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The members of the Georgian folk music and dance group Zedashe could just as easily call themselves anthropologists as they could performers. Founded in the mid-’90s and directed by Ketevan Mindorashvili, the group’s mission is to revive traditional folk music and customs that were lost during the communist era. This means using traditional instruments like the goat-skin bagpipe called a ch’iboni and two different kinds of lutes for accompaniment. The group’s real draw, however, is its powerful three-part harmonies that will fill the Kennedy Center’s Great Hall when the group performs on the Millennium Stage. That vocal power is tied to the group’s connections to liturgical music often performed in the Orthodox church, but listen closer and you’ll hear similarities between Georgian music and classic American folk songs. Zedashe performs at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. $39–$175. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.