Monica Jeffries Hazangeles named Strathmore’s new President and CEO
Monica Jeffries Hazangeles was named Strathmore’s new President and CEO in August, 2018 by the Board of Directors. She will succeed Eliot Pfanstiehl, who founded Strathmore in 1981. Pfanstiehl & Jeffries Hazangeles guided the evolution of Strathmore into Maryland’s “most prolific multidisciplinary arts presenter and producer.” She will assume her new role at Strathmore effective September 1, 2018. Jeffries Hazangeles played a central role in securing $110M in public and private funding to build the world-class Music Center at Strathmore, which opened in 2005. She has advanced Strathmore’s mission by promoting several key programs, including Bloom, an initiative that encompasses Strathmore’s community outreach work in Montgomery County. She cultivated new audiences, notably in the Pike District on Rockville Pike, with the creation of AMP, the new music & dining space at Pike & Rose. Jeffries Hazangeles has worked as an arts professional for more than 25 years and holds a B.M. in Flute Performance from The Florida State University (1989), a M.M. in Flute Performance from The University of Missouri-Kansas City (1991), and an M.A. in Arts Management from American University (1996).
The National Philharmonic, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, will present a Movie Night, on September 29, featuring Leonard Bernstein’s score for the Oscar-winning film On the Waterfront (1954).The score, which was the only work which he composed specifically for film, has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the best film scores of all time. The re-mastered film will screened as the score is performed live. Bernstein is said to have “created a powerful musical rendition of the drama, conveying the individual characters through music of unfailing appeal and expressiveness. Nobility, violence, corruption, tenderness, aspiration, frustration, resignation.”
The National Philharmonic, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, will perform a concert titled Lenny's Playlist in The Music Center on October 13 & 14.The program will feature favorites of Leonard Bernstein including works of three composers, three musical traditions, & three musical genres. The selections are Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute; Barber’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, with violinist Bella Hristova, & Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor.
Image below: Bella Hristova - Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), conducted by Marin Alsop, will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” in The Music Center on September 22.The concert will also feature pianist Garrick Ohlsson with the orchestra in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The program will include Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joseph Schwantner’s New Morning for the World (Daybreak of Freedom). Image below: Pianist Garrick Ohlsson
The BSO, led by Finnish conductor Hanna Lintu, will perform Sibelius’s Syphonies No. 6 & 7 in The Music Center on October 7.Norwegian trumpet virtuoso Tine Thing Helseth will join the orchestra to perform Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto & the North American premiere of Penderecki’s Concertino for Trumpet and Orchestra.
The BSO Superpops, conducted by Jack Everly, will present Tony Desare in a concert titled I Love A Piano in The Music Center on October 11.The Jazz singer, pianist and big band crooner and the BSO will perform "a dazzling program saluting pop music’s greatest pianists, including Billy Joel, Elton John & Ray Charles, topped off by Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
Image below: Tony DeSare - Photo by Bill Westmoreland
The BSO, conducted by early music specialist Nicholas McGegan, will perform Vivaldi's Four Seasons in The Music Center on October 18 & 20.The program will include Schubert's Selections from Rosamunde and Schumanns Konzertstück's Four Horns in F Major. The performance of the Schumann work will feature the BSO Horn Section, comprised of Philip Munds, Lisa Bergman, Austin Larson & Gabrielle Finck.
Image below: Nicholas McGegan - Photo by Steve Sherman
The BSO, conducted by Rune Bergmann, will perform Grieg's Piano Concerto, with pianist Freddy Kempf, in The Music Center on October 27.The program will be a salute to great Scandinavian composers, and will feature Sibelius’s Finlandia and Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony."
Images below: At left, Rune Bergmann - Photo by Kristin Hoebermann & at right, Freddy Kempf
The Music Center will present vocalist Diana Rosson September 25 & 26.The cultural icon achieved fame in the '60s and went on to a career in the movies & on Broadway. She earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for her recording career.
