The start of the year brings both new and familiar talent to the Mansion at Strathmore as the Artist in Residence Class of 2020 kicks off and audience favorites return. The Mansion welcomes back Grammy-nominated classical guitarist Paul Galbraith as he teams up with acclaimed cellist Antonio Meneses to present an evening of Brazilian and classical music performed with masterful skill (January 23). Rounding out the month is the Beijing Guitar Duo, comprised of renowned guitarists Meng Su and Yameng Wang, who will perform with their signature virtuosic grace that has garnered them admirers such as Sergio Assad and Manuel Barreuco (January 30).
Pop vocalist and Strathmore Artist in Residence AYO showcases her smooth vocals as she projects messages of empowerment through her piano-driven soulful ballads and hip-hop influenced upbeat jams (January 15 & 29). She will also present her AIR Workshop on Storytelling Through Songwriting, where she will teach participants to utilize music as a vehicle for powerful narrative (January 22).
Home is this year’s annual juried art exhibition at Strathmore. Each work will reflect the artist’s interpretation of “home,” from a physical place such as a house, dwelling, or locale, to a space in time or a sentimental object. (January 11–February 23). Lovers of both art and literature will enjoy this month’s Artist in Fiction Monthly Book Club, which will discuss The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman (January 22).
Budding authors can seize the opportunity to hone their writing skills during this month’s Creative Writing Workshop, led by poet and Executive Director of Community Building Art Works Seema Reza. Reza will help participants through guided brainstorming on their personal “origin story” so they can each write a mythological poem or prose piece telling their tale (January 23).
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.strathmore.org or call (301) 581-5100.
Upcoming events at the Mansion in January 2020 include:
Strathmore Artist in Residence Class of 2020
AYO, POP VOCALIST
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
AYO’s smooth pop vocals channel messages of empowerment. Born in Atlanta and raised in Nigeria, her fearless, confident lyrics speak to the challenges of being a black woman in America. This vocalist is no stranger to collaboration, having performed with artists like Chance the Rapper, Andra Day, and Common. Her musical and emotional versatility is on full display in her original songs, which run the gamut from piano-driven soulful ballads to hip-hop influenced upbeat jams.
Sponsored by Mrs. Patricia Haywood Moore and Dr. Roscoe M. Moore, Jr.
ART EXHIBITION: HOME
January 11–February 23, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 16, 2020
For the 29th annual juried exhibition, Strathmore welcomed artists to submit original artwork inspired by “home” Home may be interpreted as a physical place such as a house, dwelling, locale, or country. It may exist in the past or present, be inspired by a sentimental object or the sentiment itself, or inhabit a space in the intangible. Home may explore family, community, or lack thereof. Home may be held in high regard or may require aspirations for change.
ARTIST IN FICTION BOOK CLUB
The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
3 & 7PM
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.
Artist in Residence Workshop
STORYTELLING THROUGH SONGWRITING WITH AYO
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Tickets: Free, registration required
AYO has always seen music as an important vehicle for storytelling. As an adolescent, she found healing and liberation in writing songs that reflected her experiences. At the time, she had no knowledge of music theory and she started playing the piano by ear to reflect how she felt inside. Now a graduate of Howard University’s Jazz Studies program, AYO is equipped with the theoretical tools for a much more refined approach to song construction, but still retains the instinctive simplicity with which she wrote songs years ago. In this workshop, AYO helps you learn to do the same by teaching you the basic chord structures and songwriting skills you need to tell your story.
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
THE STORY OF MYSELF WITH SEEMA REZA
Presented by Community Building Art Works in Partnership with Strathmore
Thursday, January 23, 2020
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.
Author and Executive Director of Community Building Art Works Seema Reza leads this lyrical memoir workshop, leading participants through guided brainstorming on their personal “origin story.” Each participant will write a mythological poem or prose piece telling their story.
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.
PAUL GALBRAITH, GUITAR & ANTIONIO MENESES, CELLO
Thursday, January 23, 2020
The pure awe inspired by these two virtuosic musicians has left audiences and critics reeling. Galbraith, a master classical guitarist and Grammy nominee whom The Guardian acclaimed as “worth driving long distances to hear,” joins forces with Meneses, cellist of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio from 1998 until their final concert in 2008. Meneses has performed with most of the world’s leading orchestras, and BBC Music Magazine described his work as “a sonorous beauty of tone and uncompromised resonance only achieved by a chosen few.” Enjoy an evening of Brazilian and classical music performed with breathtaking skill.
BEIJING GUITAR DUO
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Meng Su and Yameng Wang, known together as Beijing Guitar Duo, have been praised as “having the star potential to serve as inspiration for new generations of guitarists to come” (Classical Guitar Magazine). Prior to joining forces, Su and Wang were already lauded solo performers with ability and artistry that exceeds their years. Beijing Guitar Duo dazzles us with a virtuosic grace that has garnered them many admirers including renowned musicians Sergio Assad and Manuel Barrueco.