Arts Preview: March 22-28, 2018

Masters of Celtic harp
Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson are two of the foremost harpists of Ireland and Scotland. Combining their talents on harp as well as concertina, tin whistle and bouzouki, “The Masters of the Celtic Harp” have been performing all over the country. They are coming to the Stone Church Arts concert series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the Chapel of Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St. described the duo’s work as “the most creative interpretations of Irish and Scottish traditional music you’re likely to hear.”
Hambly, from County Mayo in the west of Ireland, has been playing professionally as a solo musician for the past 13 years, and has performed in Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Brazil, Colombia, Israel, and Japan, as well as touring extensively in the United States, giving concerts, workshops and master classes. Jackson was a founding member and creative tour de force of Ossian in 1976, which became one of Scotland’s best-loved traditional bands.
Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, $20 and $15 in advance, $45 for premium, reserved seats; call 802-460-0110, or go online to

Stealing from Work
Stealing from Work comes to Town Hall Theater for the first time ever for “The Unbearable Whiteness of Being,” a full show of sketch comedy written by Angie Albeck and Marianne DiMascio, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30.
Join actors Marianne DiMascio, Amy Halpin Riley, Alex Hudson, Jory Raphael and Geeda Searfoorce for a fast-paced evening of lunacy and lampoonery. Directed by Seth Jarvis, the actors deftly transform into a different set of extraordinary characters, alternately spoofing contemporary culture and the political issues of the past and present.
Tickets are $17; call 802-382-9222, or go online to

Champlain Philharmonic
Under the direction of Matt LaRocca, the Champlain Philharmonic will present its annual Spring Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Ackley Hall at Green Mountain College; and at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.
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 $15, $12 for seniors, and $5 for students, and are available at the door. For information, go online to

Reading and open mic
At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, Phoenix Books Rutland will host Jean Yeager for a reading from “The Ageless Authors Anthology” and an open mic for writers 65 and older. Come to read, come to listen, or come for both. Those interested in reading can sign up at the door.
“The Ageless Authors Anthology” is a collection of poetry, essays and short stories from the Ageless Authors Writing Contest, exclusively for writers 65 and older. For this book, 52 senior writers contributed work that showcases the experience inherent in this older group. Some of the writers are widely published, while others have been toiling away in relative obscurity. From writer and composer Michael Coolen in Corvallis, Oregon comes the opening sentence you can’t forget: “Dad was killed by whales.”
Admission is free; call 802-855-8078, or go online to Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St.

BMC faculty concert
The Brattleboro Music Center will present a faculty recital featuring pianist Chonghyo Shin at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25. The concert, at the BMC, is a fundraiser for the Center’s capital campaign to fully equip and furnish the BMC Education Center and the Auditorium, refurbish the BMC’s many pianos and instruments, and fund two special endowments to ensure future maintenance of the BMC’s new home.
The afternoon program will include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin and Debussy. A native of Seoul, South Korea, and a former teacher at the Preparatory Division of the New England Conservatory and at Keene State College, Shin now teaches at Amherst College and the BMC Music School. She has been a soloist with the Boston Pops, the Pioneer Valley Symphony, the New England Conservatory Orchestra and the Windham Orchestra.
For tickets or information, call 802-257-4523, or go online to

Young Tradition
The Young Tradition Touring Group will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Town Hall Theater, and will feature the 2018 touring group, which includes members of the group who have done similar tours in England, Scotland and Canada. The group’s performance comes three weeks prior to leaving for a cultural and performance tour of Scotland.
The Touring Group consists of teen players, singers and dancers who focus on learning and performing traditional music and dance repertoire over the course of nine months, starting in September and ending in early May at Young Tradition Weekend, including the April performance tour. The group is supported by artist leaders Pete Sutherland, Andrea Beaton and Dominique Dodge, youth leaders Rose Jackson and Oliver Scanlon and manager Mark Sustic. The group includes 24 auditioned members ranging in age from 12 to 20.
Tickets are $22; call 802-382-9222, or go online to

Top teen illusionist
Ben Zabin, one of America’s “Top Teen Magicians,” is coming to Bennington for a one-night show at Oldcastle Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 31. The award-winning show is a unique fusion of Las Vegas-style illusions, mind reading and sleight of hand, all woven together by Zabin’s perfect comedic timing. This is a show for all ages.
Zabin, who has been entertaining audiences for 15 years (he’s only 19), has brought his show to theaters, resorts, conventions and VIP events internationally. He had a one-man off-Broadway show that earned rave reviews, and was the youngest magician to appear in a running magic show on the Las Vegas strip.
For tickets or information, go online to

Watercolor painting
Have you ever thought it would be fun to paint with watercolors? Here is your chance to explore the basics. Join artist Christine Mix for an introduction to watercolor painting at Gallery at the Vault , 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31.
This class is suitable for teens and adults, and will include tips on materials and resources, as well as how to blend colors. You will have a chance to experiment with different watercolor techniques and engage in a “Painting a Still Life With Your Imagination” exercise, where you will add your imagination and discover your own style of watercolor painting.
The fee is $45 (a materials list will be provided at registration; the instructor will have some supplies on hand for a suggested donation of $10); call 802-885-7111, or go online to

Writing workshop
“Laurel Writes and So Can You!” a workshop, will be presented 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Village Square Booksellers.
This writers’ workshop will bring the participants into the process of the concept, the editing, and to the finished writings of Laurel A. Smith. Smith is a local author from New Hampshire. There will be a time for questions and discussions throughout the presentation.
Smith has written the children’s books “The Quest for Quinnie,” “Pinboy,” “Hip Hopper the Hip Hop Grasshopper,” and “Miss Olivia goes to Bolivia.” She recently published her wit and humor memoir, “My Parents Told Me to NEVER Put Anything into Writing, Oops!”
The fee is $10; for reservations, call 802-463-9404, or go online to

Sonatina scholarships
Calling all students who have a passion for learning how to play the piano or mastering their talent. The opportunity to attend a summer piano camp at Sonatina in Old Bennington on a scholarship is possible this summer due to the generosity of Sonatina alumni.
All levels of piano ability will be considered eligible for the scholarship. Recipients must be students ages 7-16 who live within a 100-mile radius of Bennington. This year a panel of five local volunteers will review and approve the applications, awarding the scholarships to the most passionate and deserving individuals. The deadline is April 6.
For information, or to apply, call 802-442-5758, or go online to