Neptune’s Car — Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes — an award-winning acoustic duo from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, will perform original, contemporary folk music at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 11, at the stone church on the hill, 20 Church St.
In April 2015, The Great American Song Contest awarded Hanson with an Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting in the Folk/Americana category for her song “Fly Fishing the Big Hole,” saying, “It’s a pleasure to hear songs of this caliber.” In June 2015, one of the most prestigious folk festivals in the country, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, named the duo a Grassy Hill Emerging Artist and invited them to play on the Main Stage. On July 31, 2015, the Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM), an organization whose mission is to engage and empower the folk music community, selected the duo for an official showcase at its October conference in Iowa City, Iowa.
Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, $17 and $13 in advance, $35 premium,; call 802-460-0110, or go online to www.stonechurcharts.org.
Eugenie Doyle for kids
Children and families are invited to celebrate the turn of the seasons when children’s author and local farmer Eugenie Doyle visits Phoenix Books Rutland at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 11, for an event featuring her new book “Sleep Tight Farm.” There will be a story time and Q&A on “What do farmers do in the winter?” plus Doyle will bring along a couple of “show and tell” items from her farm.
In January, “Sleep Tight Farm” was named the 2017 American Farm Bureau Book of the Year. An exploration of how a family gets a farm ready for the snow of winter, “Sleep Tight Farm” connects each growing season to the preparations at the very end of the farm year.
Doyle is the author of two novels for young adults and many short stories. She and her family operate The Last Resort Farm, an organic berry, vegetable, and hay farm.
All ages are welcome to this free event; call 802-855-8078, or go online to www.phoenixbooks.biz. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St.
L’Ensemble chamber music group will present an upcoming two-part concert series, celebrating its fourth season in residence at Oldcastle Theatre.
“Schubert: Follow the Lied,” featuring the music of Franz Schubert, Heidi Jacob and John Harbison, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12; “Shadows on a Screen,” with music from film scores by Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Enrico Morricone, Henry Mancini and John Williams, will be given at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m.
Highlights of the “Follow the Lied” program will include Schubert’s music for voice, French horn, violin, cello and piano, as well as two modern works based on the music of Schubert, “but time will tell,” a piece for solo piano by Heidi Jacob and “November 19, 1828,” a work for piano, violin, viola and cello by Boston composer John Harbison.
Performers will be Ida Faiella, soprano; Charles Abramovic, piano; Joseph Anderer, French horn; Dale Stuckenbruck, violin; and Jesse Levy, cello. This marks a L’Ensemble debut for Anderer, who is the principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Tickets for the two-concert series are $40, $25 for individual concert tickets, $10 for students; call 802-447-0564, or go online to www.oldcastletheatre.org. Oldcastle Theatre is located at 331 Main St.
Piper Timothy Cummings
Middlebury College Affiliate Artist Timothy Cummings (bagpipes, whistles) will join colleagues Pete Sutherland (fiddle, song) and Dominique Dodge (harp, song), along with special guests Jeremiah McLane (accordion, piano) and Mary Wesley (dance caller) in a free concert celebrating the traditional music and dance of Ireland and Vermont at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at McCullough Student Center.
Audience members can expect a program of instrumentals, audience-inclusive songs and participatory folk dances. (Those unable or not wishing to dance are very welcome to stay and enjoy the continuing celebration.)
Also featured will be selections from the new duo CD out, “The Wind Among the Reeds.” (Sometimes the duo is known as McLane and Cummings, but more often known by their affectionate nickname “Wheezer & Squeezer.”
Admission is free; call 802-443-5221, or go online to www.middlebury.edu/arts. The McCullough Student Center is located at 14 Old Chapel Road, stretching between Routes 30 and 125.
Brattleboro Music Center presents a faculty recital featuring romantic works sure to warm winter-weary hearts. “Messengers of Love: Duos and Solos” is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave.
Soprano Junko Watanabe and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Hansen will be accompanied by Evelyn Zuckerman at the piano. They will perform works by Robert Schumann, Hector Berlioz, Ernest Chausson, Henry Purcell, Johannes Brahms and Gabriel Fauré.
“The concert touches on deep-felt emotions, through a very thoughtful selection of works,” Hansen explains. “It will include tightly woven vocal duets, such as Fauré’s delicate ‘Pleurs d’or’ (Golden Tears) and the driving energy of Brahms’ ‘Der Boten der Liebe’ (Messengers of Love).”
Tickets are $15-$30, $10 for students; call 802-257-4523, or go online to www.bmcvt.org.
The latest installment in Town Hall Theater’s Great Art Wednesdays series is “The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch,” a compelling look into Bosch’s creations: fantastical, detailed, and often utterly bizarre. Known best for his sprawling triptych, “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” the Dutch painter was the quintessential master of the Early Netherlandish painting school, with work that spanned the latter half of the 15th century and often featured richly painted landscapes and depictions of religious subjects.
“The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch” will be screened at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 15.
The program features the exhibition “Hieronymus Bosch — Visions of Genius” at Het Noordbrabants Museum in the southern Netherlands, which brought the majority of Bosch’s paintings and drawings together for the first time to his home town of Den Bosch and attracted almost half a million art lovers from all over the world. The documentary is directed by David Bickerstaff, and features insight from Peter Greenaway and art critic Rachel Campbell-Johnston.
Tickets are $10, $5 for students; call 802-382-9222, or go online to www.townhalltheater.org.
Sam Clement and friends
Join Vermont Arts Exchange at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 11 at Masonic Hall downtown for a night of rockin’ funk, blues and soul featuring Sam Clement and his many friends.
Clement is known in the local musical arena as a singer, songwriter, guitar player and instigator of corralling musicians together while building audiences. This evening of music is a well-structured collaboration combining his music and that of many others. Clements says, “We’ll open with an acoustic duo and slowly add musicians to the mix. By the end of the night we’ll have some great energy flowing and a stage full of people.”
Tickets are $15, $12 in advance, $5 for students; go online to vtartxchange.org.
Sanford Farrier posters
The Jackson Gallery presents a series of large-scale posters designed by graphic designer Sanford Farrier, “Posters for Plays Not Yet Written,” March 11–April 1 at Town Hall Theater. An artist’s reception will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 31.
In the “Plays Not Yet Written” collection each poster is an invitation to the viewer to engage in a conversation about theatrical and thematic possibilities. It starts with a first impression, hopefully leads to thoughtful exploration, and finally poses the question “So, given this treatment and imagery, what do you think this play is about?”
The exhibit coincides with Town Hall Theater’s fourth annual Pop-Up Plays, and will be integral to the process for this year’s event. Pop-Up Plays, an evening of plays written, directed and performed in 24 hours, will be performed on April 1. This year, Sanford Farrier’s posters will serve as inspiration for the playwrights, who will write the plays the night before they’re performed.
For further information, call 802-382-9222, or go online to www.townhalltheater.org.
ARTS PREVIEW: March 9-15, 2017