Handel’s “Messiah” is a Christmas tradition throughout the world, but Grace Church in Rutland may be presenting the only performances in Vermont this year. And to its annual performances, the church is adding a Christmas cantata by Handel’s colleague Johann Sebastian Bach.

George Frederic Handel’s “Messiah” is perhaps the most universal piece of music, being performed at Christmastime nearly everywhere on Earth — though the oratorio is perhaps more appropriate for Easter.

Actor and director Gary Smith has performed in multiple productions of “A Christmas Carol” around the country. He’s seen many, many more. And he was quite sure he knew what it was about — then he ran across the original novella by a guy named Dickens.

“Almost every song in this show I have never performed live,” Irish singer-songwriter Maxine Linehan said. “We recorded the album last year but we didn’t ever get to perform the songs. So the backbone of the show is the album, and the catalyst for creating the album was always that someday t…

“I wish I could just leave my body, or be someone a little bit less like me,” sings Lily Seabird on “Bug,” a jangly, acoustic guitar-driven indie-pop standout track on the rising singer-songwriter’s stellar debut album “Beside Myself,” released last month.

Aaron Marcus could have released an album of solely piano music and it would have been a lovely addition to the world of instrumental piano. Marcus’ knowledge of musical styles is vast, with forays into classical, light jazz, folk and world music.

The Paramount Theatre’s Live in HD screening (an encore) of “Eurydice” is at 12:55 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, who attempts to harness the power of music to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the underworld, has inspired composers since opera’s earliest days.

Currently open in-person public art exhibits, galleries and museums throughout the region.

Larry Gordon, who likely brought community singing to more Vermonters than anyone in our state’s history, died last week at the age of 76 as the result of a tragic bicycle accident. The accident — with no car involved — occurred Nov. 1, near his Marshfield home, and resulted in serious brain…

Following are excerpts, in no particular order, from the multitude of tributes to Larry Gordon, the beloved Vermont choral conductor who died Nov. 9 following a bicycle accident.

From Studio Place Art’s vibrant “Celebrate!” with three floors of artwork to the landscape oriented Bryan Memorial Gallery’s “Gems and Giants” with small and large format paintings to “A Wintry Mix” at AVA in Lebanon with, New Hampshire artwork by over 100 artists, each gallery has its own flavor.

On Friday, Shelburne Museum opens “Winter Lights,” a holiday extravaganza of light. From late afternoon, 5 to 8 p.m., on 19 evenings, the museum grounds will be open with creative light displays around the campus.

Currently open in-person public art exhibits, galleries and museums throughout the region.

In the sanctuary of the Waterbury Congregational Church, six photographers explore the theme of “Awakenings” in an exhibition that runs to Nov. 29. An opening reception will be held 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14.

Join friends at Studio Place Arts and other community members for an Art Social, 4 to 6 p.m. today (Nov. 13), an opening celebration for SPA’s annual holiday show, “Celebrate!"

Currently open in-person public art exhibits, galleries and museums throughout the region.

From “Madame Butterfly” in Costa Rica’s national opera house to the Green Mountain Opera Festival’s “The Marriage of Figaro” a number of years ago, Gary Eckhart’s glorious sets have graced over 200 operas and other theater productions around the country and beyond. Eckhart’s luminous waterco…

The first year Laine Hardy auditioned for American Idol it wasn’t his year. He didn’t make it very far into the season, and returned the following year only to play guitar for a friend’s audition. But the judges remembered him, got him to play a song, and wouldn’t let him leave before he agr…

E.B. White, the writer, may have said it best in trying to describe what is humorous. He wrote, “Humor can be dissected as a frog can but the thing dies in the process, and the innards are discouraging to any but the purely scientific mind.”

We haven’t had many Canadian visitors to Vermont in the past 18 months due to border restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The regulations were recently revised so the Barre Opera House can now present the Winnipeg-based band The Wailin’ Jennys on Saturday November 13.

One of Vermont’s most established and compelling bands, lauded blues-soul-pop group Dwight + Nicole — guitarist Dwight Ritcher, singer Nicole Nelson and drummer Ezra Oklan — takes it up a notch on a new five-song EP, “Further.” Released Oct. 22, it’s one of the best EPs to ever come out of t…

Currently open in-person public art exhibits, galleries and museums throughout the region.

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra returned Saturday to its home stage at The Flynn in Burlington for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The outstanding and enthusiastically received concert also introduced the first of seven candidates for the VSO’s music director position.

During interviews, one refugee talked about how he wore out his shoes just from walking. Another man talked about his mother, who fled her village with only seconds to decide what she was going to take with her — a 50-pound bag of flour, so that wherever they wound up she’d have something to…

Two outstanding Vermont pianists and one former Vermont pianist are offering major recitals during the coming week. Paul Orgel and David Feurzeig, both University of Vermont music faculty members, will perform at the newly renovated UVM Recital Hall in Burlington Sunday and Friday respectively.

When Tommy Hyde was a student at Middlebury College 10 years ago he took a class called “Adventure Writing and Digital Storytelling.” In it, students went out into the community for a month and followed around a local character, wrote something about them, and made a short film.

Guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Raphael Groten has been very busy during the COVID-19 pandemic time. As also reviewed in this weekender’s Vermont Arts, Groten from Starksboro released his album of children’s songs “Happily Ever Now” under the name G’Raph in early Octob…

Currently open in-person public art exhibits, galleries and museums throughout the region.

The selection of pieces and connections between them in “The Couple” were not preconceived by artist Philip Herbison. Instead, as in all his abstract works, the relationships emerged as he brought together shapes and colors.