Arts & Leisure

CRAIG MARAVICH AND Chris Caswell, star as Benedick and Beatrice, in the Middlebury Actors Workshop’s take on the classic “Much Ado About Nothing,” which runs at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury October 24 through 26 at 7:30 p.m. and October 27 at 2 p.m. Photo by Peter Lourie
MIDDLEBURY — Since Shakespeare’s perky rom-com “Much Ado About Nothing” opened in London 400 years ago, you might think that by now it had been staged in every conceivable way, and the good news is, you’d be wrong. Next week Middlebury Actors Workshop offers a truly original and refreshing entertainment based on the classic. Set in New York City in 1945, Melissa Lourie’s adaptation becomes a play-within-a-play. Members of an acting troupe gather at a joyous formal dinner party to welcome two of their number home from the long war. As entertainment for themselves and their friends (you, the...

THE YAA! SAMAR Dance Theater will be coming to Middlebury for a residency Oct. 23-25. A master class will be held on Wednesday, a lecture demonstration on Thursday, and a final performance on Friday. All free and open to the public. Photo / Samar King
MIDDLEBURY — The mission of Yaa! Samar Dance Theatre (YSDT), based in New York City and Palestine, is to create invigorating performance and education programs that expand access to — and promote understanding through — the arts.  YSDT believes art should be liberating, transformative, and accessible to all. The company is committed to uniting diverse artists and audiences in the creative process. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m., company founder Samar Haddad King and Addison County native Zoe Rabinowitz will lead a Movement Matters master class designed to meet and challenge students...

A SCENE FROM F.W. Murnau's ‘Faust,' to be shown on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., at Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Square, Route 7, Brandon, Vt. Admission is free; donations are encouraged. All proceeds support ongoing restoration of the Town Hall.
BRANDON — When movies first appeared a century ago, it was only a matter of time before they tackled “Faust,” the tale of a man who consigns his soul to the Devil to obtain power in the present. At the height of the silent era, German director F.W. Murnau created a cinematic version of  “Faust” filled with stunning images that maintain their power to astonish. See the original silent film adaptation of the classic legend for yourself on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., in the Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Square, Route 7 in Brandon. Admission is free; donations are encouraged, with all proceeds...

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MIDDLEBURY — The Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra will presenting its Fall Concert Series on Saturday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury and Sunday, Oct. 20, 4 p.m., at Grace Congregational Church in Rutland. “The concert features four American composers, with hints of jazz,” said Matt LaRocca, artistic director and conductor for the CPO. On the program will be “Rodeo” by Aaron Copland and “Wood Notes” by William Grant Still. The program will also feature a piece written by Vermont composer Erik Nielsen called “Matt’s Tune.”  No, not Matt LaRocca, but rather this...

ANNIE MURAWSKI AND OTTO MAGDANZ tied the knot at Basin Harbor in Ferrisburgh this past July. Photo: Lily Landes Photography
Annie and Otto share a passion for traveling and find any window to explore the world that they can. In November 2018, they were in Colombia for a hiking trip in one of the country’s national parks. The pair had been together for several years and had openly talked about getting married, but still Otto managed to surprise Annie when he popped the question in this remote setting. He somehow had managed to hike the ring in their shared backpack for four days without her noticing! Despite the thousands of beautiful places they had visited in the world, Annie and Otto easily committed to a...

CHELSEA AND GABRIEL Hatch were married at home in North Haverhill, New Hampshire. Chelsea is a Salisbury native. Photo by Andrea Warren
Chelsea is a native of Salisbury, but now lives just over the eastern border, in North Haverhill, New Hampshire. It was there that she met Gabriel. After being initially introduced online, the couple’s first date was at the Walmart in Lebanon. It must have seemed like a neutral, safe place to test the waters. Turns out they were meant for each other and quickly built a life together. Fast forward to August 7, 2018 during a country music concert where Chelsea’s favorite singer, Kane Brown, was opening for Brad Paisley. The couple arrived together at the show, but covertly Gabe ducked into a...

WEYBRIDGE AUTHOR DOUG Wilhelm stands with a local man in Herat, Afghanistan, in 2007. The fort behind them was built by Alexander the Great in 330 B.C. and is known as the Citadel of Alexander. Wilhelm will give a talk and reading of his latest book, “Street of Storytellers” at the CVUUS in Middlebury on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. Courtesy photo
WEYBRIDGE — As a young adult novelist, Doug Wilhelm knows that if you don’t pull the reader in right away, “you're done.” Nothing is different about the way he starts his 17th and newest book, “Street of Storytellers,” which he’ll share in a discussion and reading at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. The book opens into the strange and intriguing world of Peshawar, a crossroads city in Pakistan’s North West Frontier. This is where 15-year-old Luke and his father have just arrived. Their relationship is strained by a recent divorce and his father...

PIANIST NICO BRAYTON will join the Champlain Philharmonic to perform Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m.
The Champlain Philharmonic will be presenting its Fall Concert Series on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m., at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury and Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m., at Grace Congregational Church, 8 Court Street, in Rutland. The orchestra will perform some of the best-loved works written by American composers. On the program will be “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin, “Rodeo” by Aaron Copland, and “Wood Notes” by William Grant Still. The program will also feature a piece called “Matt’s Tune” written by Vermont composer Erik Nielsen, who lives in Brookfield. The orchestra will...

HELEN LYONS, MARY Bonhag, Ivy Walz, Ali Dawson Gibson, Francois Clemmons and Sarah Cullins, all singers in the second annual Middlebury Song Fest, celebrating women composers, Oct. 18-20.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Song Fest, in conjunction with Middlebury Community Music Center, presents the second annual festival and concert series celebrating art song, on Oct. 18-20. With three concerts over three days, Middlebury Song Fest brings together singers and pianists from the Northeast to not only sing and explore the classical song repertoire, but also to engage deeply with audiences and inspire creativity, reflection, participation and joy. Ali Gibson, the festival’s director and co-founder, describes art song as “that perfect combination of music and words, balancing the...
MIDDLEBURY — Don’t be fooled by the name — Atlantic Canadian trio The Burning Hell play joyous, wry and witty lyric-driven songs that swing from folk to garage rock, with hints of klezmer, country, rembetika and old-fashioned storytelling along the way. Over 10 years and almost as many albums, the sound of The Burning Hell has changed often, but the band has remained idiosyncratic and unclassifiable — much to the delight of those who love them. The constant has always been songwriter Mathias Kom’s singular outlook on the world: wise and naive, cynical and life-affirming, full of brilliant,...


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