About Embassy Series
In 1994, the Embassy Series made its debut. Since then, the Series has worked with over 100 ambassadors, hosted over 300 concerts in 46 different embassies involving more than 500 artists from the D.C. area. Programs that involve the broad population of the District have included: 1) Jazz in the American Experience; 2) The Dutch-Jewish experience; 3) Love Songs from Mexico; 4) French and Chinese music at the Singapore Embassy; 5) Mozart and Schumann memoriam festivals; 6) Brahms birthdays, and a host of other programs representing the cultural diversity of residents living in the city.
By extending public access to the embassies in the Nation’s Capital, the Series offers its audience the opportunity to participate in a cultural exchange - to watch and listen to a musical performance that highlights the contributions of a particular country. Such a backdrop allows the audience to “get a feel” for the nation being represented, which is key to promoting and celebrating the diversity of both a host embassy and Series patrons.
This educational and musical experience is accentuated by a reception at the host embassy, or residence, immediately following the concert, where guests are encouraged to interact with the featured artist(s) of the evening and the diplomatic community.
A piano series was established this year with the purpose of promoting young artists of high quality.
Interview with Dagoberto Rodriguez Barrera, Chief of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, DC
Interview with Ambassador Tam Chien Nguyen at the Vietnamese Embassy in Washington, DC (Vietnam photos courtesy of McKay Savage)