Pops and fireworks
Avoid the crowds and the traffic, find easy parking and enjoy music and fireworks honoring Independence Day – all on the spacious, manicured grounds of the Middlebury College athletic fields. The family oriented 25th annual Henry Sheldon Museum Pops Concert and Fireworks Display, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29, will be performed by the Vermont Philharmonic led by energetic Lou Kosma with special selections by Merritt David Janes, currently appearing in the Broadway cast of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical “School of Rock.”
The concert features patriotic melodies, Broadway showstoppers, contemporary hit parade and light classical favorites, aimed to appeal to all ages and musical tastes. Kosma has spent his career specializing in musical education for children.
Concert grounds open for picnicking at 5:30 p.m. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, flashlights and picnic dinners; a refreshment tent will offer hot dogs, drinks, and sweets.
Tickets are $20, $10 for ages 12-18, under 12 free; call 802-388-2117, or go online to henrysheldonmuseum.org.
Boz Scaggs is coming
Rock legend Boz Scaggs and his band will play The Paramount Theatre at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7.
Scaggs will bring his unique blend of blues, R&B, rock, and jazz to the stage in support of his new album, A Fool To Care. Throughout his career Scaggs’ unique voice and trademark sound make plain his abiding respect for a wide spectrum of American roots music. Hits include “Lido Shuffle,” “Look What You’ve Done to Me,” “Miss Sun,” “Jo Jo,” “Heart Of Mine,” “Lowdown,” “Harbor Lights,” “We’re All Alone,” and many others.
Tickets are $70-$99 and now on sale; call 802-775-0903, or go online to www.Paramountvt.org.
New York Players
Castleton University will present the New York Players as part of the 22nd annual Castleton Summer Concerts at the Pavilion at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at the Castleton Pavilion.
The New York Players have been performing for over 10 years, all over New England. The Capital District band is known for its non-stop energy.
For a complete list of concerts or for more information, go online to www.castleton.edu.
‘Concert of Compassion’
A musical benefit for the Vermont Foodbank will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Grace Church.
Instrumentalists — Nova Wang, violin; Jennifer Hoult, harp; Court Gettel, flute; Downtown Brass and other brass players; and Diane Chartrand, piano — will play musical favorites. Vocal soloists and Grace Church Choir, directed by Eddie Wilkin, will perform. Performers are donating their time and talent. A reception will follow the concert.
Admission is by donation; call 802-775-4301.
‘Kiss Me Kate’
FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) continues its streamed Broadway musical presentations at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium with the great Cole Porter musical “Kiss Me Kate.”
“Kiss Me, Kate,” written by Samuel and Bella Spewack with music and lyrics by Porter, tells the story of a production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” and the conflict on-and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show’s director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. Some of the great songs are “Wunderbar,” “So In Love,” “Why Can’t You Behave?” and “Always True to You in My Fashion”.
Admission is free (donations are appreciated); call 802-228-7239, or go online to www.fola.us.
Saturday story time
Phoenix Books Rutland will host a story time with Brooke James, author of the new picture book “Why Did the Farmer Cross the Road?” at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24. All ages are welcome; this event is ideal for ages 4-8.
Farmer would just like to sleep in but his early morning slumbers are disturbed by his faithful companion, Donkey. And Donkey isn’t there to bid Farmer a good morning. As it turns out, the prospect of fun and food has lured the farm’s livestock to a local fair.
Admission is free; call 802-855-8078, or go online to www.phoenixbooks.biz. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St.
Organist Vaughn L. Watson
At 3 p.m. Sunday, June 25, the Vermont Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present its 2016-2017 Artist of the Year, Vaughn L. Watson, in recital, at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Church. Come and enjoy an afternoon of music written for the king of instruments, played on the church’s historic 1856 E. & G. G. Hook pipe organ. The program will include works by J.S. Bach, Eugene Gigout, Cesar Franck and others. A reception will follow.
