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Feb
28
Wed
The Aftereffects of War on Contemporary Korean Art
Feb 28 @ 5:00 pm
The Aftereffects of War on Contemporary Korean Art @ Landmark College, Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium, Lewis Academic Building

South Korean popular culture has taken the world by storm, from glamorous K-pop bands to award-winning filmmakers as household names. However, many people are not aware of the darker influence of the Cold War on Korean culture and art. With the Cold War as context, Moon will introduce his own artwork, and show how other contemporary South Korean artists navigate the difficult historical legacy of the Korean War and the two Koreas, North and South.

Young Min Moon is an artist, critic, and Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; a Guggenheim Fellow and Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant recipient whose work reflects his migration across cultures and the hybrid nature of identities forged amid the complex historical and political relationships between Asia and North America.

Feb
29
Thu
Open Rehearsals with Brattleboro Women’s Chorus
Feb 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Open Rehearsals with Brattleboro Women's Chorus @ Brattleboro Music Center | Brattleboro | Vermont | United States

Brattleboro Women’s Chorus Welcomes New Singers for Spring Session Spotlighting Black Composers

The Brattleboro Women’s Chorus is delighted to extend an invitation to new singers to join their upcoming spring session, dedicated to showcasing the beautiful music of black composers. This inclusive ensemble, open to individuals at least 10 years of age who identify as female or non-binary and possess a vocal range that comfortably includes the A in the middle of the treble staff, invites voices of all backgrounds to join in this celebration of music from the African diaspora.

The spring session promises to be an exciting exploration of the incredible contributions of black composers to the world of music. From stirring spirituals to contemporary compositions, the repertoire will offer a captivating journey through a range of styles and genres, highlighting the richness and depth of black musical heritage.

On Mother’s Day at the Latchis Theatre, the Chorus will offer a concert of thanks and appreciation for all the richness given to us by the composers, named and unnamed, with African roots. Our music this spring includes songs by Ysaye Barnwell, Bobby McFerrin, Melanie DeMore, Rollo Dilworth, and Stevie Wonder. Local artist Samirah Evans will be the featured soloist as well.

The Chorus will host an open rehearsal at both rehearsals on Thursday, February 29, providing an opportunity for prospective members to experience the joy of singing with the chorus firsthand. While attendance at this rehearsal is open to all, registration in advance is required. Those interested in participating are encouraged to visit brattleborowomenschorus.org for more information and to secure their spot.

Weekly rehearsals for the “concert singers” will be held at the First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro on Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 beginning February 29th. We will also offer a “relaxed singing” chorus on Thursday mornings from 10 am – noon at the Brattleboro Music Center for those who want to continue to sing together without the pressure of working between sessions, and without an attendance requirement. We will sing some (but not all) of the same songs as the evening session, and morning singers will be able to sing in the concert on some songs, if they choose to.

Under the direction of esteemed conductor Becky Graber, the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus provides a welcoming and supportive environment for singers of all levels to come together and share their love of music. Whether you’re a seasoned vocalist or someone who has always wanted to explore their musical talents, there is a place for you in this vibrant and inclusive community.

“Our spring session is an opportunity for us to honor the remarkable legacy of black composers and to hold discussions around what it means to be a predominantly white community singing this music,” says Graber. “We welcome singers of all backgrounds to join us as we come together in song.”

To put our repertoire into some historical context, we will also welcome Melanie DeMore, a vocal activist from California, to lead a virtual workshop for all registered singers on February 26. 

For more information about the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus and to register for the spring session, please visit brattleborowomenschorus.org.

Open Rehearsals with Brattleboro Women’s Chorus
Feb 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Open Rehearsals with Brattleboro Women's Chorus @ First Congregational Church | West Brattleboro | Vermont | United States

Brattleboro Women’s Chorus Welcomes New Singers for Spring Session Spotlighting Black Composers

The Brattleboro Women’s Chorus is delighted to extend an invitation to new singers to join their upcoming spring session, dedicated to showcasing the beautiful music of black composers. This inclusive ensemble, open to individuals at least 10 years of age who identify as female or non-binary and possess a vocal range that comfortably includes the A in the middle of the treble staff, invites voices of all backgrounds to join in this celebration of music from the African diaspora.

The spring session promises to be an exciting exploration of the incredible contributions of black composers to the world of music. From stirring spirituals to contemporary compositions, the repertoire will offer a captivating journey through a range of styles and genres, highlighting the richness and depth of black musical heritage.

On Mother’s Day at the Latchis Theatre, the Chorus will offer a concert of thanks and appreciation for all the richness given to us by the composers, named and unnamed, with African roots. Our music this spring includes songs by Ysaye Barnwell, Bobby McFerrin, Melanie DeMore, Rollo Dilworth, and Stevie Wonder. Local artist Samirah Evans will be the featured soloist as well.

