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|concerts |exhibitions |events SEASON 2016-17

Dear Patrons of the Arts, After the resounding success of the 2015/16 season, we are pleased to present to you our exciting new 2016/17 season. Our Concerts and Afternoon Tea performances are sure to satisfy the diverse music connoisseurs amongst our patrons and of course we continue to offer a variety of classes, exhibitions, movie matinees and other arts activities. Please do check in with us from time to time as we will be adding and presenting events and activities not listed in this season brochure. If you prefer, you may also provide us with an email address to be included in our email blasts. On behalf of all the staff at Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center, we look forward to welcoming you to our 2016/17 season.


Harmony Hall Regional Center welcomes aspiring creators and appreciators of art!


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Seth Adelsberger



Wednesday, September 14, 2 pm


Trifilio Tango Trio

Trifilio Tango Trio, features the music of Argentina. Led by bandoneonist Emmanuel Trifilio and featuring Devree Lewis, cello & Ramon Gonzalez, guitar; they present a fresh perspective on the Argentinean music genre. Their concert repertoire is almost entirely comprised of Sr. Trifilio’s original tango pieces: brand new, yet true to the tango tradition. The group performs in many environments; from their weekly appearances at DC’s Rumba Cafe to providing live music for local milongas (tango dances.) The trio also performs concerts in Buenos Ares, DC, Richmond, and NYC.

All ages Tickets: $18/person

Trifilio Tango Trio

Saturday, September 17, 8 pm

CONCERT Enchantment

The golden sound of Enchantment was formed in 1967 at Pershing High School in Detroit. Their music is soulful, smooth, romantic and melodious and their lyrics are warm, affectionate, loving and understanding. In 1976, the charismatic showmen received national acclaim with the release of their second single “Gloria”. Written and arranged by dynamic lead singer E.J. Johnson, “Gloria” became a smash hit. They followed it up with another smash hit, “Sunshine”, from the same album. In 1977, they recorded their second album and came up with their third consecutive number one single, “It’s You That I Need”, which reigned at number one for four solid weeks. They continued their hit making ways with top ten singles “If You’re Ready (Here It Comes)”, “Where Do We Go From Here”, “Forever More”, “Enchanted Lady” and many more. Enchantment’s longevity is attributed to their vitality and the dedication they have for their craft. The group continues to impressively demonstrate their quality golden sound at concerts and events around the country.

All ages Tickets: $45/General Admission; $40/students & seniors


Wilentz Quartet

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Wednesday, September 21, 2 pm


Mariachi Los Amigos

Mariachi Los Amigos was founded in 1979 and has continued to evolve over the years. Los Amigos truly are what their name depicts: a group of friends who share a passion for the lively, extraverted sound of mariachi music. Mariachi music originated among the ranching and farming people of west Mexico in the 19th century that began to gain recognition in the US during the early 20th century. Los Amigos perform a wide repertoire of musical material, from the latest canción ranchera (country song), to romantic boleros, lively polkas and hard-driving jaliscienses.

All ages Tickets: $18/person Wednesday, October 5, 2 pm


Mariachi Los Amigos

Wilentz Quartet

Leader, Wayne Wilentz is a pianist, composer and arranger who played regularly with Rock ’n Roll Hall of Famers The Coasters, The Shirelles, The Marvellettes, Carl Garner’s Coasters, and Jimmy Horman. He was a member of Atlantic, Capital and RCA/Salsoul recording artists “Skyy” for 9 years, receiving a Gold Record for their LP “Skyyline.” He toured with them internationally and performed at Hammersmith Odeon in London, Europe, and Africa, as well as in the United States, in such venues as Radio City Music Hall, The Cotton Bowl, The Greek Theater, and Capital Center. As a composer, along with works for “Skyy” and his own recordings, Wayne’s music can be heard on such TV shows as “The Mindy Project” and “Elemental”.

All ages Tickets: $18/person Wednesday October 12, 2 pm


Joe Recca, Comedian

Joe Recca has been doing comedy 29 years, and has been on HBO Def Comedy Jam, Showtime at the Apollo, and BET Comic View. He was the winner of BET’s Coming To The Stage, Comic’s Unleashed with Byron Allen, and the Monique Show.

