Big Heavy World, a Burlington promotion service that is volunteer-run, has curated a colorful and interactive exhibit of eclectic artifacts that showcase Vermont music history from recent decades. “Vermont Music, Far & Wide” reflects on how music is an art form, a catalyst for community building, and also a contributor to the state’s economy.
For its 2019 season, Dorset Theatre Festival is combining two of its specialties, new theater and Agatha Christie — in one play, the world premiere of Heidi Armbruster’s comedy, “Mrs. Christie.”
Vermont springtime does green better than anyplace else as those first effervescent chartreuse-y leaves erupt in May. Susan Bull Riley captures that much awaited green and a sense of transition.
When I was maybe 5 or 6 years old I have memories of being held hostage in the car while running endless errands with my mother, the radio my only solace. Air Supply was almost always playing.
Born and raised in the musically rich West African country of Mali, Fatoumata Diawara — already an established actor and dancer — ran away to Paris to escape an arranged marriage and pursue a career in acting.
Antonin Dvorák’s Te Deum, Op. 103, will be the first collaboration between the Champlain Philharmonic, conducted by Matthew LaRocca, and the Castleton University Chorale, directed by Sherrill Bodgett.
“Die Walküre” will be broadcast “Live in HD” to Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater at noon Saturday, March 30; and rebroadcast to Rutland’s Paramount Theatre at noon Sunday, March 31.
RUTLAND — Sublime is an overused word, even by this reviewer, but it best describes Anthony McGill’s performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra at the Paramount Theatre on Sunday. And the audience — truly impressive in size for a classical music performance…
Bill Brauer (1938-2019) died Feb. 28 at his Warren home with his wife Wendy at his side after a long fight with cancer. One of few Vermont artists with a national, indeed international audience, he took the time to teach local artists for 40 years, right up until his death.
Montpelier Chamber Orchestra Music Director Anne Decker is all about community, and the community orchestra’s spring program brings it together with the Green Mountain Film Festival and Music-COMP, a composition program. Under Decker’s direction, the MCO will accompany silent films with musi…
Barbie doll celebrated her 60th birthday with worldwide sales topping $1 billion in 2018. Castleton artist Sandy Mayo curated a new art show, “Barbie, Brains and Pink Hats,” and invited local womanly artists to contribute works to celebrate the gender journey from high heels to pink protest hats.
We’re not sure why Laura and Lydia Rogers are called the Secret Sisters but certainly after you hear their songs and voices you’ll be spreading the news that this Muscle Shoals, Alabama duo are great performers.
“Steps on a Journey — An Exhibit of Two Vermont Painters — Ray Brown and Toby Bartles” opened at T.W. Wood Gallery last week. The exhibition presents selections from two areas of interest in each of the two artists’ recent work.
It started with a simple idea, and a very personal one. Sherri Birkheimer Rooker, business consultant for the Chaffee Art Center in Rutland, wanted to put together an art exhibit on Native American culture to honor her father.
Jazz, funk, rock and soul stirred up with hip-hop, gospel, world and R&B? It somehow all makes sense in the spirited sound served up by Huntertones. The Brooklyn-based instrumental ensemble brings its lively blend to Nectar’s in Burlington Thursday, in support of its third album, “Passpo…
Joan Miró realized very early that he had difficulty drawing the human figure. But like great modern artists, he created his own visual language, borrowing ideas primarily from nature, the seen and unseen world, and dreams, as well.
MONTPELIER — Vermont Virtuosi premiered a brilliant new work for clarinet and piano by Burlington composer Thomas L. Read at the Unitarian Church on Saturday. The program, which also featured two other eminent Vermont composers and another “American” composer, was repeated Sunday in Burlington.
As a child, Anthony McGill wanted to play saxophone, but it was just too big. Fortunately, because he went on to be associate principal clarinetist of the Cincinnati Symphony, principal of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and finally principal of the New York Philharmonic, where he is now. …
Dervish, one of few remaining Irish traditional bands that can lay claim to a decade’s worth of performing, takes the stage at the Barre Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, for a St. Patrick’s Day concert, as part of the Celebration Series.
