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2012–2013 season

Arts Harmony Hall Regional Center A facility of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Department of parks and recreation, prince george’s county

dance theatre art music

Dear Arts Patrons,

It’s hard for me to believe that this is my 11th season with

Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center! Together, on our stage and in our galleries, in our studios and our lobbies, we have shared a vast variety of music, drama, art and dance. But most importantly, we have met, spent time together and shared ideas. This is what I treasure most, the arts forming the bridge to common bonds between people and ideas. That is the value of what we do. Former Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan summed this up nicely: “Art has the potential to unify. It can speak in many languages without a translator. The arts do not discriminate. The arts can lift us up.”

As The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning

Commission celebrates the Year of the Arts, we at Arts/ Harmony Hall Regional Center are proud to offer you a full season of arts programming, including twelve music concerts, eighteen afternoon teas, ten Kids’ Day Out children’s shows, and seven different art exhibits in our galleries. There certainly is “something in the arts for everyone” to celebrate, from doo-wop to gospel, from chamber music to Irish tenors, from showcasing our instructors’ own artistic creations to oriental ink media. Browse through this brochure and bring your whole family out to share the ARTS!

See you at curtain time!

Lawrence J. Knowles, Ph.D., Director of Arts


“A Salute to Benny Goodman” featuring Bill Wright & Robert Redd

Robert Redd started out as a trumpet player as a youngster and began performing professionally while still in high school. He later switched to piano and was very quickly in demand. For 15 years, Redd was a member of the Keter Betts Trio, until Betts’ death in 2005. William Wright recently retired after 30 years with the National Symphony Orchestra, and immediately started touring the U.S. with a 1940s style big band as a reed doubler (clarinet and sax). This program replicates some of the finest performances of the undisputed King of Swing! All ages Tickets: $15/person Saturday, September 15, 8 pm CONCERT

Kim Weston

Best known as a duet partner of Marvin Gaye, Kim Weston also charted with her own solo sides during the ‘60s. Born Agatha Natalie Weston in Detroit, she started singing in her church choir at age three, and by her teenage years had joined a touring gospel group called the Wright Specials. She signed with Motown during the company’s early days, scoring a minor R&B hit in 1963 with “Love Me All the Way.” The following year, she recorded her first duet with Gaye, “What Good Am I Without You.” She enjoyed a big solo hit in 1965 with “Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)” and followed it up in 1966 with the equally soulful “Helpless.” All ages Tickets: $30/general admission; $25/students & senior citizens Wednesday, September 19, 10:30 am KIDS’ DAY OUT

Illstyle & Peace Productions, Hip-Hop Dance

Brandon “Peace” Albright and Forrest Webb founded Illstyle & Peace Productions in 2002. Their affiliations and performing credits include Crew Scanner Boyz, Boys II Men, Will Smith, LL Cool J and Renee Harris Pure Movement. The company, based in Philadelphia, is a multicultural, mixed-gender dance company whose work focuses on the movement and spirit of hip-hop with a variety of performance disciplines such as ballet, jazz and tap. The company delivers a positive message of individual expressions to worldwide audiences young and old. All ages Tickets: $5/person

Fall 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2 pm

Wednesday, September 19, 2 pm

Wednesday, October 10, 2 pm



Jim Logan, Clarinetist

Richard Miller, Guitarist

James Logan, a member of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C., enjoys an active freelance career. He’s performed as clarinet soloist on more than 100 occasions, including appearances in St. Petersburg, Russia and four national tours. His string quartet, Logan Circle, has performed throughout the metropolitan area, and was featured at the International Clarinet Association Convention. All ages Tickets: $15/person

Brazilian born Richard Miller is a fine musician whose repertoire ranges from standard classical guitar works to the Brazilian equivalent of American ragtime, a subject on which he is an expert. (He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the subject.) He’s toured South and Central America as well as the U.S. in both classical recitals and with Latin jazz bands. All ages Tickets: $15/person

Sunday, October 21, 4 pm CONCERT

The Yancey Brothers, The Gospel Ambassadors, and Sharon Rose & The Voices of Praise – Celebrate Gospel!

