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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.
Ruth Franklin reads from her new biography of Shirley Jackson. Sam Clement and friends will provide a musical introduction to the evening. There will be light refreshments and a cash bar.
Please join us on Oct 15th from 6-9PM in the Park-McCullough House Carriage Barn for a fundraiser to support The Village School of North Bennington’s Growing Arts Program- Moonlight in Vermont, an evening of big band music, fine foods and good cheer.
The Stardusters Big Band Orchestra will be playing popular music from the 1930’s and 40’s (and more) - Great t dance to, or just enjoy! Pangae’s will be catering, and we have a cash bar, plus a wonderful assortment of items in a silent auction. It’s a full moon night and we’re hoping to be able to dance under the moonlight!
Tickets are only $25 a person and should be purchased in advance at Power’s Market, The Bennington Bookshop, the school office or via The Village School’s Paypal account (accepting most credit cards).
Hope you’ll join us - should be another great North Bennington Evening!
In conjunction with the exhibition "Connected Through the Land", the Park-McCullough Association plans to host two lectures given by Jordana Dym, Director of the John B. Moore Documentary Studies program at Skidmore College, and Eileen Scully, professor of History at Bennington College. The two will offer insights into their approaches to historical representation. Jordana Dym will speak about her program "MDOCS", an interdisciplinary center presenting the stories of the human experience in documentary media and technologies: old and new; visual, oral and written; analog and digital. MDOCS invites students, faculty and staff to learn and use the documentary arts for critical inquiry, discovery, civic engagement, and exposition. Eileen Scully will discuss "Public History," a geographically-specific practice of history that is generated for wide audiences, through collaborations with communities, stakeholders, and professional academics.
We're joining forces with the Bennington Historical Society for this discussion, who are listing this as their September meeting. Light refreshments will be served. FREE
Mat Langlois, baroque flute, and Sandra Mangsen, harpsichord, will play music from 18th-c. Germany. Music for flute, harpsichord, or both by Bach, Franz Benda, J. J. Quantz, and J. Stamitz. Quantz and Benda were employed at the court of Frederick the Great, who was an avid flute player. In fact, Quantz had been Frederick’s flute teacher in Dresden, a fact he had to hide from his disapproving father.
Harpsichord solos from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and Hirabayashi’s Sonatina II (2003) complete the program. Hirabayashi is a Japanese-born composer and harpsichordist who lives in Minneapolis. The Sonatina, which won the Aliénor International Competition for new harpsichord works, borrows some ideas from Bach’s E-Minor Partita.
Saturday, September 17th, 7pm. $Donation. Cash bar provided by JC's Tavern.
Join us in the carriage barn for an evening of Beethoven!
Last fall, Bennington College professors Christopher Lewis and Yoshiko Sato began playing the complete Beethoven piano sonata series, which will take them through many concerts over a multi-year period. 3 or 4 sonatas are played at each concert until all 32 are done. This will be their 3rd concert of the series.
Saturday, August 27th, 4pm. Pay what you will, $25 suggested donation.
On Wednesday, August 17th, Bang on a Can All-Star Ashley Bathgate presents an evening of music for solo cello called Bach Unwound that pairs J.S. Bach's cello suites with a new work written for Bathgate by Sleeping Giant - a young, stylistically diverse composer-collective “rapidly gaining notice for their daring innovations, stylistic range and acute attention to instrumental nuance” (WQXR) . Their new work, entitled ASH is interspersed with movements of the Bach suite. Bach Unwound will incorporate extended performance techniques, live electronics, and external media resulting in a radical deconstruction and re-imagination of the original music.
Bathgate has been described as an “eloquent new music interpreter” (New York Times) and “a glorious cellist” (The Washington Post) who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops” (New York Magazine). Her “impish ferocity”, “rich tone” and “imaginative phrasing” (New York Times) have made her one of the most sought after performers of her time. The desire to create a dynamic energy exchange with her audience and build upon the ensuing chemistry is a pillar of Bathgate’s philosophy as a performer.
Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, Bathgate began her cello studies with the late Rudolf Doblin, principal cellist and assistant music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic in the 1950’s. After his passing, she resumed her tutelage with Ann Alton at Skidmore College. From there she continued on to study at Bard College with Luis Garcia-Renart (B.M.) and then at the Yale University School of Music with renowned cellist, Aldo Parisot (M.M. & A.D).
The evening program will be as follows:
Gigue from Suite No. 3 in C Major - J.S. Bach
Small Wonder - Timo Andres
On Being Wrong - Chris Cerrone
Gavotte #2 from Suite No. 6 in D Major - J.S. Bach
For Ashley - Andrew Norman
Courante from Suite No. 2 in D Minor - J.S. Bach
DaVZ23HzMH0- Ted Hearne
Ley Line - Jacob Cooper
Sarabande from Suite No. 5 in C minor - J.S. Bach
Orison - Robert Honstein
This performance begins at 7pm. $15. Cash bar thanks to JC's Tavern.
Living Room Theatre is back for their second show this season!
For their august offering, LRT (website) presents an evening of one-act comedies: Playing with Fire written by August Strindberg and Overruled written by George Bernard Shaw. The show is co-directed by Allen McCullough and Randolyn Zinn.
Running Wednesdays thru Saturdays August 3 to 13 at 7pm in the Carriage Barn.
All shows are pay-what-you-will (suggested donation $30)
For reservations: 802-442-5322or email: email@example.com
Talk-backs post-show Thursday, August 4, Wednesday, August 10 & Thursday, August 11
(seated l to r) Hanley Smith, Lizzie King-Hall (standing l to r) William Connell, Tom Coiner, Ken Fordham - The cast of LRT's production of Playing With Fire & Overruled
The house and grounds will be closed to the public this coming Saturday the 16th for a private event all day. Please join us for tours on Sunday the 17th!
New Morse Code arrives in North Bennington on Tuesday, July 12th.
Omnivorous, rigorous and inventive, Hannah and Michael activate the unexpected range and unique sonic world of cello and percussion to catalyze and champion the compelling works of young composers. They will be performing a work composed by Christopher Stark called The Language of Landscapes, which was created in large part at the Avaloch Farm New Music Initiative in Boscawen, New Hampshire (which Hannah and Michael run). Website
"Collins and Compitello are much more than accomplished instrumentalists. They are, it seems, not just playing for the future of music, but vibrantly living in and shaping it."
- New Haven Independent
They will also be joined by Piano duo Ensemble 32, Ryan MacEvoy McCullough and Andrew Zhou. Both duos are working with composer Christopher Stark, and have shaped an evening of music around Stark's connections to the New England landscape.
Composer J.J. Beck and reed trio Reeds Amis were set to perform in the Carriage Barn 6/19/16, but a family emergency prompted Reeds Amis to cancel. However, Jake Spector, a classical guitarist from Hartford, CT stepped in last minute to round out the show.
J.J. Beck played his newest compositions - harmonic languages and polyrhythmic structures found in jazz and classical music, while Jake Spector played compositions through the centuries beginning with Bach, ending with some of his own. Their performances were incredibly well received, and offer a taste of what's to come this season!
JJ Beck's latest piano work revolves around his admiration and study of Thelonious Monk, Jason Moran, Brad Mehldau, Jaki Byard, and Keith Jarret. He weaves those inspirations together with an interest in the process of healing - himself and others - by exploring fears and desires. J.J. Beck has been called an " intense, original up-and-coming pianist/composer" with "jazz roots, cinematic scope, classical chops, punk inspiration" (New York Music Daily).
The Park-McCullough Carriage Barn has been host to excellent classical music since the 1970s. This year's effort is on building upon that tradition by expanding the repertoire presented and bringing a larger world of innovative sound to the space and to Southern VT. The concert series will continue to focus on intimate acoustic performances that make full use of the resonant, wooden carriage barn, but the programming will expand to include Contemporary Classical, New Music, and Jazz performances.
