ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 9 * * All Arts News On the Web * * April 7, 2005


      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 live music and more at the Fairfax Music Sessions at the Foothills Bakery in Fairfax most Saturday afternoons at 1 p.m., at ChowBella or at the Overtime Saloon in St Albans 8-10 p.m. most Wednesday evenings, at the Bayside in St Albans Town most Sunday afternoons, and the Cambridge CoffeeHouses at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of every month.
     These gatherings bring new opportunities, gossip, "show-and-tell" and occasional workshops. The booked performances and acoustic Open Mike Nights feature music, readings, and more from the best new artists in Vermont.


      Engineer/producer and "really good sound guy" Lyle Glidden has been wandering around reviewing new CDs and new venues. Here is his report on the relocated Higher Ground.
      In a state the size of Vermont, one would not expect to have access to hot new talent. Enter a night spot that has given Northern Vermont wonderful contact with the best in International as well as local major musical artists.
      Higher Ground, Now located on Williston Road (behind Burger King and Dunkin Donuts) is a club with a rich history of bringing these just-bubbling-under and top-name artists to our back yard. Formerly in Winooski at the site of current urban renewal, the night spot is a major market venue for not only our side of the lake but also the Plattsburg area as well.
      Recent concerts have included April Wine, Victor Wooten, The Fab Faux (Beatles Tribute band extraordinare), and Franklin County's own Nobby Reed Project. Other acts gracing their stage have been Jefferson Starship, Adrian Belew, and bluegrass legends The Del Mcoury band.
      The club does not lock in a single musical genre rather choosing from the best of all touring styles.
      Higher Ground goes out of the way to make sure our best local talent has a showcase site in the Queen City. Local artists truly appreciate the chance to play in a setting where state-of-the-art production technology is at their command. In today's market most local talent cannot afford to carry the high end equipment that Higher Ground has installed in it's two showcase rooms. It is a real thrill to be able to play through stereo quality sound reinforcement gear.
      In order for a venue of this stature to survive public support is a must. I encourage you to check out this wonder ful resource located only 35 minutes to the South of St. Albans. Your trip will be well worth your ticket investment. You will never find a nicer place to experience an artist you've longed to see live in concert.
      I recently spoke with fans who drove to Burlington from NYC to see The Fab Faux. They were very impressed that Vermont had a nicer venue than The City. This spoke volumes to me that public awareness of this amazing resource should be brought to light. Don't for a moment doubt that you'll have a memorable evening.
--Lyle Glidden
      Anne and I caught both April Wine and Highgate resident Nobby Reed at Higher Ground. Both shows were excellent. April Wine played for the AAC at Floodstock and Mr. Reed is New England's best blues guitarist.


COLCHESTER--The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association presents the annual Hermance Recital at the Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael's College on Saturday evening at 8 p.m.
      The Hermance Recital features performances by current VYOA high school seniors who have performed as soloists during the 2004-2005 concert season. The performances are judged by a panel and a deserving student receives the $500 Hermance Prize to fund further study in music. This award was established in 1990 by the parents and grandfather of VYO student Harry Hermance in honor of his commitment to musical excellence.
      The recital includes Conor Boehm, violin, Scène de Ballet, Op. 100 by Charles de Bériot; Samantha Gelfon, flute, Flute Sonata in G major, Op. 2, No. 1 by Michel Blavet; Martha Bruce, violin, Meditation from Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42 by Tchaikovsky; Corinne Goss, oboe, Oboe Sonata in D Major, Op. 166 by Camille Saint-Saëns; Daniel Liptak, clarinet, Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 74 by Carl Maria von Weber; Yukio McDonough, violin, Prelude from Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 28 by Max Bruch; Rachel Wolcott, oboe, Oboe Concertino No. 1 in G minor by Georges Guilhaud;
      The Recital is open to the public. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. Call the VYOA (802-655-5030) or click here for more info.

FAIRFAX--The regular Music Session continues Saturday with acoustic instrumentalists playing traditional songs at the Foothills Bakery, 1-4:30 p.m. Admission is free by donation.

WATERVILLE--Cambridge Arts Council presents community dances on Saturdays at 7 p.m. in the Waterville Town Hall. The evening will feature contras, squares, circles, play parties and singing games and all dances will be taught. Bring a partner, the entire family, or come alone. Caller Mark Sustic offers dance instruction. Frank Heyburn and Michele Lajoie play. Guest musicians with acoustic instruments are welcome. Admission is $5 per person and $10 for families at the door.

ST. ALBANS--The Overtime Saloon offers Open Mic with Abby Jenne and Friends every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Abby encourages performers of all kinds to attend. If you need instrumental accompaniment, e-mail with the title/artist of song you wish to perform. click herefor more info.


VYOA AUDITIONS (Now)--The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association is lining up musicians for the 2005-06 Season. Auditions are open to all musicians in grades 3-11 who have played orchestral instrument for at least one year. Auditions include a scale, a prepared solo, and sight-reading.
      Auditions are heard by members of the VYOA artistic staff. All qualified students will be offered placement in the appropriate VYOA orchestra or group, based on the skill and experience as demonstrated in the audition. Current members of VYOA programs must also audition in order to participate next season.
      All auditions will be held May 2-24 in the Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael's College in Colchester. For more info, an audition brochure, or to schedule an audition appointment, call the VYOA (802.655.5030) or click here.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY (Now)--Coldwell Banker Hickok Boardman wants artisan partners for a local Habitat for Humanity house project. Call Sybil Chicoine (802-846-9549) for info.

ARTSHOW AMHERST (April 11)--This juried outdoor Fine Art Street Gallery features a different set of 25-30 artists displaying a diverse array of visual art forms that are not crafts, from painting, print and photography to sculpture and digital/video art. 10x10' tents will be located in public spaces and walkways throughout downtown Amherst (May, September, and October) and in Pittsfield (June-August). Artshow provides the tents. A Selected Works Exhibition will be on display in Pittsfield July-Aug and Amherst September-October. Entry fee is $15. First weekend tent fee is $150 and second weekend is $100. Submit online or download PDF forms here, via e-mail, or by calling 413-256-6600 for info.

CALL FOR INSTALLATION ARTISTS ()--The Purdue University Galleries want proposals for installations in either of two exhibit spaces, the Robert L. Ringel Gallery in the Purdue Memorial Union and the Stewart Center Gallery. The exhibition(s) are slated for August 29-October 9. Exhibiting artists will receive a $3,000 honorarium for shipping, materials expenses and a public lecture, as well as hotel accommodations for up to seven days to install the work. All installation media are eligible, including sculpture and new and emerging technologies. Two installations will be chosen, with one specifically featuring an interactive or participatory element, to tie in with Purdue Galleries' outreach programming to the K-12 education community. No entry fee. Call or e-mail Craig Martin (765-494-3061), or click here for more info.


      RAMP, the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project is dedicated to developing awareness of the arts, creating vitality in the community with the arts, and demonstrating that the arts favorably impact the local economy.


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