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Guest Artist Series

For the past several years we have been hosting a series of guest artists to come and perform for our community. This serves our Fine Arts Diploma Endorsement Program as their series of Colloquia that they need to attend per year. We also do it to provide wonderful arts events for our community. Each evening will consist of a performance or discussion, followed by a question and answer period for our community.

You are invited to each of these evenings. We will be posting this year's artists soon and schedules will be updated throughout the year. Full details and artist bios provided for each artist. We hope you can take advantage of these great opportunities.

Below is a selection of artists who performed last year.

FADE Colloquium #1 - Daniel Harder, Dancer, of Ailey Company

Daniel Harder, dancerFADE Students: FADE Colloquium Guest Artist Series featuring Daniel Harder, of the Ailey Company.

Daniel Harder (Bowie, MD) began dancing at Suitland High School’s Center for the Visual and Performing Arts and the Artistic Dance Academy in Maryland. He is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program in Dance where he was awarded the Jerome Robbins/Layton Foundation Scholarship and participated in the Holland Dance Festival with the School and as a member of the Francesca Harper Project. Mr. Harder has worked with and performed works by Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Dwight Rhoden, Christopher Huggins, Debbie Allen, and Donald McKayle. After dancing in the European tour of West Side Story, Mr. Harder became a member of Ailey II. He joined the Ailey Company in 2010.

FADE Colloquium #3 - Washington Samulnori, Musicians

Washington Samulnori, Musicians

FADE Students: Our FADE Colloquium #3 Guest Artist Series featured Washington Samulnori.

Washington Samulnori is a Korean traditional percussion performing troupe, dedicated to performing and preserving “Samulnori”. The Korean words “sa” and “mul” mean “four things” and “nori” means “to play.” In the case of SamulNori, it refers to the four musicians playing four different types of percussive instruments: the changgo (hourglass-shaped drum), the buk (barrel drum), the jing (large gong), and the kkwaenggwari (small gong). The origins of their music can be traced to farmers’ band music (“nong-ak”) and ceremonial music. The repertoire of SamulNori also integrates the influences of folk and religious music and their intricate rhythms have become quite uniquely their own.

Founded by Sebastian Wang, the group’s director, Washington Samulnori consists of local professional musicians who specialize in Samulnori. These members include Sanghyuk Park, Robin Ghertner, and Shelby Kimmel. Director Wang is a graduate of the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul, Korea. Among the many masters of Korean Traditional Arts he has studied with, the most well-known is Professor Kim Duk Soo, the founder and creator of Samulnori. Director Wang hopes to promote and teach Samulnori with this group and prolong the future and livelihood of Samulnori in the United States.

Plan to join us for all of the FADE Colloquia!

Mark your calendars.

Open to the community unless otherwise stated.

FADE Colloquium #5 - Theatre Improv with DC Area Professional Actiors

FADE Students: Our FADE Colloquium #5 on the topic of Theatre Improv! This evening featured DC area Professional Actors and Improv Artists.

This evenings performers include DC Area Professional Actors: Julie Garner, Mikael Johnson, Drew Kopas, Matthew Pauli, and Paul Reisman. They do Stage Plays. They do Film. They do Voice Over. They do Commercials. They do Top Secret Government Training Videos. They do Commedia dell’ Arte. They do Clowning. They Teach. They Write. They Direct. They are highly educated and successful in their craft. And tonight, they will do IMPROV, a form of theatre in which the players create action, story, characters and dialogue without the use of a prepared script. They don’t even know how it ends until it’s over! Afterwards, there will be a Q&A session. Each performer has a unique story to share about how they have turned their passion into a career. And of course they will combine their talents to bring you a one of a kind performance. And who knows… they might even need some help from you!

FADE Colloquium #2 - Vuyo Sotashe and the Fred Hughes Trio, Musicians

FADE Students: FADE Colloquium #2 featuring Vuyo Sotashe and the Fred Hughes Trio.

