Arts Calendar: Music
Friends of Music at Guilford's 11th Spring Concert & Holiday Cookout includes an opening set by the Guilford Chamber Singers and a solo recital by Christopher Lewis on the c. 1897 Tracker Organ. The Chamber Singers perform part songs set to poems by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Blake, Moore, Teasdale, and others. The "Peace Offering" organ recital includes works by German Baroque composers Bach, Lubeck, and Walther; as well as French Romantic composers Boëllmann, Dupont, and Vierne. A holiday cookout on the deck and back lawn offers grilling options for carnivores and vegetarians, assorted salads, sides, sips, and sundaes. In case of rainy or cold weather, the meal and camaraderie are moved indoors. Follow signs for 9 mi. to the Barn from the Guilford Country Store at Rt. 5, just south of Exit 1 off I-91, or for 5 mi. from Keets Brook Rd. at Rt. 5 in Bernardston, Mass. Concert admission is $15; the optional meal $10 per person. For info, contact FOMAG at 802-254-3600 or firstname.lastname@example.org; visit online at www.fomag.org.
5/26/19 3:00pm - 4:15pm
The Organ Barn, off Packer Corners Rd., Guilford
The Dorset Players will bring down the curtain on their 91st anniversary season with Oklahoma!, considered one of the seminal musicals in Broadway history. Performances will be at the Dorset Playhouse on May 17-18 and May 24-25 at 7:30 PM and on May 19 and 26 at 2 PM.
The first collaboration of legendary Lyricist Richard Rodgers and Librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, the show was a game-changer when it took Broadway by storm when it opened in 1943. Memorable songs such as “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’,” “People Will Say We’re In Love,” and “Oklahoma!, rather than just providing filler, advanced the story of a cowboy, Curly, who falls for a farm girl, Laurey, against the backdrop of prairie life in the Indian Territory, circa 1907.
Over the past four months, Director Suzi Dorgeloh, Musical Director Tom Salmon and Choreographer Kelly Gaiotti, have marshaled a talented cast of 23 from 17 area towns in Vermont and New York. Newcomer Josh Bond takes the lead as Curly, while Danielle Houston who last appeared with The Players in the 2014 production of Miracle on 34th Street, is Laurey. Dana Haley, who wowed audiences in The Players’ production I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, sashays in as Ado Annie - the girl “who cain’t say no.” Two actors fresh from leading roles in The Players’ Witness for the Prosecution, are Joe Mozer, as Will Parker, who does his utmost to romance Ado Annie and Drew Davidson who portrays the tortured Jud Fry, who pines for Laurey and cannot have her. Aunt Eller is played by Caren McVicker, who is also new to the Dorset stage.
The balance of the cast is peppered with new and familiar faces to Dorset audiences, including Christy Vogel, Richard Grip, Chris Restino, Billy Jamieson, Dan Silver, Errol Hill, Bill Cruikshank, Michael Gallagher, Lily Gallagher, Zachary Barnett, Bob Fogelgren, Sara Gregory, Maeve Keeton, Laura King, Lily Butler, Ginny Edinger, and Annie Nash.
Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.dorsetplayers.org, in person, or by calling (802) 867-5777. Oklahoma! is proudly sponsored by Above All Vermont, The Barn Restaurant, Errol L. Hill Painting, La Peche Lingerie, RK Miles, Southern Vermont Medical Center, Bob & Martha Schoenemann, Spivey, Lemonik Swenor, PC, and The Wilburton Inn.
5/17/19 7:30pm - 5/26/19 4:30pm
Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Rd Dorset, Dorset
Montpelier’s Onion River Chorus, under the leadership of guest conductor Richard Riley, presents “The French Connection”, a program of music by Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé, complemented by the contemporary American composer Giselle Wyers. The concert dates are Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26; both performances begin at 7:30 pm at the Montpelier Unitarian Church on 130 Main Street. Tickets are available at the door: $20 for general admission and $17 for students, and seniors.
Guest director Richard Riley is well-known to Vermont audiences as the musical director of the Burlington Choral Society and of the Montpelier Unitarian Church. He also acts as guest conductor for Capital City Concerts. The Onion River Chorus is joined by guest organist Jenny Bower and vocal soloists Lindsey Warren, soprano, and Geoffrey Penar, bass.
The focal point of this “French Connection” program of music is the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé. Duruflé (1902-1986) is surprisingly well-known for a composer who published only fourteen compositions. Opus 9, the Requiem, written from 1941-1948 expresses, in a contemplative way, the human tragedy of World War II as well as the personal grief over death of his father in 1945, only five months after Paris was liberated. The compositional language used in the Requiem combines Duruflé’s brilliance as an organist and his reverence for Gregorian chant. The work also makes use of the high level of expertise in the French choruses of that time. The Requiem will be presented in its original form for chorus and organ.
The second French composer of this concert is Duruflé’s predecessor Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924), himself the composer of a very well-known Requiem. Here he is however introduced by his Pavane, Op.50. This choral work written to a very “light” poem captures something of the “Belle Époque” at the end of the 19th century - a time of great optimism and prosperity. Fauré modestly described his Pavane as "elegant, but not otherwise important.” The best-known piece on the program, Gabriel Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine, was written in 1865 when Gabriel Fauré was just nineteen years old. It was an entry into a composition contest at the prestigious music school École Niedermeyer de Paris and won first prize. It is to this day frequently performed by choirs both in church and in concert.
The program is completed by the American composer Giselle Wyers (b. 1969), a professor of choral music at the University of Washington. Although the only thing French about Wyers is her first name, her lyrical and introspective musical language mirrors and develops that of Maurice Duruflé and Gabriel Fauré. In the four poems that we hear set to music in this concert, we can hear Giselle Wyers’ characteristic use of melody lines that are spun independently in each part.
Founded in 1978, Onion River Chorus, which is open to any dedicated singer, has consistently presented high quality performances of rarely performed masterpieces ranging from Renaissance to contemporary.
5/25/19 7:30pm - 5/26/19 9:00pm
Montpelier Unitarian Church, Montpelier
The Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture presents….
The Spring 2019 Session of Evening Music Classes at the Center for Arts and Learning
46 Barre Street in Montpelier, VT.
- Registration is now open for classes in Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Singing and more!
- Classes start April 1st and run through June 11th
- Cost is $25 per class.
- For full class descriptions and other details, visit: www.summit-school.org
Old Time Banjo with Ted Ingham | 8 classes | April 1 - May 20
Old Time Mandolin with Dana Robinson | 6 classes | April 29 - June 3
Old Time Fiddle with Dana Robinson | 6 classes | April 29 - June 3
Bluegrass Banjo Sampler with Jacob Stone | 3 classes | April 1 - April 15
Trad Music Ensemble with Jeremiah McLane | 8 classes | April 2, 9, 30; May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 11
Harmony Singing with Heidi Wilson & Avery Book | 6 classes | April 24 - May 29
Foot Percussion Basics with Ellen Cooke | 6 classes | April 3 - May 8 (no class April 17)
Rags and Blues for Fiddle with Mark DiStefano | 6 classes | April 1 - May 9
Advanced Blues Guitar with Dave Keller | 4 classes | April 4, 11, 25; May 2
Klezmer Tunes with Oliver Zeichner | 6 classes | April 5 - May 17 (no class April 19)
For questions regarding these classes, please visit www.summit-school.org, or contact Yasi Zeichner at email@example.com
4/1/19 7:30pm - 6/11/19 8:00pm
Center for Arts and Learning, Montpelier