The Chorus will host an open rehearsal at both rehearsals on Thursday, February 29, providing an opportunity for prospective members to experience the joy of singing with the chorus firsthand. While attendance at this rehearsal is open to all, registration in advance is required. Those interested in participating are encouraged to visit brattleborowomenschorus.org for more information and to secure their spot.

Weekly rehearsals for the “concert singers” will be held at the First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro on Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 beginning February 29th. We will also offer a “relaxed singing” chorus on Thursday mornings from 10 am – noon at the Brattleboro Music Center for those who want to continue to sing together without the pressure of working between sessions, and without an attendance requirement. We will sing some (but not all) of the same songs as the evening session, and morning singers will be able to sing in the concert on some songs, if they choose to.

Under the direction of esteemed conductor Becky Graber, the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus provides a welcoming and supportive environment for singers of all levels to come together and share their love of music. Whether you’re a seasoned vocalist or someone who has always wanted to explore their musical talents, there is a place for you in this vibrant and inclusive community.

“Our spring session is an opportunity for us to honor the remarkable legacy of black composers and to hold discussions around what it means to be a predominantly white community singing this music,” says Graber. “We welcome singers of all backgrounds to join us as we come together in song.”

To put our repertoire into some historical context, we will also welcome Melanie DeMore, a vocal activist from California, to lead a virtual workshop for all registered singers on February 26. 

For more information about the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus and to register for the spring session, please visit brattleborowomenschorus.org.

Mar
1
Fri
“YUM!” Art Show Opening Reception
Mar 1 @ 4:00 pm
"YUM!" Art Show Opening Reception @ Brooks Memorial Library, Main Reading Room | Brattleboro | Vermont | United States

BRATTLEBORO Art Show Opening Reception: “YUM!” is an exhibit of 15 bright, bold watercolors depicting edible delights: from mousse to macarons, paella to potato chips, shortcake to strawberries. These posters are by Art Among Friends, a group of 6 local artists – Connie Evans, Alice Freeman, Kathy Greve, Laurie Klenkel, Louise Zak and Lynn Zimmerman – who gather regularly to paint and to support and encourage one another on their artistic journeys.

Regular Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 am to 9 pm; Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 6 pm; and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Through Friday, April 26.
Information: artamongfriends6@gmail.com; brookslibraryvt.org

Mar
3
Sun
Biribá Union
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm
Biribá Union @ Next Stage Arts | Putney | Vermont | United States

Mike Block (Cello, Vocals), Christylez Bacon (Beatbox, Guitar, Rhymes), and Patricia Ligia (Electric Bass, Pandeiro, Vocals) form a dynamic trio, blending original music with global influences to form a fresh and accessible sound. Each member of the collective brings influences and repertoire from their diverse backgrounds, such as Brazilian, Hip-Hop, Classical, Jazz, Bluegrass, Funk, and Pop styles, synthesizing them through original compositions and songs that highlights their improvisational spontaneity and high energy stage presentation.

Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

This concert is sponsored in part by Brattleboro Area Realty.

Mar
9
Sat
Circus Spectacular
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm
Circus Spectacular @ Latchis Theatre | Brattleboro | Vermont | United States

The Circus Spectacular is a dazzling fundraising event from the top circus school in the United States starring guest artists from around the world. Join us for a high flying show that will brighten the season for children of all ages!

In person: $20 balcony / $30 Orchestra Main Floor / $50 VIP (each section is all ages and open seating)

Livestream: $20 Single Viewer / $30 Multiple Viewers (on same device) / $50 Supporter Ticket (Livestream is available on Saturday ONLY)

Vermont Comedy All Stars Live Stand-up Comedy Showcase!
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm
Vermont Comedy All Stars Live Stand-up Comedy Showcase! @ Next Stage Arts | Putney | Vermont | United States

Gordon Clark and his Vermont Comedy All Stars return for a night of stand-up comedy at Next Stage Arts! Featured performers will include several contest-winning and touring comedians most often seen in the Burlington area.

The roster this time around includes David Deery, Eric Dreiblatt, Ruth Fuller, Meredith Gordon, and Scott Goyette.

Mar
10
Sun
Circus Spectacular
Mar 10 @ 1:00 pm
Circus Spectacular @ Latchis Theatre | Brattleboro | Vermont | United States

The Circus Spectacular is a dazzling fundraising event from the top circus school in the United States starring guest artists from around the world. Join us for a high flying show that will brighten the season for children of all ages!