Admission is free; call 802-759-2453. The church is located on Washington Street (Route 22a).
Led by violinist Soovin Kim, the Johannes Quartet opens the 23rd season of the Rochester Chamber Music Society at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at the Federated Church. The concert will be dedicated to the memory of longtime summer resident Joan Hutton Landis, who passed away in May.
The afternoon program will include Mozart’s String Quartet No. 20 in D major, K.499, “Hoffmeister”; Bartok’s String Quartet No. 3 in C-sharp major, and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131. The Johannes Quartet consists of violinists Kim and Julianne Lee, violist C.J. Chang, and cellist Peter Stumpf.
Admission is by donation; call 802-767-9234, or go online to www.rcmsvt.org.
‘Moonlight and Magnolias’
Why was the movie version of “Gone with the Wind” heading toward disaster and how was it saved? That question is answered in hilarious fashion in Ron Hutchinson’s comedy, “Moonlight and Magnolias,” opening Friday in the Oldcastle Theatre’s production and running through July 9.
In 1939, Hollywood was abuzz as legendary producer David O. Selznick shut down production of his new epic, “Gone with the Wind.” Selznick fired the director, the famed George Cukor, and decided a new script was necessary. He took director Victor Fleming off the set of “The Wizard of Oz” to replace Cukor.
For reservations or information, call 802-447-0564, or go online to www.oldcastletheatre.org.
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
Vermont Theatre Company presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy, about lovers lost in the woods fighting for the affections of their preferred partners while mischievous fairies interfere. And who could forget the bumbling actor Bottom, who gets transformed by a spell and becomes the paramour of the Queen of the fairies, or the mechanicals stumbling through the hilarious play within a play?
The four performances are at 6 p.m. June 29, 30, and July 1 and 2, on the outdoor stage in Living Memorial Park. Bring a picnic, come early, and enjoy an early Vermont summer evening.
Admission is $6; free for 5 and younger.
At 7 p.m. Thursday, June 29, Mellow Yellow will be back on the stage in the Fair Haven Park.
This band pays tribute to the ’60s and ’70s with renditions of some of the era’s greatest songs. Members of the band include; Brad DaddyO (David Cooper), vocals, Mellowyellowtron; Dusty Love (Linda Bassick), vocals, guitars, flute, trombone; Kenny Diggit (Ken French), guitars, keyboards, vocals; Apollonius “Flip” Funk (Brad Sourdiffe), bass; and Saratoga Sunshine (Sean Preece), drums.
Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs. As always, popcorn, hot dogs, sodas and water are available for purchase. Free ice cream cones will be provided by Eureka Lodge #75, so you will want to arrive early.
Violin and piano
At 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 23, the ArtisTree Community Arts Center will host chamber music featuring award-winning cellist Maxim Kozlov and Japanese pianist, Sakiko Ohashi. The concert will feature the music of Dimitri Shostakovich and Robert Schumann. A post-concert talk with Sakiko and Maxim and reception will conclude the evening.
Tickets are $10 at the door; for information, go online to www.artistreevt.org. ArtisTree is located at 2095 Pomfret Road.
‘Little Shop of Horrors’
What do you do when you need a people-eating plant and your local nursery is all out? You get creative and grow your own.
That’s what has been going on at Main Street Arts in Saxtons River as the cast and crew prepare for a production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” opening Thursday, June 29 for a weekend run. The popular musical by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman features three stages of a carnivorous plant named Audrey II that grows increasingly ravenous as it consumes bigger and bigger prey. Its greed for flesh and blood is matched only by its grower’s greed for the profits his employer’s flower shop experiences from its newfound celebrity.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, June 29-July 1, with a 2 p.m. matinee July 1. The show is also part of the Great River Theater Festival in Putney the next weekend.
Tickets are $20, $10 for 12 and younger, $18 and $8 in advance; call 802-869-2960, or go online to www.mainstreetarts.org.