“Blues Never Lets Tragedy Have the Last Word”
– Wynton Marsalis 

Shades of Blues was a celebration of the blues held throughout our 2016–2017 season. These pages are being kept for archival and educational purposes—we hope you find the educational content useful, and that you’ll join us at Strathmore many more times!

Shades of Blues is a musical exploration of the great American art form and international language known as the blues. At Strathmore, we believe in the power of art to heal, to lift us up from the difficulties of life. And nothing can do that like the blues. Music so powerful it’s lived on, thrived, and transformed through more than a century of turmoil and change in our country. Now well into the 21st century, we are surrounded by an incredible landscape of performing artists harnessing the transformative power of the blues.

This season, we’ll celebrate the many shades of blues with an amazing lineup of artists. All Rise, Wynton Marsalis’s 12-movement masterwork, draws inspiration from the blues to create a musical journey with classical, spiritual, and jazz elements. The debut performance of Gerald Clayton’s Piedmont Blues Project brings deep research into the Piedmont blues to the stage with a beautiful multimedia musical performance. Ladies Sing the Blues, a project of Jazz at Lincoln Center, celebrates the great blueswomen Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Ethel Waters. Eclectic performances in the Mansion and at AMP offer a taste of everything from gospel blues to country blues, and offer a fascinating and foot-tapping sample of this foundational art form. Education programs, films, and visual arts exhibitions will add depth to the experiences provided on stage, rounding out a journey that will leave you humming your blues away.
Read a word from our Artistic Director, Joi Brown

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