Eliot Pfanstiehl, the founder and CEO of Strathmore, will retire as head of the organization in August,2018 after 37 years of service.“He has been Strathmore’s only leader and has shepherd the organization through tremendous growth—including construction of the 1,976-seat Music Center at Strathmore, the off-site venue AMP, and most recently, an announced renovation of the Music Center. He has shaped Montgomery County as an arts destination in greater Washington. The impact of his work is tremendous.”
Image below: Eliot Pfanstiehl - Photo by Kirsten Beckerman
The National Philharmonic
The National Philharmonic & Chorale, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, will perform Gershwin's Porgy & Bess in concert in the Music Center on February 24. The folk opera has been called “a work without peer in the history of American music.” The lead roles will be sung by Kevin Deas as Porgy, Marlissa Hudson as BessMichael Redding as Crown & Chauncey Packer as Sportin’ Live.
The National Philharmonic, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, will perform a concert titled Spirited Brahms on March 17 & 18. The program will feature Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D Major, with Melissa White, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 in E minor. Melissa White is a winner of the Sphinx Competition.
The National Philharmonic, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, will perform a concert titled School for Lovers in the Music Center on April 14.The orchestra will be joined by the National Philharmonic Chorale and soloists in performing Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte: A Concert Opera. The soloists will be Danielle Talamantes, Shirin Eskandani, Trevor Scheunemann, Norman Shankle, Arianna Zukerman, Kenneth Kellogg.
The National Philharmonic & Chorale, conducted by Stan Engebretson, with the Strathmore Children’s Chorus, will perform a concert titled Northern Lights in the Music Center on April 28.The program will feature Rachmaninoff’s Vespers (selections), Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo’s Northern Lights, Unicornis Captivatur & The Lake Isle, plus a world premiere of a commissioned work by young Bethesda composer Alistair Coleman.
The BSO, led by Music Director Marin Alsop, will present Off the Cuff: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in the Music Center on February 23.Maestra Alsop will explore Stravinsky’s masterpiece, which has been called “terrifying, beautiful and awe-inspiring.” Rite of Spring directed by Maestra Alsop, will also be performed on February 25.In addition, Branford Marsalis, who belongs to one of the greatest American musical dynasties, will join the BSO to perform two melodic French pieces for saxophone and orchestra.
The BSO, directed by Edward Maclary, will present Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert with the University of Maryland Concert Choir at the Music Center on March 3. The film is based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga. Fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by “live music from the BSO as Harry soars across the big screen.”
Image below: The poster for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert
The BSO, led by Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, will perform a concert titled From Vienna to 42nd Street in the Music Center on March 8.The salute to operetta will feature the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, with Broadway vocalists Ted Keegan, Kristen Plumley & Ben Crawford. The program will include memorable melodies from Lehar to Lloyd Webber, with favorites including music from Kiss Me Kate, Phantom of the Opera and Candide.
Image below: Jack Everly by Michael Tammaro
The BSO, led by Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, will perform a concert titled Vegas Nights with Frankie Morenoon April 12. Musician and showman Frankie Moreno, who was twice named Las Vegas Headliner of the Year, will return to the BSO “with his own brand of piano-pounding rock ’n’ roll.”
The BSO, conducted by Lahav Shani, with pianistNikolai Lugansky, will performProkofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor on March 15.The program will also include Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major, “The Great.” Lahav Shani won the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition.
Image below: Lahav Shani by Marco Borggreve
The BSO, conducted by Peter Oundjian, will perform Rachmaninoff's Isle of the Dead at the Music Center on March 24. The program will also feature Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, with Yao Guang Zhai, who is the BSO Principal Clarinet, and Tchaikovsky’sSymphony No. 2 in C Minor, “Little Russian.”
Image below: Peter Oundjian by Sian Richards
The BSO, conducted by Markus Stenz, will perform a concert titled Symphonic Dancesin The Music Center on April 7.The orchestra will be joined by violinist Arabella Steinbacher in a performance of Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D Major. The concert will also feature Beethoven’s Symphony No.1 in C Major & Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.
The BSO, conducted by Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz, will perform Mahler's Titan in the Music Center on April 19. The program will also feature Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, with two BSO leaders, Concertmaster Jonathan Carney and Principal Cello Dariusz Skoraczewski, with pianist Ryo Yanagitani.
Image below: Dariusz Skoraczewski - by Christian Colberg
The BSO, conducted by Marin Alsop, will present Off the Cuff: Tchaikovsky with Balanchine, in The Music Center on April 27. The orchestra will be joined by the Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers, directed by Heather Watts. The concert will feature Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C Major, with choreography by Balanchine, who transformed the music for use in a ballet in 1934. Heather Watts was formerly a principal dancer for Balanchine.
Image below: Heather Watts by Inez and Vindoodh
The BSO, led by Music Director Marin Alsop, with the Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers, will perform Tchaikovsky with Balanchine in The Music Center on April 29.The all-Tchaikovsky program will include Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture, Suite from Swan Lake & Serenade for Strings in C Major - with Balanchine Choreography.
