“The World Turn’d Upside Down: Music of the English Civil War”
This Boston-based group specializes in consort music of the 16th and 17th centuries, and delights “in blurring the lines between ‘art music’ and folk tunes.” From their website, here is a description of this delightful program:
The tumultuous years of the English Civil War and Interregnum (1640-1660) produced music that resonated deeply for both commoners and nobility throughout the British Isles. The royalist Cavaliers and Cromwell’s “roundheads” both had active propaganda machines, and each side produced ballads and songs that satirized the opposition and promoted their own views, or glorified martial heroes such as the dashing Prince Rupert of the Rhine. The court of Charles I also contained many notable musicians, including the viol player and composer William Lawes; he gave his life for the Royalist cause, but not before composing some of the most sublime and bizarre consort music of the 17th century. This program features music from Lawes, Locke, Alfonso Ferrabosco the Younger, The Division Violin, and original Seven Times Salt settings of Civil War ballads and songs.
Karen Burciaga, baroque violin, voice
Dan Meyers, recorders, flute, percussion, voice
Josh Schreiber Shalem, bass viol, voice
Matthew Wright, lute, voice
with special guest, Michael Barrett as tenor
Cash bar provided by Harvest Brewing. Tickets $20 at the door.
Concert sponsored by Bennington Baroque.
Der getreue Music-Meister: Telemann after 250 years
Mathieu Langlois, baroque flute
André Laurent O’Neil viola da gamba
Sandra Mangsen, harpsichord
We devote one half of this concert to works by Telemann, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of his death. He is no second-string composer; preferred by many to the more old-fashioned J. S. Bach. He engraved and published much of his own music, and began the first music periodical, Der getreue Music-Meister (1728–29), which included pieces suitable for domestic music making on a variety of instruments. The program will include solos and trios for viola da gamba, flute, or both with harpsichord continuo. Sources include solos from the Sonate metodiche (1728), the Essercizii musici (1727/28), and an unpublished trio.
And then we will play some of our favorite music from France, including the second of François Couperin’s Concerts Royaux (1722), excerpts from his 18e Ordre for harpsichord (“Soeur Monique” and “Le tic-toc-choc,” 1722), and a flute sonata by Michel Blavet.
Cash bar provided by Harvest Brewing. Tickets by donation.
Bach: Tempered and Transcribed
Harpsichordist Sandra Mangsen plays 8 Preludes and Fugues from Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier (Book I, 1722) and a modern transcription of his D-Minor Violin Partita (1720). Harpsichord by David Jensen, tuned in an unequal circular temperament at A=415 Hz. We are not skipping the nasty keys: C, C Sharp, D, E Flat (including the prelude in E-flat Minor with its fugue in D-sharp Minor). These sound delightful in Kirnberger’s unequal tuning, which some argue was Bach’s favorite. We will complete Book I in concerts later this year.
Cash bar provided by Harvest Brewing. Tickets are by donation.
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Join us on the veranda from 4pm to 6pm to enjoy cocktails and light nibbles.
Living Room Theatre is back with CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION written by Annie Baker.
Imagine seeing a poster for a new drama class at your local Vermont community center when something about it strikes a chord and you think what the heck, maybe I should sign up. You've always wondered what it would be like to act, so you take the plunge.
In Annie Baker's play, five strangers gather once a week for six weeks to play theater games and improvise. They pretend, they share, they learn through exercises they never imagined doing. Becoming an actor isn't easy, but interestingly, it's a lot like being a regular person. As the youngest character says -- and I'm paraphrasing here: Isn't it strange how many times your life totally changes and starts all over again?
The play opened in 2009 in New York and won the Obie Award for Best New American Play. LRT's brilliant acting ensemble includes favorite LRT actors Ken Forman, Lizzie-King Hall, and Allen McCullough. Jacqueline Jacobus and Oona Roche are making their LRT debuts, and founding member Christopher McCann directs (audiences will remember him from all our Chekhov productions and Exit The King).
Performances: August 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 & 12 at 7:30. August 13 at 2pm in the Carriage Barn. Tickets are pay-what-you-will (with a suggested donation of $30)
Make your reservations as seating is limited and we don't want you to miss this! Call 802-442-5322 or write to us at email@example.com
"Long Journey, a duo of Amrita Lash and Karl Mullen, whose harmonies are as sweet and fierce as bourbon on a summer night. Hailing from Williamstown, Long Journey coined the term “fierce folk” to describe their powerful sound. The textured and soaring harmonies of Mullen and Lash take original and traditional songs exploring love, yearning, life, death, and everything in between to unexpected places. Their debut album was released in 2016 and a second album is scheduled for release in September” -Seth Rogovoy
Tickets are $12 at the door. Cash bar offered by Harvest Brewing.
