Arts Calendar: Southern Vermont
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The Juno Orchestra is Vermont’s newest professional chamber orchestra, engaging musicians from the tri-state area surrounding Brattleboro, Vermont, a small, startlingly vibrant arts community.
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Battalia
Philip Glass, String Quartet No. 5, arr. for string orchestra
Antonin Dvořák, Serenade for Strings, Op. 22
Conductor: Zon Eastes
2/10/19 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Latchis Theatre, Brattleboro
Bennington, VT -- On Sunday, February 10, at 4:00 p.m., Sage City Symphony will present a free concert at Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA Building at Bennington College. Conducted by music director Michael Finckel, the program includes three pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op. 84; Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60; and Romance No. 2 in F major, Op. 50, for violin and orchestra featuring symphony concertmistress Kaori Washiyama.
Washiyama, an instructor in violin, viola, and chamber music at Bennington College since 2005, was trained at the Kyoto City University of Art and Music in her native Japan and pursued further studies at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. In addition to numerous other honors, she is a first-prize winner of the Rodolfo Lipizer Violin Competition and a recipient of the prestigious Rode Award in Italy. She is the founding director of a well-established concert series bearing her name, the Kaori Washiyama Chamber Music Series, which presents musical events annually throughout Japan; she has been honored for these achievements with the Kyoto Music Award, the Tohdo Music Award, the Kyoto Prefecture Cultural Award, and the Baroque Saar Award. She is a core member of In the Music Room, which performs throughout southern California. Other recent American performances, including concert appearances with her partner, Daniel Shulman, have taken place in Boston, New York, San Francisco, and elsewhere. Recently she has performed numerous solo violin recitals and chamber music concerts throughout Japan and Italy. She has served as concertmistress of the Kyoto Chamber Orchestra, the Mozart Kammer Orchestra-Osaka, and, since 2011, Sage City Symphony.
The February 10 concert is sponsored by members of the Sage City Symphony board of directors. 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 and grants from individuals, local foundations, businesses, and sponsors. Concerts are always free and open to all.
Upcoming events in Sage City Symphony’s 2018-19 season include a Youth Concert on March 10; a Jazz Brunch on May 18 with live music by the Leo Yucht Jazz Combo; and a Spring Concert on May 19 with Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 and a world premiere of a work by local-boy-made-good Leo Yucht, an up-and-coming jazz percussionist now based in New York City.
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.
Greenwall Auditorium, VAPA Building, Bennington College, Bennington
Every February for the past two years, JAG Productions has invited African-American theatre
artists to spend a week in White River Junction, Vermont to further the development of a new play or solo performance. Over the course of the one-week residency, three-five projects receive an intensive workshop, constructive feedback, and a staged reading
for the public at Briggs Opera House!
We are pleased to announce
the third edition of our festival of new works in African-American theatre, JAGfest 3.0! This year, we are delighted that all the playwrights are Black women. Presented February 8-10, JAGfest 3.0 will include four staged readings of their works, over the course
of three days, each featuring a post-show conversation with the artists and moderated by Dartmouth scholars. We’ll celebrate the festival after the first play, at 10:00PM, on Friday, February 9, with the JAGfest Dance Party with DJ Sean at Piecemeal Pies in
White River Junction, VT. Champagne toast, snacks and free of charge for JAGFest weekend pass ticket holders.
2/8/19 7:30pm - 2/10/19 4:30am
Briggs Opera House, White River Junction
JAG Productions Shines Spotlight on Black Female Playwrights in 3rd Annual JAGfest
White River Junction, VT (January 25, 2019) - Every February for the past two years, JAG Productions has invited African-American theatre artists to spend a week in White River Junction, Vermont to further the development of a new play or solo performance. Over the course of the one-week residency, three-five projects receive an intensive workshop, constructive feedback, and a staged reading for the public at Briggs Opera House!
