MONTPELER – The orchestra and choir of the Green Mountain Mahler Festival will present a free open-air performance of the fourth movement (“Ode to Joy”) from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at 3.30 pm on Sunday, September 26 on the lawn of the State House on the Capitol. Under the direction of Daniel Bruce, featured vocal soloists are Lillian Broderick, soprano; Nessa Rabin, mezzo-soprano; Andrew Ross, tenor; and José Schmidt, double bass.
Members of the public should bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on and practice social distancing with those who are not members of your own household.
“Please leave the stage”
DORSET – The Dorset Players will open their 94th season with ‘Kindly Leave the Stage’, a British living room farce, written by John Chapman and performed by Richard Maiori, from October 1-10 at Dorset Playhouse. The performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Due to concerns related to COVID-19, no appointments will be allowed. Customers must prove that they are fully vaccinated and masks will be required for everyone. This room contains adult content and language and children under 12 will not be admitted.
RANDOLPH – In December 2020, Vermont hosted a unique and significant annual publication in its life, Vermont Almanac, a book entirely devoted to the rural aspects of life in Green Mountain State. The 288-page publication honors and celebrates topics such as Vermont farms, forests, wildlife, plants, butterflies, the maple syrup industry, weather and more. The publication also includes stories about the many Vermonters whose lives are dedicated to protecting and sustaining these many defining characteristics of Vermont life.
To celebrate the first volume of the Almanac, as well as in anticipation of future volumes to be released each year, the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph, at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, will host “Vermont Almanac: Stories Told From & For the Land ”, an evening of readings by ten of the dozens of authors featured in the first volume, accompanied by live music by the group Turnip Truck.
Chandler’s new policy is universal masking for everyone in the room except each individual speaker on stage. The room will socially distance ticketed groups and may require proof of vaccine status or a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours for adults.
“The ghost of paradise”
BRATTLEBORO – At 8 pm on Saturday, October 2, a special presentation of the cult classic “Phantom of Heaven” will take place at the Epsilon Spiers Sanctuary. Fans of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be delighted with this lesser-known rock opera influenced by works such as “Faust” and “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, although it is seen through the glittery lens of the lavish 1970s glam rock.
Directed by Brian De Palma (“Carrie”, “Scarface” and the original “Mission: Impossible”), “Phantom of the Paradise” explores the tension between artistic authenticity and the marketability of pop culture. The story is about a nebulous singer-songwriter who unwittingly sells his soul to an infamous record producer named Swan for the opportunity to have his epic rock cantata performed by his muse, played in the film by a young girl. Jessica Harper years before she starred in Dario’s Argento classic horror film “Suspiria”.
PUTNEY – Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present Kat Wright and her trio as well as Pete Bernhard as part of the 2021 Next Stage “Bandwagon Summer Series”, a social distancing outdoor concert series, at 4pm on Sunday September 26 , in the field behind the Putney Inn.
Wright, whose voice is both sultry and dynamic, delicate yet powerful, gritty but very emotional and nuanced, has been described as “a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse”. in their trio formation, highlighting their folk-roots personality.
The show opens with local guitarist and singer Pete Bernhard, frontman of The Devil Makes Three.
Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit outside in socially distant pods on the grounds. Next Stage will provide a cash bar.
Tickets cost $ 25, $ 20 in advance (12 and under free): call 802-387-0102 or go online at nextstagearts.org for tickets or information. The Putney Inn is located at 57 Putney Landing Road.
BRATTLEBORO – The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) presents “Minor White: Photographer, Teacher, Advocate,” a free online talk by art historian Catherine Barth, Ph.D., at 7:30 pm on Thursday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Barth received his doctorate in art history from Emory University in 2021. His dissertation, “Frederick Sommer: Photography at the Limits of the Avant-Garde,” includes an examination of Sommer’s relationship with White as well as with Edward Weston, Ansel Adams and Nancy and Beaumont Newhall, all key figures in White’s career. She was awarded a Minor White Archive Fellowship in 2019 from Princeton University, where her research included an examination of White’s role as co-founder and editor of photography magazine Aperture.
This event is presented in conjunction with “Sequences: Ode to Minor White”, a BMAC exhibition of contemporary works of art that evoke White’s aesthetic and philosophical ideas.