- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 6, 2002

Strathmore Hall's free summer concert series, which dates back to 1985, is under way with 16 offerings at the Bethesda arts center.
The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday through August.
Havana Son will bring to life the sounds of Cuba next Tuesday in the "Summer Sounds 2002" programming. Other groups in the program's lineup include Sharon Katz and the Peace Train, an Afro-jazz-folk-rock-fusion band from South Africa, on July 16; the Blues Blasters, an international group with a Spanish groove, July 23; and singer-songwriter Bill Parsons of Takoma Park, July 30.
Others are Greenfire, of Baltimore, consisting of Ken Kolodner and Laura Rusk on the hammered dulcimer and fiddles, Aug. 6; the country-rock band Last Train Home of Arlington, Aug. 13; and the Air Force's Airmen of Note, with an evening of jazz on Aug. 20.
July's "Summer Serenades" series on Thursday nights includes classical music from Solid Brass, of New York City, this Thursday, the National Chamber Orchestra on July 18 and the Gypsy Strings on July 25.
August's Thursday night "Summer Strumming" series highlights folk music. It features the Chris Norman Ensemble playing music from Nova Scotia on Aug. 1, Bob Perillla's Big Hillbilly Bluegrass on Aug. 8, singer-songwriter Barbara Martin from the Shenandoah Valley on Aug. 15, and Clandestine, which will present Texan Celtic music on Aug. 22.
Dinner, plus Ben & Jerry's ice cream, is available on Tuesday nights from O'Brien's Pit Barbecue and on Thursday nights from Classic Catering People, beginning at 6:30 pm. Parking is only permitted along Tuckerman Lane and in the Grosvenor/Strathmore Metro parking lot.
Guests also can view the visual arts exhibits in the Strathmore Hall Arts Center mansion.
The "Common Bond" art show, a diverse collection of black American artwork, runs through July 13. "Shades of Pastel" featuring soft pastel works by Mid-Atlantic artists, runs July 19 to Aug. 31. Open concurrently will be the "Washington Water Color Club Exhibition."
Shelley Brown, Strathmore's director of marketing, says the summer concert series "gives patrons of visual arts a chance to sample music and patrons of music to sample visual arts."
Call 301/530-0540 for information.

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