Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

Announcing Common Tone, A Free Concert Series

Common Tone. Uncommon Performance

Common Tone connects young artists and the community through creative musical experiences in your neighborhood. Our events abandon traditional concert ritual, celebrate curiosity, explore the senses and encourage your participation. Catch a glimpse of Common Tone here.

A new program from the School of Music and Clarice Smith Center, our Spring 2014 Common Tone events take place at the Hyattsville Busboys and Poets.

invoke live
Nick Montopoli, violin
Zach Matteson, violin
Karl Mitze, viola
Geoffrey Manyin, cello
Sunday, March 9 . 7PM
FREE . Full menu and beverage service available.

For one night only, invoke joins forces with the expert mixologists at Busboys and Poets to elevate two common sensory experiences into a unique fusion that is quite familiar to the members of the ensemble: American music alongside American beverages. Featuring music by real live composers, this event includes Danny Clay’s Toy Piano Music, Dan Visconti’sRamshackle Songs, Philip Glass’ mesmerizing String Quartet No. 5 and a wild world premiere from local composer Geoff Sheil.

invoke is an ensemble that looks to the present for inspiration with the conviction that the string quartet remains one of the most versatile ensembles. invoke aims to direct the efforts of artists across disciplines to reinvent the string quartet for the 21st century. invoke on Facebook. 

Throw Caution to the Wind
District5 Woodwind Quintet

Laura Kaufman, flute
Alison Lowell, oboe
Nina Elhassan, clarinet
David Young, bassoon
Sunday, April 6 . 7PM
FREE . Full menu and beverage service available

There are demands in music performance that create tension: for instance, the demand to play with impeccable technical precision, while simultaneously staying relaxed, fully expressive and unrestrained. In Throw Caution to the Wind, District5 puts their inhibitions aside and tackles these tensions by performing some of the most colorful and virtuosic work for wind quintet, sharing what it’s like, after countless hours of preparation, to simply let loose and perform.

District5 is a dynamic wind quintet that connects with audiences by sharing their stories both as an ensemble and as individuals. With a contagious enthusiasm for their art, District5 is committed to performing wind quintet repertoire rarely heard in the United States, and strives to bring creativity and authenticity to their programs. District5 on Facebook.


About neenajoe

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through productions and programs in education, artist services and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit

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