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Bettye LaVette

performing songs by Bob Dylan

with special guest James Blood Ulmer

Friday, October 26, 7:00 pm

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

Tickets: $52, $42, $32, $15. Students are free
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“Soul singing doesn’t get any better.” -- New York Times

Three-time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She is not a songwriter, nor is she a "cover" artist. She is an interpreter of the highest order. Bettye was performing during the birth of soul music in the 60s and she’s still creating vital recordings today. To quote the late, great George Jones: "Bettye is truly a 'singer's singer'."

Soul diva Bettye LaVette recorded her first hit at 15 (Let Me Down Easy) and toured with soul pioneers Otis Redding, Ben E. King and James Brown. Although the recording industry proved fickle, LaVette has performed consistently during the past half-century, gaining cult followings in Europe and across the U.S.

During the 1990’s and 2000’s, Bettye began to gain wider appeal, performing Love Reign O'er Me at The Kennedy Center Honors in a tribute to The Who. She brought the house down and suddenly found a whole new audience for her unparalleled style of blues and soul singing. In 2009 she performed a show-stopping rendition of Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come with Jon Bon Jovi for President-elect Obama’s kick-off Inaugural concert. In April of that year she shared the stage with Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr at Radio City Music Hall.

And in late 2016, her friend, photographer Carol Friedman, pitched Bettye the idea of doing an album of all Bob Dylan songs, with Grammy Award-winning producer, Steve Jordan. The resulting Verve Records album “Things Have Changed” was born. Bettye LaVette’s interpretations of these Bob Dylan songs will be featured in our concert.

LaVette has received the Blues Music Award for Best Soul Blues Female Artist from The Blues Foundation. She has appeared on National Public Radio's World Cafe, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, and performed a Tiny Desk Concert. She has also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, Late Night With Conan O'Brien, Austin City Limits, A Prairie Home Companion, and more.

With a voice that critics today compare to the early Tina Turner, Bettye LaVette continues to break new ground.

FROM ROLLING STONE:

“On the title track of this remarkable collection of Bob Dylan covers, Betty LaVette wraps her voice – full of grit, brass and soul when she started recording at 16 in 1962; worn and sharpened by experience now at 72 – around a lyric about sitting on the lap of strange man with pale skin and an assassin's eye. The way she tells it, that man could be the song's author or a villain in an epic of intrigue, or maybe there's no difference between the two. She makes the song so alive with consequence and possibility, it's able to transform into whatever she or the listener needs it to be in the moment: a spy movie, a romance novel, a Biblical parable of reckoning, a bittersweet memory of a time when caring mattered or a way of drinking away the pain of that memory.”

“This (Dylan songs) album is more hers – more personal and reflective of her wicked ways, sly humor and battle-tested wisdom – than any she's made. Consider Dylan a jumping off point for LaVette – a way of drawing power and focusing attention until she can take the time she needs to describe the world the way it feels to her: a tangle of longing, lust, struggle and hard-won satisfaction.”

WITH SPECIAL GUEST, JAMES BLOOD ULMER

Mighty jazz, blues, free funk guitarist James 'Blood' Ulmer will perform an opening set for Bettye LaVette. Ulmer is best known for his defining collaboration with jazz saxophone pioneer, Ornette Coleman. But his raucous guitar and leathery vocals take audiences back to his deep southern roots in the blues.

“With jangling, chiming chords and a strident delivery with trembling vocals, Ulmer evoked the blues of despair and desperation, the rolling blues of the itinerant, and directly, the electric blues of Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf. Powered, trippery runs drifted into harmolodic abstract with creeping riffs rising up with the force of a hot, bubbling, volcanic spring. Then a grizzled edge to the slurred vocals cut through until the guitar took on a soft, hurdy-gurdy tone for Ulmer to bow out with humble grace after a spellbinding set.” – Geoff Winston, London Jazz News (UK)

“Mr. Ulmer's guitar tone, a gasping, metallic cry, expresses everything from out-in-the-woods loneliness to nail-chewing, urban anxiety. He performed brilliantly. And by organically mixing Chuck Berry and country licks, be-bop and blues ideas, he seemed to be saying that all these things are connected, and that the music and its original makers are our common inheritance.” – Peter Watrous, NY Times.

10/26/2018 7:00 PM
New Chinese Acrobats

Thursday, November 15, 7:00 pm

Location:
Northern Vermont University-Stannard Gymnasium
1001 College Road
Lyndonville, VT

Tickets: $36 general admission, students are free
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Created in association with the world-famous Cirque Eloize company, The New Chinese Acrobats represent the next step in the evolution of acrobatic companies from the East. Mixing new techniques and acts with ancient traditions, The New Chinese Acrobats present the opportunity to view the best of China’s ancient folk art, mixed with the style and virtuosity of today’s generation. With performers selected from across China for their high-level acrobatic skills and innovative staging, the show includes award-winning acts from prestigious world-class events including Monte Carlo Circus Festival and World Circus Festival of Paris.

