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Arts Beat for Dec. 3: Concert to honor 100th anniversary of WWI

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Arts Beat for Dec. 3: Concert to honor 100th anniversary of WWI

PIANIST CÉDRIC TIBERGHIEN will honor the 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice by playing works that were composed during the war on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The Concert takes place in Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, 72 Porter Field Rd, Middlebury.

Photo courtesy Mahaney Center for the Arts

By GREG PAHL

Acclaimed French pianist Cédric Tiberghien will give a grand performance honoring the 100th anniversary of the 1918 World War I Armistice on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m., in Robison Hall at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. His concert program will feature works composed during every year of the war, by composers from Poland (Szymanowski), Russia (Scriabin), Germany (Hindemith), France (Debussy), and England (Bridge), including an extraordinary work for left hand written for a pianist who lost his arm in battle.

Tiberghien has established a truly international career. He has been particularly applauded for his versatility, as demonstrated by wide-ranging repertoire, interesting programming and dynamic chamber music partnerships. His performances this season include appearances at the London Symphony, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and an extensive tour to Japan and Korea.

A dedicated chamber musician, Tiberghien’s regular partners include Russian violinist and Performing Arts Series alumna Alina Ibragimova, violist Antoine Tamestit, and baritone Stéphane Degout. His passion for chamber music is reflected in numerous recordings — his discography with Ibragimova includes complete cycles of music by Schubert, Szymanowski, and Mozart (Hyperion) and a Beethoven Sonata cycle (Wigmore Live).

Reserved seating tickets are $22 for adults; $16 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni; $10 for youth; and $6 for Middlebury College students; and are on sale at 802-443-6433 or middlebury.edu/arts/tickets. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off South Main Street (Route 30). Parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Arts Center parking lot.

WARREN MILLER’S “FACE OF WINTER” AT THT

Winter is just around the corner, and Warren Miller Entertainment (WME) is ready to kick off the season with its 69th installment ski and snowboard film, “Face of Winter,” at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Tuesday, Dec. 4, and Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

The late, great Warren Miller built his legacy capturing the essence of winter magic, and today that legacy launches the start of the ski and snowboard season every year. The 69th feature film, celebrates the man who became known as the face of winter throughout the industry, and the places and people he influenced along the way.

This year, new and veteran athletes come together to pay tribute to the man who started it all, including Jonny Moseley, Marcus Caston, Seth Wescott, Forrest Jillson, Kaylin Richardson, Dash Longe, Anna Segal, Michael “Bird” Shaffer, and featured athletes of the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team, including gold medalist, Jessie Diggins. Watch as they visit some of Warren’s favorite places from Engleberg to Chamonix, British Columbia to Alaska, Chile, Iceland New Zealand and more.

All fans, young and old, are invited to come together and carry on the tradition of the official kickoff to winter during the 2018 national tour. Film attendees will enjoy lift ticket and gear savings from Warren Miller resort, retail, and other brand partners. All moviegoers will be entered to win nightly prizes like swag and ski vacations. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. House opens at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at townhalltheater.org, by calling 802-382-9222, at the THT box office Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., or at the door one hour before show time. THT is located at 68 South Pleasant Street in Middlebury.

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE AT THT

MIDDLEBURY COMMUNITY PLAYERS continue their run of the the comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater, at 68 S. Pleasant St. The production will repeat on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m.

Photo courtesy Middlebury Community Players

“The Drowsy Chaperone,” the funniest musical of the last 20 years, continues its run this week.

The script sat on the producer’s desk for months because he couldn’t believe a musical with a title like “The Drowsy Chaperone” could be any good. Luckily, he finally read it because the musical went on to win five Tony awards in 2006, including Best Book and Best Score, and has convulsed audiences across the country ever since.

The show begins when the Man in Chair — a cranky, neurotic recluse who escapes from the stress of modern life by listening to Broadway cast albums — invites us to listen to his favorite show with him. Although he’s never seen “The Drowsy Chaperone,” he knows it by heart and recreates for us what it must have been like to be in the 1928 opening night audience.

