Concerts & Lectures

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Welty, Side ShowReadings from Eudora Welty

Sunday, July 23, 2017/2:30 p.m./FREE

Welty, Side Show

Sara Smith will lead a free workshop entitled “Readings from Eudora Welty.” Smith is a former Professor at Montgomery College, and instructor at Shepherd University’s Lifelong Learning Program.

Readings include: “A Worn Path.” More information to follow. Reserve your spot by calling the museum at 301-739-5727 or

Sara Webb Smith, an Emeritus Professor of English at Montgomery College, also taught composition and literature at the University of Arkansas, University of Illinois, and the University of North Carolina. She received a BA degree from Millsaps College and a MA from University of Arkansas. She was twice honored with Montgomery College’s Outstanding Faculty Service Award and received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Maryland Center for Teaching Excellence and the On Her Shoulders We Stand Award in recognition of her leadership for the advancement of women and women’s studies scholarship.  She now resides in Shepherdstown, WV, and teaches courses in the Lifelong Learning Program at Shephard University and the Osher Program at Johns Hopkins University.


IMG_9313City Park Fall Fest & Porchfest

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Museum to host art activities, music, games, and more!



Jim Lehrer: “Remembering Eudora Welty – the person”

Sunday, September 17, 2017/2:30 p.m./$25 General Admission/$20 museum members

Journalist and former PBS NewsHour anchor, Jim Lehrer, will share stories and memories of his friendship with Eudora Welty. A reception to follow in the Kaylor Atrium.

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Lehrer Program Tickets





Perry/Brandenburg Recital

September 24, 2017 at
2:30 p.m./Bowman Gallery/Ticketed Event

Mark Valenti received his Master of Music from Northwestern University, Bachelor of Music from the Philadelphia Musical Academy and has studied with such notable teachers as Benjamin Whitten, Zoltan Kocsis and Mary Sauer. In addition to giving solo recitals in cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, Mr. Valenti has performed in France, Belgium, Hungary and Luxembourg as well as for former First Lady Barbara Bush in Washington, D.C.

Mark Valenti has performed in recital live on WFMT classical radio. He has also done extensive work in the Jazz field including performances with Gregory Hines, Frank Foster and Al Grey and has appeared on television with Joe Sudler’s Swing Machine and singer/actor Christopher Durham.

Formerly Professor of Music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Xavier University in Chicago and the Loire Valley Music Institute in France, Mr. Valenti currently teaches at his studio in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago and is available for lessons for all levels and all styles.

BowmanBowman Recital

William Feasley, Classical Guitar

October 22, 2017/2:30 p.m./Ticketed Event

Classical guitarist, William Feasley was the first guitarist to be awarded Peabody Conservatory’s coveted Artist Diploma. He has since been the recipient of numerous prizes including a 1996 Governor’s Citation for Outstanding Achievements in the Arts in Maryland. Selected to play for Andres Segovia, he was later featured on the CBS Special, Eulogy of Segovia.



vikanGary Vikan Lecture

October 15, 2017/2:30 p.m/FREE

The Museum of Fine Arts -Washington County announces a lecture and book signing by Gary Vikan, Ph.D.  Entitled “Two Museum Thefts that Made Headlines in Baltimore, ” the free illustrated lecture will take place at the museum on Sunday, February 12, 2017, 2:30 p.m. The lecture is presented In Memory of John Grason Steffey and Mary Erwin Steffey through the Jane Steffey Fund.

Following his lecture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Vikan will sign copies of his recently published memoires, Sacred and Stolen:  Confessions of a Museum Director. The book will be available for purchase in the museum’s shop.  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 Harvards Center for Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC. A native of Minnesota, he received his B.A. 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.

SU logoShepherd University Jazz Faculty Recital

November 5, 2017

In association with the Music Department at Shepherd University, the Museum will present a diverse program of original and transcribed works featuring various instrumentation and variety of music.



Gallery QuartetGallery Quartet

November 26, 2017

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




consortMuseum Consort

December 17, 2017

The recorder was popular in medieval times through the baroque era, but declined in the 18th century in favor of orchestral woodwind instruments, (flute, oboe, & clarinet.) During its heyday, the recorder was traditionally associated with miraculous events and pastoral scenes.





Lynley Herbert Lecture

January 7, 2018/2:30 p.m./FREE

Dr. Lynley Herbert, Assistant Curator in the Department of Medieval Art and manuscript specialist at the University of Delaware. She will discuss manuscripts in conjunction with the Illuminated Manuscripts Exhibition.


hamiltonHamilton Recital,

Ronn McFarlane, Lute

January 14, 2018

Awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from Shenandoah Conservatory for his achievements in bringing the lute and its music to the world. McClane has over 35 recordings on the Dorian/Sono Luminus label, including solo albums, lute duets, flute & lute duets, lute songs, the complete lute music of Vivaldi, a collection of Elizabethan lute music and poetry, and recordings with the Baltimore Consort.



MSOMSO Recital

Kuźnik Trio

February 18, 2018/2:30 p.m.

The Kuźnik Trio, comprised of Aneta Otreba-Kuźnik, cello, Swiatoslaw Kuźnik, violin and Ernest Barretta, piano, will be in concert  for the annual Maryland Symphony Orchestra recital. The concert is held each year to showcase the talented musicians who perform with the MSO.

*Wine and Chocolate Reception to Follow



rainerRainier Trio,

Irish Music Concert

March 11, 2018/2:00 p.m./Ticketed Event

The Rainier Trio is an exciting & energetic group captivating audiences with gems from the violin-viola-piano trio repertoire. The trio features Kevin Matheson on violin, Bryan Matheson, on viola and Brenda Wittwer on piano.

Reception to Follow






edmundsEdmunds Music Trust Recital

Thomas Pandolfi

June 24, 2018

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Pandolfi  is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is 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.