‘Gatsby the magnificent’
WAITSFIELD – The Valley Players will perform “The Great Gatsby: A Live Radio Play” October 7-23 at the Valley Players Theatre, 4254 Main Street (Route 100).
Performances are at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, at 2 p.m. on Sundays at 2 p.m. The show will be designed as a live radio broadcast from the 1940s, with a six-actor ensemble bringing more than two dozen characters from the novel to life.
The show was adapted for the stage by Joe Landry and is inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved classic, telling the story of triumph and tragedy that mirrors the decadence of the Jazz Age and the perils of the American dream.
BRATTLEBORO — The Blanche Moyse Chorale, conducted by Mary Westbrook-Geha, will perform Brahms’ German Requiem at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, in a concert at Marlboro College’s Persons Auditorium. The program also includes “Nänie” by Brahms, Op.82.
Composed between 1865 and 1868, Brahms’ German Requiem is one of the composer’s most beloved works. While the soaring melodies and rich harmonies of this masterpiece had immediate appeal, it was the fact that Brahms wrote it in German, rather than the more traditional liturgical Latin text, that made the work really accessible to the public of the time.
For this performance, the Chorale Blanche Moyse presents a more intimate version for choir and piano. The choir will be accompanied by pianist Claire Black.
Tickets are $25, $22 in advance, $10 for students; call the Brattleboro Music Center, 802-257-4523, or go online to bmcvt.org
Visit of the open workshop
The Vermont Crafts Council Open Studios Fall Weekend from October 1-2 will open the studios to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and visitors will have the chance to see demonstrations, purchase crafts , to talk to the professional artisans who made them and see the environment in which their creative work takes place.
The council’s website describes the event: “Open Studio Weekend is a celebration of craft and artwork creation and the professional lives of Vermont artists. With a focus on the studio, including workspace and materials, the event aims to illustrate both that creating art requires an investment of time, specialized tools and equipment, and that the process is accessible and rewarding.
For a full list of all 97 participating venues, as well as information to help you plan your weekend itinerary, visit www.vermontcrafts.com
Pianist Clayton Stephenson
MIDDLEBURY — Fresh off the finals of the Van Cliburn Competition, pianist Clayton Stephenson makes his Vermont debut at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Robison Hall in the Mahaney Arts Center at Middlebury College.
This first concert of the 2022-23 season of the Middlebury Performing Arts Series features a lavish program including Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, Schumann’s ‘Carnival’ and Beethoven’s ‘Appassionata’ Sonata. At the age of 23, Stephenson has garnered national and international attention for his musical talent, and he’s also impressive in academia – he’s currently pursuing joint degrees at Harvard and the New England Conservatory.
The concert is open to the public on and off campus, and will also be streamed.
Autumn Art Walk
MONTPELIER – Join the Art Walk, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 7.
Susan Calza features stories and images from “The Red Oculus,” along with live music from Ras Moshe Burnett, and in the Map Room at the Vermont State House, don’t miss “Knitting Democracy Together,” as well a collage and a sculpture by Axel Stohlberg at the Vermont Supreme Court Gallery. October Art Walk attendees will enjoy art around every corner, by local and regional artists.
Art Walk offers a fun and relaxed way to discover art, meet local artists and explore the shops, restaurants and galleries of downtown Montpellier. Participants can pick up an Art Walk guide and start their walk at one of the 21 presentation locations.
PUTNEY — The Yellow Barn Artists’ Residence concert series continues on Sunday, October 2, with a double program of free concerts at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Great Barn.
“Over two separate concerts, the performance of Schumann’s three quartets, intertwined with snippets of Schumann’s own sketches for these works and the music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven from which he drew inspiration, sheds light on how we define what’s ‘new’ in art, and why it matters,” said art director Seth Knopp
Led by violinist Anthony Marwood, Yellow Barn musicians include So-Young Choi, Julia Mirzoev and Grace Park, violins; Natalie Loughran and Rosemary Nelis, violas; and Natasha Brofsky, Edvard Pogossian and Aaron Wolff, cellos.
Admission is free, but can be reserved by calling (802)-387-6637, or going online at www.yellowbarn.org Members of the public must present proof of vaccination against COVID-19, including recommended boosters, and masks are required.
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