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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.

LIVE at Montpelier!
Sunday, December 17, 4 pm
Divas Deck the Halls

Divas Deck the HallsThe holidays come to life during an afternoon of carols, yuletide songs, and festive fa, la, la, la, la la la la la tunes, performed by Washington National Opera sopranos. Tis’ the season to be jolly with the entire family!
Tickets: $15/person

The Montpelier Film Series
Thursday, January 18, 12 pm
Packed in a Trunk:The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson (2015)

Like a fast-paced detective story, Packed in a Trunk celebrates the life of Edith Lake Wilkinson, a gifted and prolific lesbian artist who, in 1924, was committed to an asylum. All of Edith’s worldly possessions were packed into trunks and she was never heard from again. Edith’s great-niece, Jane Anderson (Emmy Award-winning writer & director) grew up surrounded by Edith’s paintings after her mother discovered the trunks in their relative’s attic and rescued the work. This delightful film follows Jane and her spouse Tess in their efforts to find answers to the mystery of Edith’s buried life, return her art to Provincetown where she once lived and thrived, and have Edith’s contributions recognized by the art world.

Saturday, February 3, 1 pm
Blacks in Classical Music Panel

In honor of Black History Month, music experts will help clarify, solidify and highlight the strong role Blacks have had in the world of classical music—past, present and future—as well as the popular idea of adapting a variety of genres into classical music including jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and gospel.
Suitable for all ages; FREE

Wednesdays, February 7, 21, 28, AND March 7, 2018, 7 PM
Celebrate Black History Month:Toni Morrison

Celebrate Black History Month:Toni MorrisonJoin us for a four-week series exploring the life and works of Nobel laureate,
Toni Morrison. Her trilogy: Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise, gathers time from the 1800s to the 1970s. In these novels, Morrison's characters translate history into personal detail, exploring the complicated mix of race, personality, and national identity in American life. These discussions will be led by Dr. Karen Arnold, former poet-in-residence at Montpelier Arts Center and discussion moderator for multiple literature groups in Baltimore. Read with us and view the film Beloved; add your voice to the conversation!

About the meetings:
Each session will include introductory comments followed by an in-depth discussion of the Morrison books. Viewing of the film Beloved will be part of the first two sessions.

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 3PM
Voices from the Past: Juanita Hall

Voices from the Past: Juanita HallDelve into the life and music of little known Black Classical Musician soprano Juanita Hall, remembered for her role as Bloody Mary who sang “Bali Hai” from the movie South Pacific. Hear soprano Angela R. Simpson bring her to life during this moving recital with historic narration and visuals.

The Montpelier Film Series
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 7pm
Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. is the Answer (2017)

Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. is the Answer (2017)As minority communities face the daily stranglehold of racial profiling and police officers face relentless scrutiny by an anxious public, tensions mount as lines are drawn in the sand. This documentary shows that this conflict may be solved by finding common ground with each other.

Sunday, March 4, 2018, 2PM
Allyn Johnson

Allyn JohnsonPerformer, composer, arranger, and educator, Allyn Johnson, will discuss a variety of jazz topics at Montpelier Arts Center. He was specifically 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. Join us for an engaging dialogue about jazz and its relevancy in the world.

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, March 9, 8 PM
Clarence Ward III All Stars

Clarence H. Ward III began studying flute then saxophone at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School under the guidance of Baltimore musician and educator trombonist Charles Funn. Under Funn’s tutelage, Clarence Ward III won best soloist awards at three jazz festivals while in high school and received a music scholarship to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. After a couple years of college, Clarence joined the U.S. Army as a full-time saxophonist. Since he left the army in 2001, he has been busy touring and recording with a number of great artists, including jazz artists Stanley Turrentine, Benny Golson, Nancy Wilson, Abbey Lincon, Gary Thomas, Gary Bartz, and Antonio Hart. Clarence currently leads a popular weekly jam session at The Sign of the Times in Baltimore. Come out and enjoy a mix of jazz standards and originals.
Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors

Special Events at Montpelier
Tuesdays, March 13, April 10 & May 8, 2018, 6:30 PM
Veterans Book Group

Beginning in March 2018, Montpelier Arts Center will offer a Veterans Book
Group, a free, facilitated small-group reading and discussion series for active service members and veterans of all eras. Refreshments and all reading materials are provided; registration is required. The Veterans Book Group was created to offer veterans an opportunity to connect with one another over the course of three monthly discussions centered on their military experiences. Each Veterans Book Group has its own unique set of readings. The readings can be a mix of classics, fiction, memoirs, poetry, short stories, and essays, all of which relate in some way to military experiences or offer a veteran’s perspective. Veterans Book Group is coordinated statewide by Maryland Humanities and presented locally in partnership with Montpelier Arts Center. Call 301-377-7800 for more information and to register. Spaces are limited.

Smooth Sounds for Seniors at Montpelier
Thursday, March 15, 12 PM
The Jewels: The Divas of DC Doo-Wop

Enjoy a 30-minute documentary on The Jewels (producer, Beverly Lindsay-Johnson) - a popular 1960s female singing group from Washington, D.C. who toured with James Brown and recorded Billboard Hot 100 hits such as “Opportunity.” Enjoy a 10-15-minute Q & A session after the film, followed by a 15-minute performance by The Jewels.
Tickets: $12/person

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, March 16, 8 pm
Tongue in Cheek

Tongue in CheekTongue in Cheek is one of Maryland's most popular gigging bands, focusing on traditional New Orleans jazz. Traditional, old time swing has become extremely popular in this region. Headed by bassist/banjo player Zach Serleth and vocalist Bridget Cimino, the band has helped create a scene, which sometimes includes dancing and always includes loads of fun. Many of the region’s finest musicians enjoy performing with this group. Whether they perform for a sitting or hoofing audience, all are thoroughly entertained. Often arriving in period costume, the musicians offer delightful listening music, mostly written between 1910 and the mid-1930s. Audience members find themselves singing along to songs they heard from grandma and grandpa and the old time movies.
Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors

Sunday, March 18, 2 pm
Women in Jazz with Amy Bormet and Jen Krupa

Women in Jazz with Amy Bormet and Jen KrupaCurrently living in Los Angeles, Amy K. Bormet is an in-demand pianist, vocalist, and composer. The quintet from her debut album, Striking, was featured as part of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center. As an advocate for women in music, Amy created the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in 2011 and continues to serve as executive director.
California native Jennifer Krupa is an active trombonist in the Washington, D.C. area. A member of the United States Navy Band Commodores Jazz Ensemble since 2004, Jen also performs regularly with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra; Sherrie Maricle & The DIVA Jazz Orchestra; and her own group, Jen Krupa – Leigh Pilzer Quintet. In this Jazz Talks series, Bormet and Krupa will discuss the challenges and rewards of building community and generating support for the Washington Women in Jazz Festival. They will address the challenges of recruiting local artists, securing venues, creating concerts, workshops, and jam sessions, and the importance of bridging different ages and demographics as audience members, participants, and presenting artists.

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, March 23, 8 pm
Winfield Parker

Winfield ParkerHailing from Cooksville, Maryland, Winfield Parker toured with Little Richard and his band as a saxophone player before embarking on his own international tour.
Always in demand for live concert appearances, Winfield Parker delivered his unique style of soulful R&B to sell-out crowds in every major city. Over the past 59 years, Winfield has traveled, performed, and played with legends such as Mary Love and the Flirtations, Tommy Hunt, and Maxine Brown.
Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, April 6, 8 pm
Lena Seikaly

Lena SeikalyLena Seikaly is a fresh voice on the national jazz scene from
Washington, D.C. Named “one of Washington’s preeminent jazz singers" and “brightest voices in jazz" (The Washington Post), Lena is already making her mark as both a revivalist of traditional jazz vocals, as well as an innovator of contemporary vocal jazz styles.
Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors

Smooth Sounds for Seniors at Montpelier
Thursday, April 12, 2018, 12PM
Avon Dews

Avon DewsAvon Dews is a Washington, D.C. native who started playing the harmonica at a young age. His style is classic, cool, and jazzy with a little old school and a touch of funk and blues. A professional harmonica player, Avon has played at venues including the Kennedy Center, the American Market at the National Harbor, the 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival, and the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club.
Tickets: $12/person

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, April 13, 8 pm
Melissa Aldana

Melissa AldanaSaxophonist Melissa Aldana has been performing all of her life, as her father Marcos Aldana was her first teacher. After attending Berklee College of Music, Melissa moved to New York to pursue her dreams of performing. Melissa has successfully released multiple CDs, unveiling powerful music individually and with her illustrious bandmates.
This engagement of Melissa Aldana is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors

The Montpelier Classical Recital Series
Sunday, April 15, 3 pm
Thomas Hunter

Thomas HunterNoted for his “riveting, emotional complexity,” (Washington Times) award
winning American pianist, Thomas Hunter has toured in England, the USA, Italy, and Serbia at a variety of noteworthy venues. He holds an Artist Diploma from the Royal College of Music, London.
Free, $5 donation is appreciated

Wednesday, April 18, 7 pm
Citizen Democracy: How average citizens influence national public policies

Presented by Steve Frantzich
Learn how you can take a larger role in developing public policy with Steve Frantzich. Steve Frantzich is Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was selected as the outstanding professor in 1990, runner-up as outstanding researcher in 2001, and as one of the first USNA Teaching Fellows in 2002. He is the author of over a dozen books, most recently Citizen Democracy: Citizen Activists in a Cynical Age (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004) and Cyberage Politics 101: Mobility, Technology and Democracy (Peter Lang Publishers, 2002). He has won awards from the American Political Science Association, C-SPAN, and a variety of publishers for the use of computers and video in teaching. He is the co-author of two interactive texts: Congress and American Government.

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, April 20, 8 pm
Cissa Paz

Cissa PazBrazilian singer-song writer Cissa Paz shares her diverse cultural experiences with every audience she encounters. She composes and arranges songs that are filled with the rich traditions of Afro-Brazilian and Luso-African concepts. Cissa’s captivating stage presence and soulful voice bring music that is fresh, fun, and rhythmic.
Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 11AM -6PM
Spring 2018 Anime Film Festival

Montpelier Cultural Arts Center presents a showcase of great works in Anime, a look at the cross-cultural influence of the art and animation style native to Japan.

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 1PM- 2PM
Celebrate Earth Day at Montpelier!

Appreciate the beauty of Montpelier’s grounds while participating in a fun and educational Earth Day activity for the whole family.

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10AM - 4PM
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 exhibition, as well as art by Linda Bernard, Roslyn Logsdon, Bonnie Crawford Kotula, and Mike McConnell. At 1 pm, join us in the Main Gallery for a classical recital featuring percussionist Jeff Stern and at 3 pm, join us in the Library Gallery for an artist talk with Bonnie Crawford Kotula.
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 28, 1 pm
Jeff Stern

Jeff SternPercussionist Jeff Stern is emerging as an exciting new voice in today’s contemporary music scene. As a performer, Stern has performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center. Jeff holds degrees from UMass Amherst, the Peabody Conservatory, and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music.
Free, $5 donation is appreciated

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, May 4, 8 pm
Warren Wolf and Wolfpack

Warren Wolf and WolfpackWarren Wolf performs with his band, Wolfpack, at Montpelier Arts Center this spring! Warren is a Baltimore native and multi-instrument musician who attended the Peabody Conservatory and played with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra before pursuing his main goal of becoming a full time performing musician. As a percussionist and pianist, Warren landed the piano duties performing, recording, and touring in the Rachael Price Group, drumming with alto saxophonist Tia Fuller, and performing with the Donal Fox Group.
Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors

Saturday, May 5, 11 am
Pen & Pose: A Workshop in Yoga and Writing

Pen & Pose: A Workshop in Yoga and Writing
In this workshop, we will use breath work, poses, mindfulness techniques, and writing exercises to connect with our bodies, mind, and spirit. Bring a yoga mat, pen, and your favorite notebook. Wear comfortable clothing.
Ages 18 & up; FREE

Smooth Sounds for Seniors at Montpelier
Thursday, May 10, 2018, 12PM
Akua Allrich

Akua AllrichJazz vocalist and DC-native, Akua Allrich’s musical roots run deeply into blues and soul, with a clear grounding in jazz and pan-African music. She sings in many languages including Portuguese, French, Spanish, English, Xhosa, and Twi. Given her ability to capture the essence of a broad range of musical genres, Allrich is often likened to legendary artists such as Oscar Brown, Jr., Miriam Makeba, and Nina Simone.
Tickets: $12/person

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, May 11, 8 pm
Sharón Clark

Sharón ClarkWashington, D.C. standout Sharón Clark has brought festival and concert audiences to their feet across the U.S. and Europe. Described by The New York Times as having a sound that evokes “a less operatic Sarah Vaughan fused with the more animated side of Shirley Horn. Ms. Clark’s voice is rich, her phrasing unfussy, her jazz embellishments minimal.” Ms. Clark appears regularly in DC at Blues Alley and Loews Madison Hotel and with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony.
Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors

Celebrate National Fitness Month Saturday, May 12, 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

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, May 18, 8 pm
Chieli Minucci & Special EFX

Chieli Minucci & Special EFXGuitarist, composer, and arranger Chieli Minucci is the longtime leader of the Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group Special EFX. Chieli Minucci, a major force in the jazz and world music scene for the past 35 years, has won three Emmy Awards and has been nominated ten times for his eclectic compositional work. His music can also be heard on the soundtracks of the films Bowfinger, Legally Blonde, and Panic.
Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors

The Montpelier Classical Recital Series
Sunday, May 20, 3 pm
Ava Oaxaca & Bora Lee

Ava Oaxaca & Bora LeeAmerican saxophonist Ava Oaxaca, an “accomplished soloist” and praised for her “sweetly mournful melodies” by The Washington Post, aims to bring enjoyable music of all time-periods to her audiences. Accompanist Dr. Bora Lee performs in and around the D.C. area as a concert pianist and maintains a private piano studio in Falls Church, Virginia.
Free, $5 donation is appreciated

Celebrate National Fitness Month Friday, May 25, 7 pm
Yoga & Jazz

Breathe in…breathe out! Relax and find your center at a yoga class with live jazz music. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.
Ages 18 & up; FREE