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Lost Nation Theater presents “The Poe Spooktacular Halloween” Oct. 27 at Montpelier City Hall Arts Center. Pictured is the LC Jazz Big Band last year.

The Poe Spooktacular

MONTPELIER — Lost Nation Theater presents The Poe Spooktacular Halloween, 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, transforming City Hall Arts Center into a hauntingly hip atmospheric chamber for dancing and eerie entertainment.

The night features fearsome Edgar Allan Poe works performed by LNT actors including Kim Bent, Mark Roberts and dancer Taryn Noelle. In addition, there is a costume contest with prizes, decadent desserts and a dance party with the 21-piece LC Jazz Big Band. A cash bar will also be available.

Got the boos? Dance your ghouls away! It’s Halloween for grown-ups that the whole family can enjoy.

Tickets are $25, $20 in advance (benefiting the programs of Lost Nation Theater); call 802-229-0492, or go online to www.lostnationtheater.org.

TURNmusic returns

STOWE — Founder Anne Decker, of TURNmusic, now in its 4th season, continues to mix her musical tastes and experience to create unique sets of live music.

TURNmusic opens its 2018-19 season at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at FlynnSpace, 153 Main St. in Burlington ($20, $10 for students; www.flynntix.org) repeating at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Rusty Nail, Mountain Road in Stowe ($20, students free; https://sevendaystickets.com).

The shows open with the Vermont premiere performances of Kyle Saulnier’s “a foundation of sand” for clarinet, flute, guitar, viola, violin, cello, bass, percussion and voice, with Stefanie Weigand, soprano from Waterbury Center.

TURNmusic continues its support of student composers by featuring Andy Gagnon, also from Waterbury, as the 2018 TURNmusic Collegiate Prize Winner. His jazz chart, “I Found the Way,” is about the nature of death and the journey of those left behind. The signature piece will be Sarah Kirkland Snider’s “Penelope” (2008), a 60-minute, nine-song cycle inspired by Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey.” Mary Bonhag, of Scrag Mountain Music, will be the vocalist

Later in the season, TURNmusic’s early 2019 concert programs will be in collaboration with Middlebury College’s “New Century | New Voices.” Matthew Evan Taylor, visiting assistant professor of music, and Decker have developed a symposium and series exposing the music of minority and women composers.

For additional information, go online to www.turnmusic.org.

Benefit concert

MONTPELIER — A benefit concert, “One Sky: Music for San Antonio Grande,” will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, with reception following, at Bethany Church, 115 Main St. Proceeds benefit youth scholarships and a women’s sewing workshop in Bethany’s Sister Parish in El Salvador.

Featured will be piano, organ and vocal music of Cecile Chaminade, Schubert, Handel, Vaughn Williams, Saint-Säens and others. Performers include pianist Diane Huling, flutist Denise Ricker, soprano Erin McIntyre, tenor Skip Potter, soprano Allison Devery Steinmetz, tenor Cameron Steinmetz, baritone Arthur Zorn and bass Stuart Williams.

Admission is by donation ($20 suggested, but pay what you can); for information, email vermontartmusic@gmail.com.

Jazz standards

MONTPELIER — Bassist Anthony Santor and keyboardist Ira Friedman will join vocalist Allison Mann to perform selections from the vast collection of American jazz standards at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Studio C Jazz, 18 Langdon St. (second floor). This small intimate setting features acoustic production whenever possible, and highlights each individual musician.

Admission is by donation ($15 suggested); for reservations (recommended), email allisonjoymann@comcast.net.

Quebecois Halloween

CABOT — Cabot Arts and Concerts at the Schoolhouse present a Halloween benefit concert for Cabot Arts with Bon Débarras, a high-energy Quebecois trio from Montreal, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Schoolhouse, 1643 Route 215 South in Lower Cabot.

