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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.

Special Events at Montpelier
Tuesday, September 26, 11 am
Active Aging Week: Drum Circle

Come out, make beautiful music, and celebrate community and life through rhythm and music. People of all levels of musical expertise will come together and share their rhythmic spirit. Drums will be provided; please bring water. In the event of inclement weather, this event will be rescheduled for a different date. Space is limited; register early.
FREE; SMARTlink # 1684872

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, October 6, 8 pm
Dani Cortaza

Dani CortazaMasterful Argentine guitarist, Dani Cortaza, performs Argentine Folk Music seasoned with elements of jazz. The colorful music includes styles like the urban born tango and chacarera, zamba, and malambo rhythms. Cortaza has over three decades of performing in Asia, Europe, and North and South America. This performer, composer, and arranger is now a Maryland resident and has played at the Kennedy Center and U.S. Department of State.
Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors

Special Events at Montpelier
Saturday, October 7, 2 pm
One Maryland One Book Discussion: Purple Hibiscus by Ngozi Adichie

Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom. One Maryland One Book is affiliated with Maryland Humanities, where all Maryland residents are encouraged to read Purple Hibiscus in the year 2017. Join in the conversation!
FREE

Smooth Sounds for Seniors at Montpelier
Thursday, October 12, 12 am
Rose Moraes

Rose MoraesHailing from south of São Paulo, charismatic vocalist Rose Moraes has entertained thousands of music lovers with her “Roots of Brazil” concerts. She has performed widely in Switzerland, Poland, Brazil, and the U.S., where she now resides. Help her celebrate 100 Years of Samba as she pays tribute to the beloved music of Antonio Carlos Jobim with songs such as “Corcovado,” “Wave,” and “Dindi.”
Tickets: $12/person


LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, October 13, 8 pm
Bohemian Caverns All Star Band

The Bohemian Caverns All Star Band is back by popular demand! For the past 90 years, Bohemian Caverns was DC’s “sole home of soul jazz.” Return “home” to the
Caverns with this all-star performance by Allyn Johnson (piano), Kris Funn (bass),
Quincy Phillips (drums), Donvonte McCoy (trumpet), and Tedd Baker (saxophone).
Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors

Special Events at Montpelier
Saturday, October 14, 11 am
¡Celebración Hispana!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Montpelier this fall! Have fun participating in special arts, crafts, and programs that are fun for the entire family! Held rain or shine.
All ages; FREE

Wednesday, October 18, 7 pm
Disabilities and the Inclusive Society (Presented by Michael Franch)

Join Michael Franch in a conversation about what it means to be an inclusive society in today’s world. In 2007, Michael Franch retired from his day job as a health policy analyst in the Medicaid Program of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Mike earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Maryland. His articles on Baltimore history have appeared in the Maryland Historical Magazine, The Sun Magazine, and in the book, Maryland: Unity in Diversity. He also speaks on historical and cultural issues for the Maryland Humanities Council and is active in the Baltimore Folk Music Society.
FREE


LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, October 20, 8 pm
Cheikh Ndoye & Friends featuring Karen Briggs, Raul Pineda & Nachito Herrera

Cheikh Ndoye & Friends featuring Karen Briggs, Raul Pineda & Nachito HerreraCheikh Ndoye & Friends has an all-star cast of violinist Karen Briggs, Cuban drummer Raul Pineda, Cuban pianist Nachito Herrera, and of course, bassist, composer, and arranger, Cheikh Ndoye. Cheikh’s West African heritage and his love for classic and contemporary jazz combine to create diverse, rich sounds enjoyable to all listeners!
Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors

The Montpelier Classical Recital Series
Sunday, October 22, 3 pm
Laura Whittenberger/Jacqueline Pollauf

Laura Whittenberger/Jacqueline PollaufDuo Laura Whittenberger (soprano) and Jacqueline Pollauf (harpist) complement each other to create a majestic musical experience. Praised in the Baltimore Sun for her “impressive voice,” Laura Whittenberger is a versatile singer and theater performer. Harpist, Jacqueline Pollauf a performer, composer, and teacher is based in Baltimore, Maryland.
FREE; $5 donation is appreciated

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, October 27, 8 pm
Bill Charlap Trio

Bill Charlap TrioTwo-time Grammy Award nominated pianist Bill Charlap, along with drummer
Kenny Washington and bassist Peter Washington, are recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. Time magazine wrote, “Bill Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…no matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence.”
Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors

