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, March 27, 8 pm
The Sweater Set

The Sweater SetPLEASE NOTE: THIS PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO A FAMILY EMERGENCY.

Since their early years as teens in a Washington, D.C. church choir, Maureen Andary and Sara Curtin have developed a unique musical relationship. Intricate harmonies soar over multi-instrumental arrangements of ukelele, guitar, flute, hand percussion, accordion, banjo, glockenspiel, and the occasional kazoo/mouth trumpet solo. The Sweater Set was awarded 2013, 2012, and 2011 WAMMIES for Best Contemporary Folk Duo and in 2011, they were Artists-in-Residence at the Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts. Listeners are invited into their joyful friendship as their songs play out like musically elaborate gossip about the perils of courtship, lust, and heartbreak.

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

Smooth Sounds for Seniors at Montpelier
Thursday, April 9, 12 am
Indigo Sings Sarah Vaughan

Indigo Sings Sarah VaughanClassy, sophisticated, and nostalgically beautiful "Indigo Sings Sarah" is a walk down memory lane for those who remember Sarah "Sassy" Vaughan, and an enlightening experience for those meeting her for the first time. Complete with music, photography, Indigo Love's poignant delivery of many of the songs synonymous with Sarah Vaughan is sure to please even the most discriminating audience!

Tickets: $12/person

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, April 10, 8 pm Saturday, April 11, 5 pm
The Freddy Cole Quartet featuring Freddy Cole

The Freddy Cole Quartet featuring Freddy ColeWith a career spanning over 50 years, Freddy Cole sounds a lot like his legendary brother Nat King Cole, yet has his own vocal personality that is darker, smokier, and jazzier. He debuted in 1952 with the single “The Joke’s on Me” and has since recorded and performed prolifically, gaining him a broad homegrown and international following. Cole was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2007 and nominated for a Grammy for Best Vocal Jazz
Album in 2010. He leads the Freddy Cole Quartet, which regularly tours throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America.

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

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, April 17, 8 pm
Tony DeSare

Tony DeSareNamed a “Rising Star” Male Vocalist in Down Beat magazine’s 2009 Critics Poll, DeSare has lived up to the distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concerts throughout the U.S., Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong. “Two parts Sinatra to one part Billy Joel” (New York Times), Tony DeSare performs with infectious joy, wry playfulness, and robust musicality, bringing his old-school class from jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to headlining with Don Rickles in Las Vegas. With three Top Ten Billboard jazz albums and features on the CBS Early Show, NPR, and the Today Show, Tony is also an award-winning composer; his compositions range widely between romantic, funny, and soulful.

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

Family Fun at Montpelier!
Saturday, April 18, 1 pm
Celebrate Earth Day at Montpelier!

Celebrate Earth Day at Montpelier! Show the earth some love! Upcycle your plastic bottles into a terrarium, bird feeder, or piggy bank and enjoy the beautiful grounds of Montpelier.

Free

Movies at Montpelier
Saturday, April 18, 6 pm
Dinner and a Movie: Life is Beautiful (1997, Rated: PG-13)

Dinner and a Movie:  Life is Beautiful (1997, Rated: PG-13)Roberto Benigni directs and stars as Guido in this extraordinary Academy Award-winning tale about the power of humor and imagination set against the stark reality of World War II Europe. Guido, a charming but bumbling Jewish-Italian waiter with an imagination and an irresistible sense of humor, arrives in the Tuscan town of Arrezzo, wins the heart of the woman he loves, and creates a beautiful life for his family. But when World War II threatens that life, Guido must rely on that very same humor and imagination to save his beloved and his son from an unthinkable fate.

Enjoy the annual gastronomic and cinematic Dinner and a movie film series! Dinner is served at 6 pm and matched with some aspect of the evening’s film, which is shown immediately after dinner. Tickets for both dinner and film are $30/person, and must be purchased by 12 noon on the Friday immediately preceding the Saturday screening.

