“Messiah,” George Frederic Handel’s great oratorio, has become a ubiquitous part of Christmas celebrations worldwide — and yet it was written for Easter.
It’s right after World War II, and a small theater company is reuniting for the first time at a formal dinner party. And what do they decide to do? William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.”
Jaime Laredo won’t be stepping down after 20 years as music director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra until the end of the 2020-21 season, but this will be his last time directing the annual VSO Made in Vermont statewide tour — offering many the last opportunity to hear the legendary musici…
“The Magic Flute,” one of the most popular operas of all time, wasn’t actually written for the opera house. In fact, Mozart created his 1791 masterpiece for a public theater, or vaudeville house.
Pawlet native Katherine Maness has returned after a decade in the New York City professional world, and she’s brought with her a new take on the greatest playwright in the English language. It’s an approach to Shakespeare aimed to resonate with audiences in the 20th century.
In the Wendy MacLeod comedy “Slow Food,” a couple celebrating their anniversary simply cannot get their waiter to bring their food. Their frustration leads to lots of laughs — and much more.
In Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” made famous by the 1966 Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton film, George and Martha tear each other apart with their alcohol-fueled caustic banter.
While attending the Agatha Christie Festival, avid fan Lucy discovers the possibility of an unpublished play by the great mystery writer. Lucy finds herself on a quest, including encounters with Christie herself, her adulterous husband Archie and his mistress, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.…
“Oklahoma!” was a box-office hit when it opened on Broadway in 1943, and a new production is a hit on Broadway right now. The Weston Playhouse production, which opens Thursday, underscores just why: This is a show for and about all Americans.
In Theresa Rebeck’s new play “Dig,” Megan has done the unspeakable.
“I and You,” Lauren Gunderson’s 2014 award-winning comedy, lulls the audience into a witty sitcom of two sparring teens, given a modicum of depth by a Walt Whitman poem. But ever so gradually, the flavor darkens as the reality of the situation emerges, finally into a poignant and compelling …
Daniel Andai, Killington Music Festival’s artistic director and concertmaster of the Miami Symphony, first came to the festival as a young violin student from Florida.
“The Fantasticks” premiered in 1960 Off Broadway, where it ran for 42 years — 17,162 performances — making it the longest-running musical in history. It continues to be performed throughout the world continually, with some 250 new productions each year.
“The Phantom Tollbooth,” Norton Juster’s classic 1961 children’s novel, follows an unhappy boy as he discovers what’s important in life through his imagination.
At virtually the last minute, Rutland’s 77Art Artist Residency, an opportunity for professional artists from around the world for intense uninterrupted work in studios at 77 Grove St., received an unexpected eviction notice from its volunteer landlord, Mark Foley — and a new opportunity.
The Cinderella story has been a perennial favorite since its B.C. origins, with everyone from Rossini to Walt Disney creating their own version. A less-known take, “Cendrillon,” is by Romantic French composer Jules Massenet.
When Brandon’s Barn Opera produced Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” last year, Artistic Director Joshua Collier wasn’t happy with the blatant misogyny he perceived, so he rewrote the libretto, but without touching a note of the glorious music. This year, he finds himself in a similar spot, but with…
Antonin Dvorák’s Te Deum, Op. 103, will be the first collaboration between the Champlain Philharmonic, conducted by Matthew LaRocca, and the Castleton University Chorale, directed by Sherrill Bodget.
As a child, Anthony McGill wanted to play saxophone, but it was just too big. Fortunately, because he went on to be associate principal clarinetist of the Cincinnati Symphony, principal of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and finally principal of the New York Philharmonic, where he is now. …
When Weston Playhouse announced its 2019 season this week, it seemed a bit careful for Susanna Gellert’s first year at the helm. After all, “The Fantasticks,” Oklahoma!” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” this year’s main stage productions, are hardly controversial. Or are they?
Jorge Martín wanted to write music ever since he was a child. Opera Company of Middlebury will celebrate the local Cuban-born composer with “Jorge Martín & Friends,” a concert devoted to songs by Martín, as well as popular opera arias, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Town Hall Theater…
Barn Opera is the brainchild of tenor Joshua Collier, a real Italian-style opera tenor who moved to Brandon several years ago after becoming a “regular” at Opera Company of Middlebury. Unlike Middlebury, which presents full-scale productions, Barn Opera offers “opera in miniature” in the int…
When conductor James Feddeck meets the musicians of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra to prepare for Burlington and Rutland concerts, it will be for the first time. Guest conducting can be daunting.
