Concerts & Lectures

Seating limited to 100 people for all Concerts and Lectures.



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


The Bamana are one of the oldest ethnic people in what is today the Republic of Mali. The Bamana maintain a culture that is deeply rooted in the spiritual tradition of performance. Masks representing male and female antelope are worn in Bamana masquerade performances to reinforce the importance of farming. Two rarely seen antelope masks are on view in honor of the museum’s 85th anniversary.

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

Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble

Celebrating over 36 years touring internationally, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble is long recognized as a creative and pioneering force in presenting roots-based music and percussive dance. With a dazzling and diverse array of traditional and original music and choreography, Footworks takes you on a journey that conveys the roots and branches of American music and dance, integrating live music, song, and dance to illuminate connections between cultures. 

In ”Incredible Feets” Footworks conveys the power and joy of percussive dance while illuminating the multicultural roots of American music and dance, including African, European, and Native American traditions. Live music and an exciting array of percussive dances are performed, including step dance, gumboot dance, tap, clogging, and hamboning, along with inspiring audience participation.

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.







Mason-Dixon Barbershop Chorus

Sunday,  July 16, 2017/2:30 p.m./Kaylor Atrium