Special Events at Montpelier
Saturday, October 28, 6 pm
STOOP STORYTELLING

STOOP STORYTELLINGCrossing Cultures: Stories of Immigration, Home, and Belonging
Stoop shows are intimate and surprising, wonderful and weird, hilarious and heartbreaking. Join Stoop Storytelling co-founders, Laura Wexler, Jessica Henkin and seven storytellers, as they bring to life stories of immigrating to America. Stoop stories are not memorized, performed, or read. They’re shared.
Tickets: $15/person

LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, November 3, 8 pm
Shannon Gunn Sextet

Shannon Gunn SextetThe Montpelier audience is invited to a CD release concert presenting talented trombonist and composer, Shannon Gunn. Her latest album reflects her pursuit of the groove and free jazz expression. Hear “Overjoyed” by Stevie Wonder and “But Beautiful” by Jimmy Van Heusen along with “What It Takes,” (an ode to Obama) and “In Walked Allyn,” written for her husband.
Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors


Smooth Sounds for Seniors at Montpelier
Thursday, November 9, 12 am
Carly Harvey

Carly HarveyProclaimed as “DC’s Queen of the Blues” by WPFW radio, singer Carly Harvey has a sound like Etta James with influences from Bonnie Raitt to Ella Fitzgerald. Her contemporary blues sound combines blues, jazz, soul, Americana, roots, and rock styles and is sure to entertain!
Tickets: $12/person


Wednesday, November 15, 7 pm
Are We Essentially Good or Selfish? How Our Politics Reflect Our Beliefs about Human Nature (Presented by Howard Ernst)

Howard Ernst will lead a discussion on how our political views reflect our beliefs about human nature. Howard Ernst is a Professor of Political Science within the Political Science Department of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Dr. Ernst teaches classes in environmental policy, energy policy, and directs the Honors Program within the Naval Academy's Political Science Department. He also represents University of Virginia's Center for Politics as a Senior Scholar in the area of environmental policy and directs the Environmental Leadership Program at Gettysburg College's Eisenhower Institute, where he is the Seiden-Levi Fellow of Public Policy. Dr. Ernst received his Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia.
FREE


The Montpelier Classical Recital Series
Sunday, November 19, 3 pm
C I R C E Ensemble

C I R C E EnsembleLaura Kay (soprano), Isabel Fairbanks (cellist), and Zach Mo (pianist) have made a name for themselves as one of the most versatile soprano-cello-piano trios in New York City. Formed in 2012 as a resident ensemble of the Turtle Bay Music School, C I R C E has performed with influential musicians at concerts and festivals.
FREE; $5 donation is appreciated


Special Events at Montpelier
Sunday, December 3, 1 pm
Annual Holiday Open House

Montpelier Arts Center invites families to a fun holiday celebration! Tour resident artists’ studios, attend exhibition receptions, shop the pottery sale, enjoy holiday music, and become inspired by art demonstrations.
FREE


Smooth Sounds for Seniors at Montpelier
Thursday, December 7, 12 am
A Very Green Christmas with Chelsey Green

A Very Green Christmas with Chelsey GreenBillboard charting recording artists Chelsey Green and The Green Project perform the Christmas Classics in a special narrated audience-involved show as she trounces stereotypes of the violin. The Green Project melds classical technique and themes with modern idioms. R&B, pop, soul, funk, jazz, alternative, hip-hop, and gospel are all part of this afternoon of fun!
Tickets: $12/person


Special Events at Montpelier
Saturday, December 9, 1 pm
The Nutcracker Tea Party

The Nutcracker Tea PartyThe season would not be complete without enjoying an afternoon of elegant tea and goodies while dressed in your fanciest, as this classic holiday ballet comes to you on screen. Delight in family-friendly sugarplum music, photo ops, Nutcracker crafts, and more.
Tickets: $25/person


LIVE at Montpelier!
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 3 pm & 6 pm
A Charlie Brown Christmas with The Eric Byrd Trio

A Charlie Brown Christmas with The Eric Byrd TrioBack by popular demand, The Eric Byrd Trio returns to celebrate the music from the Peanuts’ A Charlie Brown Christmas show. By bringing fresh arrangements to these familiar songs, it gets everyone in the holiday mood. Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!
Tickets: $15/person

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

The 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