Performance Notes, Sept. 10, 2020

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Bard Owl show moved to Friday

Bard Owl — T. Breeze Verdant and Annie Landenberger — with Jason Sperling sitting in at a safe distance will present "Making It Together," a free concert, Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Julian's Field, across from the Williamsville Hall.

The duo has been performing together for nearly four years, honing sweet harmonies and driving rhythms on old tunes and new — including Verdant originals. Verdant is on vocals, guitar and stomp box; Landenberger is on vocals and percussion.

Clusters are welcome to picnic on the grounds during the concert — without alcohol; guidance regarding placement will be offered on site. Bring chairs, blankets. To ensure safety, this event is being publicized only in limited local circles. Masks are required; names of attendees to be collected.

The concert was previously planned for Thursday, but was moved due to weather.


Sarasa Ensemble to celebrate Don Quixote at Brattleboro Music Center

Music celebrating world literature's original anti-establishment hero, Don Quixote, will be featured in the Brattleboro Music Center Season Guest Concert.

The Sarasa Ensemble will perform "Don Quixote, Knight Errant" live — with limited seating to ensure adequate social distancing — Friday, Sept. 18, at 5 and 7 p.m. at the music center. A performance also will be streamed on Sarasa's YouTube channel Sunday, Sept. 20, at 3 p.m.

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Founded in 1997, the Sarasa Chamber Music Ensemble is a performing collective, presenting music spanning the 17th to the 21st centuries, on both period and modern instruments. Sarasa has played throughout New England, and has toured Ireland, Cuba and India. The group facilitates an award-winning outreach program with incarcerated teens in the greater Boston area.

Sarasa Ensemble's opening program for its 2020 to 2021 season, "On the Fringe," celebrates world literature's original anti-establishment hero, Don Quixote. The character created by Miguel de Cervantes embarks on a journey in search of chivalrous adventures, such as saving damsels in distress, combating giants in the guise of windmills, and righting wrongs. In his quest to overcome his own limitations, Quixote dreams to be what he is not, and does not give up.

The great theatrical aspect of his heroic exploits with his trusty and patient squire, Sancho Panza, and overextended horse, Rocinante, has inspired many musical interpretations. Sarasa will present an hour-long concert of 18th-century compositions based on the tales of Don Quixote with works by Telemann, Boismortier and Francesco Conti, including readings from Cervantes' text.

The concert will be performed on historical instruments by Christina Day Martinson, Jesse Irons, violins; Jenny Stirling, viola; Jennifer Morsches, Timothy Merton, cellos; Michael Leopold, Baroque guitar and theorbo; and Julian Loida, percussion.

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More information can be found online at


Southern Vermont Arts center to host Maxine Linehan & Friends

Maxine Linehan & Friends will perform an outdoor concert at the Southern Vermont Arts Center Sept. 17 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Linehan is thrilled to "finally be back onstage live with some of my favorite musicians," she stated. She will be joined by Andrew Koss, Joana Genova, Ari Rudiakov, Nathaniel Parke, Heather Braun, John Clark, Steven Moran, Geoffrey Gee and Long Trail School music students and Rebecca and Gabriel Koss.

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Tickets for the concert are $35 and are available online at

The arts center will host a dinner after the concert at the newly renovated curATE caf . Reservations are required and can be made by calling 802-430-2570. Price of dinner is $75, excluding tax, gratuity and alcohol.


Vermont band Twiddle to perform drive-in concert

A drive-in concert series at the Cheshire Fairgrounds hosts Vermont-based rock band Twiddle at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

From the Drive-in Live website: "Recorded during a two-year span with legendary producer Ron St. Germain, the Twiddle album PLUMP serves as a reflection of four brothers' triumphs and struggles, both individual and as a whole. On Chapter 1, songs like "Lost in the Cold" and "Every Soul" detail what it's like to hit rock bottom and how to rise back up."

Twiddle is comprised of Zdenek Gubb on bass and vocals, Ryan Dempsey on keyboards and vocals, Mihali Savoulidis on guitar and lead vocals and Brook Jordan on percussion and vocals.

Tickets for both shows are on sale now at Attendees purchase one ticket per vehicle. Cars will have 10 feet of space between them and will be parked in a staggered fashion for unobstructed views. Attendees can bring lawn chairs and sit in the empty spot to the left of their vehicle. Artists are live and in person, and performing on a festival style stage with a sound system, light system and video walls. Tickets range between $50 and $135 per vehicle. More information and guidelines can be found on the website.

Drive-In Live at the fairgrounds is set to take place every weekend until Oct. 10 in the south parking lot of the fairground, adhering to the state guidelines for drive-in movie theaters. Other shows planned at the venue are Dinosaur Jr. on Saturday, Dark Desert Eagles Sept. 18, Citizen Cope Sept. 19, an '80s night featuring Mullett Sept. 25, Chase Rice Oct. 2, Goose Oct. 3 and a rescheduled show by Badfish, a tribute to Sublime, on Oct. 9. Tickets for all shows can be purchased at


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