The Yancey Brothers, frequent popular guests of our Expressions of a People festival, headline an afternoon of roof-raising gospel music. The group consists of three generations of Yanceys, the older generation spending almost 40 years singing together. The second and third generations consist of David Yancey, II, Mark Gibson, Dwayne Yancey, Daryl Yancey and Dwight Yancey. The brothers will be joined by Jay Caldwell and the Gospel Ambassadors, a group that has shared the stage with music legends Shirley Caesar, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Swanee Quintet, Lumzy Sisters and the Dixie Hummingbirds. Also performing will be Sharon Rose & The Voices of Praise. Sharon started performing on a stage in church at a very young age and absolutely loved it. As a teen, she sang along to people including Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey and now sings to music by Lauryn Hill, Aaliyah, Ella Fitzgerald, Coldplay, Jill Scott and Robyn. The older she got, the more she dreamt about being a performer; she’s now taking a chance and doing what she loves! All ages Tickets: $30/general admission; $25/students & senior citizens

Wednesday, October 24, 10:30 am KIDS’ DAY OUT

Sankofa Dance Theater

Sankofa Dance Theater is a national, non-profit arts organization devoted to presenting world-class, authentic African art in the form of dance, music, and folkways. The word Sankofa means to learn from the past in an effort to build for the future. Sankofa reaches back into the rich legacy of African culture and history to move forward into greater awareness for the community. Sankofa has performed throughout the United States and internationally – from Japan to West Africa! All ages Tickets: $5/person Wednesday, October 24, 2 pm AFTERNOON TEA

The Alexandria Kleztet

Exciting and innovative, The Alexandria Kleztet (led by woodwind player Seth Kibel, violinist Helen Hausmann, bassist Scott Harlan and percussionist Tim Jarvis) has been combining traditional Eastern European/Jewish music with diverse influences for more than a decade. New arrangements of traditional melodies and original songs by members of the band draw upon jazz, classical, world beat, rock and other musical genres to create a unique, entertaining sound. The band has won 13 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including World Music Duo or Group, World Music Instrumentalist, Jazz Instrumentalist and World Music Recording. All ages Tickets: $15/person Friday, October 26, 10:30 am & 1 pm CHILDREN’S SHOW

Kids Euro Festival’s “Presto!”

The Society of Estonian Magicians, under the sponsorship of the Embassy of France’s Kids Euro Festival, presents “Presto,” a wonderful bouquet of magical effects. “Presto” is a classical interactive magic show with music that includes audience participation, from their seats and on stage! Register at All ages FREE admission

winter 2012–2013

Wednesday, November 7, 2 pm AFTERNOON TEA

Dan Nelson, Baritone

Baritone Daniel Nelson comes to us via the University of Minnesota where he received his vocal training in German lieder and related art song repertoire. He undertook further study at Hochschule für Musik in Basel, Switzerland. Dan’s musical credits include work with the St. Paul Opera Company and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. His repertoire includes songs from Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Edvard Grieg and G. F. Handel. All ages Tickets: $15/person Saturday, November 10, 8 pm CONCERT

The Solitaires

From Harlem, New York, The Solitaires, like no other vocal group of the 50s, sang lushly harmonized doo-wop with a dreamy romantic feeling, and rank as one of the great groups of the 50s. Formed in 1953, the group originally comprised veterans of the doo-wop scene. They signed with Hy Weiss’ Old Town label in 1954, and with “Wonder Why,” “Blue Valentine,” “Please Remember My Heart” and “I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance,” the group quickly established itself locally, if not nationally. Their deep, yet crisp and clean, R&B sound set a standard for other groups. With great records such as “The Wedding” (1955), “The Angels Sang” (1956), “You’ve Sinned” (1956), and “Walking Along” (1957), they became a rock ‘n’ roll phenomenon. All ages Tickets: $30/general admission; $25/students & senior citizens Wednesday, November 21, 10:30 am KIDS’ DAY OUT

Synetic Theater: Pantomime for Youth – The Miraculous Magical Balloon

This production is a series of hilarious pantomime sketches with music, ballet, clowning and audience participation. Students will discover the art of acting without words, opening the doors to their imaginations. Expressed through body and facial masks, pantomime illusions and unique choreography, Balloon tells a wonderful story of a traveling actor and his magical trunk of tricks and toys. All ages Tickets: $5/person

