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Arts Beat for Oct. 23: Heath Quartet to play Bach Oct. 27 at Mahaney

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Arts Beat for Oct. 23: Heath Quartet to play Bach Oct. 27 at Mahaney

 

THE HEATH QUARTET returns to wow Middlebury on Friday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m., in Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts.

By Greg Pahl

Returning to Middlebury College with a new Gramophone award and second violinist in tow, the extraordinary Heath Quartet will treat audiences to a rich, mixed repertoire program including works by Haydn, Tippett, Bach and Mendelssohn on Friday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m., in Robison Hall at the Mahaney Center for the Arts.

The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet (Oliver Heath, violin; Sara Wolstenholme, violin; Gary Pomeroy, viola; and Christopher Murray, cello) is one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment.

Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music, they were selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust. Among their many honors are a Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship; the Ensemble Prize at the 2012 Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award in 2013; and most recently, a 2016 Gramophone Chamber Award.

The quartet has performed extensively in North America, including their New York debut at Carnegie Hall, and subsequent concerts for Great Performers at Lincoln Center and the Phillips Collection. They have also appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals.

A free pre-concert talk by Larry Hamberlin will begin at 7 p.m. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221.

Tickets are $28 for the general public, 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 Route 30 south. Free parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot.

THE JOHN FUNKHOUSER QUARTET AT BRANDON MUSIC

The John Funkhouser Quartet will perform at Brandon Music on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m.

The Quartet gives the impression from their relaxed and informal demeanor, both on and off stage, that they’ve been friends for years — because they have. Together in various combinations and incarnations for over 15 years, this quartet of forward thinking jazz musicians exudes true confidence of the kind that can only come from long-term trust and friendship.

The Quartet has covered much musical ground together, playing everything from old-time swing music to avant-garde jazz, from rock/jam music to Greek and Bulgarian folk songs, and all the while putting their unique stamp of truthfulness and integrity on everything they play.

Their eclectic concert at Brandon Music will reflect Funkhouser’s recent studies of North Indian classical music, employing the deep serenity, pathos and light of ragas he has been studying in recent months, as well as the band’s enthusiasm for New Orleans street music, ‘70s funk and prog rock, the Great American Songbook, South African jazz, Chopin and American folk music.

The John Funkhouser Quartet have headlined the Jazz In June festival in Oklahoma City and played at major music festivals nationwide.

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 802-247-4295 or e-mail [email protected] for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon.

THE GREAT CHERRY WOODCRAFT EXHIBIT AT THT

Town Hall Theater is turning its theater into a showroom for handcrafted cherry wood furniture, sculpture and more Tuesday, Oct. 24, through Saturday, Oct. 28. Called The Great Cherry Woodcraft Exhibit, this event is the first of its kind for the theater.

A stunning pile of cherry planks has been drying in Peter and Joann Langrock’s barn for over 60 years. The property’s prior owners, Douglas and Elizabeth Baker, improved the forest in the mid 1930’s and had the mature cherry trees logged. The wood has been stored in the hay barn ever since with planks ranging in size from five to 18 feet in length.

Now these planks have been transformed by Vermont artisans into beautiful and diverse creations for a one-of-a-kind exhibit.

Back in May, Town Hall Theater asked area woodworkers to create interesting, imaginative items out of this beautiful material. Tables, cutting boards, an electric guitar, sculpture — there were no restrictions. Much of the fun in this project is seeing what skilled artisans can dream up, and the artisans have not disappointed.

The completed pieces will be displayed at Town Hall Theater Oct. 24-28 and then sold in a live auction at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. Fifty percent of the purchase price will go to the woodworker and 50 percent to Town Hall Theater. The public is welcome to join the woodworkers for a reception at 1 p.m. on Saturday prior to the auction. Doors will open on Saturday at noon.

Free entry. For more information, call THT at 382-9222 or 388-1436.

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS AT MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE

The Middlebury College Department of Theater launches its 2017-18 season with David Mamet’s incendiary “Glengarry Glen Ross” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, in the Seeler Studio Theatre at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Additional performances will take place on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Director Richard Romagnoli calls the play “an acid-dipped comedy focusing on four desperate, funny, conniving real estate salesmen who must make a sales quota or risk losing their jobs. Their frantic attempts are variously humorous, pitiful and triumphant.”

David Mamet has been a notable, at times controversial, playwright, screenwriter, and director since 1976, when his first works appeared off Broadway. With “American Buffalo,” he made the transition to Broadway, where both “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “Speed-the-Plow” received the Tony Award for best play; the 2005 production of “Glengarry” was awarded the Tony for best revival. Many of Mamet’s plays, including “Glengarry Glen Ross,” have been made into films. “Glengarry Glen Ross” is for mature audiences only.

Tickets are $15 for the general public. For tickets or information, call 802-443-6433 or visit go.middlebury.edu/arts. The Mahaney Center for the Arts is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south. Free parking is available.

INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES

The 2017-2018 Hirschfield International Film Series continues on Saturday at Middlebury College with the 2016 USA/France/Germany film, “Paterson,” directed by Jim Jarmusch.

Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer. He goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani).

By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project.

The film will be shown at 3 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.

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, on Saturday, the tavern presents a Halloween Bash with The Horse Traders, at 9 p.m. To some, the Halloween Bash is the most festive night of the year in the Lounge. Between the music, the decor and the costumes (everyone comes in costume — including the band and the bartenders) this party is not to be missed. Prizes are awarded to the most-creatively dressed in a number of different categories. There is a $3 cover charge. For more information, call Two Brothers at 802-388-0002.

GANG OF THIEVES MASQUERADE BALL AT VOH

The Burlington-based band, Gang of Thieves, is bringing their big-city talent to the little city of Vergennes on Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Vergennes Opera House, at 7:30 p.m. Be prepared for an evening of upbeat, lively music and vocals. Some unique local talent will be the opening act. The doors and cash bar open at 7 p.m. This will be a great night for all ages to enjoy.

Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door. For more information, contact the Vergennes Opera House at 802-877-6737 or via email at [email protected].

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