Image below:Diana Ross
The Music Center will present The Gipsy Kings, featuring songwriters & producers Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo, on September 27. The Grammy Award-winners “meld deep-heated flamenco, rumba, salsa, and pop & have sold 20 million albums." Their hit titled Bamboléo “takes audiences back to the south of France with flamenco guitars and booming Spanish vocals.” Every online ticket purchase comes with a digital download of The Gipsy Kings' upcoming album titled Evidence. Image below: Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliaredo.
The Music Center will present The Australian Pink Floyd Showas part of the company’s worldwide tour on September 30.The tribute show “includes fan favorites from Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Wall, and other iconic albums.” The band’s stage set-up “features lasers, a round screen with movies and animation, and fun inflatables to complete the feel of a Pink Floyd show.”
Image below:A view of The Australian Pink Floyd Show.
The Music Center will present Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends in their New Worlds concert on September 28. Actor Bill Murray will “bring his wit and charm to classic songs, prose, and poetry in dialogue with Jan Vogler’s transfixing Stradivari cello, joined by violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez.” The program showcases core American values in literature and music. Bill Murray was the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2017.
Image below: Bill Murray – second from right - & friends. Photo by Peter Rigaud
Strathmore will present America’s Navy – Celebrating 243 Years of Service in The Music Center on October 4.The program will feature the Concert Band, Sea Chanters chorus, and the Cruisers popular music group. The production will feature popular songs from today, movie music, hits from past decades, and more. Throughout the evening the event will honor our Naval heritage, pay tribute to our wounded warriors, celebrate our great nation, and hear from Sailors around the fleet. The U.S. Navy Band is the premier musical organization of the U.S. Navy and has 174 enlisted musicians and four officers.
Strathmore will present Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Scared Scriptless in The Music Center on October 5.The show will feature the comedy improv stars from Whose Line is it Anyway? and will include “the hilarious sketches that have kept both US and British audiences rolling with laughter. These comedy masterminds make up original scenes and songs based on audience suggestions (and lucky fans may even get to join them on stage!).”
Strathmore will present An Evening with Pat Metheny, with drummer Antonio Sanchez, Malaysian-Australian bassist Linda May Han Oh & British pianist Gwilym Simcock in The Music Center on October 6. A jazz guitar pioneer, a 20-time Grammy-winner and a 2018 NEA Jazz Master recipient, Pat Metheny “is known worldwide for his phenomenal improvisational performances.”His compositions embrace everything from modern jazz to rock to classical.
Strathmore will present Balkan composer Goran Bregović in a performance of his new work titled Three Letters from Sarajevo, in The Music Center on October 28.The work is "inspired by the complexities of the people and history of Sarajevo, a city in which three religions coexist." Bregović & his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra will be joined by violin soloists Mirjana Neskovic of Serbia, Gershon Leizerson of Israel, and Zied Zouari of Tunisia, plus a local string quartet and vocal sextet.
Washington Performing Arts will present Gil Shaham, violin & Akira Eguchi, piano in The Music Center on November 15. Their eclectic program will range from “the drama and fireworks of Avner Dorman’s Nigunim to the matchless harmonic intricacy of Bach.”
Image below: Gil Shaham
Performances in The Mansion
Performances are scheduled in The Mansion at Strathmore on:
October 11: Brazilian vocalist-composer-guitarist Vinicius Cantuária Image below: Vinicius Cantuaria
October 18: Lavinia Meijer, Harp, performing pieces from her latest album. Image below: Lavinia Meijer
October 25: Windsync - the avant-garde wind quintet.
Images below: Vinicius Cantuaria and Lavinia Meijer
AMP in North Bethesda
AMP, the popular venue which Strathmore manages in North Bethesda, features "live music with a gourmet edge" at Pike & Rose, an urban-minded, Metro-accessible neighborhood on Rockville Pike.
Upcoming performances at AMP will include: September 21: Karla Bonoff September 23: Pajama Jam: Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights September 27: Comedy: Bengt Washburn & Robert Baril September 28: Let It Flow September 30: Cowboy Mouth October 5: The Songs of Burt Bachrach & Hal David with Julia Nixon October 12: Raúl Midón December 1: Storm Large
Photos below: Bengt Washburn - September 27. Raúl Midón - October 12