Monthly Archives: June 2011

Beautiful ‘Jenny Lind Concert’ in Washington with Soprano Rebecca Rasmussen and Pianist Daniel Hormazabal Cortes

The Swedish Piano Scholar 2011 pianist Daniel Hormazabal Cortes and the Jenny Lind Scholar 2011 soprano Rebecca Rasmussen performed at St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday evening, June 28. The Swedish Piano Scholar 2011 pianist Daniel Hormazabal Cortes and the Jenny Lind Scholar 2011 soprano Rebecca Rasmussen performed at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday evening, June 28.

IT WAS A fabulous performance by the Jenny Lind Scholar 2011, Swedish soprano Rebecca Rasmussen, and the Swedish Piano Scholar 2011, pianist Daniel Hormazabal Cortes, on Tuesday evening, June 29, at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. The title of the concert was “Jenny Lind: The Swedish Nightingale Concert and Reception.” The concert is a yearly event in the nation’s capital. Jenny Lind was the 19th century world-renowned Swedish singer who toured the U.S. to much acclaim. The scholarships honoring her are awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and the People’s Parks and Community center in Stockholm.

REBECCA Rasmussen grew up outside Stockholm and studied at Ingesunds Music School, the Stockholm Opera studio and the University College of Opera in Stockholm. She completed her studies last spring with an opera performance at the Swedish Royal Opera, where she sang the role of Lisa in Tchaikovsky’s “Queen of Spades.”

Susan Casey; Pianist Daniel Hormazabal Cortes; Soprano Rebecca Rasmussen; and Anna Marie J. Musterman, a member of the Board of Trustees, Annapolis Opera CompanySusan Casey, Executive Director of the Committee of Enlightened People who Support Opera; Pianist Daniel Hormazabal Cortes; Soprano Rebecca Rasmussen; and Anna Marie J. Musterman, a member of the Board of Trustees, Annapolis Opera Company

DANIEL Hormazabal Cortes has studied piano since the age of 12. This year he is finishing his undergraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He has played several concerts in Sweden and abroad. Last year he won a joint scholarship with the Swedish soprano Magdalena Risberg. He also has a passion for music from the Americas and he plays in several Latin American ensembles.

Soprano Rebecca Rasmussen Soprano Rebecca Rasmussen

THE SWEDISH Royal Academy of Music awarded Mr. Hormazabal Cortes the accompaniment scholarship, which includes being the accompanist of this year’s winner of the Jenny Lind scholarship, Rebecca Rasmussen, on her U.S. tour.

THE EVENING’S music program included, among other pieces, work by Edvard Grieg, Wilhelm Stenhammar and Jean Sibelius, as well as Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert with transcription by Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn and Charles Gounod. Mr. Hormazabal Cortes performed beautifully two piano solos – Fantasie in b-moll opus 11, number 1 by Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar and “Auf dem Wasser zu singen” by Franz Schubert with transcription by Franz Liszt – and Ms. Rasmussen did extraordinary in the final piece, Marguerite’s jewel song in “Faust” by Charles Gounod.

THE DELICIOUS reception, following the concert, was courtesy of SWEA DC (Swedish Women’s Educational Association, www.swea.org).

Rebecca Rasmussen after the performanceRebecca Rasmussen after the performance

Exhibition ‘Creative Process’ opens at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Exhibition 'Creative Process' opens at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.Natasha Hennessy, William J. Hennessy Jr., Siobhan Gavagan of Long View Gallery, Arezou Hennessy and Sam Kamyans in conversation.

“CREATIVE PROCESS” – an exhibition showing four artists’ expressions through uniquely different mediums – opened on Thursday evening, June 23 at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. The artists are Patrick Hughes, Eve Stockton, Sondra N. Arkin and Natasha Karpinskaia. Their work stretches from wood block printing to encaustics, monotypes and reverspectives, and they are pushing the boundaries of their respective processes.

Lauren Tozzi and Katie BarrettLauren Tozzi and Katie Barrett

THE SHOW will run through July 24, 2011. Long View Gallery is located at 1234 9th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., tel. 202-232-4788. For more information: www.longviewgallery.com.

