Open House 2022
Sunday, October 16th | 10:00am-3:00pm.
Join us for a family-friendly celebration of art, music, and nature!
This event is free and open to all! Picnic blankets are welcome in the Sculpture Garden. Food trucks will be selling refreshments in the parking lot.
Free parking is available at The Field School, located next door at 2301 Foxhall Road NW.
Join us in creating a large collaborative installation inspired by things with wings.
Djembe Drum Circle
Pick a drum and join us for an interactive drum circle.
William “MoBetta” Ledbetter and Chris Ziemba
Elijah Jamal Balbed & The Masters
Find a seat on the lawn for live jazz performances!
About the Artists:
Elijah Jamal Balbed & The Masters
Elijah Jamal Balbed - Saxophone
Harry Appelman - Piano
Tommy Cecil - Bass
Lenny Robinson - Drums
Elijah Jamal Balbed is a Washington, DC native, an alum of Howard University and UDC's Jazz programs, and one of the leading Jazz Artists in the greater DMV area. In the midst of a live music drought during the pandemic, Elijah was determined to find ways to keep the music alive. In the Summer of 2020, he and some friends started a socially distanced concert series in different parks around the city - which became known as #JazzMobDC and was featured in The Washington Post. In 2021, Elijah and The Kreeger Museum started a partnership to curate live Jazz concerts and present some of the immense pool of incredible talent we have in this area, as well as to give people a way to access live music again in a safe and responsible manner. What started as small, intimate concerts has since grown into a popular, well attended monthly concert series with over 20 concerts now in the books. We also had the first ever Kreeger Summer Jazz Celebration and continue to partner with the DC Jazz Festival, a collaboration that has been going strong for many years. For the closing set of this year's Open House at The Kreeger, Elijah will present his "Masters Quartet" featuring three prominent musicians in the area who have all been playing on the scene for decades: Harry Appelman (piano), Tommy Cecil (bass), and Lenny Robinson (drums). To find out more about Elijah, go to www.balbedmusic.com or @ejbjazz on all social media platforms.
William "MoBetta" Ledbetter
William “MoBetta” Ledbetter, a native of Hampton, Virginia, is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in the upright bass. He graduated from UNCG Miles Davis Jazz Studies program in 2019, where he studied double bass and blended jazz with his foundations in the Blues, Gospel, and R&B. In December 2021, Ledbetter joined the U.S. Navy Band Commodores becoming their first African American bassist. Before joining the Navy, he played with The Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra, The Camel City Jazz Orchestra, and the John Coltrane All-Stars.
Anyone who has worked with or heard “MoBetta” knows that he is a driving force while performing. His drive and love for music and performance has captured the attention of many world-renowned artist. Ledbetter has worked with a plethora of artists including, Branford Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Shana Tucker, Christian Tamburr, and Keenan McKenzie and the Riffers. Ledbetter placed second in the Jazz division of the 2019 International Society of Bassist competition.
Chris Ziemba is a jazz pianist, composer, and educator based in Washington, DC. He holds performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School. Ziemba first entered the scene in 2009, when he was invited to be a featured guest on Marian McPartland's iconic radio program on NPR, Piano Jazz. In 2011, just before relocating to New York City to further his studies and launch a career, Ziemba won first place in the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. In New York, Ziemba worked to become an in-demand pianist at clubs and performance venues throughout the city. In 2013, he recorded Chakra, a seven-movement suite composed for big band by Jazz at Lincoln Center saxophonist Ted Nash. Other highlights of his time in New York include performances with Kurt Elling, Carl Allen, Marcus Printup, Ron Blake, Karrin Allyson, and Ryan Truesdell's Grammy-winning Gil Evans Project, among others. Ziemba released his debut album, Manhattan Lullaby, in 2016. The album features his original compositions and arrangements with the collaboration of saxophonist Michael Thomas, bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Jimmy Macbride.
Since 2017, Ziemba has occupied the piano chair for the Airmen of Note,
the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force Band, based in
Washington, DC. When not on tour, he continues to regularly perform, record and teach all along the East Coast.
Generous support provided by Geico Philanthropic Foundation.