We are pleased to announce the third edition of our festival of new works in African-American theatre, JAGfest 3.0! This year, we are delighted that all the playwrights are Black women. Presented February 8-10, JAGfest 3.0 will include four staged readings of their works, over the course of three days, each featuring a post-show conversation with the artists and moderated by Dartmouth scholars. We’ll celebrate the festival after the first play, at 10:00PM, on Friday, February 9, with the JAGfest Dance Party with DJ Sean at Piecemeal Pies in White River Junction, VT. Champagne toast, snacks and free of charge for JAGFest weekend pass ticket holders.
The four plays will be:
The Last Day of Black History Month: A Conversation with a Naked Black Southern Lesbian by Maine Anders & Ayesha Dillabough, Friday, February 8, 7:30PM
Directed by Kia Warren & Ayesha Dillabough
Synopsis: The international “triple threat of burlesque” baptized by Michael Musto as one of ‘NYC’s Creatures of the Night’ in Out Magazine, The “Maine Attraction” Anders (Lady L’Amours Final Bow, Duane Park, Cheek to Cheek: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett) shares her story of ancestry and artistic resilience with a personal and humorous timeline of our nation’s violent and systematic oppression. Hailing from Decatur, Georgia, Anders’ one-woman master-class on the prominent underbelly of American history, The Last Day of Black History Month... is a multimedia show featuring dance, comedy, music, and poetry unveiling hidden truths while facilitating acceptance, compassion, and unity.
Rabbit Summer by Tracey Conyer Lee, Saturday, February 9, 4:00PM
Directed by Christopher Burris
Synopsis: Wilson and Ruby have good jobs, a beautiful home, a child...working on another, while Ruby's best friend, Claire, has just lost her unarmed Black husband to the quick trigger of a white cop. Wilson idealizes his marriage and ignores the irony of his job as a police officer, smiling through pain Ruby wishes he would share. Tired of feeling helpless and trapped in her Huxtable-like existence, Ruby has a secret plan to fix the American gun problem and push her husband to unpack the legacy of false manhood. As Claire mourns in the comfort of her friends, secrets are unearthed stirring a pot of reality Wilson has never tasted, pitting Black against blue, gun violence against police brutality, manhood against fatherhood and love against need. The trio individually battle to live their truths in a country built on lies while navigating the uniquely American condition of “Being, While Black”.
If This Be Sin A New Musical
Book by Kirya Traber
Music by Sissi Liu, Saturday, February 9, 7:30PM
Directed & Choreographed by Christopher Windom
Synopsis: If This Be Sin is a new musical based on the life of the queer Harlem Renaissance entertainer, Gladys Bentley. In 2016 Kirya workshopped the play, Permitted through, the Queerly Fest, the NBT's Keep Soul Alive reading series, and Submerge at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. The play focused on Bentley's life at a pivotal moment in the 1940s when she's lost her prominence and is facing backlash at the dawn of the MacArthur era. Kirya realized that given grand and spectacular scope of Bentley's real life, any retelling deserves the spectacle and grandeur of a musical. The new work, If This Be Sin, (who’s titled is borrowed from an autobiography Bentley spoke of but likely never wrote) is being developed with a full musical score, and will represent Bentley in her early life as an infamous performer in Harlem, as well as her eventual choice to conform and marry a man in the early 1950’s.
Blanks or Sunday Afternoon, After Church by Gethsemane Herron-Coward, Sunday, February 10, 4:00PM
Directed by NJ Agwuna
Synopsis: Medical student Reese desperately hunts for the romance of her dreams while her “aunties-” Black women through history and media- dissuade, distract and try to save her from love’s violent abandonment- something they all experienced, something they all did not survive. BLANKS interrogates how intimate partner violence, intersectional patriarchy, and neglect affect Black women’s pursuit of romantic and filial love. It asks if love conquers all, what happens when it conquers you?
