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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

Friday, February 14, 2020
Feb
14
2020

Sweet on Debussy

Sweet on Debussy

Enjoy Valentine’s Day with a performance by affiliate artist Anne Janson, flute, with Stefanie Taylor, viola, and Rebecca Kauffman, harp. This delightful program features the Debussy Trio and Vermont composer David Feurzig’s work inspired by Debussy. Free

2/14/20 7:30pm

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall, Middlebury

Feb
14
2020

Sweethearts Dance with the Starline Rhythm Boys at the Little Theater in Woodstock

Sweethearts Dance with the Starline Rhythm Boys at the Little Theater in Woodstock

Sweethearts Dance with the Starline Rhythm Boys at the Little Theater in Woodstock
Friday, February 14th at 7:30pm
Join us on Valentine's Day at the Little Theater in Woodstock for a swinging good time as we dance to the tunes of the popular Starline Rhythm Boys!
Photo credit Matt Thorsen
Photo credit Matt Thorsen
Dance location:
The Little Theater, 54 River St, Woodstock, VT 05091

Considered Vermont’s premier honky-tonk & rockabilly trio, The Starline Rhythm Boys were formed in 1998 (now celebrating 20+ years together!) by 3 professional musicians with a combined experience of over 100 years in various bands (including Danny Coane with The Throbulators, Al Lemery with Badge and Billy Bratcher’s big-time one year stint in 1997 with Wayne "The Train" Hancock). The Boys are a full time, heavily booked drummer-less "Tennessee-style Trio", consisting of Danny Coane ("Little Danny C") on acoustic rhythm guitar, “Big” Al Lemery on electric lead guitar and Billy (“Slappin’ Billy B”) Bratcher on acoustic upright "slap" bass, in the style of Elvis', Cash's and Perkins' early bands. They perform vintage country, honky-tonk and rockabilly with strong instrumental work and very tight, powerful country harmony duet vocals. Their repertoire consists of many superb originals, mainly written by Bratcher, as well as great covers of both classic and obscure numbers. One of Vermont’s most popular and hardest working bands, at over 100 gigs a year just in-state, The Starline Rhythm Boys are a unique original group with outstanding, real-deal sound, style, energy, stage presence and appearance. They have appeared at almost every type of venue, as well as on radio and TV, and are both a listening and highly danceable group who appeal to a wide age range.

The Starline Rhythm Boys were signed artists to Cow Island Music, a small, independent "Americana" label, as well as Coles Meadow Music Publishing, both based in Northampton, MA from 2008 until 2018, when the recording & publishing ceased operations. Through Cow Island and their own previous self-produced label, Tin Town, the Boys have released seven recordings, three of which won “#1 Album of the Year” (2002, 2007 and 2009 respectively) on the Freeform American Roots (FAR) chart based in Austin, TX. The Starline Rhythm Boys have won Seven Days newspaper’s (Burlington, VT) 2015 and 2016 “Daysie” awards as “Best Americana Artist/Group” and then “Best Country Artist/Group” for 2017 and 2018. They were also nominated, along with 4 other groups from Texas, Colorado, Nashville & Sweden, in the “Best Honky Tonk Group” category for the 2016 Ameripolitan Music Awards, Austin, TX.

The Starline Rhythm Boys have been labeled “Vermont’s House Band” by Vermont Magazine and as Diane Scolaro, former Executive Director of the Onion River Arts Council (Montpelier, VT) and long-time music booker/promoter, said in May, 2017: “I’ve booked hundreds of bands in the past 25 years and seen many more than that. You guys are consistently the most talented, entertaining, engaging and fun band out there. It is clear that you have played together a long time and love what you do. It is always a joy to catch your show!!”.

Original, unique and “real-deal,” The Boys say, “Accept No Imitations!”

PERFORMANCE INFO
Ticket: Per person
Date/Time: Friday, February 14
7:30PM
Pricing: $20
Notes: Cash bar. Light refreshments.

