- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Local, national and international talent will perform a wide range of music styles during the second half of the inaugural season at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda.

Strathmore Hall Foundation, the institution’s founding partner, announced yesterday that there will be something for everyone and for every age. Subscription packages for the half-season, which begins Sept. 23, are available by category or across the field in what is called the Mix It Up Series. The other series are titled Classics, Great American Song, Dance and Family Fun.

Well-known performers include folk star Tom Paxton Sept. 25, Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour Oct. 30, jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman with the newly formed SF Jazz Collective in March and the Flying Karamazov Brothers, also in March.

New offerings include the Washington-area premiere of “Boccatango” by Ballet Argentino Feb. 14 and Masters of Caribbean Music, which will feature, among other names, Trinidad’s Mighty Sparrow Nov. 6.

The Washington Bach Consort will present Johann Sebastian Bach’s complete Mass in B minor on opening night. International orchestras scheduled to appear are the Zurich Chamber Orchestra Oct. 25; the Jerusalem Symphony Feb. 27; and the China National Symphony Orchestra, which concludes the season May 12.

The Great American Song Series features Broadway star Betty Buckley Oct. 15, Michael Feinstein Nov. 4 and Mandy Patinkin performing works by Stephen Sondheim Dec. 15 and 16. In addition to the tango event, the Dance Series has the North Carolina Dance Theatre performing with the band Greasy Beans March 26. Family Fun will have a physical-comedy and circus act called Aga-Boom in a Washington debut April 23.

A live concert based on the 2004 Grammy Award-winning album “Cellabration! A Tribute to Ella Jenkins” will mark the music center’s first anniversary Feb. 5. Participating musicians will include Pete Seeger, Tom Chapin, Tom Paxton and Washington’s own Sweet Honey in the Rock.

For more information, call 301/581-5100 or see www.strathmore.org.

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