Thu 26 - Sun 29
12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Latchis Theatre
In the third concert of its 45th season, the Windham Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Hugh Keelan, presents “Celebrating Spring.” Performances at the Latchis Theatre include a special Lunchtime Concert on Thursday, March 26, at 12:30 p.m., and a matinee on Sunday, March 29, at 3 p.m. The orchestra will also present a Music-in-the-Schools concert for local schoolchildren at the Latchis on Thursday, March 26, at 9:30 a.m. The concert will also be presentred on Saturday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m., at Vermont Academy in Saxtons River.
The Windham Orchestra collaborate with many people and communities: Brattleboro Senior Meals for a lunchtime concert, upwards of 600 Windham County students for a 45-minute participatory extravaganza, with David Horak, the 17-year old winner or the Windham Orchestra Concerto Competition, Jessica Murrow, woodwind soloist, and Etan Nasreddin-Longo, distinguished composer known locally and nationally, for the premiere of his self portrait in music, “Lucifer's Love Song for The Lord,” written for Windham Orchestra.
The program to welcome spring contains one of the warmest and most vivid orchestral showpieces ever written, Rimsky-Korsakoff's Russian Easter Festival, and tender, warming music from Richard Strauss and Verdi.
Raised in Newfane, Etan Nasreddin-Longo studied at The Putney School and Amherst College. He continued with doctoral studies at University of Chicago in composition and ethnomusicology. Fascinated by Javanese gamelan he played with and served on the board of Chicago’s Friends of the Gamelan. He was a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, and taught at UC Riverside. Since 2008, he has served as Outside Examiner and Visiting Professor at Marlboro College. His work, largely influenced by the forms and traditions of Javanese and Western romantic music, has been performed by Contemporary Chamber Players of Chicago, Chicago Composer’s Consortium, and XTet. Two works are archived by the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College in Chicago.
Jessica Murrow has been an oboist for over 50 years. She earned a Master of Music at the Juilliard School in New York and continued to freelance in the city for the next 20 years with many groups, including the New York City Opera, Orpheus Ensemble, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Manhattan Woodwind Quintet. In the 1980’s she stopped playing the oboe. Turning to theater, she worked as a stage manager, sound designer, and sound mixer on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and TV. She was interested in English Morris dancing, and for the last 35 years has played pipe and tabor and melodeon for a New York City Morris Side (team). Eventually, she started again to play oboe and English horn for English country dancing, and has played on several dance recordings with folk musicians in Western Massachusetts and Brattleboro. Currently she lives in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, and is a member of the Windham Orchestra and Pioneer Valley Symphony.
David Horak is a home-schooled 17 year-old from Norwich. Born into a musical family, he has been immersed in music his entire life. Since the age of 5, he has studied music with Victoria Dobrushina, including piano, recorder, ensembles, and music theory. As a violinist, David is a member of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra and an alumnus of the Vermont Youth Orchestra. He has attended many workshops and summer festivals, including the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music (Nelson, NH) and Kinhaven Music School (Weston, VT). An active performer, David regularly plays as a violinist and pianist on Victoria Dobrushina’s annual Gala Recital, the Young Musician’s Recital Series (Hanover, NH), at senior residences, and at weddings. As a recorder player, David performed in Weston Opera Theatre’s 2013 production of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde. David enjoys competitive fencing, riding motorcycles, baking, and racquet sports.
The Orchestra invites the audience to name their ticket price, choosing from $5 to $50 for admission. To purchase tickets go online at bmcvt.org. or call the BMC at 802-257-4523.
For more information about the Orchestra visit windhamorchestra.org.
The Windham Orchestra is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Celebrating Spring has been selected by the Vermont Arts Council as a featured event for the Vermont Arts 2015.
6 p.m. Latchis Theatre
Rivertown Church and other churches in the Brattleboro area are hosting Good Friday at the Latchis, a gathering in remembrance of Jesus’ death on the cross. The gathering, which is open to all, whether you’re part of a church or curious about Jesus, his teachings and why he had to die on the cross, will take place on Friday, April 3, at 6 p.m., in the Main Theatre of the Latchis, 50 Main St., Brattleboro. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
There will be music and scripture, and all ages are welcome. For information, visit rivertownchurch.org or www.facebook.com/RivertownChurchVT.
1 p.m. Latchis Theatre
Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and family music pioneer Tom Chapin performs at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro, on Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m., as part of The Blue Project, a day of family-friendly free events to promote autism awareness for the Brattleboro area community.
Presented by HCRS, Blue Project day begins at 11 a.m., at The River Garden with free hands-on activities, face-painting, food, fun and educational vendors, followed at 1 p.m., with Tom Chapin’s live performance at the Latchis Theatre, and capped at 2 p.m., by the announcement of raffle prize-winners.