Film only tickets are available for $10/person on the day of the screening. Seating is limited and film only tickets may not always be available.

Tickets may be purchased with a Visa or MasterCard by calling the Arts Center at 301-377-7800 or 410-792-0664; TTY 301-490-2329.


The Montpelier Classical Recital Series
Sunday, April 19, 3 pm
Stefan Scaggiari presents and "I Love Paris" Concert on Piano

Stefan Scaggiari presents and "I Love Paris" Concert on PianoStefan Scaggiari puts together an assemblage of Frédéric Chopin, Maurice Ravel, and George Gershwin, all of whom studied, lived, or worked in Paris. Delighting audiences with dazzling versatility, Scaggiari is at home with Ellington, Gershwin, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff alike. He has performed as both a jazz and classical pianist at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Concord Pavilion, and Baltimore Artscape. Scaggiari has collaborated as a soloist with the Kansas City Symphony, the Evansville Philharmonic, the Florida Orchestra, and the Calgary Philharmonic, and also in crossover classical/jazz concerts with his trio at the Shriver Hall Concert Series.

Free, but a $5 donation is appreciated

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, April 24, 8 pm
Ian Walters

Ian WaltersIan B. Walters plays spirited, updated blues and standards, as well as contemporary tunes and is known for his unique piano sound, dripping
with soul vocals and all-around good vibes. Classically trained and influenced by the likes of Jelly Roll Morton, James Booker, Memphis Slim, and Mississippi John Hurt, Walters’ inventive interpretations refresh great old songs. One of the
most sought-after performers in the Washington, D.C. area, he can often be spotted playing blues festivals and clubs solo or with his backup band, The SwampKeepers.

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

Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and The Arts
Saturday, April 25, 10 am
Annual Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea, and the Arts

Annual Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea, and the Arts FREE
Held rain or shine

Listen to live music, visit the resident artists’ studios, watch art demonstrations, paint the Montpelier bird, and enjoy other creative, family-friendly activities.

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 Montpelier bird, and enjoy other creative activities. Stroll the Arts Center’s galleries and view exhibitions by Ellyn Weiss, Wayson R. Jones, and Patrick Cromwell. At 1 pm, enjoy a classical recital given by soprano Keesun Kwon.

The Montpelier Classical Recital Series
Saturday, April 25, 1 pm
Keesun Kwon

Keesun KwonHaving performed in many regional and national venues in the U.S., soprano
Keesun Kwon has appeared as Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Gilda in Rigoletto, and
Madame Heart in Der Schauspieldirektor. Dr. Kwon has sung oratorios from
Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Bach’s Christmas
Oratorio, and Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore with various ensembles.

Free, but a $5 donation is appreciated

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, May 1, 8 pm
Albert Castiglia

Albert CastigliaAlbert Castiglia is an artist who sings from the gut, shoots guitar licks from the hip, and writes songs that articulate one’s hopes, fears, and heartaches. Having opened for ZZ Top, Elvin Bishop, and The Radiators, Castiglia’s colorful history includes touring the U.S. and Europe as the legendary Junior Wells’ lead guitar player before Wells’ death in 1998, and then joining Atlanta vocalist Sandra
Hall for national tours. His unique style of modern day blues with a traditional core has made him a favorite high-energy performer at festivals across the country.

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

LIVE at Montpelier!
Saturday, May 2, 8 pm
Ewan Dobson

Ewan DobsonAs a classical and fingerstyle guitarist, Ewan Dobson has established himself as one of Canada’s most brilliant and exhilarating young guitarists. He has won numerous awards at local, national, and international competitions, including
the Kiwanis Music Festival, the International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, and the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix. Dobson is noted for the intensity and virtuosity of his fingerstyle playing, and his music is influenced by video game music, extended technique, bluegrass, classical, folk, techno, heavy metal, and trance.

