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Good friends & good cheer, it’s that time of the year!
A time for friends a family!
Ring in the Holiday Season with a sing-along of the Christmas carols and an orchestra over DC’s Go–Go beat.
GoGo Symphony and DC Strings Workshop are proud to invite you to a legendary Christmas show for the joy of the Arlington community hosted by the Church at Clarendon, on Friday, December 20 at 7:30pm.
The GoGo Symphony is a critically acclaimed funky classical orchestra that people can dance and party to. Go-Go is a sub-genre of funk that has been extremely popular in the Washington, DC area since the 1970’s specially with African Americans. Its main feature is live swinging poly-rhythm and audience participation with drums, congas, cowbells, timbales, rototoms, and tambourines.
DC Strings Workshop is a DC-based non-profit organization which hosts an orchestra and several ensembles. Now entering its 4th season, the group has performed in venues as diverse as The Kennedy Center, St. Marks Episcopal and various museums, libraries and cultural centers in the region. Visit www.dcstrings.org for more information.
Please join us for a Christmas celebration and enjoy the food and music.
Children are welcome.
Art Palette Productions, Inc. dba GoGo Symphony, is seeking an International Business Development Manager at its main office located in Arlington, VA. The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, or related field and least sixty months of employment experience in international business relations and strategic management. Travel will be required on a monthly basis, domestically & internationally.
Applicants must speak Arabic and English.
Job duties include: Develop international business markets for arts and music company; create and manage strategic international partnerships; coordinate marketing activities and budgets for overseas.
events; coordinate with advertisers and promoters; implement advertising campaigns; manage allocation of marketing resources; prepare and review financial statements and activity reports; communicate and meet with new customers and represent our company; prepare summary proposals to be negotiated/discussed with prospective partners; responsible for creating relationships with foreign organizations & governments, including international fund organizations who support music & the arts.
Please submit your résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org
On September 15, 2019 the GoGo Symphony will play at Chuck Brown Park with members of the National Symphony Orchestra. This event marks part of a mainstream institutional shift in the acknowledgement of go-go, DC’s own genre of funk dance music.
Nico Hobson of DC’s online “GoGo Radio” hosted a heart felt interview to discuss the significance of the show. Guests included National Symphony Orchestra’s Manager of Community Engagement Vaughn Bradley-Willeman, vocalist MS CXREE, percussionist Mighty Moe, and GoGo Symphony founder/composer Liza Figueroa Kravinsky.
Go-go music originated in the neighborhoods of Washington D.C. in the early 1970s. People who lived, worked, grew up, and thrived on the infectious, seemingly never ending, undeniable beat. The beat is bass heavy and percussive; with a fusion of African, jazz, funk, and R&B stylings.
It served as an anthem to get the party started and keep it going. It was an anthem to spread news about what was going on in its neighborhoods. It was an anthem for change and justice. Most importantly, it was an anthem for its people – that is, its mostly African American fans. Bands like Trouble Funk, Rare Essence, and the legendary Chuck Brown were staples.