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ETSU offers an arts and entertainment-themed trip to Washington, D.C.

          JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development will offer a six-day tour of arts events in Washington, D.C., from May 13-18.

            The class is led by Dr. Mary Dave Blackman of the ETSU Department of Music and will include, contingent upon ticket availability, Apollo Ensemble and Dawn Upshaw with Crash Ensemble at the Kennedy Center; a production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in the Elizabethan Theatre at Folger Shakespeare Library; the ballet Peter and the Wolf performed by the Washington National Ballet Company; a jazz concert at the American Art Museum; the Spooky Action Theater’s production of the play Candide; and the National Symphony Orchestra’s Pops Concert, “The Wizard and I: The Musical Journey of Stephen Schwartz,” which celebrates the 19th anniversary of the hit musical Wicked.

            During the day, participants will explore the National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian Institution art museums.

            Housing and a full breakfast on the campus of American University are included in the tour cost. A Metro pass, also included, will allow easy daily access to the museums, monuments and sites of interest in downtown Washington.

            The class is available both as a credit and non-credit option. The total cost is $650, with a $250 deposit due upon registration. The deadline for enrolling is March 20, with payments of $215 due on March 29 and April 30. There will also be ETSU registration fees for the credit option.

            To register, call (800) 222-3878 or visit www.etsu.edu/professionaldevelopment .