Tuesday, September 24, 2019

AMP: Venezuelan Music, Comedy and Science All on Stage at AMP This November

Petty Coat Junction visits AMP, November 15th

From our friends at AMP by Strathmore...

November 2019 Concerts at AMP

Highlights include... Music: Venezuelan singer Nella, Arturo O’Farrill, and the introduction of Strathmore’s 2020 Artists in Residence in a communal jam with fellow artists and their mentors

Comedy: Story District’s Horror Show and former Late Night with Stephen Colbert writer and rising star Emmy Blotnick

Health: Strathmore’s deep dive into arts and health with Arts and the Brain Series

Fall is in full swing at AMP by Strathmore, celebrated by a plethora of concerts as diverse as the colors of the leaves starting to fall from the trees. Kicking off the month on the heels of Halloween, Story District’s Horror Show features a line-up of eight hilarious and heartfelt true stories about situations that went oh-so-very wrong (November 1.) Venezuelan songstress Nella brings her blend of folk, contemporary Latin, and soulful Andalusian sound to the AMP stage for her first U.S. tour (November 3.) Strathmore’s Arts and the Brain Series continues, engaging teachers, scholars, and artists working at the intersection of arts and health to present strategies for harnessing the arts to strengthen vitality (November 5 & 19.) After a successful show at the Music Center in spring 2018,  GRAMMY-winning Latin jazz pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill comes to AMP to present his interpretations of Latin jazz greats in a more intimate setting, interspersed with modern jazz arrangements (November 7) before he heads back to  the  Music Center at Strathmore for his collaboration with choreographer Ronald K. Brown (November 8.) The members of Petty Coat Junction pay tribute to the legacy of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers as they perform hits from their timeless catalog (November 15.) Roots powerhouse duo The Small Glories, featuring former member of The Wailin’ Jennys Cara Luft, bring their Canadian Prairie folk songs of love, loss, and environment to the AMP stage, delivering their signature sound through soaring vocals backed by stomping feet, clawhammer banjo, guitar, and harmonica. Members of Strathmore’s Artist in Residence Class of 2020 take to the stage for Fresh Air, a communal jam and cross-genre collaboration dedicated to showcasing each one of these up-and-coming DMV musicians (November 20.) Self-deprecating, incisive, and charming, rising star Emmy Blotnick, known for her work as a writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, brings her comedic talents to AMP (November 22.) The BSO Music Box concert series continues, offering young, budding music lovers the chance to develop musicality, creativity, coordination, and literacy through highly engaging and interactive concerts with an ensemble of BSO musicians.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.AMPbyStrathmore.com.

Upcoming events at AMP in November 2019 include:

Friday, November 1, 2019
8:00 PM
Tickets: $18-$26

Celebrate Halloween at AMP and enjoy a line-up of eight hilarious and heartfelt true stories about real horror shows: situations that went oh-so-very wrong. Making its beyond-the-beltway debut, Story District has been in the storytelling biz for more than 20 years. Called the “gold standard in storytelling” by The Washington Post and nominated twice for a DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, Story District brings you the very best storytellers the DC metro area has to offer. Hosted by MoCo native and Story District Director, Amy Saidman. 

Sunday, November 3, 2019
8:00 PM
Tickets: $18-$35

Born in Margarita, Venezuela, and educated at the Berklee College of Music, Nella explores Venezuelan folk, contemporary Latin, and soulful sounds from Andalusia. This mesmerizing vocalist catapulted to fame after a video of her performing “La Negra Atilia,” the same merengue venezolano she sang in her Berklee audition, went viral. She was soon discovered by composer and producer Javier Limón who penned several tunes just for her. In fact, he wrote the songs she sings in the Asghar Farhadi film Everybody Knows, featuring Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darín, and Penélope Cruz. After selling out shows around the world, Nella will perform at AMP as part of her first U.S. tour.

Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory
Co-Presented by Strathmore, AARP Maryland, Montgomery Hospice
Tuesday, November 5
7:00 PM
Tickets: $25

The therapeutic power of art - to comfort, to heal, to elevate quality of life - has inspired human creativity for centuries. Strathmore’s Arts and the Brain lecture series engages teachers, scholars, and artists working at the intersection of arts and health to present innovative, practical strategies for harnessing the arts to alleviate suffering and strengthen vitality. The November 5th event will include a screening of Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory and will be followed by a panel discussion with experts from Montgomery Hospice.

