Composer Richard Stoehr
COLCHESTER – Counterpoint, directed by Nathaniel G. Lew, along with Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont and Solaris Vocal Ensemble, directed by Dawn O. Willis, will join forces in to perform the works of Richard Stoehr at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, in the McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall at Saint Michael’s College. The program includes world premieres of choral works by this Viennese-trained composer who taught at Saint Michael’s College after fleeing the Nazis.
This joint choral concert spans Stoehr’s entire career. The program includes three early motets from 1903, a set of women’s choruses composed in 1919 during his Viennese heyday, several “American” works from the early ‘40s, and his final choral work, an “Ave Maria” composed in 1954 for the Saint Michael’s College Glee Club. Most of the works are receiving their first performance since their composition.
Admission is free (a collection will be taken to defray the costs of recording these rare works for release on CD); call 802-654-2284, or go online to www.counterpointchorus.org.
Dianne Reeves jazz
BURLINGTON — Jazz luminary Dianne Reeves performs on the Flynn Center main stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, with her trio — Peter Martins (piano), Reginald Veal (bass), and Terreon Gully (drums) — augmented by Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo.
Reeves is a revered jazz vocalist, a jazz singer’s jazz singer. As a result of her virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings — a Grammy first in any vocal category. Featured in George Clooney’s six-time Academy Award-nominated “Good Night, and Good Luck,” Reeves won her fourth Best Jazz Vocal Grammy for film’s soundtrack. Reeves has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic.
Tickets start at $15; call 802-86-FLYNN (863-5966), voice/relay calls welcome; or go online to www.flynncenter.org.
STOWE – The Spruce Peak Resort Association will present the reggae band The Wailers for a concert at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11.
Steered by bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers’ guitarists Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, The Wailers continue to make musical history. From 1973 to 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded, toured, and performed before countless millions worldwide. Since 1981, Familyman and Junior have carried on the mission to “keep The Wailers together,” just as Marley requested, affirming: “By doing that, you keep me alive through the music.”
In tribute to the late co-founder and drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett, The Wailers present Aston Barrett Jr. on drums. It’s startling how the young powerhouse delivers with his uncle’s inspiring landmark style. Lead singer Joshua David Barrett is a Rastaman by lifestyle and culture. Barrett delivers Marley’s powerful message of Jah love and unity through his performance and interaction with the audience. Adding to the exciting stage show are singers Shema McGregor, daughter of I Three Judy Mowatt, and Hassanah, a multi-cultural vocalist and dancer.
Tickets are $35-$65; call 802-760-4634, or go online to www.sprucepeakarts.org.
HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth College’s Department of Theater will perform a contemporary adaptation of 1984, based on the classic dystopian novel published in 1949 by George Orwell about a totalitarian society ruled by double-speak and disinformation.
“1984” will be performed in The Moore Theater of the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16 and 17, and Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 22-24, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 18 and 25.
Dartmouth’s production of “1984” culls from the novel and an NBC University Theater radio adaptation by Milton Wayne. The show also will include reading of excerpts from the non-fiction book “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” by Timothy Snyder published in 2017. In addition, both original and archival video footage have been incorporated into the production to underscore the play’s relevance today.
“Even though 1984 was written nearly 70 years ago, the warnings and issues that it raises regarding the role of government in our society have really come to the forefront over the past few years and continue to be relevant today,” said director Peter Hackett.
Tickets are $12, $10 for students; call 603-646-2422, or go online to hop.dartmouth.edu.
Roots, folk, world beat
WEST NEWBURY – Kali Stoddard Imari is a guitar player and songwriter whose Vermont roots run deep. He will perform a show, hosted by Patrick Ross and presented by Rock Farmer Records, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at West Newbury Hall, 219 Tyler Farm Road. All Rock Farmer Road Shows are filmed before a live studio audience.
Imari now lives in Boston and plays music all over the world. He has shared stages with Taj Mahal, Martin Sexton, Shawn Colvin and more. Growing up in Lyndonville, he started as a poet, hip hop artist and choir singer. His life’s work is to unite people through music and community and create a positive change wherever possible. More about Imari can be found at www.projectkali.com.
Tickets are available at the door, or call 802-866-3309, or go online to www.rockfarmer.com.
JOHNSON — The student theater troupe at Johnson State College will stage “Big Love,” a play that raises issues of love, gender politics and domestic violence, Feb. 15-18 at the Dibden Center for the Arts on campus. Performances are at 7 p.m. Feb. 15-17 and 2 p.m. Feb. 18.
“Big Love,” by American playwright Charles Mee, is based on the ancient Greek play “The Suppliants” by Aeschylus. A group of Greek women take sanctuary in an Italian manor to avoid marrying their cousins. The JSC production will modernize the original Greek story, in part by the grooms-to-be ambushing the women by helicopter. Burlington actress Dana Block directs.
Tickets are $10 (cash only); call 802-635-1476, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
17th century multimedia
HANOVER, N.H. — A 17th century musical work becomes a 21st century visual feast in a concert by the Dartmouth College Glee Club at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in Spaulding Auditorium of Hopkins Center for the Arts.
The Glee Club performs the oratorio “Jepte” by Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674) — a work written, like all oratorio, to be performed by a stationary chorus and soloists, with little to entertain the eye. In a collaboration between director Louis Burkot and Camilla Tassi, a soprano in the Glee Club and a student in Dartmouth’s Digital Musics graduate program, this production adds staging by Burkot against a backdrop of continuous projected video created by Tassi. Most of the seating will be on the stage itself, at intimate proximity to the performers and projections. The program will also include some madrigals from Carissimi’s period.
Tassi’s video is meant to draw the audience into the time and place the music is from, and underscore the story’s drama and emotion, combining still images of 17th century art and architecture, animated sequences Tassi created and abstract images. The video also incorporates the translated text of the oratorio, which is sung in Italian.
Tickets are $10; call 603-646-2422, or go online to hop.dartmouth.edu.