2017-12-06 / Arts and Entertainment


Folk singers to perform
at Next Stage

PUTNEY — Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present contemporary folk singer/songwriters Mark Erelli and Stephen Chipman at Next Stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 Erelli has toured internationally as a solo artist for the past 18 years, appearing onstage everywhere from coffeehouses and major folk festival stages (Newport, Philadelphia, Shrewsbury, UK) to Fenway Park. He has won music awards ranging from the Kerrville Folk Festival Best New Folk Award to Grand Prize in the International Song Contest. In recent years, he gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman and producer, accompanying Grammy-winning artists such as Lori McKenna, Paula Cole and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry to London's Royal Albert Hall.

His own diverse discography includes collections of western swing, lullabies, bluegrass (with his band “Barnstar!”), songs of stirring social conscience, and several highly-acclaimed collaborations.

Chipman grew up in Boston, where he learned to play guitar at an early age and rode the folk music wave through college frat parties and corner bars in the 1970s. Forty years later, when he’s not rebuilding old parlor guitars in his Chester, Vermont shop, Chipman returns to his singer/songwriter roots with a set list of songs dedicated to poking fun at himself and the follies of his past.

Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney. Tickets are $16 advance / $20 at the door, and available at www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and Putney Food Co-Op in Putney. For information, call (802) 387-0102 or visit www.nextstagearts.org.

Áine Minogue performs
Celtic concert

BELLOWS FALLS — Áine Minogue will perform in the new Stone Church by Candlelight series with a special concert, To Warm a Winter’s Night, with Celtic harp and vocals. Concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls.

Tickets in advance are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, and $45 for premium, reserved seats. At the door, prices increase by $5 to $25 general admission and $20 for seniors. Information and advance tickets are available in person at Village Square Booksellers on the Square in Bellows Falls, by phone at (802) 460-0110, and online at www.stonechurcharts.org.

Elizabeth Rogers
returns to Weston

WESTON — Celebrated contemporary folk singer Elizabeth Rogers will perform in concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 10, at Weston’s Old Parish Church. She will be accompanied by Grammy-winning cellist Eugene Friesen.

This concert is the latest presentation in the Hearts & Voices Performance Series, established in 2009 by Old Parish Church in memory of G. Frederick (Fritz) Zeller. Rogers’ H&V appearance in 2015, also with Friesen, may well be the best received and best attended performance in the eight years that H&V has been in existence.

Rogers has a voice that has been compared to that of Joan Baez. She started out singing opera, later branching out into jazz, a cappella and folk music. After performing with various New England groups, she moved to Scotland, where she lived in a spiritual community for a time. There she began composing and performing as a solo folk artist, and has since recorded two albums to critical acclaim:  One Fine Day and Breathe and Begin.  

Her experiences in Scotland strongly influenced her writing, as her songs tend to contain themes of transformation and the search for home.  After touring internationally and in the U.S. for several years, she moved to Vermont, and now lives in Bellows Falls. Samples of her music can be found on her website, www.elizabethrogers.com.

Revenues from the H&V performances are donated to benefit deserving area nonprofit organizations. For this performance, patrons are asked to donate $10 each, which will benefit three neighborhood food pantries that help combat food insecurity in Southern Vermont.

Old Parish Church is located on Route 100, on the left when entering Weston from the south.

Sondheim’s ‘Follies’
At Opera House

BELLOWS FALLS — RAMParts Presents, in partnership with the National Theatre of London, brings the legendary Sondheim musical, “Follies,” to the Bellows Falls Opera House at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10.

It’s New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow, the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. This is a Vaudeville Broadway reunion marked with sadness and regret, lost youth and second chances.

Sondheim’s homage to Old Broadway takes place on a lavish set designed by Vicki Mortimer. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it is directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors). Musical standards from the show include such classics as “Broadway Baby,” “The Road You Didn’t Take,” “Could I Leave You?” “I’m Still Here” and “Live, Laugh, Love.”

The original Broadway production opened in 1971 and was directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett, who also served as choreographer. The show was nominated for Grammy, Olivier, and eleven Tony Awards, going on to win seven.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Seating is general admission. The show is 2 hours, 15 minutes without intermission. Tickets are $20 per person and available at www.rampartstickets.com.

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