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Arts Beat for Feb. 20: Composer to explain piano work before performance

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Posted on February 12, 2017 |
By Greg Pahl



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Composer Pierre Jalbert At Middlebury College

Named after a 19th-century German poet, the Morgenstern Piano Trio will perform in Robison Hall at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

The concert program will include Germaine Tailleferre’s ravishingly beautiful Piano Trio; Maurice Ravel’s Baroque-inspired Piano Trio in A Minor; and Vermont composer Pierre Jalbert’s Piano Trio No. 2, written specifically for the Morgenstern Trio.

Trio members Catherine Klipfel (piano), Stefan Hempel (violin) and Emanuel Wehse (cello) first met as students at the Folkwang Conservatory in Essen, Germany. After only two short years of working together, the trio emerged with top prizes and awards including the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Award in 2010. This prize catapulted them onto the United States music scene, with performances in Washington’s Kennedy Center, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and further concerts across the country. Robert Battey of the Washington Post wrote: “the Morgenstern’s clarity of musical detail and technical excellence made this a night to remember. This was one of the best concerts I’ve heard all season.”

Jalbert will offer a free pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. in Room 125 of the Mahaney Center for the Arts. 

Tickets are $20 for the general public. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 443-MIDD (6433) or go to middlebury.edu/arts. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road, just off Route 30/South Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot.

BEN COSGROVE

Ben Cosgrove will perform live at Brandon Music on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Cosgrove is a traveling composer, pianist and multi-instrumentalist from New England. He performs regularly all over the country, writes scores for films, plays, radio and television, and has produced several well-received albums of original instrumental work that straddles the line between Folk and Classical music. His “electric and exhilarating” live performances are dazzling and intimate: music that has been described as “passionately joyful… delicately romantic… fantastically uplifting (MethuenLife) and “compelling and powerful” (The Harvard Crimson).

Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show.Venue is BYOB. Call 247-4295 or email [email protected] for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon.

DAVYDOV & FANNING

In April, pianist Diana Fanning and cellist Dieuwke Davydov, both Affiliate Artists at Middlebury College, will embark on their eighth concert tour of Europe to celebrate 40 years of performing together. They will play their tour program at Middlebury College’s Mead Chapel on Sunday at 4 p.m.

On the program are piano and cello works by Beethoven, Brahms, Hindemith and Saint-Saëns. Fanning will also perform solo pieces by Debussy and Chopin. An unusual work on the program is by Vermont composer Kathy Wonson Eddy, titled “Peace on Earth: A Hermit Thrush Singing in Deep Woods.”

Fanning and Davydov have been acclaimed in the U.S. and abroad for their virtuosic brilliance, musical insight and remarkable rapport as a Duo. Critic Jim Lowe of the Barre Times Argus named the Middlebury-based Davydov-Fanning Duo “one of Vermont’s state treasures.”

The Mead Chapel concert is sponsored by the Middlebury College Music Department. Admission is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“RUSALKA” LIVE IN HD

Kristine Opolaisstars in her first Met performances of her breakthrough role, the title character in Dvo?ák’s Rusalka, in a new staging, directed by Mary Zimmermanand conducted by Sir Mark Elder,to be broadcast to Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The dark love story between a water spirit and a human man, derived in large part from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” will also star Jamie Bartonin her role debut as the swamp witch JeĹžibaba, with Katarina Dalaymanin her role debut as the Foreign Princess, Brandon Jovanovichas the Prince, and Eric Owensas Rusalka’s father, the Water Sprite.

A pre-show talk in the Byers Studio will take place before the broadcast at 12:15 p.m., courtesy of the Opera Company of Middlebury. Light refreshments will be provided.

Tickets are $24/ $10 students and may be purchased online at townhalltheater.org, by calling 382-9222, or visiting the THT box office Monday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. The box office is also open one hour before show time.

INTERNATIONAL FILM

The 2016-2017 Hirschfield International Film Series continues on Saturday at Middlebury College with the 2015 UK film, “Sunset Song,” directed by Terence Davies.

“Sunset Song”is Terence Davies’ intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love at the dawning of the Great War. A young woman’s endurance against the hardships of rural Scottish life, based on the novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, told with gritty poetic realism by Britain’s greatest living film director.

The film takes place during the early years of the twentieth century, with the conflicts and choices a young woman experiences reflecting the struggle between tradition and change; a struggle that continues to resonate today.

The film be shown at 3 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. in Dana Auditorium on College Street (Route 125). It’s free. Some of the films in this series may be inappropriate for children.

CABIN FEVER SERIES

The Walkover Concert room presents the Cabin Fever Series with Dana and Susan Robinson in concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Walkover Gallery, 15 Main Street in Bristol.

Dana and Susan Robinson are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage.

The genius of a Robinson performance lies in their ability to capture the imagination of their audience, evoking a transformative experience that touches on the deepest humanity. They can make the audience howl with laughter or hush with poignant reflection as they take them on a journey across America and convey the mystery and wonder of the places they visit.

Admission $15 in advance, $20 day of the show. For reservations call 453-4613 or 453-3188.

“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 third annual live performance of “NER Out Loud,” on Friday at 8 p.m. in the dance theater at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts.

The event will be followed by a “S’more Readings” reception with representatives of several student literary magazines who will read from their work. The reception will take place in the downstairs lobby immediately following the performance.

Admission is free and the public is welcome. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south, on the campus of Middlebury College. Free parking is available. For more information, call 443-MIDD (6433) or go to middlebury.edu/arts.

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN

There will be two live performances this week at Two Brothers Tavern located at 86 Main Street in Middlebury. Join Two Brothers every Wednesday at 9 p.m. for The Open Mic, an evening of music, comedy or anything else. Alternately hosted by Mark Sikora and Kai Stanley, come cheer on your friends or let loose on the stage. It’s free to enter and there is no cover charge.

Then, at 9 p.m. on Friday, the tavern presents Totally Submerged, a rock trio from Chester, who play a mix of covers ranging from The Doors to Cake to Tom Petty. Come jam out and sing along as they showcase their eclectic taste and talent to the lounge.There is a $3 cover charge. For more information, call Two Brothers at 388-0002.

LIVE MUSIC AT 51 MAIN

There will be one live music event this week at Middlebury’s 51 Main. At 8 p.m. on Friday, Gumbo Ya Ya take to the stage. Gumbo Ya Ya is a Rock and Roll stew, cooking up Soul Calypso, Reggae, Worldgroove and N’Awlins Funk, topped with delicious spicy solos and improvisations, and served with an uplifting message and fine vocals. All ages, no cover. For additional information visit go51main.com or phone 388-8209.

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