ARTS PREVIEW: June 29-July 5, 2017

Yellow Barn begins
Each summer since 1969, musicians have gathered at Yellow Barn Music Festival to celebrate the joys and endless questions of chamber music. This year, an international roster of musicians arrived, ready to explore and perform music that spans the 18th to the 21st centuries. Energizing performances will light up the Big Barn through Aug. 5th.
The 48th season opens July 7-8 with a full festival weekend: concerts on Friday and Saturday evening, plus a Saturday morning master class and Saturday evening discussion.
Yellow Barn celebrates opening night at 8 p.m. July 7 in the Big Barn with a program of works that bend towards rebirth, innocence, and reawakening. The evening’s program includes Claude Debussy’s groundbreaking “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune,” transcribed for piano four-hands by Maurice Ravel; Leoš Janáček’s “Pohádka” for cello and piano, in which each movement depicts a fairy tale, and Caroline Shaw’s folk-inspired “By and By,” for soprano and string quartet.
Opening weekend continues with a piano master class given by Kalish at 10:30 a.m. July 8 in the Big Barn. That night legendary artists Gilbert Kalish and Bonnie Hampton join Artistic Director Seth Knopp in asking why we listen, drawing answers from their extraordinary lives with chamber music from the 1930s to today. This free pre-concert discussion takes place at 7 p.m. July 8 in the Putney Public Library.
Opening weekend concludes with an 8 p.m. concert, including James Tenney’s “Maximusic” for solo percussion; Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor, Op.49;
Mozart’s “Kegelstatt” Trio in E-flat major for clarinet, viola, and piano; and Hugo Wolf’s “Spanish and Italian Songbooks” for soprano and piano. The final piece of the weekend is Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.
For tickets or information, call 802-387-6637, or go online to

Steven Kirby jazz
Guitarist, composer, educator Steven Kirby has built a reputation for performing exciting, melodic, lyrical and expressive mainstream and contemporary jazz music. The Boston Globe says “Kirby plays and writes from inside the music, putting melody and feeling first.” The Boston-based quintet performs at Brandon Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 8.
The quintet’s program includes Kirby’s arrangements and compositions, with him on guitar, John Funkhouser on keyboard, Mark Poniatowski on bass, and Mike Connors on drums, with special guest vocalist, Aubrey Johnson.
Jazz Times says Kirby’s “creative music — frequently beautiful and always well played — results from personal expression that transcends mere imitation.”
Tickets are $20 (pre-concert dinner is available for $25; reservations are required); call 802-247-4295, or email Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road.

Artist Susanne Peck
Town Hall Theater is presenting “Susanne Peck: Daily Art” June 30-Aug. 13 In the Jackson Gallery. An artist’s reception will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 30.
Peck spent most of her professional life in the New York City area and relocated to Vermont in 2008. A classical singer, educator and conductor, she has always made art and has been drawing commissioned portraits for 26 years. In recent years she has branched out to include abstract and expressionist works as well as representational, and the exhibit will reflect this variety.
Largely self-taught, Peck’s most valued instruction came privately from Elizabeth Steig in the Boston area and from portrait painter Laurel Stern Boeck at Katonah Art Center in New York, and from Tad Spurgeon, Richard Weinstein and Mary Lower at the Middlebury Studio School.
For more information, call 802-382-9222, or go online to

Village Harmony
Village Harmony teen world music ensemble presents its first series of summer concerts in five Vermont locations:
– Sunday, July 2: Westminster West – Congregational Church, 7:30 p.m.
– Tuesday, July 4: Bridgewater – Grange Hall, 7:30 p.m.
– Wednesday, July 5: Shrewsbury – Town Hall, 7:30 p.m.
– Thursday, July 6: Burlington – College Street Congregational Church, 7:30 p.m.
– Friday, July 7: Rochester – Community Church, 7:30 p.m.
The group is led by an international trio: Bongani Magatyana from South Africa, Samira Merdzanic from Bosnia, and Village Harmony founder Larry Gordon. The concert program includes South African songs and dances, folk songs from Bosnia and Macedonia, American shape-note songs, traditional songs from Corsica, and Renaissance works. The singers are drawn from throughout New England, but also include three teens form Bosnia, two from South Africa and one from England.
Admission is by donation ($10, $5 for students, suggested); call 802-426-3210, go online to

Spurs USA
Spurs USA, which always draws a huge crowd, will be back to the Fair Haven Park at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 6.
The band brings the best of country music and plays hits from Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and many more legends. Andy Gordon plays the pedal steel and banjo; Paul Rice is on fiddle plus vocals and electric guitar; John Barrett plays bass guitar; and Terry Hall is drummer extraordinaire; New Yorker Dwight O’Neil offers lead vocals and guitar; and Dona Federico performs lead vocals.
Concert-goers can begin arriving any time after 5 p.m. Picnic tables and benches can be found throughout the park. Food items such as popcorn, hotdogs and soda are available for purchase.

Brown Bag concerts
Summer is here and so is Pentangle Arts’ annual Summer Brown Bag concert series. The series begins on the Village Green at 5:30 p.m. tonight. There’s a lively and diverse lineup of talented musicians all of whom reside and perform in New England and many of whom live in Vermont. The series runs for seven weeks with a performance every Thursday ending on Aug. 10.
– Tonight: Interplay Jazz All-Stars
– July 6: Dana and Susan Robinson
– July 13: Francesca Blanchard
– July 20: Kris Delmhorst
– July 27: Bob Dylan Tribute Band
– Aug. 3: John Lackard Blues Band
– Aug. 10: HuDost
For information, call 802-457-3918, or go online to