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Posted on: September 17, 2018

Fall for the Arts with the Department of Parks and Recreation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 17, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS 301-446-3327 - or - Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com 

                                    IYANA MOORE 301-446-3313 - or – Iyana.Moore@pgparks.com 

 

Fall for the Arts with the Department of Parks and Recreation 

 

Riverdale, MD – This fall, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Department of Parks of Recreation in Prince George’s County invites you to enjoy art, music, history and cultural heritage throughout the county.

WHAT: Jazz Vocalist: Debora Galan

WHEN: Friday, September 28, 2018, from 8 PM - 10 PM

WHERE: Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD 20708

COST: Resident/ Non-Resident Cost: $25; 10% discount for Montpelier members and seniors


West Coast jazz vocalist Debora Galan is coming home to the East Coast, where her career began! Galan will showcase tunes from her album, All About Love, including original compositions inspired by her Spanish and Cuban ancestry and her abiding love of melody, rhythm, and groove.


WHAT: Pianist: Alex Brown

WHEN: Friday, October 5, 2018, from 8 PM – 10 PM

WHERE: Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD 20708

COST: Resident/ Non-Resident Cost: $25; 10% discount for Montpelier members and seniors

 

Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Alex Brown is quickly emerging at the forefront of a new generation of artists. The New York Times says he plays “with a crystalline touch and a worldly approach.” In addition to leading his own quartet, Brown has been a member of Paquito D’Rivera’s ensemble since 2007, performing on and contributing arrangements to their Latin Grammy award-winning album, Jazz Meets the Classics.


WHAT: One Maryland One Book

WHEN: Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 2 PM – 3 PM

WHERE: Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD 20708

AUDIENCE: Adults, Book enthusiasts

COST: FREE

 

Bloodsworth encapsulates a historical criminal justice milestone that took place in the state of Maryland that would eventually lead to the exoneration of hundreds of wrongfully accused inmates of heinous, violent crimes. Join us for this stimulating book discussion.


WHAT: Eric Byrd Trio

WHEN: Thursday, October 11, 2018, from 12 PM – 1:15 PM

WHERE: Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD 20708

AUDIENCE: Seniors 60 or better

COST: Resident/ Non-Resident Cost: $12

 

Join us for our Smooth Sounds for Seniors Series featuring Eric Byrd. Performing selections from their last two recordings, the award-winning Eric Byrd Trio will present a program of jazz standards, original jazz arrangements of hymns, spirituals, and gospel music. Plus, pianist-vocalist Eric Byrd will sing a few selections. Featuring Bhagwan Khalsa on bass and Alphonso Young, Jr., on drums, the Eric Byrd Trio are ambassadors of gospel, blues, and jazz. You won’t want to miss this event.


WHAT: Forró for All: Featuring Rose Moraes and Rob Curto
WHEN: 
Friday, October 12, 2018 from 8 PM – 10 PM
WHERE: Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD 20708

COST: Resident/ Non-Resident Cost: $25; 10% discount for Montpelier members and seniors


Accordionist Rob Curto leads this trio, originally from New York City. An important Forró ambassador in the U.S., Curto has introduced many music lovers to the Northeastern Brazilian Music. He was an original member of the band Forró in the Dark with Mauro Refosco (David Byrne, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Smokey Hormel (Beck). Hailing from south of Sao 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. She and Curto are joined by Scott Kettner for the Montpelier program.


WHAT: Harvest Festival
WHEN: Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 12 PM – 3:30 PM 
WHERE: Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park, MD 20737

AUDIENCE: Local families, Scouts

COST: Resident/ Non-Resident Cost: $4


Enjoy some fall family fun! On Sunday, October 14, 12 noon-3:30 pm, guests are invited to Riversdale House Museum to pick and decorate a pumpkin from our patch, enjoy lawn games and face painting, make a craft, enjoy treats from the open hearth kitchen and garden, and more! All activities while supplies last. Harvest Festival is $4 per person and includes a tour of the historic house. For more information, call 301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544; email Riversdale@pgparks.com; or visit our website at history.pgparks.com. Find us on Facebook at @PGParksHistory.


WHAT: Book Discussion: Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
WHEN: Monday, October 15, 2018 from 7 PM – 9 PM 
WHERE: Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD 20708

AUDIENCE: Readers, Book enthusiasts, Adults

COST: FREE


From the best-selling author of Brother, I'm Dying and The Dew Breaker, Claire of the Sea Light is a stunning work of fiction that brings us deep into the intertwined lives of a small seaside town where a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing. Join us for a lively discussion of the book led by Dr. Karen Arnold.


WHAT: Riversdale Chamber Music Society: Wavelength Winds
WHEN: Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
WHERE: Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park, MD 20737

AUDIENCE: WETA audience, classical, musicians, general public

COST: Resident/ Non-Resident Cost: $12


Join the Riversdale Chamber Music Society's presentation of Wavelength Winds, the fourth resident fellowship wind quintet. The group's mission is to present diverse, stimulating works and innovative collaborations that resonate with music lovers of all kinds. In the rapidly changing musical landscape, Wavelength Winds is continuously seeking out intriguing collaborations and new works.


The Riversdale Chamber Music Society celebrates the connection between Maryland and Riversdale House Museum, where the university's founder, Charles Benedict Calvert, was born in 1808. Its mission is to provide a diverse chamber music experience featuring UMD School of Music students and faculty, as well as collaborations with military and local ensembles.


WHAT: Musical Tribute to Shirley Chisholm: Unbought and Unbossed
WHEN: Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 12 PM – 1:15 PM 
WHERE: Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD 20708

AUDIENCE: Seniors 60 or better

COST: Resident/ Non-Resident Cost: $12

 

Join us for our Smooth Sounds for Seniors series featuring a tribute concert to Shirley Chisholm.  Two sopranos pay a celebratory birthday (November 30) tribute to Shirley Chisholm, the first African American United States presidential candidate. The tribute will offer Negro spirituals, songs of the Civil Rights movement, and narration of tidbits from Chisholm’s life.


WHAT: Trash to Treasure Green Craft Fair
WHEN: Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 10 AM – 4 PM 
WHERE: Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

AUDIENCE: Ages 18+

COST: FREE


Join us for our 10th Annual Green Craft Fair this fall at Watkins Nature Center! Call for Vendors!

We are accepting applications for artists and crafters. Must be selling items made from at least 50% recycled/upcycled, responsibly and/or locally harvested, fair trade or sustainable products. Applications can be found here.

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