Eleva Chamber Players
Experience Vermont’s string orchestra. The Eleva Chamber Players, central Vermont’s only professional string chamber orchestra, will present “Big. Bold. Beautiful.” Performances are at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Waterbury Congregational Church, 8 N. Main St., and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Valley Players Theater, 4254 Main St. in Waitsfield. The Sunday concert will be preceded by a 2:30 p.m. reception.
The concert explores music mostly from the Baroque period written with multiple soloists. Featured will be flutists Karen Kevra and Ceora Jaffe, along with Eleva’s concertmaster John Lindsey, who will be leading Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4. The program will also include works by Vivaldi, Handel, Corelli and Elgar.
Admission is $20, $10 for seniors, students and members of the Vermont Philharmonic or Montpelier Chamber Orchestra (students of the Green Mountain Youth Symphony are free); for information, go online to www.elevachamberplayers.org.
Starline Rhythm Boys
RANDOLPH — The Starline Rhythm Boys have been delighting fans throughout New England with a mix of vintage country and rockabilly music for two decades. The honky-tonk trio will mark its 20th anniversary of music making with a special anniversary concert at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.
Rhythm guitarist Danny “Little Danny C” Coane, lead guitarist “Big Al” Lemery and bassist Billy “Slappin’ Billy B” Bratcher formed The Starline Rhythm Boys in 1998. The trio has gone on to regional and national acclaim, garnering rave reviews for its high-energy live shows and steady stream of classic country and rockabilly recordings steeped in the spirit of Elvis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. Their repertoire consists of many original songs, penned mostly by Bratcher, along with covers of country classics and eclectic Americana sounds.
Two special guests will join the trio at Chandler. Kevin Maul — a veteran of the bands of rockabilly icon Wanda Jackson, folk outfit the Burns Sisters and Prairie Home Companion, and Grand Ole Opry regulars Robin and Linda Williams — will lend a musical hand on pedal steel guitar and dobro. Dorie Reid, a multiple winner of Vermont “Fiddler of the Year” honors, will also chime in, turning the trio into a rollicking quintet for the evening.
For tickets or more information, call 802-728-6464, or go online to www.chandler-arts.org.
COLCHESTER — The Burlington Civic Symphony will perform a concert under the direction of Music Director Daniel Bruce at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Elley-Long Music Center.
The program will feature Leonard Bernstein’s “Shivaree,” Antonín Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 in G major, Maurice Ravel’s “Pavane pour une infante défunte,” and “Pines of Rome” by Ottorino Respighi.
‘Cripple of Inishmaan’
HYDE PARK — The Lamoille County Players will present “The Cripple of Inishmaan” Nov. 2-4 and 9-11. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Hyde Park Opera House.
This tragicomedy of the highest order is based on a book of the same name written by Martin McDonagh. It links the play’s story to the actual filming of a certain documentary film on the same lines. The play is set in the year 1934 and is about a tiny community off the western coast of Ireland. Billy Claven, who is also commonly referred to as Cripple Billy, sees it as an opportunity to escape the boredom, poverty and gossip of Inishmaan. To everyone’s surprise, despite being a social outcast and an orphan, he lands a chance to play a role in the documentary film — or as is believed by some.
Tickets are $18, $12 for students and seniors seniors ages 60 ($10 for all Nov. 4); call 802-888-4507, or go online to www.lcplayers.com.
Fiddler Darol Anger
RANDOLPH — Fiddle legend Darol Anger returns to Vermont with one of his most popular groups, the Furies, when the eclectic American and global roots ensemble performs as part of Chandler’s “Live & Upstairs!” series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9.
The Chandler performance, set in the intimate, acoustically solid confines of Chandler’s Upper Gallery, will showcase Anger’s fiddle talent alongside that of the young mandolin/fiddle genius Andy Reiner, and standout cellist and vocalist Joy Adams. Renowned singer-songwriter Emy Phelps rounds out the quartet, which is touring in support of their newest recording, “Music of Our People.”
For tickets or information, call 802-728-6464, or go online to www.chandler-arts.org.
‘Mr. Burns’ opens
JOHNSON — The Northern Vermont University-Johnson student theater troupe will present “Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play,” Nov. 8-11 at the Dibden Center for the Arts. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.
The three-act play, by Anne Washburn, is directed by NVU-Johnson assistant professor of theater Isaac Eddy. “Mr. Burns” is a dark comedy about a post-apocalyptic world without electricity, set about a century in the future, and centers on discussion of an episode of “The Simpsons” from the ’90s.
Admission is $10; for reservations, call 802-635-1476, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Eclipsed’ in Liberia
HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth Department of Theater presents the northern New England premiere of a play that tells a powerful and important story for our time about women in a time of war — in Liberia, in whose troubled history the U.S. has long been entwined.
“Eclipsed,” by Zimbabwean-American playwright-actor Dana Gurira, is a harrowing yet humanizing and at times funny tale of five women who form an unlikely sisterhood in the nightmarish waning days of the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. The Dartmouth production runs Friday, Nov. 2, through Sunday, Nov. 11, in The Moore Theater of the Hopkins Center.
The Dartmouth production carries on this legacy, with a black female cast and director, guest artist Miranda Haymon. The five characters are played by five Dartmouth students who are close to their characters in age but worlds apart in experience.
In 2016, “Eclipsed” became the first play to premiere on Broadway with an all-black and female cast, playwright and director. Reviewers called the play “riveting … a gut-wrenching saga told with poignancy and wit” (Variety).
Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3, Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 8-10, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 4 and 11, at The Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, at Dartmouth College.
Tickets are $12, $10 for students; call 603-646-2422, or go online to http://hop.dartmouth.edu.
Prison in theater
BURLINGTON — Liza Jessie Peterson presents her one-woman play, “Down the Rabbit Hole: A Peculiar Patriot/All Day Mash-Up” in FlynnSpace at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 8 and 9.
“The Peculiar Patriot” is a solo stage play in development by the poet-performer-playwright (and Def Poetry alum). It follows Betsy LaQuanda Ross, a self-proclaimed “peculiar patriot,” who makes regular visits to penitentiaries, boosting the morale of her incarcerated friends and family. Betsy is both victim and victor of this country’s prison system and represents the millions of men and women who sojourn to penitentiaries on a regular basis, subjecting themselves to long bus rides and humiliating security checks to visit incarcerated loved ones.
“Honest inner voice of the peeps, ringing with truth, pain, rage and outrage... and humor, delicious humor,” activist Mumia Abu Jamal says of the performance.
Tickets are $25; call 802-86-FLYNN (863-5966), voice/relay calls welcome; or go online to www.flynncenter.org.