Fall 2019 at the Mansion at Strathmore

By Editorial Team on September 11, 2019
Chao Tian – Chinese Dulcimer, Artist-in-Residence – Strathmore. Courtesy of the Mansion at Strathmore.

The Mansion at Strathmore will be bursting with art and culture from every corner of the globe this fall, from chamber music concerts to tropical steelpan and Chinese dulcimer mashups. Kicking off the month are two new Visual Arts exhibitions, (September 3 – October 20). Perspective: Hubert Jackson and Carolyn Goodridge, and Timber, centered around reinvention, assemblage, and perspectives. The Calidore String Quartet prove why they’re one of the finest chamber music ensembles performing today with a program of Ravel, Schumann, and Three Essays, a piece by Pulitzer-prize winning composer, Caroline Shaw (September 19). Lovers of both art and literature will enjoy the Artist in Fiction Monthly Book Club, which will discuss An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro (September 25) and Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland (October 16). Brilliant composer, pianist, and vocalist Clarice Assad explores a vast spectrum of musical idioms, drawing on an array of sounds from Amazon forest wildlife to operatic arias to present an unforgettable evening of song. Josanne Francis and Chao Tian, both alumni of Strathmore’s Artist in Residence class of 2018, join forces to present a unique, transcendent soundscape comprised of tropical steelpan elegantly punctuating the bold, ethereal lilt of the Chinese dulcimer. This Fall families can enjoy Saturday Family Story Sessions that encourage active imagination and come alive through improv, puppetry, songs, and more. The program includes sensory-friendly performances to create an experience that is welcoming to children with autism or sensory sensitivities.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.strathmore.org or call (301) 581-5100.

Upcoming concerts at the Mansion in  September & October 2019 include:

VISUAL ARTS: PERSPECTIVES & TIMBER
September 3–October 20, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12, 2019
7PM
Tickets: FREE
Strathmore is pleased to present Hubert Jackson and Carolyn Goodridge in the Perspective series. Both artists were attracted to art from primary school and went on to become adept in a range of mediums, from ceramics and photography to fashion and textiles. Each ultimately focused on painting, earning graduate degrees from Howard University and the University of Florida, respectively. Today, the two artists and longtime friends explore different subjects—Jackson focuses on introspective narratives while Goodridge looks to the cosmos—but both use mixed media painting processes that resemble assemblages, with textures and colors layered on each surface.

For some, woodworking means building a useful item such as a stool, bench, or bookshelf. For the artists in Timber, it means transforming maple, walnut, and ash into objects that delight beyond their material purpose.

CALIDORE STRING QUARTET
Thursday, September 19, 2019
7:30PM
Tickets: $30

Calidore String Quartet’s warm yet vibrant sound keeps you on the edge of your seat. As one of the finest chamber music ensembles performing today, their “remarkable precision of expression and understated but relentless intensity” (LA Times) has won them prestigious honors like the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, and the M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition—the largest prize for chamber music in the world. Calidore comes to the Mansion with a program of Ravel, Schumann, and Three Essays, a piece by Caroline Shaw—the youngest composer to win a Pulitzer prize—written for the quartet.

ARTIST IN FICTION BOOK CLUB
An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
3 & 7PM
Tickets: FREE
Strathmore’s art-themed book club discovers the lives of Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Explore the fictions of your favorite artists, turning the pages of both popular and lesser-known novels, then join fellow readers and art enthusiasts one Wednesday a month to discuss forgotten painters, mysterious art heists, and miraculous recoveries of masterpieces. At each meeting, we’ll examine the factual background along with the fiction.

CLARICE ASSAD, PIANO & VOCALS
with Scott Borg, guitar
Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:30PM
Tickets: $30
A bold composer, a brilliant pianist, and an inventive vocalist all rolled into one, Clarice Assad floats freely across musical idioms, drawing on an array of sounds from Amazon forest wildlife to operatic arias. A classically-trained pianist, Assad is deeply rooted in the earthy, folkloric rhythms of Brazil, capturing the attention of international audiences with her stunning talent. The term “world music” is redundant when applied to her style, a reflection of Brazil’s musical melting pot heritage of African rhythms mixed with European melodies and harmonies.

ARTIST IN FICTION BOOK CLUB
Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
3PM & 7PM
Tickets: FREE
Strathmore’s art-themed book club discovers the lives of Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Explore the fictions of your favorite artists, turning the pages of both popular and lesser-known novels, then join fellow readers and art enthusiasts one Wednesday a month to discuss forgotten painters, mysterious art heists, and miraculous recoveries of masterpieces. At each meeting, we’ll examine the factual background along with the fiction.

JOSANNE FRANCIS & CHAO TIAN
Thursday, October 24, 2019
7:30PM
Tickets: $24
Josanne Francis and Chao Tian first met as members of Strathmore’s Artist in Residence class of 2018, and we are still reeling from their debut duet. The tropical steelpan elegantly punctuated the bold, ethereal lilt of the Chinese dulcimer, creating an absolutely transcendent soundscape. Francis and Tian are masters of their instruments. Francis made history as the first classical steelpan soloist to perform a concerto at Carnegie Hall, and Tian has been presented with the Wen Hua award—the highest honor given to a Chinese musician. Get lost in a flurry of pansticks and mallets and witness a trans-global collaboration that’s out of this world.

SATURDAY FAMILY STORY SESSIONS
Saturday, September 21-Saturday, October 26, 2019
10:15AM &11:30AM
Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at door

Families can enjoy diverse and dynamic programs from some of the best storytellers in our area. At Strathmore’s Saturday Family Story Sessions, stories encourage active imagination and come alive through improv, puppetry, songs, and more. Kids and parents alike will be enamored by the epic tales our storytellers spin. Snag a spot in the cozy Mansion Music Room and get up close to the performers—you might even find yourself participating in the story!

Ideal for ages 4–8. See our Strathmore Kids Tips for this program.

10:15am performances are sensory-friendly to create an experience that is welcoming to children with autism or sensory sensitivities.

The Mansion at Strathmore is located at 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD.