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Organ Barn Concert & Cookout on May 28 features Virtuoso Justin Hartz

Guilford, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG), now in its 51st Concert Season, is preparing for its 9th annual Spring Recital in the Organ Barn at Tree Frog Farm, the site of its founding event in 1966. Each season begins with an organ concert in this intimate barn on Labor Day Weekend. Over the past decade, a sort of "bookended" concert towards the end of FOMAG's season has given the organization a second opportunity to celebrate its roots. This spring's concert is at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, and is followed by an optional holiday cookout.


Caravan of Thieves and The Dupont Brothers at Next Stage on Saturday, May 20

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present acoustic swing and alt gypsy jazz quartet Caravan of Thieves, plus indie-folk-rock duo The Dupont Brothers, at Next Stage on Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 pm.

For the past nine years, Caravan of Thieves has roamed the North American continent recruiting a family of avid thrill seekers at their high energy shows. Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories. It’s theatrical and humorous. It’s musical and intense. It entertains, dazzles and defies classification while welcoming the spectator to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and sing-alongs.


BrattRock Youth Rock Festival Announces New Events; Performer Registration Now Open

Planning is underway for this year's BrattRock--The Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival. Now in its second year, the festival's mission is to provide a venue for musical youth from Brattleboro and the surrounding region to connect, learn, perform, inspire, and be inspired. Events and activities emphasize both educational and performance opportunities. Participation is free and open to youth under age 20 who are musicians, or who have an interest in music or the music industry. 

Last year's inaugural event included workshops offered by local music professionals, including Samirah Evans, Kevin Parry, and Aaron Chesley. The public concert held at 118 Elliot in downtown Brattleboro, featured live performances by 14 area youth bands on two different stages and drew an audience of over 400 spectators. 


All State Music Fest Kicks Off With Brattleboro Main Street Parade

The 2017 All State Parade is tonight at 6:45 pm on Main Street in Brattleboro. It appears from the schedule that 14 marching bands will be participating. This is not to be missed if you are a fan of young musicians, parades, or marching bands.

Dummerston School, Lake Region HS, Winooski HS, Peoples Academy, Harwood Union HS, Whitcomb & Rochester HS , South Royalton HS, Proctor HS, Fair Haven Union HS, Mill River Union HS, Springfield HS, Bellows Falls Union HS, Brattleboro Area Middle School, and BUHS are scheduled to participate.

(If you can’t make it downtown, try tuning in to WVEW 107.7 fm at 7 pm - Lise and I have our regular weekly show and will attempt to broadcast some of this parade live.)


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Billy Childs Quartet

Billy Childs Quartet to Perform Music From Their New Release, Rebirth, at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, May 6th

The Vermont Jazz Center will present Billy Childs, one of the leading pianists, composers and arrangers of our time, on Saturday, May 6th at 8:00 PM. He will be performing with his quartet including saxophonist Dayna Stephens, bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Ari Hoenig. Childs has earned thirteen Grammy nominations and four Grammy awards. He is also the recipient of Chamber Music America’s Composer’s Grant, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a music award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Concert at Brooks Library: Verandah Porche & Patty Carpenter

Keeping Company With Songs and Poems: Verandah Porche and Patty Carpenter Create Special Show to Benefit The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library. Friday, May 5, 2017, 7 pm. Two local artists, the renowned poet Verandah Porche and her close friend, the jazz and rock musician Patty Carpenter, are combining their talents for a special show based on their friendship for the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library. The show will be at Brooks Memorial Library in the newly arranged Main Reading Room. Tickets are available at the library in advance of the show or at the door. To accommodate everyone, ticket prices are on a sliding scale: $12, $15 or $25.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Adam O'Farrill Quartet (Emerging Artist Series)

Young, Award-winning Trumpeter and Jazz Composer, Adam O’Farrill to Perform with Quartet at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Adam O’Farrill and his quartet, Stranger Days, will perform at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, April 29th at 8:00 PM. O’Farrill is an award-winning first call trumpeter from Brooklyn. He is a regular member of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (led by his Grammy-award winning father, Arturo O’Farrill) and the ensembles of Rudresh Mahanthappa. He can be found performing and recording with top artists such as Christian McBride, Vijay Ayer, Jason Lindner and others. Adam’s quartet, Stranger Days, is the band he created to hone his compositions and develop his unique notions of form, improvisation and interaction. It is a collaborative project he shares with his brother, drummer Zack O’Farrill, saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown and bassist Walter Stinson. They are good friends who practice together, talk deeply about music and develop ideas as a team; they are four brilliant musicians striving to get to the core of a unified concept.


