Durant Art Center December Programs

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Office of the Arts Announces Durant Art Center December Programs

Bagels and Bach Concert Series

December 2: Showcasing Klara Farren, French Hornist with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra along with Zsolt Balogh, pianist, University of Maryland.  The duet will play lovely classical pieces that will delight audience members of all ages. What better way to enjoy a Sunday morning? 

All tickets are $9 per person. Children under 5 years old are free. Make your make your reservations today by visiting the Office of the Arts website and click on Durant Arts Center.

Want to know more about the orchestra, visit the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra website.

First Friday:A Season of Celebrations

December 7: Enjoy delicious music from Roumana, performing Middle Eastern music primarily, Arabic and Turkish with styles such as Balkan, Armenian, Romani, Audalusian, North African and Sephardic music.  Also performing is the Russkie Musikanti Ensemble with featured music from Russia, Ukraine and Eastern European countries on traditional instruments and in costume. Want to do some holiday shopping? Visit the Pop-up Holiday Fair with items from around the world for purchase for last minute holiday gifts featuring: ‘The Africa Memory Game’ (dolls, games and trivia games); Oditex Fashion (African clothing, handbags, earrings, head ties, and more); Tracy Wilkerson (handmade greeting cards, and small works of art); and Khusha Designs (handmade journals, notecards and fine art prints).

A meet and greet begins at 6 p.m.  Light refreshments available complements of the Office of the Arts.  Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Children under 5 years old are free. Children must be accompanied by one adult. Reservations are $9 per person.

To purchase tickets, visit the Office of the Arts website, scroll to Durant Arts Center, click on First Friday: ‘A Season of Celebrations.’ Tickets are also available at the door.

Literary Programs

  • ‘Building Cultural Bridges’
    December 3: Whether you call yourself a poet or an artist or a human, you can write poetry!!  Wendi R. Kaplan, City of Alexandria Poet Laureate, invites you to join her for her the final Monday poetry workshop ‘Building Cultural Bridges’ at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St. You are welcome to bring you favorite poet’s poetry or your poetry to read.  The workshops are FREE from 6:30 p.m to 8 p.m. To register, RSVP at poet@alexandriava.gov.

    Wendi R. Kaplan
    Picture Beacon Newspapers
  • Teen Poetry Circle Reading
    December 17: Come celebrate the creative voices of Alexandria teens at the Teen Poetry Circle Reading from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Durant Arts Center. Light refreshments will be provided from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., The Poetry Circles are free from 7:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. To register, RSVP at poet@alexandriava.gov.
  • For additional information, contact Cheryl Anne Colton, Regional Program Director, at 703.746.5565, email cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov or visit Office of the Arts. The Office of the Arts is a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.

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