Admission is $20 per performance and $50 for a weekend pass to all 4 shows! For more information and to buy tickets to the plays and to the JAGfest Dance Party, go to https://www.jagproductionsvt.com/jagfest2019
About the Playwrights:
Maine Anders, better known as “The Maine Attraction,” landed her first television appearance as a teenager performing in MTV's ‘Fight For Your Rights Campaign.’ Since then, her career has soared playing alongside greats including James Brown and Lionel Richie, and burlesque divas Dita Von Teese and Amanda Lepore; making The Maine Attraction a burlesque legend in her own right. As muse for numerous visual artists, Maine has collaborated with everyone from conceptual photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier and acclaimed multimedia artist, Matthew Barney, to the infamous DJ Tiesto and performed at exclusive fashion events hosted by icons Patricia Field and Marc Jacobs. Her ability to transform herself into a myriad of characters gives her the opportunity to play roles that are left of center, and fuse the elements of sex, comedy and drama, as seen in her self-conceptualized debut, The last Day of Black History Month: A Conversation with a Naked Black Southern Lesbian. Seen playing herself in Dee Rees’ “Pariah,” Maine has also played leading roles in indie features: “Miente” (Cannes, Havana Film Festival), farcical blaxploitation sensation “Nefertitty”, “Nefertitty In Space” and comedy-thriller “The Horror at Gallery Kay”. Her role in “Million In The Mirror”, a PSA for breast cancer research, recently won The Viewers Choice Award on the Lifetime Channel. Most recently she was a featured dancer for the Grammy Award Winning Cheek To Cheek PBS Special with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, and the popular downtown burlesque murder mystery, “Lady L’Amour’s Final Bow”.
Ayesha Dillabough (San Francisco Bay Area) was exposed to film at the tender age of 8 as a featured extra in Sister Act. Proclaimed as “simply adorable” by Whoopi Goldberg, she soon found her love for being a ham…. A cute one. Her knack for the writing and comedic arts has burgeoned. Whether an impromptu set with Dave Attell and Jeff Ross, backstage at The Box poking fun at Jude Law, or guest bartending/jibing at Duane Park, Ayesha is all about the laugh. Her comedic voice shines through as co-writer/director of The Last Day of Black History Month: A Conversation with a Naked Black Southern Lesbian.
Tracey Conyer Lee is a playwright fellow with National Black Theatre. Rabbit Summer, a 2018 Princess Grace Award finalist, has been developed at the Kennedy Center and the 2018 Women's Voices Festival through Ally Theatre Company, and will premiere in 2019 at Aurora Theatre outside Atlanta. Lee's other plays have received production or development at FringeNYC, The Fire This Time Festival, Urban Stages, Boomerang Theatre Company, Redtwist and Congo Square Theatres in Chicago and National Black Theatre. A professional actor for over 25 years, Ms. Lee has originated roles Off Broadway and regionally, performing in over 80 professional productions yielding Carbonell, NAACP and Barrymore Awards. She has also won acting awards for her independent film work and has played roles on the small screen in The Path, Ed, SMASH, L&O: Criminal Intent, All My Children & Guiding Light.
Kirya Traber is a nationally awarded writer, performer, cultural worker. She is co-host of the PBS series, First Person, and the Lead Community Artist in Residence with Lincoln Center Education. Her plays include the NY Times Critic’s Pick, Ping Chong & Company presents Undesirable Elements: Generation NYZ (2018), Music in Color: The Legacy of Florence Price, commissioned by the Orchestra of St Luke's (2017), Both My Grandfathers, developed at Lincoln Center Education (2015), and The Life of Belle da Costa Greene, commissioned by the Morgan Library & Museum (2013). Kirya is the recipient of the a California Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Robert Redford’s Sundance Foundation award for Activism in the Arts, and an Astrea Foundation award for Poetry.
Gethsemane Herron-Coward is a poet-turned-playwright from Washington, D.C. She is a 2016 Semi-Finalist for the Rising Circle INK TANK, a 2016 Finalist for the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, a 2017 Finalist for SPACE on Ryder Farm. Gethsemane is also a 2016 Grant Recipient from the Puffin Foundation, which supported her residency with JAW Magic Time at Judson Memorial Church. Gethsemane’s short play, The Falling Man received a production in The Fire This Time Festival in 2018. Her work has been supported by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Millay Colony, where she was the 2018 Yasmin Scholarship Fellow. Her work has been seen in Atlanta Black Star, The Washington Post, the 24 Hour Plays: Nationals and Columbia University, where she is completing her MFA in Playwriting. She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.