Artist Victor Ekpuk and Christina WaddlerArtist Victor Ekpuk and Christina Waddler

Exhibition 'Creative Process' opens at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.Exhibition 'Creative Process' at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.Exhibition 'Creative Process' at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Eva Gabrielsson – Swedish writer Stieg Larsson’s long-time partner – talked about her new book at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

Eva Gabrielsson, Swedish writer Stieg Larsson's long-time partner, talked with radio-personality Diane Rehm about her book Eva Gabrielsson, Swedish writer Stieg Larsson’s long-time partner, talked with radio-personality Diane Rehm about her book “There Are Things I Want You to Know” at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday evening.

FEW SWEDISH writers – if any – have sold as many book copies as author Stieg Larsson and his Millennium Trilogy. In 2004, at the age of 50, Larsson passed away, and little did he know that his trilogy about crimes in Swedish society would catch the imagination of so many people and become such an international success story.

ON WEDNESDAY evening, June 22, his long-time companion, architect, author and political activist Eva Gabrielsson, discussed her book about her life with the renowned writer – “There Are Things I Want You To Know” (About Stieg Larsson and Me) – with famous radio-personality Diane Rehm at an event at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

Eva Gabrielsson and Diane Rehm talk after the program is over.Eva Gabrielsson and Diane Rehm talk after the program is over.

IN THE BOOK, Ms. Gabrielsson tells the story about her 30-year romance and relationship with Stieg Larsson, and of Larsson’s life-long struggle to expose Sweden’s Neo-Nazis, of his struggle to keep the magazine he founded, Expo, alive, his difficult relationships with his immediate family, and the joy and relief he discovered writing the Millennium Trilogy.

EVA GABRIELSSON and Stieg Larsson met in 1972, when they were both 18. They lived and wrote together from 1974 until his death in 2004. Their struggle together for social justice was the basis for the books in Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy.

EVA GABRIELSSON is currently on a book tour in the United States and Canada. Her next stops are in New York where she will have a conversation with Gloria Steinem, Toronto, Seattle, San Francisco and Corte Madera, Calif.

Introduction of the evening's program with Eva Gabrielsson.Introduction of the evening’s program with Eva Gabrielsson.

Swedish Midsummer Festival in New York on June 24

THE ANNUAL Swedish Midsummer Festival in New York City will take place in Battery Park City on the southern tip of Manhattan on Friday, June 24. Adults and children come together to picnic in the grass, decorate the midsummer pole, make flower wreaths, play traditional games and dance to authentic fiddle music at this unique celebration.

THERE WILL ALSO be traditional music and folk dancing provided by the Swedish Folkdancers of New York, Paul Dahlin and fiddlers from the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, and Barnklubben Elsa Rix. Gunnar and Lena Iggendal, leaders of the Stockholm’s Spelmanslag, will also join the musicians this year. Master of ceremonies and dance callers is Ross Sutter, professional folk musician and Swedish heritage historian.

ADDITIONALLY food stands will offer delicacies from White Slab Palace, AQ Caf?and Sm?rg? Chef. The restaurant Gigino’s in Wagner Park is also confirmed.

THE CELEBRATION, which will take place between 5-8 p.m. at Robert F. Wagner Park (rain or shine), is presented by Battery Park City Parks Conservancy and co-hosted by the Consulate General of Sweden in New York. Sponsors include (former U.S.) Ambassador and Mrs. Lyndon L. Olson Jr., Handelsbanken, The Heimbold Foundation, Investor AB, Polarn och Pyret, SAS, SEB, Skanska, Swedish Match and Volvo Group North America.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Celebrates 70th Anniversary with Reception and Discussion at the National Archives Featuring Eugene Robinson, Elaine Jones and John Payton

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President and Director-Counsel John Payton, LDF Past President and General Counsel Elaine R. Jones and Pulitzer-Prize winning Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson talked about the state of racial and social juNAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President and Director-Counsel John Payton, LDF Past President and General Counsel Elaine R. Jones and Pulitzer-Prize winning Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson talked about the state of racial and social justice at the 70th Anniversary celebration of LDF at the National Archives.

CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS, members of Congress, and friends joined the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in its celebration of the 70th Anniversary of its founding at a reception, discussion and book signing at the beautiful National Archives on the Mall in Washington Tuesday evening.

Eugene Robinson talks with a member of the audience.Eugene Robinson talks with a member of the audience.

EUGENE ROBINSON, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist for The Washington Post, engaged in a lively discussion with LDF Past President and General Counsel Elaine R. Jones and current LDF President and Director-Counsel John Payton, in which the three talked about the state of racial and social justice in the nation today.

“We’re the country’s first civil rights law firm,” said Mr. Payton, citing many of LDF’s achievements over the last seven decades. Quoting one of LDF’s founders Charles Hamilton Houston, Mr. Payton added, “We have made enormous progress, no doubt about it. But we can’t ‘shout too soon.’ There are lots of issues yet to be resolved.”

Eugene Robinson, Congressman Bobby Scott, Elaine Jones and John PaytonEugene Robinson, Congressman Bobby Scott, Elaine Jones and John Payton

FOLLOWING the discussion, Mr. Robinson hosted a book signing for his highly acclaimed book “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America,” which analyzes the splintering of black America into four subgroups: the Transcendent elite, the Mainstream middle class, an Emergent community and the Abandoned.

SINCE 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) has been America’s legal counsel on issues of race. Through advocacy and litigation, LDF focuses on issues of education, voter protection, economic justice and criminal justice. LDF also encourages students to embark on careers in the public interest through scholarships and internship programs. LDF pursues racial justice to move our nation toward a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all.

Opening Reception of ‘NOW at the Corcoran’ in Washington, D.C.

Carol Warden, Kristin Guiter of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Susan RosenbaumCarol Warden, Kristin Guiter of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Susan Rosenbaum

THE OPENING reception of NOW at the Corcoran – Chris Martin: Painting Big - was held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., on Friday evening, June 17.

CHRIS MARTIN was born in Washington, D.C., in 1954. From 1972 to 1975 he attended Yale University, and in 1992 earned a BFA, Certificate of Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Martin has been living and working in New York City since 1976, and has been exhibiting in the United States since the early 1980′s. He has also exhibited his work in Berlin and London. 

Hernan Gigena and Rachel CothranHernan Gigena and Rachel Cothran

NOW at the Corcoran is a series of exhibitions that presents new and site-specific work by emerging and mid-career artists. They highlight works that address issues central to the local, national, and global communities of Washington, D.C., and that respond to the collections, history and architecture of the museum.

THE Chris Martin: Painting Big exhibition runs through October 23, 2011. Corcoran Gallery of Art is located at 500 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006, Tel. 202-639-1700. For more information: www.corcoran.org.

John Murph and DJ Adrian LovingJohn Murph and DJ Adrian Loving

The opening reception of NOW at the CorcoranThe opening reception of NOW at the Corcoran

The opening reception of NOW at the CorcoranThe opening reception of NOW at the CorcoranThe opening reception of NOW at the Corcoran

Parish Gallery in Washington Celebrates its 20-Anniversary

Gwen Parish and gallery owner Norman ParishGwen Parish and gallery owner Norman Parish

PARISH GALLERY in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., celebrated its 20th anniversary on Friday evening, June 17, with an opening reception for the exhibition “Living Embodiments: Artistic Expressions of Being.”

FEATURED artists and photographers are Tayo Adenaike, Mason Archie, Alex Bay, Antonio Carr?o, Edward Clark, Louis Delsarte, Victor Ekpuk, Robert Freeman, Herbert Gentry, Sam Gilliam, Marilyn Horrom, Morris Howard, Richard Hunt, Simmie Knox, Wosene Kosrof, Peter Wayne Lewis, Edward McCluney, Evangeline J. Montgomery, Norman Parish, James Porter, Sylvia Snowden, Yvette Watson and Ken Young, Dennis Cook, Carmen de Jesus, Phoebe Farris, Henry Ferrand, Roy Lewis, Sonny Mason, Bruce McNeil, Askia Muhammed, Curtis Nelson, Oggi Ogburn and Robert Sengstacke

THE SHOW runs through July 12, 2011. Parish Gallery is located at 1054 31st Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., tel. 202-944-2310. For more information: www.parishgallery.com.

