Concerts & Lectures

Seating limited to 100 people for all Concerts and Lectures.


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.

The program will begin with a performance of the String Quartet in D major, Op. 76, No.5 by Joseph Hadyn, “The Father of the String Quartet”. This lively and melodious work will be followed by the impassioned String Quartet in A major composed by the Felix Mendelssohn. This early romantic work was inspired by an early romance of the youthful compose. Gallery Quartet members performing in this concert are Carl Tretter and Jere Stern violins, Carolyn Kessler, viola, and Fay Rosinsky, cello.



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


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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

Mason Dixon Barbershop 001Sunday,  July 16, 2017/2:30 p.m./Kaylor Atrium

Barbershop Harmony is a unique art form, with it’s roots from back during the turn of the century America. The barbershop style of harmony uses close 4 – part acapella referring to no musical accompaniment. Old songs with smooth melodies and natural harmony were written in the heyday of Tin Pan Alley from 1890 to 1920 which were best suited for the barbershop harmony style.

These songs were about the simple pleasures and emotions of life that an average singer could easily sing. Beginning in the small town barbershops, local country stores and churches throughout America, it was not long before the male quartet became a standard act in Vaudeville shows and other musical entertainments. Recordings of popular quartets in the early decades of the 20th century formed the heart of barbershop music as we know it today, a style that still delights the performer as well as the listener.

The Mason Dixon Barbershop Chorus is one of over 800 chapters comprised of over 35,000 singers world wide. Living in communities in the surrounding areas such Hagerstown and even some from over the Mason-Dixon line in Pennsylvania (hence the name), our chorus members come from many different occupations. Some members might be new, while others having been a part of the tradition of singing barbershop for over 60 years or more. Throughout the year the chorus performs at a variety of venues such as nursing homes, hospitals, civic events including the singing “The National Anthem” at the Hagerstown Suns game as well as for private audiences. Some of the songs we sing are familiar classics like “My Wild Irish Rose”, “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and “Shenandoah”.




Perry/Brandenburg Recital

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

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.