Holiday Pop-up Concerts at P&P

What better way to enliven your holiday shopping than to be serenaded by a musical group? In a new partnership, Politics and Prose will join with Washington Performing Arts to present a series of pop-up concerts in our flagship Connecticut Avenue NW store. These family-friendly performances will be free and open to the public on several afternoons during the December shopping season.

The featured performers work and live in the DC area and represent a variety of musical traditions, including Latin, classical, Gospel, a cappella, and more. They were drawn from a WPA series, “The World in Our City,” which is part of WPA’s Mars Urban Arts Initiative that promotes local artists through performances and other activities.

Here’s who’ll be appearing and when:

Sunday, December 9, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Cantaré, Latin American Music

Songs in Spanish and Portuguese, with a variety of instruments from different Latin American countries. Featuring Cecilia Esquivel and Dani Cortaza, who hail from Argentina and are very active in the DC area’s music scene not only as performers but also music educators affiliated with WPA.

Saturday, December 15, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
An award-winning a cappella vocal group known for its Black History in Harmony performances, which were especially created for K-thru-12 students. Reverb performs a repertoire that traces a historical timeline from 1619 to the present, focusing on the struggle of African-Americans for equality while acknowledging the humanity of all people. The group’s music is an uplifting blend of R&B, Gospel, and pop classics, and features original songs as well. Group members also teach Gospel/inspirational choral music to elementary school pupils.

Saturday, December 22, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Elsbeth Fager, flute
Elsbeth Fager is the Director of Visual and Performing Arts at Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, MD, and a member of DC Flutes Ensemble. She teaches music in Italy during the summer and performs in the Piemonte and Liguria regions. She also is a student of Lady Jeanne Galway at the Galway Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland, and has worked at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and the United States Holocaust Museum.

Sunday, December 23, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Komitas Trio
A musical collaboration featuring Christine Kharazian on violin, Peter Fields on guitar, and Ivan Navas on percussion, together merging styles and rhythms sometimes of quite distant cultures. Christine is a concert violinist who has performed widely and is an experienced educator who teaches at Sidwell Friends School and at Fillmore Arts Center. Peter has captivated audiences in the U.S. and Europe and can be heard on numerous recording projects on Polygram and various independent labels and on TV programs for Fox, National Geographic, Discovery Channels, and others. Ivan has performed at the Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, the White House, and various Smithsonian Museum events.

Come, browse, shop, and enjoy the music!

— Brad and Lissa