At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Riley Center for the Arts at Burr and Burton, Taconic Music’s fourth and final concert of its 2018 festival series brings together two masterpieces of string literature: Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10, and Brahms’ String Sextet in B-flat major, Op. 18.
Guest ensemble The Indianapolis Quartet — Zach DePue and Joana Genova (Taconic co-artistic director), violins; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola; Austin Huntington, cello — will perform Debussy’s quartet. They will be joined for the Brahms sextet by violist Ariel Rudiakov (Taconic co-artistic director) and cellist Sophie Shao.
Founded in 2016, The Indianapolis Quartet is the ensemble-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis, reaching audiences through its unique musical language and emotional performance style.
Rounding out the weekend at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 15, NextGen Concert II at the Riley Center will feature string quartets by Ravel, Shostakovich and Beethoven, and Schumann’s Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57, performed by members of the Chamber Music Intensive.
Suggested donation for the NextGen concert is $10 at the door, students and kids free; admission to festival concerts is $25, $10 for students and kids; go online to www.taconicmusic.org.
From the award-winning guitarist and composer, Steven Kirby, comes the “Illuminations” Project to Brandon Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21. The project has been described as “richly textured, multi-layered, ebullient and lyrical jazz.” It features original compositions and arrangements, as well as some creative arrangements of standard tunes, using a quintet of instrumentalists and a singer performing both wordless and lyrical vocals.
All About Jazz said “Illuminations” is “music of deep beauty and, at times, spare, folkloric elegance” but “doesn’t lose sight of Kirby’s jazz roots and his penchant for more incendiary playing.”
Most of the compositions were inspired by the idea of featuring wordless vocals in the midst of richly textured compositions. The vocals, performed by singer Aubrey Johnson, are a primary, featured color in the compositions, which also feature guitar, piano, sax/flute, bass and drums. Instrumentalists are Carl Clements (sax/flute), John Funkhouser (keys), Mark Poniatowski (bass), and Mike Connors (drums).
Tickets are $20 (dinner and show $45; reservations are required); call 802-247-4295, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road.
Sculptor and video artist Virginia Lee Montgomery will be artist in residence at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center for the month of July. Montgomery will present her methods and aesthetic in a public artist’s talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18.
Montgomery, who currently divides her time between New York City and Houston, Texas, received her MFA from Yale University. She works freely between sculpture and video to materialize philosophical ideas about memory, materiality and time. Recently, the artist has become enamored with the moon, and intends to develop a “Marble Moon” project while at the CSSC, combining sculpture and experimental art video.
For more information, call 802-438-2097, or email email@example.com.
Blue Jay Way
The Fair Haven Concerts in the Park will feature rock ‘n’ roll with Blue Jay Way at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19. This band is making its second visit to the park. This concert will also feature free ice cream cones.
Blue Jay Way began in the early 1970s when Dave Sabatino and Tim Brown began to perform locally at the Checkmate in Castleton. The duo asked Terry Jarrosak to join them as their drummer.
“Dave and I played music together growing up. We were doing the Beatles when the Beatles were still doing the Beatles,” joked Jarrosak, who is known in the area as Terry Jaye, the morning DJ at WJJR.
The trio expanded over the years, with local musicians coming and going, but they have assembled a solid core in the past few years that includes keyboardist Brad Morgan, guitarist Rob Henrichen and sax players Pete Giancola and Steve MacLaughlin — all of whom have performed with the band Satin and Steel.
Concerts go on rain or shine. The rain location is the First Congregational Church located at the north end of the park. To see if the concert will be moved, call 802-265-3010, ext. 301, after 4 p.m. on the day of the concert.
Art for refugees
“We are not forgotten (Nosotros no estamos olvidados),” an art exhibition at Merwin Gallery, 557 Main St., July 14-Aug. 12, will open with a public reception, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, with refreshments and a poetry reading.
A protest against the immigration and refugee policies of the Trump administration by Vermont artists and poets, the exhibit is a fundraiser for KIND.org. Kids In Need of Defense is an organization that provides lawyers to the over 50 percent of children who arrive in the United States and have no one to represent them in deportation hearings.
This exhibit showcases art and the written word in a wide variety of styles and viewpoints, from the abstract to the representational, but all sharing the common theme of empathy at the humanitarian crisis these policies and the “do-nothing” attitude of Congress has ultimately caused.
For information, call 802-468-2592, or go online to www.merwinstudio.com.
Music for families
For 44 years, the Manchester Music Festival has made it a mission to bring the joy and beauty of chamber music to the local community. In that spirit, this summer is chock-full of complimentary events that people of all ages are invited to attend.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14, the Manchester Community Library will host a special program featuring cellist Amit Peled in a reading of his children’s book, “A Cello Named Pablo.” His book tells the story of the cello and how Peled went from the basketball courts of rural Israel to grand symphony halls. The reading is open to children of all ages.
At Burr and Burton Academy’s Riley Center for the Arts, at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28, school-aged children and their families are invited to join the Manchester Music Festival for a free family concert and ice cream celebration. This concert will provide an interactive experience for attending children to be involved with a performance on solo marimba and mixed percussion, as guided by master performer Pius Cheung. Select young artists from the MMF Young Artists Program will also perform string chamber music selections, and the event will be narrated by Adam Neiman.
No tickets are required for these community events; call 802-362-1856, or go online to www.mmfvt.org.
Open studio tour
Rock River Artists’ 26th annual Open Studio Tour is slated for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 21, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 22. The annual two-day offering features 12 artists in a range of media from functional ceramics to thread on fabric; collage to inlay; fine woodworking to painting in oils, acrylics and India ink.
The tour allows visitors to get a behind-the-scenes look at the unique locations where each artist works — in rustic studios down county lanes, high up in the hills with spectacular views, amidst lush gardens and landscaping, tucked away in the woods, along the river’s edge.
Artists on the 2018 tour include: Ellen Darrow, pottery; Dan Dewalt, custom furniture; Chris Ericsson, furniture and jewelry; Georgie, oil painting; Richard Foye, raku pottery; Caryn King, painting; Steven Meyer, painting; Roger Sandes, painting and prints; Deidre Scherer, thread on fabric; Matthew Tell, pottery; Mary Welsh, collage. A tour artist from earlier years, T. Breeze Verdant will be back on the tour with his work in marquetry and inlay.
Visitors are encouraged to start their RRA Open Studio Tour at the Old Schoolhouse in South Newfane village where participating artists present a group show. For more information, call 802-348-7865, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Israel Congregation of Manchester (ICM) will present “Defiant Requiem,” an Emmy-nominated documentary about artistic courage and hope in the Theresienstadt (Terezín) Concentration Camp during World War II, at 7 p.m. Monday, July 16, at the Manchester Community Library. It is the first of four Jewish-themed films to be presented this summer at the MCL. The Jewish Film Series is open to the public, with a free-will donation appreciated.
“Defiant Requiem” tells the true and inspiring story of a brilliant young Czech conductor who recruited 150 fellow inmates and taught them Verdi’s Requiem, which they performed for fellow prisoners, high-ranking SS officers, and the International Red Cross in the early 1940s. Ostensibly designed to support the charade that concentration camp prisoners were not only treated well but also flourishing, these performances enriched the prisoners’ souls, amidst unfathomable horror. Verdi’s Requiem became a work of defiance and resistance against the Nazis, enabling the prisoners to “sing to the Nazis what they could not say to them.”
For more information, call Israel Congregation of Manchester, 802-362-4578.
Arts Preview: July 12-18, 2018