BUHS Fall Concert
is tonight

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Union High School Music Department will present a Fall Concert on Thursday at 7 p.m., in the school auditorium. Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

The 85-voice Chorus opens the concert with Antonio Vivaldi’s Baroque masterwork, "Gloria." They will be accompanied by pianist Susan Dedell and will feature several student soloists.

BUHS Jazz Workshop will take the stage next, under the direction of Jamie MacDonald. They will perform three selections arranged in a jazz combo style featuring each band member as an improvising soloist.

Next, the Jazz Band will perform three selections, including Frank Foster’s "Shiny Stockings," Horace Silver’s "Sister Sadie" and Don Menza’s "Beulah Witch." Soloists will include Jacob Gartenstein on drums, Ben Janis on alto saxophone, Gwendolyn Harris on piano, Kyra Johnston and Jonathon Burdo on trumpet and Ian Epstein on trombone.

The Band concludes the concert with a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy with the performance of Ronald Lo Presti’s "Elegy for a Young American." BUHS social studies teacher Bill Holiday, a leading scholar regarding the Kennedy assassination, will contribute slides and insights to the presentation.

The band’s program will also include Toccata for Band by Frank Erickson and "Gypsy Dance" by Joseph Compello.

The chorus is directed by Patty Meyer and the band and jazz band are led by Steve Rice.

‘How to Succeed in Business’ opens tonight at Leland & Gray

TOWNSHEND -- The Leland and Gray Players present "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," a satirical hit musical by Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows, on Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m., at Leland & Gray’s Dutton Gymnasium.

Based on a real-life mid 20th century success guide, the story centers on a young window washer, J. Pierrepont Finch, who begins a meteoric rise from mail room clerk to head of the dubiously-directed World-Wide Wicket Company. With romance, burlesque, song and dance, this show will leave you laughing and singing for a long while after curtain call.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. For information and reservations, e-mail verbatim @svcable.net.

‘Importance of Being Earnest’ staged in Bellows Falls

BELLOWS FALLS -- Enjoy a night out by attending "The Importance of Being Earnest," Oscar Wilde’s madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers’ entanglements at Bellows Falls Union High School on Friday and Saturday.

In addition to the two traditional evening performances, a second cast will perform at a school assembly as well as a matinee.

The understudy cast, featuring Jon Skrocki, Brittany Laurendeau, Hollie Jackson, and Liz Brooks will perform at the student assembly which will be held on Friday during fourth block, as well as at the matinee to be held on Saturday at 2 p.m., in the Bellows Falls Union High School auditorium.

The primary cast, featuring Austin McDaniel, Austin Lelpi, Sam Empey, Trinna Larsen, Emma Moyna, Paige Moody, Arianna Parris, Nieva Schemm and Anny Brown will perform on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $5 at the door.