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An exploration of diverse perspectives

At Strathmore, we believe in the potential of music and art to break down barriers and build understanding between people of different backgrounds. Particularly, we have been talking a lot about the power of live performance to open up a window into the perspectives of people from different places, cultures, and eras.

The artists highlighted in our Windows series take us on a journey through distinctive places and stories, giving us a glimpse into worlds we might not typically encounter. Their music illuminates for us the singular, specific sound of a language, region, and musical traditions. At the same time, this music explores universal themes of humanity to help us find common ground. The people, places, and situations change, but the songs themselves, over and over, reflect themes that are familiar to us all—resilience, family, youthful innocence, restless longing, fear, dreams—highlighting our connections to the past, each other, and the world around us.

To deepen the experience, each Windows performance is accompanied by pre- and postconcert events to deepen the experience. Access to both are free with your concert ticket, but RSVPs for preconcert events are highly recommended, as seating is limited.

Upcoming Windows Performances

Youssou Ndour
Youssou NDOUR, May 29, 2019
Preconcert Event: Music is the Weapon of the People


Musica Cubana
El Gran Festival de Musica Cubana, June 29, 2019
Preconcert Event: Cuban Popular Music and Dance in the 1950s: Discussion and Dance Lesson






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Past Windows Performances

Lila Downs, Oct 20, 2017
Preconcert Lecture: Women Artists on the Intersection of Music, Politics and Identity

DakhaBrakha, November 17, 2017
Preconcert Lecture: The Path of the Artist in Times of Conflict

Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Feb 2, 2018
Preconcert Lecture: Jazz & The American Conscience

Niyaz, March 16, 2018
Preconcert Lecture: Sufism: Ancient, Appropriated, Alive

Goran Bregović, Oct 28, 2018
Preconcert Lecture: Contemporary Balkan Music

Aida Cuevas, Nov 8, 2018
Preconcert Event: Peligrosa: Women Musicians Breaking Ground 

Step Afrika!, Jan 20, 2019
Preconcert Event: Step Afrika! The Next 25 Years

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Feb 8, 2019
Preconcert Event: The Long Walk Goes On

Gina Chavez, April 7
Postconcert Event: Q&A with Gina Chavez

Caetano, Moreno, Zeca & Tom Veloso, April 15, 2019
Preconcert Event: What's Old is New Again: Caetano Veloso Speaking Out. 

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