4:30 p.m. Latchis Theatre
"Journey East: Finding Your Place," a documentary about the cultural exchange program founded 15 years at Leland & Gray Union High School in Townshend, will have its premiere public screening on Saturday, December 20, at 4:30 p.m., in the Latchis Main Theatre. Admission is by donation.
Journey East is an extraordinary exchange program founded at Leland & Gray by teacher Thomas Connor and fellow faculty, with support from UVM's Asian Studies program. Journey East has given hundreds of local students a glimpse of the world as they spend a semester immersed in Asian studies and a production workshop to prepare for a month of touring, performing and interacting with peers on the road through the People's Republic of China and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. In exchange, students from the Inner Mongolia College of the Performing Arts come to Vermont every other year to tour and perform.
That experience inspired 2012 Journey East alumni Giannina Gaspero-Beckstrom, Fraser Query and Alana Redden to give a wider audience to the program by creating "Journey East: Finding Your Place. Their hope is to spread awareness of the value of such cultural exchange to schools and organizations, as well as to share the profound impact a cross-cultural exchange program can have on students.
Filled with the arts of many cultures, strong emotion, self-discovery and inspiration, the documentary tells the story of students experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime journey.
"We've aimed to highlight the strong and unique unity established between China and rural Vermont, a connection that may very well last a lifetime - one that will certainly continue on in the hearts and souls of the people's lives it;s changed," said filmmaker Giannina Gaspero-Beckstrom.
Many area students and adults are featured in the film. Admission is by donation. For more information, contact Giannina Gaspero-Beckstrom at email@example.com.
Sat 10 - Sun 11
7:30 and 3 p.m. Latchis Theatre
The Verdi Requiem will be performed with the 100-voice Brattleboro Concert Choir under the direction of Susan Dedell, who is celebrating her 25th year with the Choir. A full symphony orchestra and quartet of professional vocal soloists will round out this extraordinary production to be held at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro, on January 10 and 11, 2015.
The Verdi Requiem stands in a class of its own in the world of choral music: huge yet personal; terrifying yet affirming. Few pieces ever written combine such stunning vocal drama and magnificent symphonic writing. Verdi's dramatic gifts are on full display in this work from the crushing hammer blows of the bass drum and orchestra in the Dies Irae, to the Lacrymosa that palpably weeps, to the uplifting Lux Aeterna scored magically for three flutes and soprano. A radical, non-religious thinker, Verdi concerned himself not with theology, but with psychological drama; not with the dead, but with the living.
Verdi’s Requiem, perhaps more than any other choral composition, allows both the musicians and the audience to experience every range of vocal expression --- from whispering sotto voce passages to triple forte, full throated passion.
The Requiem blazes with vision and power, as it speaks to a more human condition than a heavenly one, according to Dedell. “The Requiem’s drama is the drama of life, with all its strivings, tragedies, and triumphs. The huge appeal of Verdi’s music springs from his ability to delve deep into human psychology and reach each person’s heart.”
Four dynamic soloists will be joining Dedell for this concert - Soprano Amanda Grooms, Mezzo Soprano Jazimina MacNeil, Tenor Hugo Vera, and Baritone Mark Womack – all accomplished emerging artists and extremely fine musicians. Among them, they have been awarded positions at Tanglewood and Marlboro Festivals, and appeared with Boston Lyric, Spoleto Opera, New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera North, Metropolitan Opera of New York and Chicago Lyric Opera.
Performance times are 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, January 10, and 3 p.m., on Sunday, January 11.
Tickets are $15 and $10 for students, available at the Brattleboro Music Center, 802-257-4523; at Brattleborotix.com; and from Choir members.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Latchis Theatre
Latchis Arts presents Garden Inspirations: Growing Vegetables, a day of interesting insights on growing vegetables from three local farmers, as well as acclaimed TV personality Roger Swain, known to millions as the host of the popular PBS show, “The Victory Garden.” The event will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Latchis Theatre.
Only 100 tickets will be sold to this special all-day event. Lunch and snacks are included in the $125 ticket price. The event is a benefit for Latchis Arts.
Local farmers include:
- Jack and Karen Manix, owners of Walker Farm in Dummerston, who will talk about raising vegetables and developing new, niche markets for them;
- Howie Prussack of High Meadow Farm in Putney, whose PowerPoint talk will be on his work with vegetable growers in Nepal, Myanmar and El Salvador;
- Amanda Thurber of Lilac Ridge Farm in Brattleboro, and Christopher Coutant, who will talk about growing vegetables and cooking with them.
Roger Swain, “the man with the red suspenders,” recognized by millions as the host of PBS’ “The Victory Garden” for 15 years, will speak on and demonstrate the proper use of tools and will comment on the state of vegetable gardening in the U.S. today.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.latchisarts.org.