Performance Notes, Sept. 3, 2020

Fairen Stark, foreground, points out for her sister Sylvia the different features of self-portrait, done in the style of African masks, during the opening for a student art show at the Crowell Gallery of the Moore Free Library in Newfane.

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Exhibit honors everyday objects

An art exhibit on display this month spans a number of years in the life of the artist through a variety of media and methods.

"Honoring an Everyday Object" by Martha Werman is on display in the Crowell Art Gallery at the Moore Free Library through Sept. 30, with an outdoor reception from 4 to 6 p.m. this Friday.

Werman's journey through the arts began in Scandinavia in 1967. She has worked as a choreographer, teacher and performer of modern dance, and owned a small dance school in Trondheim, Norway. In the early '90s in Cambridge, Mass., she belonged to "Reclamation Artists," a group of artists and designers producing temporary installations in vacant lots in Greater Boston.

The gallery is in the rear of the library, open during library hours, Tuesday from 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday 2 to 6 p.m., Thursday 1 to 5 p.m., Friday 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library observes social distancing guidelines and will limit the number of patrons inside the gallery.


Labor Day music event to go online with archive footage

A town musical tradition will go online this weekend.

The Friends of Music at Guilford canceled its annual Labor Day weekend festival due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first time the event has not taken place in its traditional form in its 55-year history.

So this weekend, the Friends' digital archives will make video, audio and photos from nearly 20 years of concerts available online.

These recordings and photos will be shared Saturday and Sunday on Friends of Music's Facebook page, @FriendsOfMusicAtGuilford.

The festival traditionally includes an evening concert on the 1897 Guilford Tracker Organ and an outdoor program of vocal and orchestral music on the lawn at the Organ Barn on Packer Corners Road. Excerpts from both programs will be included in digital form.


Artist's Boston Marathon-inspired children's book to launch

A local artist has written and illustrated a children's book about the Boston Marathon.

"Bandit Runs Boston" by Hope Phelan, of West Halifax, will be launched during a virtual marathon hosted by the Boston Athletic Association Sept. 7 to 14. According to the athletic association website, all participants registered for the 124th Boston Marathon received a full refund and have the opportunity to run the 26.2 miles during that week.

"My book, 'Bandit Runs Boston,' was inspired by my love of the race and also my incredible training partner — my dog Mango," Phelan wrote in an email.

More information about Phelan and her art can be found online at


Bard Owl concert postponed to Sept. 10

A free concert by Bard Owl planned for Aug. 25 was moved to Sept. 10 due to rainy weather.

T. Breeze Verdant and Annie Landenberger, with Jason Sperling sitting in, will perform on Julian's Field, across from the Williamsville Hall, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Verdant and Landenberger have been performing together for nearly four years, honing harmonies and driving rhythms on old tunes and originals. Verdant is on vocals, guitar and stomp box. Landenberger is on vocals and percussion.

Clusters are welcome to picnic — without alcohol — on the grounds during the concert; guidance regarding placement will be offered on site. Attendees should bring chairs and blankets. Masks are required and names of attendees will be collected.


Sandglass holds two outdoor, in-person events

Sandglass Theater will hold two outdoor, socially distanced events this month.

Footpath to the Puppets, from Sept. 11 to 13, is a walk-through experience for audiences with three outdoor performance stations. This event, taking place along a short pathway around the Sandglass property, will feature the work of Sandglass cofounders Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass, co-artistic Director Shoshana Bass and associate artist Jana Zeller. There will be three performances per day: Friday, at 4, 5 and 6 p.m., Saturday, at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. and Sunday, at 3, 4 and 5 p.m.

Tickets will be sold by group, or "pod." Pods may have between one and four individuals each. Ticket pod prices are a sliding scale, starting at $10 per person.

For the performances, pods will follow a short pathway around the Sandglass property, enjoying short-form performances en route. This is a great addition to anyone's day or evening stroll through Putney Town.

The rain date for this event is Sep. 18 to 20.

From 2 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 26 and 27, there will be a Gallery Exhibit featuring new paintings by Ines Zeller Bass and a pop-up Crankie performance. Crankie is an old storytelling art form on a long, illustrated scroll.

This event is free to the public, though donations are welcome. To ensure the health and safety of our community, traffic flow will be regulated, and all visitors will complete a brief health survey and temperature check prior to admittance to the grounds. All visitors will be required to wear masks and maintain a minimum of 6 feet between groups.

More information is available online at


Wilde comedy comes to Common

Oscar Wilde's witty comedy about the trivialities of late Victorian society is coming to the Walpole Town Common.

The Walpole Players will present a staged reading of "The Importance of Being Earnest" at 5 p.m. Sept. 12 on the Common.

The performance is free and open to the public. Guests should bring lawn chairs and blankets. The rain date for this performance is Sept. 19 at 5 p.m.

For more information, email or go online to The website will announce a rain postponement by 2 p.m. on the day of the show.

All social distancing requirements and guidelines will apply. Groups should seat themselves at least 6 feet from other groups; if it is not possible to maintain a 6-foot separation while seated, masks must be worn if attendance reaches 100 people or more, per an emergency order by the New Hampshire governor.


Concert choir launches at-home singalong program

In an effort to maintain a sense of musical community in a time of social distancing, the Brattleboro Concert Choir is launching a "Stay-At-Home Sing-Along" program.

Starting Sept. 13, the choir and music director Jonathan Harvey will host a collective online sing of choral works every other Sunday at 2 p.m. Selections will include Romantic pieces by Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert, and Faure; Renaissance works by Palestrina and Josquin; classical classics by Mozart and Haydn and baroque pieces by Bach and Vivaldi.

The Concert Choir is also collaborating with local high school choirs to create a virtual performance of Black Canadian-American composer Nathaniel Dett's 1918 setting of "America the Beautiful." Each singalong will include a brief rehearsal of this piece.

Singalong participants will warm up together, talk about the music and its context, and when singing, the music will be projected on participants' screens.

Singers can either register for all eight "Stay-At-Home Sing-Alongs" for $65, or one at a time for $10 each. The registration deadline for each event is the Wednesday before, and with registration, participants will receive a Zoom link, digital sheet music and practice resources.

The series launches with Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem at 2 p.m. on Sept. 13. To sign up, call the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523, email or go online to


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