Amazing musicians and story - - EL GUSTO - live at Kennedy Center Millennium!

Anyone who saw the film El Gusto with us at National Geographic last year will be just as excited as I am to know that they're here - in person! And we're going!  It's free on Tuesday night in the Eisenhower Theater at 6 pm.  I have no idea how crowded it will be, but let's try to meet by 5:30.  If you come later, we'll post a location where we're sitting or we'll just meet you afterwards.  The weather is supposed to be good next week so we can walk to Georgetown for dinner after.

If I sense a buzz, I may move up the time - although I know it will be hard for some people to get there.

After fifty years of separation, an orchestra of Jewish and Muslim musicians torn apart by history and war reunite and embark on their first US tour this summer. Together, once more they share again the passion and the soul of the Algerian Casbah…Chaabi music. The orchestra, consisting of the students of the first music class led by the founder of Chaabi music, El Anka, embody a history of community and tolerance. Their stories and their music speak to the possibility of peace through art. With the current climate of the world and the perceptions and sometimes reality of Jewish and Arab relations, El Gusto offers an important story and insight about a group of people linked by land, heritage, and musical ancestry.After fifty years of separation, an orchestra of Jewish and Muslim musicians torn apart by history and war reunite and embark on their first US tour this summer. Together, once more they share again the passion and the soul of the Algerian Casbah…Chaabi music. The orchestra, consisting of the students of the first music class led by the founder of Chaabi music, El Anka, embody a history of community and tolerance. Their stories and their music speak to the possibility of peace through art. With the current climate of the world and the perceptions and sometimes reality of Jewish and Arab relations, El Gusto offers an important story and insight about a group of people linked by land, heritage, and musical ancestry.

El Gusto’s first concert tour saw them performing in legendary venues holding audiences of up to 10,000 people in Europe and this has led to the decision to expand their reach and share their story and music with other parts of the world. The US tour will continue to underline the hope of diplomacy through culture and spark dialogue in US communities about conflict resolution, historical transparency, and the importance of cultural preservation. In addition to this and most importantly, the US tour will invite Americans into the world of Chaabi music and offer a glimpse into Algerian culture, that due to the small number of Algerian musicians presented in the States, is rarely experienced and presented at America’s top cultural institutions.

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  • Jonathan K.

    Fun performance!

    August 7, 2013

  • Linda H.

    Great music. I was able to join 2 other women from Art House...but obviously we never were able to meet up with the rest of the group!! I do not have e-mail on my cell phone; I know...I am living in the dark ages.

    August 7, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Amazing performance.

    August 6, 2013

  • Bonnie

    K. I'm in front middle. Will meet u afterwards.

    August 6, 2013

  • Margaret

    I hope I will find everyone after. I am at the top of second level balcony.

    August 6, 2013

  • Ronn

    We are in middle of balcony - or meet us out front of theatre after

    August 6, 2013

  • Bonnie

    I'm in line. Where is everyone meeting?

    August 6, 2013

    • Jonathan K.

      I'm about halfway down the hall, near a big video monitor. If anyone stand by the monitor and waves, ill wave back

      August 6, 2013

    • Jonathan K.

      Never mind... line is moving...

      August 6, 2013

  • Marcia S

    I am sorry to cancel. I can't make it.

    August 6, 2013

  • Ronn

    Look forward to seeing everyone later. We'll gather in front of the Eisenhower Theater at 5:30. If crowd looks light, we'll wait a bit before going in. But if it looks crowded, we'll head in and get seats. I will try to post our seat location. We will meet back in front after the performance. It might just be easiest to get something upstairs in the cafeteria after and then anyone wanting to get a drink at the Harbor in Georgetown after could go. We'll see what weather looks like.

    August 6, 2013

  • Margarit

    Great, Thanks,

    August 6, 2013

  • Alexandra S M.

    I am sorry had to cancell hopefully will meet every one soon

    August 6, 2013

  • Tony

    Something came up and I have to cancel. Sorry and have fun.

    August 5, 2013

  • Margaret

    This will be my first Meet Up. I am little apprehensive but excited.

    August 2, 2013

    • lynn m.

      Margaret, You will be in good company! I was feeling the same as you, but it is a very nice group! Lynn mills

      August 5, 2013

  • Linda H.

    Another comment...I think I will be going to the Phillip's museum during the day. Is anyone interested?

    August 5, 2013

  • Linda H.

    Where will be be meeting?? AT front of that theatre?

    August 5, 2013

  • Alison

    Darn. I saw the film but will be away. Enjoy!

    August 2, 2013

  • Margaret

    I am new to DC and very excited to join the group.

    August 2, 2013

  • Alexandra S M.

    My first meet up looking forward to meeting everyone

    August 2, 2013

  • Tony

    Looking forward to it.

    August 2, 2013

  • Fatima

    will be there unless I have to travel that day

    August 2, 2013

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