Wednesday, November 21, 2 pm

Saturday, December 15, 8 pm



Robert Mitchell, Pianist

The Jewels

The Washington Post described Robert Mitchell’s playing as “precisely articulate, yet bluesy and sensitive.” Mitch has performed at venues around the world, including the Seattle Opera House, the Chosun Hotel in Seoul, the Palais de Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Music Messe in Frankfurt, Avery Fisher Hall/Lincoln Center in New York, and locally, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Wolf Trap. As a member of the U.S. Army Band for 13 years, he’s performed for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, King Badouin of Belgium and Prince Charles. All ages Tickets: $15/person Wednesday, December 5, 2 pm AFTERNOON TEA

Robert Statham, Pianist

After a performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, The Washington Post said of pianist Robert Statham: “The soloist played with ease and self-confidence one of the most difficult pieces ever written for piano.” Robert Statham has been an awardwinning pianist since he first began performing. He won the Frederic Chopin Award for gifted young pianists, a Mayoral Citation in Baltimore and the Governor’s Citation for Piano Performance-Morgan State College. He’s studied at Hampton University, Peabody Conservatory and the Rome School at Catholic University. All ages Tickets: $15/person

Famed for their classic 1964 single “Opportunity,” R&B girl group The Jewels was formed in Washington, D.C. in 1961 by vocalists Sandra Bears, Grace Ruffin, Margie Clark and Carrie Mingo. Originally dubbed The Impalas, the fledgling quartet was soon befriended by Bo Diddley, who recorded their Checker label debut “I Need You So Much.” The record went nowhere and in 1962, new manager/producer Bob Lee changed the group’s name to the Four Jewels. After issuing “Loaded With Goodies” for the local Start label, the group landed at Chess for the single “That’s What They Put Erasers on Pencils For,” followed by a stint as backing vocalists for singer Billy Stewart, Ruffin’s first cousin. Martha Harvin replaced Mingo on subsequent outings for Dynamite, Federal and King, including several sessions produced by James Brown. In 1964, The Jewels signed to Dimension, where the superb “Opportunity” reached number 64 on the pop charts. The group toured with James Brown and became his first female background group. All ages Tickets: $30/general admission; $25/students & senior citizens Wednesday, December 19, 10:30 am KIDS’ DAY OUT

“Nritya: Rhythms of India”

Lakshmi Swaminathan and Lavanya Thamire, forming Nritya’s dancers’ introduce students to India and the different nuances of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, classical dance forms from Southern India. They gracefully integrate technical dance with storytelling in order to convey the rich imagery embedded in the art forms. Blending facial expressions and body movement, Nritya brings interpretative traditional dances and folk tales to life. All ages Tickets: $5/person

Wednesday, December 19, 2 pm AFTERNOON TEA

Mike & Tai, Flutist/Guitarist

Flutist Mike Gillespie and guitarist Taimoor Saeedi are active members of Washington’s jazz community. In addition to working as a duo, they’ve played with many of the busiest DC-based musicians. Taimoor studied with Mick Goodrick and Paul Bollenbach, as well as at the New England Conservatory of Music. He’s been teaching and performing throughout the U.S. and Europe for well over 20 years. Native Washingtonian Mike Gillespie has been playing the flute since he was seven years old. He studied locally at Virginia Commonwealth University with several of the best teachers of the flute. His career has allowed him to perform and record with Jazz artists including Charles Famborough, Sir Roland Hanna, Shirley Scott, Ed Wiley, Jr. and Webster Young. All ages Tickets: $15/person Saturday, January 5, 8 pm CONCERT

The Crystals

The Crystals, based in New York, are considered one of the defining acts of the girl group era of the first half of the 1960s. Their 1961–1964 chart hits, including “Uptown,” “He’s a Rebel,” “Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home),” and “Then He Kissed Me,” featured three successive female lead singers, and were all produced by Phil Spector. Dee Dee Kenniebrew is the only original Crystal who remained active touring from the seventies to the present. Dee Dee carries on The Crystals’ legacy by performing with Patricia Pritchett-Lewis, a member since 2005, and Melissa Antoinette Grant (a.k.a. MelSoulTree), a member since 2002. All ages Tickets: $30/general admission; $25/students & senior citizens Wednesday, January 9, 2 pm AFTERNOON TEA