11/15/2018 7:00 PM
Sara Juli - Fringe Festival Event

Tense Vagina - An Actual Diagnosis

Friday, November 16, 7:00 pm

Location:
Alexandar Twilight Theater
Northern Vermont University-Lyndon
1001 College Road
Lyndonville, VT

Tickets: $22 and $15. Students are free.
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Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis is a feminist-flavored comedy about motherhood - its beauty, challenges, isolation, comedy and influence on the human experience. This evening-length solo uses humor, movement, sounds, songs, text and audience participation to reveal “all that is awesome and all that sucks” when it comes to being a mother.

Tense Vagina focuses on the seldom-discussed and taboo aspects of motherhood, such as loss of bladder control, libido, tears, monotony, loneliness and dildos. With an original set by Pamela Moulton, lighting by Justin Moriarty, and costume by Carol Farrell.

"She had the audience laughing out loud as she lay bare her personal secrets.” — The Portland Press Herald, Portland, ME.

With special funding support from the New England Foundation for the Arts.

11/16/2018 7:00 PM
The Johnny Cash Tribute Show

Saturday, November 17, 7:00 pm

Location:
Vergennes Opera House
120 Main St.
Vergennes, VT

Tickets: $15 general admission

People say that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be truer for Vermont's only Johnny Cash Tribute Show band members. Composed of a group of talented vocalists and musicians from northern Vermont, the band shares a great passion for the soulful, iconic music of Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash and the Tennessee Three. The Johnny Cash Tribute Show authentically recreates Johnny's legendary rockabilly, blues, folk and gospel sound. Their dedication to that authentic sound is a fitting tribute to The Man in Black.

11/17/2018 7:00 PM
Boston Children's Chorus

with special guests, The Hilltones

Friday, November 30, 7:00 pm

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

Tickets: $34, $28, $15. Students are free.
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The Boston Children’s Chorus is a world-class music troupe that unites children ages 7-18 across differences of race, religion and economic status. Their annual holiday concerts entertain all ages and help inspire the season.

Boston Children’s Chorus international cultural exchange tours include Japan, Mexico, Jordan, England, Scotland, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Czech Republic and Germany. Invited as featured performers on the National Public Radio program “From the Top,” the BCC also won the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, distinguishing the chorus as one of the top arts and humanities-based programs in the nation. BCC accepted the award from First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.

“A vision of artistic excellence and social diversity fulfilled.” – Boston Globe.

With special guests The Hilltones of St. Johnsbury Academy, one of northern New England’s finest youth choral ensembles.

11/30/2018 7:00 PM
Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass

with special guests, The Newark Balkan Chorus

Friday, December 21, 7:00 pm

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

Tickets: $42, $32, $22, $15. Students are free.
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The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is composed of some of America's top brass musicians who will perform an eclectic offering of holiday music, with a sprinkling of other specialized brass selections from their repertory. The 11-piece ensemble includes a player on French horn, five trumpets, three trombones, a tuba, and drums. Also a narrator for a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” with full musical accompaniment.

A recent Big Brass holiday program included work by Bach, Handel, and Tchaikovsky – along with a West Side Story medley, a couple of New Orleans jazz pieces and seasonal favorites including God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Angels We Have Heard on High, Good King Wenceslas, Sleigh Ride and Silent Night.

The Rodney Marsalis band had its beginnings on the streets of New Orleans. Taught from a young age by his cousin, Wynton Marsalis, and on the advice of his uncle, Ellis Marsalis, Rodney created a concert format that breaks barriers between genres and creates connection between the audience and performers.

A veritable "dream team," the band’s virtuoso brass players have performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Baltimore Symphony, the São Paolo State Symphony Orchestra, the Imani Winds, Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, Dallas Brass, and Boston Brass. Recent performances include Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, China's National Center for the Performing Arts, Tangelwood's Seiji Ozawa Hall, a residency for the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, and a special feature on the National Public Radio show, "All Things Considered."

“Impressive. So compelling nothing else really mattered.” -- Philadelphia Inquirer.

“Engaging, fun and classy.” – Eugene (Oregon) Scene

The Newark Balkan Chorus is a youth chorus based out of the Newark Street School in Newark, VT. They sing traditional music from Eastern Europe and were featured in the 2002 film, “In The Bedroom,” which was nominated for four Academy Awards.

12/21/2018 7:00 PM
Havana Cuba All-Stars & Dancers

Tuesday, January 29, 7:00 pm

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

Tickets: $48, $38, $28, $15. Students are free.
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A joyous spectacle of music and dance from Cuba showcasing a rich culture with different rhythms and melodies from "Son Cubano" to cha cha cha and rumba.

