Saturday, April 19, 7:30pm
Court Street Arts, Haverhill, NH
Tickets: All seats $20
Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for over 40 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. A profound songwriter, Chris continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers. From his early days as the New Orleans transplant in the Boston folk scene, through his wilderness years, to his reemergence in the 1990s as one of America’s most distinctive acoustic performers, Chris Smither continues to hone his distinctive sound. He has always traveled his own road, eschewing sophisticated studio tricks and staying true to his musical vision. He has developed and maintained loyal friendships over the years with kindred-spirited musicians like Bonnie Raitt and the late Stephen Bruton while at the same time throughout his career been inspired by and inspiring to today's next-generation of musicians. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. The New York Times: With a weary, well-traveled voice and a serenely intricate finger-picking style, Mr. Smither turns the blues into songs that accept hard-won lessons and try to make peace with fate.
The release of Hundred Dollar Valentine (Signature Sounds) in 2012, Chris’ 12th studio record, is a masterwork. It sports the unmistakable sound he has made his trademark: fingerpicked acoustic guitar and evocative sonic textures meshed with spare, brilliant songs, delivered in a bone-wise, hard-won voice. It is also his first recording to feature all Smither-penned, original songs. Along with longtime producer, David “Goody” CGoodrich, other featured musicians on Hundred Dollar Valentine are drummer Billy Conway (Morphine, Treat Her Right), Jimmy Fitting on harmonica, and Goodrich’s ex-Groovasaurus bandmates, Anita Suhanin (vocals) and violinist Ian Kennedy (Page/Plant, Lemonheads, Juliana Hatfield, Peter Wolf, Susan Tedeschi).
Storytellers on a Mission
Tickets: $60 (front to row I), $40 (row J to rear) , $25 (balcony)
Nationally renowned storytellers from Wait, Wait….Don’t Tell Me, The Moth, This American Life, BBC Radio Hour and more tell hilarious tales to raise $35,000 for the 35th anniversary of Morningside Shelter, southeastern Vermont's only year-round homeless shelter. With Peter Sagal, Host of NPR's Wait,Wait...Don't Tell Me! and featuring Cindy Pierce, Elna Baker, Peter Aguerro, and additional special guests. Presented by The Hatch, a Vermont nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise money for good causes and to have fun doing it.
Sponsored by VPR with support from Foard Panel and Farnum Insulators.
*If you require wheelchair seating, please contact the Catamountix box office at 802-748-2600
Creative Movement (Ages 6 - 10)
Mondays,April 21-May 19, 3:15-4:45pm at Catamount Cabaret Room
Through avariety of movement explorations, compositional games, improvisation,journaling and drawing, students will discover new ways of moving throughspace. Classes will be accompanied by live music by Geoff Goodhue.
Class fee: $50/45 for a sibling (sibling discount taken inperson at the box office only). Please call Anne at 802-748-2600 ext. 108 toinquire about scholarship availability.
Maura Gahan is a painter, dancer, andpuppeteer. For 26 years, she has trained in a variety of dance forms, includingballet, jazz, modern, tap, West African, Afro-Caribbean, and improvisation. Shehas traveled throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa teaching andperforming. Recent collaborations include Bread and Puppet Theater, VermontVaudeville, Duncan Dance Center and National Symphony Orchestra. Geoff Goodhue
began studying violin at age 5. At age11, he began studying percussion and in 2004 graduated from Ohio Universitywith an honors degree in Percussion Performance. Geoff performs regularlywith Howie Cantor, The Goodhues Band, Granite Junction, BegSteal or Borrow, Can-Am Jazz Band and Vermont Vaudeville's HouseBand.
Making a Secret Belgian Binding
Tuesday, April 22 to May 6, 6:00pm
Catamount Outback Artspace
Instructor: Sharon Kenney Biddle
Class fee: $60 (10% discount for Catamount members). A materials fee of $8 is due at the first class session.
Participants will be creating a hard cover blank book. They will have a opportunity to hand-decorate papers for the cover and use European or Asian papers as well. The two-part binding process involves sewing together the cover boards in a puzzle-like weave, binding the inside pages and then attaching them to the cover. This process, called the "Secret Belgian Binding," was developed by Anne Goy in 1986. Her idea was to create a visible binding reminiscent of a Japanese binding, but with pages that lie flat. This book requires no difficult gluing. It is a book that uses the dramatic-looking sewing as the centerpiece of its design. Because the pages lie flat, the book is ideal as a travel journal, garden journal, or sketchbook.