Handel’s “Messiah” has been a popular success since it was first performed in Dublin in 1742. And, despite its not being a solely Christmas work, it has been a holiday tradition as long as anyone can remember. Not only do audiences flock to performances annually, amateur singers clamor to si…
In February, when Rusty DeWees, aka The Logger, emceed a talent show at Rutland’s Mount St. Joseph Academy, he was blown away by student Mary Baab singing “Unforgettable.” And so she will join The Logger (DeWees) and The Fiddler (Patrick Ross) when the fall-winter tour of their latest show, …
It’s amazing! An army of kids, ages 10 to 17, overwhelm the rehearsal studio of Vermont’s largest professional theater. Some are rehearsing with adults, some are rapidly changing sets, some are busily taking notes, while the remainder quietly works on their iPads. These unusually disciplined…
Main Street Arts in Saxtons River is home to the largest collection of Charles Henry’s painted stage curtains in the state — the world in fact — and has created a musical celebrating the unique and colorful Vermont theater artist and vaudevillian.
Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw,” his horror novella originally published in serial format in Collier’s Weekly in 1898, tells of a governess who, caring for two children at a remote estate, becomes convinced that the grounds are haunted. And her experiences make for a perfect Halloween t…
August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running” faces the imminent loss of a popular diner to urban development in a poor Pittsburgh community in 1969. It’s the seventh in his 10-play “The Pittsburgh Cycle,” each set in a different decade, portraying the gritty everyday lives of urban African-Americans…
By JIM LOWE Staff Writer On Dec. 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash found themselves in an impromptu jam session at Sun Record Studios...The post One night in Memphis: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash appeared first on Rutland Reader.
Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN It was the door slam heard around the world, when Nora Helmer walked out on her husband in Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 dramatic masterpiece, “A Doll’s...The post ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’:: What happens when Nora returns? appeared first on Rutland Reader.
By VICTORIA CRAIN Arts Correspondent The eagle’s eye: That’s the view of American topography Janet Fredericks presents for our consideration. “Land Marks … The Land We Mark, Marks Us” is...The post Janet Fredericks’ view of her earth: ‘Land Marks: The Land We Mark, Marks Us’ appeared first o…
By JIM LOWE The Lowe Down For his swan song as one of Weston Playhouse’s three co-artistic directors of 30 years, Tim Fort is directing “West Side Story.” The iconic...The post ‘West Side Story’: Tackling the greatness of Bernstein-Sondheim-Robbins-Laurents appeared first on Rutland Reader.
Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN “Fun Home,” the Tony-winning musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, will be only the second to grace the new Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm....The post Weston Playhouse’s ‘Fun Home’: Unflinching musical tells Alison Bechdel’s story appeared first on Rutland Reader.
By JIM LOWE The Lowe Down For Daniel Andai, Killington Music Festival’s artistic director of five years, collaboration is the aim, and essential. “For me, I can’t imagine anything in...The post Killington Music Festival: Learning the art of collaboration and community appeared first on Rutla…
By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN When Steve Stettler, Tim Fort and Malcolm Ewen decided to step down after 30 years as artistic directors of Weston Playhouse, they chose Thornton...The post Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town’: A 1938 classic for today’s America appeared first on Rutland Reader.
Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN When the Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford musical adaptation of “Anne of Green Gables,” the L.M. Montgomery classic, opened in New York in 2007, critic...The post ‘Anne of Green Gables’: Weston showcases theater’s next generation appeared first on Rutland Reader.
Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN When asked how he became a cellist, Eric Bartlett responded, “Practice, practice, practice! … Oh, that’s Carnegie Hall!” The Marlboro native and member of the...The post You can come home: New York Philharmonic cellist returns to his Vermont roots appeared first on Rut…
Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN Two American icons shared history when André Previn set Tennessee Williams’ 1947 masterpiece, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” to music as an opera in 1998. “The...The post ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’: André Previn’s opera delivers the power appeared first on Rutland Reader.