ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 6 * * All Arts News On the Web * * November 14, 2002


      ArtBits always features a calendar of the goings on of Franklin County artists. Check out these events around Franklin County. Each issue includes the entire text of our weekly newspaper column.

      Stop in for the AAC CoffeeHouses at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. These gatherings bring new opportunities, gossip, "show-and-tell" and workshops. We come together on the second Wednesday for a booked musical performance and an art exhibit at Simple Pleasures in St Albans. On the fourth Wednesday come to the Kept Writer in St Albans for acoustic Open Mike Night featuring music, readings, and more from the best new artists in Vermont.


      The Opera House at Enosburg Falls presents the Gabriel Piano Trio on Saturday at 8:00 pm. The program will include three trios for violin, cello, and piano by Franz Josef Haydn, Gabriel Faure, and Clara Schumann. The Haydn is the Trio in G Major Hoboken XV, 25 composed in 1795. There will be a late work from Faure, Opus 120 in D Minor, and Clara Schumann's Opus 17.
      Three of Central Vermont's most active chamber musicians came together last year to form the Gabriel Piano Trio.
      "We took our name from [Gabriel] Faure," cellist Paul Perley said. "It was the first work we played when we got together and we all like Faure." Violinist Diana Stone and pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti are the other trio members.
      Eminent late-19th century French composer, organist, and teacher Gabriel Urbain Faure worked at the time impressionism was blooming in European art and poetry and music. This anti-German and anti-Romantic music is subtle, improvisational, and colorful. His own works include significant chamber music, such as the Piano Quartet in C minor from 1879, two operas, orchestral works, and other piano pieces. His compositions offer harmonic character and beautiful melody.
      Violinist Diana Stone is principal violist with the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra, first violinist of the Borealis String Quartet, and has been a music teacher in the public school system for the past 24 years. Mrs. Stone also teaches privately, and has often been music director for Montpelier area theater productions. She studied at the University of New Hampshire and studied under Ruth Posselt at New England Conservatory.
      Cellist Paul Perley is a founding member of the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, a long-time member of the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra, and cellist with the Bartholdy Ensemble, one of Vermont's longest active performing chamber groups. He founded and conducted the Green Mountain Waldorf Orchestra from 1999-2002, currently conducts in the Central Vermont Youth Orchestra program, and maintains a private teaching studio in Montpelier. He studied with international soloist Helene Gagne of Montreal.
      Pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti has given solo piano recitals at the Barre Opera House, soloed (along with her brother Daniel) with the Vermont Philharmonic, accompanied flute master classes in France for the renowned Louis Moyse, collaborated with many area soloists, some giving world premiers of new works, and is an active free-lance performer supporting community and professional theater productions. Ms. Cerutti maintains a private teaching studio in Northfield. She was graduated from Oberlin Conservatory and Hartt School of Music, obtaining a masters degree under Watson Morrison.
      "We are all teachers and are very interested in getting classical music into the schools for kids to experience," Paul Perley said. In addition to performing as a group, they plan a series of innovative in-school programs. They hope to be ready by the spring, but the reality of grants means the programs may wait until fall. "We are also talking about commissioning a work about Vermont history [to accompany the in-school program]," he said.
      The Gabriel Piano Trio will perform at the Opera House on Saturday at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. Advance sale tickets are available from the Enosburg Pharmacy and the Merchant's Bank in Enosburg Falls, plus Swanton Rexall, and Better Planet and the Kept Writer in St. Albans. Call 802-933-6171 or click here for more info.

      The Gabriel Piano Trio fall tour of North Central Vermont also includes the Montpelier Unitarian Church on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Vergennes Opera House on Sunday at 4 p.m.


      The Highgate Manor and Snow Farm Vineyard present the exclusive release of Snow Farm Vineyard's 2002 Leon Millot Nouveau at a celebration on Saturday beginning at 5:00 p.m. The Turning Point Quartet will provide live jazz music throughout the evening.
      Turning Point is a jazz/funk/blues combo of Matt Clancy, tenor saxophone, Eric Bushey guitar, Justin Bedell, bass, and Tim Buckingham, drums. The evening will include classics by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Pat Metheny as well as funk charts by Wayne Shorter and John Scofield.
      "I envision a really mellow dinner/cocktail set followed by some more up tempo jazz/funk for dancing after the dinner hour," Eric Bushey said.
      Despite last year's ill-fated attempt to get a Highgate chicken to cross the road, another "chicken" has been charged with the delivery of the first bottle of wine to Highgate Manor. If successful this year, Snow Farm Vineyard will beat the French with its nouveau release. The official uncorking and wine tasting includes hors d'oeuvres and, at 6 p.m., a four-course dinner designed specifically to pair with the new wine will be served. The complete dinner with hors d'oeuvres and wine is $37.50 per person by reservation only. Call 868-9007 for reservations and info.


      Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a rousing, rollicking riddle. With the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, it is loaded with sight gags, inspiration, popular songs, and poignancy from a time not long after the Bible began. Lyric Theater presents Joseph as its 61st production starting tonight and running through Sunday.
      "I am smitten with its indomitable story, crazy humor, and huge heart," wrote director Carole Vasta Folley of Shelburne.
      The musical retells the biblical story of the handsome and mystical Joseph, a multicolored coat, and his eleven jealous brothers who sell him into slavery. Bob Cseh of Enosburg Falls appears as brother Judah and Matt Parisi of Fairfax is one of the Gentlemen of the Ensemble. The Lyric cast, production, and crew numbers about 87 people from northern Vermont.
      Lyric and Child Care resource are teaming up during the run of the show for the "Coats for Kids" campaign. Joseph had his dreamcoat, but many Vermont kids are without coats for the winter. You may bring gently used or new children's coats to the lobby of the Flynn.
      The Lyric Theater production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat runs today through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Flynn Theater in Burlington. Tickets are $16 and $22.
      You will go home singing.


ST ALBANS--The AAC Board meets tonight to continue our Executive Director search, consider possible homes, begin a membership drive, and plan an art exhibit and sale. At the Northwestern Medical Center Conference Center tonight at 7 p.m.

ST ALBANS--The Kept Writer presents the country blues, hidden classics from yesteryear and great guitar playing from songwriter Charlie Messing, Friday evening at 7 p.m. On Saturday Bachelor Girl Karen McFeeters returns to her hometown of St. Albans at 7 p.m. This will be her first solo show at the cafe.

BURLINGTON--Jim Daniels and Jim McGinniss will play original and traditional Old-Time country and bluegrass on Friday at 9:45 p.m. at Radio Bean on North Winooski Avenue.


      Craft shows are increasingly popular during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. CERF, the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, helps craftspeople sustain craftsmaking as a livelihood by offering immediate support to professional craftspeople suffering career-threatening emergencies. CERF is a non-profit and is the only organization of its kind in the United States.


      ArtBits features a quick weekly peek at the bookshelf or night stand of the folks you know in and around Franklin County. That popular feature has a page of its own at the Franklin County Bookshelf here on the AAC site.


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