Arts Preview: March 15-21, 2018

‘Guys and Dolls’
The Castleton University Theater Arts and Music Department will present “Guys and Dolls,” by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows with music by Frank Loesser,” March 21-25, in the Casella Theater. Performances are at 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, March 24, with 2 p.m. matinées Saturday and Sunday.
This 1950 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical is based on short stories by American author Damon Runyon. The Castleton production is directed by Harry McEnerny, with music directed by Sherrill Blodget and choreography by Maya Kraus. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the last time the show was presented at Castleton, and to celebrate, the department has invited back participating alumni to partake in select numbers during the show.
Tickets are $15; 802-468-1119.

Ian Ethan Case
Acoustic double-neck guitarist and Candyrat recording artist Ian Ethan Case is quickly becoming recognized as “one of the most creative and engaging finger-style guitarists in the world” (International Center for Creativity). He has wowed audiences and packed the barn at Brandon Music since 2014, with listeners quickly catching on to his truly unique style and astounding talent. Case performs at Brandon Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17 with his trio, performing music from his latest album and new unrecorded works.
After a decade of composing and performing around the country largely under the radar, in 2015 a viral Facebook video of his song “Butter II” introduced his music to over 6 million listeners around the world in the course of a month. In addition to a record deal and endorsements with companies such as Ovation guitars and Boss pedals, 2016 and 2017 provided extensive touring opportunities throughout Europe and the United States, including two performances with a full symphony orchestra.
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.

Champlain Philharmonic
Under the direction of Matt LaRocca, the Champlain Philharmonic will bring its annual Spring Concert Series to Town Hall Theater at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25. The program, “Lion and Lamb,” will feature an array of 19th century works filled with drama and passion, delicate gestures, and familiar (or maybe even new to some) melodies.
On the program will be Verdi’s overture to “La Forza Del Destino”; Grieg’s “Peer Gynt “Suite No. 1; and Sibelius’ “Spring Song.” To close out the evening, the orchestra will perform Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor (“Unfinished”).
Tickets are $17, $14 for seniors and $6 for students; call 802-382-9222, or go online to

Dual-artist exhibit
The Castleton Bank Gallery will feature the works of local artists Hannah Sessions and Joe Lupiani through April 21, with an artists’ reception at 6 p.m. Friday, March 23.
Titled “From Farm and Field,” the exhibit will feature a variety of works including paintings created by Sessions, and sculptures by Lupiani. Sessions’ work shares meditative moments she experiences on her farm, Blue Ledge, deftly capturing light and color, while Lupiani’s series of “Chimeras” explore his interest in classical sculpture, with a charming and playful twist.
Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; for information, email Oliver Schemm at

Taconic Music
Taconic Music presents an afternoon of Beethoven, Brahms and Kreisler at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Zion Episcopal Church.
Artistic Directors Joana Genova, violin, and Ariel Rudiakov, viola, joined by their longtime colleague Nathaniel Parke, cello, and guest Gili Melamed-Lev, piano, will present the hour-long concert. Seasoned concertgoers and those new to chamber music are equally certain to enjoy their rendition of Beethoven’s spritely Serenade for Violin, Viola and Cello in D major, Op. 8; and Brahms’ magnificent Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25. Rounding out the program is Fritz Kreisler’s arrangement of “Londonderry Air,” which will be recognizable to all those recovering from St. Patrick’s Day revelry — and most everyone else — as the Irish classic, “Danny Boy.”
Admission is by donation ($15 suggested); go online to Zion Episcopal Church is located at 5167 Main St., Manchester Center.

‘Road to Mecca’
Vermont Theatre Company will present “The Road to Mecca” March 16-25 at the Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. “The Road to Mecca,” by acclaimed South African playwright Athol Fugard, is based on the real-life story of Helen Martins, a recluse and quirky South African artist. The play, set in South Africa’s Karoo Desert during the 1970s, takes place during the dying days of the Apartheid regime. With this as the backdrop, the play opens.
Miss Helen is in her garden — an oddball collection of concrete sculptures such as wise men, mermaids, and animals — what she calls her “Mecca.” Her audience is a handful of neighbors, most of whom regard her as the town madwoman. The tension comes when Pastor Marius urges Helen to move to a senior home.
Tickets are $15, $13 for students and seniors; call 802-258-1344, or go online to

Cooie’s Jazz Ensemble
Drawing from the vast catalog of jazz classics of the 20th century, Cooie’s Jazz Ensemble lures you deep into the music. Cooie DeFrancesco reaches the heart of a lyric and brings her own special blend of pathos and humor. Experience her beautiful and full voice and her passion for a song’s meaning and spirit at Brandon Music, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24.
Accompanied by veteran musicians Robert Gagnon (guitar), Andy Smith (bass), and Rob Zollman (drums), Cooie will take you on a musical journey. You’ll hear songs like “Unforgettable,” “All of Me,” “Cry Me A River,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “As Time Goes By,” “All the Things You Are,” “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” and a special “Route 66.”
Tickets are $20 (pre-concert dinner is available for $25; reservations are required); call 802-247-4295, or email

Composer Philip Glass
Philip Glass, the iconic American composer, will appear in concert and conversation in a benefit for Oldcastle Theatre Company at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Glass will play some of his own compositions on piano and will join Thomas Lawrence Toscano in a wide-ranging conversation. The two are longtime friends, having worked together frequently, and even a share a birthday.
Glass won a worldwide following during the 1970s with his operas “Kayaanisqatsi,” “Einstein on the Beach” and “Satyagraha.” He has collaborated with the poet Allen Ginsburg, composer Robert Wilson, writer Doris Lessing, filmmaker Martin Scorsese, and such varied modern songwriters as Ravi Shankar, David Bowie and Paul Simon. Glass has written more than 25 operas, 20 ballets and many film scores.
For tickets or information, call 802-447-0564, or go online to

Pink Talking Fish
What happens when you combine the music of Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads, and Phish into one live musical experience? The hybrid tribute fusion act known as Pink Talking Fish will demonstrate on Thursday, March 22, when it performs at the Pickle Barrel Nightclub. The show is open to anyone 21 years of age and older. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Pink Talking Fish is one of the most unique acts touring today, paying tribute to three acts simultaneously, a thorough fusion of three of music’s greatest voices and a powerful concert experience. Pink Talking Fish combines the psychedelic power-rock of Pink Floyd, the layered dance grooves of The Talking Heads, and the eclectic composition of Phish into seamless jamtronic psych rock.
For tickets or information, call 802-422-3035, or go online to The Pickle Barrel is located midway on the Killington Road.

Blues Jam
Leicester-based English bluesman Tom Caswell will be the host of the new Blues Jam at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Sister Wicked. The jam will feature both local and statewide blues musicians and is open to anyone wanting to hear great music.
If you’re a musician or singer planning to take part in the jam, there will be a sign-up sheet located near the stage. A host band led by Tom Caswell will begin the proceedings at 8 p.m. sharp, before people are called up from the sign-up sheet to form bands and play the blues. The jam will end with the host band taking the stage once more to wrap things up until next time.
Admission to the jam is free (donations welcomed) and people are welcome to bring your own food and drink. For information, email Sister Wicked is allocated at 3 W. Seminary St.