All ages Tickets: $5/person Joe Recca


Afro Bop Alliance

Saturday, October 15, 8 pm


Bop Alliance

Latin Grammy Award winning Afro Bop Alliance (ABA) is an Afro-Caribbean jazz ensemble, inspired by the great be-bop tradition, married to the rich rhythmic stylings of Afro-Caribbean music. They received Latin Jazz Album of the Year at the 9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in 2008 for the recording “Afro Bop Alliance, featuring Dave Samuels”. Collectively they perform with some of the greatest names in the business including Paquito D’Rivera, In addition to their Latin Grammy, ABA has received a total four Wammie Awards (Washington, D.C. Area Music Association) two for Best Latin Ensemble, one for Best Latin Recording and one Best Big Band Recording. The Afro Bop Alliance has been featured at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, The Silver Spring Jazz Festival, The Provincetown Jazz Festival, The WC Handy Jazz Festival, Blues Alley, Bethesda Blues and Jazz, Rams Head On Stage with Paquito D’ Rivera, The Jazz Educators Network International Convention (JEN), The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), The University of Florida, Georgetown University, George Mason University, University of Maryland, West Chester University, Rowan University, and The Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Series, among many others. Active in education, Afro Bop Alliance has led numerous clinics/master classes around the country at both the collegiate and secondary school levels, including Rowan University, Shenandoah Conservatory, Florida Atlantic University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, Washington College and West Chester University. The music of Afro Bop Alliance is featured in leader/drummer Joe McCarthy’s educational Afro-Cuban big band play-along series published by Alfred Music.

All ages Tickets: $15/person

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Wednesday, October 19, 2 pm


David Wright and The Wright Touch

David Wright (sax and vocals) with his quartet of piano, string bass and drums, will perform music of The Great American Songbook, featuring songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington. David will program the songs made famous by popular artists such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Fred Astaire, Nat King Cole and others. Some blues are always included in the mix for some down home fun. As an instrumentalist, vocalist, bandleader, Master of Ceremonies, producer, and talent manager, Wright has been providing quality entertainment in the Washington area for over 30 years. David is the recipient of an American Jazz Excellence Award from the Department of the Interior (2003). He has performed for 6 Presidents while serving in The United States Marine Band. As founder of Wright Music & Productions he has performed in venues all over Washington DC such as The Kennedy Center, The Library of Congress, 6 Smithsonian Museums, The National Building Museum, Mellon Auditorium, and many more.

All ages Tickets: $18/person Saturday, October 29, 8 pm


David Wright


In the early 1970’s, The Dynamic Superiors, a Washington, D.C. quintet, signed with Motown and found great success on the Soul Charts as one of Motown’s most unique groups. After signing with Motown, they moved to Detroit and were immediately assigned to the renowned Ashford and Simpson song writing duo, who wrote most of their material. This proved to be a winning combination which produced several hits including” Shoe, Shoe Shine” and “Leave It Alone”, both of which made the Top 20 on R&B Charts. After leaving Motown in 1976, the group returned to Washington, D.C. and continues to flourish nationally and abroad. Unfortunately, the untimely death of lead singer, Tony Washington, caused a rift in the group and they drifted their separate ways, performing individually until 1979. The Dynamic Superiors got back together in 2005. The new look and rich harmonic sound of The Dynamic Superiors today is more than refreshing. Fans throughout the country have restored their appreciation of these voices as they tour the east coast concert circuit. After three decades and still going strong, the vibrant sound of The Dynamic Superiors is indeed a must see and must feel experience for “old school” music lovers everywhere.

All ages Tickets: $30/person; $25/students & seniors Dynamic Superiors


Wednesday, November 2, 2 pm


Esther Williams Trio

Esther Williams presents an exciting program of Jazz standards, Rhythm & Blues with a touch of Gospel. Her name is one you’re sure to remember once you’ve seen this sensuous talented entertainer. It is said that in just one set, Esther will take you from a whispered, heart-warming ballad to a swinging, jazzy standard, right into something that gets into your body and makes you move. Along with her husband, Davey Yarborough, Esther shares a passion for and commitment to music and art in the Washington, D.C. community. Together, they’ve developed the Washington Jazz Arts Institute teaching young musicians to excel in an exciting and stimulating environment.

All ages Tickets: $18/person Friday, November 4, 2 pm


Standing in the Shadow of Motown

This documentary mixes performances, interviews and reenactments to celebrate the Funk Brothers, the 1960s soul hit makers. As the musicians behind the Temptations, the Four Tops and others, the “brothers” were hugely successful, yet relatively anonymous compared to the famous singers they backed. They get their due here, as Richard “Pistol” Allen, Benny “Papa Zita” Benjamin and bandmates discuss their Detroit youth, studio sessions alongside Marvin Gaye and nonstop touring.

All ages Free Saturday, November 12, 8 pm


Lakeside with Mark Wood, Jr.


