Vermont Arts

Music review: Scrag Mountain Music challenges and entices

Music Review

MONTPELIER — Scrag Mountain Music, closing its 2017-18 season Saturday at the Unitarian Church, presented perhaps its most audience-challenging program to date – yet its fans responded enthusiastically. (The program was also performed in Northfield and Warren.) The major work – and major success – was Sergei Prokofiev’s Quintet in G minor, Op. 39, based on his chamber ballet “Trapèze,” […]

Billy Price and Johnny Rawls: Blues stars join Vermont’s own Dave Keller

It’s good to have talented friends and acquaintances. Dave Keller, perhaps Vermont’s best known bluesman, is bringing two of America’s top blues singers to Montpelier May 19 and May 27 for shows at Sweet Melissa’s. Both are expected to attract fans of the blues and Keller, who will perform with each act. Soul singer Billy Price performs at 9 p.m. […]

‘Children of the Thieves’: Original musical tale by Vermont Youth Theater

“Heat, heat, the heat does beat,” chant the children of the thieves. The children have run away from the strife of the world of their parents. Starving, dehydrated, and losing hope, they’ve been on foot through scorching weather. All they have left is each other. Voicing their despair, they stomp, expressing frustration and also summoning strength. Next weekend, May 26 […]

Emma Back’s ‘Little World’: Central Vermont artist serves up captivating sound

CD Review

A self-described “avant-folk live looping artist,” Worcester-based Emma Back blends violin and other acoustic instrumentation with Balkan and African inspired percussive loops, layers of lush vocal and string harmonies, and Eastern European tonalities. All are compellingly culled on her first full-length album, “Little World,” the release of which Back will celebrate on Thursday at ArtsRiot in Burlington. Produced by esteemed […]

At Studio Place Arts: Jack Rowell: ‘Cultural documentarian’

BARRE – An exhibit of more than 30 photographs by self-proclaimed “cultural documentarian” and fine photographer Jack Rowell of Braintree grace the third floor of Studio Place Arts May 22-June 30. Rowell’s show will span his more than 30-year career spent recording moments in the lives of authentic Vermonters: construction workers, musicians, politicians, anglers, pageant winners, and many others that, […]

The Artist’s Voice: Fran Bull — From Vermont to Venice

Conversations in art with B. Amore

Walking into Fran Bull’s Brandon studio is like entering a fantasy world. Imaginative characters pop up and greet visitors with smiles, leers and bright colors. Inspired by the commedia dell’arte, a theater form originating in 16thcentury Italy, they almost feel like visitors from that time. Her piece “A Fool is Born” was recently included in the inaugural exhibit organized by Bill […]

Divine Arts Recording Group: Brandon’s own classical record company — from England

Hidden in Brandon, unknown even to most locals, an international classical recording company celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017, and its 500th release this month. It’s come a long way since its first attempt. “It was in order to raise funds for a church organ restoration where we lived in northern England, a remote little village,” explains Stephen Sutton, founder, director and […]

Brattleboro Concert Choir: ‘Lucky’ Susan Dedell conducts her final concerts

When you’ve been a part of something for almost 30 years, a lot of history accumulates. But Susan Dedell still remembers what it felt like when she first began with the Brattleboro Concert Choir back in 1989. “I remember it almost like it was yesterday,” she said recently by phone. “I’m a pianist by training but I’ve done a lot of […]

The Lowe Down: Has Brattleboro returned to musical prominence?

It doesn’t get much better than violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson, among today’s foremost instrumentalists, leading their peers in Brahms’ two string sextets. And before audiences heard the program in Philadelphia and New York it was performed May 9 in Brattleboro. But this wasn’t the usual touring program that travels the country. It emanated from Brattleboro where Laredo […]

It’s in the water: Ludlow-bred authors read from their latest

Maybe there’s something in the water. Three writers from Ludlow who grew up together have simultaneously become writers. They’re on a mini book tour together to promote their latest novels, with a stop at Rutland’s Phoenix Books at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24. Jackson and Asher Ellis are brothers, four years apart. They may share DNA but their writing styles […]

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