Vuyo Sotashe - Young South African jazz vocalist, Vuyo (Vuyolwethu) Sotashe, is gradually making his mark in the New York jazz scene. Sotashe moved to the NYC in 2013 after being awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue Master of Music (Spring 2015) at William Paterson University. Since then, he has gone to win first prize at the very first Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2014, and performed on the festivals’s main stage in February of 2015. More recently, he won the Audience prize award and placed second over-all at the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in 2015, held at the annual Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Vuyo Sotashe has also performed on international stages which include singing at the Arcevia Jazz Fest and the Fermo Jazz Festival in Italy 2012; the Stockholm Jazz Festival with South African National Youth Jazz Band in Sweden 2012; at the Cape Town International Festival with George Benson and the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra 2010; the Johannesburg Joy of Jazz Festival 2012; and he has toured with the SAMA Award (GRAMMY equivalent) winning band Proxy in the UK and Ireland 2009-2011. He has also performed with Multi-Grammy Award winning gospel artist, Israel Houghton as part of New Breed (Africa) Ensemble.

Sotashe is also the winner of the biggest music scholarship competition in South Africa, the South African Music Rights Foundation Scholarship, where he performed for the former South African President Thabo Mbeki. Vuyo Sotashe is currently performing around New York City with the praised drummer Winard Harper, who has performed with the likes of Betty Carter, Shirley Horn, and many other legends in jazz.

The Fred Hughes Trio - Originating in the jazz clubs of Washington, DC, the Fred Hughes Trio has been performing, recording and presenting clinics and workshops since 1989 and brings over four decades of musical experience to the stage. With Fred Hughes on piano, the group has included bassists Tom Williams, Steve Zerlin, Max Murray, Jeff Lopez and Amy Shook. Drummers have included Keith Killgo, Keith MacMichael, Jay Williams, Eric Valentine and Frank Russo.

A sampling of the groups performing credentials includes the Elkhart, Rehoboth, Cape May, East Coast, Clifford Brown and Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festivals, the 1996 Summer Olympics and tours to the Republic of Korea in 2001 and 2002.

The Trio has shared the stage with such artists as Claudio Roditi, Jon Fedchock, Warren Vache and Larry Coryell and the groups recordings include Out Of The Blue (1996), Live! (1998), No Turning Back (2001), New Day Dawning (2006), In The Mist (2012) and Love Letters (2015) as well as the DVD, In Concert (2002), released in the Republic of Korea.

The current trio includes Amy Shook on bass and Frank Russo on drums.

FADE Colloquium #4 - Alan Binstock, Sculptor

Alan Binstock

FADE Students: Our FADE Colloquium #4 Guest Artist Series will feature sculptor Alan Binstock.

Alan Binstock was born and raised in the Bronx. His formal fine arts education began in New York's High School of Music and Art, followed by undergraduate studies at Hunter College. After teaching Fine Arts in a South Bronx Junior High School, and a year of travel, he settled in Boulder, Colorado, developing sculpture and jewelry of wood, stone, silver and deer antler. His work at the time was greatly influenced by the amorphous forms of Jans Arp and Henry Moore. While working at Quest Foundry, he was exposed to all phases of wax modeling, bronze casting and finishing. At this time he became a student of Yoga, later a teacher and director at the Boulder Integral Yoga Institute. This pursuit was continued at the Satchidananda Ashram in Connecticut. Mr. Binstock worked as a carpenter, building homes, and later as a cabinetmaker for a sailboat manufacturer, learning about finely crafted details. A four-year graduate program at the University of Maryland School of Architecture gave him a new perspective in three dimensional design. He has worked for many years as a Registered Architect and Project Manager in several area firms and at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. This ongoing education in construction methods and materials, and his studies in Yoga continue to inform his sculpture and challenge his aesthetic directions.

Upcoming Fine Arts Events 2016-17

See Fine Arts Events

Mark your calendars. Click on link below for more information on each event as it becomes available.
  • FA Boosters Meeting 9/20
  • 5K for the Arts 10/15
  • Tri M Induction & Recital 10/25
  • Fall Musical: 11/11-13, 11/18-20
  • WAMTC Fall Band Festival 12/3
  • Christmas Fine Arts Festival 12/9-10
  • FADE Senior Showcase 2/9
  • Music Trip Meeting 3/7 at 7pm
  • Spring Play: 3/17-19
  • P.G. County Music Festival 3/22-25
  • Music Trip 3/29 - 4/2
  • Dance Festival 4/7-8
  • Jazz Lab & Jazz Ensemble Concert 4/10
  • Sankofa 4/27-29
  • Concert Band, Symphonic Band & Percussion Ensemble Concert 5/4
  • Choir Concert 5/5
  • St. Genesius Theater Awards 5/6
  • Dance Showcase 5/11
  • String Orchestra & Wind Ensemble Concert 5/12
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