Back by popular demand, this high-energy group performs a joyous celebration of Cuban music and dance styles. The Havana Cuba All-Stars are some of Cuba’s greatest musicians. With rhythms and melodies from the cha cha to the rumba, from “Son Cubano” style to the salsa, the All-Stars will showcase a wide variety of Cuban beats. The group is inspired by and dedicated to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music through a fresh, contemporary lens.

In this “Asere”—or “Friendship”—tour, the All-Stars will be backed by three of Cuba’s finest dancing couples. With the greatest dancers and musicians of Cuba working in tandem, the American encore of the Havana Cuba All-Stars’ tour will be a spirited spectacle of song and dance, exemplifying Cuba’s greatest musical traditions.

1/29/2019 7:00 PM
The Logger and the Fiddler

Rusty Dewees and Patrick Ross

Saturday, February 2, 7:00 pm

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

Tickets: $25 and $15. Students are free.
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No Added Sugar Tour

GROUNDHOG NIGHT SPECIAL

Come for the comedy and laughs and enjoy some music, too, with two of Vermont’s favorite sons— Rusty DeWees THE LOGGER and Lyndon Institute’s own Patrick Ross, THE FIDDLER. Don’t miss the COMEDY and MUSIC No Added Sugar Tour to christen the 2019 GROUNDHOG NIGHT.

Actor/Comedian DeWees is known for his beloved THE LOGGER persona—a full-on comedian and burgeoning musician. Rusty's one-man comedy shows are best described as Blue Collar Comedy meets Prairie Home Companion.

“Always loved playing Caledonia,” says Rusty. “I’ve played there dozens of times, but, not in St. J. since I had red hair. The area audiences are like family, at this point … no joke. “

The (Canaan) Vermont-born Patrick Ross is a fifth generation fiddle player who has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and shared stages with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Paul McCartney. Rusty says, “Patrick Ross and I’ve been showing together for 4 years and I’m inspired by his musicianship. He’s helped me improve on my guitar and vocals. Look out, cause he’s a great all-around performer, which you’ll see through his comedy chops at this year’s show. Watching Patrick is worth the price of admission alone.”

Rusty’s been working on fresh new comedy bits for the main course of this LOGGER and FIDDLER tour is at St. J. Academy. But there are plenty of seconds and a big heaping of dessert in the show, served through Rusty and Patrick’s unique musical duo act, featuring fiddle, mandolin, guitar, cello, banjo and drums (played by two guys). Rusty has also written some “Dean (Martin) and Jerry (Lewis) / Tom and Dick” (Smothers) type comedy bits you’ll lose air laughing at.

2/2/2019 7:00 PM
Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

80 musicians on stage, performing Rossini, Tchaikovsky & Dvorak

Wednesday, February 13, 7:00 pm

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

Tickets: $66, $56, $46, $15. Students are free.
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The Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra was established in 1956 along with the construction of the famous Shanghai Opera House. The Orchestra is renowned for its interpretation of classical symphony repertoire, performing the masterpieces of the world’s most historic composers.

The Lyndonville program will include Rossini’s Il Barbiere de Siviglia – Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Opus 35, and either Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14 or Dvorak’s New World Symphony (Symphony No. 9 in E Minor Op. 95). We will announce this final decision by the Orchestra very soon.

The Orchestra has been conducted by renowned maestros such as Daniel Oren, Lorin Maazel, John Nelson, Thomas Sanderling, Markus Stenz, Zoltan Kocsis, Maurice Peress and Jan Latham-Koenig. The Orchestra has toured to Finland, Italy, UK, Germany, Hong Kong and Macao. This 2019 USA tour will be the Shanghai Opera Symphony’s debut at the concert halls of North America.

2/13/2019 7:00 PM
Frankenstein - Aquila Theatre

Mary Shelly's classic story brought to life on stage

Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 pm

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

Tickets: $44, $38, $28, $15
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Written two centuries ago in 1818 by Mary Shelley, FRANKENSTEIN: The Modern Prometheus, is the first true science fiction novel. Years ahead of its time, the story has since become the inspiration for countless film and stage adaptations.

Frankenstein is a living, breathing, gruesome outcome of scientific discovery. The piece raises an important universal question about the nature of innovation- just because it can be done, should it be done?

Victor Frankenstein is a Swiss scientist with a mission to create an artificial human. Without considering the consequences of such progress, he succeeds with terrifying results. After wandering the world alone, the monster eventually comes for Frankenstein’s family. Horrific events unfold until the doctor tentatively agrees to create a mate for the creature. Ultimately, the doctor refuses in an effort to spare humanity but bears the terrible and personal penalties of his decision.

