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Onion River Chorus
MONTPELIER – The Onion River Chorus, under the leadership of guest conductor Richard Riley, presents “The French Connection,” a program of music by Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé, complemented by the contemporary American composer Giselle Wyers. The chorus is joined by guest organist Jenny Bower, and vocal soloists Lindsey Warren, soprano; and Geoffrey Penar, bass.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, at the Unitarian Church at 130 Main St.
The focal point is the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé. Duruflé (1902-1986), surprisingly well known for a composer who published only 14 compositions. Opus 9, the Requiem, written from 1941-1948, expresses in a contemplative way the human tragedy of World War II as well as the personal grief over the death of his father in 1945, only five months after Paris was liberated.
The second French composer is Duruflé’s predecessor Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924), himself the composer of a very well-known Requiem. Here he is however represented by his Pavane, Op. 50. This choral work written to a very “light” poem captures something of the “Belle Époque” at the end of the 19th century — a time of great optimism and prosperity.
The program is completed by the American composer Wyers (b. 1969), a professor of choral music at the University of Washington. Although the only thing French about Wyers is her first name, her lyrical and introspective musical language mirrors and develops that of Duruflé and Fauré. In the four poems set to music here, is Wyers’ characteristic use of melody lines that are spun independently in each part.
Tickets are $20, $17 for students, and seniors, at the door; go online to http://onionriverchorus.org.
Nora Guthrie on Woody
BURLINGTON – At 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, Nora Guthrie will be presenting a multimedia program, “What Pete Taught Woody,” at the North End Studios at 294 Winooski Ave. This performance will be to honor her father’s friendship with Pete Seeger on Seeger’s 100th birthday. Proceeds from this performance will be donated to support the Sloop Clearwater.
The program will highlight archival materials, photographs, and music — providing insight into their significant friendship, which ultimately played a huge role in the Folk Music Revival of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Local folk musician Rik Palieri will join Guthrie on a few of Seeger and Woody’s songs.
Nora Lee Guthrie is the daughter of American folk musician and singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie and his second wife Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, sister of singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie, and granddaughter of renowned Yiddish poet Aliza Greenblatt.
Nora Guthrie has been behind many new collaborations in which modern artists have added music to Woody’s lyrics. She will be sharing stories from her life growing up around, Pete, Sonny Terry, Cisco Houston, and many more.
Tickets are $20, $15 in advance, at the door; call 802-863-6713, or go online to www.northendstudios.org. A meet-and-greet will follow at 9 p.m.
Marathon on film
MONTPELIER – “Running the 802” a documentary film that follows the inspiring journeys of four runners at the 30th anniversary running of the VT City Marathon, will be shown at a special one-night screening at 7 p.m. Monday, May 20, at the Savoy Theater at 26 Main St.
As both a runner and coach, the director of this film, Maurice Brown, has experienced firsthand the positive life-changing effects that marathon running has. He said he felt compelled to document this in an effort to inspire others. Additionally, with the VT City Marathon celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018, last year’s race presented a prime opportunity to spotlight this Vermont event. With the film being shown on the Monday prior to this year’s race, the film will surely be of interest to local runners and fans of the event.
Village Harmony Alumni
Village Harmony Alumni Ensemble, led by Larry Gordon, Sophie Michaux and Adam Simon presents four Vermont concerts:
- Saturday, May 25: Hyde Park – Congregational Church, 7 p.m.
- Sunday, May 26: Lyndon – York Street Meeting House, 153 York St. 7 p.m.
- Monday, May 27: Tinmouth – Community Church, 7:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 28: Westminster West – Congregational Church, 7:30 p.m.
This select world-music vocal ensemble includes a dozen college-age and young-adult Village Harmony veterans, many of whom have sung and traveled with Village Harmony for many years. The program features songs and dances from South Africa, contemporary American shape-note songs, quartet gospel, traditional songs from Corsica, Bosnia, Croatia and Bulgaria, Monteverdi madrigals and other Renaissance works, and original compositions by Simon.
Admission is by donation ($5-$15 suggested) at the door; call 802-426-3210, or go online to www.villageharmony.org.
‘Vermont Farm Kids’
MONTPELIER – “Vermont Farm Kids: Rooted in the Land” is a documentary photo exhibit and film celebrating the lives of a diverse array of youth who have grown up in farming families. It is currently on display in the cafeteria at the Vermont State House, 115 State St., through the month of May.
The still-life photo series was cultivated from a documentary film project featuring interviews with kids from a variety of farms: dairy, produce, livestock, and maple. The work’s images and interviews poignantly capture what it means to grow up as a farm kid in Vermont.
The project was created for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) by Maria Buteux Reade, a Vermont farmer and freelance writer, and James Chandler, a videographer from Dorset. The collaborators traveled more than 1,500 miles around Vermont and interviewed 20 kids between the ages of 8 and 29, including those young adults who stayed on the farm and those who left and chose to return. This was their chance to reflect on their experiences, discuss the joys and challenges of their work, and share their stories with the Vermont community and beyond.
“One of the highlights was witnessing the wisdom of the farm kids,” Reade said. “They shared their innate appreciation of the benefits of their agricultural lifestyle and heritage.”
Artist Kari Meyer
ST. JOHNSBURY – Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) is presenting a new exhibit by local artist Kari Meyer, through July 5, in the Charles M. and Hanna H. Gray Gallery. The beauty and peace of ordinary things, especially in nature, inspires Meyer. Playing in the woods and along the riverbank as a child led to a love and admiration for Vermont’s natural landscape.
“My inspiration comes from nature,” Meyer said. “I attempt to portray ideas that words cannot, like the archetypal beauty that connects all things. The colors of the Vermont landscape resonate with me. I embrace the subtle changes of light with each season ... My work urges the viewer to contemplate the relationship between oneself, nature and the universe.”
Meyer is a native of the Northeast Kingdom. After receiving her associate degree in multimedia and graphic design from Champlain College in 2001, she continued her education, earning a bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art from the University of Vermont in 2004. Meyer was awarded the Viewer’s Choice Award in a statewide competition in 1998. This led to a national exhibition in the Congressional Art Competition in Washington, D.C.
For information, call 802-748-8141, or go online to www.nvrh.org.