North Indian ragas
In a rare local appearance, Joel “Veena” Eisenkramer presents a Stone Church Arts concert of traditional North Indian evening ragas played on the 20-stringed Indian slide guitar at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11. He will be accompanied on tabla by Rajesh Pai. The concert takes place in Immanuel Episcopal Church, the stone church on the hill, 20 Church St.
Veena has spent the last 11 years studying and performing Hindustani classical music, traveling back and forth between his native southern Vermont and India to learn in the traditional Guru-Shishya (student-disciple) oral tradition. First having studied 10 years with master Indian slide guitarist Ranjan Kumar of Delhi (disciple of Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt), Veena is now receiving advanced training from sarod maestro Pt Alok Lahiri of Kolkata in the Maihar gharana style of instrumental music.
For tickets or information, call 802-460-0110 or go online to www.stonechurcharts.org.
Richards Monroe stained glass
“Retrospective of Two Generations” will be on display at the Castleton University Bank Gallery downtown from May 11 through June 22. The exhibition showcases the work of stained-glass artist Hallie Richards Monroe. The opening reception will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11.
Richards Monroe uses contemporary and traditional vitreous glass painting techniques that are kiln-fired and fused to the surface of the glass. The glass pieces are then assembled into a stained-glass panel, using cooper foil or lead came to hold all the puzzle pieces together. Her passion for illustration incorporates conceptual imagery and the beauty of nature into most of her artwork. She has been doing stained glass commissions for over 35 years.
Castleton University Bank Gallery is located at 104 Merchants Row.
The Dorset Players will raise the curtain on their 91st anniversary season with “Oklahoma!”, considered one of the seminal musicals in Broadway history. Performances will be at the Dorset Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, May 17-18 and May 24-25, and 2 p.m. Sundays, May 19 and 26.
The first collaboration of legendary lyricist Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, the show was a game-changer when it took Broadway by storm when it opened in 1943. Memorable songs such as “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’,” “People Will Say We’re In Love,” and “Oklahoma!”, rather than just providing filler, advanced the story of a cowboy, Curly, who falls for a farm girl, Laurey, against the backdrop of prairie life in the Indian Territory, circa 1907.
For tickets or information, call 802-867-5777, go online to www.dorsetplayers.org.
Violin and piano
SAXTONS RIVER – Hugh Keelan on the piano and Joe Jewett on the violin face off at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12 at in a “Classic(al) Saxtons River Spectacular” as Main Street Arts continues its “Hands On!” concert series.
Concertgoers are invited to see all the action up close as Keelan interprets the music of Johannes Brahms on the MSA piano and Jewett matches him on his own instrument with works by Lou Harrison.
While Brahms is a familiar name to classical music fans, Lou Silver Harrison’s may not be. Growing up in California, Harrison (1917-2003) was exposed to Chinese, Mexican, Native American and Indonesian music, as well as jazz and classical. He later incorporated elements of the music of these cultures into his work, including a number of pieces written for Javanese-style gamelan instruments.
Jewett is an active soloist, conductor and orchestral musician based in western Massachusetts. Keelan has conducted orchestras throughout the world, and is currently music director of the Windham Orchestra.
Poetry open mic
BELLOWS FALLS – Calling all poetry lovers! It’s time to get ready for Rockingham Library’s Spring Poetry Open Mic. Rustle up some poems by a favorite author. Dig out some poems you’ve penned over the years. Or sharpen your pencils (and your wits) to write some original poetry. Then get ready to share on Poetry Open Mic Night at 7 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the Rockingham Library.
Readers should come prepared to read up to five poems. To begin, each person will read one poem. Depending on the number of participants, a second, third, fourth and even fifth round of reading will follow.
For more information, call 802-463-4270, or go online to http://rockinghamlibrary.org. The Rockingham Library is located at 65 Westminster St.
SAXTONS RIVER. – Main Street Arts is holding auditions for its fall production of the musical “The Secret Garden,” which will be performed Oct. 25 — Nov. 3 at the Bellows Falls Opera House. Audition times at MSA in Saxtons River are 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 17; 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18; and 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19.
Those auditioning should bring a prepared song or part of a song of at least 16 bars. There will also be movement sections of the auditions. Although “The Secret Garden” is not a dance show, it will likely integrate significant movement for the dreamer ensemble. This ensemble will be much larger than is typical, with total cast size between 30 and 40. Those auditioning will also be asked to read from the text. The roles of the children (ages typically around 10 to 12) may be played by children a little older.
For more information, call 802-869-2960 or go online to www.mainstreetarts.org.
Kiley landscape architecture
MIDDLEBURY – The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, in partnership with the Vermont Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Cultural Landscape Foundation of Washington, D.C., and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation will be hosting a retrospective exhibit to honor and recognize influential and internationally acclaimed Vermont landscape architect Daniel Urban Kiley (1912-2004) May 14 to Sept. 1. Kiley’s practice and home were in Charlotte, where he was inspired by the fields, forests and magnificent waters of the Lake Champlain Valley.
Soon following the 100th anniversary of Kiley’s birth, the Cultural Landscape Foundation created the exhibit, which consists of 48 large photographs, both color and black-and-white, of his more celebrated landscapes, plus biographical information and interpretive analysis. While the exhibit has been featured at multiple museums and universities across the country (most recently at the University of California at Riverside), this is the first time it will be presented in Vermont, where Kiley lived and worked and where he and his wife, Anne, raised their eight children. The exhibit provides the only venue in Vermont to view his stunning creations.
Some of Kiley’s most notable designs include the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Dulles Airport in Virginia, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, The Chicago Art Institute, Fountain Place in Dallas, the Henry Moore Sculpture Garden in Kansas City, and, in collaboration with Eero Saarinen, and the St. Louis Arch Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
Hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; $5 admission, $3 ages 6-17, $4.50 for seniors, $12 per family; call 802 388-2117, or go online to www.henrysheldonmuseum.org.