Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Events and Performances

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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.

Smooth Sounds for Seniors at Montpelier
Thursday, September 10, 12 pm
Night & Day

Night & DayOne of the Washington area’s most popular swing bands, Night and Day’s core members have been performing together for the last fifteen years. Michael Suser, the band leader and D.C. native, studied jazz piano for many years and has performed both piano and jazz vocals at One Step Down as part of the Ron Elliston-Ronnie Wells workshops.

Tickets: $12/person

Special Events at Montpelier
Thursday, September 10, 7 pm
Ripped from the Headlines: Reporting on the Integration of Laurel's Schools

Join the Laurel Historical Society and facilitator Lindsey Baker to discuss integration at Laurel’s schools.
FREE

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, September 18, 8 pm
Rogerio Souza Quartet

Rogerio Souza QuartetInternationally known seven-string guitarist Rogerio Souza brings the engaging sounds of Brazilian choro to Montpelier Arts Center on one of his most exciting American tours to date. His group features world class musicians: bassist Leonardo Lucini and Andrew Connell on saxophone and clarinet. This concert celebrates the international release of the group's CD Brasil-Choro featuring the historic, enduring and ever popular music of great Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934). It has a lively, lyrical uplifting quality that chases the dark clouds away. Brazilians LOVE this music and American audiences will soon understand why.

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

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, September 25, 8 pm
César Orozco

César OrozcoCubadisco Award winning pianist César Orozco sets the stage on fire with exuberant Latin rhythms. Join him in celebrating his newest recording "No Limits for Tumbao" released on the international label Alfi Records. Orozco fuses jazz with Cuban and Venezuelan musical styles in unexpected ways that fans in North and South America find irresistible. Return on Sunday, September 27th at 2 pm for his Jazz Talk on music and music education in Cuba, Venezuela, and the U.S. from his experience.

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

Special Events at Montpelier
Saturday, September 26, 2 pm
One Maryland One Book Discussion: "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown

One Maryland One Book Discussion: "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown In its eighth 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 2015 One Maryland One Book selection is "The Boys in the Boat," a dramatic story by Daniel James Brown about the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics. Join us for this inspirational book discussion.
FREE

Special Events at Montpelier
Sunday, September 27, 2 pm
Jazz Talk with César Orozco

Jazz Talk with César OrozcoHow does music education differ in Cuba, Venezuela, and the United States? Cuban born pianist, composer, and arranger César Orozco will help answer that question. He appears on dozens of albums, performs internationally, and is now writing music for his second theatrical production. Orozco earned a degree in violin performance and ensemble conducting from the National School of Arts in Havana, Cuba and worked extensively in Venezuela before earning a Graduate Performance Diploma (GPD) in jazz piano from Peabody Institute. Bring your curiosity and questions to this fascinating discussion!
FREE

This talk follows his performance with his band on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 8 pm.


LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, October 2, 8 pm
Marianne Matheny-Katz

Marianne Matheny-KatzBaltimore’s beloved singer, two-time award winner of the Billie Holiday Competition, released her CD "Somewhere in Paradise" to rave reviews, national airplay, and sold out concerts. Music critic John Murphy says, “She possesses a quintessential jazz voice, which she enlivens with lissome, conversational phrasing. Her Baltimore band features some of the biggest names in jazz today. She has built a substantial set list for the sophisticated ear, dressing beloved jazz tunes in new and noteworthy arrangements.”

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

Smooth Sounds for Seniors at Montpelier
Thursday, October 8, 12 pm
Chuck Holden

Chuck HoldenInternational jazz vocalist Chuck Holden has performed across the east coast from Connecticut to North Carolina to New York City to Philadelphia. Headlining the Jazz Festival at the Ritz-Carlton in the Grand Cayman Island, he also has performed at the East Coast Jazz Festival and most of the well-known jazz festivals and venues in the Baltimore and Washington area. Chuck currently performs with a ten piece band called the NinJazz in the Washington, DC area.

“[Holden’s] vocals have the kind of crystal clear articulation and interpretation that is reminiscent of Nat King Cole.” ---Dave Segal, Jazz Accordion

Tickets: $12/person


LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, October 9, 8 pm
Elijah Jamal Balbed Quintet featuring Paul Bollenback

Elijah Jamal Balbed Quintet featuring Paul BollenbackSaxophonist and composer Elijah Jamal Balbed is an award-winning musician in the Washington, DC area. Balbed was named “Best New Jazz Musician” (2010) & “Best Tenor Saxophonist” (2013) by the "Washington City Paper," and has been a resident artist at the legendary jazz club, Bohemian Caverns and part of the 2013-2014 Strathmore Artist-in-Residence class. His quintet will be joined by special guest, Paul Bollenback on guitar.