Arguably Vermont’s most prolific album producer with 20 CDs to date, Spencer Lewis’ 2019 release, “Riffs on a Broad Reach,” will have longtime fans encouraged by his musical twists and turns.
r at least 20 years, and some of the cast much longer. Murphy’s Celtic Legacy is currently on a North American tour and will be stopping at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 14.
The 38-year-old Nigerian singer and guitar wizard Omara Moctar, whose stage name is Bombino, has been called “one of the world’s greatest living blues guitarists” by The New York Times, and “the world’s best guitarist” by Noisey.
For the next three weekends, Mr. Punch and his wife Judy are on stage in Hardwick as husband and wife duo Rose Friedman and Justin Lander’s Modern Times Theater presents the fourth annual “Saturday Store Front Puppet Show Series.”
BRATTLEBORO — When Mara Williams, chief curator of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC), traveled to Grand Isle in northern Vermont to visit the studio of Sandy Sokoloff, she became only the ninth person to view Sokoloff’s paintings in the past 30 years.
“Minding the Gap” is more than a film about skateboarding. The Oscar-nominated documentary by first-time filmmaker Bing Liu is a personal, moving and timely study of friendship, class and trauma told against the backdrop of Liu and his friends’ lifelong love of skateboarding.
BURLINGTON — Have you ever wanted to just let loose with your inner wickedness? The uptight 50-something Sharon discovers unexpectedly she wants to explore her darker side with the reluctant help of her worldly new friend, Robyn, in “The Roommate.”
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Today’s fascination with celebrity knows no bounds, but imagine being able to penetrate the guarded world of megastar Barbra Streisand. Well that’s just what playwright Jonathan Tolins does in his play, “Buyer & Cellar,” he imagines it.
The “Modern and Contemporary Works” exhibit at the Middlebury College Museum of Art is a gem of a show. The selections are carefully chosen and arranged so that there is a constant dialogue within the exhibit as the viewer moves from piece to piece. The proximity of the works enhances the re…
When Weston Playhouse announced its 2019 season this week, it seemed a bit careful for Susanna Gellert’s first year at the helm. After all, “The Fantasticks,” Oklahoma!” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” this year’s main stage productions, are hardly controversial. Or are they?
Before he had even turned 30, Sterban was singing backup for Elvis. He joined the long-running country and gospel quartet Oak Ridge Boys in 1972 and went on to become a staple in country music. Their “Shine the Light” tour is on the road now and stops at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 10.
In November 2013, when Cyrille Aimée was invited to participate in a tribute concert for Stephen Sondheim at New York City Center — featuring a star-studded array of Broadway singers and backed by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra — the French-born jazz chanteuse was l…
Sometimes good things happen unexpectedly. The long-running roots band Donna the Buffalo has been a fan favorite since it started 30 years ago, but its success isn’t due to any kind of strategizing.
“Neighbors,” Vermont Virtuosi’s first program of 2019, reveals how the stylistically diverse works of three Vermont composers are simultaneously musical neighbors to one other.
Critic B. Amore speaks with Richard Saunders, director of the Middlebury College Museum of Art: I see that the museum is sponsoring “50/50: Collecting for the Middlebury Museum of Art,” which accompanies the “Modern and Contemporary Works from the Permanent Collection” which I just reviewed.
They say a sucker is born every minute. In this country, that rate might be a little bit higher. From P.T. Barnum and televangelists to Bernie Madoff and Donald Trump, Americans love a con man. The Fyre Festival was one such con.
On March 9, BMAC will unveil the 2019 incarnation of “Glasstastic,” an exhibit of 20 works of art that were conceived of and drawn by children in grades K-6 and transformed into three-dimensional pieces by glass artists from across New England.