An opportunity to hear some of the D.C. area’s most celebrated musicians in concert, from the comfort of your home! Music in the gazebo has become a popular part of MPAartfest and we’re continuing that tradition virtually with two, outdoor, streamed concerts. Produced in collaboration by neighboring Fairfax County theater the Creative Cauldron in partnership with MPA’s music curator Ken Avis, the concerts feature a diverse range of genres and talents from the concert and musical theater stages.
This performance includes jazz singer Irene Jalenti, Celtic musicians The Sean Heely Trio, jazz duo Veronneau, international musicians Project Locrea, Broadway actress Nora Palka and guitarist Yasmin Williams.
Virtual Moonlight Concert Series
Sunday, October 11th
Schedule and additional information to follow--stay tuned! Featured musicians divided over the two nights include:
Irene Jalenti: Baltimore-based, Italian vocalist with the most sultry voice you have every heard.
Project Locrea: A cross-cultural musical alliance that introduces audiences to the different musical traditions of the world seen through the lenses of artistic creativity.
Griefcat: Lush harmonies and heartfelt lyrics, often with a wink or quirky twist, await you with this brilliant singer/songwriter duo.
Veronneau: Seven-time WAMMIE winning, Mclean-based world-jazz vocal and guitar duo. Quebecoise vocalist Lynn Veronneau and Ken Avis perform a multi-lingual mix of music which has earned them 3 Top 10 charting albums.
Nataly Merezhuk Trio: A violin virtuoso with one foot in classical and one foot in gypsy jazz, Nataly and her trio of percussion and accordion will stick to straight gypsy jazz for Virtual MPAartfest.
Sean Heely: This Falls Church-based Scottish Fiddle Champion goes from wild, foot-tapping reels and jigs to the stately beautiful tunes of the isles accompanied by traditional instruments.
Yasmin Williams: An emerging national star of innovative acoustic guitar performance, Yasmin plays the guitar in hypnotic and beautiful ways others haven't dreamed of.
Chris Urquiga: Combining Latin rhythms, pop, R&B, and more in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, Chris is based in NYC, working on a new original Broadway musical.
Nora Palka: In addition to roles at the Kennedy Center and Arena Stage, this Ukulele songstress was a Helen Hayes Award nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a musical for 2019's On Air.
Wesley Diener: Wesley is a versatile performer who, in his career as a singer and director, became known for crossing the barrier between theater and opera.
The McLean Community Center (MCC) and McLean Project for the Arts are open to very limited public access, with most activities operating virtually or on hold. To minimize face-to-face public contact, we ask that you continue to contact us online, or by email, as most MPA staff is still working remotely.