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

Special Events at Montpelier
Saturday, May 9, 11 am
Pen & Pose: A Workshop in Yoga and Writing

Yoga and writing both use literal and metaphorical vehicles to discover parts of ourselves that have lain dormant, illuminating pathways to feelings, memories, images, and stories embedded within our tissues, and helping us reflect, heal, and build community. In this workshop, we’ll get in touch with our bodies through breath work and poses; mindfulness techniques will slow the mind and create a sense of the sacred; and writing exercises will help excavate what gets buried inside. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat and your favorite notebook and pen.

Ages 18 & up; FREE

Movies at Montpelier
Saturday, May 9, 6 pm
Dinner and a Movie: Beat the Drum (2003, Rated: NR)

Dinner and a Movie:  Beat the Drum (2003, Rated: NR)Winner of many national and international film festival awards, Beat the Drum is a film “with a big heart and a vital message”(Entertainment Tonight). Young Musa is orphaned after a mysterious illness strikes his village in KwaZulu Natal. To help his grandmother, Musa sets out for Johannesburg with nothing but his father’s last gift, a tribal drum, in search of work and his uncle. The journey confronts him with the stark realities of urban life, but his indomitable spirit never wavers; he returns with a truth and understanding that his elders have failed to grasp.

Enjoy the annual gastronomic and cinematic Dinner and a Movie film series! Dinner is served at 6 pm and matched with some aspect of the evening’s film, which is shown immediately after dinner. Tickets for both dinner and film are $30/person, and must be purchased by 12 noon on the Friday immediately preceding the Saturday screening.

Film only tickets are available for $10/person on the day of the screening.
Seating is limited and film only tickets may not always be available.

Tickets may be purchased with a Visa or MasterCard by calling the Arts Center at 301-377-7800 or 410-792-0664; TTY 301-490-2329

Smooth Sounds for Seniors at Montpelier
Thursday, May 14, 12 am
Karen Lovejoy and the Lovejoy Group-Jazz and the American Songbook

Karen Lovejoy and the Lovejoy Group-Jazz and the American SongbookThe Lovejoy Group is an east coast aggregate that brings experience and soulfulness to the jazz arena. Their songbook concert of sweet saxophone and sultry vocals is a loose historical sketch of how jazz met Broadway, creating musical magic. This concert is a tribute to that era — a time of elegance, glamour, and all things refined! But “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” and this performance does!

Tickets: $12/person

Special Events at Montpelier
Friday, May 15, 7 pm
Yoga & Jazz

Breathe in… breathe out! Breathing connects yoga, jazz, and life to achieve the perfect balance between hard and soft, the firm and flexible, and the give and take. Get some relaxation and find your center this evening at a yoga class with live jazz music. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.

Ages 18 & up; FREE

LIVE at Montpelier!
Saturday, May 16, 8 pm
Sounds of Bamboo

Sounds of BambooShare in the Vietnamese culture through wonderful music! Explore the sounds
of heaven and earth as the Sounds of Bamboo Musical Ensemble masterfully
brings the whistling orchestrations of Nguyen Dinh Nghia to life through
meditative music played on the bamboo flute, monochord, zither, and t’rung,
a traditional bamboo xylophone from Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Immerse
yourself in this cultural experience, and let the sounds of bamboo lead you into your inner worlds and emotions.

Tickets: $20/person, 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors

Documentaries at Montpelier
Sunday, May 17, 1 pm
Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013)

Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013)Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. Award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, this film is both a tribute to their unsung voices and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices, and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. Each gifted artist has a uniquely fascinating personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, 2014 Academy Award winner "Twenty Feet From Stardom" boasts intimate interviews with world-famous figures like Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, and Sting, who take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film.

Tickets: $5/person and includes snacks & beverages

Special Events at Montpelier
Saturday, May 23, 11 am
The Art of Yoga

Enjoy an hour-long yoga class in the beautiful galleries of Montpelier Arts Center. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Following the class, explore the art exhibitions in the galleries and discover the gorgeous grounds of Montpelier.

Ages 18 & up; FREE