Karen Carpenter sound-a-like and look-a-like Sally Olson will appear in concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Brandon Town Hall.
The show will include signature covers and hits by the Carpenters, such as “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “Superstar” and more. Olson offers commentary on the history behind the Carpenters’ music, as well as Karen Carpenter’s rise to fame and her sudden and tragic death at the age of 32. “Carpenters Tribute Concert” debuted in January 2015 and was conceived by Bill Reed (arranger, music director and piano) and Sally Olson (artistic director and lead vocals).
Randy Schmidt, author of “Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter,” said that “Sally’s tribute to Karen Carpenter is heartfelt and honest” and Lane Gibson, recording studio owner, producer and engineer, claimed that Olson has “an uncanny resemblance” and looks and sounds “just like Karen!”
Tickets are $8, $6 for seniors, students and military, and can be purchased at the door. For more information, go online to www.brandontownhall.org.
At 2 p.m. Sunday, July 9, the Unitarian Universalist Church hosts three innovative cello masters for an exploration of music and spirit from cultures around the world. With performance credits spanning six continents, “3 Cellos” integrates music from the Middle East, European classical music and jazz into a melodic and rhythmic synthesis that honors both tradition and innovation.
Four-time Grammy winner Eugene Friesen is active internationally as a cellist, composer, conductor and teacher. He has worked and recorded with such diverse artists as Dave Brubeck, Toots Thielemans, Betty Buckley, Will Ackerman, Joe Lovano and Dream Theater, and has been featured in concerts all over the world with the Paul Winter Consort, with Trio Globo (Friesen, Howard Levy and Glen Velez), and in his popular CelloMan performances for children and families.
Acclaimed Palestinian cellist Naseem Alatrash is a classically trained musician and improviser in diverse styles, and has earned a reputation for blending Arabic, jazz and classical music into his performances. Crispin Campbell, well known as a performer throughout North and South America, seamlessly transitions from Bach to Zappa to Django, earning him the label: “A musician who defies categories.”
Admission is by donation at the door.
The Fair Haven Concerts in the Park will welcome Limbo Lounge at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13.
Limbo Lounge is a band that will make you want to move your feet. With sounds from around the world including West Africa, Brazil, Ireland, the Caribbean and more, this band will fill your hearts with joy. Original sounds are blended together with the influence of performers like Santana and Babatunde. Other compositions written by Gary Meitrott and Phil Henry feature a blend of drums and instrumentals. This is a band like no other.
Free ice cream cones will be featured for this week’s concert, donated by the RC Flyers of Rutland County. The concerts go on rain or shine. Rain location is the First Baptist Church at the south end of the park.
‘Elsa and Fred’
A movie rarely made available in this part of the country, “Elsa and Fred” will be FOLA’s (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) next film presentation at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 8, in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.
The 2014 American comedy-drama film, directed by Michael Radford and starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer, set and filmed in New Orleans, is an English-language remake of the 2005 Spanish-Argentinian film of the same name. “Elsa and Fred” is the story of two people who at the end of the road, discover that it’s never too late to love and make dreams come true.
Admission is free (donations are appreciated); call 802-228-7239, or go online to www.fola.us.
The 20th annual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show will be hosting the opening party for the exhibition this year on Saturday, July 8. The reception will take place 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Vermont Arts Exchange campus, 48 Main St. (next door to the Post Office and across the street from the North Bennington Train Depot) and will feature music by local band Ransom Notes. Refreshments will be served. The show will remain on view to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the summer and fall, concluding on Oct. 29.
Some of the local sculptors participating this year are Michael Biddy, Kristen Blaker, Bill Botzow, Fred X Brownstein, Joe Chirchirillo, Tom Longtin and Gregory Smith. Artists from Salem Art Works this year include, Anika Catterfield, Zac Ward, Chase Winkler and Dane Winkler. Other artists this year are from Vermont, New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey.
For information, call 802-557-7882
Yellow Barn Music Festival’s 48th summer season continues with a full weekend of events, from three concerts to Saturday’s master class and pre-concert discussion, to lunch and open rehearsals with musicians on campus at the Greenwood School.
The weekend opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 13, in the Big Barn. The evening features Franz Joseph Haydn’s Piano Trio in E-flat major, Max Reger’s lush and romantic String Sextet in F major, concluding with Johannes Brahms’ “Zwei Gesänge” (Two Songs). Soprano Melanie Henley-Heyn performs the Brahms with Roger Tapping, violist of the Juilliard String Quartet, and pianist Peter Frankl.
Friday night’s 8 p.m. concert features George Crumb’s “Federico’s Little Songs for Children,” Beethoven’s Seven Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen” from “The Magic Flute,” Mozart’s String Quintet in E-flat major, K.614, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s “Piano Trio.”
Saturday’s 8 p.m. program includes Franz Schubert’s little-known String Quartet in B-flat major, Gérard Pesson’s “Récréations françaises,” full of unusual sounds and shadows for three wind and three string instruments, Franco Donatoni’s virtuosic “Alamari” for viola, cello, and double bass, culminating with Robert Schumann’s Piano Trio in G minor.
Patrons can reserve their tickets by calling 802-387-6637, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at www.yellowbarn.org.
Loosely based on the story of Radio Caroline, the floating radio station opened on the North Sea in the 1960s, “Pirate Radio” features Philip Seymour Hoffman as the ringleader of a team of rogue DJs broadcasting the new pop music from international waters to the United Kingdom. The movie will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at the Bellows Falls Opera House, benefiting Black Sheep Radio.
In 2009, “Pirate Radio,” opened in the United Kingdom, titled “The Boat That Rocked,” but was retitled for its American release later that year. The musical freedom for which Pirate Radio was fighting recapitulates the confused and sometimes immature meanderings of hormonal young people who came to the boat for a variety of purposes, some of them a bit muddy. It’s a parable about freedom and its cost, but the heroes are clearly those who buck the system.
Admission is $5 (rated R).
ARTS PREVIEW: July 6-12, 2017