Hungrytown plays benefit for Wardsboro curtain project

WARDSBORO -- West Townshend’s Hungrytown will play a benefit concert on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., at the Wardsboro Town Hall, 71 Main St. Admission is $10 at the door, with a $25 family cap.

Hungrytown is the musical and married duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson. They tour full-time; their adventures have taken them throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and New Zealand. Their songs have been performed by other artists, including Nashville songwriting legend David Olney and bluegrass veterans the Virginia Ramblers. Hungrytown’s music has also been used on several television shows, including the hit series, "Portlandia."

This Concert for Curtains will benefit Wardsboro Curtain Call, a volunteer organization whose mission is to enhance Wardsboro’s town hall stage with front stage drapery and with the conservation and installation of a set of historic painted scenic curtains. The curtain set, painted by scenic artist Charles Huiest around 1915, is a gift to Wardsboro from the West Paris, Maine, grange.

For more information, call 802-896-6810.

American Legion Band to honor Corwin
at May 14 concert

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro American Legion Concert Band’s 24th annual Spring Concert will be held on Wednesday, May 14, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at the American Legion on Linden Street.


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This is a free concert, open to the public and features a wide variety of musical styles. In addition to patriotic selections, the band will perform a medley of Count Basie songs, a musical score by John Williams, as well as a few Irish-inspired tunes. The band will also feature Marc Longueil on trumpet in Leroy Anderson’s "Trumpeter’s Lullaby" and Sue Lemei on tuba in "The Old Grumbly Bear."

This year’s performance is dedicated to Bruce Corwin. Corwin was one of the founders of the band in 1990 and has been its director ever since. He announced his retirement in January but continues to play in the trombone section and is being inducted as the band’s "Director Emeritus."

Brattleboro Concert Choir presents Paul Winter’s ‘Missa Gaia’

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Concert Choir, directed by Susan Dedell, presents Paul Winter’s "Missa Gaia" on Saturday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, May 18, at 4 p.m. Both concerts are at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St.

Guest vocal soloist is Zara Bode, a founding member of the Sweetback Sisters. Soprano saxophonist Tony Speranza, Jr., is a graduate of Hartt College of Music and a BUHS alumni. He is a member of the Asylum Quartet, which recently won the Grand Prize and the Gold Medal at the 2014 Chamber Music Competition in Boston. He is also the son of local music teacher Tony Speranza, Sr., and a former piano student of Dedell’s.

Cellist Marta Roma, from Barcelona, Spain, is a student of Eugene Friesen at the Berklee School of Music. Friesen is a member of the Paul Winter Consort and featured on the original recording. Stefan Amidon will be joining his former teacher Steve Rice as percussionists. Other instrumentalists include oboist Aaron Ichiro Hilbrun and pianist Brian Fairley.

Tickets, $15 general, $8 students, are available by calling the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523, or by visiting www.bmcvt.org.

The Wiyos play two shows at Next Stage

PUTNEY -- Next Stage Arts Project presents the Wiyos, performing two shows, on Saturday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m., and a family show Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m., both at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill. Tickets are $17 general admission for the Saturday night show, and $12 for adults, $6 for children under 12 for the Sunday matinee. Tickets are available at www.nextstagearts.org, Offerings in Putney and Turn It Up in Brattleboro.

The Wiyos were one of the first "old-timey" bands to emerge on the national scene, riding the renewed popularity of early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues and Appalachian music. In 2012, The Wiyos released their fan-funded concept album, "Twist," a 14-track eclectic musical collage loosely based on "The Wizard Of Oz."

For more information, contact Next Stage Arts at 802-387-0102 or nextstagearts@gmail.com.