November 27, 2009
The National Philharmonic doesn't think you should call a babysitter in order to take in one of its performances. In fact, you can bring the children -- on the house. To prove its commitment to arts education, the symphony invites kids ages 7 to 17 to attend all of its concerts at the Music Center at Strathmore free. And all performances at Strathmore are preceded by free lectures in the education center that explore that evening's program. The organization sees the free tickets and lectures as an investment in younger generations'...
January 8, 2012 |
Zuill Bailey didn't just perform all six of Bach's Suites for Unaccompanied Cello at Strathmore on Saturday. He treated the hugely appreciative audience to a sort of running memoir, recounting his struggles growing up with this extraordinary set. These struggles — and Bailey's decade-long preparation for a recording, issued in 2010 — have led to an idiosyncratic understanding of the suites, which have challenged the greatest cellists of the...
February 16, 2009
It is never a good sign when classical musicians walk onstage wearing earplugs. Several did Friday night at Strathmore, when tap dancer Savion Glover put on a noisy show with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Marin Alsop, an always animated conductor, clearly enjoyed jamming with Glover, a renowned tapper who pounded away on a 12-by-12 foot platform just in front of her podium. Alsop acknowledged, when introducing the music, that there was an inherent problem with this multidisciplinary setup.
April 22, 2013 |
Strathmore will partner with Federal Realty Investment Trust, developer of a 24-acre town center under construction in the White Flint area near Rockville, to create a 250-seat performing arts venue next year. The venue, which Strathmore founder and chief executive Eliot Pfanstiehl said will have a "club-like setting," is scheduled to open next year, with programming beginning in early 2015. "We've always lived on our 11 acres," Pfanstiehl said. "This is our first big step off campus.
March 18, 2012 |
In 2008, the Russian violinist Vadim Repin made a memorable D.C. recital debut at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. On Friday night, his performance at Strathmore, courtesy of the Washington Performing Arts Society, wasn't so much memorable as merely indifferent. The program, certainly, offered promise of the kind of subtlety and range that had characterized his earlier performance: from sonatas by Janacek, Ravel and Grieg to the familiar and fiendish showpiece of Ravel's "Tzigane.
May 15, 2012
If you go What: "Strathmore Unleashed!" Where: The grounds and the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. When: Through June 23. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. How much: Free For more information: www.strathmore.org or 301-581-5200