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TITLE: Hidden Washington: A Journey Through the Alley Communities of the Nation's Capital
SPEAKER: Diane Kresh, Washington Revels , Charles Williams
EVENT DATE: 2001/02/15
RUNNING TIME: 72 minutes
Hidden Washington brings to life the alley communities of Washington, DC, where people lived, worked, played and worshiped. This interesting and little known period in the history of our nation's capital will be presented through song, dance, and children's games, and also through the historic collections of the Library of Congress including manuscripts, photographs, period newspapers, and maps. Our partner in this program, The Washington Revels, is dedicated, through performance, community involvement and education to reviving, nourishing and promoting celebrations of the cyclical renewal of life that have drawn and bound people together through the ages and across cultures.
Speaker Biography: Diane Kresh has been the Director of Libraries in Arlington, Virginia since April 2006 after a 31-year career at the Library of Congress. While at the Library of Congress, Kresh was a senior-level library administrator, director of the Veterans History Project, director of public service collections and director of preservation, and is editor of “The Whole Digital Library Handbook.”
Speaker Biography: An established cultural institution in the greater Washington area for over 30 years, Washington Revels is dedicated to reviving and celebrating cultural traditions — music, dance, storytelling, drama and ritual — that have bound communities together over the ages and across the globe. Staged or informal, large or small, Revels celebrations involve adults and children of all ages, mixing professionals and nonprofessionals. Audience participation is a hallmark: singing, dancing or becoming part of the drama, Revels audiences are always an integral part of the productions. Whether participating in a Revels celebration from the audience or stage, people invariably leave with smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts.
Speaker Biography: Louisiana-born Charles Williams has won international acclaim since his opera debut at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. He has performed in theaters and opera houses, and for radio and television in Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Zurich and Vienna. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Sportin' Life in Porgy and Bess under the baton of James Levine. Williams has conducted vocal technique and vocal health workshops in New York, New Hampshire, The Barns at Wolf Trap, The Smithsonian Institute, the Kennedy Center, and with the Connecticut Opera and Opera Columbus. He performed in Paris with the National Orchestra of France under the direction of Lorin Maazel. Williams teaches voice and music theater at the Levine School of Music.
SERIES: Library Live