‘Samson et Dalila’
When mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of “Carmen” at the Metropolitan Opera, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera when they open the season in the title roles of Saint-Saëns’ biblical epic “Samson et Dalila.”
“Samson et Dalila” will be broadcast live to Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and rebroadcast to Rutland’s Paramount Theatre at 12:55 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. Run time is approximately three hours, 20 minutes, with two intermissions.
Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2014 for “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” makes his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging, featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies. Sir Mark Elder conducts the first new Met production of the work in 20 years.
In Middlebury, Scott Morrison will give a pre-show talk downstairs in the Byers Studio at 12:15.
Middlebury tickets are $24, $10 for students; call 802-382-9222, or go online to www.townhalltheater.org. Rutland tickets are $23, $10 for students; call 802-775-0903, or go online to www.paramountvt.org.
Marble Valley Players presents William Shakespeare’s dark tragedy, “Macbeth.” “Something wicked this way comes” to the West Rutland Town Hall Theater at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 18-20, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.
Directed by Jenna Carlson, this twisted tale of ambition and insanity is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Clans are warring for resources and survival, and Macbeth is returning victorious from battle. Confronted by three witches in the wastelands, they call out to him “All hail Macbeth, who shall be king hereafter!” Tempted by this supernatural prophecy, Macbeth’s ambition leads him into a downward spiral of murder, madness and crumbling morality.
Tickets are $15, $12 for students, seniors and military, and will be available at the door (cash, checks and major credit cards accepted).
Seven Days said it best: Snake Mountain’s “toe-tapping tunes combine the best of modern and traditional bluegrass.” With harmonies and songs that vary in tempo from “breakdown” to ballad, this popular Addison County group consistently puts on a fun show for everyone. Their upcoming concert at Brandon Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, will feature tunes from their new album, “For Keeps,” as well as many traditional favorites.
“For Keeps” centers on the original instrumental tune of the same name, written by mandolin and resophonic guitar player Earle Provin. The album includes songs about rites of passage and various sentiments from lost love in the song, “Lonely Comes Easy,” to Mike Connor’s original take on species decline called “The Last Snowy Owl.” “Snapshots and Souvenirs” looks back on one’s life by paging through a photo album, while “Where Corn Don’t Grow” reflects on words of wisdom from a parent — once ignored but finally understood.
Tickets are $20 (pre-concert dinner is available for $25; reservations are required); call 802-247-4295, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road.
Phoenix Books Rutland invites community members to get ready for Halloween at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. Joseph A. Citro, the Vermont author and folklorist who has been referred to as the “Bard of the Bizarre” and “the Ghost-Master General,” will offer insight into the folklore, hauntings, ghost stories, paranormal activity and occult happenings of New England.
Citro has written five novels on supernatural themes, four of them based on actual New England history. A popular lecturer and teacher, his commentaries are heard regularly on Vermont Public Radio.
Admission is free; call 802-855-8078 or or go online to www.phoenixbooks.biz. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St.
‘NER Out Loud’
In the tradition of Public Radio International’s “Selected Shorts,” students from Oratory Now will read selections from the New England Review (NER) literary magazine in this fifth annual live performance of “NER Out Loud,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Dance Theatre at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. They will also unveil the new NER Out Loud podcast, which will launch that same night. The event will be followed by a “S’more Readings” reception with writers and contributors to campus literary publications, who will read from their work.
Editors and contributors to the student literary magazines will also be on hand at the post-show reception to discuss their publications and read from their recent work. Attendees will be invited to enjoy s’more-themed treats while listening to the readings in the lobby.
Admission is free; call 802-443-MIDD (6433), or go online to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road, just off Route 30 south.
Flynn Cohen (Low Lily) and Duncan Wickel (Rondo Rigs) are coming to Stone Church Arts at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27. They are taking a break from their respective touring bands for some duo performances showcasing their connections with many interconnected and disparate musical traditions.
Their show consists of multi-instrumental interpretations of traditional fiddle music from Appalachian and Irish traditions, old love songs, Baroque and contemporary two-part inventions, as well as original fiddle tunes that fuse multiple influences. The bulk of their material comes from Cohen’s four solo albums, including his most recent Wepecket Island Records release, “The Lazy Farmer.”
Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, $20 and $15 in advance, $45 for premium reserved; call 802-460-0110, or go online to www.stonechurcharts.org.
Kittel & Co. bluegrass
American fiddler, violinist and composer Jeremy Kittel draws from traditional roots, jazz, Celtic, classical, electronic, and more. He has worked with such extraordinary artists as Abigail Washburn, Jars of Clay, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, and the Turtle Island Quartet. For his upcoming performance at Middlebury College, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, he will lead his quartet Kittel & Co., featuring genre-bending guitarist Quinn Bachand, hammered dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman, and mandolinist Josh Pinkham.
Kittel & Co.’s program will include work from its newest CD, “Whorls,” called “devastatingly beautiful … a stunning melting pot of classical and folk music, featuring some of the greatest musicians in the genre” by Earmilk.com. “Whorls” was released in June and quickly hit number one on Billboard’s Bluegrass charts and number six on Classical. Kittel previewed some of his new compositions on the Oct. 10, 2015 broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion.”
Singer-songwriter and Middlebury College student Aidan O’Brien ’20 will perform for arriving patrons in the upper lobby of the Mahaney Arts Center starting at 7 p.m.
General admission tickets are $22, $10 for youth; call 802-443-MIDD (6433) or www.middlebury.edu/arts/tickets.
The Northeast Fiddlers Association is planning a repeat local “fiddle meet,” with another gathering at the Moose Club Sunday, Oct. 21, beginning at noon.
The NEFA is inviting local fiddlers, musicians, and folks who enjoy listening, dancing and socializing to traditional fiddle music to join them for this free event.
All fiddle meets begin with a jam that lasts for one hour. Fiddlers, (or other instrumentalists) sign up on a numbered list when they arrive and then either join the jamming session or just socialize with old and new friends.
At 1 p.m., the moderator takes the list and starts calling fiddlers up to the stage to each play three or four tunes, depending on the number playing. When a fiddler’s name is called, he or she may play solo or invite as many people as wanted to join in on the stage. A piano and/or guitar player is available to back up folks who don’t already have a back-up person. Most of the musicians who sign up are fiddlers, but whistle, mandolin, banjo or guitar players are also welcome.
Information is available by calling NEFA member Jill Newton at 802-869-3515.