Arts Preview: November 9-15, 2017

MIDDLEBURY
Pianist Diana Fanning
Pianist Diana Fanning presents a concert of some of her favorite works for piano at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in the Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall at Middlebury College. The program includes Beethoven’s late Sonata Op. 101, the “Baby’s Family” suite by Villa-Lobos, Chopin’s Barcarolle, and a selection of beautiful water-themed pieces by Debussy.
Fanning has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and in England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, the Czech Republic, Holland and Germany. After a concert in Munich, a critic wrote that, “Diana Fanning stunned her listeners with the rich spectrum of subtle colors and tonal nuances she revealed. Her recital seized the audience with a veritable deep magic.” She is an affiliate artist at Middlebury College.
Admission is free. The Mahaney Center for the Arts is located at 72 Porter Field Road.

BRANDON
One-man band
Grant Stinnett shares the deepest dreams, fears, pains and joys in his life through his music, but that’s only the start for this powerful songsmith-on-the-rise. The contemporary singer-songwriter, who will perform at Brandon Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, has a passion for creating a powerful full-band sound with a single acoustic guitar.
Through the use of a customized guitar, and looper pedal, Stinnett blows the stage away with bass lines, guitar, drums, lead vocals and backup vocals all at the same time. Phish’s Mike Gordon described Stinnett as “Brilliantly energetic and mournfully soulful at the same time. A real one-two punch of a performance.”
Tickets are $20 (pre-concert dinner is available for $25; reservations are required); call 802-247-4295, or e-mail info@brandon-music.net. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road.

BRATTLEBORO
Windham Orchestra
The opening concert in the Windham Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season evokes pioneer celebrations and young love; individuals trying to hold their own against a hostile group; and a critical examination of warfare.
“Music & Life” will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, the Latchis Theatre, on Main Street.
Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Military Symphony” and Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” are on the program, and as Musical Director Hugh Keelan notes, “Both pieces are wondrous, and convey the intrinsic and irrepressible joy of things.”
He explains, “In ‘Appalachian Spring,’ we witness and partake in the rites of passage of a young couple at the beginning of their lives together. Haydn’s ‘Military’ Symphony is a Classical emotional roller-coaster from the 1790s, unlike anything you have ever heard.”
Also planned is Benjamin Britten’s “Sea Interludes” from his opera, “Peter Grimes,” “mind-boggling, dramatic stuff,” Keelan said. “Britten moves from calm to exuberance to rejoicing and then back to calm again, this time a nighttime calm. One interlude is an incredible storm sequence. As in storms in all operas, this one isn’t really about the weather, but the internal suffering of the hero, Grimes.”
Admission is by donation; go online to www.bmcvt.org.

RUTLAND
‘Vanishing Vermonters’
At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, Phoenix Books Rutland will host photographer Peter Miller for a talk on his new book, “Vanishing Vermonters.”
“Vanishing Vermonters: Loss of a Rural Culture” is the newest of Miller’s five books on his home state. He recorded 23 Vermonters on how they cope in one of the most expensive states in the Union. Included are 168 pages and 91 photographs that display life in Vermont rather than its iconic beauty. This book came about due to the number of letters and emails Miller received after writing a short history of the changes he’d noticed while photographing Vermont between 1950 and 2013.
Miller began his career in 1959 as a reporter for Life magazine. He left to move to his home state of Vermont, where he became a freelance photographer and writer. He has had exhibitions of his work in New York, Paris and Tokyo. Miller lives in Colbyville.
Admission is free; call 802-855-8078 or visit www.phoenixbooks.biz. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St.

MIDDLEBURY
Modigliani String Quartet
Formed by four close friends in 2003, the acclaimed French ensemble Modigliani String Quartet was named for the famous painter because he “was something really special … an artist who had his own style and stayed true to it.” The Modigliani’s Nov. 16 concert program will include Wolfgang Mozart’s Quartet in D major, K. 575; Claude Debussy’s Quartet in G minor, Op. 10; and Antonín Dvořák’s “American” Quartet in F major, Op. 96.
The Modigliani String Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Mahaney Center for the Arts’ Robison Hall. Music professor Larry Hamberlin will give a pre-concert talk exclusively for members of the Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) at 6:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Series Director Allison Coyne Carroll first encountered the Modigliani Quartet at a “Sunday Morning Coffee Concert” at Wigmore Hall in London. “An excited murmur spread through the hall, and within the first few bars, we all settled in for what we knew would be an exhilarating concert.”
Admission is free; call 802-443-MIDD (6433), or go online to www.middlebury.edu/arts.

