Arts & Leisure


THE DORIC STRING Quartet and pianist Jonathan Biss will perform at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 9.
The Middlebury Performing Arts Series will present a collaborative concert with the Doric String Quartet and pianist Jonathan Biss on Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Mahaney Arts Center’s Robison Hall. Hailed as “one of the best young string quartets’’ by Gramophone, the Doric String Quartet has emerged as a leading British ensemble of its generation. The quartet had the audience on its feet during its 2017 Vermont debut at the MAC, and this year’s performance of Beethoven’s first and Bartók’s third quartets will most certainly evoke a similar reaction. This powerhouse evening concludes with Elgar’s...
Are you one of those people who loves rhubarb pie, cake, sauce and even preserving rhubarb for off-season use? Although not everyone enjoys eating rhubarb, few dispute its majestic beauty. Whether grown for aesthetics or food, this hardy perennial can be a long-lived addition to the gardening landscape. Every five to 10 years you need to divide your rhubarb plants to prevent the roots from becoming too dense. Signs of this are smaller, more plentiful stalks and failure to produce stalks at the center of the plant. While most gardening experts recommend dividing the roots in the spring, it can...
Raffle tickets are on sale now to support the “Vermont Artists for Vermont’s Homeless” campaign. This annual fundraiser supports the Charter House Coalition Homeless Shelter in Middlebury. This year these four Vermont artists are raffling their pieces: Treeline Terrains (3-D carved wood topography models); Cristine Kossow (pastels), Caleb Kenna (photography) and TJ Cunningham (painting).  Tickets start at $20 for 10. Enter at chcvt.org or go.rallyup.com/charter. You may also text “Charter” to 855-202-2100. All raffle ticket proceeds will go to support Charter House operations. The raffle...

SEE 'COCOON,' AN evening of live storytelling inspired by The Moth, on Friday, Oct. 8 at the Mahaney Arts Center (or stream from home).
The Mahaney Arts Center will host the live performance event Cocoon, inspired by the popular storytelling phenomenon The Moth, on Friday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m., at Robison Hall. Six hand-picked storytellers will tell a diverse range of true stories around the theme of “rebuilding.” This year’s storytellers will include: Middlebury College students Keziah Wilde ’24 and Luna Simone-Gonzalez ’24; Middlebury staff members Janae Due, Scott Barnicle, and Steve Zatarain ’15; and community member (and Addison Independent reporter) Christopher Ross. Ambient guitarist and Mahaney Arts Center Technical...

IMANI WINDS will play a free concert Sept. 24 to launch the Middlebury Performing Arts Series’ fall 2021 season.
The Middlebury Performing Arts Series opens the fall 2021 season with a long-awaited concert by two dynamic chamber ensembles. Imani Winds and the Catalyst Quartet will join forces for a special program entitled “(im)migration: music of change,” including a newly-commissioned work by leading American composer Jessie Montgomery. This concert is the first live, in-person event from the Middlebury Performing Arts Series since March of 2020. Audiences from both on- and off-campus are welcome, and the concert is free. Vaccinations (or valid medical or religious exemptions) and masks are required....

ANNIE ROSEN PLAYS Joan of Arc in Opera Company of Middlebury’s upcoming production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Maid of Orleans,” which will take the stage at the Town Hall Theater Oct. 1, 3, 7 and 9. Photo by Simon Pauly
Tchaikovsky called it “my masterpiece,” and yet his opera about Joan of Arc has virtually disappeared since its debut in 1881. Why? “Epic is the best word for this score,” explained Opera Company of Middlebury’s music director Michael Sakir. “This is balls to the walls, in your face and aggressive, with huge voices competing with each other on stage… This production is so rarely performed because of the level of talent needed. It takes incredible stamina.” But OCM isn’t intimidated. Nope, quite the opposite. The local opera company is rehearsing now for the opening of “The Maid of Orleans” on...

'FENCE POSTS,' BY Laura King
BRANDON — The Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon is opening a new exhibit by Brandon-based artist and educator, Laura King on Friday, Sept. 24. A public reception will be held to mark the opening on Friday from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit will remain on view through Nov. 5. King’s exhibit, “Fence Posts mark a path,” is a collection of over 100  artworks representing a  journey of discovery and reflection during the pandemic winter 2021. The title, “Fence Posts,” refers to specific themes of personal strength King uncovered while completing a 120-day art challenge. The exhibit shares King’s...
Ferrisburgh Day is shaping up to be a wonderful weekend with something for everyone, from a Medivac Helicopter, fire engine, antique cars and tractors at the fire station open house on Sunday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.), to an open house at Rokeby Museum, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and an open house at the Ferrisburgh Historical Society with apples, donuts and cider,1 p.m.-4 p.m. Jean Richardson, one of the organizations of the event, noted, “this is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors, celebrate Town History, and see what...
FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh is planning a new program, Spirits of Rokeby, and is looking for actors. This production will be held on Friday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Oct. 30. It’s a short-form experience — part history, part live theater. Guests will arrive in the barn where they will receive a short history talk from the Rokeby director, about the Spiritualist movement and of the family members’ relations to it and each other. Guests will then be escorted into the parlor where actors, lights and sound will bring the historic séances to life. Following the performance staff will...
(W. W. Norton & Company) When astrobiologist Theo Byrne loses his wife, the center of his universe, he is left, seemingly without the proper tools in his arsenal, to single-parent Robin, the child named after his mother's favorite bird. Robin is "sensitive to living things" but he lacks the capacity to temporarily deprioritize this sensitivity and he is vulnerable to being overwhelmed, unable to cope. He believes we should all be terrified, but the alarm being raised regarding the climate crisis is still interpreted as akin to a child's fear. When Robin's outbursts affect his education,...

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