Samirah Evans Salutes Billie Holiday at FOMAG House-Concert Gala

Now in its 51st season, Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) presents its 8th Women in Music Celebration, a house-concert gala, beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 23. "This fundraiser for our concert season includes three important elements," explains administrator Joy Wallens-Penford. "

A bounty of good food, some delightful music, and a special Silent Auction offering numerous 2-for-1 tickets to arts events around the region and some special gift certificates. We help to promote other organizations' events and garner vital support for the many free and affordable programs we present in the community."


Cantrip and Emerald Rae at Next Stage on Friday, April 21

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of traditional and contemporary Celtic music featuring high energy bagpipes/fiddle/guitar trio Cantrip and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Emerald Rae at Next Stage on Friday, April 21 at 7:30 pm.

From the strong base of its Celtic roots, Cantrip branches out into the music of other European cultures.
Weaving together songs and tunes, Dan Houghton, Jon Bews and Eric McDonald take an audience on a cultural journey, putting their own spin on each style. Known for their innovative arrangements, un-produced sound and dry wit, Cantrip has toured throughout Scotland and the US, expanding the boundaries of Celtic music along the way.


Ukulele Classes Start Next Week in Brattleboro!

Ukulele Classes with Lisa McCormick start next week in Brattleboro! Plant a super-fun new seed in your life this spring! Beginner, Advanced Beginner, and Early Intermediate Levels. Daytime and evening options.

Ukuleles available to use in class, rent, or buy. More info, and sign-up: http://bit.ly/UkeClass


Piano Celebration at Main Street Arts

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – What do you do when someone gives you a Steinway piano? You enlist some of the area’s finest musicians to play it.

And that is just what Main Street Arts will do in a three-part series of concerts beginning Sunday, Apr. 9 at 3 p.m. when Hugh Keelan and Ken Olsson will share the piano bench in four- hand harmony.

They will be followed Sunday, Apr. 23 when Keelan will be joined by Gudrun Weeks on violin, Peggy Spencer, viola, Pedro Pereira, cello, and Doug Cox, bass, for a performance of Schubert’s Trout Quintet.

Last in the series is Sunday, May 21, when Keelan and four-time Grammy winner Eugene Friesen will perform piano and cello magic.


Learn to Play the Ukulele this Spring!

Learn to play the ukulele this spring! Classes and workshops taught by Certified Gateless Master Teacher, Lisa McCormick.

UKULELE-in-a-DAY, 1-day quick-start for beginners, Sun. April 9, Putney, VT. 10-3. Info: http://bit.ly/UkeDay

UKULELE CLASSES, 6-week sessions start the week of April 17, Brattleboro, VT. Many levels and times to choose from. Info: http://bit.ly/UkeClass.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Solo Jazz Piano Fest

Vermont Jazz Center Solo Piano Fest – Something for Everyone, April 7-8, 2017

On April 7 and 8, the Vermont Jazz Center will present a day and a half-long festival including eight concerts and five educational presentations on solo jazz piano. This festival is a celebration of the Steinway D, nine-foot concert grand piano gifted to the VJC by the McKenzie Family Charitable Trust and rebuilt by piano technician Bill Ballard. VJC’s Solo Jazz Piano Fest is sponsored by a generous grant from the Thompson Trust.

Now that the VJC is home to a top-level instrument, it is the only venue in New England that supports a festival devoted exclusively to the art of solo jazz piano performance. Pianists presenting concerts and educational offerings in this festival include world renowned players Stanley Cowell, Luis Perdomo, Amina Figarova, Miro Sprague and Yoko Miwa as well as local performers Franz Robert, Alki Steriopoulos and VJC director Eugene Uman.