2/14/20 7:30pm

The Little Theater, Woodstock

Saturday, February 15, 2020
Feb
15
2020

Bobby Watson and Horizon

Bobby Watson and Horizon

Bobby Watson, one of the most important alto saxophonists on the scene today, and revered jazz educator, earned the limelight as music director of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers between 1977 and 1981.

He is on hundreds of recordings, and worked with luminaries including the Marsalis Brothers, George Coleman, Dianne Reeves, Lou Rawls, Betty Carter and Carmen Lundy.

Watson is best known for the ensemble Horizon, one of the preeminent small groups of the1980s -1990s. Watson and drummer Victor Lewis continue as the backbone of the group.

For this performance they will be joined by pianist Ed Simon, bassist Essiet Okon Essiet and trumpeter Giveton Gelin.

Sponsored by a Friend of the VJC Educational Programs.

$20-40 general, $15 student- available online, at door, reserved by phone & In The Moment Records, Brattleboro. $1 extra per CC ticket

802 254 9088
www.vtjazz.org

74 Cotton Mill Hill #222
Brattleboro VT 05301

2/15/20 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Vermont Jazz Center 74 Cotton Mill Hill #222, Brattleboro

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Feb
16
2020

GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN, Classicopia performs Spirituals and Ragtime

GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN, Classicopia performs Spirituals and Ragtime

Classicopia celebrates African-American History month with a rousing program of spirituals and ragtime in Fairlee Town Hall Auditorium. Mezzo-soprano Laura Compton joins pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser in arrangements of such favorite spirituals as “Amazing Grace,” “Deep River,” and “My Lord, What a Morning.” Dr. Weiser will also play popular ragtime pieces by Scott Joplin, James Scott, James Lamb and others, as well as explain how these two musical traditions came together in the early part of the 20th century to produce an iconic American musical genre that spread around the world and lead to the rise of blues and jazz as our American idiom. Admission is $20 at the door, $18 online in advance. Students and ages under 18 are free. This concert is a presentation of Fairlee Community Arts, the first of three by Classicopia in 2020. See www.fairleearts.org for all FCA programs and tickets.

2/16/20 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Fairlee Town Hall Auditorium, Fairlee

Feb
16
2020

VT Youth Orchestra Concert

VT Youth Orchestra Concert

The orchestra will take on challenging and exciting works, showcasing their musical abilities with pieces such as Mario Gaetano’s Two Designs, played by the VYOA Percussion Ensemble, Franz Liszt’s Les Préludes, and the first movement of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, Maestoso. VYO Senior Soloist Nathan Wu is the second featured soloist of the season, performing the first movement of Samuel Barber’s Violin Concert, Op. 14.

2/16/20 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington

Feb
16
2020

The Northern Third Piano Quartet presents: “BEAUTIFUL WANDERINGS”

The Northern Third Piano Quartet presents: “BEAUTIFUL WANDERINGS”

The Northern Third Piano Quartet presents:
“BEAUTIFUL WANDERINGS”.
The Northern Third Quartet members are violinist Sofia Hirsch, violist Elizabeth Reid, cellist John Dunlop, and pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti, all of whom are among Vermont top professional instrumentalists. The quartet performs throughout Vermont to both audience and critical acclaim. Founded in 2013, the quartet is noted for its strength of ensemble playing and emotive musicality, offering audiences a showcase of Vermont’s remarkable talent.
This concert features the World premiere of Don Jamison’s “Walking Meditation” and music of Beethoven, Debussy, Dvorak, and Suk.

2/16/20 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Plainfield Opera House, Plainfield

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

Feb
19
2020

Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne, Piano

Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne, Piano

In 2003, we were the first American series to present world-renowned pianist Paul Lewis. Fast-forward 16 years: this performance marks our dear friend’s 22nd appearance on our stage. Internationally acclaimed pianist Steven Osborne is also a friend, having won our hearts in three previous Middlebury recitals. In this tour-de-force collaborative concert, Lewis and Osborne unite at the keyboard for a four-hand piano program of Fauré’s Dolly Suite, Poulenc’s Sonata for Piano Duet, Debussy’s Six épigraphes antiques and Petite suite, Stravinsky’s Trois pièces faciles, and Ravel’s Mother Goose suite. A Nelson Fund event. Reserved seating. Tickets: $30 public/$25 Midd ID card holders/$10 youth/$6 Midd Students. Read more>>

On Sale: September 4 at 8:30 AM for PASS members, September 9 at 8:30 AM for Midd ID card holders, September 11 at 8:30 AM for the public.

