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Events and Performances

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.

Special Events at Montpelier
Sunday, April 23, 2 pm
Jazz Talk: Allyn Johnson

Jazz Talk: Allyn JohnsonPerformer, composer/arranger and educator, Allyn Johnson was specially chosen by jazz legend Calvin Jones to succeed him as director of the jazz studies program and jazz ensembles at the University of the District of Columbia.

FREE


Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and The Arts
Saturday, April 29, 10 am
Annual 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! Visit the resident artists’ studios, watch art demonstrations, paint the Montpelier bird, and create spring-themed crafts. Stroll the Arts Center’s galleries and view the Substrates exhibition as well as art by Ellen Cornett and Barbara Talbott. At 1 pm, enjoy a classical recital by renowned pianist Stefan Scaggiari. Adjacent to the Arts Center is Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site. Visit the Mansion and stroll the beautiful grounds where you can purchase art, crafts, food, herbs, plants, and more. Self-guided tours are available year-round from 11 am – 3 pm (Thursdays – Tuesdays).

FREE
Held rain or shine


The Montpelier Classical Recital Series
Saturday, April 29, 1 pm
Stefan Scaggiari Performs “April in Paris”

Stefan Scaggiari Performs “April in Paris”Travel to Paris this April with pianist/singer Stef Scaggiari as he presents the music of Debussy, Chopin, and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, plus songs of Cole Porter, Leslie Bricusse, Duke Ellington, Sting, and Stevie Wonder. Stef’s career has taken him to Italy (Saluzzo Festival), Turkey (International Music Festival), the Netherlands (Rotterdam Music Festival), and Japan (Concord/Fujitsu Festival Tour). He has toured with the Carol Sloane group, the Modern Jazz Quartet, the Count Basie All-Stars, Mel Torme, and Tim Eyermann’s East Coast Offering under the auspices of “Partners of the Americas” and the great Felix Grant. As a soloist with the Kansas City Symphony, the Evansville Philharmonic, and the Calgary Philharmonic, he also performs in crossover classical/jazz concerts with his trio at the Shriver Hall Concert Series. With such an impressive resume, it is no wonder that National Public Radio exclaimed, “Stef’s musical contributions are major, sometimes miraculous.”

Free; $5 donation appreciated

Following the recital, enjoy a reception sponsored by CAAPA: Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts.

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, May 5, 8 pm
Hot Club of Baltimore

Hot Club of BaltimoreThe Hot Club of Baltimore performs the finest gypsy swing this side of the Atlantic inspired by the legendary French guitarist Django Reinhardt. Michael Joseph Harris is guitarist and artistic director of the group, which consists of a collective of top jazz musicians. The ensemble boasts a variety of configurations including an instrumental trio of two guitars and a bass; a classic quintet with violin; the late 40's “Django in Rome” sessions on piano, drums, and horns; and the big band sound of the early 50's when Reinhardt performed with Duke Ellington. Featuring the captivating voice of Alexis Tantau, the group performs gypsy jazz renditions of Occitan folk songs, Edith Piaf, Eartha Kitt, Maxine Sullivan, Charles Trenet, Jacques Dutronc, Ella Fitzgerald, and Henri Salvador.

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

Special Events at Montpelier
Saturday, May 6, 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

Smooth Sounds for Seniors at Montpelier
Thursday, May 11, 12 am
DC's Finest

DCD.C.’s Finest aka “The Doo Wop Cops” are five active and retired law enforcement officers from Washington, DC, who have gone from walking their beats to keeping the beat. All members of the group attended local schools and sang with a doo-wop group in the 50s and 60s. Those years are revisited each time the group takes the stage with their a cappella nostalgic renditions of songs of the past as well as some of the current hits. Entertaining several U.S. Presidents and performing with such stars of the music world as Chuck Berry, the Dells, the Persuasions, Stevie Wonder, and the Drifters, they have appeared on FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC, as well as in People Magazine, The Washingtonian, Wall Street Journal, Southern Living, and more. Their legacy doesn't stop there however, they are most known for their dedication to the kids in America. They have visited many schools throughout the United States with an anti-drug, anti-handgun program that has proven to be very effective.

Tickets: $12/person

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, May 12, 8 pm
Sherry Winston

Sherry WinstonContemporary jazz flutist Sherry Winston has performed at The White House for President and Mrs. Clinton, and for former President George H.W. Bush. She has appeared on "The Today Show,” “Emeril Live,” BET TV, Live at Five, VH1, and many other national TV shows. Winston performed with Stevie Wonder in NYC and opened for Sinbad, Fourplay, Patti Austin, Jonathan Butler, Denise Williams, Ramsey Lewis, Chaka Kahn, Peabo Bryson, Regina Belle, and Grover Washington, Jr. As a businesswoman, she worked as national director of jazz promotion at Columbia, Arista, GRP, and Elektra-Asylum Records. She also ran her own promotion company and represented Uniworld Advertising Group in Japan. This multi-faceted musician recently released "For Lovers Only: A Cookbook and More," a how-to book on entertaining that special someone from the moment they enter your home until the second they leave.

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

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, May 19, 8 pm
Cyrus Chestnut Trio

Cyrus Chestnut TrioVirtuosic and playful, pianist Cyrus Chestnut’s hard swinging, soulful sounds have become a staple in the jazz community. Blending contemporary jazz, traditional jazz, and gospel, plus the occasional seasonings of Latin and samba, Chestnut gives himself plenty of freedom to explore different emotions, while keeping his music in recognizable form. Chestnut has recorded and performed with many leaders in the music scene including Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Branford Marsalis, Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Hendricks, and Betty Carter. An extremely versatile pianist, Chestnut has also collaborated with Vanessa Williams, Brian McKnight, Kathleen Battle, Freddy Cole, Bette Midler, Jimmy Scott, Isaac Hayes, and Kevin Mahogany.

"His brand of crisp articulation and blues-inflected harmony evokes another era...multifaceted and dynamic...Mr. Chestnut was the evening’s star and he brought charisma to the role..."- The New York Times

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

The Montpelier Classical Recital Series
Sunday, May 21, 3 pm
Venteux Quintet

Venteux QuintetVenteux Quintet includes exemplary musicians based in Maryland. Flutist Ann Luther has extensive experience in a variety of performance and educational settings, establishing herself as a gifted educator and sensitive performer. Heidi Dewally performed extensively with the Milwaukee Ballet and Symphony Orchestra before moving to Maryland to teach oboe to students ages 10 to 80. Clarinetist Donna Noyes enjoys a successful teaching and performing career using her expertise in attaining high-performance awards to educate her students on how to do the same. Monica Schwartz owns and operates Orchard Music, a private bassoon studio instructing students, who are regularly selected for Maryland All-State, youth orchestras, and substantial to full college scholarships. Rich Roberts is an active free-lance performer and conductor whose post-doctoral studies with Dr. Harlan Parker of the Peabody Institute focus on the exploration of exemplary music for wind-band and chamber groups.

Free; $5 donation appreciated

Following the recital, please join us for a reception sponsored by CAAPA: Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts.

Special Events at Montpelier
Friday, May 26, 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

Special Events at Montpelier
Saturday, May 27, 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