Strathmore Announces 25 New Shows for 2023-2024 Music Center Season

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Diverse lineup of performances for all ages features Broadway legends, international icons, festive holiday favorites, and more

(North Bethesda, MD) – Strathmore today announced its 2023-2024 Music Center season with 25 new performances featuring a diverse lineup of artists from all over the world. Tickets go on sale to the public on June 2 at

“At Strathmore, we’re committed to partnering with new artists on their journey to building large audiences. This season, we’re excited to support musicians such as Fatoumata Diawara, Makaya McCraven, and Emmet Cohen at a time when their work is gaining momentum and traction,” says Artistic Director and Vice President of Programming Joi Brown. “It is also such a thrill that Terence Blanchard will be on stage playing his own music in a concert version of his opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which was the Met Opera’s first post-pandemic production and first by a Black composer. The April performance will also feature his core music collaborators, guest vocalists, and incredible multimedia.  

In September, Itzhak Perlman and guests take the stage for a live presentation of the violin virtuoso’s Emmy Award-winning PBS special, In the Fiddler’s House. Gipsy Kings, led by co-founder Nicolas Reyes, returns to the Music Center in October, and November kicks off with family-favorite Air Play, a wordless circus-style adventure that fills the hall with laughter. The year ends with a busy December of holiday programming, including The Hip Hop Nutcracker and Strathmore Artist-in-Residence alum Seán Heely’s Celtic Christmas.

Next year, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis celebrates the centennial of drummer Max Roach, Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody spill marital secrets on Valentine’s Day, and Emmet Cohen brings his beloved streaming series, Live from Emmet’s Place, to the stage. At the end of April is Terence Blanchard’s “opera in jazz,” Fire Shut Up in My Bones, The Metropolitan Opera’s first work written by an African American composer.

Dance highlights throughout the season include the Romeo & Juliet-inspired Beyond Babel—featuring music from Billie Eilish, Mumford & Sons, Chance the Rapper, and more—as well as performances by Drum TAO and Ballet Hispánico.

Strathmore’s flexible programming schedule allows it to continually book performances throughout the year, capitalizing on artist availability and new touring acts. Additional 2023-2024 season shows will continue to be announced. Check the calendar for updates.

View the full schedule of 2023-2024 Music Center performances to date here.

2023-2024 Music Center Season

Get Happy! Michael Feinstein Celebrates the Judy Garland Centennial
Sep 21, 2023
Join singer, pianist, and “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” Michael Feinstein on a musical journey through the career of Judy Garland.

Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler’s House
Sep 28, 2023
Almost 30 years after his Emmy-winning PBS special of the same name, Itzhak Perlman takes his energetic klezmer concert on the road.

Fatoumata Diawara
Sep 29, 2023
Malian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist, Diawara’s boldly experimental music defines her as the voice of young African womanhood.

Anoushka Shankar
Oct 6, 2023
Sitarist Anoushka Shankar leads a dynamic quintet of London’s best musicians performing her new releases and older gems. Co-presented with Washington Performing Arts.

Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes
Oct 13, 2023
The Grammy-winning Gipsy Kings fuse flamenco, salsa, and pop in an energetic show that gets audiences dancing.

Hiromi’s Sonicwonder
Oct 19, 2023
Accomplished jazz pianist Hiromi and her electrified quartet Sonicwonder showcase their unique genres to create a vibrant and cinematic musical experience.

Brian Stokes Mitchell
Oct 21, 2023
Tony-winning baritone Brian Stokes Mitchell sings Broadway classics and contemporary favorites.

Piaf! The Show
Oct 28, 2023
Theatrical production capturing the legendary career of French singer Edith Piaf, portrayed by the incomparable Nathalie Lermitte.

Ranky Tanky with Very Special Guest Ms. Lisa Fischer
Nov 3, 2023
Ambassadors of West African-rooted Gullah music join the soulful Lisa Fischer for a lively concert experience.

Air Play
Nov 11, 2023 (two shows!)
Umbrellas fly, fabrics soar, and snow swirls. Performed without words, Air Play is part comedy, part sculpture, part circus, and part theater.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
Dec 1, 2023
The magic of the holiday season comes alive with Mannheim Steamroller’s beloved Christmas music and dazzling multimedia effects.

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2023
Dec 3, 2023
Jazz saxophonist Dave Koz brings his 26th annual Christmas tour to Strathmore, a must-see staple of the holiday season.

Seán Heely’s Celtic Christmas
Dec 8, 2023
Award-winning fiddler Seán Heely leads a journey through the winter traditions of Scotland and Ireland, featuring bagpipes and traditional dancers.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker with Guest MC Kurtis Blow
Dec 19-22, 2023
The Hip Hop Nutcracker reimagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score with explosive hip-hop choreography, all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ, and an electronic violinist.

Drum TAO 2024
Jan 20, 2024
The drum-and-dance ensemble pairs traditional Japanese percussion with intense physicality for a dynamic, one-of-a-kind instrumental performance.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Max Roach at 100
Jan 26, 2024
Led by Wynton Marsalis, the JLCO celebrates the centennial of drummer Max Roach and his dedication to social justice through music.

Ballet Hispánico
Feb 8, 2024
Ballet Hispánico celebrates and explores Latino culture through bold and eclectic contemporary dance. Co-presented with CityDance.

An Evening with Mandy Patinkin & Kathryn Grody
Feb 14, 2024
Multitalented couple Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody share stories about love, life, and work.

Beyond Babel
Feb 16, 2024
Critically acclaimed dance theater production tells a contemporary tale of division and lost love inspired by Romeo & Juliet.

Makaya McCraven: In These Times
Feb 23, 2024
Prolific drummer, producer, and composer Makaya McCraven performs post-genre, jazz-rooted, 21st-century folk music.

Mar 1, 2024
Internationally acclaimed quartet DakhaBrakha mixes Ukrainian folk music with global inspirations.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Mar 8, 2024
South African a cappella vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo spreads a message of peace, hope, and love through exquisitely harmonized song and dance.

Arturo Sandoval & Pedrito Martinez
Mar 10, 2024
Two of the world’s most prolific Cuban musicians, percussionist Pedrito Martinez and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, come together for an unforgettable performance.

Emmet Cohen: Live from Emmet’s Place
Mar 15, 2024
Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist and bandleader Emmet Cohen is known for both his dynamic compositions and celebrations of the great jazz masters.

Terence Blanchard: Fire Shut Up in My Bones
Apr 26, 2024
A concert production of Terence Blanchard’s “opera in jazz” masterpiece, the first work written by an African American composer to be performed at The Metropolitan Opera, featuring an incredible ensemble and guest singers. Co-presented with Washington Performing Arts.

About Strathmore

Strathmore is a multidimensional creative anchor in the community, where everyone can connect with the arts, and artists can explore their full potential.

A 501(c)3 nonprofit, Strathmore presents hundreds of performances, visual arts, and education programs, annually, for diverse audiences on its Montgomery County, Maryland, campus and in the community.

All of Strathmore’s facilities are Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accredited. 


PJ Feinstein
Director of Communications