Strathmore stretches its wings with every kind of music you can name

Want violin from Appalachia, jazz lounges or European salons?


Pat McGee is coming to Strathmore. (David Bergman)

This concentration over 11 concerts is a centerpiece of the season announced this week by Strathmore. Performers will include Mark O’Connor, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie MacMaster.

The lineup also includes Patti LuPone, Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo, Kathleen Battle, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Marvin Hamlisch.

In the violin series Fraser will premiere a new program of traditional American music with Natalie Haas, Jay Ungar, Molly Mason and Dirk Powell.

Making their debuts at the Music Center, the main stage of Strathmore, are the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, organist Cameron Carpenter and Pat McGee.

Strathmore has also booked violinist Jennifer Koh’s “Bach and Beyond” series, making its Washington premiere. Strathmore has commissioned a new work from composer Robert Miller and will present the Washington premiere of Korine Fujiwara’s “Fiddle Suite Montana,” performed by Carpe Diem String Quartet.

A program called “Sing the Truth” will feature a salute to black women musicians with performances by Kidjo, Reeves and Lizz Wright.

The programmers have not ignored dance or theater and have lined up Tap Dogs, Cirque Ziva and the Ballet Folklorico De Mexico.

For the first time Strathmore has established the Strathmore Children’s Chorus, which will bring together about 50 singers, ages 8-16.

Not to be left out of the mix of political talk, Strathmore has asked commentators Fran Lebowitz and Frank Rich to talk in the fall about Election 2012.

Tickets for all events go on sale to the public June 28.

A full listing is at www.strathmore.org.

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