Monday, August 27, 2018

Strathmore Announces October Performances

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood visit Strathmore, October 5th

From our friends at Strathmore...

October Performances in the Music Center at Strathmore

Masters of improv from Whose Line is it Anyway?, jazz pioneer Pat Metheny, insightful dialogue with authors Eve Ensler and Anne Lamott, composer Goran Bregović distills influences of Christianity, Islam, Judaism on Balkan music

Everyone needs a laugh after the official end of summer and Strathmore is ready to deliver, beginning its October Music Center programming with comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood of Whose Line Is It Anyway? in Scared Scriptless, an off-the-cuff, interactive improv show. Jazz icon and 20-time Grammy winner Pat Metheny performs with longtime drummer Antonio Sanchez, Malaysian-Australian bassist Linda May Han Oh, and British pianist Gwilym Simcock. Enlightened authors, trailblazers, and cultural luminaries Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) and Anne Lamott (Hallelujah Anyway, Rediscovering Mercy) have a candid dialogue about their writing, personal experiences, and beliefs where no topic is off limits. Balkan composer Goran Bregović presents an homage to his homeland in the new orchestral work, Three Letters from Sarajevo, exploring the influences of the region’s three coexisting religions - Christianity, Islam, and Judaism - on its culture and violin performance styles, with violin soloists Mirjana Neskovic (Serbia), Gershon Leizerson (Israel), and Zied Zouari (Tunisia.)

October 2018 events in the Music Center at Strathmore include:

Friday, October 5, 2018
8:00 PM
Tickets $34-64

The comedy improv stars from Whose Line Is It Anyway? take their show on the road to share the hilarious sketches that have kept both U.S. and British audiences rolling with laughter. These comedy masterminds make up original scenes and songs based on audience suggestions - lucky fans may even get to join them on stage. It’s a hilarious comedic high wire act just like a live version of the addictive TV show.

Saturday, October 6, 2018
8 PM
Tickets $50-85

Jazz guitar pioneer and 20-time Grammy winner Pat Metheny is known worldwide for his phenomenal improvisational performances. His trademark style reinvented the way a generation of musicians play guitar, and to this day Metheny continually embraces new technology to evolve his sounds, even helping to develop new kinds of guitars. A trailblazing musician, at age 19 Metheny was the youngest teacher ever at Berklee College of Music, and was also the youngest person ever named to Downbeat’s Hall of Fame. With brilliant compositions embracing everything from modern jazz to rock to classical, it’s no surprise that Metheny is a 2018 NEA Jazz Master recipient.

Metheny is joined by his longtime drummer Antonio Sanchez, Malaysian-Australian bassist Linda May Han Oh, and British pianist Gwilym Simcock.

Sunday, October 21, 2018
7 PM
Tickets $38-88

Eve Ensler, acclaimed playwright, performer, activist, and author of The Vagina Monologues, joins Anne Lamott, essayist and bestselling author of Hallelujah Anyway, Rediscovering Mercy, and other amazing guides to real life, for a passionate and humorous conversation on the provocative issues that they’ve courageously brought out of the shadows throughout their careers. Ensler and Lamott enlighten and inspire through their brave stories and fearless activism, tackling thorny and personal topics like sex, religion, abuse, and political injustice. Ensler’s visionary outlook and uplifting accounts of her activism, alongside Lamott’s self-effacing humor and ruthless honesty, are a galvanizing, inspiring combination.

Sunday, October 28, 2018
8 PM
Tickets $45-85

Balkan composer Goran Bregović’s new work, Three Letters from Sarajevo, is inspired by the complexities of the people and history of its namesake city, where three religions - Christianity, Islam, and Judaism - coexist. He explores and celebrates Sarajevo, called the “Jerusalem of the Balkans,” reflecting on how the three religions’ musical stylings influence the way the violin is played. This unique piece is a metaphor for the peace and understanding that diverse people and cultures seek in the world.

Alongside Bregović and his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra, this performance will feature violin soloists Mirjana Neskovic of Serbia, Gershon Leizerson of Israel, and Zied Zouari of Tunisia. A DC-based string quartet and vocal sextet will join the soloists.

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 organization’s hallmark is the Music Center at Strathmore, with a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. Its core campus also includes the historic Mansion at Strathmore, which features an intimate Music Room and art galleries. Most recently, Strathmore opened AMP, a 250-seat cabaret-style venue located just up Rockville Pike from the core campus in the burgeoning Pike District of Montgomery County. Strathmore’s signature education, mission-driven programs include the Strathmore Student Concerts and the Artist in Residence program.