Metawee River Theatre Company returns! Join us on the front lawn on July 21st at 8pm. Admission is free and picnics are welcome.
BEFORE THE SUN AND MOON is drawn from an ancient Korean folktale, in which a husband and wife discover the power of love and devotion through a series of wild adventures, finding clever solutions to unexpected and outrageous challenges. The show will incorporate a range of masks, puppets and other visual elements.
Green Mountain Music Camp returns to Park-McCullough House this summer July 17-21.
Green Mountain Music Camp (GMMC) was founded by Director Ellen Sager in 1989. GMMC is a week-long celebration in which music students can totally immerse themselves in their art form. Highly qualified clinicians coach the musicians through a series of band, choral, orchestra, theater ensembles. Theater majors work together with our talented directors and choreographers to present a performance at the end of camp.
LRT is excited to present ADAM & EVIE by Charles Mee, a gorgeous freewheeling contemporary performance piece with universal undertones that features the famous first couple who seek to learn a few things about love.
Fresh from its spring run at New York City's Circle in the Square, it’s LRT’s most ambitious project to date.Directed and choreographed by LRT artistic director Randolyn Zinn, this inter-disciplinary piece features 12 actors who sing and dance through infatuation and what follows in scenes drawn from mythic history, Shakespeare, and Ibsen refracted through the lens of our contemporary moment.
New-music piano trio Longleash teams up with Irish composer Adam McCartney on a way after
the fox’s backbone, a beautiful new work that explores the transmission of sound across gulfs of
time and history. Inspired by the luminous painting technique and innovative composition of
Flemish Renaissance painter Jan van Eyck, McCartney also draws on references to traditional
Middle English poetry and folk song.
This performance is the culmination of an artist residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, a
New England cultural gem in Boscawen, NH. In a post-performance conversation, the artists will
discuss the influence of the rural New England environment on their residency work and answer
questions about Avaloch and its unique role in the musical life of chamber ensembles in the
American Northeast and beyond.
This work is presented with support from Culture Ireland.
Longleash (Pala Garcia, violin; John Popham, cello; Renate Rohlfing, piano) is a group with a
traditional instrumentation and a progressive identity. Inspired by music with unusual sonic
beauty, an inventive streak, and a truthful cultural voice, Longleash extends a love of classical
chamber musicianship to the interpretation of new music, crafting performances that are both
dynamic and thoughtfully refined. An “expert young trio” praised for its “subtle and meticulous
musicianship” (Strad Magazine) and its "technical expertise and expressive innovation" (Feast
of Music), Longleash has quickly earned a reputation in the US and abroad for innovative
programming, artistic excellence, and new music advocacy. Their forthcoming debut album,
Passage, will be released on New Focus Recordings in late spring 2017. Longleash takes its
name from Operation Long Leash, a CIA program designed to covertly support and disseminate
the work of American avant-garde artists throughout Europe during the Cold War.
The trio balances a full performing schedule with commissioning and recording projects
alongside their proprietary summer concert series and composition workshop, The Loretto
Project (KY). Performance highlights include concerts at Experimental Media and Performing
Arts Center (EMPAC), the Ecstatic Music Festival (NY), the Green Music Center (CA), National
Sawdust (NY), Scandinavia House (NY), Trondheim International Chamber Music Festival
(Norway), and the University of Louisville. Longleash has conducted lectures and workshops at
New York University, Manhattan School of Music, University of Nebraska, Ohio University, and
Hunter College. The trio's work on behalf of American composers has been recognized and
supported by the Alice K. Ditson Fund of Columbia University as well as the Aaron Copland
Fund for Music.
About Adam McCartney:
Born in 1987 in Limerick, Ireland, composer Adam McCartney addresses the fluid and
subjective nature of beauty through music that reaches across vast temporal spaces, often
invoking centuries-old music and sound and transforming them into aesthetic artifacts of today.
Renaissance artworks, fragile sonic beauty, and attenuated temporal experiences feature
prominently in his music.
McCartney is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Kompositionsförderung
Musikförderung prizes awarded by the city of Graz, and Austro Mechana's SKE
Kompositionsförderung prize. Commissions include works for Klangforum Wien, Ensemble
Schallfeld, the Irish Composer’s Collective, as well as performances by NOW! Contemporary
Opera, Impuls Academy, and Ensemble Zeitfluss. McCartney completed graduate studies at the
Kunstuniversität Graz under the tutelage of Klaus Lang, and currently lives in Vienna, Austria.
