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Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy

A Cape Breton Christmas

Thursday, November 30, 7:00 pm

Location:
Fuller Hall
St. Johnsbury Academy
1000 Main St.
St. Johnsbury, VT

Tickets: $57, $47, $37, $27, $15 (students free)

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An evening of seasonal music – and plenty more!

The entertainment world is filled with extraordinary stories. But few match the beguiling true-life tale of Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Canada’s reigning couple of Celtic music, whose dazzling career achievements underpin an incomparable off-stage life.

Indeed, when two of the planet’s very best fiddle players married in 2002, the proverbial mantelpiece was instantly crammed with JUNO and East Coast Music Awards. Though MacMaster and Leahy followed different trajectories—she a Cape Breton native who could step-dance before she could walk; he the oldest brother of acclaimed family group Leahy—both had assuredly crested the traditional music peak.

Their first recorded collaboration, 2015’s “One,“ which was followed by 2016’s “A Celtic Family Christmas” (and which cemented the couple’s status as powerhouses on the seasonal circuit) confirmed MacMaster and Leahy were as dynamic working together as they were working apart.

That’s no small feat when your combined album sales exceed one million; when past collaborators include classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bluegrass star Alison Krauss and banjo ace Béla Fleck; and when your ecstatic fan base (which boasts Shania Twain and The Chieftains) stretches from Sydney, Nova Scotia to Sydney, Australia.

“The fiddle was definitely common ground for us when we first got together,” MacMaster, recalls with a chuckle. “But I was so in awe of Donnell’s family, of 11 siblings who could play and had a family band. And here I am now doing almost exactly the same thing. Well, kind of.”

MacMaster is referring to her and Leahy’s six musically gifted children, who today are the centrepiece of the MacMaster/Leahy live set though not because the couple necessarily envision showbiz careers for Mary Frances, Michael, Clare, Julia, Alec, and Sady. Rather, the pair realized early on that being on the road without their kids was infinitely harder than touring with them. That the children were already being home schooled (MacMaster has a teaching degree) made enacting that decision easier.

When vintage comedian W.C. Fields famously quipped, "Never work with animals or children," he clearly hadn’t seen the MasMaster/Leahy clan fiddling, step-dancing and positively delighting audiences.

MacMaster reflects. “This whole thing—first playing music by myself, then playing music with Donnell, then touring with Donnell and the children and all of us playing music together—has evolved in a very natural way.

True-life stories in the entertainment world (or anywhere) don’t come more remarkable than that.

“Flying notes, fast paced jigs and reels and polkas, paint can percussion and Gaelic lyrics, original music and tunes from Scotland, Ireland, the Maritimes, and elsewhere, piano, bagpipes, guitar, accordion, and of course fiddles: all those, in the hands and spirits of gifted musicians, will likely have a similar effect on the listeners of One.” -Music Road

11/30/2017 7:00 PM
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge

A Seasonal Celebration
Of One That Is So Fair and Bright

Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 pm

Location: United Community Church @ North (formerly North Congregational Church)
1325 Main St.
St. Johnsbury, VT

Tickets: $35, $25, $15. Students free

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Since the founding of a mixed voice choir in 1971, the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge has gained an international reputation as one of the leading university choral groups in the world. In addition to its primary function of leading services three times a week in the College chapel, the choir keeps an active schedule recording, broadcasting, and performing throughout the UK and the world.

The choir has toured widely, including in Europe, the United States, Japan, China, Russia, and the Middle East. In 2000 it became the first Oxbridge mixed choir to perform at the BBC Proms, singing Bach’s St John Passion. The choir has collaborated with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in performances of Handel’s Jephtha in Spain, Belgium, the UK and the USA and again in performances of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, praised for ‘thrillingly fresh and feisty singing.’ Other collaborations include Manchester Camerata, Academy of Ancient Music, and the Schubert Ensemble. The choir gives frequent performances at many international festivals, including the Potsdam Sanssouci Music, Munich Opera, and Spitalfields Festivals and the Early Music Weekend at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

This evening’s program will include:

