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“…one of the most imaginative young composers on the music-theatre scene.”


-The New Yorker

David T. Little’s

Soldier Songs

Clockwise: }Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington }Maurice Decaul Continuing Projects }Remembering the Palladium }Arts on the Horizon

May 17, 8pm May 18, 3pm

Audiences will witness a new art form take shape before their eyes—and ears—in this DC premiere. The Atlas is pleased to present Soldier Songs, a dramatic multimedia event from composer David T. Little and his ensemble Newspeak that explores the perceptions versus the realities of the soldier, loss and exploitation of innocence, and the difficulty of expressing the truth of war. Adapted from recorded interviews with veterans of five wars, Soldier Songs traces the shift in perception of war from the age of 6 to 66. The audience shares in the character’s rage, fear, joy, and grief as he ages. Soldier Songs is a chilling and realistic view of our media-driven culture, how the media falsifies war’s brutality, and the nature of power in war. Soldier Songs asks difficult questions and tells tough stories. As a whole, the work brings the audience closer to the soldier’s experience. Little's work often undertakes political and existential themes; the New York Times has said he has “a knack for overturning musical conventions.” An original film from filmmaker Bill Morrison will be premiered to accompany the piece. Acclaimed producer and founder of New York’s Prototype Festival, Beth Morrison, produces Soldier Songs.

}Atlantic Reed Consort

Photos Clockwise from Top: }Soldier Songs }David T. Little (photo by James Matthew Daniel) }Beth Morrison (photo by Merri Cyr) }Soldier Songs

Little is a superstar in the new music scene; this intense and dramatic opera draws upon his experience as a rock drummer and fuses classical and popular idioms for a powerful effect. No stranger to the Atlas, his work was performed at the Atlas by Third Coast Percussion in February, and he’s often in the audience at our new music performance series. Little is on the faculty at nearby Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. Both Little and Morrison will be at the Atlas for the Soldier Songs performances.

“…poignant, ironic and direct.… masterful." -Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Soldier Songs at the Atlas is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the DC Special Presenters Initiative-a program of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Randy Hostetler Living Room Music Project and Fund, the Aaron Copland Fund, the Amphion Fund and Kenneth Hopper. You can help support indie opera and new music. To contribute to Soldier Songs at the Atlas, visit Contributions received by May 13 will be recognized in the performance programs. Thank you!

For tickets to Soldier Songs and other performances visit or call the box office at 202-399-7993 x2.


Fun, Entertainment, and Excitement to over 5

audience members!

The 5th annual INTERSECTIONS Festival, held February 21 - March 8, offered dynamic performing arts experiences for audiences of all ages. 3



This year’s festival had all 5 performance spaces at the Atlas alive with multidisciplinary collaborations of aerial arts, dance, film, music, song, spoken word, and theatre. Audiences were inspired and entertained by our region’s leading artists at the Atlas’ signature festival.

INTERSECTIONS was produced with support from the following: Sprenger Lang Foundation

Union Center Plaza Management Capital Hill Community Foundation Founding Media Partner

Media Partners


Photos: 1 Boogie Babes Café Concert packed the Kogod Lobby with our youngest music-lovers. 2 The Washington Post sponsored the free Café Concerts at INTERSECTIONS, drawing nearly 4,000 people for fun and entertainment in the Kogod Lobby. 3 DC native GRAMMY nominated Christylez Bacon delighted a soldout crowd at his album-release performance with The Sweater Set and Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra. Credit Jati Lindsay.


4 Furry friends showed off their skills in the Mutts Gone Nuts performance, a benefit for the Atlas’ Theatre for the Very Young program. Credit Jati Lindsay. 5 Zip Zap Circus had artists flying Look for INTERSECTIONS 2015 in Februaryand audiences at the edge of their March next year. Planning is already under seats. Credit Roberta Mislevy way, artist applications will be available in Photography. May. If you or your business would like to support this exciting festival, please contact 6 Performance-themed cocktails Clairefrom Carlin, directorSweetShine of development, Bloomery addedto start a conversation at festive spirits to opening night. or 202399-7993 x 109. 7 A jammin’ sold out Sprenger Theatre.