When he puts the needle on the record, the stage fills with the cast and chorus of the opening number and soon we’re in the middle of a hilarious parody of a 1920s musical, one constantly interrupted by the Man in Chair who fills us in about the stars, their secrets, their feuds and their fates. “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a sure-fire evening of laughs and music.

Tickets are $15 for the Thursday shows, $23 ($18 for students with ID) for all other performances, and can be purchased at the THT box office, 802-382-9222, or online at townhalltheater.org.

BROADWAY DIRECT AT VOH

Bill Carmichael is pulling together the annual Broadway Direct show at the Vergennes Opera House, marking his 13th year doing so. The production will take place on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m., with the doors, and the cash bar, opening at 6:45 p.m. for general seating.

This year, Carmichael, a Broadway professional actor who has called Vergennes home for more than 15 years, has called on two of his Broadway buddies, Anastasia Barzee and Joseph Dellger to join him on stage.

The group will be performing some of their own favorites from Broadway productions such as “My Fair Lady,” “Ragtime,” “Mamma Mia,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Into the Woods,” “Miss Saigon” and many, many more. The evening’s accompanist will once again be Scott Nicholas with additional music provided by Justin Rose on upright bass.

As in years past, several local high school students will be joining the pros on stage. The students are Maddy Smith, Sydney Tarte, and Caitlin Walsh. All three students are seniors at Vergennes Union High School.

Tickets are available online in advance at vergennesoperahouse.org and are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (65+), and $5 for students 18 and younger. Tickets are also available in advance at Lulu’s Ice Cream, 185 Main Street in Vergennes and at the door. The Vergennes Opera House is located at 120 Main Street (Route 22 A) in Vergennes. For more information visit the VOH website or call 802-877-6737.

HOT BOX HONEY IN LINCOLN

Hot Box Honey will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, for the Burnham Music Series, at Burnham Hall, 52 River Road in Lincoln. 

Hot Box Honey is led by vocalist Jane Evans and guitarist Greg Evans. Their original music is layered with infectious grooves rooted in Latin, swing, and soul rhythms. They have been performing around the region for the past seven years at numerous venues and festivals. Hot Box Honey presented their debut recording project, “Flight of the Raven,” in 2015. The eclectic mix of songs has been well received.

Seven Days says “…a group that serves up a delectably groovy, jazz-inflected mix of lounge, hot jazz, swing and exotica made for shaking dance floors.” Look for the group to release a new album in 2019, along with presenting a series of shows to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock festival.

Admission is $10 adults, teens and kids get in free. Refreshments will be served.

GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA BRINGS THE CHRISTMAS MOOD TO THT

The world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will bring their classic, big-band hits as well as several holiday favorites to Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater next Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.

First formed in 1937 by Glenn Miller, the orchestra continues to thrill crowds worldwide, playing almost 300 shows per year in front of more than 500,000 people annually. With a repertoire of more than 1,700 compositions, the Glenn Miller Orchestra’s list of favorites include “Moonlight Serenade,” “In The Mood,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “St. Louis Blues March,” “Sunrise Serenade,” “Little Brown Jug” and “Rhapsody in Blue.” The Glenn Miller Orchestra has been led by music director and vocalist Nick Hilscher since January 2012.

Tickets are $40 and may be purchased at townhalltheater.org, by calling 802-382-9222, at the THT box office Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., or at the door one hour before show time. Town Hall Theater is located at 68 South Pleasant Street in Middlebury.

DANCE EXPERIMENTS AT COLLEGE

A dance performance, “Taking Flight,” will be given at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec, 5, in the dance theater at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts.

This “lightly produced” showing of dance experiments by a new batch of choreographers has emerged from the beginning course facilitated by Christal Brown and the improvisational practices course, facilitated by Lida Winfield, Michael Chorney and Deborah Felmeth. It’s free, and the public is welcome.

JAZZ SHOWCASE AT COLLEGE

There will be a Jazz Showcase on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. in the lower lobby at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. This special edition of the Showcase features a wide array of instrumentalists and singers creating some great jazz.  It’s a celebration of the music that’s been called America’s National Treasure. The performance is free and the public is invited.

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