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Celebrate National Parks! Theodore Roosevelt Concert Series

Part of Celebrate Culture!


The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial comes to life with weekly performances and hands-on activities inspired by America’s breathtaking natural landscapes. Behold majestic views of several national parks through the lens of our signature dioramas, and recreate what you see in sketches and modeling clay with guidance from Museum artists. 


June 26 | American Roots & Blues 
Doug Wamble and Jeff Hanley
Performances at Noon, 1 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm

Doug Wamble
Photo Credit: Robert Cifarelli

Memphis native Doug Wamble has been immersed in music for his entire life, from listening to his mother play piano in their Baptist church to his grandfather singing cowboy songswhile strumming his guitar. After completing his musical education, Doug worked in New York as a guitarist and composer, appearing and recording with such artists as Wynton Marsalis and Courtney Love.. He was signed to Branford Marsalis’ label, Marsalis Music/Rounder Records, and released two critically acclaimed records, Country Libations and Bluestate. He has also worked as a guitarist and composer for documentarian Ken Burns. Doug is now preparing for a new project with acclaimed percussionist Mino Cinelu, performances  with Wynton Marsalis, and an international tour with Morgan James to promote Hunterdougwamble.com


Past Performers:

June 5 | We Sing America 
Sweet Out-of-Lines from the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music

Members of the Sweet Out-of-Lines female vocal ensemble of the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music performing
Photo Credit: Lauren Click, The Bronx Museum of the Arts

The Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music is a small school for students seriously interested in continuing their music studies while pursuing a challenging academic course of study. In addition to music instruction, students are expected to complete course requirements that lead to an Advanced Regents Diploma, college acceptance, and career readiness. Composed of young ladies from the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music under the direction of Ms. Lisa Gwasda, the Sweet Out-of-Lines is a dynamic vocal ensemble. Since its inception, the ensemble has been acclaimed by numerous state and national music organizations. They have performed, widely, including appearances at the Ronald McDonald House, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and in Carnegie Hall’s production of “West Side Story." cbxhsm.org

June 12 | Americana 
Cassatt String Quartet and Andy Teirstein
Performances at Noon, 1 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm

Cassatt Quartet
Photo Credit: Mary Ann Moy

The Cassatt String Quartet was the first quartet chosen for Juilliard’s Young Artists Quartet Program. Since then, they have performed at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood Music Theater, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Theatre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, and the Beijing Central Conservatory in China. The Cassatt has been heard on NPR’s Performance Today, Boston’s WGBH, and New York’s WQXR and WNYC. They have 30 recordings, and have been named to Alex Ross’ 10 best classical recordings of the year in The New Yorker three times. The quartet is named for the celebrated American impressionist painter Mary Cassatt and is made up of Muneko Otani and Jennifer Leshnower on violins, Sarah Adams on viola, and Elizabeth Anderson on cello. cassattquartet.com  

Andy Teirstein
Photo Credit: Olga Hiiva

Andy Teirstein writes music inspired by the rich and diverse folk roots of modern culture.  A student of Leonard Bernstein, Tanya Leon, and Henry Brant, Teirstein composes for the concert hall, film, theater, and dance. His latest CD, Open Crossings, draws on Balkan and Appalachian influences.  He has composed film scores for BBC and PBS, an opera, and a new work inspired by William Blake, The Vagabonds. He is an Arts Professor at NYU, and director of the NYU Global Institute of Dance and Music, which looks at the role of dance and music at borders. andyteirstein.com

June 19 | This is Ragtime
Terry Waldo's Ragtime Band
Performances at Noon, 1 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm

Terry Waldo
Photo Credit: Joe Bly

Terry Waldo is considered one of America's premier performers and presenters of ragtime and early jazz. Known for his virtuoso ragtime and stride piano playing, charming vocals, and disarming wit, he is a protégé of the legendary Eubie Blake, who called Waldo "an extension of my own musical self." Waldo has played at countless New York jazz clubs, including the Cookery, Hanratty’s, and Michael’s Pub, where he produced and starred in nine critically acclaimed musical revues. He has appeared in concerts worldwide, including the Grand Parade du Jazz in Venice, George Wein’s JVC Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He recently appeared with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, where he performed the world premier of “The Eubie Blake Concerto.” terrywaldo.com