Vocal Express

This dynamic vocal ensemble specializes in popular music and show tunes from the mid-to-late 20th century, and the Great American Songbook. Their repertoire includes Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA,” “Think Of Me,” and “Summer Fun.” All ages Tickets: $15/person

Saturday, January 19, 8 pm

Saturday, January 26, 11 am & 1 pm



H.A.L.O. (Heaven Allows Love Only)

Missoula Children’s Theatre’s Blackbeard the Pirate

H.A.L.O. is a very talented local R&B group comprised of members John Bo Sharpe, Curtis Blow Warren and Antwan Silky Drayton. This group brings forth many talents and superb vocals, and has performed with The Temptations and Jeffrey Osbourne. All ages Tickets: $30/general admission; $25/students & senior citizens Monday, January 21, 4-6 pm AUDITIONS

Missoula Children’s Theatre’s Blackbeard the Pirate

Missoula Children’s Theatre provides two professional tour actor/directors, who will audition and cast 50–60 elementary and secondary school students in a full-length, original musical production of Blackbeard The Pirate. Children must be at John Addison Concert Hall by 4 pm – latecomers will not be admitted – and should dress comfortably. All materials for song and movement auditions will be provided. For grades K–12 FREE admission

With a full cast of your very own children, Missoula Children’s Theatre week-long residency comes to an end with TWO performances of the musical production of Blackbeard the Pirate. What starts as a lazy day at the beach, quickly turns into mystery and adventure when the search for Blackbeard’s treasure begins! Tales both past and present launch a group of beach bums to action in search of untold riches. Before the tale is told, a cast of colorful characters begin to reveal the secrets of Blackbeard’s amazing treasure. Can we trust a group of crabby crabs or melodious mermaids? Do the scary seaweed creatures or savvy sailors know where “X” marks the spot? Will the precocious parrots or cantankerous crocodiles lead the way? And just who is Jolly Roger and how does he know Sam the Clam? Most of all, where have Blackbeard and his crew hidden their legendary treasure? Grab some sun screen, come on down to the beach and get ready to solve the mystery! TWO PERFORMANCES! All ages Tickets: $5 for each performance

Wednesday, January 30, 10:30 am KIDS’ DAY OUT

Max Bent

Max Bent entertains and engages through beatboxing, using demonstrations of skill, musical games and cutting edge audio technology. Students learn about the elements of music and make connections to biology and mathematics. All ages Tickets: $5 Wednesday, January 30, 2 pm AFTERNOON TEA

Emil Chudnovsky, Violinist

Born in Moscow to renowned violinist Nina Beilina and the late Maestro Israel Chudnovsky, eminent opera conductor Emil Chudnovsky began concertizing at the age of 11 with a solo performance on Uruguayan television and in concert with the Montevideo Chamber Orchestra. The same year, he was featured on a series of live radio broadcasts from the Mostly Mozart Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. Since then, Chudnovsky has performed to great critical acclaim all over the world, winning awards including the first prize from the XI International Curci Violin Competition in Naples, first prize from the Young Artists Competition of the NCMC, and most recently, first prize from the Valsesia-Musica International Violin Competition in Milan. All ages Tickets: $15/person Saturday, February 2, 8 pm CONCERT

The Campbell Brothers – “Sacred Steel”

Donned “Best U.S. Gospel Instrumentalists of the Year” at the 4th Annual Real Blues Awards, the Campbell Brothers present Sacred Steel: African American gospel music with electric steel guitar and vocal. As the music moves from sanctuary to concert hall and festival stage—including the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music—secular audiences are now able to appreciate a performance both devoted and rocking. Pedal steel guitarist Chuck Campbell, a 2004 National Heritage Award Fellow, and his lap steel-playing brother Darick are two of the finest in this tradition. Rounding out the band is a high-energy rhythm section featuring electric guitar, drums, bass and classic, gutsy gospel vocals bringing the ensemble to a level of energy and expression that defies description. The Campbell Brothers offer a compelling, rich mix of material from the African American Holiness-Pentecostal repertoire with a new twist: the growling, wailing, shouting, singing and swinging voice of the steel guitar. This tour engagement of The Campbell Brothers is funded through the American Masterpieces program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maryland State Arts Council. All ages Tickets: $30/general admission; $25/students & senior citizens

Sunday, February 10, 1-6 pm

Saturday, February 16, 8 pm



Expressions of a People

DC’s Finest (aka The Doo Wop Cops)

You’re invited to a FREE Black History celebration featuring musical performances, children’s activities, workshops, and entertainment for the entire family. 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 Ear, and many more. Children will enjoy mask making, face painting and a caricaturist. All ages FREE admission

Wednesday, February 13, 2 pm AFTERNOON TEA

Herb Smith Trio, Reeds

Herb Smith plays sax, clarinet and flute, and performs in a duo with piano or guitar, or with a larger combo. Smith started as a bebop performer in St. Louis and Memphis and came to the Washington, D.C. area as head of jazz studies at Howard University. All ages Tickets: $15/person

The Doo Wop Cops – a cappella officers, who have gone from walking their beats to keeping the beat – have entertained presidents and have performed side-by-side with music stars including Chuck Berry, The Dells and The Drifters. All members of D.C.’s Finest are Washingtonians who attended local schools and sang with a doo wop group in the 50s and 60s. Those years are revisited each time the group takes the stage with a cappella nostalgic renditions of songs of the past as well as some current hits. Their legacy doesn’t stop there! They are well-known for their dedication to the kids in America. They’ve visited schools throughout the U.S. delivering an anti-drug, anti-handgun program. All ages Tickets: $30/general admission; $25/students & senior citizens

Wednesday, February 27, 2 pm

Saturday, March 16, 8 pm



Eric Byrd Jazz Trio

The Softones

The Eric Byrd Trio features Bhagwan Khalsa on acoustic bass, Alphonso M. Young on drums and Eric Byrd on piano. The trio plays traditional jazz, while providing an energetic and modern approach to standards and original compositions. With several studio albums released, they’ve enjoyed immense popularity and recognition from fans around the world. Chosen as The Kennedy Center/ U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassadors, they’ve toured Colombia, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Honduras and Trinidad. All ages Tickets: $15/person Wednesday, March 13, 10:30 am KIDS’ DAY OUT

Rockcreek Steel Drums “The Birth of Steel Drum Music”

Rockcreek Steel Drum’s band, Bermuda Blue, takes the audience on a journey through the development of the modern steel drum instrument. Bermuda Blue demonstrates different types of steel drums and other Caribbean instruments while playing Calypso music. Students join the band to play steel drums and tamboo bamboo, and leave with an appreciation and understanding of steel drum music, and its history and culture. All ages Tickets: $5/person Wednesday, March 13, 2 pm AFTERNOON TEA

Brothers Flanagan

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Brothers Flanagan specializes in Irish music, so they are particularly popular in March, but great fun any time! Among their offerings is an exciting program based on the great barbershop quartets, similar to the one made famous in the Broadway smash hit The Music Man. All ages Tickets: $15/person

From Baltimore, The Softones recorded for the Avco Records label in the early-to-mid 70s. The group is notable for lead singer J. Marvin Brown’s high falsetto, similar to that of Earth, Wind & Fire’s Philip Bailey, and derived from Eddie Kendricks’ revolutionary falsetto. Among their hits were songs including “My Dream,” “Carla My Love,” “I Can’t Help Falling In Love” and “Silly Billy.” All ages Tickets: $30/general admission; $25/students & senior citizens Wednesday, March 27, 2 pm AFTERNOON TEA

New Mountain Fever

Frank Cassel, also known as Banjo Man, has been a longtime favorite at festivals throughout the mid-Atlantic area. With his trio, Cassel conjures the magic of Appalachia from its roots in Welsh and Irish music to its present day urban revival. Along with Frank Cassel on banjo, the trio features award-winning mandolinist Tara Lindhardt, and Geff King, recipient of the 2009 D.C. Music Association Award, on guitar. All ages Tickets: $15/person


Indigo Love in “An Evening with Sarah Vaughan”