Come along and ride on the “Fantastic Voyage” with super group Lakeside. Out of Dayton, Ohio, Lakeside has been bringing the funk since 1969. In 1978, Lakeside released its first album for Solar Records which featured songs all written by members of the band and co-produced with Solar staff producer, Leon Sylvers III. With this album, the band began to find major success on the R&B charts, when the single “It’s All the Way Live” reached number four on the charts. With lead vocalist, Mark Wood, the band found their niche with a sound that stemmed from years of playing together. The band dressed in costumes on their album covers, including pirates, 1920’s police officers, cowboys, Arabian knights, and even Robin Hood. In 1980, came their biggest album “Fantastic Voyage.” The single “Fantastic Voyage” went on to reach number one on the R&B charts. The tune remains the band’s biggest hit, also hitting the pop charts, where it peaked at number 55. They followed this hit up with a remake of the Beatles’ song, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, which made the R&B Top Ten again. The group continues to tour under the leadership of original lead singer, Mark Wood. So come along and experience “Lakeside with Mark Wood”, because “It’s All The Way Live”.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2 pm


Contemporary flute and guitar duo, MIN, featuring flutist Saïs Kamalidiin and guitarist extraordinaire Rick Peralta, perform a very diverse chamber music program. The music of MIN is representative of styles from across America and from around the world. Expect the unexpected!

All ages Tickets: $18/person Wednesday, December 7, 2 pm


Jim Queen Duo

Jim Queen is a natural entertainer as a vocalist and instrumentalist playing fiddle, guitar and banjo. His repertoire cuts a wide swath from bluegrass to R&B to Hot Club of France as well as country, bluegrass, and swing. With his string bassist who also plays multiple instruments, you may possibly hear a wide variety of repertoire such as Cajun songs and songs in Spanish, Italian or French. Jim Queen is a member of the Pan-Celtic Band, Iona, as fiddler, banjoist and vocalist. He has performed for eight Presidents, on national television, and the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. A BMI songwriter, Jim has over two-dozen songs and tunes published, including a set in CD form titled: James Kent Queen: Sing Maryland, presenting Maryland Jim Queen Duo

history in song.

All ages Tickets: $18/person Saturday, December 17, 8 pm



Dunamis offers music with fresh, creative, and powerful sounds combining all genres of music into one art form. What’s that I hear? It sounds like power, fresh, new, explosive, it is fire. The flow is creative, refreshing, soothing and it has an unusual flavor. Dunamis is a mastermind at blending many unique sounds and making them work. Music that ranges from Rock and R&B blends to straight contemporary gospel; Dunamis is nothing but the truth.

All ages; FREE Wednesday, December 21, 10:30 am


Kwanzaa with Baba-C Baba-C

Celebrate Kwanzaa with Baba-C, DC’s Foremost Griot and Master Storyteller! Through interactive storytelling, narratives, call and response, The Honorable Baba-C will introduce and share the wonders, excitement, and principals of this seven day observation.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2 pm


Mutual Agreement

Mutual Agreement meaning “A Covenant With God” is a Gospel vocal ensemble whose purpose is to spread the word of God through song wherever the opportunity allows. The group has ministered in various parts of the country and performed with national recording artists such as Daryl Coley, Wintley Phipps, Sounds of Blackness, CeCe Winans, and Hezekiah Walker. They are members of the Gospel Music Workshop of America and have appeared on “Showtime at the Apollo” and the “Breath of Life Telecast.” Mutual Agreement has also performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and was awarded for their participation in the celebration of Black History at the U.S. Department of State by former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. Mutual Agreement was nominated one of the eight best a cappella vocal bands in the MidAtlantic region of the United States by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Harmony Association. They have been featured on various television and radio programs and have one recording “Back-to-Basics” available.

Mutual Agreement

All ages Tickets: $18/person Monday, January 9, 4:30–6:30pm


Missoula Children’s Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland

Missoula Children’s Theatre provides two professional tour actor/directors who will audition and cast 50-60 local elementary and secondary school students in a full-length, original musical production of Alice in Wonderland. Children must be at the John Addison Concert Hall by 4:30 pm. Latecomers will not be admitted. Please wear comfortable clothing. All materials for song and movement auditions will be provided.

For Grades Pre-K – 12 FREE admission Wednesday, January 11, 2 pm


Herb Smith Trio

Reed player Herb Smith came to Washington as head of jazz studies for Howard University after beginning his career as a musician in St. Louis and Memphis. Much of his program will be drawn from traditional jazz standards, but expect a nod to Motown and South American jazz too.