All materials and supplies will be provided. Sharon will provide written directions for each participant to take home.
Sharon Kenney Biddle has been teaching bookbinding for fifteen years. She believes that old-fashioned paper-filled books, especially ones that we make ourselves, are not obsolete or irrelevant. Designing a book and building its contents are worthy, satisfying experiences. A book that is entirely one's own from cover to cover is a splendid example of imagination and careful craftsmanship.
Meet-and-Greet the Cast and Crew for "Peter and John"
A Benefit To Support Film Production of "Peter and John”
Friday, April 25, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Dreamland Theater and Performing Arts Center
17 South Water St.
Nantucket, MA 02554
Tickets: $100 donation to support film production of "Peter and John” ($80 tax-deductible).
Join members of the cast and crew for Jay Craven’s new film, "Peter and John” — for a special Daffodil Weekend fundraising gala at the fabulous Harborview Room of the Nantucket Dreamland Theater. Enjoy drinks and hors d’ oeuvres looking out on Nantucket Harbor. And vie for a chance at the unusual getaways that will be auctioned off at the event — for a week at a 16th Century former abbey in French wine country (complete with a private piano recital of 19th century music performed on a classic 1867 Pleyel piano).
Info at: http://www.charme-traditions.com/fr/chambres-d-hotes/org/15256/abbaye-de-varennes
Or spend a week in Vermont — or travel to northern Tuscan hill country for a week in a cozy stone cottage in the village of Vibbianella (info at http://tuscanstonehouse.com).
Proceeds and donations from this event will support the production of Jay Craven’s film, "Peter and John,” that tells the story of two brothers whose relationship strains when the younger one receives word of a strange inheritance.
Then, a mysterious young woman arrives in the island, attracting and mystifying both brothers. The film is set in 1872 Nantucket, after the decline of whaling, before the rise of tourism, and in the wake of the Civil War.
"Peter and John’s” cast includes 2014 Golden Globe winner Jacqueline Bisset (BBC’s “Dancing on the Edge,” Francois Truffaut’s “Day for Night”), Emmy winner and Tony nominee Gordon Clapp (“Flags of Our Fathers,” “NYPD Blue,” “Glengarry Glen Ross”), Christian Coulson (“Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets,” “The Hours,” Emmy-winning BBC series, “The Last King”) Shane Patrick Kearns (“Law and Order,” “Blue Collar Boys”), and Spanish actress Alicia Sanz in her U.S. feature film debut. Supporting cast includes Gary Farmer (“Smoke Signals,” “Dead Man”), Bill Raymond (“Lincoln,” “Michael Clayton”), Susan Kelechi Watson (“Louie,” “Blackout”), Jenny Smyth, and John Rothman (“Sophie’s Choice,” “Devil Wears Prada”). Also Nantucket actors Susan McGinnis (“Sex and the City,” “Carlito’s Way”) and Vince Veilleux (TWNs “Six Degrees of Separation”). And Northeast Kingdom Vermont-bred actors Tessa Klein (“War Horse”) and Abbey Volmer.
Thursday, May 1 at 7:00pm
Encore-Thursday, May 8 at 7:00pm
Catamount Arts Center
Tickets: Adults - $24, Members - $22, Students - $16
Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes (James Bond: Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy.
An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear’s world descends into chaos.
5/1/2014 To 5/8/2014
A Few Good Men
May 2, 3, 9, 10 at 7:30pm, Sunday, May 11, 2:00pm
St. Johnsbury School Auditorium
Director: Laura Wayne
Tickets: $10.00 for Adults and $7.00 for Students, Seniors, & Service Members
This witty, fast-paced Broadway hit turned blockbuster film focuses on the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial.
St. Johnsbury Players is partnered with Catamount Arts and sponsored by Union Bank, Passumpsic Savings Bank, and Community National Bank.
For more information, please contact Director Laura Wayne at 802-751-1175 or Producer Erika Scherer at 802-274-1833.
