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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
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

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.

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.


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