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Watch the latest seasonal concert video here, and click the playlist in the video's upper right corner to see all videos in this playlist. You can also see the full playlist here.
December 2020 holiday concert series:
Festive concerts of seasonal music will feature:
(classical, R&B, and hip hop fusion)
- December 8, 5:30 p.m.
With performances described as passionate, vivacious, electrifying, and innovative, Billboard-charting international recording artist Chelsey Green fuses traditional classical violin and viola technique with popular favorites and enticing original songs in various genres- including R&B, pop, soul, funk, jazz, alternative, hip hop, and gospel.
Having performed at New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall at age 16, Chelsey's past performances include the CBS Late Show, NPR Tiny Desk, the opening of The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Essence Music Festival, Port-Au-Prince International Jazz Festival, Kuwait National Opera House, and more!
Cantor Arianne Brown
(Chanukah and world music)
- December 15, 5:30 p.m.
Arianne Brown is the senior Cantor of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington D.C. Join her for this online concert featuring Chanukah and world music sung in English, Yiddish, and Hebrew and accompanied by piano, cello, and percussion.
Arianne has performed off Broadway in On Second Avenue; as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kodak Theater, and the Disney Concert Hall; and sang the national anthem at Dodger Stadium, the Home Depot Center, the Staples Center, and at the 2015 Jewish Heritage month presidential address.
Chris Urquiaga "JChris"
(pop, R&B, and Latin)
- December 22, 5:30 p.m.
Singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer Chris Urquiaga, known as JChris, is lauded for his exciting performance energy and smooth voice. Hailed as "...the next big thing" by Metro Weekly magazine, this Latin pop virtuoso performs music in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Chris is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts and the Montgomery County Hispanic Heritage Month Award in Maryland for his achievements in the performing arts. He is a former Artist in Residence at Strathmore.
(acoustic jazz with a global twist)
- December 29, 5:30 p.m.
Described as global, jazzy, retro, and original, Veronneau is all of the above. The acoustic, multilingual, world-jazz sound of the band, fronted by French Canadian vocalist Lynn Veronneau and her English husband guitarist Ken Avis, wins over audiences through their live shows and three Top 10 charting albums.
Veronneau has toured Europe, the U.S., and Canada, appearing live on BBC radio, festival stages, clubs, and venues such as The Kennedy Center, Strathmore, Blues Alley, Bonafide, The Hamilton, DC Jazz Fest, and many more.