Pre-concert lecture by Professor Emeritus and former series director Paul Nelson at 6:15 PM in MAC 221.

Photos Kaupo Kikkas, Benjamin Ealovega

2/19/20 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall, Middlebury

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Feb
22
2020

Dayve Huckett and Friends

Dayve Huckett and Friends

Affiliate artist Dayve Huckett plays solo guitar and also performs with professor Peter Hamlin ’73 on accordion and Ron White on bass, as well as in collaboration with student musicians. Free

2/22/20 7:30pm

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall, Middlebury

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Feb
23
2020

Natasha Koval Paden, Piano: Creative Composers

Natasha Koval Paden, Piano: Creative Composers

Beginning with selected preludes and fugues by J. S. Bach, this program then reveals the artistry of three great composer-pianists who brought earlier works in other mediums into reimagined, virtuosic keyboard journeys: Busoni, Rachmaninov, and Liszt. Free

2/23/20 4:00pm

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall, Middlebury

Feb
23
2020

Sufficient Grounds: Wellsprings of the Renaissance

Sufficient Grounds: Wellsprings of the Renaissance

Boston-based ensemble Seven Times Salt explores the varied and fascinating guises of the ground bass from "Greensleeves” to “La Follia” and beyond. As the Renaissance era gave way to the early Baroque, music from English consorts and Italian dances to Spanish divisions and broadside ballads all relied on grounds—repeating bass lines—as a common currency in a time of dramatic musical change.

You'll hear our favorite pieces from this beloved genre, ranging from traditional grounds such as the rustic bergamasca, the lively ciaconna, and the mournful passacaglia, to the complex and elevated ground-bass writing of Henry Purcell. We'll touch along the way on works by Monteverdi, Lawes, Marini, Ortiz, selections from the The Division Violin and The English Dancing Master, and original arrangements by Chicago-based violinist David Douglass, with whom we premiered this program in 2005.

Seven Times Salt:
Karen Burciaga - baroque violin, guitar, voice
Dan Meyers - recorders, flute, percussion, voice
David H. Miller - bass viol, voice
Matthew Wright - lute, bandora, voice

with special guest ensemble In Stile Moderno:
Agnes Coakley Cox - soprano, percussion
Nathaniel Cox - cornetto, theorbo, baroque guitar

$20/$10 suggested donation

2/23/20 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Brattleboro Music City, Brattleboro

Friday, February 28, 2020
Feb
28
2020

David Finckel, Cello Wu Han, Piano

David Finckel, Cello Wu Han, Piano

We couldn’t celebrate the series’ 100th anniversary without including its most prolific artist, cellist David Finckel. For his 40th performance at Middlebury, Finckel joins his wife, acclaimed pianist Wu Han, in a program including Beethoven, Debussy, Mendelssohn, and Chopin. “Chamber music’s busy power couple” (New York Times) also performs the world premiere of a new work by Vermont-raised, prize-winning composer Pierre Jalbert, commissioned by the series to mark this special occasion. A Nelson Fund event, made possible with additional support from Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) members Marny and Rob Lichtenstein. Reserved seating.

2/28/20 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury

Feb
28
2020

Big Woods Voices

Big Woods Voices

Big Woods Voices celebrates a cappella vocal harmony through arrangements grown from American roots genres, world folk styles, poets, old and new, and Will Danforth's rich creative well. From heart-stopping to foot-stomping, prayerful to fun-filled, dissonant to dulcet, Big Woods Voices brings the spirit of southern Vermont to life through rich harmonies and soulful interpretations.

