THERE’S STILL TIME to add music to your child’s summer!
The Brattleboro Music Center has openings in two of its summer programs starting next week: Beginning Guitar Camp for kdis ages 8-13, and Time
Traveling Through Music for 7-12 year olds.
Beginning Guitar Camp
Beginning Guitar Camp runs from July 28 - August 1, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, for kids ages 8 to 13.
Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present Pennsylvania-based, acoustic folk trio The Stray Birds and the indie roots music husband/wife team of Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar (formerly of the acoustic stringband The Mammals) at Next Stage on Thursday, July 24 at 7:30 pm.
Drawing upon the richness of American folk music traditions, the signature power of The Stray Birds sound lies in outstanding songwriting spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. The Stray Birds were born of a compelling collaboration between two unique writers and vocalists - the pure, luxurious voice of Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven's richness of tone and depth of delivery. Grounding their sound is the unshakeable groove of bassist Charles Muench.
Twilight Music continues its 12th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, July 13 with Philadelphia-based, Americana and acoustic blues duo Beaucoup Blue. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 24. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Soundview Paper Company, Next Stage Arts Project, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.
I remember a friend telling me, a long time ago, that I should go hear this band called Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains who were playing in a parking lot on Elliot Street that afternoon. I had doubts about the venue and didn't go. My loss. Last night, Johnny Hobo was back, or at least, his inventor, Pat “the Bunny” Schneeweis, with a new band, Ramshackle Glory. As it turned out, their homecoming show at the Church Saturday night turned out to be the highlight of my weekend if not the whole month of June.
Twilight Music continues its 12th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, June 29 with an evening of hard driving, house rocking, in your face blues by The Chris Kleeman Band. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 24. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Soundview Paper Company, Next Stage Arts Project, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.
PUTNEY- Thursday, June 26th at 7:30pm, Martin Grosswendt will bring his masterful take on American roots music to the intimate stage of Sandglass Theater in Putney, VT. In this rare appearance, Martin is accompanied by guitarist and singer Susanne Salem-Schatz. Tickets are $16 general, $13 for students and seniors and can be reserved by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 802-387-4051.
Martin Grosswendt is an extraordinary instrumentalist and powerful singer. He draws from a wide range of American roots music and is particularly well known as an interpreter of country blues of the 20’s and 30’s.
Get your tickets NOW for a great evening of music! Please join the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library in this fund raising event to celebrate James Joyce and Bloomsday. Dublin in Song and Story with musician and Irish folklorist Tom O'Carroll will be presented on Thursday, June 19, at 7:30 PM, in the Library's Main Room.
Dublin born folklorist, folk-singer and instrumentalist Tom O'Carroll brings a wealth of stories, humor, wit and history to his performances. In this program Tom tells the tales and sings the songs of his native city. This capital city on the River Liffey has an abundance of history and colorful characters and Tom will introduce you to some of them. This program is ideal for those interested in Irish Literature.
A Cappella Workshop
Starting Sunday, June 22, the Brattleboro Music Center will be hosting a 2-week a cappella workshop for teens. The workshop is led by Keira Carmichael and Riley Goodemote; and focuses on Collegiate Style a cappella arrangements of traditional & popular music, beat boxing and more
A fun and musically educational co-ed a cappella camp for teens ranging in age from 13 to 19. The workshop will cover basic a cappella theory and beat boxing skills. Participants will prepare at least 5 to 6 songs for live performance. Focus will also be placed on building skills that give students the independence to begin their own groups and lead rehearsals.
Twilight Music continues its 12th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, June 15 with Kat Wright and Brett Hughes’ Americana music quartet. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 24. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Soundview Paper Company, Next Stage Arts Project, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.
July 21-25, 2014, 10am-12pm
The Brattleboro Music Center's Camp Presto is the perfect week long adventure for children who are interested in music, but not sure whether to commit to learning an instrument.