8 Jayamangala's Navgathi - New Directions performance. Credit Jati Lindsay.


Atlas Leadership

a leading performing arts venue,” said Sam. “I want to thank the Board, the staff and artists for their support as we worked together to put the Atlas on the map as a contemporary arts center.”

At the end of this season, May 31, the Atlas bids farewell to Executive Director Sam Sweet. During his tenure, Sweet developed a robust contemporary presenting series of jazz, new music, world music, dance, theatre, and family programming, presenting over 200 worldclass artists and demonstrating the Atlas’ standing as a world-class venue.

“I am immensely proud of Sam’s accomplishments at the Atlas,” said Atlas Founder and Board Chair Jane Lang. “Sam has brought the Atlas to a higher level of recognition, visibility and achievement. With new artistic partnerships and creative community engagement, the Atlas is now positioned to offer even more to artists and the entire Washington community.”

“My time at the Atlas has been filled with growth and transformation – creating new programs, building relationships with artists, and establishing the Atlas as

We hope you will come join us for one of our exciting May presentations and share your well wishes with Sam.

9 Shu-Chen Cuff, founder, Gin Dance Company. Credit Ruth Johnson, Gin Dance Company.

Sam Sweet with board member Barbara Faculjak at the 2013 Atlas Underground Gala.

ATLAS Upcoming Performances May 2014 I Draw Slow May 3, 8pm Dublin band I Draw Slow has been setting records in their native Ireland. The five-piece band has been compared to Alison Krauss with a sound rooted in the old style of the Appalachian Mountains, drawing on Irish traditional music and modern Americana. Nnenna Freelon May 8, 8pm Six-time Grammy Award nominee Nnenna Freelon is an accomplished jazz vocalist. She has worked with hip hop band, The Roots; gospel group, Take 6; Sir Elton John; Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli; and many more. Freelon is known for her ability to interpret songs in their truest form.

Photos Clockwise from Right: }Great Noise Ensemble }Nnenna Freelon }ICE }SOLE Defined }B-Fly Entertainment }I Draw Slow

B-Fly Entertainment, Liner Notes May 9-10, 8pm Remember the booklet that came with your vinyl, cassette, or CD? Where you could discover influential genres and personal statements of artistic expression? In an age of mp3’s and digital downloads, artist and creator, Paige Hernandez, seeks to bring the experience of liner notes back in a live, musical, poetic, and fun production. Join a live musical journey through hip hop’s many intersections. This performance will sell out—book early! David T. Little’s Soldier Songs May 17, 8pm May 18, 3pm DC premiere of this multimedia event from acclaimed composer David T. Little combining theatre, opera, rock, and film to explore the perceptions versus the realities of the soldier, the exploration of loss, exploitation of innocence, and difficulty of expressing the truth of war. See page 1 for more details.

Great Noise Ensemble May 23, 8pm Formed when composer and conductor Armando Bayolo placed an ad on seeking like-minded musicians passionate about contemporary music, now one of the most important and adventurous ensembles in DC’s new music scene. Great Noise Ensemble will finish their season at Atlas with a program of rhythmic music inspired by science, math, the elements, and dance. Featuring American composers of diverse backgrounds such as Viet Cuong, Kirsten Volness, Andy Akiho, Roger Zare, awardwinning composer Roberto Sierra and Chicago Symphony Composer-inResidence, Mason Bates.

ICE May 29, 8pm International Contemporary Ensemble has been receiving rave reviews for its innovative and inventive approaches to crafting new music, engaging audiences, and advancing the music of our time. ICE will play the US premiere of Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s In the light of Air—coming to the Atlas straight from the world premiere of this work at the internationally renown Reykjavik Festival.