Every Thursday, teams of three compete on a six-wicket course under "French" rules. Evenings consist of a pot luck and cash bar at 6, socializing and then the games begin at 6:30. League play is open to all members of the house. If you are non-member and wish to start a team, we will happily sign you up with a membership, along with your teammates.Read More
Vermont native and mezzo soprano Katie Beck and collaborative pianist extraordinaire Jasper Jimenez bring their talents to North Bennington for their first collaborative performance on the east coast! Beck and Jimenez will be performing some of their favorite works from composers such as Poulenc, Schumann, and Copland, to name a few.Read More
The house is scheduled to reopen for tours on Friday, May 27th at 10am. FREE ADMISSION for opening day!
North Bennington, Vermont - The Historic Park-McCullough House’s opening day will be May 27th from 10am to 4pm. In celebration, all admission will be free for the day. Come experience one of the most well-preserved mansions in New England. Step back in time to the 1860’s and live a day in the life of the McCullough, and Park families by visiting this iconic Vermont home. Trenor Park was an American lawyer, political figure and business magnate. He found his success in California, upon his return to Vermont he built what is today known as the Park-McCullough Mansion. Visit the house on the 27th to learn how this family has had such a significant impact shaping our community.
For more current information on this event, visit our Facebook event here.
Tickets are by donation, cash bar provided by Harvest Brewing
Tavo Carbone s a musical storyteller hailing from Brooklyn NY. An alum of Bennington College '07, Carbone has spent over a decade touring and independently releasing his "type of subtle glockenspiel-laden old-timey pop that simultaneously makes you feel like you are both in the past and the future." -Lawrence.com, KS"
Carbone is overjoyed to be ringing in the summer season of the Park McCullough Carriage Barn Concerts, performing a selection of both old and new songs. Alongside long-time collaborators and fellow Bennington College alum Heather Sommerlad, Michael Chinworth and other friends, the concert repertoire will feature songs from albums 2/3 Skeleton ('07), Forward ('08), Horse's Mouth ('10), Disco Forest ('13) and forthcoming studio album Narcissyphus ('17).
Heather Sommerlad (HMS) is a multifaceted musician, music educator, and seasoned performer. Her musical training began on the U.S./Mexican border, where she played the violin in public school orchestra. Heather's Mexican heritage, coupled with her training as a classical violinist, led her to draw musical inspiration from groups and composers like Los Tres Ases, Arvo Part, and Maurice Ravel. Heather continued her musical journey with a degree in music performance from Bennington College, where she was exposed to experimental songwriters like Joanna Newsom and The Dirty Projectors. While primarily a composer and performer of her own material, she is also a dedicated member of the electronic trio Old Robes, and a founding member of New York City's Horse's Mouth. Heather has released two full length albums, Her Majesty's Ship (2011) and The Efflorescence of Castles (2014). On March 12th, 2016 she released her third album- second under the Subtle Soup Records banner - the self-produced Hummingbirds and Hearthstones.
“Heather Sommerlad invokes a warm, dreamlike feeling of being drenched in the sun. Her pure voice supported by passing dissonances and infectious rhythms creates raw textures unlike anything else.” — Cellist, Adele Mori
The 39th annual Steve Zemianek Bennington Road Race will be held Sunday, May 7th, 2017. The Park-McCullough House has been hosting the event each year, with all enjoying the lovely lawn and facade. The Zem-Benn has become a long standing tradition in southern Vermont with events for all ages and abilities. The kids fun run starts at 9:30 with the 3.8 and 10k starting shortly after at 10:00. These races run through scenic and rural countryside, with some rolling hills. This event is a wonderful community and family experience!!!
What is a library? What does a library do? What would encourage you to visit the McCullough Library more often? How would you describe your relationship with computer technology and the Internet? Speak up and let us know how the McCullough Library can serve you better!
Join the community conversation about the library in the Carriage Barn. Free and open to the public. All are encouraged to attend!
Our final concert for 2016 will be an exploration of both vocal and instrumental music. Join us for an evening of new compositions and covers of popular songs!
Michael Chinworth is an instrumentalist and vocalist currently based in North Bennington, VT. He has worked in the world of experimental theater and song in New York and Vermont. As a solo performer, Chinworth explores a wide range of repertoire, finding himself in classical and contemporary art song and popular music. Website.
Heather Sommerlad, aka HMS, is a violinist and songwriter who lives in Guilford, Vermont. Her background in classical music coupled with a childhood spent along the border of Mexico creates the foundation for her inventive compositions, which break from traditional song form. For this performance she'll being joined by Tavo Carbone and Michelle Liechti. Website.
$10. Cash bar provided by JC's Tavern.