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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.

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


Movies at Montpelier
Saturday, February 21, 6 pm
Dinner and a Movie: Bird (1988)

Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood, a well-known, long-standing jazz aficionado, delivers a compassionate portrait of jazz visionary Charlie “Yardbird” Parker. Eastwood, who also won a Golden Globe for Best Director for this film, paints a vivid portrait of the jazz world in all its complexity. As Parker, Forest Whitaker paints a multi-faceted performance
that facilitates an understanding of the man’s genius and tragedy. This music-driven film was an Academy Award winner for Best Sound.

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.

Documentaries at Montpelier
Sunday, February 22, 1 pm
A Band Called Death (2012)

Before there was punk, there was a band called Death. In the early ‘70s,
three teenage brothers formed a band in their spare bedroom and began playing
a few local gigs, and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and the emerging disco. Record companies found Death’s music–and band name–too intimidating, and the group was never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (or the first punk band), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.

Tickets: $5/person and includes snacks & beverages

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, February 27, 8 pm
James Cotton

Blues harmonica player, singer, and songwriter James Cotton has performed and recorded with many of the great blues artists of his time. Although he played drums early in his career, Cotton is most famous for his work on the harmonica. In 1965 he formed the James Cotton Blues Quartet, and in the
1970s, Cotton played harmonica on Muddy Waters’ Grammy winning 1977 album Hard Again, produced by Johnny Winter. After battling throat cancer in the 1990s, Cotton released two studio albums and continued to tour with his band. He won a Grammy in 1996 for Best Traditional Blues Album for his album Deep in the Blues, and was nominated in 2014 for a Blues Music Award as Best Instrumentalist in the Harmonica category.

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

Smooth Sounds for Seniors at Montpelier
Thursday, March 12, 12 am
Ethel Ennis

A favorite at Montpelier, Ethel Ennis returns to open the second annual Smooth Sounds for Seniors series! The incomparable Baltimore-based artist has sung
to critical acclaim all over the world. Ennis’ voice possesses a smooth, buttery tone heavily vested in swing, and versatile enough to deliver from the classic
songbook, original material, and the occasional rarity.

Tickets: $12/person

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, March 13, 8 pm
Sharón Clark

Standout Washington, D.C. jazz vocalist Sharón Clark has brought festival and concert audiences to their feet across the U.S. and Europe. A winner of the Gold Medal and $10,000 top prize in the Savannah Music Festival’s American Traditions Competition, Ms. Clark has headlined the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, the historic Lincoln Theater, and the Cape May Jazz Festival. She has appeared with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and has performed by invitation for President William Jefferson Clinton.

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

Documentaries at Montpelier
Sunday, March 15, 1 pm
The Girls in the Band (2011)

Celebrate Women's History Month

They wiggled and jiggled, wore low-cut gowns and short shorts, they kowtowed
to club owners, and smiled at the customers. In the thirties and forties, these women did it all, just to play the music they loved. Yet, by the mid-fifties, female jazz musicians had literally disappeared from the workplace, their names and contributions to music completely forgotten. The Girls in the Band tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and Big Band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late-thirties to present day. These talented women endured sexism, racism, and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continued to persevere in a field that seldom welcomed them. Today, there is a new breed of gifted young women taking their rightful place in the jazz world, which can no longer deny their talents.

Tickets: $5/person and includes snacks & beverages

LIVE at Montpelier!
Tuesday, March 17, 8 pm
St. Patrick's Day Concert: RUNA

Most recently recognized in the 2013 Irish Music Awards and the 12th Annual
Independent Music Awards, RUNA draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members and offers a contemporary and refreshing approach to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material. Their repertoire of highly energetic and graceful acoustic melodies, along with their fusion of
music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the U.S., gives their arrangements of traditional songs and tunes a fresh sound.

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

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, March 20, 8 pm
Ron Kearns Quintet

The Ron Kearns Quintet has been a favorite at jazz festivals and venues all over the United States. Led by veteran recording artist, producer, and educator Ron Kearns on saxophone, with Paul Wingo on guitar, Kent Miller on bass, Mark Prince on drums, and Michael Thomas on trumpet/fluegelhorn, the Washington,
D.C.-based group performs acoustic jazz in the style of the Old Blue Note Records recordings of Be Bop and Hard Bop. The Ron Kearns Quintet has delighted audiences at the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, and London’s 100 Club, to name a few, with their own style of elegant, lyrical, and often playful melody.

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

The Montpelier Classical Recital Series
Sunday, March 22, 3 pm
Gemini Piano Trio

This trio of violin, cello, and piano has been praised as “mind readers, anticipating each other’s every move,” and “epitomized the idiom of chamber
music” by the Taipei Times. They have performed at prestigious venues in the United States and abroad, including sold-out debut concerts at the Taipei
National Recital Hall in 2008 and Carnegie/Weill Recital Hall in 2010 to rave reviews. This year, the Gemini Piano Trio celebrates its 20th anniversary
of making music together as a family, with a special 2014-2015 celebration season.

Free, but a $5 donation is appreciated

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, March 27, 8 pm
The Sweater Set

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

Classy, 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!

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

With 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

Named 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

Movies at Montpelier
Saturday, April 18, 6 pm
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 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 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

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

Having 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 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

As 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

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, May 8, 8 pm
Ken Navarro

Over the past 25 years, Ken Navarro has performed in every major U.S. city and has had numerous Top 5 hits on national radio. He began his recording career in Los Angeles performing and recording with artists like Doc Severinsen, Nell Carter, John Patitucci, Ann Jillian and Alex Acuna, and has shared the stage
with artists such as Spyro Gyra, Chuck Mangione, Najee, Chris Botti, The Rippingtons, Jean-Luc Ponty, Keiko Matsui, David Benoit, and many others.

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

Movies at Montpelier
Saturday, May 9, 6 pm
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

The 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

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

Share 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 Stardon (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