In The Light Of Air consists of four movements entitled Luminance, Serenity, Existence, and Remembrance. The work incorporates a dynamic lighting installation that is controlled by the musicians’ breath and instruments. In addition, the composer designed an installation of metallic ornaments that contribute both visually and aurally to the performance. These ornaments, called Klakabönd in Icelandic, which means “a bind of ice,” have been created and built by Icelandic artist Svana. 

SOLE Defined May 30-31, 8pm Creators Ryan K. Johnson (from Broadway’s STOMP) and Quynn Johnson (dancer, choreographer) fuse diverse percussive dance forms (tap, West African, body percussion and hip hop) and theatre together in a powerful new production that explores self-acceptance, inner strength, and the death of “No.” This performance will sell out—book early!

For tickets to these and other performances visit or call the box office at (202) 399-7993 x2.

SAVE THE DATE Black tie optional, mask optional ATLAS UNDERGROUND is a gala as unique as the Atlas itself. Enjoy breathtaking world-class performances, cuisine from celebrated H Street restaurants, and a sparkling night of revelry throughout the historic building. Proceeds directly support the Atlas’ mission of bringing affordable performances and experiences for the artistically adventurous to Washington, DC. Tickets on sale now!

Friday, October 17, 2014 SPONSOR THIS EXCITING EVENT! To learn more contact: 202-399-7993 x 109 ATLAS UNDERGROUND SPONSORS Sprenger Lang Foundation Metropolitan Engineering Barbara Faculjak and Jim McCarthy

Atlas donor G. Nagesh Rao, policy advisor and entrepreneur in residence at the Small Business Administration, talked with us about why he’s chosen to invest in the Atlas.

Donor Spotlight

G. Nagesh Rao

How did you get involved at the Atlas? Upon my return to DC, after spending time in California working on sci-tech projects, I came to the conclusion that to make DC my home, I want to immerse myself in the local arts scene. To me that includes investing in my community emotionally, socially, and financially. I learned about the Atlas from a friend who works there and was impressed with the quality of the programming, energy level, and excitement both at the Atlas and in the neighborhood of the H-St corridor. That spoke to my heart and I decided to build my roots at the Atlas.

Why do you make investing in the Atlas a priority? As a past, and likely future, entrepreneur, the Atlas’ work to support artists and performance groups’ entrepreneurial endeavors as performers, producers, and viable small businesses really speaks to me. I am impressed with how the Atlas provides infrastructure, space, and support to its partners to help them grow and thrive. You cannot have proactive and positive progress in society without a serious contribution from the arts--the arts enable freedom of expression. What are you looking forward to at the Atlas this year? I've been exposed to cool, new music with the Atlas’ presenting series. Seeing young musicians like Third Coast Percussion perform dynamic pieces has made for fun and unusual evenings at the Atlas. I’m looking forward to seeing more cutting edge music from hot composers and artists.

To make your donation to the Atlas, please visit or call 202-399-7993 x 109.

Atlas Performing Arts Center Board of Directors OFFICERS Jane Lang, Chair Stephen N. Ashman, Vice Chair Sherry F. Bellamy, Vice Chair Phyllis D. Thompson, Secretary Paul C. Sprenger, Treasurer MEMBERS Stephen N. Ashman M. Ann Belkov Michael Blum Kenneth J. Brewer Orlando Brooks Steve Brose Robert A. Burka Sharon Cochran

Kristine Coratti Kelly Barbara Faculjak Stacie Walters Fujii Merna C. Guttentag Michael K. Lewis Paulette Payne Powell Peter Ryan Philip B. Terry-Smith


Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 (202) 399-7993 |

Atlas Staff ADMINISTRATION Sam Sweet, Executive Director Ron Cook, Interim Director of Finance and Administration Kyle Rudgers, Director of Operations Robert T. Boaz, Program Manager Tynisha Brooks, New Business Coordinator Matt Graf, IT Consultant COMMUNICATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT Renée Littleton, Director of Marketing & Public Relations Claire Carlin, Director of Development Cecily S. Habimana, Development Associate Teshonne Powell, Development & Administrative Coordinator Jen DeMayo, Director of Community Chasen Pado, Development Intern Yeneneh Terefe, Marketing Intern Reve Van Croft, Marketing Intern ARTISTIC STAFF Armando Bayolo, Curator New Music Series Brad Linde, Curator Jazz at the Atlas Mary Hall Surface, Artistic Director, INTERSECTIONS Festival Curator - Theatre for the Very Young

PRODUCTION Andrew Cissna, Master Electrician Alex Evans, Technical Director Camille Kashaka*, Sprenger Theatre Manager Sean McConnell*, Labs 1 & 2 Theatre Manager Jamie Mulhern, ASTAP Lead Instructor Lucas Zuniga*, Lang Theatre Manager HOUSE PRODUCTION CREW Fred Odom* Eric Brown Andy Rubble* Ro Burnett* Tyra Smith Kelly Farrall* Brian Townsed* Tyler Glyod Anton Maul* *Atlas Stagecraft Training & Apprenticeship Program (ASTAP) Graduate FRONT OF HOUSE ASSOCIATES Toya Carmichael Chivonne Philips* Charles Clyburn Anna Reihle* Paul Trantham Lora Fletcher Patricia Yates Lucy Fletcher Joi Greene James Holland June Wilson Idrissa Kathy Jones, Volunteer Coordinator FACILITIES Cedric Tolson, Facilities Manager Eddie Hines, Maintenance Associate Carolyn Saunders, Maintenance Associate

The Atlas gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the following donors whose generosity enables us to bring exceptional performances at affordable prices plus quality training and education programs to our community. Recent gifts listed here, as of March 31, 2014, include annual gifts, support for special projects, and sponsorship of the annual gala, Atlas Underground.

$25,000 and above Anonymous The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Eugene M. Lang and the Eugene M. Lang Foundation Local Initiatives Support Corporation MARPAT Foundation, Inc. Sprenger Lang Foundation Solon E. Summerfield Foundation, Inc The Washington Post* $10,000 and above Anonymous M. Ann Belkov Diane and Norman Bernstein Clark-Winchcole Foundation The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts CrossCurrents Foundation Insight Property Group LLC Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation, Inc. Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation National Endowment for the Arts New England Foundation for the Arts Milton and Dorothy Sarnoff Raymond Foundation Showcall USA* The Weissberg Foundation $5,000 and above Irene and Robert Blum Jan and Steve Brose Maria and Robert Burka City First Bank of DC Farvue Foundation John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation Hager Sharp The Randy Hostetler Living Room Music Project and Fund Kiplinger Foundation Arlene and Robert Kogod Kathleen Maloy and Heather Burns John Moriarty & Associates of Virginia, LLC Prince Charitable Trust Gary D. Rappaport/Gary A. Lustine Anne and John Roberts US Bancorp CDC $2,500 and above Stephen and Shari Ashman BB&T Sharon Cochran and Lea Mesner CohnReznick LLP The Aaron Copland Fund for Music Dimick Foundation Fisher Brothers Financial & Development Company Graham Holdings Company Merna and Joseph Guttentag Hessler & Associates Chartered Leftwich & Ludaway LLC Molly Lester Linda Singer and Michael Lewis Minerva Marketing Nixon Peabody LLP Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Rock Creek Property Group Sam Rose/Union Center Plaza Management Corp. Select Event Group* Victor Shargai and Craig Pascal SK&I Architects Steuart Investment Company The Honorable Phyllis D. Thompson Tishman Construction Corporation of DC TTR Sotheby's International Realty