Rare Statewide Initiative Involves Celebrity Artist to Connect Schools and Communities

Grammy-winning Jazz Guitarist John Jorgenson works with Windham County students and teachers spotlighting creativity in learning and living

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Thirty-nine teachers from 15 schools in nine communities around Vermont are involved in an ambitious and creative enterprise involving world-renowned jazz guitarist John Jorgenson. The year-long, multi-disciplinary, cross-curricular project will culminate in April when Jorgenson – who has played with such diverse musicians as Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti and Bonnie Raitt – performs at four community concerts in April in Brattleboro, Stowe, Barre, and Randolph.


Ukulele-in-a-Day 1-Day Quick-Start Workshop for Beginners!

Back by popular demand, Ukulele-in-a-Day, a 1-Day Quick-Start Workshop for anyone wanting to get started on the ukulele, comes to Next Stage Arts in Putney, VT, on Sunday, April 9.

Taught by Certified Gateless Master Teacher, Lisa McCormick, students will learn: How to tune, How to strum, proper positioning, easy powerful chords that work magic together, how to make smooth chord transitions, and all the skills they'll need to be able to play lots of fun and easy songs.

No musical background is required. A take-home handbook is included, with all info from the class, plus many songs to play. Ukuleles will be available to use for the day, or purchase. 


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Sheila Jordan, Alan Broadbent, and Harvie S


On Saturday, March 18th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center will present NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan in a performance with pianist Alan Broadbent and bassist Harvie S. All three are musicians of the highest caliber who have spent years together using the great American Song book as their canvas. Sheila paints with her voice and Alan and Harvie use their instruments to individually create a rich palette of colors and textures. They give us collective art.

Collaboratively the trio comes together to merge their vision: They focus meticulously over predetermined song forms infusing them with what appears to be an uncanny sense of freedom. Their playful interactions are deeply grounded, they are dependent upon an adherence to form, a deep respect for the jazz lineage and a working knowledge of its language. Their spontaneity and unfettered flow of creativity are supported by their open minds, athleticism of ideas and wisdom earned over decades of experience.


John Gorka at Next Stage on Sunday, March 19

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present contemporary folk singer/songwriter John Gorka at Next Stage on Sunday, March 19 at 7:30 pm.

John Gorka is perhaps the quintessential iconic singer/songwriter of the 1980’s folk scene. Hailing from New Jersey, he honed his craft and persona as a shy, wry and insightful singer/songwriter in the Greenwich Village “Fast Folk” and Boston music scenes. Gorka got his start at Godfrey Daniels, a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania, which is one of the oldest and most venerable music institutions in the country.


Local Musician Joel Veena Tours India and Netherlands with New Album

Brattleboro-resident musician Joel 'Veena' Eisenkramer has released his new world music album on digital platforms worldwide and is now on a concert tour in India and the Netherlands. This tour will span from March to May 2017 and cover ten different cities in the respective countries. The album, 'Unexpected Blessings,' features Joel's 21-stringed Indian slide guitar in collaboration with local and international musicians including Gordon Korstange, Todd Roach and Jed Blume of Vermont, Suraj Nirwan of India and Kees van Boxtel from Holland.


Ukulele Lunchtime Jams to Begin in Brattleboro - Free!

All area ukulele players are invited to six free Lunchtime Ukulele Jams to be held the first and third Mondays in March, April and May. Running from 11:00 a.m. - noon., the jams will take place at Latchis 4 Gallery, on Main Street, in Brattleboro, VT.

Mark your calendar! The Lunchtime Ukulele Jam dates are March 6 & 20; April 3 & 17; and May 1 & 15. Come to just one jam, or make it a bi-weekly tradition!

The Lunchtime Ukulele Jams are an outgrowth of the classes, salons and flash mobs led by instructor and singer-songwriter Lisa McCormick, in response to a groundswell of enthusiasm by local players interested in continuing to play together.


Brattleboro Women's Chorus Spring Session Begins

Are you looking for healthful ways to feel good? Singing has been shown to do just that. And the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus offers any woman or girl age 10 or older the opportunity to create music in a community of other singers.

The spring session will begin on Wednesday, March 1 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at All Souls Church or Thursday, March 2 from 10 am – noon at Centre Congregational Church. The first rehearsals are open to anyone who would like to experience chorus with no obligation.

The session will culminate in a concert on Mothers’ Day at the Latchis Theatre. Some people enjoy singing week to week without being in the concert, while others enjoy being part of a performance with professional instrumentalists.


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