While learning the basics of playing the violin, campers will work together to complete a musical story book. Each child will tell a story through a simple violin composition, incorporating the very basics of note reading and rhythm, while simultaneously learning alternatives to musical notation.
Students will learn to perform their musical ideas, culminating in a final class CD that they can take home to share with their family & friends!
Have you ever wanted to travel back in time?
That's what we'll be doing in this week long journey through the course of music history. We will combine music and other artistic expressions to recreate a variety of musical periods starting all the way back in prehistoric times! We'll make instruments and act like composers. We'll listen to the differences in styles from one period to the next, and draw pictures of what we hear. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of how music has been shaped over time in a playful and engaging environment. Each child’s creativity will be our time machine, which might even take us into the future! Tuition $150 / Financial Aid Available.
GUILFORD, Vt. -- Friends of Music at Guilford, now in its 48th season, presents an "A Cappella à la Carte" evening on Saturday, June 14, as the finale to its annual calendar. As usual, the evening's three-part menu of membership meeting, all-community potluck, and a cappella concert takes place at Guilford Community Church, just a short distance from Exit 1 off Interstate 91.
The festivities begin at 6 pm with a brief and merry Friends of Music membership meeting. Folks can sign up on the spot and participate in voting for the upcoming year's board of trustees, as well as symbolically ratify the current board's actions in the fiscal year just ending. Preliminary plans for the 49th annual season of concerts are shared with everyone present.
BRATTLEBORO, VT - On Saturday, June 7th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center presents “Sounds of Shearing,” an all-star group comprised primarily of alumni from the working bands of the great pianist, George Shearing. Under the leadership of vibraphonist Charlie Shoemake, the ensemble pays tribute to George Shearing, performing his elegant arrangements and bringing to life his legendary sound. This music typifies a refined version of jazz often called “cool jazz.” His music was swinging but accessible, nimble but never loud, complex but beautiful. Shoemake and his associates take this to heart, they’ve distilled the essence and are revitalizing Shearing’s music with passion, experience and expertise.
Guilford, Vt. -- Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) presents its 6th annual Spring Organ Recital at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 25, in the Organ Barn at idyllic Tree Frog Farm in the Guilford countryside. For this Memorial Day Weekend recital, Ken Olsson has chosen a singularly appropriate program: music by 19th-century Americans. Not only does it suit this national holiday; it also reflects FOMAG’s continuing interest in American composers, most specifically those associated with New England. And it suits the organization's Guilford Chamber Organ, with a console dating back to the late 19th century, when it was installed in a church in Maine.
There were organs in America as far back as the early colonial era, but not many; the Puritan tradition frowned on instrumental music in church services. Still, by 1800, Boston boasted eight church organs, New York and Philadelphia five or six, and many other cities throughout the colonies claimed at least one. Wealthy private households had organs, too. Early instruments were imported, but by the mid-18th century the emerging nation had developed an organ-building industry. There wasn’t much published organ music, since church organists mostly accompanied hymns; interludes were improvised. Organ music for concert use was virtually unknown until decades later.
The Windham Orchestra and PanOpera join forces to bring “TOSCA” to the region. Performances of Puccini’s “Tosca” will be at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro, Vermont on Friday, May 30 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, June 1 at 2 pm; and at the Academy of Music in Northampton, Massachusetts on Thursday, June 5 at 7:30 pm.
“Tosca” tells the brutal truth about what drives us; our passions, and desires. It’s essential Puccini - lurid, ravishing, hugely enjoyable, and not to be missed. There are no gods or heroes, this is raw humanity on display.
“No-one needs to understand Italian or 'know about opera' to relate immediately and instinctively to the emotional states of the characters and the horrifying situations they are in,” explains Windham Orchestra Director Hugh Keelan. “Who has not experienced desperation in love, particularly when a loved one is in pain? Who does not know the struggle between the higher and lower self? Who has not been helpless, overwhelmed in adversity---and tried to pretend they have it all handled?”