“Celebrating American Composers,” will start with Nov. 3 through November 5 with an exploration of Ives. Strathmore has partnered with Joseph Horowitz and the Post-Classical Ensemble to organize performances, readings and discussions with Ives experts. Pianist Jeremy Denk will provide a masterclass on Nov. 3. and a performance Nov. 4, contrasting Ives and Beethoven.
Strathmore also announced Friday that the 2011-2012 season will include an examination of Ellington February 3 through February 20. This festival will include performances by Brian Stokes Mitchell, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, led by Arturo O’Farrill. Ellington’s sacred music will be performed by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the Morgan State University Choir on Feb. 19.
“These are subjects that deserve a closer look,” said Shelley Brown, the vice president for programming and artistic director at Strathmore. The current season was the best since Strathmore opened in February 2005, said Brown. A switch from subscription sales to single ticket sales saw a 40 percent increase in advanced sales, totalling $3 million, she said.
Next season will feature the return of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, this time with artistic director and violinist Joshua Bell on April 13. Other programs will include the Washington premiere on Oct. 28 of choreographer Ronald K. Brown’s “Espiritu Vivo,” by the Ballet Hispanico. The tour of India.Arie and Idan Raichel will stop at Strathmore on Oct. 22.
Other artists, who are part of the composers’ salute, are Keb’ Mo, Madeleine Peyroux, Lee Konitz, Pat Metheny, Bela Fleck, Jenny Lin, Wendy Richman, the Bruce Swaim Quartet, and William Bolcom and Joan Morris.
Also scheduled are Lily Tomlin, Tommy Tune, John Pizzarelli, Kurt Elling, Linda Eder, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Pace de Lucia, and the Turtle Island Quartet, who are doing the music of Jimi Hendrix.
Strathmore also announced the performers for the series in the historic Mansion at Strathmore. Several compositions will be premiered by the Amstel Saxophone Quartet and New Century Saxophone Quartet.