December at the Mansion at Strathmore brings plenty of opportunities for cultural enrichment, offering audiences a chance to savor the finer things in life. Enjoy an evening with virtuosic harpist Bridget Kibbey, also known as the “Yo-Yo Ma of the harp” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution). Kibbey’s program in the Mansion celebrates her eclectic style with selections from: J.S. Bach Well-Tempered Clavier, George Gershwin Preludes, Isaac Albéniz: Suite Espanola, No. 1 Op 47 and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op. 37a (December 5). Acclaimed cellist Alicia Ward joins forces with percussionist and “musical chameleon” Joey Antico to deconstruct and reconstruct classical and jazz selections with a twist (December 12) as part of Strathmore’s ongoing Inspired Pairing series.
Ambitious writers can seize the opportunity to hone their writing skills during this month’s Creative Writing Workshop, led by award-winning storyteller and George Washington University professor Dr. Sufian Zhemukov. Dr. Zhemukov will guide writers through the key elements that make a good story, including devices of plot, character, surprise, and humor. Each participant will pick a story from their life and craft it into a concise essay designed to be performed (December 19).
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.strathmore.org or call (301) 581-5100.
Upcoming events at the Mansion in December 2019 include:
BRIDGET KIBBEY, HARP
Thursday, December 5, 2019
This “Yo-Yo Ma of the harp” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) is lauded for her compelling artistry and virtuosity. With fingers that move deftly through works by Bach and Britten as well as newly-commissioned works by contemporary composers, Kibbey has earned a reputation for showcasing the broad range of the harp through multi-genre performances. As The New York Times raved, Kibbey “…makes it seem as though the instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the energetic figures and gorgeous colors she was getting from it.” Kibbey’s program in the Mansion celebrates composers like Cuba’s Paquito d’Rivera who has immigrated to the United States—weaving their native music into the rich American tapestry.
ALICIA WARD & JOEY ANTICO
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Acclaimed cellist Alicia Ward has enchanted audiences from Carnegie Hall to the Moscow Conservatory. Now, she returns to her resident stomping grounds flanked by percussionist and “musical chameleon” Joey Antico. Antico’s roots in jazz improvisation allow him to effortlessly adapt to any genre. It’s no wonder everyone from pop stars to Grammy-winning jazz artists have handpicked Antico to join them on stage. Ward’s resume is equally impressive, as it includes winning performances at The Lennox International Competition and The National Symphony Orchestra Soloist competition.
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
WRITING FOR STORYTELLING WITH DR. SUFIAN ZHEMUKOV
Presented by Community Building Art Works in Partnership with Strathmore
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Creative writing is a tool for knowing yourself, understanding the world, and connecting with other people. Led by author Seema Reza and accomplished guest writers—including poets, memoirists, novelists, and storytellers—these community workshops follow the model developed by Community Building Art Works over the course of a decade of bringing people together in military and hospital settings. Each workshop is designed to help participants put their personal stories on paper in a supportive environment.
Sufian Zhemukov guides writers through the key elements that make a good story, including devices of plot, character, surprise, and humor. Each participant will pick a story from their life and craft it into a concise essay designed to be told orally.
Bring a pen, a notebook, and an open mind! Whether you’re just starting out or have been writing for years, you are welcome; no experience is required.
Mansion at Strathmore is located at 10701 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD.