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Starts: 09/12/05 12:00 AM
Ends:  09/30/05 12:00 AM

September 12, 2005

Carl Graci: (202) 994-3003;
Matt Lindsay: (202) 994-1423;



Saturday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m.          Madeleine Peyroux w/Special Guest Martha Wainwright
Friday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m.              Venezuelan Legend Simon Diaz
Thursday, Oct. 6, 8 p.m.             Fado Star Mariza
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m.       Brazilian Superstar Daniela Mercury
Saturday, Nov. 19, 8 p.m.          This American Life's Ira Glass
Thursday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m.           Best Selling Author Sarah Vowell
Saturday, April 1, 8 p.m.            The Barefoot Diva Cesaria Evora
Friday, April 7, 8 p.m.                Peruvian vocalist Eva Ayllon
Friday, April 21, 8 p.m.              Dance Construction Company "Thresholds Crossed"


The George Washington University Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., N.W.
Washington, D.C.
Two blocks from the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Blue and Orange lines)


THREE SERIES SALES offer 20 percent off of the best seats in the house:

Heart and Soul Series:  Madeleine Peyroux, Marisa, and Cesaria Evora for $84
True Rhythms Series:  Simon Diaz, Daniela Mercury, and Eva Ayllon for $96
Fresh Voices Series:  Ira Glass, Sarah Vowell, and Dance Construction Company for $72

Series Subscriptions are limited. Individual performances are also on sale.


Lisner Auditorium Box Office (Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., cash and checks only), TicketMaster outlets or, and PhoneCharge by calling (301) 808-6900 or (202) 397-SEAT. For more information, call (202) 994-6800.
GW Students: Limited tickets available at the Lisner Auditorium Box Office.


"Through three series sales - Heart & Soul, True Rhythms, and Fresh Voices - we are offering patrons a new, affordable way to explore a wide variety of performances," said GW Lisner Auditorium Director Rosanna Ruscetti. "Often the performers that we present are beyond category; 'global' or 'world music' can't really capture the range of artists that GW Lisner Auditorium audiences have come to appreciate and support. These series are one way of encouraging audiences to keep discovering."

Saturday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m. - Madeleine Peyroux w/ special guest Martha Wainwright
Peyroux Release: Careless Love - Rounder Records (9/14/04)
Wainwright Release: Martha Wainwright - Rounder Records (4/12/05)

With her stunning debut album Dreamland, Madeleine Peyroux was greeted with a veritable torrent of gushing reviews. Most raved about her smoke-and-whiskey vocals, often comparing her to the late, great Billie Holiday. Eight years have passed between the release of Dreamland and that of Careless Love.  The album seamlessly weaves strands of acoustic blues, country ballads, torch songs, and pop into a vibrant fabric that is both classically vintage and thoroughly up to date. Peyroux is once again proving herself to be an original interpreter and an open receptor to songs from earlier eras - an artist who channels vintage jazz and blues with chilling accuracy.

Few albums have been as keenly anticipated as Martha Wainwright's self-titled debut. Blessed with an astonishingly rich voice, Wainwright has already graced recordings by Linda Thompson and Geoff Muldaur, as well as albums by her brother Rufus, her father Loudon, and her mother and aunt, Kate and Anna McGarrigle. Her songs of love, loss, fear, faith, and desire are all sung in a strikingly pure voice that soars, shimmers, roars, and swoops over diverse settings from modern rock to old-world parlor songs.
Tickets: $30, $25, GW Students: $15     Part of the Heart and Soul Series

Friday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m. - Venezuelan Legend Simon Diaz
New Release: Mis Canciones: My Songs - World Village Records (Harmonia Mundi) (5/10/05)
A Venezuelan icon, 76-year-old composer, singer, and musician Simon Diaz is regarded as the creator of one of the most important legacies for both Venezuelan and Latin American popular music. Known foremost for his recovery of the songs of the Venezuelan plains, he devoted himself to studying, composing, and disseminating them. He succeeded in turning the songs of the Venezuelan plains into an authentic musical genre performed by such great and diverse artists as Placido Domingo, the Gypsy Kings, who transformed his folk tune "Caballo Viejo" into the hit "Bamboleo," Argentina's Mercedes Sosa, Brazil's Caetano Veloso, and Spain's Joan Manuel Serrat.  Conductors and composers of academic music have incorporated Diaz' songs in their orchestral and choral arrangements, signaling the universal nature of this musical genre.
Tickets: $35, $30, $25, GW Students: $15        Part of the True Rhythms Series

Thursday, Oct. 6, 8 p.m. - Portugal's Fadoista Mariza
New Release: Transparente - Times Square Records (8/23/05)
Born in Mozambique and raised in Lisbon, Mariza was singing Fado before she could read.  Fado (Fate), Portugal's version of Blues or the tango, takes its lyrics from existing poems of heartbreak and longing, and sets them to the metallic, dark sound of the 12-string guitarra portuguesa.  Mariza's performance style captures the raw emotion that characterizes the genre, but with her own personal twist. Her performances are steeped in musical passion and drama. With her heart-breaking voice, she performs with graceful, dramatic gestures, leaving slender wistful notes hanging in the air.
Tickets: $30, $25, $20, GW Students: $15       Part of the Heart and Soul Series

