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MONTPELIER – PipeDreams, Vermont’s professional flute quartet, is presenting its first concerts of 2019. “Flutes on Vacation” takes you to 11 exotic locales that you’ve been meaning to visit, from Mexico to Italy to Austria.
PipeDreams performs at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the North Branch Nature Center at 713 Elm St.
PipeDreams is made up of Vermont flutists Brooke Carleton, Berta Frank, Hilary Goldblatt and Laurel Ann Maurer. Come spend an hour with PipeDreams as they tour the music of Claude Debussy, Bedrich Smetana, Irving Berlin and other composers from the far corners of the world.
Admission is by donation. For more information, contact Maurer, 802-881-9153 or email LaurelFluteMaurer@yahoo.com.
The Next Generation
RANDOLPH – At 7:30 p.m. Friday evening, May 17, 14 young classical musicians from high schools in eight towns in Vermont and the Upper Valley will showcase their performing artistry, several making their debut in the 11th annual Next Generation concert at Chandler Music Hall. Four youngsters from elementary schools in the Hanover, New Hampshire area will appear as guest artists in this all-teenager event. There will be a reception to greet the artists following the performance.
In 2007, to kick off Chandler’s centennial celebration, pianist Christopher O’Riley brought his acclaimed NPR Boston “From the Top” program to the Chandler stage to much audience enthusiasm. Among the eight performing teenagers, only two were from this area. However, the whole format was so appealing that since that year, Chandler decided to go it alone and for the past ten years has enjoyed this engaging look-alike program with young musicians just from this area.
On the program will be works for solo violin, solo flute, solo cello, and works for solo piano and piano four hands, as well as two piano trios, two violin and piano duos, and a concerto for four violins. The composers represent a range from the mid-1700s to the present, and include Telemann, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Clara Schumann, Sarasate, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, and French composer Eugène Bozza. Unusual this year will be works by three local composers, including works by two of the performers and a work from a local teacher.
For tickets or information, call 728-6464, or go online to www.chandler-arts.org.
STOWE – Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society presents the final concert of the 2019 inaugural season: “Family, Fun, Five Bs” at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18.
The “five Bs” refers to master composers Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Bartok and Bridge. This concert is a chance for appreciators of all ages to hear masterworks up close and personal in a fun, interactive setting where all are welcome to join post-concert for a meet-and-greet with the artists: Rachel Lee Priday (violin), Colin Brookes (viola), Yannick Rafalimanana (piano), and Jia Kim (cello). The program will include selections from Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”; Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op.1, No.1; Brahms’ Piano Quartet Op. 60 in C minor; Bartok’s Six Romanian Folk Dances; and Bridge’s “Phantasy.”
To learn more about chamber music and get the inside story on the musical selections join in at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 16 for “Chamber Music ArtSmart: Investigation and Insight into works by Master Composers, at the Stowe Community Church. Admission is free, but reservations are required; call 802-760-4634.
To purchase concert tickets, call 802-760-4634 or go online to www.sprucepeakarts.org.
BURLINGTON – “Vulva Epiphanies,” May 13-June 14 at Flynndog Station, 208 Flynn Ave., is Jocelyn Woods’ first solo art exhibit, and features recent work from “The Garden Elixirs” alongside fine art “Vulva” portraits. The opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 30, will feature a presentation by the artist, a showing of the film “Gravitons,” and a cash bar. Admission is by donation ($5-$10 Suggested).
Woods is passionate about revealing the most shamed body part in human history, the vulva, as a living art masterpiece with metaphysical symbology.
She is an actress, fine art model, theater and film director, playwright, concept designer, vocalist and composer living in Cambridge, with a rare, severe and atypical neuromuscular disease (semi-bedridden). Her original theater performances include “The Fool’s Riddle: Hysteria Has No House,” “The Garden Elixirs” and “Gravitons: Into the Black Sun.”
For information, call 802-652-9985 or go online to www.flynndog.net.
HANOVER, N.H. – Handel’s “Messiah”: it’s all about Christmas, right? How many times have you heard its famous “Hallelujah Chorus” in halls decked in green and red?
Handel would beg to differ. The proper season for this beloved oratorio is spring. Recounting through song the life of Jesus Christ, “Messiah” culminates in the Easter story, in which Christ returns to save our souls. Its 1741 debut in Dublin occurred in the month of April, and it very literally redeemed suffering people, raising money to pay the debts of 142 people in debtors’ prisons.
The Handel Society of Dartmouth College returns Messiah to its rightful time of year with performances of the complete oratorio at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m., in the Hopkins Center’s Spaulding Auditorium. Nationally known soloists Sarah Moyer, soprano; Doug Dodson, countertenor; Brian Giebler, tenor; and David Tinervia, baritone, join the 100-member chorus and a full orchestra.
These performances of the Handel Society’s signature work also make up the final program directed by Robert Duff, the Society’s conductor and artistic director for the past 15 years. Duff will leave at the end of June to become director of music at Saint Cecilia Parish in Boston.
Tickets are $25, $10 for 18 and younger; call 603-646-2422 or go online to 603-646-2422 https://hop.dartmouth.edu.
Novelist Jennifer McMahon
HARDWICK – Join the Jeudevine Library and Galaxy Bookshop in welcoming bestselling author Jennifer McMahon to the Jeudevine Library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. McMahon will read from and sign copies of her new novel, “The Invited,” a story about a young couple that moves to Vermont and unintentionally builds a haunted house.
McMahon has been intrigued by ghost stories since childhood, when she was convinced that a ghost named Virgil lived in the attic of her grandmother’s house. Over the years, she has been a house painter, farm worker, paste-up artist, Easter Bunny, pizza delivery person, homeless shelter staff member, and counselor for adults and kids with mental illness. She quit her last real job in 2000 to work on writing full time.
McMahon has published nine suspenseful novels for adults. She lives in Montpelier with her partner and daughter.
Admission is free; for information, call The Galaxy Bookshop, 802-472-5533, or Jeudevine Library, 802-472-5948.