Big Woods Voices are Will Danforth, an award-winning, multi-instrumental acoustic artist; Alan Blood, present/past member of many area vocal groups including Blanche Moyse Chorale, Blue Moon, I Cantori, and House Blend; Becky Graber, leader of the Brattleboro Women's Chorus and Animaterra Women's Chorus in Keene, NH; and Amanda Witman, Vermont Folklife Center apprentice and co-leader of the Brattleboro Pub Sing.

Tickets $15

2/28/20 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Main Street Arts, Saxtons River

Feb
28
2020

David Finckel, Cello and Wu Han, Piano

David Finckel, Cello and Wu Han, Piano

We couldn’t celebrate the series’ 100th anniversary without including its most prolific artist, cellist David Finckel. For his 40th performance at Middlebury, Finckel joins his wife, acclaimed pianist Wu Han, in a program including Beethoven, Debussy, Mendelssohn, and Chopin. “Chamber music’s busy power couple” (New York Times) also performs the world premiere of a new work by Vermont-raised, prize-winning composer Pierre Jalbert, commissioned by the series to mark this special occasion. A Nelson Fund event, made possible with additional support from Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) members Marny and Rob Lichtenstein. Reserved seating. Tickets: $30 public/$25 Midd ID card holders/$10 youth/$6 Midd students.

2/28/20 7:30pm

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall, Middlebury

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Feb
29
2020

Paul Asbell Jazz Quintet

Paul Asbell Jazz Quintet

Affiliate artist Paul Asbell performs original jazz compositions from his latest CD featuring some of Vermont’s finest musicians and music faculty: Christopher Peterman, saxophones; Clyde Stats, acoustic bass; Tom Cleary, piano; and Gabriel Jarrett, drums. Free

2/29/20 7:30pm

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall, Middlebury

Feb
29
2020

Vermont Arts Exchange Presents Eastbound Jesus

Vermont Arts Exchange Presents Eastbound Jesus

Drawing on a mix of diverse influences from the worlds of bluegrass, country and rock and roll, Eastbound Jesus develops their own sound that is at the same time distinctly familiar and completely original, one that they have dubbed “Northern Rock”. These six friends from the rural upstate New York town of Greenwich have released four studio albums and a live album over the past five years, all while packing venues across the northeast with an infectious energy that gets people smiling, dancing, and hollerin’!

2/29/20 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Bennington Brush Building, 190 North Street, Bennington

Sunday, March 1, 2020
Mar
1
2020

Sadie Brightman, Piano

Sadie Brightman, Piano

The Resonance of Knowing, a piano recital featuring the works of Bach, Mozart, and Chopin, along with contemporary music by living composers. Free

3/1/20 4:00pm

Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall, Middlebury

Monday, March 2, 2020
Mar
2
2020

ALTAN

ALTAN

Altan is an Irish folk and traditional music group, which formed in Gweedore, County Donegal in 1987. The popular outfit, who are led by the world-renowned fiddler and vocalist Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, have been driven by many critically acclaimed albums and a relentless touring schedule. They emerged during the 1990s as one of Ireland’s premiere traditional musical groups and have since sold millions of records worldwide.

With their exquisitely produced award-winning recordings, ranging dynamically from the most sensitive and touching old Irish songs all the way to hard hitting reels and jigs, and with their heartwarming, dynamic live performances, Altan have moved audiences from Donegal to Tokyo to Seattle. Throughout, there has been the unwavering commitment of the band to bringing the beauty of traditional music, particularly that of the Donegal fiddlers and singers, to contemporary audiences in a way that brings out all its qualities and destroys none. In fact, Altan have always believed that Irish traditional music is a modern music in every sense and its growing influence and popularity have proved them right.

The seeds of the band lie in the music and fun of gatherings and sessions in kitchens and pubs in Donegal where virtuoso music was heard in an atmosphere of respect and intimacy - it is here that the band's heart lies till whether they are performing on tv in Australia or jamming with Ricky Skaggs on the west coast of the United States.
Altan's international status and success found a very practical recognition when they were signed in 1996 to Virgin Records, the first Irish band of their kind to be signed by a major label. The band gained gold and platinum albums in Ireland and toured larger venues, literally throughout the world, with tours in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Europe as well as regular successful U.S. tours.

