Music & Theater
Summer Music Festivals
Grafton Music Festival
Grafton in the White Church
Sat, July 11: The Grafton Music Festival will present A Far Cry, the Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra from Boston, in the White Church in Grafton at 8 p.m.
5th Friendly Gathering Music Festival:
Timber Ridge, Windham
June 26-27: Featuring nearly 30 different musical acts, including rock and roll, bluegrass, folk, jam, reggae and electronic acts. The festival, which takes place at Timber Ridge, in Windham, combines music, camping, yoga, food, skateboarding, dance workshops, inspiration and a big dose of friendship.
Roots on the River
June 4-7: Vermont’s premiere singer-songwriter festival along the scenic Connecticut River. With Mary Gauthier, John Fullbright, the Black Lillies, Sam Baker and more.
41st Season of Manchester Music Festival:
July 9: Chopin and the French Connection at the Arkell Pavilion, Manchester, 7:30 p. July 13: Young Artists Series – Opening Night at Riley Center for the Arts, Manchester, 7p. July 16: In Praise of Music at the Arkell Pavilion, Manchester, 7:30 p. July 18: Whole Lotta Fun 2, at the Arkell Pavilion, Manchester, 7:30 p. July 20: Young Artist Concert at Riley Center for the Arts, Manchester, 7p. July 22: Master Class with Professor Danwen Jiang, at Yester House, Manchester, 3p. July 23: Genius Unbound at the Arkell Pavilion, Manchester, 7:30p. July 27: Young Artists Series – Opening Night at Riley Center for the Arts, Manchester, 7:30p. July 30: Beethoven, Jazz and the Road Less Traveled, Arkell Pavilion, Manchester, 7:30 p. Aug 3: Young Artists Series – Opening Night at Riley Center for the Arts, Manchester, 7p. Aug 6: Spectacular Strings at the Arkell Pavilion, Manchester, 7:30 p. Aug 10: Young Artists Series – Opening Night at Riley Center for the Arts, Manchester, 7p. Aug 13: Power Trio + 2 at the Arkell Pavilion, Manchester, 7:30 p. Aug 17: Young Artist Series Concert – Season Finale at Riley Center for the Arts, Manchester, 7p. Aug 20: A Night at the Opera at the Arkell Pavilion, Manchester, 7:30 p.
65th Season of Marlboro Music: July 18-Aug 16 (exact concert venues/performers TBD)
After three weeks of daily rehearsals, Marlboro artists begin sharing with audiences the results of their in-depth collaborations. Public concerts are presented on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons from July 18—Aug 16, and on Friday evenings Aug 7 and Aug 14. The programs will be selected from the 60-80 groups in rehearsal at any one time; only one quarter of the more than 250 works explored during the summer can be included. Each week, groups who feel that they have achieved especially successful results will recommend their works for performance. As a result of this dynamic scheduling process, we do not know concert repertoire or personnel more than a week in advance. Yet, the performances provide exciting musical discoveries and represent the joyous spirit and dedication to excellence of the entire Marlboro Music community. The concerts can sell out quickly, so we urge you to reserve your seats as early as possible.
46th Yellow Barn Summer Season: July 10-Aug 8
Each summer Yellow Barn presents over 30 public events between mid-June and early August. In addition to 23 concerts, Yellow Barn invites the public to four masterclasses each summer, and Saturday night concerts are preceded by a pre-concert discussion at the Putney Public Library. We also welcome visitors on campus for a meal and open rehearsals during our annual Open House, and invite families of all ages to enjoy Yellow Barn’s annual Children’s Concert.
More Summer Music Not to Miss
Brattleboro Music Center
38 Walnut Street, Brattleboro
bmcvt.org, 802 257-4523
May 16-17: Brattleboro Concert Choir – Handel’s “Samson,” 7:30p. May 29 and 31: Windham Orchestra presents “Contrasts,” 7:30p on Friday, 3p on Sunday.
Deerfield Valley Jazz Concert Series
Monthly JAZZ AND DANCING fundraisers for area charitable foundations
May 23: Veterans Family Outreach Resource Center
The Veterans Outreach Center helps veterans and their families obtain the benefits they’ve earned June 20: Habitat for Humanity gives a hand up, not a hand out; to hard-working home buyers willing to help build their own simple, decent, and affordable homes.http://vthabitat.org/vermont-affiliates-2/13-west-river-habitat-for-humanity. July 25: Deerfield Valley Rotary Club The Deerfield Valley Rotary Club Community and Global Service organization in southern Vermont http://www.visitvermont.com/go/deerfield-valley-rotary-club. August 15:The Gathering Place
The Gathering Place provides a host of services at the Center for our participants and families, with a focus on wellness and maintaining independence. http://gatheringplacevt.org/
Southern Vermont Arts Center
Arkell Pavilion at West Rd, Manchester
svac.org, 802 362-1405
June 27: Jefferson & Adams, a stage play about the turbulent 52 year friendship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, based on the collection of letters between the prolific founding fathers. July 24-25: Shakespearean Theater: Love’s Labour’s Lost. Drawing on the themes of masculine love and desire, reckoning and rationalizing, and reality versus fantasy, 7p. July 25: IBIT: Intrinsic Beauty of Invisible Things. Exploration of modern and contemporary dance, 2p. Aug 1-2: Sheakespearean Theater: Henry IV, Part I, 7p. Aug 7: The Adam Ezra Group, both inspiring communities and encouraging grassroots activism, 7p. Aug 15: Junkman Music, using the sounds of “found objects,” long before the green movement began. Aug 18: Washington County Band, 6:30p. Aug 21: Howard Fishman, 7p. Aug 29: Bob Milne, 7p. Sept 13: Andy Avery, benefit concert for SVAC and CFC, 7p.
