ARTS PREVIEW: June 8-14, 2017

Gypsy Reel
A Celtic band that rocks, Gypsy Reel plays high-energy, stirring music rooted in the Celtic tradition but garnered from the whole world. The band has “bags of originality” (Andy Cheyne, Folk Roots) and according to The Message in Chester, is “the hottest acoustic band around.”
Brandon Music welcomes Gypsy Reel back at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10, for your last chance to see the full five-piece lineup before bassist Silas Hamilton heads off to Europe to live the traveling gypsy life.
The band’s seven recordings feature music from the tradition as well as original material from the band. At Brandon Music they will perform an eclectic mix of new and old material from their long career. The common theme, as usual, will be their joyous approach to music and the fun they share with the audience during live performances.
Gypsy Reel’s lineup includes banjoist, guitarist and vocalist Claudine Langille, formerly of Touchstone, the Irish-American fusion band that won critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic; Graham Parker, eclectic fiddler; Camille Parker who has captivated the hearts of audiences across the globe with her mandolin, bodhran and vocals; Reagh Greenleaf, formerly with the famous Clancys, on bodhran and vocals; and the young prodigy Silas Hamilton on standup bass.
Tickets are $20 (pre-concert dinner is available for $25; reservations required); call 802-247-4295, or email Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road.

Kids in ‘Neverland’
The Vermont Center for Dance Education will present a full-length ballet production featuring scores of local students ages 4-26. At 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday June 11, after several months of preparation, the school will present “Neverland,” based on the story of Peter Pan, at the Paramount Theatre.
As for past shows, this year’s production will be enhanced by colorful backdrops and scenery. Video was created for the show that will lend a magical atmosphere, perfect for dance enthusiasts of all ages.
The Vermont Center for Dance Education is under the direction of Stefania Nardi, who designed and created many of the costumes for this performance. The center offers classes in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, contemporary dance and adult ballet.
Tickets are $20-$25, $15 for seniors and children under 12; call 802-775-0903, or go online to

Playwright Mona Mansour
Dorset Theatre Festival continues its commitment to incubating new works for the American stage with the return of its New Play Reading series. Mona Mansour, playwright of “The Vagrant Trilogy” and winner of the 2014 Middle East America Playwright Award, will be the first playwright in residence.
A public reading of Mansour’s newest developing work will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, June 12, in the Playhouse Café at the Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Road.
Mansour will spend five days in residence at Dorset Theatre Festival developing a brand-new in-progress work. She will be joined by director Scott Illingworth and actors Erin Anderson, Christy Escobar, Rafi Silver, Melisa Aker and Andy Ingalls, who will present her play.
“I started off wanting to research two things that were part of the makeup of my home city, San Diego: bioengineering and zoos,” Mansour said. “I became interested in how we communicate with animals: how much do we project onto them? Each zookeeper I met with had more than one experience of feeling like they and their animals had an understanding that transcended a scientific understanding … so that’s the area we’ll be exploring in this new work.”
Tickets start at $20; call 802-867-2223, ext. 2, or go online to

Spoon Mountain Singers
Tinmouth’s Spoon Mountain Singers will present a concert of music from the Renaissance to barbershop and spirituals — and everything in between — at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10, 7:30 p.m., at the Old Firehouse.
Join them for music both serious and silly, with madrigals, sacred music, spoofs and a scandalous round by Mozart that he wrote for his mother. The Spoon Mountain Singers are Bob and Sue Lloyd, Helen Mango, Wheaton Squier, Jay White, Andy McCullough, Tegan Kirk-Elkin, Elizabeth Willbanks and Elizabeth Gibson.
The Old Firehouse is located at Mountain View Road and VT Route 140 in downtown Tinmouth. Homemade snacks will be available.

Onion River Jazz
The Fair Haven Concerts in the Park 2017 Summer Series has another line-up of entertainment for your listening enjoyment. The free Thursday night series begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15.
The Onion River Jazz Band will once again open the season. Billed as Vermont’s premier traditional Dixieland jazz band, this group is based in Burlington. It celebrates 33 years of music making.
There will be 10 concerts again this year, with the final concert on Aug. 17. Concerts go on rain or shine. The First Baptist Church at the south end of the park donates its space each year as a rain location.
The first concert will also feature free ice cream cones, sponsored this year by Stewart’s. There will be five free ice cream nights this year. In addition, hot dogs, popcorn, soda and water are always available to purchase.

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He takes audiences on an innovative, impressionistic journey filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace and tranquility. Tsukamoto “plays with fluid mastery, pristine tone, and great warmth,, according to Celine Keating of Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Be a part of the journey when he performs at Brandon Music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 16.
Tsukamoto acquires musical inspiration from many different cultures. His mother studied Spanish — something he pursued himself in college — and the family had connections to Mexico, traveling there often. After receiving a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, he formed a band with musicians from other continents, immersing himself in a variety of musical cultures, including America’s.
“His music is earthy, organic, and an amalgam of elements imported from diverse genres,” reported The Groove.
Tickets are $20 (pre-concert dinner is available for $25; reservations required); call 802-247-4295, or email Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road.

Great Art Wednesday, Town Hall Theater’s broadcast series of extraordinary art exhibitions from around the world, continues on at 11 a.m. June 14 with “Michelangelo: Love and Death.”
A virtuoso craftsman, Michelangelo’s artistry is evident in everything he touched. Beautiful and diverse works such as the towering statue of David, the deeply moving Pietà in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter, and his tour-de-force, the Sistine Chapel ceiling, still leave us breathless today. Spanning his 89 years, “Michelangelo: Love and Death,” takes a cinematic journey from the print and drawing rooms of Europe, through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome and the Vatican to explore the tempestuous life of Michelangelo.
Tickets are $10, $5 for students; call 802-382-9222, or go online to