The Mansion at Strathmore

Gallery
3/12

Opera and Jazz Collide

Soprano Caroline G Gibson sings pieces by Verdi, Mozart, Handel and Gershwin, accompanied by pianist Frank Conlon, and indie jazz singer Karla Chisholm performs standards from the "Great American Songbook" with guitarist Steve Hom.
3/12

Steven Lin

The young pianist performs.
3/19

Trio con Brio Copenhagen

Married artists cellist Soo Kyung Hong and pianist Jens Elvekjaer and Hong's sister, violinist Soo-Jin, form this trio.
3/11 - 3/25
3/27

Matt Haimowitz

The cellist presents "Bach Listening Room," his exploration of Bach's cello suites with new overtures he commissioned from composers such as Wolfgang Rihm and Philip Glass.
4/9

Miranda Cuckson

The violinist and violist performs a solo recital.
4/16

Israeli Chamber Project

The seven-member ensemble performs works by Debussy, Schumann and Jolivet as well as Zohar Sharon's "The Ice Palace."
4/23

Lily Neill and Vesa Norilo

The harpist and cellist perform music from around the world.
3/7 - 5/31

Flood Redux

Curated by Arlette Jassel, this exhibition displays works of various mediums in the Invitational Gallery.
3/7 - 5/31

If the Shoe Fits

An exhibition of fantasy, form, fun and function of footwear in sculpture, art, stories and video.
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Editorial Review

The 95-year-old Strathmore Hall entered its current incarnation as a Montgomery County-sponsored arts center in 1983. Before that it had many lives, including a brief stint as nunnery. Situated on 11 acres just off Rockville Pike, the historic brick building was recently renovated to the tune of $3.2 million. Much of that money went to create a suite of four interconnecting museum-quality galleries on the second floor -- with state-of-the-art lighting, security and humidity control. The galleries are able to accommodate high-caliber shows or noteworthy individual collections. According to Millie Shott, Strathmore's curator and visual arts coordinator, there is only one or so "not for purchase" show per year. "Generally speaking, all the art on exhibit here is for sale." On the ground level is a second gallery, a gift shop, a music room where concerts are held and an outdoor sculpture garden. Shott boasts that there is no limit to the type of exhibits displayed, with something for every taste and budget. "We exhibit everything: contemporary and historical, regional and international, all media -- pottery, fiber art, sculpture, photography, painting, calligraphy, fashion." But best of all, because of the new security controls, says Shott, "In the new galleries, we can now exhibit traveling museum shows that at one time would have been a security concern." In addition to frequent art lectures and tours, Strathmore offers teas -- featuring scones, Devonshire cream, jam, sweets and salads -- on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m. "I know that one o'clock is not the traditional hour for high tea," laughs Shott. "But if you've ever been on Rockville Pike at tea time, you'll know why we do it then."

-- Michael O'Sullivan