Two hundred years later, Frankenstein still poses a myriad of critical ethical questions. Aquila Theatre’s production of this timeless classic will be bold and thrilling – while paying homage to the original writing of Mary Shelley.

3/27/2019 7:00 PM
Fatoumata Diawara

Sunday, March 31, 3:00 pm

Location:
Highland Center for the Arts
2875 Hardwick St.
Greensboro, VT

Tickets: $38, $33, $28, and $23. $10 students.
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Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara (aka Fatou) was born of Malian parents in the Ivory Coast in 1982. As a child she became a member of her father's dance troupe and was a popular performer of the wildly flailing didadi dance from Wassoulou, her ancestral home in western Mali. She was an energetic and headstrong girl and at the age of twelve her refusal to go to school finally prompted her parents to send her to live and be disciplined by an aunt in Bamako. She was not to see her parents again for more than a decade.

Off on her own, Fatou discovered acting and performed in 11 films, including “Timbuktu,” which played Cannes and was nominated for the 2014 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. The NY Times ranked it 12th on its 2017 list of “the best films of the 21st century, so far.”

Fatou also performed a variety of roles on stage, around the world, including tours in Vietnam, Mexico and throughout Europe. During rehearsals and quiet moments she took to singing backstage for her own amusement. She was overheard by a director and was soon singing solo during the company's performances. Encouraged by the audience reception, she began to sing in Parisian clubs and cafes during breaks from touring.

Audiences, critics, and producers immediately responded to her exceptional talent and before long she was touring and recording albums, including 'Seya' the GRAMMY nominated-album by Mali's star Oumou Sangaré and 'Red Earth' the GRAMMY-winning Malian project by celebrated American jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater. When each of these albums were released Fatou toured worldwide as singer and dancer with both projects.

On her return to France, Fatou took the role of Karaba in the popular touring musical 'Kirikou and Karaba'. She was encouraged to take the role by her friend Rokia Traore who also inspired her to take up the guitar: "To me it was a wonderful and daring thing: a Malian girl with an acoustic guitar. Why should the guitar be only for men?"

Fatou bought herself a guitar and started to teach herself, and at the same time began to write down her own compositions. Fatoumata’s EP ‘Kanou’ was released in May 2011, followed by her debut full length album ‘Fatou’ in September 2011, to much critical acclaim. The album was awarded No.1 album 2011 on the world music charts, where it remained for 6 months. It was also given No.1 in several end-of-year album polls including The Times of London and Mojo.

Fatoumata Diawara continues to make waves around the world for her multiple talents. In addition to performing with the legendary Dee Dee Bridgewater, Fatoumata has also performed with Herbie Hancock and Paul McCartney, among many others.

“Classy, powerful, soulful and expressive” – London Guardian

“Fatoumata Diawara's know-how, musicality, and sense of self all come together, and prove her to be one of the most dynamic voices in Afropop today.” -- Pop Matters

3/31/2019 3:00 PM
Choir of Clare College

30 singers -- “Full-bodied, translucent, eloquent” – SF Chronicle

Thursday, April 4, 7:00 pm

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

Tickets: $40, $30, $15. Students are free.
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Since its founding as 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.

Under the direction of internationally acclaimed composer and conductor Graham Ross, 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.

We’ve hosted the Choir of Clare College on two previous occasions – and we’re very pleased to welcome them back, this time performing classical and contemporary choral music.

“These performances are poised, immaculate.” -- BBC Music Magazine

“Fresh and feisty choral singing.” – Times of London

“The choral singing was unstintingly sumptuous and secure.” London Guardian

4/4/2019 7:00 PM
Ballet Hispanico

“Fresh and funny…a delight. A crowd pleaser.” - NY Times

Friday, April 26, 7:00 pm

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

Tickets: $48, $38, $28, $15
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Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s premier Latino dance organization, brings its bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance to the Northeast Kingdom. The organization’s founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company, whose vision of artistic excellence, social equity, and cultural identity and high quality arts education for all drives its programs.

The Company is a group of highly trained professionals who perform the works of Latino choreographers for audiences around the world. Their repertory explores the diversity of Latino cultures and brings innovative ways of experiencing and sharing a cultural dialogue. Representing a multitude of nationalities, our artists reflect the ever-changing face of our nation.

Please note: We’ll present a Thursday, April 25th workshop of “Latin social dancing” for one and all. Contact Molly Stone (mstone@kcppresents.org) for details of time and place – and to sign up. All are welcomed.

“A gem…as strong as ever. A gorgeous flowing spectacle.” -- Village Voice

“Playfulness and passion…an explosive but whisper-soft virtuosity — but all in all it’s a party of a dance that might be happening anywhere a group of happy people are congregating.” – Boston Globe

“The most technically accomplished and musical dancers you'll find in the contemporary sphere" -- Washington Post

4/26/2019 7:00 PM