- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Krauss on tour

It doesn’t matter if Alison Krauss is singing lead vocals or simply humming along during a guitar solo — her soft soprano is always the musical focus. That voice has earned her 17 Grammy awards and, most recently, one more Country Music Association award. Although she performs solo on occasion, Miss Krauss is heading out on the road this summer with award-winning band Union Station; they pull into Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 to $65. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. 202/397-SEAT.

Concert for the troops

The annual Memorial Day concert at the Capitol is one of the most anticipated events of the year in the District. This year’s concert, on Sunday, features the music of the National Symphony Orchestra, Trace Adkins and Harolyn Blackwell, along with actors Gary Sinise and Vanessa Williams and a host of other celebrities and government officials. Watched by millions nationwide, the concert takes place on the West Lawn beginning at 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Be sure to arrive early because of the heightened security. East Capitol and First streets NW. 202/619-7222.

Ode to the free

The Shakespeare Theatre celebrates its 16th annual “Shakespeare Free For All” performance tonight with its 2004 production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” As the festival title says, performances are free and open to the public at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre in Rock Creek Park (4850 Colorado Ave. NW). Performances continue each night (except Monday) through June 5 at 7:30 p.m. Patrons are allowed four tickets. For where to get tickets or other information, call 202/547-1122.

Shutterbugs on display

The White House News Photographers Association is the still-life eye of the news-watching public. Following the president, presidential nominees and other high-ranking officials, this group of talented lensmen and -women visually documents history for the masses. The Corcoran Gallery of Art honors them with an annual exhibit, “The Eyes of History 2005: An Exhibition of Award-Winning Photographs by White House Photojournalists,” organized by the Corcoran College of Art and Design and the WHNPA. Their work is on display through June 20. 17th Street and New York Avenue NW. 202/639-1700.

Pop that pleases

Don’t count up-and-coming act Rilo Kiley out because its members write pop songs. The L.A.-based foursome has what many pop bands are missing nowadays — lyrical depth. A listen to its album doesn’t sound like a trip to the shopping mall. Instead, the group features an eclectic mixture of soulful lyrics about heartbreak and happiness paired with soft strumming guitars and bluesy bass lines. Rilo Kiley plays the 9:30 Club on Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Hobbit’s playlist

Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” and the trilogy of films directed by Peter Jackson may want to head out to the George Mason Center for the Arts this weekend for the Washington premiere of “The Lord of the Rings Symphony,” performed by the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. The work, by Howard Shore, the man behind the score for all three films, incorporates the music from all three films and tells the musical story of Frodo and all of the other magical characters. Performances are tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $65. Braddock and Chain Bridge roads, Fairfax. 703/218-6500

In remembrance

To honor our military members both past and present, sites all over the D.C. area are hosting special ceremonies and events this Memorial Day. The National Memorial Day Parade begins its trek around the Mall at 9 a.m. at Madison Avenue and Third Street. Arlington National Ceremony hosts a wreath-laying ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Other wreath ceremonies will be held at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Navy Memorial on Monday at 1 p.m. For more information, see the Calendar and the story on page M18.

Thomas Walter

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