Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Events and Performances

Family Fun at Montpelier!

The Montpelier Arts Center is pleased to present exciting Saturday morning programs that the entire family will enjoy. This diverse and educational series will give children and their families the opportunity to attend interactive and educational live performances at the Montpelier Arts Center. Designed to engage and entertain these performances are a fun way for families to be together, learn together, listen together and make memories together.

New ticket subscription plan!

Buy tickets for any six jazz, folk, or blues concerts and get a seventh $25 concert free. Call the arts center at 301-377-7800 or 410-792-0664 for details.

The Montpelier Classical Recital Series
Sunday, November 17, 3 pm
Sharon Cheng, soprano

With an exciting and securely produced voice, soprano Sharon Cheng made her U.S. professional debut in 2009 with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Cheng recently starred in two sold-out performances of Lucia di Lammermoor for Baltimore Concert Opera, and has also successfully portrayed a wide variety of operatic roles, garnering praise for her “comic talent and dazzling high notes” (Taminophile, 2011).

All recitalists are winners of the 2013-2014 Classical Recital Competition. This year’s winners were chosen by a committee comprised of members of the U.S. Army Field Band, out of Fort Meade, MD. Please call the Arts Center at 301-377-7800 to make a reservation. Concerts are free, but a $5 donation is suggested.

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, April 11, 8 pm
Sherry Winston, Contemporary Jazz Flute

Sherry Winston, Contemporary Jazz FluteWith her jazz flute, Sherry Winston’s instrumentation is both classical and innovative. Winston has performed with music icon Stevie Wonder, and for former Presidents Clinton and Bush. A multi-Grammy nominee, educator, and performer, Winston crafts her contemporary jazz stylings with delicate balance. She has received critical acclaim from around the world.
Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors


Special Events at Montpelier
Saturday, April 19, 1 pm
Earth Day Celebration / The Man Who Planted Trees

Earth Day Celebration / The Man Who Planted TreesEnjoy a FREE screening of the Oscar winning animated short film, The Man Who Planted Trees, by master animator Frédéric Back, and then, join us for a fun and educational Earth Day activity for the whole family!

In 1910, a young man hikes alone through Provence, France, and into the Alps, enjoying the relatively unspoiled wilderness. He runs out of water in a treeless, dried-up area where only wild lavender grows, but is saved by a middle-aged shepherd, Elzéard Bouffier, who brings him to a spring. Over four decades of time, the man finds himself returning again and again, each time rediscovering the landscape as it transforms from a desolate valley into a magnificent sylvan paradise as the shepherd Bouffier plants trees, one by one.
This event is FREE, and includes snacks and soft drinks.


LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, April 25, 8 pm
Big Daddy Stallings, Blues Vocalist

Big Daddy Stallings, Blues VocalistSince 2004 “Big Daddy” Stallings has been delivering his “Good Time Bluez with a Twist” to audiences from the mid-Atlantic to Melbourne, Australia via radio and live performances. Raised in North Carolina with ten siblings, he lived the blues every day, turning to music for his escape. He’s shared the stage with many artists, including Michael Burks, Pinetop Perkins, Bernard Allison, Magic Slim, the Holmes Brothers and Mark Hummel.
Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors



The Montpelier Classical Recital Series
Saturday, April 26, 12 am
Woobin Park, piano

Woobin Park, pianoPraised for her commanding stage presence and elegant musicianship, pianist Woobin Park has performed throughout the U.S and Korea. She recently held concerts at Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall in New York, the Strathmore Mansion and Steinway Gallery in Maryland, and Seoul Arts Center in Korea. Dr. Park has collaborated as a soloist with the University of Minnesota Orchestra, the Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota and the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea.

All recitalists are winners of the 2013-2014 Classical Recital Competition. This year’s winners were chosen by a committee comprised of members of the U.S. Army Field Band, out of Fort Meade, MD. Please call the Arts Center at 301-377-7800 to make a reservation. Concerts are free, but a $5 donation is suggested.

Special Events at Montpelier
Saturday, April 26, 10 am-4 pm (Held rain or shine)
Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts

Hosted by Montpelier Arts Center and Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site, celebrate spring at this fun festival for the entire family! Listen to live music, visit the resident artists’ studios, watch art demonstrations, paint the bird and enjoy other creative activities. Stroll the Arts Center’s galleries and view exhibits by Katherine Mann, Janet Matthews and Carolyn Romano. At 12 noon, enjoy a concert by Woobin Park.

