Arts Calendar: Music in Southern Vermont
Althea SullyCole is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and ethnomusicologist from New York City.
Althea received her B.A. in Ethnomusicology at Barnard College, Columbia University in 2012 and her M.A. with Distinction in Music in Developmen t at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2016.
As a musician, Althea has worked with Billy Harper, Billy Bang, Ras Moshe, Fred Ho, Sahad Sarr, Daara J Family, Faada Freddy, Royal Messenger and father Bill Cole (in his Untempered Ensemble), among others. in 2010, she was a weekly vocalist at the legendary St. Nick’s Pub. She has also worked as an accompanist for flamenco dance companies and studios on guitar. Althea has studied kora under korists Yacouba Sissoko and Edou Manga and was a resident artist at Bois Sakre studios in Senegal from 2013-15. In 2015, Althea formed the duo 42 Strings alongside traditional Chinese zheng player, Muqi Li, with whom she performed at Royal Albert Hall and on BBC 3 Radio.
As an ethnomusicologist, Althea worked as an FCC licensed jazz programmer at WKCR; interned in the Public Programming department at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; worked as an archivist Association for Cultural Equity (home of the Alan Lomax Archives); hosts The Earfull, an audio podcast that explores the lives of musicians through music (Listen on iTunes); performed research for the Musee de Thies; worked as a music specialist at the International School of Dakar; and was most recently the Music Programs Editor at SOAS Radio.
5/19/19 4:00pm - 5:30pm
ArtisTree Community Arts Center, South Pomfret
On Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m., Sage City Symphony will present a free spring concert at Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA Building at Bennington College, sponsored by People’s Bank. The program is built around the world premiere of “E,” a composition for jazz combo and orchestra by local-boy-made-good Leo Yucht, an up-and-coming jazz percussionist and composer now based out of NYC. This work was commissioned by Sage City Symphony as part of its mission to support new composers.
A graduate of Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, VT (ʼ13), and William Paterson University (ʼ17), Yucht has performed with some of the most acclaimed musicians in the world, including Jon Batiste, Aaron Goldberg, Harold Mabern, Pete Malinverni, and many more. He performs regularly in the New York metropolitan area with his band and also as a sideman with other world-renowned jazz artists. Yucht’s jazz quartet for the Sunday concert and the Saturday Community Jazz Brunch includes Bob Bruya on bass, Thomas Linger on keyboard, and Daniel Berkey on tenor saxophone.
Yucht’s composition, simply titled “E,” is dedicated to his wife, Ekin. “The piece is my tribute to her,” Yucht says. “She is a special person and I feel lucky that I get to write it for her.” He adapted his original melody for Sage City Symphony’s strings, a few wind instruments, and glockenspiel, which will accompany his four-piece jazz quartet. In describing his process, Yucht says, “Musically, I drew inspiration from many historical recordings of a similar nature; for example, Charlie Parker’s ‘Bird with Strings,’ ‘Clifford Brown with Strings,’ Wayne Shorter’s ‘Without a Net.’ I feel that the piece is dynamic. It is not simply ‘this’ or ‘that’; rather, it embodies a spectrum of moods and sounds.”
Also on the program is Symphony No. 7 in D minor by Antonín Dvořák, and “Fanfare,” a rousing brass piece written to precede the ballet “La Péri,” by Paul Dukas. (Dukas is perhaps best remembered for his orchestral work “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” which was notably used in Disney’s 1940 animated film “Fantasia.”)
As an appetizer to this concert, Sage City Symphony will host a Community Jazz Brunch on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Park-McCullough House Carriage Barn in North Bennington featuring live music by the Leo Yucht Jazz Combo. The menu will include a variety of brunch favorites, including quiches, smoked salmon, fruits, and pastries. Tickets for the brunch are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and free for kids ages 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Village School in North Bennington and the Kitchen Cupboard food pantry in Bennington. This event is made possible by the Fund for North Bennington and the Board of Sage City Symphony.
Sage City Symphony (www.sagecitysymphony.org) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, registered in the State of Vermont, and relies entirely on generous donations, grants, and volunteer services from individuals, local foundations, businesses, and sponsors. Concerts are always free and open to all.
About Sage City Symphony
Led by music director Michael Finckel for the past 25 years, Sage City Symphony was founded in 1972 as a community and college orchestra with close ties to Bennington College. In addition to performing traditional classical repertoire as well as contemporary music, the symphony commissions and premieres new pieces each year. The symphony attracts a high caliber of dedicated amateur as well as professional musicians who travel from throughout Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts for weekly rehearsals during the concert season. Auditions are not required, and academic credit is available for Bennington College students who participate. Information about joining the symphony is available at www.sagecitysymphony.org/join.htm.
5/19/19 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Greenwall Auditorium, VAPA Building, Bennington College, Bennington
Winner of eight Tony Awards, Once is a truly original theatrical experience. Based on the hit movie and featuring an ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage, Once tells the enchanting story of a Dublin street musician who is about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. A musical collaboration becomes much more as their songs and lives become intertwined. Hansard and Irglová’s Oscar-winning music will take audiences on a heartbreakingly romantic journey.
Northern Stage, White River Junction
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