Series spotlights Robert Frost and early music
MARLBORO -- A unique voice of New England and blended voices of old Europe are featured in two events this week as part of the Windham County performance series presented by Kingdom County Productions and Marlboro College.
On Sunday, Emmy-winning actor Gordon Clapp performs "Robert Frost: This Verse Business," an illuminating and entertaining one-man play about the great American poet Robert Frost. It will be presented on Sunday at 7 p.m., at Marlboro College's Whittemore Theater.
Then, the British early music vocal ensemble Stile Antico performs on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m., at Marlboro College's Persons Auditorium.
Based on Frost's writing and recordings and told in Frost's down-home yet penetrating style, "Robert Frost: This Verse Business," written by A.M. Dolan, is full of poetry, wit and "promises to keep."
Actor Clapp, who plays Frost, won an Emmy for his performance as detective Greg Medavoy on "NYPD Blue." He also received the Drama Desk Award and was nominated for a Tony for his role as instigator Dave Moss in the 2005 Tony-winning Broadway revival of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Glengarry Glen Ross." Film credits include "Flags of Our Fathers," "The Game Plan," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," and John Sayles' "Eight Men Out" and "Return of the Secaucus Seven." Other TV credits include "Damages," "Deadwood," "Cold Case," "Without a Trace" and HBO's "Taking Chance."
Sharing the work of Robert Frost on stage has been a long-time goal of Gordon Clapp.
"I grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire," says Clapp. "When I went away to school in Connecticut I took Robert Frost with me and he brought me home. More than 30 years ago I promised myself to bring him back to life on stage."
Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 at the door and $6 for ages 18 and under, and are available at KingdomCounty.org or by calling 888-757-5559 (toll-free).
Stile Antico is recognized as one of the most original and exciting vocal groups in the world. The 12-member ensemble has won two Grammy nominations and hundreds of accolades for its sublime performances of early music throughout Europe and North America. Working without a conductor, the singers rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing artistically to the musical result.
Their performances have repeatedly been praised for their vitality and commitment, expressive lucidity and imaginative response to text. Concert engagements include the world's greatest classical music festival, BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and major concert venues and festivals throughout the world.
For their Oct. 9 Marlboro College concert, Stile Antico will perform "Treasures of the Renaissance: Masterpieces from the Golden Age." Fifteen different composers will be represented, with a range of choral styles, from the intensity and fervor of the Flemish masters, to the distinctive and exquisite sound-world of Tudor and Jacobean England, to the polychoral fireworks of Vivanco and Praetorius.
The New York Times calls Stile Antico, "An ensemble of breathtaking freshness, vitality, and balance." The Vancouver Sun calls them, "The best and most exciting new vocal ensemble in the world."
Tickets are $28 in advance, $32 at the door and $15 for students. Tickets are available in advance at www.KingdomCounty.org or by calling 802-748- 2600 or 888-757-5559 (toll-free). Tickets will also be available at the door.
For more information contact series producer Jay Craven at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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