Help needed - Free Concerts DC

Aug 4th, 2007, 01:07 PM
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Help needed - Free Concerts DC

Will be in DC from 8/31 to 9/5. Which of the free concerts do you recommend and what is the Netherlands Carillon and what type of concert do they have there? Thanks a ton!
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Aug 4th, 2007, 01:13 PM
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The Netherlands Carillon is a set of 50 bells given to the US by the people of The Netherlands after WWII. They're located adjacent to the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington.

From what I read, the bells are automatically rung at noon and 6pm, in additional to the hour strikes.
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Aug 4th, 2007, 01:22 PM
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Thanks. I was on a web page that listed free summer concerts and it said that there is a concert at the Netherlands Carillon from 2-4 on Saturdays in September. I was trying to figure out what that was about.
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This will give you an idea of the free concerts in DC. There are probably many others as most attractions in DC are free.


Friday Concerts
Summer Evenings of Jazz in the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden

Every Friday evening from May 25 until August 31, 2007 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., many of Washington's top jazz artists present concerts in front of the Pavilion Café next to the grand reflecting pool and fountain. The café also offers a seasonal light fare menu and cold beverages during these Friday evenings and Sculpture Garden hours are extended to 9:30 p.m. This concert series, held rain or shine, is extremely popular with both local Washingtonians and visitors. For additional information, visit the web site above.

U.S. Air Force Band Summer Concerts

From June 1 - August 31, 2007, the U.S. Air Force Band presents free concerts at the new U.S. Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia at 8 p.m.. For the latest information, visit the web site above or call the 24-hour concert line at 202-767-5658. Tickets are not required. Additional free concerts will be performed on selected Fridays at 1:00 p.m. at the Sylvan Theater, located at the base of the Washington Monument. Visit the web site above for the latest schedule.

"Pershing's Own" U.S. Army Band

During the summer, "Pershing's Own" U.S. Army Band presents free concerts at the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol on Fridays at 8 p.m. Seating is on the U.S. Capitol steps and grounds. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. For additional information, visit the web site above or call the concert line at 703-696-3399.

U.S. Marine Corps Band Evening Parade

During the summer, the U.S. Marine Corps Band presents free Friday Evening Parades at the Marine Barracks Washington. The one hour and fifteen minute ceremony of music and precision marching starts at 8:45 p.m. The performance features "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, "The Commandant's Own," The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. For additional information, visit the web site above or call 202-433-6060. Reservations are required.

Saturday Concerts
Netherlands Carillon Concerts, Arlington, VA

Carillon concerts are presented by outstanding carillonneurs on Saturdays and national holidays from May through September. Concerts are 2 - 4 p.m. in May and September and 6 - 8 p.m. in June, July, and August. During concerts, visitors are welcome to climb the tower to watch the carillonneur perform and view the city of Washington and other surrounding features. For additional information, visit the web site above or call 703-289-2500.

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Aug 5th, 2007, 05:32 AM
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Also check out the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. They have free performances every day at 6 pm. The schedule is here:
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