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m. - Brazilian Superstar Daniela Mercury
New Release: Carnaval Eletronico - RCA International (Fall 2005)
Daniela Mercury's career is a tale of hard work and enormous talent, which marked the Brazilian Music panorama of the 90s and forever altered the Bahian sound. A show business phenomenon, she has consistently surpassed record sales, radio play lists, and concert attendance records. Known as the Queen of Axe music, Mercury tours in support of her newest release, Carnaval Eletronico.  Born and raised in Brazil, she was introduced to the stage through dance and had her first taste of success dancing for over 10,000 people at age 16.  Mercury combines singing with extensive choreography in all her performances.  She has experimented with artists from Paul Simon to Italian hip-hop sensation Lorenzo Jovanotti.
Tickets: $45, $40, $35, $30, GW Students: $25    Part of the True Rhythms Series

Saturday, Nov. 19, 8 p.m. - This American Life's Ira Glass "Radio Stories & Other Stories"
(Lecture / demonstration / Q&A)
As host and producer of the documentary public radio program This American Life, Ira Glass focuses on the details of life that often go unobserved. This American Life had its premiere on Chicago's public radio station WBEZ in late 1995 and is now heard on more than 500 public radio stations each week by over 1.7 million listeners. Sidestepping sensationalism, Glass and his staff serve up narrative epics that pinpoint, in the tradition of Studs Terkel, the unusual and poetic in the everyday. This American Life addresses one theme each week, exploring it from various points of view. It has become an enduring favorite on public radio across the country. Glass' performance blends his gift of storytelling with a mixture of pre-recorded stories, music, and observations. A Q&A session follows the performance.
Tickets: $30, $25, $20, GW Students: $15     Part of the Fresh Voices Series

Thursday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. - Sarah Vowell (Reading New Work / Q&A / Book signing)
New to Paperback: Assassination Vacation - Simon & Schuster (Winter 2006)
Sarah Vowell has turned her gimlet eye - and razor-sharp tongue - toward everything from her father's homemade (and life-size) cannon and her obsession with the Godfather films, to the New Hampshire primary and her Cherokee ancestors' forced march on the Trail of Tears. Vowell is best known for her monologues and documentaries for public radio's This American Life. A contributing editor for the program since 1996, she has been a staple of This American Life's popular live shows around the country. Vowell's fourth book, titled Assassination Vacation, is a hilarious and haunting road trip through the tourist destinations of three assassinated American presidents: Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley. Its audio book features Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, Tony Kushner, and Stephen King.
Tickets: $30, $25, $20, GW Students: $15    Part of the Fresh Voices Series

Saturday, April 1, 8 p.m. - The Barefoot Diva, Cesaria Evora
A native of the island nation of Cape Verde, Cesaria Evora is the country's foremost practitioner of the morna style, which is strongly associated with the islands and combines West African percussion with Portuguese fados, Brazilian modhinas, and British sea shanties. In 1985, at the age of 45, she traveled to Portugal to record two songs for an anthology of female Cape Verdean singers. This led to subsequent recording sessions in Paris, which resulted in four albums from 1988 to 1992. Now a certified international star, the new millennium didn't see any loss of momentum for the singer as she continues to tour the globe. Her latest recordings have featured numerous collaborations, including appearances from Bonnie Raitt, Orquesta Aragon, and Brazilian superstar Caetano Veloso.
Tickets: $45, $40, $35, $30, GW Students: $25    Part of the Heart and Soul Series

Friday, April 7, 8 p.m. - Peruvian vocalist Eva Ayllon
Release: Eva! Leyenda Peruana - Times Square Records (9/7/04)
Eva Ayllon is a superstar in Peru with more than 20 hit albums in a star-studded career spanning a quarter century. Ayllon is the leading exponent of Peruvian musica criolla, a broad genre with both African and Spanish origins. After being introduced to North American audiences in David Byrne's compilation The Soul of Black Peru, Ayllon's performances burst with poetic energy, an explosion of her gifted vocalization and the impeccable musicianship of her virtuoso Peruvian musicians. In 2003, Ayllon enjoyed a double Latin Grammy nomination for her self-titled album and for her leading role with Los Hijos del Sol. She recently celebrated her professional career of 30 years before 20,000 adoring fans in Lima, Peru. In April 2002, Ayllon received her eighth award for achieving double platinum status for the album 30 anos en Vivo.
Tickets: $40, $30, $25, GW Students: $15     Part of the True Rhythms Series

Friday, April 21, 8 p.m. - Dance Construction Company "Thresholds Crossed"
World Premiere
"Thresholds Crossed" is an evening-length dance theatre work by Maida Withers that explores events, ideology, and humanistic issues that link America and Russia.  Russians and Americans share deeply held values inherent in honor and patriotism. What remains of the long history of fear and distrust between Russia and America, feelings we understand from the Cold War years? Whom can we trust and who can trust us? How do we reconcile our need for privacy and the government's need for surveillance and security? How are propaganda art and political mottos in Russia and America, often couched in humor, used to persuade?

The work will be created during residencies with three American and three Russian dancers in the capital cities of Moscow, July 2005, and Washington, D.C., March 2006.  This performance marks the 30th anniversary of DC-based Dance Construction Company.
Tickets: $30, $25, $20, GW Students: $15     Part of the Fresh Voices Series

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