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Entertainment,Music,Marie Gullard

Thursday's live performances in the District offer diversion for storm-weary residents while presenting something for every age and interest.

The Bernie Worrell Orchestra comes to D.C., playing Thursday at the Hamilton. Worrell, often referred to as a funk iconoclast, has recently released an album featuring his take on jazz standards. He and his eight-piece band, which consists of two guitarists, one drummer, a bassist, a percussionist and a three-piece horn section, perform songs from his vast repertoire.

Widely considered to be a natural successor to the likes of Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and Carmen McRae, Italian-born Roberta Gambarini entertains audiences Thursday through Sunday at Blues Alley. With two performances each night, there's ample opportunity to catch the singer, whose warm tones, impeccable timing and intonation, and incredible technique, along with scatting and improvisational skills, have American fans applauding.

The fifth annual Kids Euro Festival, the largest children's performing arts festival in the country, continues on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage with Thursday's offering from Imagination Stage. Austrian children's author, artist and puppeteer Stefan Karch brings his colorful characters alive onstage for all to enjoy. Children meet mystical magicians, tigers and good old Grandpa Wolf.

For more information
The Hamilton; 600 14th St. NW; 202-787-1000; thehamiltondc.com
Blues Alley; 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-337-4141; bluesalley.com
Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center; 2700 F St. NW; 202-467-4600, 800-444-1324; kennedy-center.org
The Music Center at Strathmore; 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda; 301-581-5100; strathmore.org
Washington Performing Arts Society; 202-785-9727; wpas.org

Belgium provides the Friday night fare, presenting "The Child with a Violin." This is an interactive performance featuring a world-famous accordion player and a young violin virtuoso traveling around the world with their music. Children in the audience get to determine where in the world the two musicians will go next.

Saturday evening's offering, from Ireland, is a theater performance titled "Star Boy," a fantasy about a little boy who decides to chase a falling star. All three Millennium Stage performances are free to the public.

Classical music enthusiasts will thrill to the Washington Performing Arts Society's Celebrity Series, which showcases the virtuosic violinist Joshua Bell along with pianist Sam Haywood live in concert Thursday night at the Music Center at Strathmore. "In the firmament of today's young violin stars, few shine as long or as brightly as Joshua Bell," raves ClassicalVoice.com. Featured pieces include Prokofiev's Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in D Major and Dvorak's "Romantic Pieces," Op. 75, B.150.

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