All ages Tickets: $18/person


Saturday, January 14, 11 am & 1 pm


Missoula Children’s Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland

The Missoula Children’s Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland, an original adaptation based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The story begins with Alice and her older sister Margaret reading together. Margaret becomes frustrated as Alice is curious about absolutely everything. Suddenly, a White Rabbit appears from nowhere. After a quick and nonsensical conversation, Alice follows the rabbit to a strange and wonderful place. In the course of her adventures, Alice meets a band of Flowers, the King and Queen of Hearts, the Knave and the rest of the suit of Cards, a giant Caterpillar, a Fish, a Frog, the Duchess, the Cook, the Cheshire Cat, the Gryphon, the Mock Turtle, a group of singing Lobsters, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, the Dormouse and Humpty Dumpty. Through it all, Alice grows “curiouser and curiouser” as to where she is and even who she is. In the end, the answers she seeks are unimportant. Wonderland is all nonsense, anyway. As the White Rabbit explains, “Nonsense is fun!”

All ages Tickets: $5/person Friday, January 20, 2 pm



In 1968, girl groups and the Motown sound are sweeping the nation. Despite their mother’s (Whitney Houston) misgivings, talented sisters Delores (Tika Sumpter), Sister (Carmen Ejogo) and Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) are taking Detroit by storm, and their dreams are even bigger.Their ambitious manager (Derek Luke) will do whatever it takes to make the big time, even if it means exploiting the sisters—and his love for Sparkle—for the foundation of a new musical empire.

Free Saturday, January 21, 8 pm

The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston


The Manhattans

The Manhattans, originally from Jersey City, formed in 1962 with members George “Smitty” Smith, Edward “Sonny” Bivins, Winfred “Blue” Lovett, Kenny “Wally” Kelly, and Richard “Ricky” Taylor. When Smith became ill in 1970, the group turned to a 17 year old “Gerald Alston” from Henderson, North Carolina to take over as their lead singer. In 1973, with Gerald Alston handing all the lead vocals, The Manhattans began a string of hit ballads including “There’s No Me Without You”, “We Never Danced To A Love Song” and “Hurt”. The most notable of these ballads was “Kiss and Say Goodbye”, a platinum selling #1 pop and R&B hit in 1976. In 1980, The Manhattans received a Grammy for their platinum selling #1 R&B hit “Shining Star”. Under the leadership of lead singer Gerald Alston, “The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston” continue to travel around the world, sharing their beautiful music with their millions of adoring fans. Get you tickets early for this one, you don’t want to miss it!

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Dixie Power Trio

Wednesday, January 18, 2 pm


The Wright Touch

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear and dance on stage with David Wright’s six member horn band, “The Wright Touch” in a performance of Jazz, Blues, Classic Rock, Motown, and Latin. Put your dancing shoes on and join an onstage professional dancer who will guide you through the program.

All ages Tickets: $5/person Wednesday, January 25, 2 pm


Dixie Power Trio

The Dixie Power Trio is a four-piece group dedicated to the music and sounds of Louisiana. Formed in 1992, the band (led by tubist Andy Kochenour and cornet/accordionist Zack Smith) has spent the last decade performing for audiences in clubs, concerts, and schools. The group is based in Fredericksburg, VA and has toured extensively throughout the United States in support of their seven independently produced recordings. “Zydeco Dog” is the band’s most recent release and was recorded in 2007.

All ages Tickets: $18/person Wednesday, February 1, 10:30 am


Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History

This hit musical revue is one of our most sought after productions. Join these energetic actors in an entertaining musical revue of the history of black music! From the work songs of slavery (“Hoe Emma Hoe”) and the hymns of the Underground Railroad (“Follow of the Drinking Gourd”) to the blues of Beale Street and the anthems of the civil rights movement, music has always been an integral part of our nation’s past. In this production, the actor/singers tell the stories behind these famous and forgotten hymns, work songs, and musical styles while sampling songs that spread across continents, genres, and centuries.

All ages Tickets: $5/person


Wednesday, February 8, 2 pm


Steve Williams and the Dixie Stompers

Composer, arranger and saxophonist Steve Williams has enjoyed a thirty-five year career performing many styles of music, with Jazz being the basis of everything he plays. Since 1997, he has played lead alto saxophone in the United States Navy Band Commodores. He is the lead alto saxophonist with The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra as well. The Dixie Stompers, led by Williams, includes two other musicians also from North Texas and The Commodores. This performance will feature the best loved Dixie standards along with a few surprises.

All ages Tickets: $18/person Sunday, February 12, 1-6 pm

FESTIVAL Expressions

of a People

You’re invited to a FREE Black History celebration featuring musical performances, children’s activities, workshops, and entertainment for the entire family. This year’s performers are again sure to please. Past performers at this popular event have included gospel singer Robert Pearson, The Oxon Hill High School Gospel Choir, The Yancey Brothers, Baba Jamal Koram, The Smooth & EZ Hand Dance Performance Troupe, a cappella singing group Nu Era, and many more. Children will enjoy mask-making, face painting, and a caricaturist.

