Strathmore Mansion Schedule

 

 

Start & End Date

Time

Theater, Show Title, Describer and Program Notes

Thur 10/23

7:30pm

The Moon & Seven Stars: Ronn McFarlane, lute & Mindy Rosenfeld, flute
Musical colleagues since 1979 and founding members of the Baltimore Consort, this duo combines the elegant, ethereal sounds of flute and lute in music that spans centuries, from Renaissance to Baroque to Celtic folk melodies. The duo has just released a new recording, Nine Notes that Shook the World, which Rosenfeld describes as “a gathering of some of our favorites, a musical feast. A wide cross section of styles, both ‘folk and fyne,’ evocative and expressive of the variety and intensity of human feelings, from sparky, joyful fun to deeper meditative inner reflection, these timeless tunes from past centuries still touch us in ways words cannot, stirring our life energy.” The duo will perform works by Bach, Purcell, Hotteterre, Ortiz and Dalza.

Fri 10/24

8:00pm

The Oxymorons
Meet the Moronz! Make history at the 25th-year celebration of DC's quintessential party band, still crankin' after all these years. The Oxymorons take the stage with a mix of the hottest new songs, the best of the old, and their award-winning originals, giving audiences a night of hip-shaking New Orleans funk, soulful blues, Americana roots, classic rock, and cutting-edge guitar driven songs to entertain like no other. "Clever, witty, danceable stuff" (Washington Times).

Sun 10/26

4:00pm

Anthony McGill, clarinet & Christopher Shih, piano
Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera, Anthony McGill has performed with orchestras and in chamber recitals around the world, and has thrilled audiences in appearances from Barack Obama’s inauguration to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood to the Steve Harvey Show. “McGill made Weber’s Clarinet Concertino in E-flat not just a delight, it was a celebration. There are probably symphony orchestras that have played entire seasons with less joy than McGill packed into this relatively short showpiece” (San Diego Union Tribune). McGill performs with pianist Christopher Shih, hailed as “an intelligent and thoughtful musician…his performances were effortless, his control consummate” (The New York Times).

Wed 10/29

7:30pm

AIR Alumni: Christylez Bacon
Presented by Strathmore
DC's artist of year and Grammy nominee, Christylez Bacon performs with his innovative Washington Sound Museum musicians, exploring the intersections of jazz, classical, hip-hop, and go-go.

Wed 11/5

7:30pm

AIR Mentor: Seth Kibel
Presented by Strathmore
Seth Kibel is one of the mid-Atlantic's premier woodwind specialists. Working with some of the best bands in klezmer, jazz, swing, and more, and wowing audiences on clarinet, saxophone, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region and beyond. He is the winner of Winner of 25 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including "Best World Music Instrumentalist" (2003-11) and "Best Jazz Instrumentalist" (2005, 2007-8, 2011-13). He is a featured performer with The Alexandria Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, and The Natty Beaux. For his AIR Mentor concert, he will showcase his musical diversity with a number of collaborators, including current jazz Artists in Residence, Mark Meadows, and Rochelle Rice.

Wed 11/19

7:30pm

AIR Mentor: Ken Avis
Presented by Strathmore
British guitarist and songwriter Ken Avis takes the stage with his band Veronneau, featuring twin classical guitars, vocals and percussion, the quartet perform jazz from around the world. The seductive rhythms of Brazilian samba and bossa nova contrast with French chanson and classic American song performed by Ken's Quebecoise wife, Lynn Veronneau, in Portuguese, Spanish, French, and English. Veronneau's global soundscape is enriched with the addition of new Artists in Residence, invoke string quartet band and the contemporary digital mixes of Alex Young, in their first AIR concert collaborations.

Thur 11/20

7:30pm

Bryan Batt: Batt on a Hot Tin Roof
Presented by Strathmore
This Broadway veteran played leading roles in La Cage Aux Folles, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Sunset Boulevard, and more; and he’s known to millions as Salvatore Romano in AMC’s critically acclaimed series Mad Men, which earned Emmys, Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild and the Peabody Award. Now he brings his hit cabaret show—a sellout at New York’s legendary Feinstein’s—to Strathmore! “Five stars. Vocally, he’s as smooth as silk. He’s all heart with tongue-in-cheek humor and a quick wit. Mesmerizing!” (Examiner.com).

Fri 11/21

7:30pm

Oscar Peńas, guitar
Presented by Strathmore
This Barcelona-born guitarist and composer creates music that pays homage to American jazz masters—with enticing dashes of flamenco and the rhythms of South America. Discover “a master artist who paints with mood and melody” (AllAboutJazz.com), in performance with his trio—the justly renowned jazz violinist Sarah Caswell and master bassist Moto Fukushima.

Sun 11/30

Sun 12/7

7:00pm

7:00pm

Masters of Motown: A Temps and Tops Tutorial
Presented by Strathmore
Learn tunes made famous by the Temptations and the Four Tops and study topics including song choice, blend, phrasing, vocal technique and expression. This hands-on vocal workshop will be led by Steve Langley and the vocal group Reverb. No experience required – this workshop is appropriate for all skill levels.

