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Arts Beat for Jan. 21: Dance, jazz and art fill the week

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Arts Beat for Jan. 21: Dance, jazz and art fill the week

TOM CLEARY AND JAMIE Masefield work some duo magic at the Walkover Gallery, 15 Main St., Bristol on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m.

By GREG PAHL

The 2019 Walkover Gallery Cabin Fever Series launches on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m., with the amazing duo of jazz mandolinist Jamie Masefield and jazz pianist Tom Cleary.

Only the second time these two have collaborated in performance, in their exceptional exploration of classical, jazz and jam band sources, the improvisational possibilities of this duo are vast and exciting.

Virtuoso mandolinist Jamie Masefield, known for his groundbreaking group, The Jazz Mandolin Project, says of Cleary: “Tom is a complete musician. He reads, writes and arranges music like a fiend. He has a deep knowledge and the music he’s written makes for such interesting tales to tell.”

Esteemed jazz pianist Tom Cleary, known for his attentive and inventive performances with jazz artists and as a pedagogue in the UVM and FlynnArts jazz programs says of Masefield: “Jamie has that rare combination of being a great musical storyteller and a great listener as well. This is really what one looks for in a jazz duo partner, a ‘live without a net’ situation.”

Masefield and Cleary promise to “take piano and mandolin to places yet to be discovered.”

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of performance. Reservations and information are at [email protected] and at 802-453-3188 ext. 2. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. The Walkover Gallery is located at 15 Main Street in Bristol

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE J-TERM MUSICAL AT THT

Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Sunday in the Park with George” is the selection for this year’s much-awaited “J-term musical”—the annual collaboration between Town Hall Theater and the Middlebury College Department of Music.

Douglas Anderson directs a talented group of college students in this fascinating study of Georges Seurat and the creation of his famous painting “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte.” The musical is a moving exploration of the artist’s process, in this case Seurat’s invention of pointillism and the creation of an entirely new way of seeing art. Carol Christensen is the musical director.

All performances, from Friday, Jan. 25, through next Monday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. are sold out. However, a wait list is available by calling the THT box office. Also, there is an open dress rehearsal on Thursday, Jan. 24. Suggested donation of $10 Adults, $5 all students for the dress rehearsal. Cash only, please. The lobby opens at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall Theater. Doors at 7 p.m., curtain at 7:30 p.m. General admission seating.

Town Hall Theater is located at 68 S. Pleasant Street in Middlebury.

INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES

“HALE COUNTY THIS Morning, This Evening” directed by RaMell Ross, is the featured free film this Saturday, Jan. 26, at 3 and 8 p.m. at Dana Auditorium, 356 College St. in Middlebury.

The 2018-2019 Hirschfield International Film Series continues on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Middlebury College with the 2018 U.S. film “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” directed by RaMell Ross.

An inspired and intimate portrait of a place and its people, “ County This Morning, This Evening” looks at the lives of Daniel Collins and Quincy Bryant, two young African American men from rural Hale County, Alabama, over the course of five years. One attends college in search of opportunity, while the other becomes a father to an energetic son. This open-ended, poetic film explores the mundane and the monumental, birth and death, the quotidian and the sublime.

The film will be shown at 3 and again at 8 p.m. in Dana Auditorium at Sunderland Hall, 356 College Street (Route 125). It’s free. Some of the films in this series may be inappropriate for children.

DANCE PERFORMANCE AT COLLEGE

A dance performance by the Dance Company of Middlebury, “Warrior Work: Show Up. Tell the Truth,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, in the Dance Theater at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. The performance repeats at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.

“Warrior Work” results from research by the company teaching and performing in a variety of communities, using dance as a platform for personal truth telling and bridge building. Directed by Lida Winfield in collaboration with Aysha Upchurch and the company members.

Tickets: $15 Public/$12 Middlebury ID holders/$8 Youth/$6 Midd students. For more information phone 802-4423-3168 or visit middlebury.edu/arts. The Mahaney Center for the Arts is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route30 (South Main Street). Parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the arts center parking lot.

NEW EXHIBIT AT COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART

A new exhibit, “50 x 50: Collecting for the Middlebury College Museum of Art,” opens on Friday, Jan. 25, in the museum’s Christian A. Johnson Memorial Gallery.

Fifty years ago Middlebury began the formal process of acquiring art for its permanent collection. This exhibit marks that anniversary by bringing together one work from each year. Included are paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photography from antiquity to the present and from diverse cultures around the world.

The exhibit, which runs through Aug. 11, is free. For more information, phone 802-443-3168 or visit Middlebury.edu/arts.

NEW CONCERT SERIES AT COLLEGE

A new concert series at Middlebury College, “New Century | New Voices,” will kick off with a performance of the Piano Sonatas of George Walker by Albanian pianist Redi Llupa at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, in Robison Hall at the Mahaney Center for the Arts.

Llupa will play all six piano sonatas by Walker, the first African American composer to win a Pulitzer Prize. Llupa worked closely with the composer before he died last August.

New Century | New Voices is a new music series hosted by Assistant Professor of Music Matthew Evan Taylor, highlighting the ongoing contributions of women and people of color to the canon of Western art music.

It’s free and the public is welcome.

LECTURE AT MUSEUM OF ART

An illustrated lecture, “Show me the Money: Digital Interface for Displaying Ancient Coins in a Museum Gallery,” will be given by Roo Weed at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, in room 125 in Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts.

Weed is a senior physics major. As the Reiff Intern at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, she has designed and created a digital interface for displaying the collection of Greek and Roman coins in the Antiquities Gallery. Her talk will offer an overview of the digital interface and a preview of the gallery installation. It’s free and the public is welcome.

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