For the second consecutive year, Taconic Music presents ensembles from Kinhaven Music School’s Young Artist Seminar, with a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Zion Episcopal Church.
Directed by cellist Adam Grabois, Kinhaven’s Young Artist Seminar offers players ages 18 to 28 an opportunity for intensive study of chamber works. The weeklong program culminates in outreach concerts in southern Vermont, on Kinhaven’s campus in Weston and in this concert hosted by Zion Episcopal Church and presented by Taconic Music. The works include Schumann’s quartet for piano and strings, Mendelssohn’s youthful and bombastic sextet for piano and strings (with double bass) and Tchaikovsky’s epic “Souvenir de Florence” for a truly rich program.
Admission is $10 at the door (benefitting Taconic Music’s educational outreach programs). For information about Kinhaven Music School, visit www.kinhaven.org; for information about Taconic Music, go online to www.taconicmusic.org.
Castleton University will present the Boston Crusaders as part of the 23rd annual Castleton Summer Concerts at the Pavilion at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the Castleton Pavilion.
The Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, founded in 1940, is the third-oldest junior drum and bugle corps in the nation, and is a founding member of the Drum Corps International. The corps, composed entirely of brass players, percussionists and color guard members under the age of 22, travels over 10,000 miles each summer, performing in more than 40 competitions and exhibitions for a combined audience of over 300,000 fans.
All concerts in the series are free and open to the public. Throughout the series, Castleton University will also be collecting non-perishable food items at each concert to help support local food shelves throughout the summer.
For a complete list of concerts or for more information, go online to www.castleton.edu/summerconcerts.
The Northern Third Piano Quartet returns to perform at Brandon Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16. for the fifth year in a row.
The program includes an early one-movement string trio by Franz Schubert and “Spiegel im Spiegel” by Arvo Pärt for cello and piano. Dmitri Shostakovich’s Sonata for Viola and Piano, completed in the last weeks of the composer’s life, will also be on the program. The Piano Quartet in C minor by Gabriel Fauré is the pinnacle of late 19th-century French Romanticism.
Members are violinist Sofia Hirsch, violist Elizabeth Reid, cellist John Dunlop, and pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti, all Vermont professional musicians.
Tickets are $20; call 802-247-4295, or go online to www.brandon-music.net. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road.
Oldcastle Theatre’s 47th season opens with a revolutionary new play. “The Almost True and Truly Remarkable Adventures of Israel Potter,” based on a true story and a Herman Melville novel, opens Friday, June 15, running through June 24. There is an added performance this season on Sunday evenings at 7:30.
Adapted by Joe Bravaco and Larry Rosler, this ensemble piece for six actors tells the story of young Israel Potter, who is farming in the Berkshires when a shot rings out beginning the American Revolution. Israel leaves Betty, his true love, to fight by fortifying Bunker Hill against 3000 British soldiers. The play is described as “pageantry, cheap jokes, fierce battles on land and sea, heart-pounding espionage, slugfests, blustering heroes, star-crossed lovers, conniving rogues and tempting trollops, and an entertainment with songs! Israel becomes a spy in England, works for King George III, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Paul Jones and Ethan Allen.”
“The play is a fun-filled, song-filled history lesson that will entertain audiences from 9 to 90,” according to Oldcastle’s producing artistic director, Eric Peterson.
The play is directed by Nathan Stith, who two years ago directed “ The 39 Steps” for Oldcastle, and last season acted in “Moonlight and Magnolias.” The cast includes three longtime Oldcastle company members, Richard Howe, Gary Allan Poe and Christine Decker, and three newcomers, Josh Aaron McCabe, Robert St. Laurence and Anne Undeland.
For tickets or information, call 802-447-0564 or go online to www.oldcastletheatre.org.
Mellow Yellow will be back on the stage in Fair Haven to kick off the 2018 Summer Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14. This is the first in a series of 10 summer concerts held outdoors in the Fair Haven Park on Thursday nights. In case of inclement weather, they move to the First Congregational Church at the north end of the park.
This band pays tribute to the ‘60s and ‘70s with renditions of some of the genre’s greatest songs. Mellow Yellow captures all the hey-man-peace-and-love-groovyness of the songs that helped define the decades. Concertgoers will feel as they have been transported right back in time. Those days may be over, but thanks to Mellow Yellow, the music and the spirit live on.
Members of the band include: Brad DaddyO (David Cooper), vocals, Mellowyellowtron; Dusty Love (Linda Bassick), vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, flute, trombone; Kenny Diggit (Ken French), guitars, keyboards, vocals; Apollonius “Flip” Funk (Brad Sourdiffe), bass; and Saratoga Sunshine (Sean Preece), drums.
To find out more about locations in case of poor weather, call the concert line, 802-265-3010, ext. 301.
