Eleva Chamber Players
WATERBURY-WAITFIELD — The Eleva Chamber Players are celebrating the legacy of violinist John Lindsey, its founding concertmaster, as he retires from the orchestra after 17 years.
The farewell concerts feature some of the most beloved pieces from the string repertoire: Corelli’s Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, no. 8 (“The Christmas Concerto”); “Winter” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”; Mendelssohn’s Symphony for Strings No. 3; Primrose Tango from “Sarasateana” (arr. Katie Jenkins); and Arensky’s Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky.
The concerts will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 12 at United Church of Christ/Waterbury Congregational Church, 8 N. Main St.; and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 13 at The Inn at Round Barn Farm, 1661 East Warren Road in Waitsfield.
According to Willie Docto, founder of The Players, “We are so thrilled to be able to give John Lindsey a musical farewell. In 2005, John was the first guest musician to join our band. Her ability to create beautiful sound with her violin, strong leadership skills and gentle demeanor have made Eleva a unique and inspiring experience for musicians and audiences alike. He will certainly be missed. »
The Eleva Chamber Players is central Vermont’s only professional string chamber orchestra and was founded in April 2006 in Waterbury, with a mission to uplift the human spirit through music.
“A place to start”
BRATTLEBORO — The 400-seat sanctuary of the renovated Gothic church that houses Epsilon Spiers will echo with strings and synthesizers in the evening at 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 13, when musicians Peter Coccoma and Clarice Jensen perform selections from their recent work.
“I would describe the music as atmospheric or contemplative,” says Coccoma, whose album “A Place to Begin” began as “everyday musical sketches” while wintering on a sparsely inhabited Lake Superior island. At the time, Coccoma was exploring the Buddhist concept of maranasati, which is bringing awareness of death into daily life, after a loved one was misdiagnosed with a life-threatening illness and had three months left. to live.
The concert at Epsilon Spiers will feature Jensen performing solo compositions followed by her and Coccoma performing tracks from “A Place to Begin,” which was touted as one of NPR’s top albums of 2022. The album by Jensen’s “The Experience of Repetition as Death” was named one of the 50 best albums of the year by NPR in 2020, which also noted that “this collection of requiems for a dying mother ranks among the great albums 21st century environments”.
modern day theater
PLAINFIELD – The Friends of the Plainfield Opera will present the Modern Times Theater at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 13 at the Plainfield Opera House, 18 High St. (US Route 2). After a hilarious outdoor show in the summer of 2021, they had to come back. And this time it’s with a brand new indoor show.
“We’re Not From Here”: Arrived from elsewhere just in time for the show, veteran vaudeville artists Rose Friedman and Justin Lander will present a million years in just under 75 minutes. An old-fashioned amusement rug. Music, puppets and schtick.
They’ll attempt to summon the ghosts of the attic to answer our most pressing questions, including “How did we get here?” “Where are we going?” and “Can’t you do this anywhere else?”
CASTLETON — The Theater Arts Department at Castleton University presents “Silent Sky” at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday November 10-12 and at 2 p.m. Sunday November 13.
“Silent Sky” follows the true story of Henrietta Leavitt. She began working at Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, where she and her female colleagues were seen as mere human calculators doing work during “girls’ hours” for a renowned astronomer. In her spare time, Henrietta tries to measure starlight and distance while maintaining the balance of her life on Earth and her obligations to her family.
Henrietta’s Life explores the enormous challenges of being a woman in an age of cutting-edge scientific discovery held back by societal conventions, and her belief that women and passion deserve the respect of the scientific community.
‘A little night music’
PUTNEY — Wild Goose Players will perform Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music,” featuring a 12-piece orchestra, at Next Stage Arts November 11-20, conducted by David Stern with musical direction by Mary Westbrook-Geha.
An evening of sexual musical chairs on the longest night of the year, Sondheim’s hilarious exploration of love and sex’s tour de force reveals how our opinions and actions about relationships have and have not. not changed over time. Featuring some of his greatest music, including the hugely popular “Send in the Clowns”, this modern take on a classic is sure to delight.
Winner of four Tony Awards, “Night Music” explores a tangle of affairs and the passion, jealousy, suspicion and exhaustion they create. This production seeks to look playfully yet directly at our collective struggles with sex, partnership and commitment. As a result, it’s a pretty grown-up musical.
Youth author and illustrator
RUTLAND — Children love stories and drawing. Children’s author and illustrator Ashley Wolff will combine these two activities at a special free event at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 12 in the Fox Room of the Rutland Free Library on Court Street, sponsored by the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of the Rutland Free Library. .
The first 20 kids in attendance receive a free Wolff book, “How to Help a Pumpkin Grow” or “Wildfire!” She will first read a story to the children, then invent a story with them while she draws.
Wolff has been an artist since the age of 5. She grew up in Middlebury and holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She has written and/or illustrated over 70 children’s picture books. One of his favorite hobbies has been traveling to schools across the United States to talk to children about writing, drawing, and using their passion and imagination to help them find their own path to the future. Wolff lives and works by a lake in Leicester.