Mona M. Rock
Community Concerts feature African drumming, jazz, and folk-rock beginning in March
(NORTH BETHESDA, MD) - Strathmore has announced new concerts in its monthly Bloom series at Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center from March 12 through September 10, 2022. The extraordinary outreach effort, in partnership with Montgomery County Recreation, captures the essence of Strathmore’s role in the community by helping the arts thrive and ensuring everyone has a chance to experience them.
“Our Bloom programs are designed to bring the arts to the communities beyond our campus,” said Lauren Campbell, Vice President of Education & Community Engagement at Strathmore. “It is not by coincidence that 70 percent of our creative partnerships are not on our campus, but in neighborhoods where residents may not visit our buildings.”
Each concert will be held at the Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Sat. March 12, 2022 | 5pm
Influenced by both youth orchestra and popular music growing up, Wytold’s original music blends classical, pop, rock, jazz, and world styles. With his electrified chamber sound, he is as comfortable in rock clubs as he is in concert halls.
Sat. April 9, 2022 | 5pm
Contemporary flutist Ceylon Mitchell is a musician, educator, entrepreneur, and arts advocate. He is driven by his mission of keeping classical music alive, authentic, and accessible with programming and performances that promote traditionally marginalized communities, especially Black and Latinx cultural identities.
Sat. May 14, 2022 | 5pm
Argentine guitarist and composer Cristian Perez weaves together genres from throughout the world to reveal the universality of music. With a strong foundation in classical, jazz and South American music, he crafts a singular voice, rich in sensitivity and nuance, that freely explores the possibilities of music as an art form.
Sat. June 11, 2022 | 5pm
Folk-rock singer-songwriter Calista Garcia brings a mix of complexity and sophistication to her confessional musings that carry a hint of pop and blues. As seen on Season 16 of NBC’s “The Voice,” her style hearkens back to 70s classic acts such as Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Paul Simon, and Joni Mitchell, but with a fresh and modern twist.
Sat. June 25, 2022 | 5pm
Jazz composer, pianist, music director, vocalist, jazz instructor, and actor Mark G. Meadows will pay tribute to the legendary Stevie Wonder. Attendees will rock out to favorites like “Superstitious,” “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “Higher Ground,” and more.
Sat. July 9, 2022 | 5pm
Up-and-coming jazz pianist Ellington Carthan boast a diverse career including performing, teaching, producing, and composing. Ellington holds dual degrees in jazz studies and music technology. Like his mentor, celebrated pianist Cyrus Chestnut, he enjoys mixing genres and resists being typecast.
Sat. July 23, 2022 | 5pm
Travel back to the times of bell-bottoms, go-go boots, and disco fever of the 70s with long-time D.C. resident Debórah Bond and her band. She has become an integral part of the fabric of the worldwide indie-soul scene after growing up absorbing the golden age sounds of the 70s and 80s soul music that bellowed through her childhood home in New Haven, CT.
Sat. August 13, 2022 | 5pm
Born in Washington, DC, Uasuf Gueye belongs to a family of Nguewel/Diali (oral historians and musicians) and began studying Manding and Wolof music at a young age. He is a dynamic djembe and dundun drummer, skilled instrument craftsman, and 21-key bala player.
Sat., September 10, 2022| 5pm
Strathmore Artist in Residence Alumna AYO and her band will rock the house with a fun evening of classic rock hits like Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” James Taylor’s "Fire and Rain" and Queen’s "Fat Bottomed Girls."
Each concert is pay what you can and open to the public. RSVP’s are recommended.
Through Bloom, Strathmore provides free and low-cost events, extending resources throughout the county, and collaborating with partners who make an impact.
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 www.strathmore.org.