Get ready for an exciting evening of jigs, reels, step dancing, body percussion, humor and tender love songs with Bon Débarras. You need a live performance of the trio to fully experience the many traditions of francophone America. The stage is set for jigs, dances and some blazing body percussion, and the heartfelt warmth when they slow down their mad tempo for a tender love song, a quiet folk tune or a foray into Innu traditions, touching upon some of Québec’s deepest roots.

Admission is by donation ($20 suggested, $16 in advance); call 802-793-3016, or email director@summit-school.org.

Horszowski Trio

ST. JOHNSBURY — The Horszowski Trio — violin, cello and piano — will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the South Church Building, opening the 30th season of the Northeast Kingdom Classical Series.

The trio, based in New York City, made its debut in 2011 and is the ensemble in residence at the Longy School of Music at Bard College. In its second appearance on the series, this “impressive, lithe, persuasive” (New York Times) ensemble will perform works of Robert Schumann, Dmitri Shostakovich and American composer Arthur Foote.

Tickets are $18, $16 for seniors, $6 for students or on a budget; call 802-748-7135 or 802-626-5993, or go online to www.nekclassicalseries.org.

‘Beethovens of Today’

BURLINGTON — Violinist Soovin Kim brings “The Beethovens of Today” to FlynnSpace at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7.

The two-concert series celebrates the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival’s 10th birthday with world premieres by two of the current generation’s outstanding composers, Nick DiBerardino and TJ Cole. Each program also includes individual movements that trace Beethoven’s early, middle and late periods.

Festival co-artistic director Kim hosts an illuminating discussion about Beethoven’s compositional development through his life and the future development of the composers of today. For the Nov. 4 performance, Kim is joined by Daniel Phillips, violin; Clancy Newman, cello; Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; and Jeewon Park, piano.

Tickets are $35; call 802-86-FLYNN (863-5966), voice/relay calls welcome; or go online to www.flynncenter.org.

Steinway festival

MONTPELIER — Steinway & Sons is presenting a “Steinway Comes to Vermont” festival featuring free piano presentations, musical performances and a three-day sales event offering significantly reduced prices on Steinway and Steinway-designed Boston and Essex pianos. The event will be held at Vermont College of Fine Arts Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 1-4. A portion of proceeds from piano sales will benefit Vermont College of Fine Arts and Monteverdi Music School.

Steinway & Sons is one of the most renowned musical names in American history. Since 1853, the company has dedicated itself to making nothing short of the finest pianos in the world, which is why today, Steinway is the preferred piano of countless musicians, professional and amateur, throughout the world.

All events are free, but some require reservations. All activities will be hosted at Vermont College of Fine Arts, 36 College St. For information, go online to www.steinway.com/vermont.

‘Broadway’s Next Hit Musical’

BURLINGTON — “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” is at FlynnSpace at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and at 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny. The New York Times called it “Hilarious!”

“Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Audience members write down made up song titles and master improvisers gather these suggestions and present them as “nominated songs” for this coveted award. The troupe of comics creates spontaneous scenes and songs filled with great dancing, catchy melodies and tons of laughter.

Tickets are $35; call 802-86-FLYNN (863-5966), voice/relay calls welcome; or go online to www.flynncenter.org.

Illusionist Vitaly

RANDOLPH — He famously stumped legendary magicians Penn & Teller on their hit television show, Fool Us. He’s just wrapped up a wildly successful, multi-week run Off-Broadway at New York’s prestigious Westside Theater. Now Vitaly Beckman is bringing that same enchanting performance, “An Evening of Wonders,” directly from Manhattan to the Chandler Center for the Arts for one night only at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

From bringing pictures and drawings to life to erasing people from their own driver’s licenses, Vitaly’s signature illusions leave even the most jaded spectators awestruck. He invented and designed every single illusion in “An Evening of Wonders,” which Broadway World called a “world-class” show that “charms and dazzles” audience members of all ages. This family-friendly show includes specially priced, discounted tickets for children and students.

For tickets or information, call 802-728-6464, or go online to www.chandler-arts.org.

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