December 6, 2023

Music Series Continues With Oct. 2-3 Events

The Jo Ricks Music Series continues in Southern Maryland in October with a weekend concert and youth-oriented event at St. George’s Episcopal Church at 19167 Poplar Hill Lane, Valley Lee, MD 20691.

The exciting new series brings acclaimed classical, jazz, blues, and world-music artists who are based in Baltimore , Richmond, Washington, DC, and other nearby cultural centers to St. Mary’s County. Visiting artists will offer a Friday evening performance, and then aligned youth-oriented activities the following day. Complete information is available at

October 2-3, 2020, the James Stern/Audrey Andrist Duo will perform. The critically acclaimed classical violinist James Stern and pianist Audrey Andrist are each a Juilliard graduate and nationally respected solo artist. These master musicians have performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and the White House. And on Saturday, October 3, from 9 am to 4 pm, Stern and Andrist will offer master classes for talented local young musicians.

The Friday performance is intended for all ages over 5. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Reservations made here.

This event is presented by Music from Poplar Hill – the Jo Ricks Music Series.  All events are small-group gatherings, and safe-practice recommendations by the CDC are followed. Protective masks are required.

The concert is supported by grants from SMECO and the St. Mary’s County Arts Council.

More info about these events is available here.

“We’re delighted to add to the cultural offerings in Southern Maryland with Music from Poplar Hill: The Jo Ricks Music Series,” says the series’ Artistic Director Eliza Garth. “Residents here will be able to enjoy the talents of established artists from nearby cultural centers, right here in our community. And, of course, we welcome concert-goers from the region to visit St. Mary’s County, attend our events and discover the geographical beauty and friendly vibe we offer.”

Music from Poplar Hill: The Jo Ricks Music Series was created to bring acclaimed classical, jazz, and world-music artists to Southern Maryland for the artists to share their music through affordable live performances and to share their musical knowledge through educational events for children and youth. Music from Poplar Hill: The Jo Ricks Music Series embodies the spirit of Jo Ricks, a member of the Southern Maryland and Washington, DC, communities who had a gift for bringing people together through music, and was created on the belief that music nourishes the spirit, enriches life, and promotes a sense of community among people.

The Jo Ricks Music Series opened at St. George’s Episcopal Church during the weekend of September 18-19 with award-winning, jazz-inspired vocalist and composer Rochelle Rice, with the concert, “Coming Home.” Saturday morning Ms. Rice presented “And We Shall March,” an engaging and interactive “informance.” She took listeners on a journey through the social justice causes, key figures, and the empowering music of one of the most transformative eras of American history, the Civil Rights Movement.

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