May 19 -- On Sunday, May 24 at 7:00 PM, House Culture Quartet, the ensemble of Peter Fields (Guitars), Mike Thornton (Vocals), Christine Kharazian (Violin) and Fred Lieder (Cello), will offer a free live streaming concert. It's an evening of contradictions and ingenious arrangements. Cover tunes from Sting, U2, Van Morrison, Prince, The Beatles, ZZ Top, Jobim and Sam Cook will be played by string musicians with intense classical chops and sung by Mike Thornton, the jazz vocalist and baritone of The Capitol Steps, America's premiere political-musical-satire troupe.

The concert will rejoice in the stylistic anomaly of classical instruments blending newer, edgier music with classic songs. It will be live streamed with 4-5 cameras switching like a real high quality (kinda) live taped concert.

House Culture Quartet is the house band of Culture House, an edgy event space in Washington, DC.

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Peter Fields (Guitar) has spent a lifetime creating music for the guitar, both solo and with many other instruments. He creates bridges from classical to Jazz to World Music to Pop and beyond. He has performed across the US and in Europe and has received national airplay and distribution for many of his projects. His solo guitar repertoire covers classical, jazz, Latin jazz and popular standards as well as his own compositions. (

Christine Kharazian (Violin) is a concert violinist and graduate of the Komitas State Conservatory and the Tchaikovsky Advanced School of Music in Yerevan. She studied violin with Prof. Edward Dayan, a pupil of David Oistrakh. In her early career, she played five years in the Armenian National Opera's Symphony as a member of the first violins, and then with the Sharakan Ensemble of Ancient and Medieval Music of Armenian TV and Radio as a soloist. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, Dumbarton House, the Gallery at The Ellipse and various Embassies in Washington. An alumna of the Inspired Teaching Institute, she teaches at Sidwell Friends School and Fillmore Arts Center in Washington, DC and is Washington Performing Arts teaching artist for the Capitol Strings program. (

Fred Lieder (Cello), a Washington music scene fixture for 35 years, is a multifaceted musician whose styles range from Classical to Celtic, Jazz to Rock, with a heavy dose of Blues thrown in. He has delighted audiences all over the country. Locally, he has played the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, the Birchmere, Ram's Head, Blues Ally, Twins Lounge and the State Theater, to mention a few. Listen to a CD of many local recording artists and chances are, if you hear a cello, it's Fred playing on that backing track. (

Mike Thornton (Vocals) blends traditional classic jazz standards with a passion for performing works by live, contemporary composers. He is a vocalist, musical director, actor, nationally-known political satirist (for The Capitol Steps), director and producer. He attended Hartt School of Music, where he studied voice and music education and had the opportunity to study with the great Jackie McLean. During his days in NYC, his Jazz Quartet played such spots as 55 Bar, Arthur’s Tavern, Cleopatra’s Needle, The Garage, Red Blazer, Augie’s and Torch. In the D.C. area since 1995, his Jazz Collective has appeared in Blues Alley, Twins Jazz, Bohemian Caverns, State Theatre, Jammin’ Java, the Ice House Cafe, Bangkok Blues and outdoor concerts throughout the DC region. (

Culture House is a non-profit destination and events space committed to arts and culture, formerly known as Blind Whino. Located in SW Washington DC, the venue resides in a landmarked historic church, offering indoor and outdoor space for private events and featuring murals and artwork from prominent/local artists. (

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FURTHER INFO PLEASE CONTACT: Mike Thornton,, 703.597.4441.