Posted on | April 14, 2016 | Comments Off on Classical Meets ‘Pop’ – a father/daughter Duo debuts in Redmond OR
Recently Mike and daughter Elizabeth debuted their new show Classical Meets ‘Pop’ in Redmond OR in two concerts to two full house audiences in the new state-of-the-art Ridgeview High School Performing Arts theater. The show was a big hit and here’s a video of some of the highlights.
Posted on | January 21, 2016 | Comments Off on Mike performs in the Whisperings Concert Sunday January 24th (watch it LIVE!)
Mike will be one of the sixteen artists featured. Here’s the information:
The 2016 Whisperings Solo Piano “All-Star” Concert will be Video Broadcast LIVE over the INTERNET! That means that you can watch the concert right from the comfort of home! So MARK YOUR CALENDAR! The live video broadcast is THIS Sunday, January 24th at 6:00 PM EST (3 PM PST). This is your ONLY chance to see the concert live, as it happens!
The concert will feature performances by 16 of your favorite Whisperings piano artists, INCLUDING performances from all the Whisperings Solo Piano Album of the Year finalists! At the end of the show we will announce the winner of the Whisperings Album of the Year and present the award to them.
While there’s nothing like being there in person and feeling that amazing energy… if you can’t be there, at least you can watch it live as it happens right from your web browser!
How to watch the live video stream? We are broadcasting the event via the Concert Window web site. The process to tune in and watch couldn’t be easier. If you have any trouble at all (which isn’t likely), a technician from Concert Window is available via a chat window to help you in real time. You’ll also be able to chat with other viewers as the concert is happening… It’s one big online party celebrating the very best of Whisperings Solo Piano Radio! Please join us!
What’s it cost to watch? The concert is pay per view. “Tickets” to watch the show are just $5.
Just click HERE to go to the Concert Window page for Whisperings! Purchase your ticket anytime (now, or when the concert starts at 6 PM EST Sunday) to gain access to the live concert feed. Get your ticket and you can “be there” virtually!
Posted on | July 25, 2015 | Comments Off on August 1st – Mike performs for Homeward Bound Pets 40th Anniversary Ruby Gala
Saturday August 1st from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the McMinnville’s Grand Ballroom. Event Tickets $50 Each. Buy tickets here
Bid on the trip of a lifetime to Zulu Nyala Game Reserve! Photo safari in South Africa for TWO! Four trips available. 7 days and 6 nights at the beautiful Heritage Safari Game Lodge, with all meals included, with daily morning and evening game-drives in covered open-air jeeps. 250 miles SE of Johannesburg, where “Out of Africa” was filmed!
Featuring: Mike Strickland at the piano along with his dog ‘Bo’ singing newly released “Little Dog” tune.
Also preforming will be Tobaj with his inspiring guitar and expressive vocals!
Delectable food by Harvest Fresh!
Be entertained auctioneer Sam Lee at our live auction!
Raffle tickets will be available for $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00 for an unbelievable selection of prizes. Heavy appetizers, no host bar.
Tickets available at Homeward Bound Pets Thrift Shop, Homeward Bound Pets Adoption Shelter, Natures Pet Market
Posted on | June 5, 2015 | Comments Off on Mike’s new CD “Fantasy” awarded Album of the Year!
To hear samples from “Fantasy” and order your copy please click here.
Kathy Parsons from Mainly Piano writes:
I have never awarded “Album of the Year” status to one recording because I always have several favorites for the year, but I think I’m going to have to make an exception with Mike Strickland’s Fantasy. My one-word review of this incredible solo piano album is “WOW!!!” I’ve been listening to his music for years (this is his twenty-second release), so I know what an amazing pianist/composer he is, but Fantasy still took me by surprise. Even the sound quality of the album is superlative with a warmth that is never too bright even at the top end of the piano. Strickland did it all on this recording – compose, perform, record, engineer, mix, master and produce – and again, I am blown away. Strickland is incredibly versatile – from jazz to classical to new age, pop and everything in between – and this album has a really nice mix of styles that maintain a wonderful mood while showcasing a broad range of what he can do at the piano. (There are no blues or boogie tunes this time, but if that’s what you crave, check out Strickland’s 2011 Mississippi Boy!). I’ve been listening to this album while working on the computer and in the evening while doing some quiet odds and ends, and while it provides a rich backdrop, this isn’t music that stays in the background – it’s too good for that and needs to be savored and appreciated.