All ages FREE admission Saturday, February 18, 8 pm


The Persuaders

The Persuaders

The world famous, The Persuaders®, internationally known for their multimillion seller “It’s a Thin Line Between Love and Hate” as well as “Some Guys Have All The Luck”, “Love Gonna Pack Up And Walk Out On You” and many more, are still touring and mesmerizing audiences around the world with their unique show. The Persuaders, originating out of the Bronx, some 47 years ago with its members emerging from the best of the top local vocal groups. During their rapid success with their first single release, “Thin Line Between Love And Hate” and album of the same title, frequent membership changes began with members now consisting of Vincent ‘Vince’ Ballard, Sylvester ‘Jaye’ Jones, Tmarvin Williams and Keith ‘Soul’ Simmons. The super talented members have continued the tradition of superb performances on recordings and stage that has been the hallmark of all other previous members who have graced the stage. They remain a staple on the “Soul 70s Tour” throughout the country. They are truly an act, not to be missed, if you love “old school” R&B, at its best

All ages Tickets: $45/person; $40/students & seniors

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Wednesday, February 22, 2 pm


Part Harmony

Part Harmony is one of Baltimore’s finest a cappella groups. Established in 1984, three brothers along with two cousins set out to bring joy to the hearts of everyone who listens through song. Known for their ability to bring back the sounds of Doo Wop mixed with Motown and Flash, Part Harmony always seems to please their audience. Becoming an attraction each summer at Baltimore City’s Inner Harbor Downtown Amphitheater, their popularity grows with every performance. Some of their accomplishments consist of sharing the stage with some very elite company such as Sinbad, Angela Bofield, Natalie Cole, The Four Tops, The Drifters, and others. They also had a cameo appearance in Charles Dutton’s directorial debut “The Corner” and the first episode of “Homicide.” With their flair of style and music, Part Harmony promises to continue to bring wholesome fun to everyone.

Part Harmony

All ages Tickets: $18/person Wednesday, March 8, 2 pm


Barry Gurley Duo

Washingtonian Magazine named Barry Gurley “Best Pianist-Vocalist” in Washington, D.C. and his career has taken him to countless venues including D.C.’s Blues Alley, New York City’s The Blue Note, The Monterey Jazz Festival, and Le Bilboquet in Paris, France. Mr. Gurley plays uniquely stylized versions of songs from the 40s and 50s jazz vocal repertoire, songs by pop artists such as The Beatles and Stevie Wonder, as well as those of current jazz vocal stalwarts Al Jarreau, Jon Hendricks, and others. His eclectic style and repertoire transitions from American standards to songs that have withstood the test of time.

All ages Tickets: $18/person

Barry Gurley Duo

Friday, March 10, 2 pm


Five Heartbeats

Coming in on the tail end of a rhythm and blues singing group explosion, The Five Heartbeats (Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon, Harry J. Lennix, Tico Wells) rise and fall within the space of seven years. Along the way, the group deals with all manner of fame and fortune distractions— jealousy, greed, too much womanizing and drugs all take a toll. Their troubles culminate when executive Big Red (Hawthorne James) is arrested for the murder of manager Jimmy Potter (Chuck Patterson).

Free Saturday, March 11, 8 pm


Comfort Zone Band

The Comfort Zone Band is a seven-member smooth jazz/R&B/Blues band from the Eastern Shore of Maryland/Delaware. They put their hearts into each and every performance and it translates into a great time for the audience. They bring on the slow, sultry smooth jazz to the up-tempo R&B, and even throw in some popular new tunes, with a Comfort Zone Jazz twist, of course!

All ages Tickets: $25/General Admission; $20/students & seniors

The Comfort Zone Band


Wednesday, March 22, 2 pm


Jose Sacil, Peruvian Baritone

Jose SaciÌ has a sturdy, commanding voice with the versatility and musicality that make him perfectly suited for the roles of Verdi and Verismo. Although his repertoire is vast, some recent performances include the roles of “Scarpia” in Tosca, “Guglielmo” in Cosi Fan Tutte, “Count Almamviva” in Le Nozze di Figaro and “Sharpless” in Madame Butterfly. SaciÌ specializes in Spanish Zarzuela, both in North America and Peru, performing the roles of “Juan” in Los Gavilanes, “Vidal Hernando” in Luisa Fernanda and “Juan de Eguia” in La Tabernera del Puerto.

All ages Tickets: $18/person Saturday, March 25, 8 pm

Tribute to Teddy Pendergrass featuring Stan “The Man” Hampton


Stan “The Man” Hampton

Out of Jamaica, New York, Stan “The Man” Hampton, has been entertaining audiences throughout the country for over 40 years. Stan is a gifted entertainer who was blessed with a soulful voice reminiscent of the great, Teddy Pendergrass. He has the look, the style and the sound, that will take you back to the days when “Teddy” was performing before sell-out crowds around the world. Stan “The Man” has taken his act to such prestigious venues as the famed Apollo Theater in New York. His rendition of “Turn Out The Lights,” “Love TKO,” and other Teddy Pendergrass hits will take you back to those wonderful days of old.

