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JOHNSON – The spring Danceland show at Northern Vermont University-Johnson will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 10-11. The show, a production of Johnson’s dance club at the end of each semester, will be at Dibden Center for the Arts. A raffle will be held during the show, and baked goods will be for sale. All proceeds benefit the club.
Admission is by donation; call 802-635-1476, or go online to www.northernvermont.edu/events.
Glee Club Rossini
HANOVER, N.H. – Hear a Mass that’s loaded with opera in a performance by the Dartmouth College Glee Club at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in Dartmouth’s Rollins Chapel.
Gioachino Rossini wrote his Petite messe solennelle (Little solemn mass) during his long “retirement” from composing opera. Although it’s a sacred work — in contrast to the comedic opera buffa Rossini was known for – Petite messe is loaded with operatic melody and color.
“As a Mass, it’s bizarre, in a good way,” said Glee Club Interim Director Filippo Ciabatti. “He showed he could write fugues and counterpoint, but even his fugues are Italian fugues — there’s a lot of sunshine in them.”
Dartmouth’s premier student chorus, the Glee Club, is joined by four graduate students from the vocal program of New England Conservatory of Boston, with two pianists and a harmonium, in accordance with Rossini’s original arrangement.
Tickets are $12, $9 for youth; go online to https://hop.dartmouth.edu.
JEFFERSONVILLE – Bryan Memorial Gallery continues the observation of its 35th year with an exhibition of paintings from the Southwest by its founder, Alden Bryan (1913-2001) and his spouse, the painter Mary Bryan (1907-1978) in whose memory the gallery was founded. This is the second of four themed exhibitions of paintings by the Bryans, which will be installed in the gallery’s Middle Room throughout most of 2019.
Mary and Alden Bryan spent a significant amount of time in Arizona and New Mexico in the 1940s. When not in Vermont, they resided in Gloucester, Mass., but traveled frequently out West, in part because Mary’s family resided in California. With artist materials always at hand, they built a large repertoire of vast dessert vistas of areas that were sparsely populated and increasingly ripe for artistic exploration.
Works on exhibit by Mary Bryan are largely in watercolor, including many small-format works called “minis,” in which she captures a moment in time. Those paintings by Alden Bryan are primarily oil on board or canvas. The Bryans’ respective treatment of a scene varies from the loose impressionistic style of Mary to complex renderings by Alden.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, and by appointment; call 802-644-5100, or go online to www.bryangallery.org.
Writing and music
HARDWICK – Janet Pocorobba went to Japan as a 29-year old, intending to learn to play a three-stringed instrument called the shiamsen. She found herself giving up her return ticket in order to stay to devote the next two decades of her life to studying under her radically minded teacher.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, Pocorobba will visit The Galaxy Bookshop to read from her memoir, “The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me” and share the music of the shiamsen.
Pocorobba holds an MFA in creative writing, an MA in linguistics, and an MA in psychoanalysis. In 2001, she was featured in Japan Cosmo as one of five distinctive foreign women studying Japanese traditional arts. In 2015, she bought a cabin in rural Vermont, where she lives and keeps a blog of rural life. Pocorobba is learning fiddle so she can immerse with the musicians around her new home. “The Fourth String” is her first book.
Admission is free; call 802-472-5533 or go online to www.galaxybookshop.com. The Galaxy Bookshop is located at 41 S. Main St.
RANDOLPH – Chandler Gallery has opened “Eye-catching,” this year’s edition of the area artists’ show. Featuring works by over 20 local artists, this group exhibition brings together an array of voices and mediums including painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
Valerie Daniel’s vibrant and rich photography capture for viewers the artist’s travels to Machu Pichu, transporting them to the mountains of Peru, while Janet Cathey’s striking and meticulously collaged woodblock print, “Randolph Coal and Ice Building before Demolition,” recalls the Randolph structure built around 1920. Whether drawing inspiration from near or far, this showcase of area artists is sure to offer eye-catching pieces that will remind of the richness of the region and the rewards of looking closely. “Eye-catching” runs through June 15.
For information, call 802-728-9878, ext. 3, or go online to www.chandler-arts.org/gallery. Chandler Gallery is located in Chandler Center for the Arts at 71 Main St.
MONTPELIER – The Green Mountain Youth Symphony (GMYS) is holding auditions for summer and fall placement in all three orchestras and camp.
Auditions will be heard Saturdays May 11, 18 and June 8. Students of all orchestral instruments, all ages, and all levels are invited to join.
Open are seats for novice through advanced musicians next fall. Registration is also open for the GMYS Creative Arts & Music Program (CAMP) for intermediate to advanced music students. CAMP will be held at Northern Vermont University-Johnson Aug. 4-10 this year.
Artist Jean Gerber
TUNBRIDGE – “Landscapes,” a solo show of oil paintings of scenes from the area, New England and the Far North by artist Jean Gerber of Thetford, will be on display at the Tunbridge Public Library May 5-June 17. There will be a reception, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 2, free and open to the public.
Gerber grew up in Cleveland, which is where she learned to draw and to paddle a canoe. The two activities soon became linked as she discovered the beauty of Ohio’s northern lakes and rivers. Working as a wilderness trip leader introduced Gerber to a variety of landscapes, which compelled her to record them in sketchbooks. Today she travels to rivers and lakes in New England, the Adirondacks and the Far North with a watercolor sketch kit next to her in the canoe. At home in her off-grid cabin in Thetford, Gerber uses the watercolor sketches as the basis for larger oil paintings.
For information, call 802-889-9404. The library is located at 289 Route 110 in the center of Tunbridge village.