Thursday, January 29, 2009

Arts Club of Washington's "Evening with Extraordinary Artists"

I obviously love music and the arts. And I am a fan of everything from electronica funk to house to the opera. Last night I had the opportunity to hear Abiodun Koya, a lyric soprano and dear friend as she amazed us at The Arts Club of Washington. I taped her performance on my small camera (CLICK PLAY ABOVE) so if you did not attend you can still hear her amazing voice.

The night included O Mio Babbino from Ginanni Schicchi Opera, Summertime from Porgy and Bess, Edelweiss from the South of Music, Memory from Cats, and Ave Maria. In addition she performed with Peter Fox and pianists Muriel Hom, folk guitar player Tim White and accomplished pianists Jeff Hamlin. The event was part of the Arts Club of Washington's "Evening with Extraordinary Artists."

We were lucky enough to have a private tour of the Arts Club afterwards by their president June Hajjar. Headquartered in the James Monroe House, a National Historic Landmark, the Arts Club of Washington was founded in 1916 and is the oldest non-profit arts organization in the city. Their junior membership price is $450 per year +$150 application fee and is for art and music lovers under the age of 35. Membership includes member dinners, use of studio and piano, guest rooms, personal and business entertaining, a restaurant and a variety of musical and theatrical performances throughout the year, just like the one we saw last night. Learn more about The Arts Club of Washington or how you can become a member HERE.

Right now they have a showcase of art in the Club's Galleries including the work of Bill Zorn, Leigh Lambert and Shelly Wischhusen (seen below). The show will run until January 31st.

Arts Club of Washington
2017 I St NW
Washington DC 20006

Tel: (202) 331-7282 x20
Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday - Friday | 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturday

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