As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving this week, they provide from their best artistic facilities and best artists wonderful performances for the world. On November 24, St. Olaf College, known for its beautiful choral work shares its Thanksgiving service with the world via live streaming. We anticipate more wonderful music and programming from St. Oalf for the holidays. Also via live streaming, on November 24 The Kennedy Center presents from its Millenium Stage Armenian-born pianist Sofya Melikyan, who is recognized for her as an artist with a unique voice and enthusiastic zeal for her music. This program commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, she performs compositions by Aram Khachaturian, Komitas Vardapet, Eduard Sadoyan, Alexander Arutunian, and Arno Babadjanian.
Further, for this Thanksgiving week, The Kennedy Center presents from its Millenium Stage delightful performances via free live streaming. November 25, The Kennedy Center presents Charm City Junction. This is a Baltimore-based band is comprised of four of the most talented acoustic musicians in the country: Patrick McAvinue (fiddle, mandolin, and vocals), Brad Kolodner (clawhammer banjo and vocals), Sean McComiskey (button accordion) and Alex Lacquement (upright bass and vocals). Their music combines the following: old time rhythms, foot-stomping Irish melodies, hard-driving bluegrass, and three-part harmonies,
On November 26, Thanksgiving Day, The Kennedy Center provides free live streaming to the world the program Thanksgiving Day Swing: Jive Aces with Gottaswing. This festivity features dancing and music by Jive Aces. Those who are able to attend in person in Washington D.C. can receive free swing dance lessons begin at 6 p.m. with Hollywood-Style Lindy icon Jean Veloz, followed by a free, evening-long dance party.
November 27, The Kennedy Center provides via live free streaming East River Jazz in their Billy Strayhorn’s Birthday Celebration: The Lovejoy Group. This group presents “The Giant that Lived in the Shadows,” honoring Billy Strayhorn as the genius behind Duke Ellington, his life, and his music. The performance explores elements of Strayhorn music: his soulful and haunting melodies, captivating harmonies, and sophisticated lyrics. His has been known to challenge and expand the musical world.
On November 28, The Kennedy Center presents over live streaming The Harry Bells, a horn-and-percussion-driven tribute to the music of Harry Belafonte. They are scheduled to perform their own interpretations of his songs, in addition to arrangements of holiday classics, in their own style. These performances are also filmed and archived with previous great performances on the The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage’s Web pages.
In the dark and dangerous world in which we live America remains a lighthouse shining the Light of divinely given beauty, music, artistry into the drakness that can’t put it out. The Renaissance of artistry and Reformation of content across all platforms of delivery of American entertainment media continues to grow, improve, and expand as the best of American values are reclaimed, celebrated, and shared across the globe for Such A Time As This!