Prydein in concert
Get ready for a real Celtic treat as the Fair Haven Concerts in the Park welcomes Prydein back to town at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2.
The band started when, in an effort to take music in new directions, a group of college friends at the University of Vermont started “The Experimental Music Program.” They had some fun, but the group produced lackluster results until one day a bagpiper came into their midst. What strange beastly creation was this? There was no place to plug in an amp. The piper tuned it with … electrical tape? Could this have been what they were searching for? It was. The band has not been to Fair Haven in over three years, but is coming back to town for the 2018 summer series.
The band includes Aron Garceau, guitar and vocals; Iain Macharg, highland bagpipes, flutes and tin whistles; Dan Houghton, highland bagpipes, flutes, tin whistles, bouzouki, mandolin and vocals; Andy Smith, bass and vocals; and Caleb Bronz on the drums. The band engages concertgoers of all ages, so grab a lawn chair and join in for yet another evening of entertainment in Fair Haven’s park.
Concerts are held on the Fair Haven Town Green rain or shine (rain location is at the First Congregational Church, on the north end of the park). For information, call 802-265-3010, ext. 301.
Singer- songwriter Julia Mark
“I have literally seen people’s breath taken away when they first hear Julia Mark,” says Jay Ottaway, with the Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival.
She will return to Brandon Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, with upright bass player Forrest Pettengill, before she embarks on an East Coast to Midwest tour.
Mark is a singer, pianist and songwriter performing jazz-inflected folk/pop, but her songs are unique in their subjects. She writes lyric-driven, optimistically dissonant songs about life on the moon, loss of memory, shifting homes, and palindromes. The Worcester Telegram described her music as “a little quirky, a little dreamy and a little oddly romantic.”
Tickets are $20 ($45 for dinner and show; reservations required); call 802-247-4295, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road.
Town Hall 10th
On July 26, 2008, a decade of hard work by people in the Middlebury community paid off, and the newly restored Town Hall Theater reopened for business. Built in 1884, the restoration created a state-of-the-art theater inside of the historic brick shell.
Since then, THT has presented over 1500 events, making it one of the busiest and most successful small-town theaters in the county. It has presented grand opera, trained dog acts, weddings, film festivals, Broadway musicals, gospel choirs, theater education for kids, meetings, conferences and much more.
This major community accomplishment will be celebrated with its 10thBirthday Bash, 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31.
“We could have made this a fund-raising event,” says current Executive Director Douglas Anderson, “but really just wanted to get everyone into the building so we could all celebrate and give each other a big pat on the back. So it’s free, and there will be music and surprises and a big cake. We have a lot to celebrate.”
THT will also be saluting Anderson’s 20 years of service, and the event will welcome the company’s next executive director, Mark Bradley, who was hired recently after a national search.
The event is free. No tickets or reservations are necessary. People are encouraged to just drop by and celebrate.
Killington Music Festival “Music in the Mountains” presents “Potpourri on Killington Peak” at 7 p.m. July 28, at Killington Peak Lodge (weather permitting. Arrive at the Gondola by 6:15 p.m.)
Join in for an evening of breathtaking music and views. A festival favorite, this program will surely impress with music by Rolla, Mascagni, Handel-Halvorsen, Beethoven and Gardel. Join KMF faculty members Daniel Andai and Boris Abramov on violin, John Vaida, viola and Theodore Buchholz on cello.
To purchase tickets, call 800-621-6867. For information, call 802-773-4003, or go online to www.killingtonmusicfestival.org.
The Point CounterPoint faculty musicians will present an evening of chamber music at Town Hall Theater at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1. Pianist Diana Fanning is the special guest artist in a performance of Robert Schumann’s Piano Quartet, one of the most beloved works in the chamber music repertory.
The program also includes Mozart’s Viola Quintet in G minor, and Janacek’s String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters.” The professional musicians who teach at Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp on Lake Dunmore hail from music institutions and from many parts of the world.
Admission is free (donations encouraged); go online to www.pointcp.com. Town Hall Theater is located at 68 S. Pleasant St,
Uchida, Biss and Várjon
Regular attendees at the weekend concerts at Vermont’s storied Marlboro Music Festival are used to musical discoveries. The concerts this weekend, at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 28, and at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 29, at Marlboro College’s Persons Auditorium, are no exception.
Saturday’s program offers an especially eclectic mix, with the Schubert String Quartet in C, D. 46; resident composer Shulamit Ran’s “Stream” for clarinet and string quartet; and Zemlinsky’s romantic, 10-minute “Maiblumen blühten überall.” The program’s second half presents pianist Dénes Várjon with violinist Siwoo Kim and cellist Alice Yoo in the Beethoven Trio in E-flat major, Op. 70, No. 2.
Sunday will delight piano aficionados with both Jonathan Biss and Mitsuko Uchida, Marlboro’s artistic director, performing. Biss opens the program in the Schumann Piano Trio in F major, Op. 80, followed by Shulamit Ran’s “Lyre of Orpheus” for string sextet. Uchida leads the Mozart Piano Quartet in E-flat, K. 493.
Information and remaining tickets can be obtained by calling 802-254-2394, or online at www.marlboromusic.org.
‘Drawing Water Project’
Tom Merwin and the Forty-Seven Main Street artists bring “The Drawing Water Project” to Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill July 26-Aug. 26. A public opening will be held, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5.
“The Drawing Water Project” is an engaged creative movement to dismantle social marginalization through the arts. The painters of Forty-Seven Main Street together with their paintings and poetry travel beyond the social construct that separates and marginalizes the creative voice of “the other.” They work together to challenge the convenient labels of disability, mental illness and poverty to transform barriers into opportunities for mutual beauty and growth.
Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill is located at 145 E. Main St.; for information, go online to stonevalleyarts.org.
Yellow Barn Music Festival’s 49th anniversary season culminates in a full week of concerts, including a Saturday matinee, plus a final pre-concert discussion.
The season finale takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, in the Big Barn, and features the North American premiere of Jörg Widmann’s “Es war einmal … ‘Once Upon A Time.’” Also featured are Dvorak’s A major Piano Quintet, George Crumb’s “Yesteryear,” Cathy Berberian’s “Stripsody” and Schumann’s “Fantasiestücke.” The concert concludes with Schoenberg’s “Notturno.”
For full schedule, tickets or information, call 802-387-6637, email email@example.com , or go online to www.yellowbarn.org.
“Hidden Figures” will be the next FOLA movie at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Heald Auditorium at the Ludlow Town Hall. The 2016 American biographical drama film is based on the non-fiction book about black female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race.
The film stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and other missions. Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African-American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.
Admission is free (donations are appreciated); call 802-228-7239, or go online to www.fola.us.
ARTS PREVIEW: July 26-Aug 1, 2018