Indigo, a naturally gifted performer, has been described as “easily captivating, and able to capture an audience with her extraordinary talent, honest emotions and flawless delivery, a truly gifted and all around performers.” Indigo’s sound is sultry, at times sexy and most definitely versatile. Her mesmerizing style includes everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Sarah Vaughn. She is a consummate storyteller, with an ability to relate to her audience. Indigo was the recipient of Delta Sigma Theta’s 1992 Young Artist Award. In 2003 she was a semi-finalist in Baltimore’s 14th Annual Billie Holiday Vocal Competition. She’s performed at the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, Carter Baron, Twins Jazz Lounge and Manhattan’s Sugar Bar. All ages Tickets: $30/general admission; $25/students & senior citizens Wednesday, April 10, 2 pm AFTERNOON TEA

Beau Soir

Beau Soir Ensemble is a flute and harp duo that performs live chamber music concerts for diverse audiences throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Formed in 2007, the group specializes in performing new and standard repertoire spanning all eras of classical music. Recent performances include a concert and lecture at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, and recitals at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Old Town Hall (Fairfax, VA), the Arts Club of Washington, Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, Church of the Epiphany (Washington, D.C.), Kirkwood Presbyterian Church (Springfield, VA), the Lyceum (Alexandria, VA) and Front Royal Presbyterian Church. Beau Soir Ensemble’s goal is to make classical music accessible and enjoyable, inspiring a new generation of music lovers. All ages Tickets: $15/person Tuesday, April 16, 10:30 am KIDS’ DAY OUT:

DishiBem “Origins: From West Africa to Hip-Hop”

DishiBem consists of three acclaimed professional dancers and musicians, who will take your students on a musical journey from the origins of music in West Africa to elements of step dance and pop rhythms in modern day hip-hop. Their vibrant and interactive program connects history to the present day, and impresses upon students the power of music and dance as a positive tool of communication and self-expression. All ages Tickets: $5/person

Spring 2013

Saturday, April 6, 8 pm

Saturday, April 20, 8 pm CONCERT


A Memphis soul vocal trio, this polished group formed in 1970 and recorded for We Produce, a Stax record label subsidiary. Band members Harold “Scotty” Scott, Jasper “Jabbo” Phillips and William Norvell Johnson rode a sumptuously produced remake of “Dedicated to the One I Love” onto R&B play lists in 1972. Other hits include “Love’s Maze,” “Love Can Be So Wonderful,” and “I Found Love on a Disco Floor.” Today the members of the Temprees are Harold Scott, Jerry Calvin, and Deljuan Calvin. All ages Tickets: $30/general admission; $25/students & senior citizens Wednesday, April 24, 2 pm AFTERNOON TEA

Tommy Cecil, Bassist

Bassist Tommy Cecil has been a first call play in the D.C. jazz community for more than 30 years. He’s performed at the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian, Wolf Trap, and Blues Alley with some of the legends of jazz including Chet Baker, Teddy Wilson, Grover Washington, Della Reese and Benny Carter. Cecil has concertized around the world, and his artistry is well documented on dozens of recordings both as a leader and sideman. All ages Tickets: $15/person Wednesday, May 8, 10:30 am KIDS’ DAY OUT:

Ball in the House “Totally Vocally”

This program is jam-packed with music, entertainment and education! Through classic and contemporary cover songs and original works, Ball in the House will discuss and teach many aspects of music and performance. Discover what a cappella and learn about various voice parts and how they fit together to make harmony and songs. Enjoy an interactive beatboxing demonstration, the history of a cappella singing from chant through doo wop, and an opportunity to ask questions. Ball in the House demonstrates how to perform together as people and as voices. All ages Tickets: $5/person

Wednesday, May 8, 2 pm

Wednesday, May 29, 2 pm



Ginny Carr, Pianist/Vocalist

7 Sopranos

A versatile pianist/ singer solo artist, Ginny Carr has shared her commanding piano and vocal stylings with audiences along the east coast for several decades. She’s entertained presidential candidates, congressional leaders, corporate VIPs, and performed in countless jazz clubs and piano lounges. A classically trained pianist and singer, Ginny has been both a featured performer and accompanist. All ages Tickets: $15/person Saturday, May 11, 8 pm CONCERT

Jean Carne

Jean Carne is known for her unique vocalizing, impressive improvisational skills, and her five octave vocal range. Under the Philadelphia International label her hits were “Free Love,” “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head,” and “When I Find You Love.” She was a featured vocalist with jazz master Norman Connors, where she was featured on the hit “Valentine Love” and the song “Dindi.” All ages Tickets: $30/general admission; $25/students & senior citizens

