Sunday, February 8, 2015

Julie Andrews to Headline Strathmore Spring Gala

Julie Andrews headlines Strathmore Spring Gala

From our friends at Strathmore...

Icon Commemorates 10th anniversary of Music Center with Stories from Decade-Spanning Career

In this 10th anniversary week of opening its hallmark Music Center, Strathmore announces that iconic actress Julie Andrews will celebrate A Dazzling Decade by speaking at the art center’s 10th Anniversary Spring Gala on Saturday, April 25, 2015. With a career that has spanned decades, traversed a myriad of artistic disciplines, imbued fans with fond memories, and inspired millions, there’s no one better to headline this celebration of the past decade, while looking ambitiously toward the future. Gala guests will begin the evening at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, followed by a sumptuous dinner, program with Julie Andrews, and an after party with Big Ray and the Kool Kats. Gala ticket packages can be purchased by contacting The Sorelle Group at (202) 248-1930 or For more information or to purchase tickets for performance only, call (301) 581-5100 or visit

An Evening with Julie Andrews will include a Q&A with the audience and discussion moderated by Washington Post Theater Critic Peter Marks. She will share clips, stories, and conversation about her illustrious, history-making career. Music will be performed by the Strathmore Children’s Chorus. Andrews will not be singing.

The 10th Anniversary Spring Gala symbolizes a major milestone in Strathmore’s history, and will be the stage for announcements of future initiatives for the organization, which has become a touchstone for life and culture in Montgomery County and the greater Washington metropolitan region. Since it opened in 2005, over 1.8 Million people have attended a performance in the Music Center at Strathmore. Many more have come through for education programs, special events, free community concerts, and festivals. There have been nearly 2,000 performances in the Music Center since its opening, including those by founding partner the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and resident partner organizations The National Philharmonic and Washington Performing Arts.

Strathmore Presents
10th Anniversary Spring Gala
An Evening with Julie Andrews
Conversation, Stories & Clips
with Peter Marks, moderator
& music by Strathmore Children's Chorus
Saturday, April 25, 2015

5:30 p.m.  Cocktail Reception
7 p.m.  Dinner
9 p.m.  An Evening with Julie Andrews and music from the Strathmore Children’s Chorus
10:30 p.m.  After Party with Big Ray and the Kool Kats

Tickets (for concert only) $65 - $175 (limited single tickets available for purchase)

Dinner ticket packages include:
$600 Individual Supporter: One ticket to Gala dinner in Music Center, Performance with Julie Andrews, admission to after party with Big Ray and the Kool Kats.

$1,500 Gala Patron: One ticket to Gala dinner, preferred seating for An Evening with Julie Andrews, admission to after party with Big Ray and the Kool Kats, listing on evening’s video recognition, valet parking pass.

$10,000 Sponsor: Table for eight at Gala dinner, preferred seating for An Evening with Julie Andrews, valet parking passes for all eight guests, listing in evening’s video recognition, acknowledgment on Strathmore’s donor wall, newsletter and annual report.

Ticket packages can be purchased by contacting The Sorelle Group at (202) 248-1930 or

Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852

For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (301) 581-5100

About Julie Andrews:
Julie Andrews has been a beloved and much-honored star of stage, screen, and television for more than half a century. She was already a Broadway legend when she made her feature film debut in 1964’s Mary Poppins. Andrews’ iconic performance in the title role brought her an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award. The following year, she earned a second Oscar nomination and won another Golden Globe Award for her unforgettable portrayal of Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music. She received her third Academy Award nomination and won another Golden Globe Award for her “dual” role in Victor/Victoria.

Young film audiences may be more familiar with Andrews from the hit films, The Princess Diaries, and its sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement. She has also added to her multi-generational appeal by lending her voice to Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Shrek Goes Fourth, Disney’s Enchanted, and Despicable Me.

Andrews was born and raised in England, where she first came to fame as a young musical performer on stage and on radio. She was still in her teens when she made her 1953 Broadway debut in the musical “The Boy Friend.” She went on to create the role of Eliza Doolittle in Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady,” which became an instant classic. Other titles include “Camelot” and “Victor/Victoria,” as well as a director’s credit for the revival of “The Boy Friend.”

Andrews has also been honored for her work on television, beginning in 1957 with her Emmy-nominated performance in the title role of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “Cinderella.” She later won an Emmy Award for her own musical variety series, “The Julie Andrews Hour,” and also earned Emmy nominations for “Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center” (with her “chum” Carol  Burnett) and her performance in the special “Sounds of Christmas.”

Already an accomplished bestselling author, Andrews has joined talents with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, to pursue the publishing of books committed to stimulating a sense of wonder in children and young readers. The Julie Andrews Collection was launched in October 2003 and has released over 25 books to date. Home - A Memoir of My Early Years, Andrews’ autobiography was released in April 2008 and immediately climbed to #1 on The New York Times Bestseller list. Julie and Emma are enjoying great receptivity to their new franchise of books, The Very Fairy Princess.

In October 2012, Andrews adapted and directed her best-selling children’s book The Great American Mousical as a musical for the stage. Several other projects authored by Andrews are currently being developed for film and TV. She immensely enjoys her work behind the cameras.

In addition to her stage and screen work, Andrews has dedicated her life to her family and to serving important causes, including international relief organization Operation USA. From 1992 to 2006, she was honored as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), which provides financial and technical support for low-income women in developing countries.

Andrews received her honours as a Dame of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on New Year’s Eve 1999. She was also a 2001 Kennedy Center Honoree.

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 is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, MD, one half-mile north of the Capital Beltway and immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on Metro’s Red Line. For those attending a ticketed performance at the Music Center at Strathmore, parking in the Metro garage is complimentary with your ticket.