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“Yearning to Breathe Free”-The debut of a uniquely original concert of American music and narratives that will trace the early founding and ongoing story of America’s identity, with songs from the immigrant, African-American, religious, and military perspective.

Date/Time
Date(s) - 12/15/2019
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location
Arts Club of Washington


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JEROME BARRY, BARITONE
CHRISTOPHER SCHMITT, PIANO

IN COOPERATION WITH THE ARTS CLUB OF WASHINGTON
THE JAMES MONROE HOUSE
2017 I STREET, NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20006

YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE

The debut of a uniquely original concert of American music and narratives that will trace the early founding and ongoing story of America’s identity, with songs from the immigrant, African-American, religious, and military perspective.

 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2019 4pm

In this creative, stirring and patriotic program, a closer look at the immigrant experience is detailed by tracing the travail of those impacted and involved, and  offers a closer look at the dedication to sacred American values, as they have been manifest within religious, patriotic and community battles against prejudice, antisemitism and racism.

The program will highlight the struggles we have endured and the victories we have celebrated, as our country and its people have fought to overcome many obstacles across the arc of our shared history and within our own daily lives. Our ongoing journey of identity and pride is a vivid and enduring story of hope and redemption that will come to life in these stirring songs, narratives and video programs.

Jerome Barry’s versatility includes a wide knowledge of languages, as he speaks nine, and can sing in twenty-seven. ) While earning a B.A. from Northeastern University in modern languages and a M.A. from Tufts University in languages and literature, he studied concurrently at Boston Conservatory and the Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts.  In Europe he attained a diploma from the Goethe Institut in Germany, and later went to Italy to attend the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome, Italy.   He studied with the renowned Luigi Ricci, Romeo Arduini and Paolo Silveri, as well as Gérard Souzay and Pierre Bernac in Paris.   His career took him next to Israel where he sang more than 300 concerts, including recitals, oratorio, opera and orchestral concerts.  He sang with the Israel National Opera, Israel Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony and the Israel Festival.  He founded the Embassy Series in 1994 and has been its director since then.

Christopher Schmitt is a classical concert pianist, teacher and chamber musician living in Washington DC. He holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School, and performs regularly in small ensembles at the White House and DC metropolitan area as a member of the “President’s Own” US Marine Band. Dr. Schmitt has been described as a “formidable talent” and “carefully colored” by the Santa Barbara News-Press and the Washington Post.

General admission: $60   Limited tickets.

Patrons: $150 ($90 tax-deductible) with reserved seating and listing in the program and pre-concert reception and tour. 

Order online at: www.embassyseries.org

Checks payable to: The Embassy Series, PO Box 9871, Washington, DC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Art Club’s mission includes promoting the appreciation of historic preservation through study, restoration and preservation of the Monroe House, which encompasses  significant 19th-century structures designated as a National Historic Landmark (the James Monroe House, considered to be an exemplar of the Federal Style), and on the National Register of Historic Places (the General Robert MacFeely House).