ARTS PREVIEW: July 13-19, 2017

John LaRouche jazz
Inspired by traditional jazz, the John LaRouche Trio has added its own unique voice with Turkish influences to familiar tunes and its own compositions. The trio draws from a wide range of jazz styles, playing jazz tinged with Latin, swing and tango beats.
LaRouche, harmonica, is joined by Levent Unal on guitar and Ellen Powell on standup bass. Their large repertoire includes jazz tunes from the ‘40s through the ‘60s by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Johnny Mercer, plus Antonio Carolos Jobim and Pat Metheny. The trio performs at Brandon Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15.
The group has played at various venues in Vermont, including Burlington’s FlynnSpace, The Inn at Essex, Stowe’s Green Mountain Inn, the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival and many others.
Tickets are $20 (preconcert dinner is available for $25; reservations are required); call 802-247-4295, or email Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road.

‘Jungle Book’ sculptor
Artist-in-residence Sean Williams will discuss his progress on the Rudyard Kipling sculptural tribute at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 19. He is currently working on downtown Rutland’s “Jungle Book” sculpture at the Carving Studio.
Williams will also talk about past and present work, as well as his artistic techniques and vision. Support for the “Jungle Book” public art project is through a collaboration between Phoenix Books Rutland, Green Mountain Power, Vermont Quarries and the Carving Studio.
Admission is free; call 802-438-2097, or email The Carving Studio is located at 636 Marble St.

‘Mendelssohn and Friends’
Killington Music Festival continues its “Music in the Mountains” concert series with “Mendelssohn and Friends” at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Killington Resort’s Rams Head Lodge.
Festival faculty will be performing works of Mendelssohn, Ibert, Franck and Mahler. Performers include: Daniel Andai, Boris Abramov, Sergiu Schwartz, Geoffrey Herd, Huifang Chen and Sophie Arbuckle, violins; Anat Malkin Almani and John Vaida, violas; Theodore Buchholz and Gayane Manasjan Fullford, cellos; Chi-Chen Wu and Elena Fomicheva, pianos; and Svjetlana Kabalin, flute.
To purchase tickets please call 802-422-1375. For information, call 802-773-4003, or go online to

Biplane melodramas
Join fellow flyboys and flygals for a program of rarely seen vintage silent melodramas featuring 1920s biplane action, all accompanied by live music.
The “Dare-Devil Aviation Double Feature” takes off at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Brandon Town Hall and Community Center, Route 7. Live music will be provided by silent-film accompanist Jeff Rapsis, a resident of Bedford, N.H. and one of the nation’s leading silent-film musicians.
In “The Phantom Flyer” (1928) famous stunt flyer Al Wilson portrays a border patrol aviator who must use his pilot skills to save girlfriend Mary (Lillian Gilmore) from cattle rustlers. And, in “The Sky Rider” (1928), join Champion the Wonder Dog as he flies along with his master Dick to foil the plot of a disinherited nephew to get even with — well, it’s complicated!
Admission is free (donations welcome); go online to For more information about the music, visit

‘Ekphrastic Poetry’
An “Ekphrastic Poetry Reading,” poems in response to art, will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 16, at Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, 145 E. Main St.
Poets have been invited to write a poem inspired by one of the many works of art currently on display in the gallery. “Connection” is an exhibition of visual art in various mediums produced by more than 20 regional artists. Each of these artists responded to an open call asking for submissions that considered the multiple and layered meanings of the word “connection.” The reading will move around the gallery so that each person can view each piece of art while listening to the poem, and perhaps realize even more new connections between visual art and poetry.
Admission is free.

The big-band sound of Enerjazz will be featured at the Fair Haven Concerts in the Park at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 20. This concert marks the sixth of 10 concerts for the 2017 summer season.
This band includes five trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, a guitar, a bass, a drummer, a keyboard player, as well as vocalists. Audience members can expect to hear melodies from such well-known band leaders as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Glenn Miller, to name a few. More-modern tunes are included in the set lists, so there is music for everyone to enjoy.
Concerts do go on rain or shine. The rain location is the Baptist Church at the south end of the park.

Open studio tour
Rock River Artists (RRA) 25th annual Open Studio Tour is slated for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16. Featured are 16 accomplished artists in a range of media from functional ceramics to thread on fabric.
The tour allows visitors to get a behind-the-scenes look into the unique locations where each artist works. Visitors are encouraged to start at the Old Schoolhouse in South Newfane village, where participating artists present a group show. There a map of artists’ locations is available, and folks can begin a self-guided tour of the studios, all within short driving distance.
Admission is free; for more information, contact Roger Sandes, 802-348-7865, or email

Wood sculpture
Maryland artist Bill Wolff will be the instructor for “Wood Sculpture” at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center July 17-21. The workshop will explore the use of wood and trees in art with a foundation in shop practice and the science and craft of woodworking.
To register, or for more information, call 802-438-2097, or email