5/2/2014 To 5/11/2014
Swing Xing: Three Generations of Swing Guitar
Saturday, May 3, 7:30pm
Court Street Arts, Haverhill, NH
Bucky Pizzareli, Frank Vignola,& Vinny Ranioloare among the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. Jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli has been thrilling audiences with his signature swinging style for close to seven decades. Throughout that time, Bucky has played with a veritable Who’s Who of bandleaders and performers including musical giants like Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Stephane Grappelli, Tony Bennett, Zoot Sims, and Les Paul among others. Besides becoming a fixture on the big band circuit and in the studio, Pizzarelli also took a stint in The Tonight Show Band on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. The 87 year old swing-era icon has fathered equally swinging musicians, including well-known guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli.
Vignola's stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world's top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Wynton Marsalis, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his "Five Most Admired Guitarists List" for the Wall Street Journal.
Vinny Raniolo at the age of 28 has already proved himself to be among the elite having performed and recorded with Bucky Pizzareli, Tommy Emmanuel and David Grisman just to name a few. Together with Vignola, they have preformed at prestigious concert halls and festivals in the world including the Sydney Opera house, Lincoln Center, Liverpool Philharmonic, Quebec Music Festival and Italy's Teatro Olimpico. Their jaw dropping technique and incredible showmanship explains why the New York Times deemed them,
"....stars of Guitar."
Sponsored by Bliss Tavern Music
VT All State Music Festival - Jazz Ensemble
Friday, May 9, 7:30pm
Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy
Tickets: $7.00 all seats
An 18-piece jazz ensemble comprised of selected high school musicians performs under the direction of Robert Baca. The concert will include a performance by this year's high school jazz scholarship recipient.
Sheesham, Lotus & Son
Friday, May 16, 7:00pm
Cabot Town Hall
Tickets: $17.00 all seats
Among the most popular Old-Time Roots artists in North America, Sheesham, Lotus & Son have created a unique sonic and visual language recalling the early days of sound recording and the last days of the medicine show. Mixing oddities of their own devising such as the Sepia-phonic monophone, and the Contrabass Harmoniphoneum with fiddle, banjo, harmonica and sousaphone they sizzle with cornball energy that's both vividly antique and musically masterful. They will be joined by old-time duo Mayfly (fiddler and banjoist Katie Trautz and multi-instrumentalist Julia Wayne). Sheesham, Lotus & Son with be appearing with Mayfly at the Cabot Town Hall (Willey Building), 3084 Main Street, on Friday, May 16 at 7:00 PM, presented by Cabot Arts, in association with the Cabot Community Association and Catamount Arts of St. Johnsbury. Advance reservations are recommended.
Marriage of Figaro
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 16 through 25
Plainfield Opera House, The Old Town Hall, Plainfield, VT
Director: Naomi Flanders
Principal Cast: Brian Lynam (Figaro), Victoria Drew (Susanna), Stephen Falbel (Count Almaviva), Ellen Blachly (The Countess), Lillian Broderick (Cherubino), Marek Pyka (Doctor Bartolo), Carol Spradling (Marcellina), Jessica Clayton (Barbarina), Jesse Della Pepa (Basilio), and Jose Schmidt (Antonio), with Eliza Thomas, accompanist.
Curtain: 7:30pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2pm Sunday matinees.
Ticket Prices: Adults: $22, Seniors: $20, Students: $18, Children 12 and under: $10.
Aristocrats and affairs, peasants and passion – in Plainfield, Vermont no less! Echo Valley Community Arts is pleased to present Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" at the newly renovated Plainfield Opera House. Directed by Naomi Flanders, this gorgeous comedic opera displays Mozart's musical genius in expressing humor laced with human longing and intrigue. Presented in Italian with sub-titles, Figaro is directed by Naomi Flanders and features local professional musicians from Washington, Chittenden and Rutland Counties.
5/16/2014 To 5/25/2014
Saturday, May 17, 7:30pm
Court Street Arts, Haverhill, NH
As a young man from Mississippi, Steve Forbert traveled to New York City and played guitar for spare change in Grand Central Station. He vaulted to international prominence with a folk-rock hit, “Romeo’s Tune,” during a time when rootsy rock was fading out and the Ramones, Talking Heads and other New Wave and punk acts were moving in to the public consciousness. Still, critics raved about Steve’s poetic lyrics and engaging melodies, and the crowds at CBGB’s club in New York accepted him alongside those acts. “I’ve never been interested in changing what I do to fit emerging trends,” Forbert observes. “Looking back on it, I was helping to keep a particular American songwriting tradition alive at a time when it wasn’t in the spotlight.”
