ARTS PREVIEW: April 13-19, 2017

BRANDON
1915 Steinway debuts
Scottish concert pianist Murray McLachlan will perform at the Compass Music and Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, the first recital to be given on a classic 1915 Steinway piano recently donated to the Compass Music and Arts Foundation by the estate of late New York jazz musician John Fischer.
McLachlan’s program for the evening will include Chopin’s 24 Preludes, Op. 28; Ronald Stevenson’s “Pensees sur les Preludes de Chopin”; Finzi-McLachlan’s 2016 transcription of Three Bagatelles for Clarinet and Piano; and Nikolai Myaskovsky’s Sonata No. 1 in D minor.
BBC Music Magazine said McLachlan, “is a pianist with a virtuoso technique and a sure sense of line. His timing and phrasing are impeccable, and his tone — full but unforced in the powerful passages, gentle and restrained in the more lyrical — is a perpetual delight.”
The concert will follow the traditional format of performances at Brandon Music, with a pre-concert dinner prepared by Vicky Regia, executive chef at Brandon Music and the SoundBite Café in the Compass Center.
Tickets are $20 (dinner is available for $25; reservations are required); call 802-247-4295, or email info@cmacvt.org. Compass Music and Arts Center is located at Park Village, 333 Jones Drive.

PUTNEY
Cantrip and Emerald Rae
Twilight Music and Next Stage Arts Project present an evening of traditional and contemporary Celtic music featuring high-energy bagpipes/fiddle/guitar trio Cantrip and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Emerald Rae at the newly renovated Next Stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21.
From the base of its Celtic roots, Cantrip branches out into the music of other European cultures. Weaving together songs and tunes, Dan Houghton, Jon Bews and Eric McDonald take an audience on a cultural journey, putting their own spin on each style. Known for their arrangements, un-produced sound and dry wit, Cantrip has toured throughout Scotland and the U.S., expanding the boundaries of Celtic music along the way.
U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion and Berklee College of Music graduate Emerald Rae has performed with a wide range of musical artists over the years. They include the Boston-based Celtic Americana band Annalivia, Irish-American singer-songwriter Cathie Ryan, the pan-Celtic international group The Outside Track, and Mick Moloney’s Green Fields of America.
Tickets are $24, $20 in advance; call 802-387-0102, or go online to www.nextstagearts.org. Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill.

MIDDLEBURY
Lakou Mizik
Town Hall Theater and Middlebury Underground will present Haitian band Lakou Mizik at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 at THT. The performance will also include Middlebury’s own jazz/Latin/fusion band, Mogani.
Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talents, united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their collective culture and communicate a message of pride, strength and hope to their countrymen and the world.
The Guardian calls Lakou Mizik’s first album, “a joyous, glad-to-be-alive affair, packed with voices, chants and call-and-response songs, their origins in church choir and street carnival.”
Tickets are $15; call 802-382-9222, or go online to www.townhalltheater.org.

WEST RUTLAND
Sculpture workshop
Copper is a soft material that can be shaped into simple and complex forms. Instructor Pam Brown will reveal various techniques in the three-day workshop “Copper Fabrication: Shapes in Nature” at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, April 21-23.
Brown is a professional sculptor and arts educator who is also active as a member of the Carving Studio trustees. Her sculpture is currently on display at the Castleton Downtown in Rutland.
To register, or for more information, call 802-438-2097, or email info@carvingstudio.org.

WEST BRATTLEBORO
Youth Shakespeare
New England Youth Theater’s Theater Adventure presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” performed at 10:30 a.m. today, and 7 p.m. Friday, April 14, at the West Village Meeting House.
Shakespeare is alive and well with the Theatre Adventure Thursday Troupe. The actors have truly embraced their characters from “the inside out”: Egeus embodies the emotions of a father betrayed by his daughter Hermia, while Hermia grapples with being both the headstrong daughter standing up to her father, and the young woman hopelessly in love.
Tickets are $10; call 802-246-6398, or go online to www.neyt.org.

MIDDLEBURY
Artist Fred Lower
Paintings by Fred Lower are on exhibit in the Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater April 7-May 11. An artist’s reception will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 14.
Lower paints the landscape of Addison County. His deft strokes and distinctive color choices capture the essence of the light and shadow, and the texture of his scenery. He likes to paint directly from the subject, and states that, “the motifs that I find most engaging are often the easiest to find because they are right out my back door. I live a short distance from where the Middlebury River joins Otter Creek. It is, quite simply, a plethora of compositions, a feast of forms for an artist.”
Originally from Seattle, Lower studied at the University of California, Berkley and earned an MFA at Pratt Institute of Fine Art in New York. An educator for many years, he teaches art at Rutland High School.
Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and an hour before any public events in the building; call 802-382-9222, or go online to www.townhalltheater.org.

LUDLOW
‘The Killing’
The third and concluding film in the ‘50s classic movies program, “The Killing,” will be presented by FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.
“The Killing” is a 1956 film noir directed by Stanley Kubrick. It was written by Kubrick and Jim Thompson and based on the novel “Clean Break” by Lionel White. Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) is a veteran criminal planning one last heist before settling down and marrying Fay (Coleen Gray). He plans to steal $2 million from the money-counting room of a racetrack during a featured race. What follows is a story of the robbery and its aftermath as only Kubrick could imagine.
Admission is free (donations are appreciated); call 802-228-7239, or go online to www.fola.us.

MIDDLEBURY
Rosencrantz returns
Town Hall Theater will broadcast the National Theatre’s production of Tom Stoppard’s early masterpiece, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20.
Daniel Radcliffe (“Harry Potter,” “The Woman in Black”), Joshua McGuire (“The Hour”) and David Haig (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “The Witness for the Prosecution”) star in Tom Stoppard’s comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London. Against the backdrop of “Hamlet,” two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take center stage. As the young duo stumbles its way in and out of the action, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.
Tickets are $17, $10 for students; call 802-382-9222, or go online to www.townhalltheater.org.