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NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert
Friday, September 23, 2011 at 8:00 PM
General Admission Music Center

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Presented by Strathmore and the National Endowment for the Arts

Ten of our nation’s master artists take the stage in this celebration of the 2011 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows.

From the vibrant suits and rocking music of Mardi Gras Indian Chief Bo Dollis to the masterful choreography and rhythmic drum beats of the San Jose Taiko, this concert will spotlight our country’s diverse traditional arts heritage. Nick Spitzer, host of public radio’s American Routes, will emcee this evening of conversations, demonstrations, and performances. Photo of Bo Dollis above by Derek S. Bridges.

The 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellows are:
Laverne Brackens, quilter, Fairfield, TX
Bo Dollis, Mardi Gras Indian Chief, New Orleans, LA
Roy and PJ Hirabayashi, taiko drum leaders, San Jose, CA
Ledward Kaapana, ukulele and slack key guitarist, Kaneohe, HI
Frank Newsome, Old Regular Baptist singer, Haysi, VA
Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro, pandeiro player and percussionist, Los Angeles, CA
Warner Williams, Piedmont blues songster, Gaithersburg, MD
Yuri Yunakov, Bulgarian saxophonist, Bloomfield, NJ

2011 Best Lomax Hawes Award
Jim Griffith, folklorist, Tucson, AZ

For more information about the 2011 National Heritage Fellowships, visit

Tickets are general admission. Tickets are valid until 15 minutes prior to the performance (7:45 PM), at which time all unclaimed tickets become null and void and any remaining seats will be filled in with guests in the stand-by line. Please return any tickets that will not be used to the Strathmore Ticket Office in advance of the performance so that they may be redistributed.

For individuals unable to secure advanced tickets, a stand-by line begins at 7PM, outside the Music Center the evening of the performance. No line may form before the designated time. At 7:45 PM all tickets distributed in advance become null and void and patrons in the stand-by line will be allowed entry subject to available seating.

Advanced tickets for this concert have all been distributed, however, there will be seating available beginning 15 minutes before curtain for those in the Stand-By Line. The NEA strongly encourages those without tickets to arrive early.

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