Arts & Leisure

LIVINGSTON TAYLOR WILL perform at Town Hall Theatre in Middlebury on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., in celebration of over 50 years of making music.
MIDDLEBURY — Livingston Taylor’s career as a professional musician has spanned 52 years. He maintains a performance schedule of more than 100 shows a year, delighting audiences with his unique brand of popular music which includes mostly original repertory from his 13 albums. He’s bringing his show to Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Taylor is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate and Hugh. Taylor recorded his first record at the...
SALISBURY — BARN OPERA completes its second season “The Season of Love” with Giancarlo Menotti’s holiday opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” This production will be performed by an all-Vermont principal cast as well as a local amateur chorus, on Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14. There will be two performances each night, at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. “Amahl and the Night Visitors” is the story of a poor mother and her crippled son who exhibit extraordinary generosity by giving everything that they own to provide comfort for three kings that are on their way to visit the Christchild. In a...

JENNY BOWER WILL be one of the local performers during this year’s Mission Concert at the Vergennes Congregational Church on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2-4 p.m. Free admission.
VERGENNES — The fourth annual Mission Concert at the Vergennes Congregational Church will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2-4 p.m. The concert has traditionally presented a variety of musical styles presented by talented local performers. This year’s lineup follows that tradition; performers include: Jenny Bower on the church’s historic pipe organ; Molly Tatlock and Ron Mezile with vocals and piano; Jim Burns on old-time fiddle; Judd Markowski on accordion; Sarah Donnelly and Jenny Bower with vocals and piano; Honey in the Hive performing Celtic and traditional American music and Irish Step...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble will present its winter concerts on Friday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m., at Mount Abraham Union High School, and Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m., at Middlebury Union High School. Admission is free. Conductor Jerome Shedd has chosen a program that includes the premiere of a work of his own. “Winter Song” is a short piece for solo euphonium and band, and will feature soloist Alice Weston. Another solo on the program will be “Oblivion,” a tango for flute and band by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, with flutist Susan English. The concerts will present other...

ORIGINALLY DIRECTED AND shot by the great Sydney Pollack over two days at Los Angeles’ New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in 1972, "Amazing Grace" was conceived as “the two-day concert recording of what remains Aretha Franklin’s (and live gospel music’s) best and biggest-selling album,” relates Wesley Morris in the New York Times.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival continues its MNFF Selects film screening series on Sunday, Dec. 8, with the rousing and long-awaited documentary “Amazing Grace.” Featuring an utterly incandescent gospel music performance by the great Aretha Franklin, the film will screen at 2 p.m. at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury as a special holiday matinee. Offering a robust schedule of one film per month over eight months from October 2019 through May 2020, MNFF Selects will take its audiences on an entertaining ride in the months ahead. All the films will screen at Town Hall Theater...

FRANCESCO DABICA of Bristol slaps five with Santa in Holley Hall during Breakfast with Santa during Cool Yule in 2017. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
BRISTOL — Bristol will be bustling with a full month of holiday activities and celebrations through December from wreath making on Dec. 1 to merry-making on Dec. 31. Bristol CORE (the community promotional organization), Bristol Recreation Department, local churches and civic organizations have so much planned that you should start planning your fun now. “Cool Yule,” as it is known, is an annual holiday celebration that includes events, bazaars, concerts, activities and late night shopping. Favorite events include the Chocolate Walk, Breakfast with Santa, Community caroling, Christmas bazaars...

SANTA CLAUS WILL make several stops in Middlebury in December, where he will talk with children and listen to their wish lists, like he did here in 2017. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
MIDDLEBURY — Holiday magic returns to Middlebury with a festive and fun-filled month of December, complete with visits from Santa, horse drawn wagon rides, special event shopping nights, a breakfast with holiday characters, an “I Spy” contest with prizes, the Hot Cocoa Hut and free gift wrap for items purchased in Middlebury.  The month will be packed with activities that will spill over into November. Very Merry Middlebury festivities kick off on Saturday, Nov. 30, with the opening of the Hot Cocoa Hut on Cannon Park across from Ilsley Library and the Sheldon Museum. Grab a cup of cocoa for...

THE SALISBURY CONGREGATIONAL Church in Salisbury village will be the site of Barn Opera’s presentation of the holiday opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” on Dec. 13 and 14. The story centers around the three kings on the way to visit baby Jesus. Independent photo/John S. McCright
BRANDON/SALISBURY — Barn Opera of Brandon will complete its second season — “The Season of Love” — with a presentation of Giancarlo Menotti’s holiday opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” at Salisbury Congregational Church on Dec. 13 and 14. “Amahl” is the story of a poor mother and her crippled son who exhibit extraordinary generosity by giving everything that they own to provide comfort for three kings that are on their way to visit the Christ child. In a moment of self-protection, and unconditional love for her son, Amahl’s mother tries to right cosmic injustice by stealing some gold....

CAROL HARDEN (LEFT), Joy Pile, Thomas Dunne and Emily Sunderman are celebrating 15 years together as the Addison String Quartet. On Dec. 12 the quartet will debut a new work by local composter Jorge Martin as part of the Thursday Noon Advent Concert Series at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury. Photo courtesy of the Addison String Quartet
MIDDLEBURY — Advent is observed by Christian churches as a season of waiting and preparation for the celebration of Christmas. Churches often hold special musical events during the season that stretches across the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. In Middlebury this season, there will be a number of musical events that seek to capture the whole range of feelings and emotions of the holidays, with musical styles stretching across centuries and cultures. A centerpiece of the local holiday music scene is St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s Thursday Noon Advent Concert Series, which will take...

ELISSA VAN DUYNE, left, Richard Koons and Amanda Ryan Paige will delight audiences when they joins the Broadway Direct cast at Vergennes Opera House on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
For the 14th year, Bill Carmichael, (known to us as Bill Walsh) is pulling together the annual Broadway Direct show at the Vergennes Opera House. The production will take place on Friday, Dec. 6, 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 the talents of Elisa Van Duyne, Richard Koons, and returning favorite Amanda Ryan Paige to join him on stage. The entire company will once again be supported by the expert skills of pianist...


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