All ages Tickets: $25/person; $20/students & seniors Wednesday, April 5, 2 pm


The Damon Foreman Duo

The Damon Foreman Duo

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A charismatic performer, Damon along with his bass player, brings eclectic artistry and breaks through the boundaries of music genres. He can soothe your soul with his Jazz, wake your Spirit with his Soul, jumpstart your heart with his Funk, and light your fire with his Rock. Damon has toured throughout the world playing many styles of music with major artists such as Ashford and Simpson, Gladys Night, Sista Monica, Mary Wells and Parliament Funkadelic. He has major label production credits on Sire Records, Warner Brothers, and others. Damon loves to perform and leaves listeners with a knowing that they have experienced something different and awesome. In other words, he rocks!

All ages Tickets: $18/person

Friday, April 7, 2 pm



Deena (Beyoncé Knowles),Effie (Jennifer Hudson) and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose) form a music trio called the Dreamettes. When ambitious manager Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx) spots the act at a talent show, he offers the chance of a lifetime, to be backup singers for a national star (Eddie Murphy). Taylor takes creative control of the group and eventually pushes the singers into the spotlight. However, one becomes the star, forcing another out, which teaches them about the high cost of fame.

All ages Free Saturday, April 8, 8 pm


Hardway Connection Band

There is an exciting new variation of “oldies but goodies” melodies sweeping the land. It is a blues and rhythm and blues sound counterpointed by a thread of family values and tradition. It is the smooth, passionate, sometimes funky and extremely “tight” sound of The Hardway Connection Band evoking feelings of nostalgia and an undeniable compulsion to dance.

All ages Tickets: $30/person; $25/students & seniors

Hardway Connection Band

SWednesday, April 19, 2 pm


Soprano Nancy Scimone

Soprano Nancy Scimone has performed concerts at the US Botanic Gardens, the Embassy of China, Sumner Museum, Anderson House Museum, an all-Bernstein program at Lisner Auditorium and Alexandria, Virginia’s historic Athenaeum and Lyceum, and in New York City at St. Peter’s Concert Series, the Liederkranz Club and Church of Our Savior, and the Bar Harbor, Maine Music Festival. She has toured to over 100 churches across North America with her original inspirational music and dramatic presentations, and her recordings of inspirational music are heard world-wide. Other performances include the soloist in Handel’s Messiah at The John F. Kennedy Center, Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins, Berlioz’s “Les Nuits d’Eté,” the Queen of Sheba in Handel’s Solomon, the Mozart and Fauré Requiem Masses, the comic role of Olga in The Merry Widow with The Washington Opera, Rezia in Oberon and Villa Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras.” She was recently guest soloist with the U.S. Army Chorus performing Gioia/Lauridsen’s “Prayer” with poet laureate Dana Gioia in attendance. In spring 2016, she performed the role of The Countess and produced Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, in a sold-out performance at the Embassy of Austria in Washington, D.C.

Nancy Scimone

All ages Tickets: $18/person


Moonshine Society

Wednesday, April 12, 2 pm


Moonshine Society

Moonshine Society pays homage to the sounds of Mississippi blues, New Orleans funk, and Texas roots rock while keeping the sound fresh for a new generation of music lovers. The band was created by several young members of the Blues Hall of Fame featuring Berklee College of Music alumni and celebrity saxophonist Ron Holloway (Warren Haynes Band, Dizzy Gillespie.) Moonshine Society comes to you with three Wammie Nominations (2013) for Best Blues/ Tradition R&B Band; Best Blues/Tradition R&B Album; and Best Blues/Tradition R&B Vocalist. Three members were inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2012.

All ages Tickets: $5/person Saturday, April 22, 8 pm


The Delfonics featuring Wil Hart

The Delfonics were formed in Philadelphia 1965 featuring brothers, William and Wilbert Hart, Ritchie Daniels and Randy Cain. They were most popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s and their most notable hits include “La-La (Means I Love You),” “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind,” “Break Your Promise,” “Ready or Not,” “When You Get Right Down to It,” and many others. The current group led by co-founder Wilbert Hart continues the tradition of presenting their classic ballads with the smooth, sweet harmony that has made them an R&B favorite for over 40 years.