In a career that spans five decades, 23 albums and three Grammy Awards, Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway and worked in films, television and radio.
As a music-maker, Chapin has pursued parallel careers as a contemporary folk artist and pioneer in the field of children’s music, with a talent for engaging the hearts, minds and imaginations of young listeners with witty, life-affirming original songs. The New York Times called Chapin “one of the greatest personalities in contemporary folk music,” while Billboard called him “the best family artist around.” Parents magazine stated, “Nobody today is writing and performing better kids’ songs than Tom Chapin.”
Chapin grew up in a musical family and first began performing as a teenager in the early-1960s in Greenwich Village, alongside his brothers Harry (of “Cats in the Cradle” fame) and Steve. In 1971, he began a five-year run as host of the Emmy Award-winning ABC-TV children’s series “Make a Wish.” Chapin and his songs were also featured in the seminal 1970 documentary “Blue Water, White Death” about great white sharks.
Chapin launched a solo career in 1976 with “Life is Like That,” the first in a series of albums that established him as a gifted storyteller and natural entertainer. He played the lead role in the Broadway musical “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” and worked off-Broadway as the musical director of “Cotton Patch Gospel” and “Harry Chapin: Lies and Legends.” He has written and performed satirical topical songs for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and had a cameo role in Jonathan Demme’s remake of “The Manchurian Candidate.”
Chapin branched out into family music with his 1988 album “Family Tree.” He has since released 12 more family CDs of original songs addressing such issues as family life, positive self-image and respect for the environment. Chapin’s latest family release is “The Incredible Flexible You,” a 12-song collection to help young listeners navigate the tricky waters of social interaction.
Chapin also serves as the narrator of a series of children’s books, three of which have won Grammy Awards in the Best Spoken Word Album for Children category. In addition, he remains active in a variety of environmental causes, efforts on behalf of music and arts in our public schools and in WhyHunger, the organization his older brother Harry founded in the 1970s.
4 p.m. Latchis Theatre
On Saturday April 11, the Brattleboro Concert Choir, directed for 25 years by Susan Dedell, will present the Academy Award-winning film Samson and Delilah, starring Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr, at the Latchis Theatre at 4:00 p.m.
It is no wonder that the Bible story of Samson and Delilah has lasted through the ages. Passion, intrigue, super-human strength, tribal loyalties, and vengeance - with a storyline like that, who needs Hollywood.
It is also no wonder that this enduring tale was just up Hollywood's alley when producer-director Cecil B. DeMille released Samson and Delilah in 1949. It became the top moneymaker that year, raking in $11 million, to make it the third highest-grossing film for its time, behind Gone With the Wind and The Best Years of Our Lives.
Variety called it a "lusty action story." Garnering two wins out of five Oscar nominations - for Best Art Director and Best Costume Design - Samson and Delilah was a success by any measure.
DeMille's scriptwriters fashioned the screenplay from the Book of Judges, and the novel "Judge and Fool" by Vladimir Jabotinsky. Colorful, entertaining and action packed, Samson and Delilah tells the ultimate story of love, regret, and the power of seduction pitted against brute strength.
The Brattleboro Concert Choir presents the film version of Samson and Delilah to get us all ready for its two performances of Handel's dramatic oratorio Samson in May at the Latchis Theatre. Admittedly a somewhat camp departure from Handel's account, it features all the best of the story we know - big hair and tumbling columns.
Admission to Samson and Delilah is by suggested donation of $5.00; more is welcome.
The Brattleboro Concert Choir is a program of the Brattleboro Music Center. Make a day of it! Begin your day at Duo Restaurant from 11:00-1:00, where the Music Center will host a fundraising event, Taste of the BMC, featuring brunch, music, silent auction and more. Just leave room for popcorn. Visit bmcvt.org for details.
1:30 p.m. Latchis Theatre
Age of Champions is the story of five competitors who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. You’ll meet a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole vaulter, and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers as they triumph over the limitations of age. But when one character loses a spouse and another is diagnosed with cancer, they’ve got to dig even deeper to make their Olympic dreams come true.
Senior Solutions and the Brattleboro Senior Center are teaming up to show this award-winning documentary film on Wednesday, April 15 at 1:30 p.m., at the Latchis Main Theater in Brattleboro.
Admission is free, donations welcome. The theater is wheelchair accessible. Consider organizing a carpool to this event for a group outing! An entrance that’s convenient for groups, wheelchairs and walkers is accessible from the Latchis hotel parking lot. Door prizes will be provided by local businesses for exercise, arts and sports opportunities, encouraging older adults to get active and stay inspired.
With Older American Month coming up in May, we want to highlight the idea that older age can be a time of development and fulfilment. People of all ages will enjoy this fun and fascinating film, but we especially hope older adults will use it as a launch pad for the next stage of their development.
The film will be followed by a reception with refreshments and representatives from local organizations. Attendees age 50 and up may also sign up for MOVE for Well Being, a program that awards $25 for reaching daily exercise goals.
For information, visit www.seniorsolutionsvt.org.
7:30 p.m. Latchis Theatre
Southern Vermont-based The Hatch presents its fifth Storytellers on a Mission event featuring nationally renowned storytellers who will tell moving and hilarious stories to raise money for a great cause, The Winston Prouty Center for Child Development in Brattleboro. Storytellers on a Mission will be held on Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro.
This spring’s Storytellers on a Mission will benefit The Winston Prouty Center. Incorporated in 1969, Winston Prouty provides inclusive education and family support to promote the success of children and families. Now in its 46th year, it has grown to a nationally-recognized center of excellence for early education and support for child and family development. This year, the organization is setting forth a capital campaign to expand its center to accommodate the needs and the growth of its services for southern Vermont families and children.
The evening’s storytellers will be hosted by Hatch co-founder Tom Bodett, a Vermont-based humorist and regular panelist on National Public Radio’s (NPR) Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Featured performers include co-creator of The Daily Show Lizz Winstead, Ernesto Quiñonez, Catie Lazarus, David Martin and Adam Wade. All are veterans of critically acclaimed stages that include The Moth, This American Life, The Daily Show, Comedy Central and even the New York Times best seller list.
Event organizers The Hatch launched in early 2013 to produce entertaining storytelling events for the community and donate the proceeds to nonprofit organizations in Vermont. Since its inception, The Hatch has raised more than $150,000.
“Working with The Hatch will help us creatively raise funds for and awareness around our capital campaign for the Winston Prouty Center," said the Center's executive director Chloe Learey. "The future expansion of Winston Prouty will enable us to increase our services to children and families in the community for another 45 years and beyond."
The lineup includes:
Lizz Winstead, co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show, as well as Air America Radio co-founder, has helped changed the very landscape of how people get their news. In addition to her behind-the-scenes prowess, she is a natural performer. She was a correspondent on The Daily Show, a co-host of Air America Radio’s Unfiltered, and has made numerous appearances on stage and TV showcasing her wit and humor. She can be seen regularly doing hilarious and insightful commentary on MSNBC.
Ernesto Quiñonez is an American novelist. His debut novel Bodega Dreams was chosen as a Los Angeles Times Notable Book of the year and The New York Times claimed it a “New Immigrant Classic.” It has become a landmark in contemporary American literature as it is required reading in many high schools and colleges around the country. Quiñonez is a frequent Moth storyteller, a Sundance Writer's Lab fellow and is an associate professor in the English Department at Cornell University’s MFA program.
Catie Lazarus is a writer and hosts the talk show Employee of the Month at New York City-based Joe's Pub, where she is an Artist-in-Residence. She also types for a living. ECNY (Excellence in Comedy in New York) selected her as “Best Comedy Writer” and she has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, Marie-Claire, Cosmo, Funny or Die, Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival and Out Magazine. Lazarus has also done storytelling at The Moth, RISK, Slideshow Goshko, The LIAR Show, and Asscat at UCB.
David Martin is a long-standing performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. He is also the host and producer of The Nights of Our Lives, the second-longest running storytelling show in NYC and is the author of the book Officespeak.
Returning for his fourth Hatch event, crowd favorite Adam Wade has been performing in New York City for more than 10 years. A graduate of Keene State College, he is an 18-time StorySLAM Champion at The Moth. Wade has been called "New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket" by The Wall Street Journal. Wade has been featured on both The Moth Radio Hour and The Moth Podcast, and with the Upright Citizens Brigade.
The evening’s host is radio personality, author and Moth performer Tom Bodett, who has been a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! for 10 years. He has been the brand spokesman for the Motel 6 lodging chain for more than 25 years. The author of seven books and numerous audio publications, Bodett’s work has appeared in a wide variety of national newspapers and periodicals.
Tickets to Storytellers on a Mission are $60 front orchestra, $40 rear orchestra, $25 balcony and can be purchased online at CatamountArts.org. As the lineup of storytellers has been known to tell late-night stories with late-night content, this event is not suitable for children. The event begins at 7:30 pm.
Supporters of the event include Foard Panel, Farnum Insulators, The Richards Group, as well as media sponsor Vermont Public Radio.
7:30 p.m. Latchis Theatre
Stars of American Ballet will be coming to the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro, on Monday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.
This performance will include two couples - three Principal dancers and one soloist who regularly dance with New York City Ballet and Stars of American Ballet.
