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 a 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 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 Music Center will present vocalist Diana Rossin the on 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 “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 King’s upcoming album, 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
Live from the Lawn
Strathmore is presenting their annual Live from the Lawnseries featuring free outdoor concerts in July & August.Visitors are invited to pack a picnic and settle onto a blanket to enjoy a concert.
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 14: Charlie Sepulveda September 21: Karla Bonoff September 23: Pajama Jam: Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights 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 To see a complete schedule of upcoming performances at AMP, visit www.AMPbyStrathmore.com