Henry Sheldon pops
The Henry Sheldon Museum invites you to celebrate Independence Day at a pops concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 2, featuring the Vermont Philharmonic. This popular family event takes place on the spacious, manicured grounds of the Middlebury College athletic fields, nestled between and with views of the Adirondack and Green Mountains. The grounds open at 5:30 for picnics; a spectacular fireworks display begins at dusk.
The concert will feature contemporary music, light classics, Broadway and film favorites, and WWI patriotic songs that will appeal to all ages and musical tastes.
The Philharmonic is led by Music Director Lou Kosma. Joining the Vermont Philharmonic is guest soloist Marc Dalio, an accomplished Broadway singer and actor. New this year will be a display of vintage cars and a raffle for six one-of-a-kind picnic baskets painted by five local artists.
Tickets are $25, $10 for ages 12-18, under 12 free; 802-388-2117, or go online to henrysheldonmuseum.org. (Rain location is adjacent Kenyon Arena.)
Pinedrop at Chaffee
Pinedrop will be performing live at The Chaffee Art Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 5.
Pinedrop’s fresh Americana sound skillfully combines folk and bluegrass. This four-piece band from Brattleboro features Derek Sensale’s songwriting and vocals, Dan Bisson on upright bass, Nick Paar on mandolin and Charlie Peckar on fiddle. Pinedrop has played venues and festivals near and far, including MASS MoCA’s FreshGrass Festival.
Tickets are $7 at the door; for information, go online to www.chaffeeartcenter.org.
Enso at Taconic
Taconic Music’s second summer festival week features the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Burr and Burton’s Riley Center for the Arts.
The Enso will play Felix Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13. Other works include Joaquín Turina’s Piano Quartet in A minor; Lou Harrison’s “Varied Trio” with percussion; and Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for string orchestra with solo string quartet, conducted by Ariel Rudiakov.
From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 30, Taconic Music has an open dress rehearsal at the Riley Center. Rounding out the weekend at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 1, NextGen performs string quartets by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Haydn, and Schumann’s piano quintet.
Saturday festival concerts tickets are $25, $10 for students and kids; go online to www.taconicmusic.org.
Sculptor Ed Smith
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center will present an exhibit of recent work by sculptor Ed Smith July 7-Aug. 5. Smith’s work in bronze and plaster uses classical imagery to explore the mythic and heroic aspects of the artist and man (www.edsmithfineart.com.)
There will be an opening reception in the gallery at 636 Marble St., 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 7. The public is welcome to the event, with refreshments and music by the Harry Drum Trio. There will be a special ceremony dedicating the Gordon Marshall Coping Shop at 5:30.
For more information, call 802-438-2097, or go online to www.carvingstudio.org.
Stone Valley celebrates
Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill is holding a “Summer Arts Party and Thank-You Celebration” 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at its home at 145 E. Main St. Events include:
Bluegrass with Jamie Lee and Kim Carter, Folk music for children, Mural painting, The Poet is In, Face painting, drawing, cyanotype sun print, Dance performance, SVA Jazz Ensemble, Thank-You Ceremony.
Admission is free; for schedule and information, go online to stonevalleyarts.org.
Enerjazz big band
Once upon a time, the Lakes Region was visited by Big Bands that played local venues near and around the lakes. We harken back to the time of those bands like Tommy Dorsey and Duke Ellington this coming week when Fair Haven Concerts in the Park presents Enerjazz.
These 18 musicians will bring the Big Band sound for the season’s fourth concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 5. Since it is close to the holiday, the band has promised a few patriotic songs in addition to classics from Glenn Miller and Count Basie. More modern tunes are included in the set lists, so there is music for everyone to enjoy.
Concerts go on rain or shine; the rain location is the Congregational Church at the north end of the park. For information, call 802-265-3020, ext. 301.
The 21st annual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show will be hosting the opening party, 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Vermont Arts Exchange campus, 48 Main St.
Featured will be music by Mark LeGrand and his Pick Up Band. The Train Depot Gallery will also be opened at that time featuring works by Rhonda Ratray, influenced by boardwalk, carnival and mini-golf aesthetics. The Left Bank Gallery will also be open.
The show will remain on view to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the summer and fall, concluding Nov. 3. The show will feature over 35 internationally recognized and emerging artists from the surrounding area.
For information, go online to www.nbossvt.org.
Pride film fest
Sponsored by the Kopkind Colony, founded 19 years ago in memory of political journalist Andrew Kopkind, CineSLAM returns to the Latchis Theatre with a Pride Film Festival of Shorts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30. CineSLAM is Vermont’s first LGBTQ film festival, and this will be its 12th annual presentation in Brattleboro.
The festival this year, says Program Director John Scagliotti, will focus on LGBT History. “Next June, the 50th anniversary of Stonewall will attract the biggest gay crowds ever assembled in the history of the world to celebrate the accomplishments of LGBT people over the past five decades. And, we think the history they made is something to explore in films and books.” The Stonewall Riots occurred at a bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village in June 1969 and are noted as having begun the modern LGBT rights movement.
For tickets or information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go online to www.cineslam.com.
The Woodstock Area Jewish Community, Congregation Shir Shalom, is seeking volunteers for this year’s High Holy Day choir, to perform during Rosh Hashana (the evening of Sept. 9 and morning of Sept. 10) and for Yom Kippur (Sept. 18 and 19). It is open to anyone who enjoys singing, has a nice voice and a “good ear,” and would enjoy learning these beautiful and haunting melodies. You don’t need to know Hebrew or how to read music; we’re not looking for “professionals” (but we would also love to have anyone who is). We welcome anyone who loves to sing and who might enjoy learning these lovely songs.
To join, or for more information, call Antoinette Matlins, 802-457-5145.