St. Patrick’s Fiddle Frenzy
St. Patrick’s Fiddle Frenzy is coming up on St. Patrick’s Day night, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St.
Dress like a Leprechaun and win free tickets to another Stone Church Arts concert happening. This 12th annual St. Patrick’s Fiddle Frenzy features the young, high-energy band from Boston, OctoPladd. Its music is melodious and heartfelt, while also funky and occasionally goofy. United by their roots in bluegrass, they draw on myriad influences to produce Appalachian melodies tempered with chromaticism and groove.
The quartet combines the sweeping lines of Julian Pinelli’s violin with the snap and groove of mandolinist Ethan Setiawan. Sam Leslie adds tasteful guitar sauce, supported by the powerhouse Noah Harrington on bass. They met in Boston’s thriving roots music scene, and their hope is to create music with an electric edge to its acoustical origin.
Tickets $25, $20 for seniors, $20 and $15 in advance, $45 premium; call 802-460-0110, or go online to www.stonechurcharts.org.
Maree ReMalia dance
Maree ReMalia and her group merrygogo will present two evenings of live dance performance titled “The Ubiquitous Mass of Us” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18, at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. This evening-length, escalating journey features nine performers from across artistic disciplines that question the bounds of their identities. The performance is suited for all ages, seasoned performance goers, and those new to the theater.
In this performance, ReMalia and her collaborators question the bounds of their identities and the way they take up space. They ask, who are we as individuals? Who are we together? How far beyond what we conceive of ourselves can we go? What are the myriad ways in which we inhabit space? What are the visible and invisible boundaries we create? How are these questions impacted by and connected to contemporary issues in a larger context? The resulting performance bares the complexity of the performers’ individual and collective identities through a broad range of physicality and newly discovered expressions.
“The Ubiquitous Mass of Us” premiered in 2014 at the New Hazlett Theater in Pittsbugh, Pa., and was named as one of “Pittsburgh’s Top 10 Contemporary Dance Performances” by The Examiner.
The performance is part of a suite of educational and artistic outreach activities including a pre-show warm up with the cast at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre, free and open to the public. No previous dance experience is necessary.
Tickets are $20; call 802-443-MIDD (6433), or go online to www.middlebury.edu/arts.
Sheila Jordan jazz
At 8 p.m. Saturday, March 18, the Vermont Jazz Center will present NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan in a performance with pianist Alan Broadbent and bassist Harvie S. All three are musicians of the highest caliber, who have spent years together using the great American song book as their canvas.
Jordan paints with her voice, and Broadbent and S. use their instruments to individually create a rich palette of colors and textures. Jordan felt that a show at the Vermont Jazz Center could showcase a recently discovered recording of this trio’s performance from 25 years ago at Kimball’s East in Oakland, California.
Tyron Grillo of All About Jazz waxed poetic by noting that Jordan “renders each tune a dwelling, one in which she seems content to have lived this musical life… she handles every lyric with undivided attention, thereby allowing herself the freedom of wordlessness to override her grasp of form.”
Tickets are $20, $15 for students with ID; call 802-254-9088, ext. 1, or go online to www.vtjazz.org.
Native New Englander Jonas Cain is making Brattleboro his home away form home. With performance dates at the Hooker-Dunham Theater set for every month throughout the year, Cain is certainly making himself at home.
Cain’s next performance will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, March 17, making it a fun activity to add to the festivities of St. Patrick’s Day. The show being offered is his one-man variety show “It’s a Magical Life,” a mix of magic show, saxophone recital, standup comedy and storytelling.
“Imagine if David Copperfield, Lester Young, Steven Wright and Garrison Keillor decided to put on a show together,” Cain explained. “That’s perhaps the best way to describe the experience!”
Tickets are $12; call 1-800-969-9778, or go online to www.jonascain.com. The Hooker-Dunham Theater is located at 139 Main St.
“Bluegrass on the King’s Highway,” featuring the Feinberg Brothers and Kelley John Gibson, comes to the Westminster Institute, at the Butterfield Library, 3435 U.S. Route 5, at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 18.
Presented by Jenny Brook Bluegrass, the concert brings together some of the top young roots musicians in the northeastern United States and a very special local light for a night of great picking and pure harmonies. Based in Long Island, N.Y., the Feinberg Brothers are led by siblings Rourke (fiddle) and Patrick (mandolin) singing lead and tenor, accompanied by their father Ronnie on guitar and veteran sidemen Terry McGill on banjo and Peter Elegant on acoustic bass.
Tickets are $20, $18 in advance; go online to http://jennybrookbluegrass.com.
Artist David Rohn
Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts will feature a retrospective of watercolor paintings by Vermont painter David Rohn, “David Rohn Watercolors: 1974-2016,” through April 30. For the first time, MGFA will devote the entire gallery to a single artist with this exhibition of over 35 paintings. An opening reception will take place at 5 p.m. March 16, with an artist talk scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25.
Rohn says, “Sometimes a hidden composition seems so resolutely preconceived it is like finding an unknown Bach partita crumpled in the trash.”
Growing up in Michigan, Rohn earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Design in painting and printmaking. As a formative artist, he taught first at Windham College as the chair of the art department, then at Drew University, New York University, the National Academy of Design, and Queens College. He resides and continues to paint in Putney.
Mitchell-Giddings is located at 183 Main St.; call 802-251-8290, or go online to http://mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com.
The Champlain Philharmonic will return to Ackley Hall at Green Mountain College in Poultney on Saturday March 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Sunday, March 26 at 4 p.m. to present their spring concert series featuring works by the great French composers; Bizet, Faure, Ravel and Saint Saens.
The orchestra will be led by their new artistic director, Matthew LaRocca. LaRocca teaches theory and composition at Saint Michael’s College, directs the South Burlington Choir, and is assistant director of Music-COMP, an organization that teaches composition to hundreds of students throughout Vermont. LaRocca also is the artistic curator of the Vermont Symphony’s Jukebox concert series. Featured on the program will be Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No. 1, Op 33 performed by Charlotte, VT native, McKinley James. James is currently a student at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She was a winner of the Vermont All States Scholarship Competition . Now, as a member of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, she has toured through Germany and Switzerland. In addition to being a classical cellist, J ames also plays traditional folk music. Her band, the Irregulars, has played at contra dances and concerts throughout the Northeast, including the New World Festival, the Dance Flurry, and the Champlain Valley Folk Festival.
The orchestra will also perform Faure’s Pavane, Op. 50, selections from Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite 1 and 2, and Ravel’s Valse Nobles et Sentimentales.
Tickets are available at the door for both performances for $15 general admission, $10 seniors, and $5 students. Advance tickets for the Middlebury performance at the Town Hall Theater may be purchased by calling the Town Hall Theater box office at 802-382-9222 or go to www.townhalltheater.org.
For more information please visit www.champlainphilharmonic.org or Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChamplainPhil.
ARTS PREVIEW: March 16-22, 2017