Free Tickets Now Available for
NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert
at the Music Center at Strathmore on
Washington, D.C. – Afro-Cuban drumming, Bharatanatyam Indian dancing, and Bluegrass music are just a few of the folk and traditional arts that will take center stage at the NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert on September 24, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland. Free tickets are available at www.strathmore.org, the Music Center at Strathmore box office, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in Bethesda, Maryland, and the House of Musical Traditions, 7040 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland.
Nick Spitzer, host of public radio's American Routes radio program, will emcee the NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert, which will feature performances and demonstrations by the 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellows, recipients of the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.
The 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellows are Ghanaian drum master Yacub Addy, Texas-style Fiddler Jim "Texas Shorty" Chancellor, Lauhala (palm leaf) weaver Gladys Kukana Grace, Sweetgrass basketweaver Mary Jackson, Bluegrass guitarist and singer Del McCoury, Bharatanatyam Indian dancer Kamala Lakshmi Narayanan, Irish flute player Mike Rafferty, and Afro-Cuban drummer and drum builder Ezequiel Torres. In addition, folkorist and editor Judith McCulloh will receive the Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowships award for her significant contributions to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage. For more information on the artists, please visit www.arts.gov.
PLEASE NOTE: Though the concert's free tickets may be entirely distributed in advance, there will be seating available beginning 15 minutes before curtain. The NEA encourages those without tickets to arrive 20-30 minutes early.
Those who are unable to attend the concert are encouraged to watch via a live webcast at www.arts.gov. An archive of the concert will be available following the event.
Members of the press who would like to attend the concert must contact Liz Stark at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a press ticket.
In addition to the concert, members of the public are invited to attend the National Heritage Fellowship Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Library of Congress's Thomas Jefferson Building at 1st Street S.E., between Independence Avenue and East Capitol Street in Washington, DC. NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman and Members of Congress will present the awards to the nine recipients. A photo opportunity for the press with the 2010 fellows and the NEA Chairman will immediately follow the ceremony.
The NEA National Heritage Fellowships public programs are made possible through the support of the Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation and Darden's family of Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, and Seasons 52 restaurants.
About Darden Restaurants, Inc.
The Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation ("Foundation") is a private nonprofit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and was organized to administer charitable funds for the benefit of communities. The Foundation’s sponsor is Darden Restaurants, Inc. ("Darden"). Darden (NYSE:DRI) is the world’s largest company-owned and operated full-service restaurant company with over $7 billion in annual sales and approximately 180,000 employees. Its brands – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52 – reflect the rich diversity of those who dine in its restaurants. Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. That defines service for Darden. The Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation works to bring to life this spirit of service through its philanthropic support of charitable organizations across the country as well as the volunteer involvement of its employees. With more than 1,800 restaurants, Darden strives to have an enduring and positive influence on the communities it serves.
About the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the largest annual national funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. Please visit www.arts.gov.
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