Shanyse Strickland & Friends

Live at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 8:00pm

Join Chamber Music Pittsburgh for our Just Summer concert on July 11, 2019 featuring Shanyse Strickland & Friends in the ballroom at the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh at 8PM. Strickland, a french hornist, flutist, vocalist, composer and arranger is taking the world by storm with her immense talents. Fascinated by music at a young age, she taught herself to play an abandoned French horn at her elementary school at the age of 10. The rest, as they say, is history. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, and CMP was thrilled to discover her recently. Her multi-genre approach coupled with her impeccable talent make for exciting and unique concert experiences that meld classical, jazz, and other genres. CMP is proud to present this young, emerging artist.

Concert ticket prices are; $25 (cash bar available). Student tickets ($15) are available with a valid, full-time student ID. Sorry, OSHER not accepted. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-624-4129. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability. Doors open at 7:30PM, the concert begins at 8PM.

About The Artist: 

Shanyse Strickland:

Shanyse Strickland is a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in both jazz and classical genres. While French horn is her primary instrument, Strickland plays a variety of woodwind and brass instruments.

Originally from Akron, OH, Shanyse recently obtained her Master of Music at Duquesne University with an emphasis in the French Horn. While attending Duquesne, Strickland studied with Zach Smith, assistant principal horn of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Strickland received her Bachelor of Music degree from Youngstown State University, where she studied with the late, great Bill Slocum, previous principal horn of the New York Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestra.

Strickland has performed with a variety of ensembles and continues to freelance in the greater Pittsburgh area. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she wrote horn lines and played trombone as well as flute for the reuniting Ohio Players, the famous funk group from the 70s. Strickland was the winner of the 2016 Jazz division at the International Horn Symposium (IHS), where she was able to perform with jazz composer David Amram and a host of other jazz hornists. She currently is the flute feature of a local group Level Up Band, where she performs a variety of genres including new-soul, jazz, and R&B. Staying true to her classical music roots, she goes on yearly tours with the Colour of Music Festival, an orchestra compiled of musicians of African descent from all over the world.

Strickland aims to bridge the worlds of classical and jazz music, while also closing the gap that exists between the African American community and classical music. In order to achieve both sides of the spectrum, Strickland plans to release an original EP that takes excerpts from classical music and surrounds them in a neo-soul/jazz context representing the best of both worlds. Using elements of the Western European tradition, Strickland aims to show that African Americans possess the ability to execute classical music well and in a way that does not eliminate the soulful joy that naturally stems from the skin in which they were born. Be on the lookout for her EP release titled Perspectives on July 11th, 2019.