BENNINGTON
L’Ensemble
L’Ensemble chamber music group will present “Good Vibrations,” a concert featuring such seldom heard, highly vibrating instruments as the theramin, glass armonica and saw, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main St. This is L’Ensemble’s fifth season in residence at Oldcastle.
“While there are few outings of these unique instruments in contemporary classical music performance, some of the great composers, notably Mozart, wrote music expressly for them,” said L’Ensemble Artistic Director Ida Faiella. “And we are thrilled to have world-class musicians conjuring up the good vibrations at this performance.”
The artists performing include Bill Hayes (lead percussionist in the current Broadway show “Bronx Tale”), Dale Stuckenbruck, soprano IFaiella and pianist Lincoln Mayorga. The music will range from Mozart to Harold Arlen (“Somewhere Over The Rainbow”), along with Rachmaninoff and Leonard Cohen.
Tickets are $25, $18 in advance, $10 for students; call 802-447-0564, or go online to www.oldcastletheatre.org.

MIDDLEBURY
Howard Gospel Choir
Town Hall Theater is presenting the first-ever Vermont performance by the Howard University Gospel Choir, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12.
Formed on the campus of historically black Howard University in 1968, the choir has performed throughout the world. As the first college choir of its kind, HGC is a trailblazer for all gospel music ministries on collegiate campuses.
“This kind of open-throated, open-hearted singing is unlike any other concert experience,” says THT Executive Director Douglas Anderson. “These students aren’t just singing. They’re sharing with us their deepest beliefs and convictions, and doing it joyfully. You can’t help but be moved by this experience.”
Tickets are $25; call 802-382-9222, or go online to www.townhallteater.org.

BRATTLEBORO
Wonderful winds
The Brattleboro Music Center’s 2017-2018 Chamber Series opens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, when Musicians from Marlboro take the stage at the BMC Auditorium, 72 Blanche Moyse Way (across from Living Memorial Park).
The concert will feature wonderful wind works by Ligeti, Barber, Beethoven and Poulenc performed by Marina Piccinini, flute; Mary Lynch, oboe; Michael Rusinek, clarinet; Wei-Ping Chou, horn; Brad Balliett, bassoon; and Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano.
For tickets and more information, call 802-257-4523, or go online to www.bmcvt.org.

MIDDLEBURY
Queen tribute
Town Hall Theater will present “Scaramouche: A Tribute to Queen.” Rockers Clint Bierman, Peter Day, Tyler Mast and Steve Hadeka create that infamous Queen sound with the incredible Josh Panda as Freddy Mercury, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. Their recreation of Paul Simon’s “Graceland” stands as one of the most popular evenings in THT’s history. Space on the big THT floor will be cleared for dancing. Cash bar and snacks will be available.
“All of these musicians play in several other bands and do dozens of gigs each month, playing original music, and yet they still find time to recreate these classic discs from the past,” says THT Executive Director Douglas Anderson. “I think they see it as a learning experience, a way of getting in touch with classic rock from the inside. The results are always astonishing.”
Tickets are $17; call 802-382-9222, or go online to www.townhallteater.org.

POULTNEY
American music
Stone Valley Arts will present the first in a series of concerts of American music, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12.
The music of the United States reflects a diverse and large range of styles that spans over hundreds of years. This first concert will present music of some very important American composers including Charles Ives, Amy Beach, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Scott Joplin, Rogers and Hammerstein and Steve Reich. The concert will feature local classical musicians, jazz musicians, vocalists and swing dancers.
Admission is free; call 802-325-2603, or go online to www.stonevalleyarts.org. Stone Valley Arts is located at 145 E. Main St.