  • THOMAS TALLIS (c. 1505–85) Videte miraculum
  • PLAINSONG Verbum supernum prodiens
  • GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA (c. 1525–94) Surge, illuminare
  • WILLIAM BYRD (c. 1539/40–1623) Vigilate
  • HERBERT HOWELLS (1892–1983) Long, long ago
  • HIERONYMUS PRAETORIUS (1560–1629) Magnificat quinti toni (with Josef lieber and In dulci jubilo)
  • JOHN TAVENER (1944–2013) Today the Virgin
  • JOHN TAVENER God is with us
  • GRAHAM ROSS (b. 1958) arrangement: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  • JOHN JOUBERT (b. 1927) Torches
  • BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913–76) A Hymn to the Virgin
  • PIERRE VILLETTE (1926–98) Hymne à la Vierge
  • JOSHUA PACEY (b. 1995) I sing of a maiden (world première)
  • TRADITIONAL arr. DAVID WILLCOCKS (1919–2015) The infant king
  • JOHN RUTTER (b. 1945) What sweeter music
  • WILL TODD (b. 1970) My Lord has come
  • FRANZ GRÜBER (1787–1863) arr. GRAHAM ROSS (b. 1985) Silent night (world première)
  • WILLIAM MATHIAS (1934–92) A babe is born
  • JAMES BURTON (b. 1974) Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
  • Arr. JAMES MAWSON (b. 1988) Santa Bab
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  • Trad. arr. FREDERC AUSTIN (1872–1952) arr. IAN HUMPRHIS (1927–2012)
    The Twelve Days of Christmas

“The Choir, subtlety modulated by conductor Graham Ross, spins a wonderfully fluid, mellifluous texture. These are performances of real quality and intelligence, by a choir which has carved a highly distinctive niche for itself amid the Oxbridge scramble.'" – BBC

12/13/2017 7:00 PM
The Hot Sardines

Sizzling music from New York speakeasies, Paris cabarets and New Orleans jazz halls.

Friday, January 19, 7:00 pm

Location:
Fuller Hall
St. Johnsbury Academy
1000 Main St.
St. Johnsbury, VT

Tickets: $53, $44, $34, $24, $15 (students free)

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Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, the Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world.

In the talented hands of the New York-based ensemble, music first made famous decades ago comes alive through their brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and vocals from a chanteuse who transports listeners to a different era with the mere lilt of her voice. And they even have a tap dancer.

During the last two years, the Hot Sardines have been featured at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival. They have sold out NYC venues from Joe’s Pub to Bowery Ballroom and more than 150 performance dates from Chicago to London. They’ve released two albums on Universal Music Classics to critical raves and a No. 1 slot on the iTunes Jazz chart in the U.S. and internationally.

Quality is timeless. Just ask The Hot Sardines.

Bandleader Evan Palazzo and lead singer Elizabeth Bougerol met in 2007 after they both answered a Craigslist ad about a jazz jam session above a Manhattan noodle shop. The unlikely pair — she was a London School of Economics-educated travel writer who grew up in France, Canada and the Ivory Coast, he was a New York City born and raised actor who studied theater at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia—bonded over their love for Fats Waller. Influenced also by such greats as Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, they began playing open mic nights and small gigs and by 2011, they headlined Midsummer Night Swing at New York’s Lincoln Center.

“We found ourselves in the perfect place at the perfect time,” says Evan. “As we explored this 100 year-old jazz, we began to look at it as a journey forward, not so much as a look back. This is music for today, not a museum piece.”

Indeed, “People Will Say We’re In Love” from the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! gets reinvented as a tart tango. Jazz standard “Comes Love” starts as a minuet before vocalist Elizabeth, singing in her native French, conjures up spirits of 1930s Paris. The Hot Sardines even upend Robert Palmer’s 1985 classic “Addicted To Love” with Elizabeth’s cool vocals and hot horn arrangements.

In the hot jazz movement, The Hot Sardines stand apart for the innovation, verve and sheer joy they bring to music, both new and old. “It’s a really cool time to be making music,” Elizabeth says.

“One of the best jazz bands in NY today.” — Forbes

“One of the most delightfully energetic bands on New York’s ‘hot’ music scene.” – Downbeat

“Crisp musicianship…immaculate and witty showmanship.” - Times of London

“The charismatic front-runners of vintage jazz play big halls as if they’ve just dropped in to a party.” -- The Guardian (London)

1/19/2018 7:00 PM
Ballet Jazz of Montreal

Tuesday, February 6, 7:00 pm

Location:
Lyndon Institute Alumni Auditorium
168 Institute Circle
Lyndon Center, VT

Tickets: $56, $46, $36, $26, $15. Students $15.

