ARTS PREVIEW: October 8-14, 2015



The Southern Vermont Arts Center completes its Summer Event Series with best-selling pianist Jim Brickman. The two-time Grammy nominee takes to the Arkell Pavilion ay 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11.

Brickman’s engaging stage presence seamlessly blends mood and music to touch the heart in a special way, letting the imagination of the audience take them wherever they want to go. With dazzling solo piano, Brickman will wow audience members with all the hits that have made him one of the most celebrated pianists of our time.

For tickets or information, call 802-367-1302, or go online to


The Champlain Philharmonic will present its fall concert, “Oktobermusik,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Town Hall Theater, under the direction of guest conductor and Middlebury College professor, Larry Hamberlin. Lush and masterful works of Wagner, Mozart and Brahms make up the afternoon’s performance.

The program features Wagner’s Overture to “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg”; Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622, with co-principal clarinetist Margaret Roddy; and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 73.

Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors, $5 for students; call 802-382-9222, or go online to


Castleton University presents award-winning performers PUSH Physical Theater at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the Casella Theater.

Seeing the award-winning PUSH Physical Theater is like watching a live-action movie. This talented group of performers inspires awe with physical illusions and gravity-defying, dance-infused acrobatic high-jinx.

Unlike most performances, PUSH does not rely on their use of vocabulary. Instead performers rely on their unique life experiences to tell stories. Although PUSH performers have a solid technical and acting base, they incorporate any movement that speaks to the audience.

Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors, and $12 for children under 12; call 802-468-1119.


The Ann Hutchins Band explores popular songs from the 1930s forward – both well-known and less familiar works by musicians such as Harold Arlen, Kurt Weill and Cole Porter. This will be their second performance at Brandon Music and, if anything like their first, will be an event not to be missed. The group will mix in a little rhythm & blues, some straight-up jazz, and a few originals, but as Ann says, “As always, the focus will be on the three elements you need to make a great song: a story, a tune, and a groove.” They perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.

A native Vermonter and lifelong musician, Hutchins is a classically trained soprano who happily fell off the page to sing jazz and other contemporary styles of music. She is joined by Kenny Cifone, congas and trumpet; Glendon Ingalls, bass and trumpet; Rob Zollman, percussion; Steven MacLauchlan, saxophone and flute; and Chuck Miller, piano.

Tickets are $20 (pre-concert dinner is also available for $20; reservations required); call 802-247-4295, or e-mail Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road.


Southern music hits the Old Firehouse at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9, when Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz make music together, presenting a gumbo rooted in the blues and old-time traditions, with soul that comes from deep within and a wry humor that never fails to engage audiences.

Grosswendt has shared the stage with artists including Taj Mahal, Paul Geremia and Dave Van Ronk. Stepping out from her Boston roots, Salem-Schatz is becoming widely known for her dynamic interpretations of songs old and new.

Their first duo recording, “Old Songs, New Hats,” is due for release anytime now.

Suggested donation is $10, 90 percent of which goes to the performers; for information, call 802-446-3457. The Old Firehouse is at 7 Mountain View Road, near the intersection with Route 140.


When a famous actor takes on the theater’s most famous role, anticipation can be intense. The most talked-about performance in London this season is Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s “Sherlock,” “The Imitation Game,” “Frankenstein” at the National Theatre) in the role of Hamlet. The entire run of the show sold out minutes after it went on sale, making it the fastest-selling production in London theater history.

National Theatre‘s “Hamlet” will be screened at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, with an encore showing at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $17, $10 for students; call 802-382-9222, or go online to


Pierre Henri Matisse, grandson of one of the most influential painters of the 20th century, Henri Matisse, will be showing his vibrant, whimsical works at the John Zaccheo Fine Art Gallery beginning Oct. 10.

Pierre was born to artist parents in Paris in 1928. His father, Jean Matisse, was a sculptor. His mother, Louise Milhau, was a painter, sculptor and ceramist. He grew up immersed in the artistic life of Paris and the French Riviera. The Matisse family often moved “entourage” from one location to another in France and Spain during his early years. Many of Pierre’s paintings reflect his grandfather’s influence, with their thick dabs of paint and expressionistic knife strokes. His works depict themes of his love of life.

Matisse, who is 87 and as vibrant as his art, will be available to greet the public during champagne and hors d’oeuvres receptions on Oct. 10, 11 and 12. There will be live music after each reception featuring Freddy Shehadi and Jonathan Zaccheo.

For times and information, call 802-366-1066, or go online to The John Zaccheo Fine Art Gallery is located at 4716 Main St.


Hosted by Castleton Communication Professor Michael Talbott, Castleton University presents the Spanish-language Film Festival beginning Thursday, Oct. 15.