Thursday, November 7, 2019
8:00 PM
Tickets: $27-$47

Grammy-winning pianist, composer, and founder of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, Arturo O’Farrill is something of a cultural ambassador. It’s in this way he proudly carries the torch of his father, composer-arranger Chico O’Farrill. The elder O’Farrill left his home in Havana in 1948 for New York City where he led the Latin Jazz revolution collaborating with artists like Dizzy Gillespie and Machito. By melding the drama of big band jazz with the culture of Latin music, the younger O’Farrill’s critically acclaimed performances have established him as the standard-bearer for creative interpretations of Latin jazz greats, as well as the driving force behind new commissions from modern jazz’s most talented composers and arrangers.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Tribute
Friday, November 15, 2019
8:30 PM
Tickets: $20-$30

After gifting this world more than four decades of timeless music, it’s hard to believe it’s been two years since Tom Petty’s untimely passing. The renegade rocker dug deep into the soul of Americana, and his work left an indelible mark on countless fans and musicians. The members of Petty Coat Junction are no exception - six souls who feel indebted to the man for his contributions and who refuse to let him go quietly into that good night. Put on that party dress and don’t back down from the chance to catch this tribute act featuring Kirk McEwen from Baltimore’s 98Rock and members of progressive rock favorites Crack The Sky as they mend the hearts of those missing Petty.

Sunday, November 17, 2019
8:00 PM
Tickets: $16-$28

Roots powerhouse duo The Small Glories (Cara Luft and JD Edwards) are a musical tour-de-force planted on the Canadian Prairies. With stage banter striking a unique balance between slapstick and sermon, these veteran singer-songwriters have a way of making time disappear, rooms shrink, and audiences feel as if they are right there on stage with the band. It’s not uncommon for listeners to find themselves laughing, dancing, crying, or caught up in a good ol’ fashioned singalong. The Small Glories’ songs of love, loss, and environment are delivered with soaring, interwoven vocals backed by stomping feet, clawhammer banjo, guitar, and harmonica.

“Luft is a Wailin’ Jennys alum whose work on the clawhammer banjo is to die for, while Edwards’ guitar and vocal harmonies deepen and enrich the duo’s sound.” - NPR Music

The Future of Hospital Sound with Yoko K. Sen
Co-Presented by Strathmore and AARP Maryland
Tuesday, November 19
7:00 PM
Tickets: $25

What do you hear in hospitals and what do you wish to hear? Join classical musician Sen in her mission to radically reimagine the future sound environment of hospitals.

Artist in Residence Class of 2020 Preview Concert
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
8:00 PM
Tickets: $19

Since 2005, Strathmore has proudly supported the budding careers of musicians through our highly regarded Artist in Residence (AIR) program. Join the AIR class of 2020 for their debut concert at AMP, when all six class members and their mentors take the stage for an unforgettable evening of cross-genre collaborations!
Presented by AMP & Comedy Zone

Friday, November 22, 2019
8:00 PM
Tickets: $14-$24

Self-deprecating, incisive, and charming, Emmy Blotnick is a rising star in the comedy world. Hailed as “one of the best joke writers in the game” by Mike Birbiglia, Blotnick was a staff writer on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and head writer for Comedy Central’s The President Show. She has performed stand-up on CONAN and The Late Show and was highlighted as one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch” and a “New Face” at Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. She released her debut album, Party Nights, this year on 800 Pound Gorilla Records.

Saturday, November 23, 2019
10:00 & 11:30 AM
Tickets: $12

The BSO Music Box concert series is the perfect program for budding little music lovers. Maria Broom hosts these 30-minute highly engaging and interactive concerts featuring an ensemble of BSO musicians performing light-hearted classical and children’s songs to develop your child’s musicality, creativity, coordination, and literacy. Half an hour prior to each concert, the room fills with a range of musical, creative, and fun activities for children and families, presented by Levine First Music. Ideal for ages 6 months - 3 years.
Co-presented by Strathmore and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
In collaboration with Levine Music

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

Strathmore is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Strathmore is also supported in part by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.