In person: $20 balcony / $30 Orchestra Main Floor / $50 VIP (each section is all ages and open seating)

Livestream: $20 Single Viewer / $30 Multiple Viewers (on same device) / $50 Supporter Ticket (Livestream is available on Saturday ONLY)

The Fairlanes and the Fretbenders co-headline Stage 33 Live
Mar 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Fairlanes and the Fretbenders co-headline Stage 33 Live @ Stage 33 Live | Town of Rockingham | Vermont | United States

The Fairlanes and The Fretbenders play fun, original, tuneful americana steeped in roots and folk. They’ll co-headline Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls VT on Sunday, March 10, 2024, in a 3:00 PM matinee. Tickets are $10 in advance through stage33live.com or at the door. Advance tickets guarantee entry. All ticket proceeds go to the performers. Limited seating; the event will be recorded and filmed. Tickets and more info at stage33live.com

The Fretbenders are Bob and Diane Kordas, with a fun, toe-tapping sound based in blues, roots, americana, and a dash of folk, country, and rock — where a down-home barbecue meets a speakeasy. Diane and Bob have played in various New England swing, bluegrass, and roots bands through the years, honing their fun stage presence and inclusive style. For this show they’ll be playing as a duo.

“Taking you simultaneously to a veranda in Sicily and a back porch in Louisiana.”
— The A & R Factory

The Fairlanes play original, heartfelt music with tuneful melodies and thoughtful lyrics about life, loss, and love that live somewhere between folk, rock, and americana. They perform as anything from a duo to an octet, and for this show there will be about half a dozen of them.

Tickets are $10 in advance through stage33live.com or at the door. Seating is limited. Advance tickets guarantee entry. All ticket proceeds go to the performers. This is a 3:00 PM matinee on Sunday, March 10, 2024. Stage 33 Live is located at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls VT. The event will be recorded and filmed.

Stage 33 Live is a casual and intimate industrial-rustic listening room in a former factory hosting local, regional, and national performances and presentations of original material. No bar or kitchen, the stage is the mission; coffee / soda / juice / water and weird snacks available by donation. More info about the nonprofit, all-volunteer project, and this and other upcoming events, online at stage33live.com

Stage 33 Live gratefully acknowledges the help of so many individuals without whom none of this would be able to happen, and institutional support this season from The Island Corporation, the Vermont Arts Council, Guilford Sound, WOOL-FM, the Rockingham Arts & Museum Project, and Chroma Technologies to help fund improvements and maintenance, and generally smooth out a lot of the rough edges. Stage 33 Live is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and all donations are deductible to the fullest extent. Volunteers run the thing from stem to stern.

Christine Correa Ensemble
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm
Christine Correa Ensemble @ Next Stage Arts | Putney | Vermont | United States

The Christine Correa Ensemble will highlight Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite and Percussion Bitter Sweet in order to celebrate the creative and activist legacy of Max Roach, a high-profile artist who was an outspoken civil rights advocate and who used the arts as a catalyst for change.

For Correa and her five-member ensemble, honoring Roach’s work means approaching his innovative music and powerful performances with deep reverence and sympathy. As such, the ensemble’s goal is to stay as true to the spirit of the music as possible by returning to the powerful emotional and creative content with sincerity and artfulness.
After the performance, there will be an opportunity for the audience to converse with the musicians, which aims to not only shed light on the historical and social context that informed Roach’s work, but will also provide an opportunity for audiences to reflect on their experiences of this work and its relevance in the present moment.

Next Stage Arts Project’s presentation of the Christine Corréa Ensemble is supported through a Chamber Music America Presenter Consortium for Jazz grant in collaboration with The Dance Hall and Portland Conservatory of Music.

A component of the Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project, Presenter Consortium for Jazz is funded by the Doris Duke Foundation.

This concert is sponsored in part by Community Bank NA.

Mar
13
Wed
Feeling Included: The Role and Importance of Sense of Belonging on Student Success
Mar 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Feeling Included: The Role and Importance of Sense of Belonging on Student Success @ Landmark College, Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium, Lewis Academic Building

A student’s sense of belonging – their perceived belief of feeling included and valued within their community – is a key aspect of student success within the higher education setting. This sense of feeling included can be influenced by many factors, including students’ involvement within the campus community, relationships formed in their academic and social activities, and their perceptions of their overall environment. As many elements can impact student retention and degree completion, it is vital to recognize the influence of belongingness on student motivation toward their higher education-related achievements.

This one-hour interactive presentation integrates research, theory, and audience engagement to discuss the importance of one’s sense of belonging within higher education and how each campus community stakeholder has a unique responsibility in creating a supportive and inclusive institutional environment.