All ages Tickets: $45/person; $40 students & seniors The Delfonics featuring Wil Hart

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Saturday, May 6, 8 pm


Secret Society

Formed in 2008, Secret Society is the brainchild of Washington-area musician Bryan Mills and was created to bring the “Live Band” sound back to today’s heavily computerized music market. The “Society” is that breath of fresh air that most aficionados have been searching for. The repertoire is deep and full of history, tradition, and diversity. The combination of talent, experience, and a host of influences stemming from the seeds of John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Police, Rick James, and a host of others gives this band their own unique sound and identity. To assign a genre-style to this group would be difficult considering the intermixture of music displayed. This group likes to use the simplistic description “Feel Good Music” to define exactly what it is that they offer. In 2012, Secret Society was nominated for a WAMMIE by the Washington Area Music Awards (WAMA) for Best Urban Contemporary Duo/Group. The band has been featured in several magazines, including Prince George’s Suite and Magazine 33 Virginia, as “one of the hottest bands in the region!”

All ages Tickets: $25/person; $20/students & seniors

Secret Society

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 10:30am

Kids’ Day Out Junkman

The Junkman™ believes that anything can be used to make music at a Junk Music™ concert — including snowboards, car fenders, hubcaps, glass bottles, frying pans, fly swatters, brake drums, egg whisks and saw blades—if you can strike, rub or shake it to create a sound it will be on stage to help recreate his one-of-a-kind compositions.

Fee: $5/person Wednesday, May 10, 2 pm



The Pendleton Trio consisting of Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon will perform a wonderful combination of music from composers such as Joplin, Mozart, Haydn, Britten, Pachelbel, Strauss and others. Leader and Oboist, Ron Erler, will give you insights on their instruments (two of which are double reed instruments) as well as interesting stories about the composers and their music.


All ages Tickets: $18/person ARTS/HARMONY HALL | 19

David Wright and The Wright Touch

Wednesday, May 17, 2 pm


David Wright and The Wright Touch

In the 1950s when the big band era faded and a smooth swing rhythm was replaced by the back beat, the American Song Book became the American Soul Book. David Wright (sax and vocals) with his quartet of piano, string bass, and drums, will perform a variety of songs from the rock n’ roll, Motown, and beyond. Saturating the radio airwaves these songs became the foundation of popular music, which we now refer to as Classic Rock. David will program his favorites such as “Run Around Sue,” My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” Brown Eyed Girl,” “I Only Have Eyes For You,” and more. Come join us take a stroll down memory lane together.

All ages Tickets: $18/person Saturday, May 20, 8 pm


The Earth, Wind and Fire Tribute Band

The Earth, Wind and Fire Tribute Band

The Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band is a talented and committed group of musicians and vocalist whose roots are in gospel music. They share a great love and appreciation for the style and musicianship of the premier band of the 70s, 80s and 90s, Earth, Wind and Fire. Selling out venues globally, the Gammy-award winning band continues to record and perform for an endearing fan base.....still growing for over four decades. The EWF Tribute Band is based in Maryland and actively supports its local community, performing at fund raisers, church events, and local historic venues such as the Howard Theater. They pay homage to one of the greatest bands of its era, bringing to life the magical R&B, funk and Jazz sounds that continue to inspire and influence the contemporary entertainers of today. From the funk and “earthy” grooves, to the sophisticated and complex lyrics and orchestrations, The EWF Tribute Band will continue to keep the music alive. Come out and spend an evening enjoying the songs of your youth, with The Earth, Wind and Fire Tribute Band.

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MONDAY–FRIDAY, 8:30 am–8 pm; SATURDAY, 10 am–4 pm; SUNDAY 10 am–2 pm

Visual Music: Paintings by Michael Spears

August 15– October 14, 2016 Reception for the artist, Saturday, September 10, 3–5 pm Music is a universal phenomenon. Its effect is second to none in the capacity to Influence the emotions. The work of Michael Spears relies on the intuitive marks and shapes that are achieved through the spontaneous interpretation of music. This spontaneity gives his work a more cryptic and rhythmic feel, intended to enable the viewer to see the music.

The Brink of Collapse: Sculpture by Zachary Pritchard October 31–December 30, 2016 Reception for artist, Saturday, November 12, 3–5 pm

Zachary works primarily in sculptural media, using papier mache, plaster, wax, paints, and metals, but he also creates drawings and paintings. His anthropomorphic forms explore ideas of humor, death, loneliness, and attraction that often seek a raw and visceral reaction.

Ulysses Marshall: The Spirit Within January 16– March 10, 2017 Reception for the artist, Saturday, January 21, 3–5 pm

Ulysses Marshall paints what he values which are family connections, an individual’s dignity and worth as well as the rich history of African American culture. His expressionistic style has developed through using many materials, such a newspapers, and magazine cutouts, cardboard and other materials and he uses color, line, shapes, and symbols to create is subject matter. Marshall’s paintings are at times intuitive as well as naive naive, but once the viewer is engaged, emotions of power, mood, tranquility, peace, sorrow and sadness are revealed.