Fantasy begins with the title track, my favorite track on the album and possibly my favorite track of the year (there is sheet music available for this piece and I’m going to dive into it as soon as I can clear off an hour or so to sit at the piano!). Haunting and mysterious, I love every note of this piece and can’t keep my finger away from the “repeat” button. “Waterfall Etude” requires an amazing piano as well as an amazing pianist with a 48-note pattern on the right hand and a 40-note pattern on the left that passes through all twelve key signatures. The quickly flowing notes and non-stop motion evoke images of cascading waterfalls. Another beauty! “Anthem” was originally composed for piano and orchestra, but Strickland performs it here as a solo that celebrates some of his musical heroes, including Rachmaninoff, John Williams, and Burt Bacharach. It’s a very powerful and impressive showpiece. “I’m Home” also has sheet music and is much simpler with a sweet, “homey” spirit that just feels good. “Time” returns to lush minor-key splendor that is both poignant and soothing. Love it! At 1 1/2 minutes, “Early Evening” is perfect in its brevity and beautiful expressiveness. “A New Day” overflows with hope and optimism while conveying the peacefulness of early morning. “The King” is a gorgeous, heartfelt tribute to Strickland’s beloved father. “Song For Keith” is a wonderful jazz ballad dedicated to Keith Jarrett. “Memories of You” is almost heart-breaking with its deep emotion and sense of loss – another “wow!” “Till We Meet Again” could easily support lyrics, but the expressive melody says it all without words and brings this extraordinary album to a close. I don’t think this album will ever find a place on my shelves – gotta keep it handy!
Mike Strickland has totally hit it out of the park with Fantasy and I give it my highest recommendation. It is available from Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby and of course this website!. This is a must-hear!
Posted on | June 5, 2015 | Comments Off on New sheet music published! “Memories of You”
Mike’s original song “Memories of You” has been transcribed and is now available in a lovely hard copy edition only available on this site. This song appears on his recently released CD entitled “Fantasy”. To hear and see a sample as well as order the sheet music, please click here.
Posted on | January 3, 2015 | 4 Comments
Here’s a new video of Mike’s new song ‘Little Dog’. He wrote it for Bo who really helped us through Sadie’s last months.
Posted on | December 3, 2014 | Comments Off on Alfred Publishing to add Mike’s “Music In My Soul” to their catalog.
I’m excited to announce that my choir piece “Music In My Soul” was recently signed by Alfred Publishing (the worldwide leader in educational music publishing since 1922) and will be in their spring catalog 2015. Now schools nationally and internationally will be able to choose from 3 different arrangements (SATB, 2pt and 3pt voicings) of this song!
To those of you who haven’t heard this song, check it out!
Posted on | September 15, 2014 | Comments Off on Upcoming solo piano concert October 7th in Roseburg OR
Solo Piano Concert with Mike Strickland, Roseburg OR
October 7th, 2014, 7:30 pm
Presented by the Umpqua Symphony Association
Umpqua Community College, 1140 Umpqua College Rd Roseburg, OR 97470
Join Mike for a special solo piano concert featuring special guest TBA.
Posted on | May 14, 2014 | Comments Off on Concert Thursday May 15 in the Tri-Cities WA featuring “Music In My Soul”
Community Concerts of the Tri-Cities will present Mike Strickland in a concert this Thursday, May 15th at 7:30 PM. The venue is the Richland High School Auditorium. 930 Long Ave, Richland, WA 99352. This concert will feature 2 guest choirs and a special up and coming young vocalist! Also featured will be Mike’s choir hit “Music In My Soul”.
Posted on | April 14, 2014 | Comments Off on Elizabeth is accepted to Aspen Music Festival and School!
My daughter was recently accepted to the Aspen Music Festival and School! To hear about it and help her with this project, go to http://www.gofundme.com/89q5cs