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NOVEMBER 2

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Named for its 78-year-old founder, the Prasit Thawon Ensemble performs both traditional and contemporary Thai music. As in the Indonesian tradition, the instrumentation is mostly percussive: The 11-member troupe plays xylophones, gongs, drums, woodblocks, cymbals—and oboe. Included in this program is Homrong Sornthog, which modern composer Luang Pradit Pairoh built on a melody borrowed from Sathukarn, a traditional piece dedicated to the Thai/Indian God of Music. Also featured is Sarama, an Indonesian-derived percussion round that usually accompanies swordfighting or Thai boxing. At 8 p.m. at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 12th & Jefferson Dr. SW. FREE. (202) 357-4880. (Mark Jenkins)