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Arts Calendar: Music in Northern Vermont

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Saturday, January 18, 2020
Jan
18
2020

East Coast Inspirational Singers

East Coast Inspirational Singers

Moving audiences with an energetic and high-spirited style of harmony, the East Coast Inspirational Singers hail from Harlem and specialize in Gospel, R&B, Pop, Broadway, Jazz and Blues. They are no stranger to the stage, having been featured in off-Broadway and Broadway shows such as Dreamgirls, Smokey Joe’s Café, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Black Nativity, The Color Purple, Motown The Musical, The Wiz, RENT, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair and Showboat, with performances at world famous theaters like The Apollo, The Blue Note, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, PlayStation Theater and Carnegie Hall. The group has toured with renowned artists including Josh Groban, Celine Dion, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, John Mayer, Patti LaBelle and many others, as well as made appearances on television shows such VH1 Divas, Good Morning America, The Harry Connick Show, Regis & Kelly, BET, The Today Show, The David Letterman Show, The View and PBS.

Tickets are $20, Seniors $16, Students $10.

1/18/20 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro

Jan
18
2020

Michael Arnowitt and the ImproVisions Jazz Quintet

Michael Arnowitt and the ImproVisions Jazz Quintet

Pianist Michael Arnowitt returns to Vermont with his ImproVisions Jazz Quintet, featuring the outstanding New York City musicians Dave Smith on trumpet and Rick Rosato on bass, joined by Vermont favorites Dan Silverman on trombone and Caleb Bronz on drums. The concert will take place Saturday, January 18 at 7 pm at the United Church of Newport.

Michael Arnowitt will perform a colorful and diverse program of jazz past and present. Music on the concert includes his creative version of the jazz standard There Will Never Be Another You and his interesting blending of Jobim’s Brazilian jazz song How Insensitive with Chopin’s famous Prelude in E minor which inspired Jobim’s song. Arnowitt’s wide-ranging musical interests can be seen in other offerings on the program, from selections from his Jazz Suite from West Side Story based on the Leonard Bernstein musical, to the music of Stravinsky’s ballets Petrushka and The Rite of Spring, Joni Mitchell’s 1970’s Edith and the Kingpin and jazz influenced by Bulgarian and Syrian music. For the music of today, the quintet will perform a song from a recent Dave Holland recording and Michael Arnowitt’s original jazz compositions Pirouette, Migratory Mood, and Bulgarian Hoedown from his 2018 CD "Sweet Spontaneous" which he recorded with Dave Smith, Rick Rosato and a dozen other stellar New York City musicians. A special feature of the concert will be spoken word artist Therisa Rogers who will join the quintet to perform poems of Langston Hughes for a classic combination of poetry and jazz.

Michael Arnowitt’s upcoming activities include an 8 concert tour of China in October 2020 with the guitarist Steve Blair where the duo will perform in Beijing and other Chinese cities. The Washington Post said of a concert Michael Arnowitt performed at the National Gallery of Art, "he played with an exquisite sense of touch, color and musical imagination ."

The concert is presented under the Now Playing Newport banner. Tickets are $15, general admission. For more information, email koloman@pacbell.net or call 624-6454.

1/18/20 7:00pm - 9:00pm

United Church of Newport, Newport

Thursday, January 23, 2020
Jan
23
2020

The Met Opera in HD: Akhanten

The Met Opera in HD: Akhanten

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo headlines American composer Philip Glass’s transcendent contemporary creation, with Karen Kamensek conducting. Phelim McDermott’s stunning production employs a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers to conjure a mystical reimagining of ancient Egypt.

Tickets: Adult $17
Child $10
AARP members $13.60

1/23/20 2:00pm - 5:30pm

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Jan
25
2020

Dinner and a Concert with Cricket Blue

Dinner and a Concert with Cricket Blue

An evening of haunting folk music with Cricket Blue, a duet that have played folk festivals and stages around the United States and Canada, promises an astonishing mix of original lyrics and arrangements that rewards the listener. Exquisite Indian meal catered by Sustainable Kitchen Chef, Kate Halladay, for purchase on first floor. See full menu on River Arts website.
Tickets $15, sliding scale. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

1/25/20 7:00pm - 9:00pm

River Arts, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville

Jan
25
2020

Secret Stash

Secret Stash

This Benefit Concert will be anchored by Stefan Lessard from Dave Matthews Band and his ‘secret stash’ of wildly talented musical friends. Guests include Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band), Adam Gardner and Ryan Miller (Guster), Marc Roberge (O.A.R.), DJ Logic, Eric Fawcett (Spy Mob and N*E*R*D), Michael Ghegan (Sax & Keyboards), Brett Scallions (Fuel) and more drop ins to be announced! This inaugural concert will benefit the Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation.

