Concerts & Lectures

Seating limited to 100 people for all Concerts and Lectures.



Artist’s Talk “Crossreference”

February 26, 2017/2:30 p.m./FREE/ RSVP or call museum 301-739-5727

Presented in Memory of John Grason Steffey and Mary Erwin Steffey through the Jane Steffey Fund

Herrera’s lecture will include an account of his Guggenheim Fellowship, during which he documented the Rev. Bernard Coffindaffer’s “Crosses of Mercy” at sites throughout West Virginia.  The Rev. Bernard Coffindaffer was a businessman turned evangelist who built trios of crosses beside roads in 29 states and two foreign countries.

A native of West Virginia, award-winning photographer Frank Herrera has traveled the world with him camera. His photography exhibition ”On the Road Again”, featuring some of his favorite destinations is on display now through April 9, 2017 in the Baer Gallery.

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March 5, 2017/2:30 p.m. /Free


Accompanist:  Dr. Joseph Satava


No. 8 Deposuit potentes

- J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Samuel Bower, tenor

 Sonata for Horn and Piano

Mov. III Rondo: Allegretto

- Bernhard Heiden (1910-2000)

Ashleigh Stottlemyer, French horn

 Sonata Romantica

Mov. IV Allegro non trop e serio

- Manuel Maria Ponce (1882-1948)

David Browne, guitar

 Symphony No. 4 in E Minor Op. 98

Mov. III Allegro Giocoso

–Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), arranged for piano four-hands by the composer

Piano Duet: Lucas Peterson (primo) and Matthew Jefferson (secondo)


  If music be the food of love (3rd version)

 - Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

“Frère! Voyez! … Du gai soleil” from Werther

- Jules Massenet (1842-1912)

Alexandra Rosle, soprano

 Midnight Star                              

- David Friedman (1944)

Sawyer Gaydon, percussion

Quatuor pour Saxophones

Mov. I Allegro non troppo

- Alfred Desenclos (1912 – 1971)

Ulla in Africa

- Heiner Wiberny (1944- )

Saxophone Quartet: Chase Remsburg, Jordan Shifflett, Kyle Colliflower, William Singley

 Billie’s Bounce  

- Charlie Parker (1920-1955)

Kevin Grega, trumpet

Dan Dunn, bass,

Sawyer Gaydon, drum set

The first Honors Recital took place as part of the Reynolds Hall Recital Series at Shepherd University.  Subsequently,  the Honors Recital at the Museum, established the following year, was seen as an additional performance opportunity for students, as well as a chance to showcase the talented musicians in the music department.  The students performing were selected and nominated from the numerous recitals, juried and other performances at Shepherd each semester.  The program typically features solo and ensemble works for voice, piano, strings, trombone, clarinet and percussion, encompassing works by American and European composers.



female maskThe Ciwara Masquerade: Performing Work, Memory and Identity in contemporary Mali


March 29th, 2017/7:00 p.m. Mary Jo Arnoldi is the Curator of African cultures and the arts in the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.  She has been conducting research in Mali since 1978 and has published widely on Malian arts. She was a co-curator for African Voices, the museum’s permanent exhibition which features the history and contemporary life of communities throughout Africa and the African Diaspora to the Americas. She also co-curated the Mali program “From Timbuktu to Washington DC” at the 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.  More recently she was the co-curator for the temporary exhibition, Mud Masons of Mali which is currently on view in the African Voices Focus Gallery and is a curator for the Objects of Wonder exhibition which opens at the National Museum of Natural History in March 2017.



April 23, 2017 - 2:30 p.m. -  Free

The origins of the string quartet can be traced back to the Baroque trio sonata.  The Gallery has been performing at the Museum for over 40 years and continue to be a Museum favorite.



May 14, 2017 – 2:30 p.m./Kaylor Atrium/

$10 non-museum members/Free for museum members/children 12 and under

The Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble celebrates music and percussive dances from many diverse cultures, and influences of these joyful traditions come together in original choreography.

Sponsored  by Maryland State Arts Council

and Judy & Winslow Wheeler

Incredible Feets Dance


sacred and stole place rev (1)


May 21, 2017 /2:30 p.m./

“Two Museum Thefts that Made Headlines in Baltimore.”

Gary Vikan, Director of the Walters Art Museum (1994-2013), will also discuss his book, “Sacred and Stolen: Confessions of a Museum Director.” He will also sign books after the lecture.

Presented in Memory of John Grason Steffey and Mary Erwin Steffey through the Jane Steffey Fund

RSVP or call 301-739-5727- Seating is Limited

Dr. Vikan had an illustrious career as a curator and director, and was an internationally known medieval scholar.  He was Director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore from 1994 to 2013. He served the Walters as Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Medieval Art prior to being appointed Director. He moved to Baltimore from his post as Senior Associate at Harvard’s Center for Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC. A native of Minnesota, he received his BA from Carleton College and his Ph.D. from Princeton University; he is a graduate of the Harvard Program for Art Museum Directors and the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program.

During his tenure as Director of the Walters Museum of Art, Vikan led the contextual installation of the museum’s collections, eliminated its general admission fee, and provided open access to all of its digital assets. He led efforts to endow nearly two dozen museum positions, as well as an exhibition fund. Vikan has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Carleton College, Goucher College, and at the Salzburg Global Seminar; in October 2014, he was Leader in Residence at the Noyce Leadership Institute. In 2016, he was the Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor at Carleton College. From 2006 to 2011 Vikan had a weekly radio program on Baltimore’s NPR affiliate called “Postcards from the Walters.”

Vikan has served on numerous boards internationally and in the Baltimore region. He currently serves on the Advisory Council on Culture and the Arts of the Salzburg Global Seminar; the Advisory Council for Neuro-Aesthetics of the Brain Science Institute at Johns Hopkins University; the Board of the Creative Alliance, Baltimore; the founding Board of the Future Symphony Institute, Baltimore; the founding Board of Culture Kettle, Santa Fe; and on the Committee for Cultural Policy in New York City. He is a Councilor of the Maryland State Arts Council. Vikan has been an advisor to the Getty Leadership Institute and Princeton University’s Department of Art and Archaeology. He was appointed by President Clinton in 1999 to his Cultural Property Advisory Committee and was knighted by the French Minister of Culture in the Order of Arts and Letters in 2002. Vikan received Carleton College’s Distinguished Achievement award in 2008; he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010.




June 4, 2017 – 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m./FREE

The Western Maryland BluesFest is celebrating 21 years of great blues music in Hagerstown!  Come celebrate at the Museum with workshops and performances by local high school jazz bands.



Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Pandolfi earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as a scholarship student. The young American pianist is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique in performing the works of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and Liszt.  In the “Pops” genre, Pandolfi is considered a leading interpreter of the works of George Gershwin.