Amanda Gookin

Amanda Gookin

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Thu, February 16, 2023 | 6:30pm & 8:30pm

General Admission $30

Amanda Gookin Headshot With Cello

The Mansion at Strathmore

Run Time

60-70 minutes, no intermission

For this performance, you are encouraged to bring a yoga mat or pillow for floor seating. Chair seating will be available for those who prefer it. Participants will be invited to listen deeply as they are led through a series of exploratory meditations to center the listener’s energy as they focus their breath and reception to sound.

“Meditation on Hildegard” integrates live performance, vibration, nature sounds, and the breath in a musically guided meditation inspired by the mystical medieval writings and music of Hildegard von Bingen and Deep Listening works by Pauline Oliveros and contemplative music for cello by Caroline Shaw, Reena Esmail, and Leilehua Lanzilotti.

Praised for her “expert technical work” (The Strad), cellist Amanda Gookin "pushes Classical forward" (LA Times) and champions the future of music through the creation and bold performance of new works, and a dedication to education, culture, and community engagement. Her initiative, Forward Music Project, commissions new multimedia works for solo cello that elevate stories of feminine empowerment through raw performances and educational initiatives. Since its inception in 2015, FMP has commissioned 18 new works by such composers as Pamela Z, Paola Prestini, Jessie Montgomery, Angélica Negrón, Jessica Meyer, Allison Loggins-Hull, Kamala Sankaram, and Nathalie Joachim. I Care If You Listen has called the project “a premier example of feminist advocacy done right.”


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Strathmore extends its gratitude to Asbury Methodist Village for supporting the Music in the Mansion series.