2/8/19 7:30pm - 2/10/19 10:30pm
Briggs Opera House, White River Junction
An entertaining, bracingly cynical historical period comedy-drama set in the early 18th century, while England is at war with the French. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne, and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead, while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing, and Abigail sees a chance to return to her aristocratic roots. Stars Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz. Golden Globe & Critics Choice Awards. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
2/9/19 7:30pm - 2/12/19 9:30am
Pentangle Arts Council, Hall Theatre 31 The Green, Woodstock
When Julie, married mother of three, unexpectedly leaves her husband and moves in with her mother Cora, she’s shocked at what she finds in her childhood home. Insults, galoshes, and English muffins fly as the women fight for control of Cora’s life and Julie comes to grips with her own mid-life crisis. Playwright Marisa Smith, the creative mind behind 2016’s hit Mad Love, is back with a hilarious and deeply perceptive story of aging gracefully – or sometimes not so gracefully – and how we try to care for one another in the face of life’s challenges. Smith brings to bear her signature brand of humor and acuteness of language to leave us laughing and crying all at once. Northern Stage is proud to present another world premiere production nurtured through New Works Now.
1/30/19 7:30pm - 2/17/19 11:59pm
Northern Stage, White River Junction
Jan. 12 – Feb. 24: Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts presents “Winter Group 2019,” an exhibition of new work by Josh Bernbaum, Bruce Campbell, Lyell Castonguay, Liz Chalfin, Jon Gregg, Emily Mason, Petria Mitchell, and other gallery artists.
Among the pieces introduced in “Winter Group 2019” are Bernbaum’s large, blown-glass vessels inspired by flowering cacti of the Southwest, and Campbell’s hand-operated steel and brass kinetic sculptures which let us orbit planets and stars on a tabletop. Castonguay creates a signature world of imagined avian beings as part of a larger distorted narrative, whereas Chalfin adroitly constructs her spaces by selectively eliminating or manipulating objects and surfaces. Gregg’s stylized and heavily impastoed figures float and march to an unknown pulse. We thrill to a feeling of experiencing color for the first time as Mason surprises us with her lyrical sensitivity and characteristic, innovative use of a brilliant palette. Mitchell leads us into a landscape defined by atmosphere, a secret place we all imagine we’ve visited, where night and day share a delicate balance.
New to MGFA is artist Pat Gerkin, whose richly patterned and textured encaustic and mixed-media sculptures and paintings suggest topographical or bioglogical themes.
Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is committed to presenting innovative, contemporary works that stimulate and challenge both the seasoned collector and aesthetic explorer.
Gallery hours: Wed. – Mon., 11 - 5
1/12/19 5:00pm - 2/24/19 5:00pm
Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro, Brattleboro
Governor George W Bush of Texas picks Dick Cheney, the CEO of Halliburton Co, to be his Republican running mate in the 2000 presidential election. No stranger to politics, Cheney’s impressive résumé includes stints as White House chief of staff, House Minority Whip and defense secretary. When Bush wins by a narrow margin, Cheney begins to use his newfound power to help reshape the country and the world. Directed by Adam McKay
2/1/19 7:30am - 3/4/19 9:30am
Pentangle Arts Council, Hall Theatre 31 The Green, Woodstock
Jenny Swanson’s high-fire wall pieces, each one a unique microcosm, are inspired by the art of India, and by floating lotuses she was intrigued by during her residency in Shangyu, China. Also on view are her unglazed, low-fire sculptural vessels carbonized in saggars, in bottle and funnel-like forms. Swanson’s innovative work gracefully curves and undulates.
In contrast, Holly Walker’s terracotta forms are Shakeresque and utilitarian. Rolled coils of clay are glazed with bold colors that are playful, saturated, and luminous. Walker’s painterly designs are geometric, floral, and sometimes alphabetical. Walker’s colorfully patterned rectangular palettes and disc shapes are the foil to Jenny Swanson’s silky black and white ceramics.
OPENING RECEPTION JULY 13, 5-7pm, with Artists' Talk
7/13/18 5:00pm - 9/6/19 11:59pm
White River Gallery @ BALE, South Royalton