He has had a career of well-crafted, unforgettable albums including, Any Old Time, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004. In 2012, 35 years after his first album, Steve has released an exciting new one, Over With You. Its ten fresh but mature songs pinpoint a wide range of emotions that color personal relationships. “This is an album that has taken a lifetime to make,” explains Forbert. “You don’t just pull these songs out of thin air — you have to live them.”
Sponsored by Bliss Tavern Music
Annual Spring Celebration Tractor Raffle
Tickets: $100 each and includes free admission to the Bob Amos CD Release Concert
Only 250 tickets will be sold!
Cub Cadet Yanmar SC2400FTL 24hp 4 wheel drive sub-compact tractor with loader.
Retail price: $17,900
Winner is responsible for all associated fees which include, but may not be limited to all Federal, State and Local taxes (including income tax liability), license, title, registration and or similar fees associated with receiving the prize. Must be 18 years or older to win. Winner must claim prize within ten (10) days of the drawing.
Proceeds to benefit Catamount Arts.
Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing
Saturday, June 7, 7:00pm
North Congregational Church
Tickets: $12 adults, $10 members
Join us on Saturday, June 7 for a special CD Release Concert featuring Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing!
One of the Northeast Kingdom's best-known bluegrass groups, Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing, will debut its latest CD at 7 pm Saturday, June 7, at the North Congregational Church on Main Street in St. Johnsbury. The concert, which will include live versions of all of the songs on the new CD as well as some of the group's already classic favorites, will also include the second annual drawing for a Yanmar tractor courtesy of All-Around Power in St. Johnsbury. Residents who buy one of the only 250 tickets for the raffle will receive free admission to the concert. Residents may also buy tickets for the concert without purchasing a raffle ticket.
A Small Family Business
Thursday, June 12 at 7:00pm
Encore-Thursday, June 19 at 7:00pm
Catamount Arts Center
Tickets: Adults - $24, Members - $22, Students - $16
A riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn (Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval). A Small Family Business returns to the National Theatre for the first time since its celebrated premiere in 1987, when it won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play.
Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.
6/12/2014 To 6/19/2014
Miss Littleton Area Scholarship Pageant
Saturday, June 21, 7:00pm
Littleton High School Auditorium
The Miss Littleton Area Scholarship Program is one of 28 chapters of the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program, governed by the Miss America Organization. On a national, state and local level, they are the largest giver of scholarship awards to young women, with over $136,000 awarded to date since January. On June 21st, another lucky girl will be chosen to compete in the Miss New Hampshire Pageant in April 2015. The winner of the Miss New Hampshire title will go on to compete for Miss America in Atlantic City. Though not a "beauty pageant", scoring is based upon a private interview with the Judges, an "On Stage Question", Talent Competition, Lifestyle & Fitness Competition and Evening Gown Competition. Miss Littleton Area is awarded a $500 scholarship, with the First Runner-Up receiving $150 and the Second Runners-Up receiving $100. In it's second year, the evening will also produce a Miss Littleton Area's Outstanding Teen, who will also go on to compete for the state title in February 2015.
The Four Preps
Saturday, October 11, 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Littleton Opera House
** Legendary Capitol Recording Artists The Four Preps in Concert
Tickets: Preferred seating - $45.00
General admission - $35.00
Doors will open 30 minutes before showtime.
The Four Preps are an American popular music male quartet. In the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, the group amassed eight gold singles and three gold albums. Its million-selling signature tunes included "26 Miles," "Big Man," "Lazy Summer Night," and "Down by the Station." Their numerous television and motion picture appearances included four years on Ozzie and Harriet backing heartthrob Ricky Nelson and with Sandra Dee in the Gidget movie. Their most recent television appearance was with the award-winning 2004 PBS special, Magic Moments: The Best of 50s Pop.
The current incarnation of The Four Preps features the original lead singer, Bruce Belland, Bob Duncan (formerly with the Diamonds and The Crew Cuts), Joe Dickey (of The Crew Cuts), and Skip Taylor. Their shows are currently an amalgamation of singing - everything from doo-wop to Tin Pan Alley standards - and comedy.
10/11/2014 To 10/11/2014