Arts Preview: May 3-9, 2018

DaddyLongLegs is the confluence of three Vermont musicians whose talents merge to form a highly original acoustic trio. David Gusakov, Rick Ceballos, and Matt Witten play with “exceptional skill and taste,” says Seven Days’ music reviewer Dan Bolles, performing folk songs, Celtic and “old-timey” melodies, and early minstrel and jazz pieces. The trio can be experienced at Brandon Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12.
DaddyLongLegs “will take you on a musical journey around the world with their wonderful arrangements of traditional and original tunes” (The Ripton Community Coffee House). Between them, they play fiddle, viola, banjo, gourd banjo, piano, guitar, percussion, as well as sing, creating vibrant, sensitive and surprising 21st-century folk music.
Tickets are $20 (pre-concert dinner is available for $25; reservations are required for dinner); call 802-247-4295, or e-mail Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road.

‘Peach Jr.’
New England Youth Theatre is presenting “James and the Giant Peach Jr.,” based on the classic tale, May 4-13 at NEYT, 100 Flat St. Performances are at 7 p.m. May 4; 2 and 5 p.m. May 5; 7 p.m. May 11; 2 and 7 p.m. May 12; and 2 p.m. May 13.
The musical is a brand-new take on this beloved tale, featuring a tuneful score by Tony Award-nominated team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean, and launches a journey of enormous proportions.
For tickets or information, call 802-246-6398, or go online to

Mother’s Day opera
As the newest opera company in Vermont, Barn Opera will present its second production of the 2018 season. Comprising many of the tunes from opera that you already know and love, and some new ones that will become favorites, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13 at Brandon Music.
Barn Opera has crafted a program of all-star hits, from the “Libiamo” from Verdi’s “La Traviata” to “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot,” and everything in between. With vocal pyrotechnics, and toe-tapping melodies, this concert has something for everyone from Mozart to Massanet, and a special musical dedication to Leonard Bernstein.
The cast of all professional singing-actors features: coloratura soprano Natalie Logan (Boston); tenor Joshua Collier (Brandon), and pianist-conductor Justin Pambianchi (Montreal).
Admission is by a $50 or more donation to the Compass Music and Arts Foundation; call 1-800-838-3006.

Joe Jencks, acoustic folk
Joe Jencks, a veteran, international touring songwriter, entertainer and educator, based in Chicago, IL, will be performing a Stone Church Arts concert, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11. He performed at the stone church on the hill with the well-known trio, Brother Sun, in 2017, and now he is back for a solo performance in the Chapel at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St.
Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Jencks is also co-founder of the harmony trio, Brother Sun. He has performed at festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Mariposa, and Old Songs, to venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
Tickets $25, $20 for seniors, $20 and $15 in advance, $45 for premium reserved seats; call 802-460-0110, or go online to

Jenni Johnson
Jenni Johnson has come back to the Firehouse many times, and she always plays to a full house. This trip will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12.
Johnson is a widely traveled jazz singer whose roots are in Vermont. She performs American jazz classics, as well as blues, swing and funk music. Johnson says she’s still learning how to use her instrument, the vocal chords, with each performance. She has performed the song “Moonlight In Vermont” around the world in places such as Yaroslavl and Rostov in Russia, Paris, Montreal and, of course, Tinmouth.
The Old Firehouse is located at Mountain View Road and Vt. Route 140.
Admission is by donation ($10-$15 suggested), 90 Percent of which goes to the performers.

Brazilian jazz
The Vermont Jazz Center will present Brazilian guitarist Chico Pinheiro and his working quartet at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12. The group’s members are top-level Brazilian musicians now based in New York City. They are each comfortable connecting the rhythmical vocabulary of their home country with the swinging language of North American Jazz.
In a recent interview on WMUK (West Michigan University), Pinheiro emphasized why Brazilian music is so rhythmically varied: “In a way it’s very similar to jazz because we both come from African and European roots. In Brazil there are a lot of rhythms, it’s very rich — each part of our country is very different from each other and each rhythm is from a certain place. You have samba of course from Bahia, and bossa nova from Rio de Janeiro; you also have baião and maracatu (from Brazil’s northeast) and many others. I grew up listening to and playing music from all regions of Brazil as well as jazz.”
Tickets $20, $15 for students; call 802-254-9088, ext. 1, or go online to

Artist Nina Dubois
The Castleton Bank Gallery in Rutland will feature the works of local Vermont artist Nina Dubois through June 9. Titled “Hold Me, Pet Me, I’m Crying About Something,” the exhibit will feature a variety of Dubois’ recent works from an alchemy of flash poetry, paint and reclaimed materials.
“My hope is the work reads like a diary you found on the street,” explained Dubois. “Otherworldly yet familiar, like you could have written it yourself.”
For more information, email Julia Field at

‘The Judge’
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival concludes its 2017-18 Winter Screening Series at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury with the documentary “The Judge,” directed by Erika Cohn, at 7 p.m. Friday, May 11.
The film chronicles the story of the first female Sharia judge in the history of the Middle East. When she was a young lawyer, Kholoud Al-Faqih walked into the office of Palestine’s chief justice and announced she wanted to join the bench. He laughed at her. But just a few years later, Kholoud became the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s Sharia (Islamic law) courts. “The Judge” offers a unique portrait of Judge Kholoud — her brave journey as a lawyer, her tireless fight for justice for women, and her drop-in visits with clients, friends and family.
Tickets are $12; call 802-382-9222, or go online to

BMC faculty
The Brattleboro Music Center presents a faculty recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6, featuring a program of vocal music by British and American composers, in the BMC Auditorium. Featured are soprano Margery McCrum and tenor Walter Cramer, with Hugh Keelan at the piano.
Works to be performed are mostly from the 20th century, and include solo selections from Gerald Finzi’s “Oh Fair to See,” Copland’s “12 Poems By Emily Dickinson,” various folk song settings by Benjamin Britten, and songs by Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Morten Lauridsen, Vaughn Williams and Roger Quilter. In addition, the singers will share a few of their favorite duets to round out the afternoon’s performance.
Tickets are $20, $30 for patrons, $10 for students; go online to

Call to artists
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center will present its Annual Members’ Exhibition June 9-30. All members of the nonprofit arts-education organization have the opportunity to show their work. Space in the exhibit is limited, so members who plan to participate should let the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center know as soon as possible. The deadline to receive works is Friday, June 1. Membership must be current to exhibit.
To renew or become a member, call 802-438-2097, or email