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An internationally renowned repertory company, Ballet Jazz of Montreal (BJM) continues to grow with all the energy and spirit of exploration for which it has been known since its birth in 1972. Part ballet, part modern, part street dance, BJM defies categories with its delicious blend of hip, funky moves infused with infectious energy, humor and imagination.

Ballet Jazz is a diverse international troupe. The dancers have strong classical training, with classical vocabulary and aesthetics. But they mix everything, all disciplines, to the ballet language: modern, jazz, street dance, hip-hop, African dance. Everything is fluid, depending on the personal idea and the vocabulary of each individual choreographer. It brings new style to their work, but with reference — clear reference — to the ballet world.

Since Louis Robitaille was nominated Artistic Director in 1998, BJM is now, more than ever, in tune with the times. While preserving the essence of the company, BJM works today with some of the most prestigious figures in the world of dance and contemporary ballet.

Allowing the full expression of each dancer’s identity is crucial to BJM’s distinctive style. These high level, eclectic artists perfectly represent the company’s spirit. Thanks to their unique personalities and the quality of their performances, they captivate audiences and critics across the world.

“Impeccable dancers.” -- Philadelphia Inquirer

“The movement is smooth and sleek, with slinky hip rolls and low wheeling jumps and crouches, all punctuated by loose-legged little kicks and bouncy walks. The effect is clean and smart, and the 12 dancers perform with boundless enthusiasm. Ballet Jazz of Montreal offers an entire world, full of surprise and humor, emotion and pain, expressed through a dance vocabulary that takes ballet technique and dismantles it to near-invisibility.” -- New York Times

2/6/2018 7:00 PM
Dublin Irish Dancers – Stepping Out

Irish dance and music choreographed by a former star of Riverdance

Thursday, March 8th, 7:00 pm

Location:
Lyndon Institute Alumni Auditorium
168 Institute Circle
Lyndon Center, VT

Tickets: $54, $44, $34, $24, $15 (students $15)

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Direct from Dublin, Ireland -- a dance troupe of world champion Irish step dancers together with a sensational eight-member traditional Irish band and vocalist.

Dublin Irish Dance is an exhilarating company whose members have performed throughout the world with Riverdance, Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance, and Celtic Woman. The all-star cast brings to life the epic tale of Celtic culture, carrying its traditional melodies and steps to the New World with a gala celebration of Irish Music and Dance.

The evening’s program, Stepping Out, provides an extravaganza of sights and sounds of Irish Culture. The journey begins in rural Ireland, prior to the Famine, in kitchens, barns and fields. As the Great Hunger closes in, the people look west, across the ocean, to New York City.

Mingling with immigrants from around the globe, the Irish congregate in dance gatherings, some bound for the Appalachian Mountains where ancient Irish melodies fuse with African rhythms, creating American tap dance and early roots music. The journey leads us to the present moment, celebrating the incredible evolution of Irish traditional dance and music, and showcasing the new pioneers who will define the new standard of traditional Irish music and dance.

STATEMENT FROM THE CHOREOGRAPHER:

"The story of Immigration makes up the very fabric of what it means to be Irish. As a Dublin-born Irish dancer I now reside in the United States and as a result I am part of this continuing immigrant story. Tradition does not survive without change and the evolution of Irish dance is in no small way a consequence of the many diverse influences it encountered as it travelled.“

“Dublin Irish Dance traces the emotive story of the immigrant Irish people as they crossed the Atlantic Ocean in search of a new and better life. The Irish had little in their pockets as they entered Ellis Island. In fact, for many, the only possessions they had were the clothes on their backs. But what they did bring with them in abundance was years of tradition. And it is this tradition of music, song and dance that united a downtrodden people and uplifted their hearts and minds as they began to establish themselves in their new home.“

“Over the years, these traditions have been embraced and revered by millions of enthusiasts throughout America and across the globe. Dublin Irish Dance takes you on a journey and demonstrates just why these indigenous art forms have melted hearts from the fireside kitchens of Ireland to the greatest auditoria of the world." -Anthony Fallon, Choreographer, Former Principal Dancer of Riverdance. Four-Time Irish Dance, World Champion.