Stars of American Ballet travels to cities that rarely host ballet performances and offers top-notch choreography with principal and soloist-level dancers from major American companies. Founded and directed by New York City Ballet principal dancer Daniel Ulbricht, who works alongside Executive Director Andrew Robertson, Stars also sponsors dance education programs, consisting of master classes, pre-performance lectures and community outreach projects, to build a better awareness and overall experience with the art form, and offers free tickets for underprivileged children.
The mission of Stars of American Ballet is to one day see all parts of this country entertained, educated, lifted up and inspired by the art of ballet and great dancing, delivered to anyone, anywhere who wishes to share this experience. For more from Daniel Ulbricht visit: http://danielulbricht.com.
Proceeds from this performance will go to support the Southern Vermont Dance Festival.
Tickets range from $18 to $75 and are available at http://bringtheballet.bpt.me.
7 p.m. Latchis Theatre
On Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m., the Latchis Theater in Brattleboro will present a special concert, "Music across Borders: Sounds of Japan” as part of its expanding number of live performances in the main theater at The Latchis, 50 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT. The program features two of the foremost performers of Japanese music, Yoko Hiraoka playing the string instruments koto and shamisen, and Ralph Samuelson on the shakuhachi bamboo flute. It represents a rare opportunity to hear the sounds of these stunningly beautiful instruments in Vermont as played by these internationally recognized performers.
Yoko Hiraoka, a performer of koto (a 13-string zither) and shamisen (a 3-string plucked lute), is a native of Kyoto, Japan, and has studied classical and modern Japanese music from an early age. Her performance career originated in Japan and spans more than 30 years. Since moving to the United States in 1993, she has performed extensively at festivals, concerts, lecture-recitals and on television, radio, and studio recordings. Hiraoka has been the beneficiary of funding and support from the Consulate Gen. of Japan and has undertaken residencies at Duke University, Texas A&M, and elsewhere. She taught world music at the University of Colorado and has been teaching at Naropa University in Boulder since 1995.
Ralph Samuelson is a performer and teacher of the 5-hole Japanese bamboo flute, shakuhachi. He was trained in the classical tradition of the Kinko School of shakuhachi by the late Living National Treasure Goro Yamaguchi (whose recording of his own composition “Crane’s Nest” was included on the 160 track “Golden Record” that was launched into space on a Voyager mission in 1977 and was intended for extraterrestrial life forms.) Samuelson has performed both traditional and contemporary music throughout the U.S., Asia, and Europe. He has recorded for CBS Masterworks along with many other labels. He was the shakuhachi soloist in the New York City Ballet production of Jerome Robbins’ "Watermill" and his "Flutes of Hope” ensemble commemorating the victims of the earthquake/tsunami in Japan at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York in 2012 and 2014, and at Carnegie Hall in 2013. He is a visiting lecturer/artist and international advisor for the Seoul Institute of the Arts in Korea and is senior advisor and former director of the Asian Cultural Council in New York.
The shakuhachi, koto and shamisen are three of Japan's most well-known musical instruments, representative of the Edo Period (1603- 1867), a golden age of culture when music and the arts flourished. The chamber music descending from that era, often set to sung poetry, is today being studied and performed around the globe.
The April 25 concert is an exciting event not simply because it brings the beautiful sounds of Japanese music to Vermont, but because it highlights a unique moment in the history of music-- these are musical instruments that are no longer associated only with a particular time and place, but indeed have evolved to become part of the contemporary international musical landscape. This concert will feature solo and duo pieces from the classical repertoire, modern compositions, and a new work written especially for Yoko Hiraoka and Ralph Samuelson by noted New York composer Elizabeth Brown.
It is said that a distinguishing feature of Japanese music is its concern not simply with melody or harmony, but with the world that lives within each individual sound. "When we play, we seek the universe within a single tone.”
Proceeds from the concert benefit Latchis Arts and its work to preserve the Latchis Memorial Building and promote and host cultural activities. Tickets are $20, $12 for students and are available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 802-254-1109, ext. 3.
4 p.m. Latchis Theatre
Bryce Dance Company will perform its collaborative work “To You, Around You, About You,” which examines the themes of health and illness, care-taking, aging, dignity and loss, on Sunday, April 26, at 4 p.m., at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro.
“To You, Around You, About You” was created in collaboration with the Montpelier-based Bryce Dance Company and the residents of an assisted living facility. The sound score for this work was created by company composer Jason Beaudreau, who will provide live accompaniment for the performance.
Bryce Dance Company will also show a section of Artistic Director Heather Bryce’s work “Breathing Under Water,” based on the theme of flowing with the tide or pushing against the current, with musical composition by Beaudreau. Also presented will be “Between the Lines,” an Afro-Modern fusion work with original music by Mike Pedersen.
Tickets are $20 general, $15 for students and seniors, and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, visit brycedancecompany.com.