NXT Rockumentary Film Series: 20 Feet from Stardom (2013)
Mar 13 @ 7:00 pm
NXT Rockumentary Film Series: 20 Feet from Stardom (2013) @ Next Stage Arts | Putney | Vermont | United States

Filmmaker Morgan Neville shines a long-overdue spotlight on the hit-making contributions of longtime backup singers like Darlene Love and Merry Clayton.

Rich, insightful, and occasionally heartbreaking, 20 Feet From Stardom is an energetic tribute to the passion, talent, and hard work of backup singers.

Co-presented with Next Chapter Records.

Mar
16
Sat
Soaring: An Evening of Circus and Song
Mar 16 @ 4:00 pm
Soaring: An Evening of Circus and Song @ Next Stage Arts | Putney | Vermont | United States

Join soprano-aerialist Elizabeth Wohl, pianist Ivan Tan, and special guest artists for an evening of circus and song, performing music by Mozart, Gounod, Bizet, and Vermont composer Gwyneth Walker with original aerial choreography.

Wohl is a professional classically-trained opera singer based in New England. She adds aerial acrobatics to well-loved arias to complement each aria’s inherent dramatic arc. She delights in developing innovative interpretations of beloved classical music. She draws her audiences into every performance through the alchemy of vocal and aerial arts — inspiring wonder, delight and awe. She believes each of us is an artist, and that we shape the world together through every interaction. She has performed her aerial arias as part of a one-woman show entitled “Three French Birds,” at the Providence Fringe Festival, and separately throughout the New England region for concerts, non-profit fundraising events, and weddings.

When she’s not singing in the air, you can find Wohl singing on the ground as a soloist with the Friends of Music at Guilford, the Keene Chorale, and the Windham Philharmonic.

Soaring: An Evening of Circus and Song
Mar 16 @ 7:30 pm
Soaring: An Evening of Circus and Song @ Next Stage Arts | Putney | Vermont | United States

Join soprano-aerialist Elizabeth Wohl, pianist Ivan Tan, and special guest artists for an evening of circus and song, performing music by Mozart, Gounod, Bizet, and Vermont composer Gwyneth Walker with original aerial choreography.

Wohl is a professional classically-trained opera singer based in New England. She adds aerial acrobatics to well-loved arias to complement each aria’s inherent dramatic arc. She delights in developing innovative interpretations of beloved classical music. She draws her audiences into every performance through the alchemy of vocal and aerial arts — inspiring wonder, delight and awe. She believes each of us is an artist, and that we shape the world together through every interaction. She has performed her aerial arias as part of a one-woman show entitled “Three French Birds,” at the Providence Fringe Festival, and separately throughout the New England region for concerts, non-profit fundraising events, and weddings.

When she’s not singing in the air, you can find Wohl singing on the ground as a soloist with the Friends of Music at Guilford, the Keene Chorale, and the Windham Philharmonic.

Mar
17
Sun
“Ourself, Behind Ourself Concealed,” featuring Martha Redbone, Dave Eggar, Tasha Warren, and Phil Faconti
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm
"Ourself, Behind Ourself Concealed," featuring Martha Redbone, Dave Eggar, Tasha Warren, and Phil Faconti @ Next Stage Arts | Putney | Vermont | United States

Introducing to the Vermont area, for the very first time, the music from their Grammy-nominated record “Ourself, Behind Ourself Concealed,” classical virtuosos Tasha Warren (clarinet and bass clarinet) and Dave Eggar (cello) invite the audience on a captivating musical odyssey through the realms of classical, jazz, tango, and beyond. Joining forces with the duo is the exceptional Martha Redbone, who brings her distinctive blend of folk, gospel, and blues, accompanied by the masterful guitar virtuoso Phil Faconti. Together, they create an unforgettable evening, weaving an immersive tapestry of musical storytelling that promises to be a unique and enriching experience.

“Ourself, Behind Ourself Concealed,” released in 2022, presents world premieres of chamber works by six of today’s most dynamic and influential composers: Nathalie Joachim, Paquito D’Rivera, Meg Okura, Martha Redbone, Pascal Le Boeuf, and Cornelius Boots. As the world simultaneously stood still and transformed across the globe, these six pieces came into the world during the pandemic lockdown in 2020/2021, each emerging as a reflection of our complex global landscape. From the Far East to the Haitian Caribbean, to the plains of Africa journeying through Cuba to New York, tales whisper and weave to form a beautiful and poignant collision of genres. These stunning new works come to life on the contemporary classical music stage by way of the shape-shifting, chameleon-like natures of these two complementary instruments. The result is an explosion of beauty, power, joy, ecstasy, isolation, and unity; uniquely inspired by personal narrative, identity, and the time in which they were written.