georgetown BID is able to identify and repair small sidewalk jobs in as little as 24 hours.

The Public Space Maintenance Contracting Authorization Act of 2014 specifically authorizes the Mayor and city agencies to enter into maintenance agreements with Business Improvement Districts and to reimburse them for work in public space. The agreement allows for DDOT to reimburse the Georgetown BID for repair and replacement work completed in FY 2016.


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