Georgetowners of the Year

A Georgetowner newspaper tradition for decades, the naming of Georgetowners of the Year include: a person who has devoted time and talent to keeping a lively band of senior citizens even more active with programs that range from recitals to lectures and field trips; a non-profit relocated to town that is making an impact in the world of music, science and social innovation; and an everyday service business that has stressed a personal touch and community involvement that leaves you feeling you’ve known them for years.

Wendy Erlanger: The Georgetown Senior Center

Surreal Soiree

The Party

The District's young and fabulous donned their coolest costumes and gathered at Halcyon House in Georgetown to support the S&R Foundation - a local organization dedicated to enhancing the arts and sciences - with a sophisticated theme party. Dubbed Night Nouveau, this year's surreal affair included a Dali-esque entryway, a maze populated with mimes and stilt walkers draped in ivy. 

Sayaka Shoji and Ryo Yanagitani

The supremely gifted violinist Sayaka Shoji is in demand throughout the world as a concerto soloist, and has performed with the world’s leading conductors, including Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, and Lorin Maazel. Shoji also maintains a busy and varied schedule of chamber music, and returns to Evermay in a performance of works for violin and piano by Mozart, Ravel, and Stravinsky. She is joined by pianist Ryo Yanagitani.

Mark Meadows

Named as a Strathmore Artist in Residence for the 2014/2015 season, Mark Meadows is a Jazz pianist, bandleader, composer, and teacher at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Meadows infuses Jazz, R&B and gospel into a unique style and is joined by saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, bassist Romeir Mendez, and drummer Billy Williams for a soulful spring evening of Jazz at Evermay.

Featuring Elijah Jamal Balbed, Billy Williams Jr. and Romeir Mendez.

Two Thousand Flutes

In a special collaboration with the Library of Congress, principal flutist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Lorna McGhee, curator of musical instruments Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford, and pianist Ryo Yanagitani, take us on a journey through the ancient history of the flute. McGhee will perform on some of the Library’s rare instruments from the Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection. 

LORNA MCGHEE, flute / RYO YANAGITANI, piano / with CAROL LYNN WARD-BAMFORD, Curator of Musical Instruments, Music Division, Library of Congress

Annie Rosen

American Mezzo-Soprano Annie Rosen joins S&R Artist-in-Residence Ryo Yanagitani for a program of 20th Century cabaret and musical theater. Rosen and Yanagitani will chart a course from the songs of Kurt Weill and Edith Piaf to the very best of contemporary American musical theater.

Ryu Goto

Violinist Ryu Goto’s flair, spontaneity and freshness of musical vision have been praised by the likes of Vladimir Ashkenazy and the late Lorin Maazel. A celebrated concerto soloist, chamber musician and recording artist, Ryu Goto is a 2013 S&R Washington Award winner and makes his Washington DC premiere in the opening concert of the spring 2015 Overtures series. He is joined by renowned pianist Jiayi Shi.

Mayor Gray Appoints Innovation and Technology Inclusion Council; Group Will Advise District Officials on How to Grow a More Inclusive Tech Economy

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today announced the appointment of the District of Columbia’s Innovation and Technology Inclusion Council. The 17-member council will advise District officials on ways to grow the city’s innovation and tech economy in an inclusive manner.