Since 1991, Reverb's sweet sound has resonated along the East Coast, throughout performance halls in East and Southern Africa, at diplomatic soirees in the Caribbean and at military bases in the Persian Gulf. Featuring tenors Russell Jeter III and Steve Langley, tenor-baritones Christopher Hunter and Donovan Briscoe, and bass Victor Pinkney, Reverb brings a beauty of tone and intensity of performance to their distinctive mix of African, blues and ballads. It is no surprise that Reverb won the Washington Area Music Association Award as the best gospel- inspirational harmony group.

Wed 12/3

7:30pm

AIR Mentor: Allyn Johnson
Presented by Strathmore
Native Washingtonian Allyn Johnson is a multi-talented musician, composer, arranger and producer whose trademark sound gives brilliance and fortitude to the art of jazz improvisation.

Thur 12/4

9:00pm

Mirel Wagner
Presented by Strathmore
"I rhyme to see myself, to set the darkness echoing", write the Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney of his solitary profession in his poem "Personal Helicon." These words always come to mind when listening to the music of Mirel Wagner. There is a defiant air of unflinching bravery in her carefully chosen words and the skeletal chords of her acoustic guitar. Her songs are like smooth, polished black pebbles, thrown into a cold bottomless pond, drops of life that set the darkness rippling. Stranger in the Alps opens the concert.

Wed 12/10

7:30pm

Susan Jones Klezmer Ensemble
Presented by Strathmore
The jazzy Ms. Jones is a classical violinist with as many musical sides as a dreidel. Kick off the holiday season with an invigorating evening of pre-Chanukah klezmer.

Wed 12/17

7:30pm

Robyn Helzner Trio
Presented by Strathmore
This guitar and mandolin trio crosses cultural boundaries with beautiful folk music that celebrates Jewish identity around the world for an evening of Chanukah fun.

Fri 12/19

2:00pm

AIR Alumni: Christie Dashiell
Presented by Strathmore
This concert is sure to put you in the spirit of the season. All rendered in a timeless jazz style, the show will feature holiday classics including “Silent Night” and “My Favorite Things.” Join the Christie Dashiell Quartet and celebrate the joy of the holidays!

Fri 1/9

8:00pm

Louis Weeks
Presented by Strathmore
By day, Mount Pleasant-based composer and songwriter Louis Weeks pens music for commercials, movies and video games. By night, he imagines soundscapes in electronic music, which has led to the release of his 2014 debut album shift/away. Weeks’ music blends irresistible pop hooks with contemplations of romance, art and architecture, and in one instance, origami. His voice, a boy band’s tenor-falsetto dream, rides above dynamic, unexpected electronic tracks, mixing live acoustic performances with pre-recorded sampled material, alternately lyrical and pulsing, spare and multi-layered. Weeks is set to release his sophomore record in the fall of 2014.

Sat 1/10

7:30pm

9:30pm

Delores King Williams: “I Love Being Here With You”
Presented by Strathmore
The Music and Unbelievable Life of Miss Peggy Lee

A Baltimore native and a DC favorite, this sultry, soulful singer is equally at home in musical theater, cabaret and the concert hall. Known for “wowing audiences with her iimpressive range and beautifully honed technique…scatting trumpetlike flourishes with ease and precision” (The Washington Post), Williams brings her critically acclaimed tribute to jazz legend Peggy Lee to the Mansion Cabaret.

Wed 1/14

7:30pm

AIR: invoke
Presented by Strathmore

Innovative string quartet invoke reinvents the sound of the beloved string ensemble.

Thur 1/22

7:30pm

Jennifer Koh, violin: Bach & Beyond Part III
Presented by Strathmore
Violinist Jennifer Koh returns for the third and final installment of her inspired “Bach and Beyond” series, an adventurous project that links Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas to the present day through a historical journey of solo violin works including new works commissioned for the series. "Aa masterful and full-bodied musical evening, in the playing, concept and aesthetic vision" (Santa Barbara News Press).

BACH - Sonata No. 2 in A Minor
BERIO - Sequenza for Solo Violin
ZORN - Passagen
BACH - Sonata No. 3 in C Major

Thur 1/29

7:30pm

Vadim Neselovskyi, jazz piano
Presented by Strathmore
Pianist, composer, Berklee College of Music professor and former Gary Burton sideman. This Ukrainian-born pianist was classically trained at conservatories in his native Odessa and in Germany; honed his jazz chops on German jazz stages and at Berklee College of Music; and undertook his apprenticeship around the world as a member of master vibraphonist Gary Burton’s Next Generation Quintet. Burton, who included a number of Neselovski compositions in his repertoire, called him “a true genius,” noting “I don’t think I have ever met an improviser who has more surprises in store….” Discover a new jazz voice whose “pianistic power station” displays “virtuosity coupled with passion and soul” (Neue Musik Zeitung).