Washington Business Journal* Washington City Paper* Zickler Family Foundation (Recognition name is Judy and Leo Zickler) $1,000 and above American Beverage Association The Amphion Foundation Anonymous Sherry Bellamy and George Bumbray Sandra and Fernando Boccanera Capitol Hill Community Foundation Cardinal Bank Anne Corbett and Sam Sweet Clare Cushman and Amedee Proust Toby and Daniel Edelman Fundrise H Street Community Development Corporation HFF Securities Holland & Knight LLP Kenneth W. Hopper Susan Huffman The Humanities Council of Washington, DC Geppetto Catering* Insight Property Employees David Lang Anthony Francis Lucas-Spindletop Foundation Cathy MacNeil Hollinger and Mark Hollinger McWilliams Ballard Inc. National Capital Bank Carolyn Cox and Sam Perkins Laurance Platt and Clare Herington Rhode Island Row Peter Ryan and Danielle Gallo Nancy E. Stanley The Sugar Association Stegar Thompson and Bruce Chartier Connie Tipton Anne and Bill Wallace WestMill Capital Partners $500 and above Anonymous Myra and Jerome Barron Kathy Barton and Rick Maurer Philip Bernstein Kenneth Briers and Ms. Sally Donner Debbie and Orlando Brooks Stephanie Browner Dr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Burnett Susan Clampitt Judy and Richard Cunningham Teressa Ellis Matthew Gluth Frederick Harwood Mary Hunt HWP Insurance Maureen Jais-Mick and Dan Mick Janney Montgomery Scott LLC Jean and Bob Kapp B. Thomas Mansbach David and Jackie Marlin Drs. Michael and Susan Martin Trang Pham David Poisson G. Nagesh Rao The Ratner Family Foundation Richard Rome Sherry and Cary Sherman Lillie Taylor Rebecca Troth and Christopher Wright David Tuchmann The Beringer Weinstock Group The Wilkes Company Catherine Wilkinson and John Rader Theresa Wilson Washington Informer* Brian Wolfman

$250 and above Linda Adams Fida Adely Esthy and James Adler Haley Kaufman and Jeffrey Alpher Bank of America Charitable Foundation Brady Birdsong Boogie Babes Carol and Donald Borut Marvin Bowser Paul Boykas Jason Brune Milton and Paulette Clipper Kristine Coratti Kelly Sarah Davidson Barbara Faculjak Lee and Shari Feinberg Leila and Benjamin Fitzpatrick Sandy and James Fitzpatrick Roland Frye Nancy Garruba and Chris Hornig William Goodman Ruth Gramlich Ann Haman Carolyn Harris Edward and Victoria Jaycox Judy Thibault Klevins Latitude 38 Realty Eulonda and Tim Lea Jane and Ken Leiberthal Molly Matthews Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre Inc. Jeanne-Marie A. Miller Delores Montgomery Nancy Murphy William and Louisa Newlin Doreen O'Connell Brenda and Paul Pascal Alvin Perkins Constance Povich Paulette and Lewis Powell Gail Robinson and Martin Kessel Larry Ropeik Karen and Douglas Rumble Betty Sams Trenton Smith Mary Snieckus Rebecca Snyder Gwendolyn Sommer Howard Spendelow Robert Stern Julia Torresen Vision Contemporary Dance Ensemble Paul Webber Amy and Joey Weedon Mark and Cecelia Weinheimer Gerry Widdicombe * In-kind contribution If you’d like to join the Atlas family of donors, or if we have missed you or you prefer your name to be listed differently, please email or call 202-399-7003 x 144. Thank you for your support!



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“…adventurous, Spring 2014 imaginative, In This Issue and fiercely Soldier Songs Will Change What You Think of Opera committed.” Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival—people, performances, The Washington Post

and fun! Atlas Leadership Upcoming Performances Atlas Underground Gala, October 17 Donor Spotlight: G. Nagesh Rao Our Generous Donors Photos courtesy of the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

Atlas Performing Arts Center Newsletter, 2014-04  

The Atlas Performing Arts Center news including David T. Little's Soldier Songs, INTERSECTIONS, May performances, donor spotlight, and more....

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