The Stellaria Trio The Stellaria Trio – pianist Claire Black, violinist Letitia Quante and cellist John Dunlop – has scheduled its fall set. The program, “Reveries,” features Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120; Joaquín Turina’s Piano Trio No. 2 in B minor Op. 76, and Richard Danielpour’s “A Child's Reliquary.” “For an all-20th century program, it leans toward the luscious,” Black said. “Think romantic, lyrical lines; tall chords; a nod – no, a deep bow – to jazz; and many a 'fascinatin' rhythm.'” Performances are:
- Friday, Sept. 14: Richmond – Richmond Free Library, 201 Bridge St., 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, Sept. 16: Burlington – College Street Congregational Church, 265 College St., 3 p.m.
Admission is by donation ($20 suggested, $5 for children and limited means); for information, go online to www.stellariatrio.com. Bob and Sarah Amos CABOT — Concerts in the Schoolhouse presents Bob and Sarah Amos at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Landmark Schoolhouse. Singer-songwriter guitarist and banjo player Bob Amos has written and recorded over 100 songs on 12 CDs over the past 30 years. He became an internationally recognized and acclaimed bluegrass musician and songwriter as the leader of the popular award-winning band Front Range. “Great songwriting, impeccable playing that honors bluegrass tradition and vocals that can stop you in your tracks!” said Robert Resnick, host of Vermont Public Radio’s All the Traditions. Suggested donation is $20, $16 in advance (potluck/BYOB); call 802-793-3016, or go online to www.robinsongs.com. The Landmark Schoolhouse is on Route 215 in Lower Cabot. David Macaulay art MONTPELIER — David Macaulay is a best-selling author, MacArthur “genius” Fellow, Caldecott Medal winner, and the list goes on. But when asked what he does, Macaulay is likely to say that he is simply an "explainer." From a mosque to an LCD screen, Macaulay's drawings offer insights into how things work and how stuff is built — all with a whimsical approach and understated sense of humor. Sketches and illustrations from eight of Macaulay's books will be exhibited in the Vermont Arts Council’s Spotlight Gallery beginning Sept 14. According to the artist, the drawings “represent a tiny sliver of the vast amount of flotsam left in the wake of each book.” The public is invited to a public reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery is located at 136 State St.; go online to www.vermontartscouncil.org. ‘Words Out Loud’ CALAIS — “Words Out Loud” marks the fifth consecutive year of Sunday afternoon readings by Vermont writers at the Old West Church, presented in tandem with the fall art exhibit at the Kent Museum in historic Kents’ Corner. Six engaging Vermont authors will read their poetry and prose on:
- Sept. 16: Burr Morse and Angela Patten
- Sept. 23: George Longenecker and Karla Van Vliet
- Sept. 30: Rick Agran and Elena Georgiou.
Receptions with book sales and signings will follow the readings at the Kent Museum, where guests are invited to meet the authors and take in this year’s Art at the Kent exhibit, “Backstory.” The Old West Church is located at 758 Old West Church Road; call 802-223-6613 (during exhibition), or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Mad River Chorale DUXBURY — In preparation for its 26th holiday concert, Mad River Chorale begins rehearsals for “Wintertide Carols” at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at Harwood Union High School in the chorus room. New singers are always welcome to join the non-auditioned ensemble as long as they can match pitch and sing with their voice section. Many learning aids are provided to help singers practice outside of rehearsal. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings up to the concerts, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Waitsfield United Church and at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Waterbury Congregational Church. Conductor Mary Jane Austin and pianist Alison Cerutti will lead the chorale in preparing a varied program of seasonal music including pieces by John Rutter, Benjamin Britten, Morten Lauridsen, André Thomas, Randall Thompson and Stephen Paulus. For information, call 802-496-4781, or go online to www.madriverchorale.net. Heather Pierson Acoustic RICHMOND — Based in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley, the Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio is three musicians from three distinct generations and backgrounds, bringing their skills and down-to-earth honesty to bear on original songs and choice covers that bring to life the sounds of the streets of New Orleans and the valleys of Appalachia. At 4 p.m. Sept. 16, the band is featured on the P.M. Sundays concert presented by Valley Stage Productions at the Richmond Congregational Church. The band’s latest CD, “Singin’,” released in June 2017, debuted at #1 on the folk radio charts and was the #11 album for the year. Its debut EP, “Still She Will Fly,” was the #2 single for the year on folk radio in 2015. The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio recently returned from a national tour that included stops at the main stage of the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas and the legendary Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York. For tickets and information, go online to www.valleystage.net. The Richmond Congregational Church is located at 20 Bridge St. Vermont Dance Sampler BURLINGTON – Vermont Dance Alliance and the Dance Department at the University of Vermont present dance works by Vermont-based artists at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the UVM Music Recital Hall. Vermont Dance Sampler will showcase work by Erb Dance Company, PH Dance & Ers, Julian Barnett, Danielle Tekut, Toni Nagy, Moving Spirit Dancers, and a new improvisation collective directed by Hanna Satterlee. This group of choreographers represents many districts throughout Vermont. Tickets are $15; for information, email email@example.com. The UVM Music Recital Hall is located at 384 S. Prospect St. Barns & Bridges WAITSFIELD – Valley Arts and the Mad River Valley community present the first Vermont Barns & Bridges Festival Sept. 14-16. The festival includes more than 30 events around the Mad River Valley over the course of three days. Festival attendees can enjoy art shows, wellness workshops, farm tours, educational talks, an antique car show, festive lunches, an authentic afternoon tea, a classic chicken pie supper, kids activities, parties, fireworks and more. A highlight is the Barns & Bridges Tour, a self-guided exploration of the historic structures dotting the Mad River Valley landscape. The tour includes working barns, abandoned barns, repurposed barns, unusual barns, covered bridges and gardens. Maps will be readily available at the Mad River Valley Visitor Center, Valley Arts, Three Mountain Café, and other locations throughout the Valley. “The Festival is a community-wide celebration of the history and creative culture of the Valley,” says Barbara Greene, executive director of Valley Arts. “It will kick off fall foliage season, and with all kinds of businesses and organizations involved and hosting special events, the weekend will be filled with plenty for everyone to enjoy!” The festival kicks off on Friday with the opening reception of the annual Photography Show in the Red Barn Galleries at Lareau Farm, home of American Flatbread. It culminates on Sunday with the grand opening celebration of Salt & Sand Studios, a recently restored barn-turned-glass blowing studio. The evening will include a “Get it While it’s Hot” auction where attendees can bid on a piece of hand blown glass while it is being made. For information and the full schedule, go online to www.madrivervalley.com/barns-bridges-festival.