Image below: Maestra Marin Alsop
Select Performances at Strathmore
The Music Center at Strathmore & Beth Morrison Projects will present the world premiere of Iron & Coal, a theatrical concert by Jeremy Schonfeld - with director Kevin Newbury - on May 3 & 4. Schonfeld created Iron & Coal as a tribute to the bond he shares with his father, Gustav, a Holocaust survivor. More than 200 musicians on stage—including a rock band, chamber orchestra, and choirs—tell “Gustav's miraculous story of survival, the ripple effect it had throughout his life, and Jeremy's perspective as the child of a survivor. Traditional Jewish prayers, passages from Gustav’s memoir Absence of Closure, projection, and animation create an immersive experience.” Tickets for the concert are now on sale.
Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by José-Luis Novo, with guitarist Manuel Barrueco, will present a concert titled Mediterranean Images, at the Music Center on March 4.The afternoon concert will feature the music of Spain & Italy, including works by composers Xavier Montsalvatge, Joaquín Rodrigo, Ottorino Respighi & Claude Debussy.
Strathmore will present The Chieftains at the Music Center on March 7.The concert will feature members of Strathmore Children's Chorus, MacMillan Pipe Band & Culkin School of Irish Dance. Paddy Moloney founded the Chieftans in 1962, and in 1989, the Irish government awarded The Chieftains the honorary title of Ireland’s Musical Ambassadors.
Image below:The Chieftains
Strathmore will present “Weird Al” Yankovic - The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tourwith Special Guest: Emo Philips in the Music Center on March 22.The program will feature an intimate evening of music, focusing on original (non-parody) songs from his 14-album catalog.”
Image below:“Weird Al” Yankovic
Washington Performing Arts will present The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in the Music Center on March 6.The concert will feature Shostakovich’sLeningradSymphony.
Washington Performing Arts & Strathmore will present flamenco singer Diego El Cigalain the Music Center on March 29.El Cigala “melds the traditional sounds of his Spanish gitano heritage with the intoxicating rhythms and melodies of salsa. On his latest album, Indestructible, El Cigala turns to the world of salsa, embracing classic material with a power-packed band in an album Billboard declares “the salsa album of the year.”
Image below:Diego El Cigala – photo by Anya Suermondt
Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore will perform a concert titled A Spring Awakening in the Music Center on March 21.The concert will showcase MCYO’s Young Artists, Symphony, and Chamber Ensemble in “an evening of inspiring Romantic era works by Tchaikovsky, Scandinavian romanticist Carl Nielsen, Franck, Dvořák, & more.
Strathmore will present The Joey Alexander Trio with Jamison Ross in the Music Center on March 23.Alexander, who was born in Bali in 2003, has been widely-recognized for his jazz performances.He was the youngest jazz artist ever nominated for a Grammy. Jamison won the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jr. international Jazz Competition in 2012.He is a contemporary jazz bandleader and composer.
Image below:Joey Alexander – Photo by Carol Friedman.
Strathmore will present vocalist k.d. lang, with The Grigoryan Brothers, in the Music Center on March 25.The concert will feature her album titled Ingénue performed live, in its entirety, plus other classic songs from her 30-year repertoire. Openers Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, are widely regarded as Australia’s finest guitar duo.
Image below:k.d. lang
Strathmore will present Million Dollar Quartet in the Music Center on March 31.The Tony Award-winning smash hit Broadway musical was inspired by the true story of the recording session that brought together rock ’n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. The show tells “the story of the legendary day in 1956 that the four music stars dropped by Sun Records’ studio in Memphis, Tennessee.”Rock ’n’ roll songs to be performed are “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Walk the Line,” & “Great Balls of Fire.”
The Mansion at Strathmore
Upcoming performances in the Mansion at Strathmore include:
February 22: Ashley Bathgate, cellist performing Bach February 22: Idan Raichel: Piano Songs February 28: Resident Artist Uasuf Gueye - West African music March 1: Oscar Peñas, jazz guitar March 14 & 28: Artist in Residence: Drew Kid - soul and funk March 15:Hot Club of San Francisco concert titled Meet Me in Paris
April 6: Ranky Tanky: Music from the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina April 11,18 & 25: Artist in Residence Chao Tian on the Chinese dulcimer April 12: Pianist Michael Brown performs music of Leonard Bernstein & friends April 27:Pianist/composer Robin Spielberg April 28: Pianist Jenny Lin - 26 vignettes by composers from Tchaikovsky to Chick Corea, plus props, storytelling, and projected illustrations from Ms. Lin’s accompanying book. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
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. To see a schedule of upcoming performances at AMP, visit www.AMPbyStrathmore.com
Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club in the historic Bethesda Theater on Wisconsin Avenue offers live music performed by leading musicians nearly every evening - plus a select supper menu, beverages and more.
The Club has a public parking garage in the building and is near the Bethesda Metro Subway Station.
Images below: Exterior & Interior Views of the Supper Club