Arts

Dave Mallett, Mike Burd and Others to Perform Benefit Concert

Dave Mallett, Mike Burd and Others to Perform Benefit Concert

by Nat Frothingham GREENSBORO — The Greensboro Arts Alliance will present a star-studded, one-night-only holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the United Church of Christ in Greensboro. The concert’s headliner is singer and songwriting great Dave Mallett, whose 40-plus year career has seen him perform in clubs, concert halls and festivals […]

A Christmas Carol at Plainfield Opera House

A Christmas Carol at Plainfield Opera House

Vermont Youth Theater debuts its original version of the classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, performed by a cast of twenty-five student actors, ages 5-14. Set entirely to music, the story features gravediggers, spirits, poor children, Scrooge, the Cratchits and, of course, Tiny Tim. Singing, dancing, acting…they will charm and disarm even […]

A CCC String Orchestra Concert at Montpelier High School on November 20

by Nat Frothingham In a wide-ranging phone conversation with musician and conductor Lou Kosma — he spoke with genuine anticipation about a Capital City Concerts string orchestra concert to be performed on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. at Montpelier High School’s Smilie Auditorium. “This is an unusual program,” said Kosma, who played for 36 […]

In Search of Color’s Epicenter

In Search of Color’s Epicenter

by Michael Jermyn Everybody knows that New England has the most spectacular fall colors in the world. Every October here in Vermont we are treated to one of natures’ most dazzling displays, and each year I set out with my Nikon in search of the very epicenter of color. Some years we wait for the […]

Matter at Hand: Current Exhibits at SPA

Matter at Hand: Current Exhibits at SPA

by Matthew Maitland Thomas BARRE — Art that flows directly from the environment of its maker is uniquely bewitching. When that environment, that natural context, is our own, our bewitchment becomes exhilarating, as our immediate world ripples with possibility — every familiar stone a statue, every bit of trash a component of a collage, every […]

James Facos Reads from His ‘Collected Lyrics’ at  Kellogg-Hubbard Library

James Facos Reads from His ‘Collected Lyrics’ at Kellogg-Hubbard Library

by Nat Frothingham Much honored Montpelier poet, playwright, novelist, teacher and World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran James Facos visited Kellogg-Hubbard Library on Thursday evening, Oct. 6 and read from his “Collected Lyrics.” Facos is a traditionalist who has little interest in the ramblings of so-called modern poets whose poems — he criticizes […]

Capital City Concerts presents ‘A Feast of Suites’  Nov. 20 at Montpelier High School

Capital City Concerts presents ‘A Feast of Suites’ Nov. 20 at Montpelier High School

For its second offering in the 2016-2017 season, Capital City Concerts (CCE) presents Lou Kosma conducting three orchestral suites that celebrate autumn. Kosma who played in the bass section of the Metropolitan Opera for 36 years and who has conducted widely has bought together a professional orchestra of musicians from the East Coast to play […]

Creating a College: The Story of the Vermont College of Fine Arts

Creating a College: The Story of the Vermont College of Fine Arts

by Nat Frothingham Introduction: Here is the remarkable story that details the skein of events beginning in 2001 that led to the formal incorporation of Vermont College of Fine Arts, Inc. in May 2006. Here also is the just-as-remarkable story of the first 10 years of the college from 2006 to the present. Both stories, […]

Remembering David Budbill

Remembering David Budbill

David Budbill moved to Vermont in 1969, settling in Wolcott and building a house there that he lived in for 45 years until his declining health prompted him and his wife, the painter Lois Eby, to move to a condo in Montpelier. Born in 1940 in Cleveland, Ohio, David’s colorful life included being a track […]

Plainfield Opera House Seeks Funding For A New Piano

Plainfield Opera House Seeks Funding For A New Piano

by Nat Frothingham  Here’s how former Plainfield Select Board member David Strong tells the story of how the Plainfield Opera House got a much-needed new piano: “Four years ago the Plainfield Opera House building was shut down. We had a massive community effort to restore it, renovate it and upgrade the building’s systems. I was […]