“Elijah brings with him a deep sense of tradition, but one also hears a kaleidoscope of free flowing ideas, delivered on a golden platter, replete with a burly, and easy sound” - Craig Handy, Saxophonist/Educator

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

Family Fun at Montpelier!
Saturday, October 10, 11 am
Montpelier Fall Festival

Montpelier Fall FestivalCelebrate fall at the third 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 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!

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

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, October 16, 8 pm
David Boothman and CAJE

David Boothman and CAJEBeing one of the catalysts for the Caribbean Jazz Renaissance in America, CAJE (Caribbean Art Jazz Ensemble) is an eloquent blend of international musicians whose World-Beat Jazz fuses calypso, salsa, and reggae in a smooth, sensuous, but fiery expression. Directed by Trinidad born artist/musician/composer David Boothman, this Maryland-based eclectic ensemble will take over your spirit – you can taste d’ music – a CAJE (pronounced "kah-jay") expression.

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

The Montpelier Classical Recital Series
Sunday, October 18, 3 pm
Mary Bowden, Trumpet

Mary Bowden, TrumpetClassical trumpeter and Yamaha Performing Artist, Mary Elizabeth Bowden has emerged as a brilliant, young soloist and is highly regarded for her artistry and virtuosity, as well as the clarity, purity and power of her sound. Bowden released her debut album Radiance on Summit Records in April 2015 featuring new American works and is a founding member of Chrysalis Chamber Players, a recipient of a Yale Alumni Grant, and Seraph Brass.

Free; $5 donation is appreciated

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, October 23, 8 pm
Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio

Juanito Pascual New Flamenco TrioJuanito Pascual is recognized in Spain and the U.S. as a unique and creative musical voice appealing to jazz, classical, and pop music fans. His compositions blend traditional and contemporary flamenco with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Pascual has performed at Lincoln Center, the Blue Note Jazz Club, Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival, and Madrid's renowned Casa Patas.

“One of the hottest Flamenco guitarists to emerge in recent years.”- National Public Radio

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

Special Events at Montpelier
Sunday, October 25, 2 pm
“Baltimore Jazz: The Legacy of the Left Bank Jazz Society” with Willard Jenkins

“Baltimore Jazz: The Legacy of the Left Bank Jazz Society” with Willard JenkinsAward winning jazz journalist and popular WPFW show host Willard Jenkins delivered an enormously popular presentation in the first season of Montpelier Art Center’s “Jazz Talks.” He returns to focus on the history and state of jazz in “Charm City.” Get ready to learn new facts that will surely lead to another lively discussion.
FREE

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, October 30, 8 pm
Remembering Ronnie Wells and Ron Elliston

Remembering Ronnie Wells and Ron EllistonFor over 30 years Ronnie Wells and Ron Elliston performed and taught jazz in the Washington, DC area, and beyond. Many of the local jazz artists that now grace Washington’s music scene can credit this couple, at least in part, for contributing to their careers, and the musicians listed below are no exception. The passing of Ronnie in 2007, and Ron in 2015, has touched us all. We would like to honor memory, and present to those whose lives were, and continue to be, touched by Ron & Ronnie an evening of music that showcases the lasting contributions that they made to jazz. The evening will feature some of their original compositions, some of which were included on their 1992 “Live at Montpelier” CD, and a slideshow/video of Ron & Ronnie. After gracing the stage of Montpelier for years, the last performance of this wonderful duo was in 2006 at Montpelier – a fitting place for them to be remembered.

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

Family Fun at Montpelier!
Saturday, October 31, 11 am
"Frankenweenie" (2012, Rated: PG)

"Frankenweenie" (2012, Rated: PG)Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.

All ages; FREE


The Montpelier Classical Recital Series
Sunday, November 15, 3 pm
Yulia Petrochuk, Vocals

Yulia Petrochuk, VocalsBorn in Tula, Russia, Yulia Petrachuk began musical studies and performing from an early age of 5. Accepted into the prestigious Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow, she has since received a series of artistic honors and recognition at both the national and international level, as well as performing in numerous operas throughout Italy, Lithuania, Switzerland, Russia, and the U.S. east coast.

Free; $5 donation is appreciated

Special Events at Montpelier
Sunday, December 6, 1 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. Attend the opening reception for the annual exhibitions featuring Patuxent Art League and Montpelier resident artists, and stop by for a pottery sale, caroling and holiday music, art demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and refreshments.
FREE

LIVE at Montpelier!
Sunday, December 13, 2015, 3 pm & 7 pm
A Charlie Brown Christmas with the Eric Byrd Trio

A Charlie Brown Christmas with the Eric Byrd TrioThe Eric Byrd Trio celebrates the music from the Peanuts’ Charlie Brown Christmas show—songs we all grew up with and loved. By bringing fresh arrangements to these familiar songs, it gets everyone in the holiday mood. Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

Tickets: $15/person