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.

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, September 12, 8 pm
Dick Morgan Reunion Band

Dick Morgan was a favorite at Montpelier, delighting fans of all ages with his pianistic virtuosity. Since Dick’s passing, his group has remained together to honor his memory by playing the music Dick was known for. For this special performance, Japanese pianist Tadataka Unno joins them onstage.

Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors


LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, September 19, 8 pm
The Cheikh Ndoye Group

An accomplished musical artist whose music is a rich fusion of jazz and world music, bassist Cheik Ndoye’s musical influences stem from his Senegalese heritage combined with his love for classic and contemporary American jazz. Ndoye will also be performing with violinist Karen Briggs, guitarist Dan Leonard, drummer Tosin, saxophonist Ted Baker, and pianist Ei Staples.

Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors


LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, September 26, 8 pm
Brazil Project featuring Leonardo Lucini

It has been 52 years since Americans first fell in love with Samba and Bossa Nova, and the love affair continues. Brazil Project marries authentic and compelling Brazilian rhythms with contemporary jazz in a memorable way. This performance features virtuoso seven-string bassist and composer Leonardo Lucini from Rio de Janeiro and Canadian saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk, known for his mastery of West African rhythms that fuel the music of both continents. Expect ensemble playing and out-of-sight solos.

Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors


Special Events at Montpelier
Saturday, September 27, 2 pm
One Maryland One Book Discussion: The Distance Between Us

In its seventh year, One Maryland One Book is designed to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book. The 2014 One Maryland One Book selection is The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande, a poignant memoir of life before and after entering the U.S. from Mexico as an undocumented immigrant. Come to Montpelier Arts Center and join this lively book discussion.
FREE


LIVE at Montpelier!
Saturday, October 4, 7 pm
Harold López-Nussa Trio

Cuban-born pianist Harold López-Nussa began piano studies at age eight at the Manuel Saumell Conservatory. In 2005, Harold gained international attention by taking first place in the Solo Piano Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and in 2011, the French Music Association awarded him “Jazz Talent 2011.” As a film composer, Harold received the award for Best Original Soundtrack at the 9th New Filmmakers Exhibit for his music in the Cuban documentary Salvador de Cojímar, by director Ernesto Sánchez. López-Nussa fuses his classical training and love of jazz with his Cuban roots, playing with dazzling technique and an abundance of soul.

Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors


LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, October 10, 8 pm
Davey Yarborough and Esther Williams

Audience favorites husband-and-wife duo Davey Yarborough and Esther Williams bring their soulful blend of jazz and original songwriting to the Montpelier stage. Davey is a music studies teacher at Duke Ellington School for the Arts, and Esther is a long time musical stage actress. They have performed up and down the East Coast, including the Kennedy Center, the Savoy in New York, and the East Coast Jazz Festival.

Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors


Special Events at Montpelier
October 11, 11 am-2 pm
Montpelier Fall Festival

Celebrate fall at the second annual Montpelier Fall Festival! Paint pumpkins, create autumn-themed crafts, have your face painted, skate in the skate mobile, and have loads of family fun! Bring a large paper shopping bag to Montpelier, and carry it with you as you create fun art projects at different stations throughout the arts center. You’ll go home with a bag full of souvenirs to remember this day of art!

FREE; bring your own pumpkin and large brown paper bag to decorate and carry projects


LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, October 17, 8 pm
Bill Charlap Trio

One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with many leading artists of our time, ranging from jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Time magazine wrote, “Bill Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved… no matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence.” Since 1997, he has led Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz.

Tickets: $30/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors


Special Events at Montpelier
Saturday, October 18, 7 pm
Historic Haunt

Participate in a spooky scavenger hunt in and around Laurel, led by staff from Montpelier Arts Center, Snow Hill Manor, and Laurel Historical Society. Starting at Montpelier, sample food and cocktails along the way and learn about historical trivia, ghostly activity, and spooky tales. Pre-registration is required as seating is limited.

Ages 21 & up. Tickets: Resident $15/person; Non-resident $18/person


The Montpelier Classical Recital Series
Sunday, October 19, 3 pm
Beau Soir Ensemble

The Beau Soir Ensemble is a flute, viola, and harp trio dedicated to the performance of standard and contemporary repertoire spanning a variety of genres. In recent years they have performed at the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage, An die Musik LIVE! in Baltimore, MD, the Arts Club of Washington, Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD, and the Mid-Atlantic Harp Conference in 2011.

The annual recital series of classical music is a juried competition open to all classical musicians in the United States. All recitalists are winners of the 2014-2015 Classical Recital Competition, chosen this year by Mr. Stefan Scaggiari, renowned classical and jazz pianist. Recitals take place in the Main Gallery at Montpelier Arts Center.

Classical recitals are free, but a $5 donation is appreciated.


LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, October 24, 8 pm
Veronneau

International band Veronneau has captivated festival, concert, and club audiences across North America and Europe with their unique world jazz sound, deliciously blending bossa nova, gypsy jazz, samba, and swing, performed in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Based in Washington, D.C., Veronneau attracts large crowds to venues like the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, and Blues Alley, and their two CD releases have earned rave reviews and made local and regional top 10 charts in scores of North American cities. Come take a listen, and you’ll hear why both Veronneau albums have earned extensive airplay.

Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors


Special Events at Montpelier
Sunday, October 26, 2 pm
Jazz Talk: “The Evolution of Modern Jazz” with Willard Jenkins

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 2 pm
“The Evolution of Modern Jazz” with Willard Jenkins
Beginning in the 1940s, a core of restless musicians became weary at the creative restrictions of performing in the style of the big bands. In that large ensemble context—otherwise known as the Swing Era—even the greatest soloists were restricted in improvisational expression, sometimes to just one feature spot per show. After their big band shows in downtown venues, certain forward-thinking musicians began jamming, creating, and expanding their sense of the music at late-night after-hours sessions in Minton’s Playhouse and Monroe’s Uptown House in Harlem. This resulting evolution eventually shifted the music called jazz from dance halls to listening environments, into what became known under the general rubric as Modern Jazz, which is the essence of the art of the improvisers, a broad universe of expression that extends to today.

Join us at Montpelier Arts Center for a new series of interactive, educational artist talks about jazz, music, and life, followed by a Q&A session.

Movies at Montpelier
Saturday, November 8, 11 am
Steamboy

Steamboy
From the leader in anime Katsuhiro Otomo, Steamboy is the most expensive Japanese anime film production ever. Go on an epic adventure with inventor prodigy Ray Steam in Victorian England as he realizes his dream to build a steam castle, overcome obstacles, fighting evil, and saving London along the way. An open discussion about anime will follow the screening of Steamboy, led by Montpelier instructors George Kochell and Joe Holliman.

All ages; FREE

Special Events at Montpelier
Sunday, November 9, 2 pm
Jazz Talk: “Jazz Giants of Washington, D.C.” with Rusty Hassan

Washington, D.C. has a rich jazz history. It is the birthplace of Duke Ellington, but many other prominent musicians have called D.C. their home. Billy Taylor and Charlie Rouse grew up in the District before moving on and numerous others had notable careers while maintaining their ties to D.C. This session will touch upon the Duke and examine the music of Washingtonians Shirley Horn, Buck Hill, Andrew White, Keter Betts, and Rick Henderson. We’ll view excerpts from two documentaries: Oxygen For The Ears: Living Jazz and Seventh and T. We’ll also reminisce about Bohemian Caverns, the One Step Down, Blues Alley, Twins, and Harold’s Rogue and Jar, among others, and talk about where to hear jazz now in D.C.

Join us at Montpelier Arts Center for a new series of interactive, educational artist talks about jazz, music, and life, followed by a Q&A session.

The Montpelier Classical Recital Series
Sunday, November 23, 3 pm
La Vita Duo

New York-based classical guitar and soprano duo Jeanai and Giacomo La Vita have performed in concert series throughout the U.S. and Europe, with concerts in New York, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, where they gave a concert at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, at the invitation of the United Nations. Individually, they have active careers as soloists, having performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and the Ravinia Festival. With the assistance of a Creative Grant from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, La Vita Duo released their new album Nightfall in 2012.

The annual recital series of classical music is a juried competition open to all classical musicians in the United States. All recitalists are winners of the 2014-2015 Classical Recital Competition, chosen this year by Mr. Stefan Scaggiari, renowned classical and jazz pianist. Recitals take place in the Main Gallery at Montpelier. Classical recitals are free, but a $5 donation is appreciated.




Special Events at Montpelier
December 7, 2014, 1-4 pm
Annual Holiday Open House

Montpelier Arts Center invites families to a fun holiday celebration! Resident artists open their studios for tours and offer works priced specially for holiday giving in the Gallery Shop. Attend the opening reception for the annual exhibitions featuring the Patuxent Art League and Montpelier resident artists, and stop by for a pottery sale, holiday music, art demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and refreshments.
FREE

Movies at Montpelier
Saturday, December 13, 11 am
Frozen Sing-A-Long

Fearless optimist Anna teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in an epic journey, braving Everest-like conditions to find and save her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Elsa, haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her sister Anna, has isolated herself, spending every waking moment trying to suppress her powers, but fears she’s becoming a monster and that no one, not even Anna, can help her.

Free

LIVE at Montpelier!
Sunday, December 14, 4 pm
An A Cappella Holiday with The Capital Hearings

Since 2010, the lush a cappella harmonies of The Capital Hearings have delighted Washington audiences, large and small. With repertoire ranging from Renaissance motets to modern hits, this dynamic ensemble is praised for its versatility. The Capital Hearings will be making spirits bright with a festive, family-friendly program of seasonal favorites, vocal jazz, and contemporary arrangements. The perfect holiday concert!
“Once again, The Capital Hearings had stolen the show.” —Roll Call

Tickets: $15/person