Michael Spears

Ulysses Marshall Zachary Pritchard


Spring Sonata: Works by The Han Mee Artists Association March 27–May 19, 2017 Reception for the artists, Saturday, April 1, 3–5 pm

HMAA works to encourage visual artists, to promote exposure to the visual arts and to increase public awareness of the vitality, quality, and wide diversity of media and styles of Korean-American artists. This exhibition showcases the diverse talent of artists working in mixed media, ceramics, calligraphy, sculpture, and painting.

Maria Santiago

June 5–July 28, 2017 Reception for the artist, Saturday, June 10, 3–5 pm Argentinean born artist, Maria Santiago, is an abstract geometric painter that uses various media such as oil, canvas, burlap and collage to emphasize texture and color. Her cut paper collages are organized with squares, triangles, circles, straight and curved lines to form harmonious and balanced spaces.

Maria Santiago

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afternoon tea series 2016–2017

A and B series tickets now on sale C and D series tickets on sale December 5

Series A

Series B



Trifilio Tango Trio

Mariachi Los Amigos



Wilentz Quartet

David Wright and The Wright Touch



Esther Williams Trio




Mutual Agreement

Jim Queen Duo

Trifilio Trio

Wilentz Quartet

Mariachi Los Amigos

Mutual Agreement Damon Foreman Duo

Dixie Power Trio

Series C

Series D





Herb Smith Trio Steve Williams and The Dixie Stompers MARCH 8

Barry Gurley Duo APRIL 5

Damon Foreman Duo MAY 10

Pendleton Trio

Dixie Power Trio Part Harmony MARCH 22

Jose Sacil APRIL 19

Nancy Scimone MAY 17

David Wright and The Wright Touch

arts in the classroom To complement our 2016/2017 visual and performing arts season, we also offer a host of wonderful classes in a variety of specialties including pottery, watercolor, sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, ballet as well as African, modern, street and belly dance. You can register online at and click on the SMARTlink logo. Or, you can visit any staffed M-NCPPC facility in Prince George’s County to register via SMARTlink.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 301-203- 6070, TTY 301- 699 -2544

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Many thanks for your support of our arts programs from the staff at Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center. Sheryl, Mitchell, Zelda, Edwin, Galveston, Barbara, Zahra, Beverly, Gloria, Patricia, Carol, Jackie W., Charles, Peter, Kristi, Greg, Maxi, LaToiya, Lauren, Alex, Michael G., Maia, Narvia, Denise, Deion, Michael D., Chris, John, Jacque, Dale, Veronica, Marcus, Pamela and Stuart

A NOTE ABOUT RENTAL OPPORTUNITIES AT ARTS/HARMONY HALL REGIONAL CENTER: The Center is a multi-faceted arts facility that also provides rental opportunities to a variety of arts and non-arts organizations, groups, and individuals. Only the programs and events advertised in this brochure and displaying the M-NCPPC logo are endorsed by Arts/ Harmony Hall Regional Center. Any rental programs and events are the sole responsibility of the renting entity. BOX OFFICE HOURS: Tickets can be purchased from the Arts Office during the following hours: Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 am-8 pm and Saturdays, 10 am-4 pm. Offices are closed Sundays. Will call hours are 1 hour prior to the start of the program. PLEASE NOTE: Prince George’s County Public Schools is not sponsoring, endorsing, or recommending any activity announced in this flyer/material.

TICKET INFORMATION: All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and may be purchased with Visa or MasterCard by calling 301-203-6070.Unpaid ticket reservations are not accepted. Performances are subject to change. ADA accommodations must be requested at time of ticket purchase. DIRECTIONS: Harmony Hall Regional Center is located in Southern Prince George’s County within the Broad Creek Historic District, just off of Indian Head Highway. Limited public transportation is available. From the Capital Beltway (I-495), take Exit 3A (Indian Head Highway) South. Follow Indian Head Highway (Route 210) South for approximately four miles and make a right onto Fort Washington Road. Make the next right turn onto Livingston Road. The center is on the left.

PARKING: Parking is available in front of the Center, to the east. Over-flow parking is available behind the building.




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In 2015, M-NCPPC’s Department of Parks and Recreation won an unprecedented SIXTH national Gold Medal for excellence in parks and recreation management. Eligible agencies must be CAPRA accredited, meeting more than 160 standards. Prince George’s County has the best parks and recreation agency in the country!

Harmony Hall Brochure, 2016-2017  
Harmony Hall Brochure, 2016-2017