Some took on projects close to their hearts. Holly Hamilton, who has a special-needs child and has studied the therapeutic qualities of music, will give two 30-minute performances at the Easter Seals Child Development Center on Tuesday morning with fellow violinist Vernon Summers.
Glenn Donnellan and his wife, Jan Chong, a fellow violinist and guest artist, will play at Bruce-Monroe Elementary on Tuesday and Martha’s Table Child Development Center on Saturday afternoon.
Donnellan will return to do his one-man show, “Follow that Fiddle!,” next Sunday morning at the BloomBars arts space on 11th Street. The show culminates with his performance on the Electric Slugger, an electric violin fashioned from a baseball bat.
Donnellan will also play in a string quartet — with Ruth Wicker Schaaf on viola, David Teie on cello and Jeffrey Weisner on bass – at the Acre 121 barbecue restaurant and lounge Wednesday night and at the Wonderland Ballroom bar and restaurant Sunday afternoon.
On Sunday night, music of the Chevalier de Saint-Georges will be performed at BloomBars by violinists Alexandra Osborne and Joel Fuller, violist Mahoko Eguchi and cellist Rachel Young in a joint appearance with award-winning hip-hop artist Asheru and rising jazz and R&B vocalist Tamika Love Jones.
NSO trombonists Craig Mulcahy and Barry Hearn and guest trombonists David Murray and Lee Rogers will help kick off Three Kings Day festivities Sunday afternoon at the GALA Hispanic Theatre before playing a concert hosted by St. Stephen’s and the Incarnation Episcopal Church and the We Are Family senior outreach network.
Some performances involve other disciplines, and the NSO’s collaborators will include a spoken word artist at BloomBars and dance students at the Dance Institute of Washington, where the week’s activities will conclude Jan. 9.
Through it all, the NSO will present classical music, Williams says.
“There are some types of performances we just don’t do,” he says. “There is some instrumentation we don’t have. We are not a rock band. We are not a jazz band. We don’t dance in a flash-mob-dance kind of way. We had to look at situations and vet proposals and stay true to what we do best in order to provide the community what we do in the best light.”
Still, it may come as a jolt to find a classical quartet playing at, say, the Wonderland Ballroom, where the jukebox offers the Cramps and 2Pac, not Chopin and Tchaikovsky; where a typical musical offering is the Harikarioke Band Gong Show; where the Sunday special is a Pabst Blue Ribbon and a shot of Jim Beam for $5; and where there is an oil painting of Mr. T on the wall and fried pickles on the menu.