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BRATTLEBORO

Chamber series continues with Escher Quartet

The Brattleboro Music Center's 2018-19 Chamber Series continues Thursday, Feb. 21, with the Escher Quartet, an American string quartet based in New York City, where they serve as Artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the BMC. Tickets are $40 for preferred seating, $20 general admission.

The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its expressive, nuanced performances that combine unusual textural clarity with a rich, blended sound. It takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, inspired by Escher's method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.

This foursome - Adam Barnett-Hart and Danbi Um on violin, Pierre Lapointe on viola, and Brook Speltz on cello - has performed at the BBC and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall in London. In New York, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where it has presented the complete Zemlinsky Quartets Cycle as well as being one of five quartets chosen to collaborate in a complete presentation of Beethoven's string quartets.

For ticket information, call the BMC at 802-257-4523, visit the website at bmcvt.org, or stop in at 72 Blanche Moyse Way.

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Chamber Artists coming to Music Center

Vermont Chamber Artists will perform a concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Brattleboro Music Center.

VCA is a group of 16 professional Vermont and New Hampshire choral singers under the direction of Jessica Pierpont dedicated to giving back to their community. In February and March 2019, VCA is organizing three concerts entitled Revival for the benefit of Seven Stars Arts Center and Vermont Chamber Artists. VCA will be performing a variety of different and eclectic choral works such as "Zwei Beter" by Arvo P rt, "Fly Me to the Moon" by Gwyn Arch, and "Somewhere Out There" by James Horner, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

In addition to Saturday's concert in Brattleboro, other performances will include Seven Stars Arts Center in Sharon, at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and First Congregational Church of Lebanon, N.H., at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

Vermont Chamber Artists will be joined by professional instrumentalists including accompanist Susan Montgomery-Grout and flutists Allison Hale and Robin Matathias.

VCA designates a charity beneficiary for each concert. For the upcoming concerts half of the proceeds will be donated to the Seven Stars Arts Center, a local arts organization in Sharon that promotes instrumental and choral music in the Upper Valley.

To find out more information on the Seven Stars Arts Center, visit the website at sevenstarsarts.org.

For more information on Vermont Chamber Artists including how to buy tickets, visit vermontchamberartists.weebly.com.

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Book group to discuss 'Natural Causes'

The Brattleboro Great Books Group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in the meeting room of Brooks Memorial Library, Main Street, to discuss Barbara Ehrenreich's "Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, The Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer." For more information, call Michael N. Landis at 802-257-1851 or email him at emagicmtman@gmail.com

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Rehearsals starting for Women's Chorus

The Brattleboro Women's Chorus spring session will begin the last week of February, and all women age 10 and over are invited to join. The theme of the music this spring will be "The Road Home."

The first rehearsals are Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at All Souls Church or Thursday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Brattleboro Music Center. These are open rehearsals, and singers are welcome to check out whether chorus is right for them without obligation.

Founder/director Becky Graber will be joined at a rehearsal by Moira Smiley whose song "The Little Road" is in the repertoire. Other songs for the spring include "I'm Gonna Walk It With You," "The Road Home," and "People Get Ready" by Curtis Mayfield.

The chorus rehearses weekly to prepare for concerts on Mother's Day weekend, and performing in these is always optional.

The fee is $120 for the session, and there are family and student rates as well as financial aid.

See BrattleboroWomensChorus.org for more info or call 802-254-8994.

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Baker Street Readers return to Hooker-Dunham

The Baker Street Readers return to the Hooker-Dunham Theater at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, with another dramatic reading from "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes."

In "The Red-Headed League," Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are hired by Jabez Wilson, a simple pawnbroker who has recently been inducted into a mysterious organization for red-headed gentlemen. When any semblance of the organization disappears, Mr Wilson is afraid he's been the victim of a bizarre practical joke. But Holmes soon realizes the League has a sinister figure behind all their strange doings and must race against the clock to stop a daring crime.

This month's dramatic reading features James Gelter as Sherlock Holmes, Tony Grobe as Dr. Watson, with Eli Coughlin-Galbraith, Jonathan Kinnersley, Bruce Holloway, and Daniel Patterson as Jabez Wilson.

One performance only at the Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information on this performance and the rest of the Baker Street Readers season visit @bakerstreetreaders on Facebook or email bakerstreetreaders@gmail.com.

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Next Stage to show 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Next Stage Arts Project will present the Academy-award nominated film "Bohemian Rhapsody" as part of its [FRAMED] hosted film series at Next Stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Musician, recording engineer and music producer Billy Straus will host, giving an introduction and conducting a Q&A following the screening. Tickets are $10 suggested donation, available in advance at nextstagearts.org and at the door.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" (Twentieth Century Fox, 2018) directed by Bryan Singer, and starring Rami Malek, is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Mercury, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Mercury manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Mercury leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

Next Stage is at 15 Kimball Hill. Tickets are $10 available online at nextstagearts.org and at the door. For information, call 802-387-0102. Next Stage has a beer and wine cash bar. Those attending the film can get a 20 percent discount on their entr e at The Gleanery, with a reservation at 387-3052.

For more information, visit nextstagearts.org.


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