RR Arts Preview

French cello virtuoso Jean-Guihen Queyras will perform J.S. Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello at Middlebury College Nov. 2.


Bach Cello Suites

French cello virtuoso Jean-Guihen Queyras will perform some of J.S. Bach’s most beloved music, the six suites for unaccompanied cello, at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Friday, Nov. 2. To accommodate the longer concert, the curtain time has been moved up 7 p.m., and the evening will also include refreshments at intermission.

“Queyras performs as he breathes … His technical ease allows him to play with the music, to knead it, giving a particular character to each work ... he brings the universe to the end of his bow,” wrote Le Devoir, Montréal.

Although born in Montreal, Queyras moved with his family to Algeria when he was 5, then settled in France three years later. He had lessons with legendary cellist Pablo Casals, who he says taught him about “speaking” the cello and the importance of right-hand technique. (Casals, coincidentally, is also an alumus of the series, having played here in 1922.) Queyras went on to play as soloist with Pierre Boulez’s Ensemble Intercontemporain for 10 years.

Tickets are $28, $10 for youth; call 802-443-MIDD (6433), or go online to www.middlebury.edu/arts/tickets. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road, just off Route 30 South/S. Main Street.


Author Yvonne Daley

The Sparkle Barn will host Vermont author Yvonne Daley for a talk on why she chooses to write nonfiction, from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.

The talk will include discussion on her titles: “Going up country — When the Hippies, Dreamers, Freaks and Radicals moved to Vermont,” “A Bend in the Road — Lenny Burke’s Farm,” “Vermont Authors — A State of Mind,” “A Mighty Storm: Stories of Resilience After Irene,” and “Octavia Blvd.”

Daley is a journalist, book author, educator, publisher and director of a writers’ conference in Vermont. The mother of five children, she is married to the writer Chuck Clarino. They live in Rutland with two Maltese dogs, close to their children and grandchildren.

Admission is free, but reservations are requested; call 802-446-2044, or go online to www.thesparklebarnshop.com. The Sparkle Barn is located at 1509 US-7.


‘Paul and His Ukulele’

At 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, Phoenix Books Rutland will host a story time with Robert Broder and Jenn Kocsmiersky, featuring their new book, “Paul and His Ukulele.”

Not all who wander are lost, sometimes they’re just searching for a new song. Paul was given a present. “A guitar?” said Paul. “It’s a ukulele,” said his parents. Paul loved his ukulele and spent all his time crafting his own song. As he got older, Paul knew it was time to head out in search of something new. When his travels took him to one small town, the unexpected happened. But from unexpected circumstances can come new friendships and new experiences. And maybe that new song he’s been looking for.

Broder loves picture books, cold weather, and warm chocolate chip cookies. He likes all dogs and only two cats. When he’s not outside hiking with his family, he’s inside playing his ukulele. Kocsmiersky is a freelance watercolor artist and illustrator. She has two children and lives in upstate New York.

Admission is free; call 802-855-8078, or go online to www.phoenixbooks.biz. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St.


Artist sisters

Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill presents “Broken,” featuring the work of sisters Rita Fuchsberg and Irene Minkoff, “I Know What I Saw: The Paintings of Rita Fuchsberg and Digital Photography of Irene Minkoff,” Nov. 1-Dec. 9. The public opening reception will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

Fuchsberg’s recent work includes highly textural acrylic paintings created with a palette knife. Her past body of work includes portraits from a project called “Ladies in Waiting,” 40 portraits of women on death row, which first showed in SoHo, New York. When asked for a brief bio, Fuchsberg responded, “I’ve been an artist since as long as I can remember. I earned a master’s degree in art therapy from Pratt and worked in that field for several years.”

Minoff explains her work in “I Know What I Saw” by saying, “Television talks at us 24 hours a day. Mine started saying different things to me. Images combined and coalesced fleetingly. I felt compelled to hunt them and watch until they beckoned to me. These few canvases represent the countless hours of staring at broken televisions until those crazy images spoke their own kind of sense. I think most of the work is thought-provoking, and I’m very interested in knowing what others see, because the potential is there for each person to see something different.”

Minkoff hails from Bronx, New York and now lives in Manhattan. She loves to spend time in Poultney, near her sister. Fuchsberg and Minkoff are the former owners of Fox Hill, the home to Stone Valley Arts.

Hours are: 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, and for events; call 802-287-8197, or go online to http://stonevalleyarts.org. Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill is located at 145 E. Main St., across from Poultney High School.


Painting autumn

Join Robert O’Brien in painting the fall landscape of New England in its glorious splendor, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Gallery at the VAULT.

Beginning with a demonstration, O’Brien will explain his technique for capturing vibrant autumn colors through the layering process. Participants will then paint for the duration of the class with hands-on assistance from Rob. The class ends with a critique/share. The class is open to all abilities. A materials list will be provided at registration.

Tuition is $85, $75 for members (please register by Oct. 27 so arrangements can be made for the best space); call 802-885-7111, or email galleryvault@vermontel.net. For information, go online to www.galleryvault.org.

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