Stone Church Arts
20 Church Street, Bellows Falls
stonechurcharts.org, 802 463-3100
June 20: A Celtic Mid-Summer Celebration with Áine Minogue, Celtic harp and vocals, 7:30p. June 28: A Festival of Mandolin Chamber Music Concert, 3p. July 10: Vermont Improv Concert: Cellist Eugene Friesen and Guitarist Ian Ethan Case, 7:30p. July 11: Vermont Improv Student Concert, 7:30p.
Vermont Jazz Center
72 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro
May 16: Alicia Olatuja, vocal teacher, producer and artist for the Brooklyn Arts Council, 8p. June 6: Eugene Uman’s Convergence Project, with fresh, innovative, accessible and enjoyable music, 8p. Ongoing: The Vermont Jazz Center is the premiere place to see live jazz music in southern Vermont. Regular concerts take place around the Brattleboro area. See the web site for details and a schedule.
Vermont Symphony Orchestra
At various locations in Vermont
vso.org, 800 876-9293
July 1-11: Countdown to 2015 Summer Festival Tour. As if a summer’s evening in Vermont weren’t magical enough already…the VSO conjures up a dreamscape of enchantment. Wizards, witches, and trolls, oh my! Our musical sorcery spirits you to Middle Earth–and then safely back to your picnic spread. As always, concerts conclude with the spectacular 1812 Overture, marches, and fireworks.
July 1: Mountain Top Inn, Chittenden. July 2: Riley Rink at Hunter Park, Manchester. July 3: Grafton Ponds, Grafton. July 4: Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. July 5: Trapp Concert Meadow, Stowe. July 9: Suicide Six Ski Area, South Pomfret. July 10: Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow. July 11: Three Stallion Inn, Randolph.
Actors Theatre Playhouse
Brook and Main St, West Chesterfield, NH
June 19-20 and 26-27: From Page to Stage: “Interval.” July 17-18, 24-25 and 31-Aug 1: “Shows You Won’t See Anywhere Else.” Aug 8, 15, 22 and 29: Stage Readings. Aug 28-Sept 20: Main Stage Production, “The Seafarer.” Oct 9-17: From Page to Stage, “Love, Loss & What I Wore.”
Dorset Theatre Festival.
104 Cheney Rd, Dorset
dorsettheatrefestival.org, 802 867-2223
June 13 and 20: Special Family Show – The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka. June 25-July 5: Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage. July 9-25: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily by Katie Forgette. July 30-Aug 15: Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley. Aug 20-Sept 5: I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick. Sept 9-12: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer adapted by Laura Eason from the book by Mark Twain.
331 Main St, Bennington
oldcastletheatre.org, 802 447-0564
Thru-17: Talley’s Folley, by Lanford Wilson, a no-holds-barred romantic story. June 5-21: Time Stands Still, by Donald Margulies, the story of a female journalist wounded in Iraq. July 10-Aug 2: Cabaret, the great, classic musical. Aug 21-Sept 6: Black Comedy, by Peter Shaffer, a nonstop laugh riot. Sept 25-Oct 11: The Lion Winter, by James Goldman.
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
703 Main St, Weston
westonplayhouse.org, 802 824-5288
June 3-July 11: Pump Boys and Dinettes, a down-home musical served with a smile, country western songs with heartbreak and hilarity on guitars, piano, bass and, yes, kitchen utensils. June 25-July 12: Junie B. Jones, everybody’s favorite first-grader stars in this fast-paced musical about new friends, new glasses, and sugar cookies as she tackles the first grade and writes the story in her “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal.” July 16-July 25: Peter and the Starcatcher, a company of a dozen actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters in this Tony-winning prequel to Peter Pan, which asks the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? July 2 -Aug 9: The Other Place, a riveting new psychological drama unfolds a mystery as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present, and the elusive truth boils to the surface. July 30-Aug 22: Guys and Dolls, the legendary Broadway fable comes to life in this romantic musical comedy involving a high-rolling gangster and a puritanical missionary and a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow with a crap game manager who is anything but. Aug 13-30: The Road to Where: Broadway veteran and writer Cass Morgan takes us to County Clare, Ireland in this uplifting journey told through story and song. Aug 27-Sept 5: The Glass Menagerie, a restless son gets swept in his mother’s funny and heartbreaking schemes to find a husband for his painfully shy sister in the timeless American masterpiece.