Sculptor Johnny Swing
In the latest installment of its “Hidden in the Hills” series, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) will host a cookout and studio tour at the Brookline workshop of sculptor Johnny Swing at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9.
Best known for his dazzling coin furniture and other objects made from U.S. currency, Swing will demonstrate his longstanding practice of transforming massive steel rods into twisted works of art.
Originally from Salisbury, Conn., Swing graduated from Skidmore College with a B.S. in fine arts, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and then obtained his Class 1 Structural Steel Welding License. He spent the first part of his career on New York’s Lower East Side exhibiting sculptures and furniture made from salvaged industrial materials, before moving to Vermont in 1995.
For a recent exhibition of his work at the Bundy Modern in Waitsfield, Swing wrote, “First, it needs to be entertaining; second, it needs to spark curiosity, so that it creates a dialogue with the viewer; and third, it should have a formal quality, so that when the work is or approximates furniture, it must be comfortable.”
The event is free but open to BMAC members only. To register or to become a member of the museum, visit www.brattleboromuseum.org or call 802-257-0124, ext. 101.
Birds, bees, more
“Birds, Bees and Butterflies in the Land of Milk and Honey,” an exhibition of art and poetry by Klara Calitri and others, is on display through July 8, at Town Hall Theater’s Jackson Gallery.
Calitri is a prolific artist whose work in multiple media has included painting, monotype prints, ceramics, sculpture and more. As a nonagenarian, she has spent decades creating art that is informed by her Austrian heritage and inspired by nature, filled with flowers, birds and living things of all types. She surrounds herself with the things she loves. Her home and gardens offer a sanctuary for the pollinators and migratory flying fauna she cares about so deeply.
Along with several works by Klara Calitri, the exhibit includes paintings, photographs, mixed media and cards by Rachel Elion Baird, Susan Humphrey, Lisa Calitri, Patty LeBon Herb, Sarah Wesson, Deanna Shapiro, Karla Van Vliet, Molly Hawley, Yinglei Zhang and Phoebe Stone. Poems have been contributed by Rachel Elion Baird, Lisa Calitri, Ann Cooper, Susan Jefts, Patricia LeBon Herb, Kathleen McKinley Harris, Thea Calitri-Martin, Deanna Shapiro, Karla Van Vliet and Nancy Means Wright.
Gallery hours are: noon to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and an hour before any public events in the building; call 802-382-9222, or go online to www.townhalltheater.org.
BMC student ensembles
The Brattleboro Music Center showcases student ensembles with the annual Spring Student Orchestras Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the BMC, 72 Blanche Moyse Way.
The concert represents a finale for the year, and will include all levels of student ensembles, including the Tigers Ensemble, the Music in the School beginner and intermediate year programs, the Youth String Ensemble and adult student ensembles, as well as the Brattleboro Area Middle School Strings program.
The program traditionally ends with the Senior Orchestra, the most advanced of the student ensembles. The performance will include Fauré’s “Pavanne”; “Pagodas,” by Richard Meyer; and two pieces featuring BMC soloists: the Andantino from Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C major K. 449 with Laura Vajda; and the Largo and Allegro from Telemann’s Viola Concerto, with Allison Cooper-Ellis.
Admission is free: for information, go online to bmcvt.org.
‘Arts of Resistance’
From 5 to 11 p.m., Friday, June 15, join “The Arts of Resistance!” Join local visual, musical and lyrical artists to celebrate the “creative meets political” and community. The events open with artwork and performances at Project Space 9 Gallery (PS9), the Exner Block art gallery, and Canal St. Art Gallery, both on Canal Street, and will continue at 33 Bridge St.
Troubadours and poets will perform a few of their originals and some beloved favorite protest songs. Events on June 15 include: Cold River Ranters, The Milkhouse Heaters, Pete & Linda Simoneaux and Friends. Music will run at Project Space 9 at 9 Canal St. 5 to 8 p.m., and end with a group sing-along of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A Changin’.” The music will continue 8:30 to 11 p.m. at Stage 33 Live at 33 Bridge St.
All events at PS9 and Stage 33 Live are free (but a $5 suggested donation is appreciated); call 802-463-3252, or email email@example.com.
BMC contra dance
Caller Adina Gordon teams up with the Brattleboro Music Center’s Celtic “mega band” for an event that is the culmination of the BMC Celtic classes’ year of work and a highlight of the center’s traditional music program.
All classes will combine to perform together for a year-end contra dance. In an area rich in dance music, organizers say this dance event stands out, with a band of 30 strong fiddles, mandolins, flutes and guitars.
The dance is set for 7 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at the Stone Church, 210 Main St.
Tickets are $10, $8 for college students, $5 for youths, at the door. For information, go online .
ARTS PREVIEW: June 7-13, 2018