Documentaries at Montpelier
Sunday, April 27, 1 pm
Celebrate International Dance Day: Ballets Russes

Celebrate International Dance Day: Ballets RussesUsing a treasure trove of archival footage, filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine have fashioned a dazzlingly entrancing ode to the revolutionary twentieth-century dance troupe of Russian refugees who consumed London society before World War II. Starting from the company’s beginnings in turn-of-the-century Paris, to its halcyon days in the 1930s and ‘40s, to its disintegration in the 1960s, Ballets Russes paints an intimate portrait of a group of pioneering artists who gave birth to modern ballet.
Tickets: $5/person


LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, May 2, 8 pm
Margot MacDonald, Indie-Pop Rock Vocalist

Margot MacDonald, Indie-Pop Rock VocalistSongwriter, vocalist, live looper and one-woman band Margot MacDonald gives haunting and powerful performances that make you forget about technology as you lose yourself in layers of lush vocals and striking melodies. She is the current Washington Area Music Association “Artist of the Year,” a recipient of D.C.’s Power 30 Under 30 award, an Artist-in-Residence alumna at the Music Center at Strathmore and has been featured at TEDx.
Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors


Special Events at Montpelier
Saturday, May 3, 11 am
Celebrate National Fitness Month / Pen & Pose: A Workshop in Yoga and Writing

Our stories often lie hidden not just in our grey matter, but in our muscles, glands, guts and breath. The creative work of both yoga and writing can illuminate pathways into feelings, memories and images stored deep within our bodies. In this unique workshop, poet and yoga teacher Yael Flusberg will lead you through yoga practices interspersed with writing exercises to help you mine your inner riches. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a mat and your favorite notebook and pen.
Ages 18 & up; FREE



Smooth Sounds for Seniors at Montpelier
Thursday, May 8, 12 am
Sounds Like Etta

Visit Montpelier this spring for a fun, new series of special programs just for seniors ages 60 & better!

You’ll be mesmerized by the rich and amazing sounds of Etta Duren, a fantastic vocalist who’ll perform popular R&B and jazz selections made famous by Martha Reeves, Gladys Knight and of course, Etta James.
Tickets: $12/person


LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, May 9, 8 pm
Walt Michael, Folk/Bluegrass/Celtic

Walt Michael, Folk/Bluegrass/CelticIn his forty years as a performer, musician, vocalist, recording artist, composter, band leader, educator and artistic director, Walt Michael has established himself as an expressive performer of the hammered dulcimer. Walt Michael and his band continue to cross barriers, tastefully and successfully blending tradition with innovation.
This performance is supported by a Maryland State Arts Council Maryland Touring Grants Program.
Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors


LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, May 16, 8 pm
Cyrus Chestnut, Jazz Piano

Cyrus Chestnut, Jazz PianoCyrus Chestnut constructs melodies that tell stories on the black and white keys of the piano, based on experiences he’s seen, felt and heard. Chestnut’s brand of crisp articulation and blues-influenced harmony evokes another era, skillfully blending sounds while unabashedly bringing gospel into his club performances.
Tickets: $30/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors


Special Events at Montpelier
Saturday, May 24, 11 am
Celebrate National Fitness Month / The Art of Yoga

Enjoy an hour-long yoga class in the beautiful galleries of Montpelier Arts Center. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes. Following the class, explore the art exhibitions in the galleries or discover the gorgeous grounds of Montpelier.
Ages 18 & up; FREE


Special Events at Montpelier
Saturday, May 31, 5 pm
Resonance of South Asia with Sitar

Enjoy a sitar concert in honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. This program features a display of traditional tapestries and saris/fabrics from South Asia and connects the music and traditions of Indian classical music with raag-mala paintings, a Saari exhibition and cuisine of the land.
Tickets: $20/person


Smooth Sounds for Seniors at Montpelier
Thursday, June 5, 12 am
Chuck Fisher Performs Country

Chuck Fisher Performs CountryVisit Montpelier this spring for a fun, new series of special programs just for seniors ages 60 & better!

Hee haw in your cowboy hat while you listen to the smooth sounds of Chuck Fisher singing a variety of traditional and contemporary country western selections.
Tickets: $12/person