Sunday, July 20, 2014

Eight Additional Concerts Round Out 2014-15 Strathmore Season

Engelbert Humperdinck rocks Strathmore on April 15, 2015

From our friends at the Strathmore...

Decorated Tony Winner Audra McDonald, Multi-Media Performance Bella Gaia, Rosanne Cash, Engelbert Humperdinck Among New Artists Coming to Music Center

Strathmore continues to round out its 2014-2015 Season with the announcement of eight new concerts in its hallmark Music Center and intimate Mansion. From history-making Tony winner Audra McDonald to live multi-media performance of Bella Gaia, the lush a cappella harmonies of the otherworldly VOCA PEOPLE, and the iconic Rosanne Cash, this latest batch of concerts traverses an eclectic mix of genres and performance styles. Also included in the 2014-2015 Season are British pop star Engelbert Humperdinck and Galician bagpiper Carlos Núñez with the Sean Culkin Dancers, as well as emerging country singer Lera Lynn and ambient electronica composer/songwriter Louis Weeks.

Rosanne Cash, Lera Lynn, and Louis Weeks are all performing new material at Strathmore.

Tickets for these concerts go on sale Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 10 a.m. to Strathmore Stars members, and on Wednesday, July 16 to the general public.

Strathmore’s flexible programming schedule allows the arts center to continually book new artists throughout the year, allowing it to capitalize on artist availability and new touring acts. Additional events in the 2014-2105 Season will be announced.

New concerts for the 2014-2015 Season are:
Friday, September 12, 2014
8:00 p.m.
Tickets $15

Born in Texas, based in Tennessee, and raised in Georgia, rising country star Lera Lynn vacillates between Americana, folk and country. She performs her new album The Avenues at Strathmore, days after its national release on September 9, 2014. The singer cut her teeth opening for such notables as k.d. lang, Punch Brothers, Joan Osborne, Todd Snider and Wood Brothers. Her latest release is a follow-up to her self-produced EP Lying in the Sun.

Saturday, November 15, 2014
8:00 p.m.
Music Center
Tickets $28-$72

The affable and vocally gifted VOCA PEOPLE, white-washed aliens lampooned on earth, will crash land once again in the Music Center with a captivating experience that Jimmy Fallon hails as “the coolest show EVER!” The Off-Broadway hit sees its cast of quirky stars transform music from Beethoven’s Fifth to Madonna, Queen and Dolly Parton with flawlessly sung a cappella harmonies and amazing beat-box. The alien VOCA PEOPLE nimbly peruse the ages and genres of music, using musical fuel and audience participation to reboot their spaceship and take off in search of other far-flung galaxies.

BELLA GAIA           
Friday, November 28, 2014
8:00 p.m.
Music Center
Tickets $25-$42

Bella Gaia is a live multimedia performance of stunning NASA visualizations of Earth from space, with live music and dance from around the world. The award-winning performance successfully simulates the Overview Effect from space flight, using satellite imagery of Earth, time lapses, cultural heritage footage, NASA data visualizations, dance, and a customized musical score to present a spectacular journey around the planet. A “Living Atlas” journey of Earth, Bella Gaia illuminates the connections between natural systems and human activities through immersive storytelling threaded by an orbiting flight path from the International Space Station.

Friday, January 9, 2015
8:00 p.m.
Tickets $15

Louis Weeks is a Baltimore-based composer and songwriter. By day he writes music for television and film, and by computer-light he makes his own records. His debut record shift/away was released in January 2014; its single “Fold” was featured on NPR’s Heavy Rotation as one of the 10 songs that public radio can’t stop playing. Weeks is set to release his sophomore record in the fall of 2014. His music is a blend of acoustic and electronic elements, mixing live acoustic performances with pre-recorded sampled material, as well as electronic sounds. He often pairs his work with video installation to create an immersive multi-media experience.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015
8:00 p.m.
Music Center
Tickets $22-$47

Known as “The Seventh Chieftain,” beguiling Spanish musician Carlos Núñez plays the gaita, the traditional Galician bagpipe. His unique and amazing folk music showcases his native region of Galicia, in northwest Spain, and the surprising Celtic traditions that thrive there. He partners with the Sean Culkin Dancers for a performance that bridges cultures with jigs and reels played with unexpected Latin flair.

Friday, March 27, 2015
8:00 p.m.
Music Center
Tickets $35-$85

Decorated Broadway actress Audra McDonald made history when in 2014 she won a record-breaking sixth Tony Award for her portrayal of the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in the musical Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. This latest triumph also marks the first time a performer has won Tonys in all four acting categories. At Strathmore McDonald brings stories and song from her sterling career on stage, which includes performances in musicals and dramas such as RagtimeA Raisin in the Sun, and Porgy and Bess.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
8:00 p.m.
Music Center
Tickets $38-$88

Best known for his ballads about love and longing such as “Release Me,” “The Last Waltz,” “After the Lovin’” and “A Man Without Love,” Engelbert Humperdinck has swung across the spectrum to record such songs as “Lesbian Seagull” for MTV’s cult favorite Beavis and Butt-Head movie. Such is the versatility that has kept this singer’s career thriving for more than five decades. With his latest album Engelbert Calling set for release in the U.S. in fall 2014, Humperdinck performs his most memorable classics from his voluminous cache of 63 gold and 24 platinum records. On his latest release Humperdinck performs duets with such legends as Elton John, Willie Nelson, and Dionne Warwick.

Friday, April 17, 2015
8:00 p.m.
Music Center
Tickets $27-$68

With the 2014 release of The River and the Thread, Rosanne Cash has added the next chapter to a remarkable period of creativity. Cash, who has charted 21 Top 40 country singles, including 11 number ones, wrote all of the new album’s songs with her longtime collaborator and husband John Leventhal. Featuring a long list of guests - from John Paul White (The Civil Wars) and Derek Trucks to legends such as John Prine and Tony Joe White - The River and the Thread is a kaleidoscopic view of the geographic, emotional, and historic landscape of the American South. Drawing from country, blues, gospel, and rock, the album’s unique sound reflects the soulful mix of music that traces its history to the region. She brings this rich volume of song and her iconic family namesake to the Music Center stage.

About Strathmore:
Strathmore presents and produces exemplary visual and performing arts programs for diverse audiences; creates dynamic arts education experiences; and nurtures creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts. The hallmark of the arts center is the Music Center at Strathmore, a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. The Music Center at Strathmore, located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, MD, is immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on Metro’s Red Line and a half-mile from the Capital Beltway. For those attending a ticketed performance at the Music Center at Strathmore, parking in the Metro garage is complimentary. All Music in the Mansion concerts are held in the Dorothy M. and Maurice C. Shapiro Music Room in the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD. Parking is available on site for all Mansion performances. For more information, call (301) 581-5100 or visit