BRANDON — “The Magic Flute” is Mozart’s fairytale opera — though it has some subtly serious undertones — and fledgling Barn Opera’s production turned it into a bedtime story for children and adults. In fact, all the characters were dressed in pajamas.
Composer and jazz musician Chris Brubeck wrote his new double concerto for violinist and Vermont Symphony Orchestra Music Director Jaime Laredo and his wife, cellist Sharon Robinson, and the VSO.
It was the door slam heard ‘round the world, when Nora walked out on husband Torvald in Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 drama “A Doll’s House.” Well she’s back, 15 years later, in “A Doll’s House, Part 2.”
Luminous hues of Liz Hawkes deNiord’s abstract canvases glow at Spotlight Gallery. Richard Heller’s compositions offer layers of depth with underlying structures and shapes to be discovered. Rachel Portesi’s elegant and haunting wet plate collodion prints transcend time. The three artists’ s…
New Haven native Moira Smiley, a singer and composer, is joining forces with SVER, a traditional and original fiddle-driven quintet from Norway and Sweden, for the one-night-only Epic Little Folk Fest at the Tourterelle Restaurant & Inn at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 in New Haven. This conce…
Earlier this year, NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C., had some unusual visitors. Life-size puppets, including Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Rosita, Abby Cadabby and Cookie Monster, all sat at a correspondent’s desk, “singing about a sunny day and how everything is A-OK.” The cast of Sesame …
For the first time in the United States, The Four Italian Tenors will be bringing a slice of Italy to America with their American tour, which stops at the Paramount Theatre Friday.
It’s been a banner season for outdoor summer concerts, which are making their last hurrah in the coming week — starting with Grace Potter’s Grand Point North festival today (Sept. 14) and tomorrow at Burlington’s Waterfront Park. Here’s a look at some other hot shows for increasingly chilly nights.
Monsters have always lurked in our minds. The ancient Greeks had a long list of them including, among others, the mythological Chimera, a scary fire-breathing she-monster having a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail! Then, the Bible’s Old Testament brought us, for example, the s…
BARRE – Studio Place Arts opens its doors Tuesday to four new exhibits. Community members are invited to attend the opening reception for these new shows, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.
MONTPELIER – Scrag Mountain Music kicks off its milestone 2019-20 10th anniversary season with a series of musical programs inspired by food.
MONTPELIER – Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announced that François Clemmons of Middlebury would receive The 2019 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the highest honor presented to an artist by the state of Vermont.
MIDDLEBURY – Middlebury College’s Mahaney Arts Center has announced its 2019–20 season lineup, with diverse performances in music, theater and dance, as well as exhibitions, films, spoken word events and more. Always a highlight of the year, the Middlebury Performing Arts Series celebrates a…
MONTREAL — Fifty years is a long time, but Musica Camerata Montréal is going strong as it closes half a century as one of Canada’s finest chamber music ensembles. Amazingly, its founders remain the backbone of its music making — and they’re in top form.
Brace yourselves, Grace Potter fans — the Mad River Valley-born singer and songwriter is back in a big way with a stellar new album. “Daylight,” scheduled for release on Oct. 25, is quite possibly her best set yet, a return to form that taps into her earliest musical roots as a prodigious yo…
“The Magic Flute,” one of the most popular operas of all time, wasn’t actually written for the opera house. In fact, Mozart created his 1791 masterpiece for a public theater or vaudeville house.
The Ripley Opera House started as an actual theater, a cultural center from the time it was built in 1868, according to the Rutland Historical Society. And today this unique space has come full circle in a way, back to its roots as a culture center. It’s full of art, from nearly top to bottom.
Galen Cheney and Tessa G. O’Brien’s dual exhibition opened this week in the Contemporary Gallery at Montpelier’s T.W. Wood Gallery. Accompanying it, the Wood’s Hallway Gallery is filled with color and light with the group exhibition of the Vermont Pastel Society.
A week from today, “Balance,” Vermont playwright Jeanne Beckwith’s cautionary tale of suicide, will be presented by Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre at Rutland’s Unitarian Universalist Church.
The Barre Opera House’s upcoming season is set and, as always, central Vermonters can look forward to another eclectic schedule of performances by regionally, nationally and internationally known artists traveling to the Granite City’s historic stage.
Haley Kean is one of 11 artists presenting sculptural installations for this year’s SculptFest at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center. The public opening reception for the annual exhibition is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. The theme, “Changes.”
“Shakespeare’s Will,” by Canadian playwright Vern Thiessen, begins with William Shakespeare’s widow being handed the Bard’s will at his funeral. Instead of reading the will, Anne Hathaway remembers their unusual relationship, Catholic in public, in private, “their own kind of marriage.”
“reVision” features works by 17 Vermont artists, stretching the limits of ordinary perception with two and three-dimensional artworks and site-specific installations. The show is presented throughout the Kent’s 18 gallery spaces, indoors and outdoors.
Last weekend was a momentous one for the arts in Vermont. The state produced its first professional Wagner opera, and it was an unqualified success. Adding to that, Vermont is home to a true Wagnerian soprano.
If you haven’t heard Steve Hartmann sing his emotive songs and play guitar, you should. He’s performing at Brandon Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, as part of its dinner-concert series.
“I set out to create something that shares my love of jazz, of music performance, and of Stowe with as many people as possible,” says George Petit of the Stowe Jazz Festival, which he founded and has directed since its inception in 2017.
With a nod to Clark Kent of Superman fame, Studio Place Arts (SPA) will soon be assessing how many works of art can be exhibited in its new Quick Change Gallery, made from an “up-cycled” telephone booth.
If the success of a music festival is judged by its longevity, then the New World Festival, Sunday Sept. 1 this year, is a huge success.
Pawlet native Katharine Maness has returned after a decade in the New York City professional world, and she’s brought with her a new take on the greatest playwright in the English language. It’s an approach to Shakespeare aimed to resonate with audiences in the 20th century.
Montpelier to Macedonia, Boston to Bulgaria, South Hero to South Africa, for 30 years Village Harmony choral groups have been studying and performing harmony singing from community traditions from around the world.
“No one can be told what the Grift is,” the band’s promotional video says. “You have to hear them for yourself.”
Northfield’s Dennis Bathory-Kitsz recently finished a 20-minute oratorio decrying the current political situation, the Trump administration in particular, but he can’t find people who want to perform it.
Vermont may be landlocked, but visitors to the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) can practically feel the spray of the ocean and the sand beneath their feet this summer. I
Abandon all aesthetic hope all ye who enter here. There is no place for beauty in the 2019 Whitney Biennial, as most of the artworks in the exhibition are steeped in sociopolitical concerns.
DORSET — Imagine you’re trying to celebrate your 20-something wedding anniversary at a nice Greek restaurant in Palm Springs, after a trying day getting there, and for some reason, you can’t get your food or even a drink. In fact, you have the waiter from Hell!
WESTON — In “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” a middle-aged couple tear each other apart, reducing each other to their cores. But what makes this 1962 drama by Edward Albee one of the iconic masterpieces of theater is that they are simultaneously reassuring themselves of their bond — and deep love.
“The Quarry Project” is one example of the diversity in this year’s Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, and one of two films with Vermont connections, which isn’t a requirement of the festival, but adds something special.
Vermont is about to enjoy its first locally produced Wagner opera. And the choice of the tragic love story “Tristan und Isolde” is no accident.