Back at Harmony Hall by request of Afternoon Tea audiences, this unique group performs music from Mozart and Handel, to Rodgers & Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim. Although the programs are primarily classical, the soprano repertoire is drawn also from comedy, drama, secular and religious music. All ages Tickets: $15/person

THE TANTALLON COMMUNITY PLAYERS (TCP) The Tantallon Community Players is a non-profit organization founded in 1985 to increase performance opportunities and workshops to develop and showcase the musical and dramatic talents of those in the Fort Washington community. TCP’s Mikado inaugurated the John Addison Concert Hall first season in 1989. Since that time TCP has presented musicals, dramas, and comedies in the Concert Hall, including the first Washington metropolitan area community theater performances of three hit Broadway musicals: Jekyll and Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Ragtime. Tickets for all Tantallon Community Players’ performances are $15/general admission, $12/seniors & children 18 years & under. Lower group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.

THIS SEASON AT ARTS/HARMONY HALL REGIONAL CENTER September 28 & 29, 8 pm; October 5, 6, 12 & 13, 8 pm; and October 7 & 14, 3 pm

February 22 & 23, 8 pm; March 1 & 2, 8 pm; and February 24 & March 3, 3 pm

The Color Purple

A Streetcar Named Desire

From the classic Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker, and the moving film by Steven Spielberg, comes a soul-stirring new musical. An inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who – through love – finds the strength to triumph over adversity, a woman finds her unique voice in the world. Set to a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues, The Color Purple is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life. November 30, December 1, 7 & 8, 8 pm; and December 2 & 9, 3 pm

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol, a play in 3-acts, adapted by Lauren M. Bloom for the stage from the 1843 novella by Charles Dickens, is arguably one of the most famous holiday tales in English literature. In 1843 Dickens wrote of A Christmas Carol “I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.”

A Streetcar Named Desire is the story of an emotionally-charged confrontation between characters embodying the traditional values of the American South and the aggressive, rapidly-changing world of modern America, the struggle between fantasy and reality. May 24, 25 & 31, 8 pm; June 1, 7 & 8, 8 pm; and June 2 & 9, 3 pm


Leapin’ Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. In this classic Tony Award winning 1977 musical, an orphan, with equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. Annie is the perfect familyfriendly musical.

All of this season’s productions are subject to change. Please go to for up-to-date information and to purchase tickets online.

Arts in the classroom To complement our 2012/13 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, Liturgical, Street and Belly Dance. New classes for 2012/13: • Musical Comedy • Steel Pan Drumming • Performance Theatre • International Cultures.

art gallery

Gallery Hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 am–4:45 pm

August 20–October 12, 2012 Public reception for the artists, Saturday, August 25, 3–5 pm

Arts/Harmony Hall Instructors Exhibit

To celebrate the year of the arts, Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center is pleased to showcase the diverse talents and mediums of its visual and performing arts instructors. With an average of 20 years experience each, our instructors represent disciplines in belly dance, painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, drama, creative dramatics, African dance and drumming, watercolor, liturgical dance, ballet, modern dance and street dance. It is this diversity in our educators that elevates the visual and performing arts programs at our facility. All ages FREE admission November 5–December 28, 2012 Public reception for the artists, Saturday, November 17, 3–5 pm Artists’ talk and light refreshments, Saturday, November 24, 12 noon–2 pm

“Under The Influence” The 24th Annual Prince George’s County Juried Exhibit 2012 – Juror, Lenny Campello

Throughout the ages, artists have, at one point or another, experienced and incorporated into their work, social, political, aesthetic or even artistic influences that they consciously or subconsciously may have been exposed to. It is this influence that the artists seek to explore. All ages FREE admission January 21–March 16, 2013 Public reception, Saturday January 26, 3–5 pm

Black History Month: Biannual Fine Arts Exhibit “Winston Harris: Printmaking in 2 and 3 Dimensions”

The work of Mr. Harris is an innovative combination of traditional and non-traditional, abstract printmaking techniques that are utilized to produce compelling two dimensional and three dimensional mono prints. Through experimentation and working with established painters, sculptors and printmakers as well as working under the tutelage of Sam Gilliam, Jr. and Michael Platt, Mr. Harris has been able to expand his printmaking into the third dimension. All ages FREE admission

Kit-Keung Kan

April 1–May 24, 2013 Public reception for the artists, Saturday, April 6, 3–5 pm

“Transformations of Ink and Paper”

The diverse works in this exhibition by artists Kit-Keung Kan, Freda Lee-McCann and In-soon Shin, highlight the pursuit of new directions in the oriental ink media and is built upon the traditional oriental painting and calligraphy foundation of each artist. Contemporary American art influences are also clearly reflected in the artists’ perceptions of their work and serve to emphasize the new directions these artists are pursuing. All ages FREE admission

Freda Lee-McCann

In-soon Shin

June 10–August 2, 2013 Public reception for the artists, Saturday, June 15, 3–5 pm

“Water Work”

Water Work is about rivers, creeks, and waterways in the Washington, D.C. area. The works in this exhibition was begun by three Plein Aire painters, Lynn Mehta, Barbara Stepura and Sally V. Parker, and were conceived around the idea that water, with its beauty, commercial benefits and environmental impact, touches all of us. As was depicted by the first Impressionists, the movement of light on and near water provides these artists with the inspiration for these works. The action of refracted and reflected sunlight creates facets of gemlike quality and energizes even the deepest shadows. All ages FREE admission

Barbara Stepura

Sally Parker

Lynn Mehta

August 19–October 11, 2013 Public reception for the artist, Saturday, August 24, 3–5 pm

Paintings by Tinam Valk

Ambiguity of shelter and nature is the main force in Ms. Valk’s architecture and landscape paintings. Her subjects are layered with age and history, as conveyed and built up through the application of materials including modeling paste, charcoal, pencil, pastel and various oils on the canvas. Working from sketches drawn in parks, estate gardens or old cities of Europe and the U.S., Valk’s work is primarily executed in a studio setting. All ages FREE admission

COMMUNITY GALLERIES November 5, 2012–January 2, 2013 Public reception for the artists, Friday, November 9, 6–8 pm

“Our Very Own: Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation Employee Art Exhibition”

This exhibit showcases the diversity of talent among artist employees of the Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation, in the first art exhibition at Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center. All ages FREE admission

Many thanks for your support of our arts programs from the staff at Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center.

back row, left to right: Peter Ulrich, Pat Spradlin, Stuart Diekmeyer, Sheryl Fry, Galveston Johnson, Alexander Perry, Larry Knowles front row, left to right: Gloria Taliaferro, Zelda Hawkins, Kristi Gardner, Marjorie Brown-Nelson, Jessica Smith, Anna Bonnett not pictured: Kathleen Johnson, banafsheh Wallace, Barbara Graves, Lauren Morris, Latoiya Payton, Jacqueline Williams, Carolyn Hargrove, Narvia Shivers, Gary Francis, Keenon Sheffield, Brandon Monk, Beverly Carter, Kennard Copeland, Charles Steck, Zahra Carpenter, Gregory Blackmon

afternoon tea series

Afternoon Tea Series – Fall 2012


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September 5 “A Salute to benny goodman”

Series B

September 19 jim logan, Clarinetist

October 10 Richard miller, Guitarist

October 24 alexandria kleztet

November 7 dan nelson, Baritone

November 21 robert mitchell, Pianist

December 5 robert statham, Pianist

December 19 mike & tai, Flutist/Guitarist

Robert Redd

Bill Wright

Richard Miller

Beau Soir

Dan Nelson

Robert Statham

Ginny Carr

Alexandria Kleztet

7 Sopranos

Afternoon Tea Series – Spring 2013 (Tickets go on sale December 17)

Series C

Series D

February 13 herb smith trio, Jazz

February 27 eric byrd jazz trio

March 13 brothers flanagan

March 27 new mountain fever, Banjo/Mandolin/Guitar

January 9 vocal express, Vocalists

April 10 beau soir, Flutist/Harpist May 8 ginny carr, Pianist/Vocalist

January 30 emil chudnovsky, Violinist

April 24 tommy cecil, Bassist May 29 7 sopranos, Vocalists

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The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

Presented by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division.

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