Strathmore Presents Artist in Residence Langston Hughes II

Langston Hughes II 21021 188 By Margot Schulman

Jazz Saxophonist Hughes performs February 9 and 23 at AMP

Mona Rock
Director of Communications
(301) 581-5193

(NORTH BETHESDA, MD)- Strathmore’s Artist in Residence (AIR) season continues with jazz saxophonist Langston Hughes II as he presents performances as a member of 2022 cohort –February 9 and 23 at 8 p.m. at AMP by Strathmore, in North Bethesda’s Pike and Rose. On February 16 at 7:30 p.m., he will conduct a special workshop, Finding Your Sound: Discovering the Voice in Your Instrument at Strathmore’s historic Mansion.

His artistic mission is to develop a voice that has a profound spiritual and emotional impact on his listeners.

“One of my artistic inspirations is [jazz saxophonist] Joshua Redman. Redman has a way of capturing the life of whatever music he plays,” said Hughes. “I also admire how he doesn’t put his abilities on the instrument before the music. Instead, he uses his abilities on the instrument to enhance the music.”

Recognized for various competitions and achievements, Hughes has been a featured soloist for the United States Army Blues Orchestra, a Gold medal winner in NAACP's National ACT-SO Competition, and he has earned multiple soloist awards from organizations ranging from FAME (Foundation for the Advancement of Music) to Berklee College of Music.

Hughes, who is also a flutist, bandleader, and composer, is studying jazz saxophone at Howard University under the tutelage of esteemed professor Charlie Young III and other noted faculty such as Saïs Kamalidiin and Cyrus Chestnut.

Langston’s residency is sponsored by Daniel and Sarah Gallagher, Richard and Melba Reichard, & HelenLouise Pettis.

Strathmore graciously thanks our Artist in Residence Champions for their multi-year commitment and above-and-beyond support to the AIR program.

Langston Hughes II, Jazz saxophonist
Wednesday, February 9 and 23, 2022, 8:00pm
Location: AMP by Strathmore in Pike & Rose

Finding Your Sound: Discovering the Voice in Your Instrument
Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 7:30pm
Location: Mansion at Strathmore
Tickets: Pay What You Can

Click here to see a video of Langston Hughes II in performance.


Founded in 2005, the Strathmore Artist in Residence program has mentored 100 young musicians, ages 16–32. Each year, six artists are chosen through a competitive selection process. Over the course of 10 months, they benefit from the support of mentor musicians, 30 hours of professional development seminars, and performance opportunities—including residency concerts at Strathmore. The AIR program is part of Strathmore’s Institute for Artistic and Professional Development.


Strathmore presents and produces exemplary visual and performing arts programs for diverse audiences; creates dynamic arts education experiences; and nurtures creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts. 

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

Proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test, and facemasks are required to attend any performance or event inside any of its buildings.

For further information or tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit