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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, February 28, 3 pm
Deep River: Celebration of Black Classical Composers

In a musical tribute to Black History Month, enjoy an afternoon of narration and classical music honoring the works of Black Classical Composers including; Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, H.T. Burleigh, Hall Johnson and others.

FREE

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, March 4, 8 pm
Chaise Lounge Band

Chaise Lounge BandChaise Lounge performs a blend of music that sounds like it was recorded at Capitol Recording Studios in 1962 and somehow found its way to today’s pop charts. You might call it “Early Stereo.” Or, perhaps Lounge with a capital “L.” Or, maybe it’s just plain enjoyable. This combination of five of the Washington area’s top jazz musicians will play sparkling arrangements of standards and original tunes, featuring the soft, luminous vocals of Marilyn Older.

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

Smooth Sounds for Seniors at Montpelier
Thursday, March 10, 12 am
Ethel Ennis

Ethel EnnisSinging to a sold-out crowd the past two years at Montpelier Arts Center, Ethel Ennis returns for the third annual Smooth Sounds for Seniors series! The outstanding 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 11, 8 pm
The Sweater Set

The Sweater SetSince 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 the ukulele, guitar, flute, hand percussion, accordion, banjo, glockenspiel, and the occasional kazoo/mouth trumpet solo. Listeners are invited into their joyful friendship as their songs play out like musically elaborate gossip about the perils of courtship, lust, and heartbreak.

“The Sweater Set will pluck at your heartstrings.” - The Washington Post

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

The Montpelier Classical Recital Series
Sunday, March 13, 3 pm
Ward-Kong Duo, Piano/Cello

Ward-Kong Duo, Piano/Cello The range of emotion, color, and tone that cello and piano can produce is infinite; and, this duo demonstrates that fact.

Cellist Alicia Ward—a 2010-2011 season Strathmore Artist in Residence—has performed around the world, in such legendary venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Mariinsky Theatre. While, pianist Kimberly Kong has been praised for her “lyricism, delicacy of touch, and wide vocabulary of textures” (The Washington Post).

Free; $5 donation appreciated

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

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, March 18, 8 pm
Akua Allrich: A Tribute to Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba

Akua Allrich: A Tribute to Nina Simone and Miriam MakebaIn her “Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba” tribute concerts, rising young vocalist and composer Akua Allrich pays homage to these two powerhouse artists, who have inspired her and millions of other jazz and music lovers around the globe.

The tribute will feature the songs that Simone and Makeba made their own.
"[These] women were mainstays in my development as a child," explained Allrich, whose own musical genesis comprises the blues, jazz, R&B and pan-African music. "My parents came out of the civil rights movement, and these two were musicians who made music based on freedom and self-expression, and particularly African expression."

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

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, April 1, 8 pm
Phil Wiggins

Phil WigginsBorn in Washington, D.C., Phil Wiggins began his musical career playing harmonica with some of Washington’s leading blues artists, including the locally noted slide guitarist and gospel singer Flora Molton.

Phil is most well-known for his partnership with legendary guitarist & vocalist John Cephas. The WC Handy award-winning duo toured the world as ‘Cephas & Wiggins’ playing every continent except Antarctica for over 30 years.

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

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, April 8, 8 pm
Fred Hersch

Fred HerschA jazz pianist and composer, Fred Hersch was the first person to play week-long engagements as a solo pianist at New York's Village Vanguard. He has recorded more than 70 of his jazz compositions and has been nominated for several Grammy Awards.

“Hersch may be one of the most lyrical pianists in jazz today but he avoids the ostentatious and the obvious, eschewing grand gestures and extravagant emotional outbursts in favor of a measured approach as much intellectual and musically referential as emotional.”---George Kanzler, The New York City Jazz Record

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

Special Events at Montpelier
Sunday, April 10, 2 pm
“The Art of Listening to Jazz” with Nasar Abaday

“The Art of Listening to Jazz” with Nasar AbadayDo you like listening to Jazz? If so, why? If not, why not?

Most of the popular music we hear today is commercialized and dominates the overall music scene both visually and audibly. Through this presentational journey, you will learn to appreciate the significance and artistry of jazz, its history and culture, as well as understand its complex harmonies, creative arrangements, and compositional strategies.

There is no intimidation in Jazz, only that you like it or you don't understand it, and you can come to realize that it is an individual interpretation and appreciation, through the proper Art of Listening...

FREE

Smooth Sounds for Seniors at Montpelier
Thursday, April 14, 12 am
Integriti Reeves: Billie Holiday Tribute

Integriti Reeves: Billie Holiday TributeBillie Holiday's contribution to American music is unprecedented and her legacy and influence on musicians and audience members around the world echoes across generations.

Vocalist Integriti Reeves and her ensemble pay homage to the incomparable "Lady Day,” on the heels of her centennial birth year! Integriti will present some of Billie Holiday's most famous repertoire, as well as some lesser known favorites. Some of the musical material will be re-imagined and presented through Integriti's modern vintage perspective.

Tickets: $12/person

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, April 15, 8 pm
Nasar Abaday and SUPERNOVA®

Nasar Abaday and SUPERNOVA®SUPERNOVA® performs music from the threshold of jazz to beyond space and time. Known for their innovative explorations of various jazz elements, SUPERNOVA® fuses African rhythms, bebop, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, and free form. The result are colors, textures, groove, and swing!

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

Family Fun at Montpelier!
Saturday, April 23, 1 pm
Celebrate Earth Day at Montpelier!

Celebrate Earth Day at Montpelier! Enjoy the beauty of Montpelier’s grounds as flowers blossom while creating a fun and educational Earth Day activity for the whole family.
FREE

Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and The Arts
Saturday, April 30, 10 am
Annual Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea, and the Arts

Annual Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea, and the Arts FREE
Held rain or shine

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 exhibitions by Cianne Fragione & Seth Aldesberger and Dominie Nash.

At 1 pm, enjoy a classical recital by the Fortunata Trio (flute, clarinet, and bassoon).

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).

The Montpelier Classical Recital Series
Saturday, April 30, 1 pm
Fortunata Trio, Flute/Clarinet/Bassoon

Fortunata Trio, Flute/Clarinet/BassoonThe Fortunata Trio includes Alicia Kosack on flute, Laura Armstrong on clarinet, and Kimberly Buchar Nolet on bassoon. Celebrating the joy and good fortune of performing chamber music as friends, they present unique programs that have recently featured works by women, Latin American, and a variety of 20th century and classical composers.

Free; $5 donation appreciated

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


LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, May 6, 8 pm
Bumper Jacksons

Bumper JacksonsThe Bumper Jacksons are hot and sweet, painting America's story from New Orleans' brothels to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78's, the Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style.

Recognized as the region's "Best Traditional Folk Band" at the 2013 and 2014 Washington Area Music Awards, the Bumper Jacksons are playfully creative with their originals and re-imagining roots music with both power and tenderness.

Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone's invited and the dance floor never sleeps.

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

Special Events at Montpelier
Saturday, May 7, 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, bring a yoga mat, and your favorite notebook and pen.

Ages 18 & up; FREE

Smooth Sounds for Seniors at Montpelier
Thursday, May 12, 12 am
DC’s Finest aka “The Doo Wop Cops”

DC’s Finest aka “The Doo Wop Cops”DC's Finest is an a cappella group consisting of active and retired DC police officers who are often referred to as "The Doo Wop Cops." All members are Washingtonians who attended local high schools and sang at some point in their lives with a doo-wop group in the 50's and 60's.

Those years are revisited by many 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.

Tickets: $12/person


LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, May 13, 8 pm
René Marie

Starting her music career at age 42, René Marie experienced a whirlwind of success rarely seen in the jazz world. Winning over critics, receiving awards such as “Best International Jazz Vocal CD,” gracing the Billboard charts multiple times, and headlining major international festivals, her most recent achievement was the nomination of her album, I Want to Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt for the 2015 Grammy Awards. A woman of great strength and humor, Marie specializes in writing her own music that shines attention on important issues in America, including race relations.

“[René Marie’s] delivery is so honest, so personable, so intimate […] that it is impossible to resist her charms. Her vocal agility, pitch-perfect musical sensibility, collaborative spirit and charisma give her the ability to deliver a tune like no one else.” ---Adam Parker, Arts & Culture Writer, The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)

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


LIVE at Montpelier!
Saturday, May 14, 5 pm
René Marie

René MarieStarting her music career at age 42, René Marie experienced a whirlwind of success rarely seen in the jazz world. Winning over critics, receiving awards such as “Best International Jazz Vocal CD,” gracing the Billboard charts multiple times, and headlining major international festivals, her most recent achievement was the nomination of her album, I Want to Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt for the 2015 Grammy Awards. A woman of great strength and humor, Marie specializes in writing her own music that shines attention on important issues in America, including race relations.

“[René Marie’s] delivery is so honest, so personable, so intimate […] that it is impossible to resist her charms. Her vocal agility, pitch-perfect musical sensibility, collaborative spirit and charisma give her the ability to deliver a tune like no one else.” ---Adam Parker, Arts & Culture Writer, The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)

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


Special Events at Montpelier
Friday, May 20, 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 28, 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