Music provided by Music provided by “PowerGlide.”

Parish Gallery celebrates its 20-Anniversary,Parish Gallery celebrates its 20-anniversary.

Swedish Minister of Health and Social Affairs Ulf Kristersson visited Washington, D.C.

Karin Olofsdotter, Anna Hal?, Ulf Kristersson, Fredrik Johansson, Cecilia Browning and Therese Lind?quot; src=Karin Olofsdotter, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Sweden; Anna Hal?, Deputy Director, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs; Ulf Kristersson, Swedish Minister of Health and Social Affairs; Fredrik Johansson, Political Advisor, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs; Cecilia Browning, chair of SWEA Washington, D.C.; and Therese Lind? chair of SNS Washington, D.C.

SWEDISH Minister of Health and Social Affairs Ulf Kristersson presented a seminar on “Welfare State and High Growth — How is it Possible?” (“V??dsstat och h?g tillv?t – hur ? det m?jligt?”) Thursday evening, June 16 at the House of Sweden. Sponsored by SWEA Washinton, D.C. and SNS Washington, D.C., the seminar explored the issues and policies associated with Sweden’s provisions for pension, health care and unemployment support for its population.

In fact, Sweden has one of the most generous social welfare programs in the world, and Mr. Kristersson discussed how the country, despite that fact, still has had high growth over the last decade. This is a utopia, which many countries, including the United States, think is not possible. He also discussed how over the last five years, an alliance of moderates, liberals, Christian democrats and centrists have implemented several reforms of the Swedish welfare programs.

SWEA is the Swedish Women’s Educational Association. SNS (Studief?rbundet N?ingsliv och Samh?le) is an independent network of leading decision makers from the private and public sectors who share a commitment to social and economic development in Sweden. Its aim is to improve the basis for rational decisions on major social and economic issues, by promoting social science research and stimulating public debate.

Rooftop Kick-off Summer 2011 Party – ‘Sky’s The Limit’ – in Washington, D.C.

Sarah Apsel, David Pardini, Tony Cord and Tina PalmerSarah Apsel, David Pardini, Tony Cord and Tina Palmer

“SKY’S THE LIMIT” - a unique series of fun rooftop happy hours, created and hosted by Tony Cord and Brook Katzen – brought together a sophisticated and diverse crowd on Wednesday evening, June 15.

FROM A ROOFTOP at 401 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., guests were able to enjoy the impressive view of the city and the U.S. Capitol in the sunset. They also enjoyed Bacardi Rock Coconut cocktails, wine selections, Buddha Bar food, dancing and opportunities to make great new connections — accompanied by the chill sounds from one of the city’s hot up-and-coming DJs — DJ Sean Falco. Additionally, Tesla Motors all-electric roadster super car was on display near the entrance to the building.

Amanda DeprezAmanda Deprez

“SKY’S The Limit” brings together people from the public and private sectors, business and arts, young and old, and all ethnicities, background and interests.

Matt Landsberg, Monica Calabi, David Carlos Washington and Gavin BowieMatt Landsberg, Monica Calabi, David Carlos Washington and Gavin Bowie

Julia Bellafiore and Annette AaronJulia Bellafiore and Annette Aaron

Host Tony Cord and artist Tina PalmerHost Tony Cord and artist Tina Palmer

Amanda DeprezAmanda Deprez

“Sky’s The Limit” rooftop party

“Sky’s The Limit” rooftop party

“Sky’s The Limit” rooftop party in Washington

“Sky’s The Limit” rooftop party in Washington

“Sky’s The Limit” rooftop party

View of the U.S. CapitolView of the U.S. Capitol

Night View over Washington, D.C.Night View over Washington, D.C.

Night View over the Washington CapitolNight View over the Washington Capitol

Washington sunsetWashington sunset

Washington sunsetWashington sunset