Arts Beat

ALISON “ALIT” TURNER performs at Otter Creek Brewing on Exchange Street in Middlebury on Friday, March 20, from 5-7 p.m.
Note: As a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease, Middlebury College has cancelled all arts events on campus through April 12. The walkOver concert with Moira Smiley in Bristol on Saturday, March 21, has also been cancelled. Several performances at Town Hall Theater have been canceled as well. Check with the promoters of the events listed below to make sure that these events are still happening. Brandon Music welcomes Snake Mountain Bluegrass to Brandon Music on Saturday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. This fun and energetic group is extremely popular and always well...

DON’T MISS LIDA Winfield Dance’s performance of “IMAGINARY” on Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dance Theater at Mahaney Arts Center in Middlebury. Photo/Colin C. Boyd
Playfully blending elements of dance, theater, storytelling and original live music, Lida Winfield Dance brings the innovative company work “IMAGINARY” to the Dance Theater in Middlebury College’s Mahaney Arts Center (MAC) on Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. The work challenges how we understand ourselves, others and the world by sifting through facts, allegations and possibilities. “These magnificent moments of absurdity and righteous silliness … left me thinking more cheerfully, more seriously, more wholly about the way we see the world we inhabit and the people we...

“SEVEN,” THE DOCUMENTARY play by L.A. Theatre Works, will be staged at Middlebury College’s Wright Memorial Theater on Tuesday, March 3, and Wednesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. Photo/Rich Rose
MIDDLEBURY — L.A. Theatre Works has been called a “national theatrical treasure” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. The premier radio theater company brings its riveting documentary play “SEVEN” to Wright Memorial Theater at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, March 3, and Wednesday, March 4, as part of the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series’ 100th anniversary season. Written by seven female writers, the play is based on personal interviews with seven remarkable women who faced life-threatening obstacles — resistance, death threats, entrenched norms, and pervasive violence — yet later brought heroic...

ACCLAIMED DUO DAVID Finckel and pianist Wu Han will present a program including Beethoven, Debussy, Mendelssohn and Chopin at Middlebury’s Mahaney Arts Center. Photo/Lisa Marie Mazzucco
The Middlebury College Performing Arts Series’ 100th anniversary season continues at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, in Robison Hall at the Mahaney Arts Center (MAC) with a visit from two of its most prolific performers, cellist David Finckel and acclaimed pianist Wu Han, for a program including Beethoven, Debussy, Mendelssohn and Chopin. Dubbed “chamber music’s busy power couple” by The New York Times, Finckel and Han will also perform the world premiere of “Ephemeral Objects,” a new work by Vermont-raised, prize-winning composer Pierre Jalbert, commissioned by the series to mark this special...

PAUL LEWIS, RIGHT, returns to Middlebury for a four-hand piano concert at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Arts Center on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Fellow award-winning pianist Steven Osborne will join him.
The Middlebury College Performing Arts Series will host pianist Paul Lewis’ 22nd appearance at the Mahaney Arts Center, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. For this special concert, Lewis will be joined in Robison Hall by internationally acclaimed pianist Steven Osborne, who has also won audience hearts in three previous Middlebury recitals. In this tour-de-force collaborative concert — one of only three U.S. stops on their international duet tour — Lewis and Osborne unite at the keyboard for a four-hand piano program of Fauré’s “Dolly Suite,” Poulenc’s “Sonata for Piano Duet” Debussy’s “Six...

THE SWEET REMAINS take the stage at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Friday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
After the tremendous viral spread of their music in 2016, including the rare milestone for an all-indie band of nearly 20 million plays on Spotify, The Sweet Remains are excited to present live-takes of songs from their three studio albums to date. Founders Rich Price, Greg Naughton and Brian Chartrand lead The Sweet Remains live at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Friday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. An unusual band on today’s music scene, The Sweet Remains is headed by three singer-songwriters, each of whom contribute to the writing and three-part harmonies that define the band’s sound. Driven...

LC JAZZ BAND will help chase away the winter blues when they take the stage at Vergennes Opera House on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Winter won’t seem so long once you’ve secured your ticket to the annual LC Jazz Band’s free Winter Thaw Community Concert at The Vergennes Opera House on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. LC Jazz is a Vergennes-based 17-piece big band with vocalists and a whole lot of heart and talent. LC Jazz plays the music of the greats (Basie, Ellington, Goodman, Miller, Sinatra and Darin) and, for over 25 years, has raised funds for their music scholarship program. The scholarships benefit students from Vergennes, Mt. Abe and Middlebury union high schools who are entering a music performance or music...

ROOMFUL OF TEETH will mix it up with the Dublin Quartet for the East Coast premier of Vermont native Nico Muhly’s “How Little You Are,” in a performance at Mahaney Arts Center in Middlebury on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. Photo/Bonica Ayala Small
Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and world-renowned Dublin Guitar Quartet will make their Middlebury debuts in a collaborative concert in Robison Hall at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Arts Center on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. Together they will perform the East Coast premiere of a new, intimate arrangement of Vermont native Nico Muhly’s “How Little You Are.” Originally commissioned in 2015 for three guitar quartets and massed choir, the piece is based on texts written by pioneer women during the 19th century. In addition to this powerful 40-minute work, each ensemble will...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE ACTORS Michael Koutelos, Madison Middleton and Charlotte Katz rehearse for the Town Hall Theater/ Middlebury College Music Department production of “The Light in the Piazza.” The musical will take the THT stage on Jan. 24-27.
Stephen Sondheim called it “dazzling.” The New York Times called it “the most intensely romantic score of any Broadway musical since West Side Story.” Adam Guettel’s Tony Award-winning musical, “The Light in the Piazza,” comes to Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, as the 15th Winter Term production, the annual collaboration between THT and the Middlebury College Department of Music. Douglas Anderson directs. Additional performances will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25, and Monday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Jan. 26. The musical follows...

ADAM GUETTEL, THE grandson of Richard Rodgers and a talented composer in his own right, is Broadway royalty. He is in Middlebury this month to work with Doug Anderson to stage Guettel’s musical “The Light In the Piazza,” featuring college actors and singers. Guettel will give a public talk this Thursday, Jan. 16, at 4:30 p.m. at Town Hall Theater.
When “The Light In the Piazza” opened on Broadway in 2005, critics knew they were seeing something rare. The New York Times wrote that Adam Guettel had created “the most intensely romantic score of any musical since “West Side Story.” It won the Tony Award for Best Score, won a Best Actress Tony for Victoria Clark, and made a star out of fresh young talent named Kelli O’Hara. “After I saw it at Lincoln Center, I immediately went back to see it a second time,” says Town Hall Theater Artistic Director Douglas Anderson. “That had never happened to me before. I was completely swept away by it.”...


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