In spite of a hectic touring and recording schedule, Altan continues fresh in their vision of bringing the beauty and joy of traditional music to audiences everywhere, and have always promised themselves to continue as long as it's fun - fortunately, it still is.

Tickets can be purchased at the Flynn Box Office. All Tickets are $37.50. 802-86-FLYNN / 802-863-5966 https://www.flynntix.org/Productions/SearchResults.aspx?sd=3/2/2020&ed=3/2/2020

3/2/20 7:00pm - 9:30pm

FLYNNSPACE, Burlington

Friday, March 6, 2020
Mar
6
2020

Dreamers' Circus

Dreamers' Circus

This young Danish trio is the new driving force in Nordic world music, hailed as contemporary and endlessly innovative in their approach. They draw inspiration from the deep traditions of Nordic folk music and reshape them into something bright, shiny, and new. The ensemble has won five prestigious Danish Music Awards and toured throughout Europe, Japan, Australia, the United States, and more. Featuring Nikolaj Busk on piano and accordion, Ale Carr on cittern, and violinist Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen of the Danish String Quartet.

3/6/20 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Mar
7
2020

Capital City Concerts presents a masterclass by members of the Paris Piano Trio

Capital City Concerts presents a masterclass by members of the Paris Piano Trio

The three members of the legendary Paris Piano Trio will take turns teaching accomplished violin, cello and piano students at this FREE and open to the public masterclass. The three extraordinary musicians, who met as students at the Paris Conservatory, were leading faculty at the conservatory until their recent retirements.

3/7/20 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Montpelier

Sunday, March 8, 2020
Mar
8
2020

Capital City Concerts presents the Paris Piano Trio

Capital City Concerts presents the Paris Piano Trio

The legendary Paris Piano Trio returns for the first time in nearly a decade for what will likely be their last US tour. The three extraordinary musicians, who met as students at the Paris Conservatory, went on to teach there until their recent retirements. This concert marks the 30th anniversary of their first US tour. They will perform Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97, "Archduke"; Maurice Ravel's Piano Trio in A minor; and Dmitri Shostakovich's Trio in E minor. They are widely considered to be one of the finest chamber ensembles in the world.

3/8/20 3:00pm

Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Montpelier

Friday, March 20, 2020
Mar
20
2020

Vermont Arts Exchange Presents Session Americana

Vermont Arts Exchange Presents Session Americana

A favorite of the Basement Music Series!

"It's right there in the name for this ultra-gifted, rotating collective of singers and multi-instrumentalists. The group, whose members have played with a variety of acts including Patty Griffin, Josh Ritter and the J. Geils Band, expertly blends vintage American roots music styles — from country to jazz to rock — in a rowdy but deft fashion." - Rolling Stone
Fri. Mar. 20th 8:00pm

Tickets are $18. Advance $23 Door, Students $10.

3/20/20 8:00pm - 10:00pm

The Masonic Hall, Bennington

Saturday, March 28, 2020
Mar
28
2020

Vermont Arts Exchange Presents The Sea The Sea

Vermont Arts Exchange Presents The Sea The Sea

The Sea The Sea is an upstate New York based indie folk-pop duo-band featuring what Huffington Post calls, “Two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year.” Their 2014 debut release, Love We Are We Love, received praise from NPR, American Songwriter, and No Depression, among others, gathering over 15 million streams on Spotify

3/28/20 8:00pm - 10:00pm

The Masonic Hall, 504 Main Street, Bennington

Friday, April 3, 2020
Apr
3
2020

Imani Winds Catalyst Quartet

Imani Winds Catalyst Quartet

Two acclaimed ensembles join forces in a program highlighting experiences of (im)migration. Featured: the Vermont premiere of a new work by Jessie Montgomery, commissioned by Music Accord and Sphinx, and inspired by the Great Migration. Through the lens of her great-grandfather, Montgomery brings together spirituals and work songs that reflect his travels from Mississippi to the west, north, and back to Georgia. Through the special timbral effects of winds and strings, Montgomery transforms these stories, continuing the storytelling tradition passed down by her mother, a playwright, actor, and teacher.

4/3/20 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury