SOURCE: National Cherry Blossom Festival
WHAT: FILM: DOCUMENTARY NEARLY EQUAL YAYOI KUSAMA: I ADORE MYSELF (2008)
WHEN: Sunday, MARCH 26, 2017 at 3 PM
WHERE: Lower Level, Ring Auditorium
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20560
The 2008 documentary Nearly Equal Yayoi Kusama: I Adore Myself gives background on the personality of artist Yayoi Kusama. Following her as she works on her newest art and reacts to the world around her, the documentary allows us to understand her thinking behind her Infinity Mirror Rooms. This program is presented in conjunction with the Hirshhorn exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, on view through May 14.
WHAT: THE 6821 QUINTET AT UNION STATION
WHEN: Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 12 am to 1 pm
WHERE: Union Station
50 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036 (Map)
Returning for the second year for an amazing pop-up performance at Union Station is The 6821 Quintet. A special group of five talented performers have come together just for the National Cherry Blossom Festival to share their exquisite music with the city of DC, with the support of the Ryuji Ueno Foundation. The 6821 Quintet is cleverly named after the distance in miles from Tokyo to Washington, and their individual skills synchronized together provides the ultimate musical experience. The 6821 Quintet, this year, is led by violinist Mayu Kishima, First Prize winner of the First Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition in 2016.
The quintet will premieres piece specifically composed for the National Cherry Blossom Festival at its Opening Ceremony ; this year’s work will be composed by S&R Foundation Washington Award Winner Mamiko Hirai, and will be performing them at the Union Station along with other classical pieces!
The 6821 Quintet
1st Violin: Mayu Kishima
2nd Violin: Eric Silberger
Viola: Meng Wang
Cello: Clancy Newman
Piano/Composer: Michael Djupstrom
Piano/Composer: Mamiko Hirai
WHAT: SHIFT FESTIVAL: BOULDER PHILHARMONIC “POP-UPS”
WHAT: Today from 10 AM to 2 PM
WHERE: Four locations spread around the Tidal Basin. In inclement weather, only the Cherry Blossom stage near the Welcome Area will be used.
No tickets necessary, more information at www.shiftfestival.org
Blending nature & music, visitors will happen upon small chamber groups from the Boulder Philharmonic (under the auspices of the SHIFT orchestral festival) performing in locations all around the Tidal Basin loop between 10 AM – 12 PM on March 29, 2017. There is no “correct” place to start or direction to go – people are encouraged to walk at their own pace around the Tidal Basin, the music at each location is meant to be seamless with the natural environment.
Please note parking around the Tidal Basin is extremely limited.
Metro: Smithsonian (Blue/Orange/Silver)
Circulator: The DC Circulator’s National Mall route (http://nationalmall.dccirculator.com) has stops all around the Basin. Rides cost just $1 and buses arrive every 10 minutes.