Chelsey Green
Chelsey Green (Courtesy of Derrel Todd Photography)

Billboard-charting recording artist violinist Chelsey Green and her band The Green Project will make their Washington Performing Arts main stage debut on Saturday, May 12.

Chelsey tears down all stereotypes of the violin and viola by fusing traditional classical technique with popular favorites and enticing original songs in various genres, including R&B, pop, soul, funk, jazz, alternative, hip hop, gospel and more.

As Washington Performing Arts’ first-ever Mars Urban Arts Initiative Artist-in-Residence, Chelsey has been a frequent presence in D.C. throughout the 2017/18 season. She has given workshops for young musicians at Suitland High School, broken music from Bach to Beyoncé down to its essence in a sold-out event sponsored by the Washington Performing Arts Junior Board at Republic Restoratives and has performed at various community events. Chelsey’s performance with The Green Project on May 12 will include several new works that will feature on her forthcoming album to be released later this summer.

With performances often described as passionate, vivacious, electrifying, and innovative, Chelsey Green brings the unmatched tone, richness and vibrancy of violin and viola playing to worldwide audiences in a whole new way. Green has shared the stage and screen with international artists including Stevie Wonder, Maysa, Kirk Franklin, J.Cole, Estelle, MC Lyte, Questlove and Black Thought of The Roots.

The Green Project was selected as one of nine musical ensembles chosen among over 300 applicants to tour and teach around the world as cultural ambassadors for the 2017 American Music Abroad program presented by the U.S. Department of State. The group toured extensively throughout the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Haiti. The Green Project released their debut EP, “Still Green: The EP” in April 2012 to rave reviews. Their most recent album, The Green Room, their highly anticipated second release and first full-length album debuted on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album Chart at #22 and #7 on the iTunes Jazz Albums chart.

Dedicated to educating our youth, Chelsey Green and The Green Project spend time devoted to the community by providing a wide range of educational music workshops to city and county schools, after school programs, educational groups and more. Committed to spreading the love of live music to younger generations, Chelsey Green and The Green Project work with students from all backgrounds and expose them to the possibilities of what music can be.

Washington Performing Arts nourishes communities throughout the region by partnering with local organizations and other arts institutions, staging concerts and arts activities in the neighborhoods, involving internationally known main-stage performers in community programs, and presenting locally based artists to a wider audience. Their achievements have been recognized with a National Medal of Arts and with two Mayor’s Arts Awards from the D.C. government.

Their continuing motto, as expressed by their founder, Patrick Hayes: “Everybody in, nobody out.”

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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