1/25/20 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Jan
30
2020

Yamato - The Drummers of Japan

Yamato - The Drummers of Japan

KCP Presents
Spectacular and exhilarating display of virtuosity and endurance.

Thursday, January 30, 7:00 pm

Location:
Lyndon Institute Auditorium
168 Institute Circle
Lyndon Center, VT

Tickets: $54, $44, $34, $15. Students $15.
Ticket prices do not include any applicable fees or sales taxes.

Save 20% when you buy by December 31. Discount is automatically reflected when you choose your seats.

“A genuinely theatrical experience, delivered with balletic grace and infectious humor.” Times of London

“This is a show of unbridled enthusiasm, much humor and great musical variety.” – The Scotsman (UK)

Yamato was founded by Masa Ogawa in 1993 in Nara, ‘the land of Yamato” which is said to be the birthplace of Japanese culture. Presently based in Asuka Village, Nara Prefecture, Yamato travels all over the word with Japan’s traditional Wadaiko drums, putting its very souls into the unusual instruments, whose sound stirs the hearts of people everywhere.

In the village of Asuka, a place with more than a thousand years of history and culture, Yamato seeks new expression with Wadaiko as its backbone. They think of the sound of the drums – made of animal skin and ancient trees, some of which are more than 400 years old – as a pulse or heartbeat (Shin-on), the center of life and the source of power which pulsates within the human body.

Like the strong and sturdy heartbeats of a lonely runner with a sleek and powerful body, Yamato attempts to create the energy of life, which envelops the audience and performers. What one feels when surrounded by the sound of Wadaiko, brought out by these highly trained performers, is what the Japanese call “Tamashy”, translated as soul, spirit, and psyche – the basic elements of life. It is something which is invisible and intangible but whose existence is certainly felt. The pulse, carried down from antiquity, will resonate within all the bodies gathered at any given performance.

1/30/20 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Lyndon Institute Auditorium 168 Institute Circle, Lyndon Center

Jan
30
2020

Yamato Drummers of Japan

Yamato Drummers of Japan

Catamount Arts and KCP Presents are thrilled to host a spectacular, exhilarating display of virtuosity and endurance, Yamato: The Drummers of Japan, on Thursday, January 30, at Lyndon Institute Auditorium in Lyndon Center. “A genuine theatrical experience,” raves the Times of London, “delivered with balletic grace and infectious humor!”
Founded in 1993 by Masa Ogawa in Nara, “the land of Yamato,” and the birthplace of Japanese culture, Yamato travels all over the world with Japan’s traditional Wadaiko drums. Yamato’s dazzling performers put their very souls into their instruments, stirring the hearts of people the whole world over.

1/30/20 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Lyndon Institute, Lyndon Center

Saturday, February 1, 2020
Feb
1
2020

Young Tradition Touring Group Concert

Young Tradition Touring Group Concert

1 February 2020 7:00 pm Highland Center for the Arts Greensboro
Presented by Young Tradition Vermont at The Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. $20.00 suggested donation. Information at 802-533-9075 or www.highlandastsvt.org

The Young Tradition Touring Group Concert will feature traditional music and dance and will be held on February 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm at The Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. The 25 member Young Traditions Touring Group that that will be touring Japan in April of 2020 will be featured. The concert will include artist leaders Oliver Scanlon and Romy Munkres. And special guests for the concert will be The YTV Youth Commission Ensemble and Pete Sutherland.

The Young Tradition Touring Group are teen players, singers and dancers who focus on learning and performing traditional music and dance repertoire over the course of a 9-month, early September through early May session, including an April performance tour. Group members learn from and are supported by artist leaders, visiting and guest master musicians and dancers/dance leaders, in addition to musical exchanges with master artists, young musicians and dancers while on performance tours. Touring Groups have previously traveled to Scotland, Cape Breton, England, Ireland, and New York/New Jersey. In late April 2020, the group is planning another tour in Japan.

