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Series Spotlights Area Musicians

By Mark Jones
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 3, 2005; Page GZ09

A new Wednesday night concert series is underway at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda, featuring area performers of jazz, rock, hip-hop, classical and other music.

The After Hours Concert Series replaces another weekly series of concerts, the Washington Area Music Timeline series, that led up to the opening of the Music Center at Strathmore. The concerts, which begin at 7:30 p.m., are held in the 60-seat Dorothy M. and Maurice C. Shapiro Music Room.

Strathmore's new Wednesday night concert series will feature a performance April 6 by Dead Men's Hollow. (Music Center At Strathmore)

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"When the Timeline concert series concluded with the opening of the new music arts center, we still had a contingent of people who were coming out because of the regularity of the music," said Shelly Brown, Strathmore's vice president of programming. "We wanted to continue a musical program that moved past the history and moved into the contemporary with musicians who are in the area doing great work. . . . There is such a dynamic vibrant community of interesting musicians. We are trying to show people who haven't been presented at Strathmore recently," Brown said.

On Wednesday, the Alexandria Kleztet will perform original compositions that blend klezmer with jazz and blues. Group member Seth Kibel, a multi-instrumentalist, was recognized last year as the best world music instrumentalist in the Washington area.

On March 16, soprano Sarah Elizabeth Wolfson and baritone Lee Poulis will perform classical works by Charles Griffes, John Corigliano, Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert. Wolfson is a recent graduate of the Julliard School of Music and a member of the Florida Grand Opera Young Artists Program. Poulis performed the role of Senator Raitcliffe in "Democracy" this season with the Washington National Opera.

Other show dates include:

• March 23: The four-member Ko'mm Percussion group from the Levine School of Music will present two new pieces composed by two of its members.

• March 30: Saxophonists Buck Hill and Al Williams will perform jazz music.

• April 6: Dead Men's Hollow will give an acoustic performance featuring southern gospel and country blues tunes.

• April 13: Pete and Maura Kennedy, former members of Nanci Griffith's band, will play acoustic pop.

• April 20: Winners of the Washington International String Competition will perform.

• April 27: The Commitment quartet will play soul.

• May 4: Lisa Moscatiello, Jon Nazdin, Harry Appleman, Robbie Magruder and Eric Wenberg will play folk music.

• May 18: The Mountain Stage New Song Competition will feature country and folk singers.

• May 25: Percussionist Maurice Lyle and his trio will perform jazz.

Tickets are $10. For more information, call 301-581-5100 or go to www.strathmore.org.

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