2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Concert

Posted on 08.09.2017 by Darden

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I would like to invite you to a free concert that we thought would be of particular interest to the College of Visual and Performing Arts. On Friday, September 15, the National Endowment for the Arts is celebrating nine of our nation’s master folk and traditional artists in concert on George Washington University’s Campus. These artists are the recipients of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Many of this year’s recipients are musicians, ranging from the blues harmonica player Phil Wiggins, to conjunto accordionist and bandleader Eva Ybarra, to bomba and plena musician Modesto Cepeda.

On Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm, the 2017 recipients will be honored at a free concert at the Lisner Auditorium. Presented by the National Endowment for the Arts, the concert will feature music, dance, and craft demonstrations by many of the fellows and other special guests and will be hosted by Martha Gonzalez of the Grammy Award- winning band Quetzal.

Below is the full list of the 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellows:

  • Norik Astvatsaturov (Wahpeton, ND) – Armenian Repoussé Metal Artist
  • Anna Brown Ehlers (Juneau, AK) – Chilkat Weaver
  • Modesto Cepeda (San Juan, PR) – Bomba and Plena Musician
  • Ella Jenkins (Chicago, IL) – Children’s Folk Singer and Musician
  • Dwight Lamb (Onawa, IA) – Danish Button Accordionist and Missouri-Style Fiddler
  • Thomas Maupin (Murfreesboro, TN) – Old-time Buckdancer
  • Cyril Pahinui (Waipahu, HI) – Hawaiian Slack-key Guitarist and Singer
  • Phil Wiggins (Takoma Park, MD) – Acoustic Blues Harmonica Player
  • Eva Ybarra (San Antonio, TX) – Conjunto Accordionist and BanddLeader

We believe that this concert can serve as a great learning opportunity for students to expand their knowledge about our country’s many diverse art forms. Please feel free to pass this information along to any of the faculty or students at George MasonUniversity who may be interested in attending, and we hope that you will be able to join us!

Free tickets are available at lisner.gwu.edu. If you are unable to attend, this concert will also be streamed live at arts.gov.  More information about the 2017 Heritage Fellows Concert is available here.

Best regards,

Morgan Mentzer

Morgan Mentzer

Visual Information Specialist (Intern) | Public Affairs

National Endowment for the Arts

400 7th Street SW | Washington DC 20506

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