3/8/2018 7:00 PM
Apollo’s Fire – Bach’s Coffeehouse

The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra—16 Musicians on Stage

Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 pm

Location:
Fuller Hall
St. Johnsbury Academy
1000 Main St.
St. Johnsbury, VT

Tickets: $54, $44, $34, $24, $15 (students free)

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As performed in sold-out concerts at Tanglewood and the BBC Proms (2015) – and just a couple of days before their Carnegie Hall Concert. “A Night at Bach’s Coffeehouse” presents Apollo’s Fire and director/harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell in music of J.S. Bach and his most admired colleagues. Inspired by the lively coffeehouse concerts led by Bach in 18th-century Leipzig – fiery strings, colorful recorders and a dizzying harpsichord solo… an evening of rampant virtuosity!

This performance includes the planned Carnegie Hall Program: Brandenburgs no. 4 & 5, Telemann’s Don Quixote Suite, Handel’s Terpsichore Chaconne, and Sorrell’s acclaimed arrangement of Vivaldi’s La Folia (“Madness”) which the group performs from memory

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“Apollo’s Fire has forged a vibrant, life-affirming approach to the re-making of early music… European ears have begun to appreciate the blend of intellect and artistry concocted by harpsichordist Sorrell and her colleagues. Their seductive vision of musical authenticity is guided by a shared commitment to honest emotional expression, rooted in period style yet never its slave.” -- BBC Music Magazine

“Visually charged, minutely stage-managed musical theatrics from Jeannette Sorrell and her irrepressible team of musicians… Utterly sensational, every phrase a Baroque curlicue dipped in gold and then embellished still further. Charismatic and boundlessly energetic… this is Baroque music in its unbuttoned state.” -- TheArtsDesk, London

“Under the inspired direction of Jeannette Sorrell, Apollo’s Fire has become one of the pre-eminent period-instrument ensembles, causing one to hear familiar baroque material anew.” -- The Independent, London

“Apollo’s Fire is one of the brightest lights of period-instrument playing in the United States… arguably the most distinctive in sound and memorable in style. Its trademark qualities: expressive subtlety, exuberance and passion.” --Classical Music Magazine, London

“This swaggering version… makes the most of the variety of instrumental color Bach so exhilaratingly put on show. Two harpsichord concertos BWV 1052 and 1056 are both brilliantly played, as is the keyboard part in the Fifth Brandenburg, by Sorrell.” -- The Sunday Times, London (reviews of Bach Concertos CD)

“These excellent young musicians take a highly gestural approach to phrasing and bring across their music with an exuberant musicality, like wind through a forest. Easily one of the most enjoyable concerts of the season.” -- The Boston Globe

3/20/2018 7:00 PM
Jennifer Hartswick Band

Saturday, April 7, 7:00 pm

Location:
Fuller Hall
St. Johnsbury Academy
1000 Main St.
St. Johnsbury, VT

Tickets: $42, $30, $20, $15 (students free)

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Northeast Kingdom native Jennifer Hartswick is one of the most refreshing new voices of the twenty-first century. A consummate performer, she thrills audiences as a vocalist, trumpeter, composer, lyricist and educator. She is equally at home singing soul, funk, pop and R&B, but her passion, without question, is jazz.

Born into a musical family, Jennifer began playing at the age of 4. In her early teens she became infatuated with the sounds of Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Clifford Brown and Ella Fitzgerald. After a stint living on the upper west side of Manhattan, she attended the Hartt School of Music where she studied the intricacies of the jazz idiom with Nat Reeves, Steve Davis, Jackie McLean and many other highly prominent jazz artists.

At the age of 20 Jennifer was afforded the opportunity to join Trey Anastasio's new band, having already recorded on Story of the Ghost (Phish, 1998) and One Man's Trash (Trey Anastasio, 1998). She embraced the idea with open arms and began touring with him in 2001. In her seven years of touring, she has shared the stage and studio with such legends as Carlos Santana, Dave Matthews, The Rolling Stones and Herbie Hancock to name a few.

In 2003 Jennifer released her own debut album; a soulful, horn-laden party entitled Fuse. “I always want an album to sound fresh,” says Hartswick. “It's amazing to see what happens when you put great musicians in a room together with no boundaries.”

KCP Presents is proud to welcome Jen Hartswick back to the Kingdom.

4/7/2018 7:00 PM
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