The group is managed by Mark Sustic, founder and executive director of Young Tradition Vermont. Repertoire is ‘traditional’, and is coordinated by artist leaders Oliver Scanlon and Romy Munkres.

2/1/20 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro

Feb
1
2020

Young Tradition Vermont

Young Tradition Vermont

The Young Tradition Touring Group are teen players, singers and dancers who focus on learning and performing traditional music and dance repertoire over the course of a 9-month, early September through early May session, including an April performance tour. Group members learn from and are supported by artist leaders, visiting master musicians and dancers/dance leaders, in addition to musical exchanges with master artists, young musicians and dancers while on performance tours. Touring Groups have previously traveled to Scotland, Japan, Cape Breton, Northumberland in England, the West Coast of Ireland, and metropolitan New York and New Jersey. In late April 2020, the group is planning another tour in Japan.

Members attend rehearsals, participate in fundraising, perform at dances, concerts and festivals regionally, and travel as part of a performance tour. Members have been mostly from Vermont, but are not limited to Vermont……. the group has also included members from Quebec, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Maine.

The Touring Group is one of 30 programs operated by Young Tradition Vermont.

Tickets are $15, Seniors are $12, Students are $8.

2/1/20 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Feb
5
2020

Che Malambo

Che Malambo

The Argentine company Che Malambo excites audiences through precise footwork and rhythmic stomping, drumming of the bombos, singing, and whirling boleadoras (lassos with stones on the end). Presenting a thrilling, percussive dance and music spectacle, the company’s work celebrates the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho. This powerhouse all-male company of gauchos is directed by French choreographer and former ballet dancer Gilles Brinas.

Tickets: $25-$55

2/5/20 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe

Feb
5
2020

Stories about Composing Music

Stories about Composing Music

Accompanied by recorded and live performances, musician and UVM professor Patricia Julien discusses the interplay between words and music, and the ways in which literature has influenced the process of her music composition. Part of the First Wednesdays series, a Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Goodrich Memorial Library.

2/5/20 7:00pm

Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Feb
13
2020

The Met Opera Live in HD: Wozzeck (Berg)

The Met Opera Live in HD: Wozzeck (Berg)

Berg’s 20th-century shocker stars baritone Peter Mattei in the title role, with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium and soprano Elza van den Heever as the long-suffering Marie. Groundbreaking visual artist and director William Kentridge unveils a bold new staging set in an apocalyptic wasteland.

One of the emblematic achievements of the thriving artistic forces in Germany and Austria during the brief period between world wars, Wozzeck was a sensation and a scandal at its premiere. Remarkably, it has lost none of its power to fascinate, shock, and engage audiences, and its status as one of the defining musical works of the 20th century has not blunted its vitality.

https://www.sprucepeakarts.org/events/the-met-opera-live-in-hd-wozzeck/

2/13/20 3:30pm

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Feb
19
2020

Mardi Gras Boogaloo 2-2-

Mardi Gras Boogaloo 2-2-

New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band, founded in 1977, are pioneers of the modern New Orleans brass band movement. They have taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and fused it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a ‘musical gumbo,’ has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour 5 continents and over 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is synonymous with genre bending romps and high-octane performances.

New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band, founded in 1977, are pioneers of the modern New Orleans brass band movement. They have taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and fused it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a ‘musical gumbo,’ has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour 5 continents and over 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is synonymous with genre bending romps and high-octane performances.

The music of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas is the expression of a remarkable South Louisiana family and provides a direct connection to Zydeco’s storied pioneers such as Clifton Chenier and Boozoo Chavis. Dennis Paul Williams, Nathan’s brother, brings his jazz-influenced guitar chops to the band. The eldest Williams brother, Sid ‘El Sid O’ Williams is a Lafayette legend unto himself. Ever since forming the the Cha-Chas back in 1985, Nathan Williams has shared his unique take on this blues and dance music of Louisiana Creole around the globe, from Lincoln Center in New York to The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville! Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Tickets: $38 to $68

2/19/20 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe