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The Okee Dokee Brothers

04/21/2024 to 04/21/2024

4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

Calling all bluegrass and American roots music fans to join around the “campfire” with the GRAMMY Award-winning duo The Okee Dokee Brothers. Long before the pair won five Parents’ Choice Awards, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing grew up as childhood friends in Denver, Colorado, where they enjoyed adventures like rafting down their neighborhood creek and hiking through the Rocky Mountains. Now, they infuse bluegrass music and playful lyrics with childhood wonder for the great outdoors, hoping to spark a desire in children to explore their surroundings and imaginations. “The lyrics are playful, engaging and subtly filled with life lessons. These are songs that encourage kids to find happiness with fewer material possessions and embrace adventure even in trying situations” (Chicago Tribune). (Recommended for ages 3 to 8). This performance will be sensory friendly. These performances are designed to create a welcoming and comfortable arts experience for people with autism, sensory sensitivities, or other social, learning, or cognitive disabilities.

The Okee Dokee Brothers

04/21/2024 to 04/21/2024

4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

Calling all bluegrass and American roots music fans to join around the “campfire” with the GRAMMY Award-winning duo The Okee Dokee Brothers. Long before the pair won five Parents’ Choice Awards, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing grew up as childhood friends in Denver, Colorado, where they enjoyed adventures like rafting down their neighborhood creek and hiking through the Rocky Mountains. Now, they infuse bluegrass music and playful lyrics with childhood wonder for the great outdoors, hoping to spark a desire in children to explore their surroundings and imaginations. “The lyrics are playful, engaging and subtly filled with life lessons. These are songs that encourage kids to find happiness with fewer material possessions and embrace adventure even in trying situations” (Chicago Tribune). (Recommended for ages 3 to 8)

AGING MATTERS Podcast

04/23/2024 to 04/23/2024

2118 21st Road North, Arlington, VA 22201

In recent years, alcohol use by older adults has been rising. Because drinking problems among this population are at times overlooked or even misdiagnosed, alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are becoming more common and often associated with serious health conditions. Listen to the next AGING MATTERS podcast when host Cheryl Beversdorf talks with guest Charles Smith, DO, about alcohol use and AUDs among older adults, treatment and rehabilitation, and how to lessen incidence of this condition. Dr. Smith is an Addictionologist with Recovery First Treatment Center, americanaddictioncenters.org, and Author of Understanding Addiction: Know Science, No Stigma. This broadcast will be posted after 3 pm on Tuesday, April 23 on Apple Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/aging-matters/id1526204286, Spotify Podcast - https://open.spotify.com/show/0HvZeXmoVAmtXmbQwBJVvM and Mixcloud – https://mixcloud.com/AgingMatters/, To access AGING MATTERS radio programs & TV episodes, visit www.agingmattersonline.com.

Bridging the Gap

04/24/2024 to 04/24/2024

10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20110

Hailed by The Washington Post for “superior arrangements and uncommon musicianship,” string duo Bridging the Gap features the talents of violinist and American Festival Pops Orchestra Artistic Director Peter Wilson and double bassist Aaron Clay. Celebrating 25 years of performances, this unlikely pair offers a unique voice to musical genres from classical to jazz, folk to film music, funk to popular song, and even Big Band. Wilson and Clay’s charisma, humor, and expansive repertoire— from Handel to Led Zeppelin— have made a lasting impression on audiences of all ages. Having met as members of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, Wilson and Clay have made frequent appearances at The White House, the Kennedy Center, and as guest artists and clinicians on campuses throughout the U.S. For more information, please visit: https://hylton.calendar.gmu.edu/bridging-the-gap

Die Fledermaus and More!

04/26/2024 to 04/26/2024

5450 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda, MD 20816

Bel Cantanti Opera presents "Die Fledermaus and More," a community concert at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Bethesda. Tickets $25, at the door and at www.belcantanti.com. Sopranos: Alina Tamborini, Margarita Parsamyan, Emily Casey; Tenors: Aaron McKone, James Mancuso, Nicholas Carratura; Countertenor: Hunter Patrick Shaner.

Bamberg Symphony featuring Hélène Grimaud, piano

04/27/2024 to 04/27/2024

4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

The Bamberg Symphony—one of Germany’s premier orchestras—debuts at the Center for the Arts in a program inspired by New Yorker music critic and Pulitzer Prize finalist Alex Ross’s recent book Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music. It explores Richard Wagner’s complicated, many-sided legacy and his colossal influence on music, art, and culture as part of the ensemble’s concert series “The World After Wagner.” Maestro Jakub Hrůša—renowned for his partnership with Bamberg Symphony as well as for his guest-conducting with orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra—leads a beautiful program featuring Wagner’s Prelude to Act I from Lohengrin and Overture to Tannhäuser. The program also features music by two of Wagner’s German contemporaries, Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann; virtuoso pianist Hélène Grimaud, praised by The Washington Post for the “rapturous” and “astonishing show of her proficiency and poetic sensibilities,” joins the orchestra for Schumann’s dazzling piano concerto.