Living Room Theatre has been producing plays in North Bennington since 2012, and this season they are offering two shows, both hosted on our grounds. The first show has already begun: Men of Tortuga
A dark comedy about a group of powerful men plotting an assassination. If only they knew what they were doing. It's quick, smart, philosophical and, at times, like watching an episode of the 3 stooges.
Performances are Wednesday - Saturdays at 7:30pm.
Tickets are $30, with Weds the 15th being pay-what-you-will.
Reservations: (802) 442 5322 or firstname.lastname@example.org Hope to see you there!
This spring, Historic Park-McCullough presents a public exhibition about the history of the Hall Farm titled Connected Through the Land. Culling from hundreds of artifacts in the archive, we will present photographs, books, maps, tools and stories about the 640-acre farm. Now in public land conservation, the farm grew vegetables, hay, corn and supported livestock for over 200 years. Most of all, it employed hundreds of citizens in the area - many of whom remained in Bennington. We aim to honor those employees and connect their histories with the contemporary Bennington community.
As a primary source for the exhibition we are compiling oral history about the farm, in partnership with the Skidmore Storytellers institute, the McCullough Free Library, The Fund for North Bennington, and many more. If you are a relative of a former employee (or know one) please don't hesitate to contact us and share your story. As we collect more information, we will build an archive of knowledge and hearsay to be passed on to future generations. We're looking for people from the Harrington, Elwell, Bouplin, Kinney, Morrissey, Niles, Rice, Knapp, Cone, Flanders, Becker families and many others! There are photos and correspondence to share, and much to learn.
This show is supported in part by the Vermont Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Oral history recording day and exhibition opening - May 20th, 4pm - 6pm
Free house tours from 4-6pm
At 6pm, stay with us for a performance by Adam Tinkle and Kyle Motl (also free)
Southshire Community School welcomes the public to Pastapalooza on May 13, 5-8 PM at the Park McCullough Carriage Barn. Tickets available at the door, $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for children under 2 years.
Now in its thirteenth year, this all-you-can-eat dinner is a fundraiser for this local independent school. Local restaurants and school community members donate signature pasta dishes which are accompanied by a salad for the price of admission. A very popular live dessert auction will feature donated treats. A silent auction will feature goods and services donated by local businesses. Music and a cash bar are also planned.
For more information, please call 802 442 4601
May 4th, 7pm
In the 1970s, Vermont changed in meaningful ways: politically, culturally, and demographically. The Vermont Historical Society has been leading a two-year project to collect memories, documents, and objects from this tumultuous decade to document the impact of counterculture. Curator Jackie Calder and Public Program Coordinator Amanda Gustin will share the initial results and give a preview of the exhibit and symposium scheduled for fall 2016. For more information on the Vermont 1970s project, visit the project website: vermonthistory.org/vt70s
Listen below to a feature on VPR about the upcoming show.
We are happy to announce our opening day for 2016 will be Friday, May 20th with the opening of a new exhibition in our reception space at 4pm. Regular tours will begin Sunday the 22nd from 12 - 4pm, and continue through October. We celebrated the house's 150th anniversary last year, and are excited to push our programming forward in this next one.
This spring, we will be presenting a public exhibition about the history of the Hall Farm. Culling from hundreds of artifacts in our archive we will present photographs, books, maps, tools and stories about the 640-acre farm. Now in public land conservation, the farm grew vegetables, hay, corn and supported livestock for over 200 years. Most of all, it employed hundreds of citizens in the area - many of whom remained in Bennington. We aim to honor those employees and connect their histories to the modern Bennington community. In addition to the exhibition of materials, we are compiling an oral history archive in partnership with the Skidmore Storytelling institute, the McCullough Free Library, and many more. If you are a relative of a former employee (or know one) please don't hesitate to contact us to tell your story.
Exhibition opening - Friday, May 20th, 4pm
For our 2016 season, tours of the House will be Friday and Saturday 10:00am to 2:00pm (last tour at 1:00), Sunday 12:00am - 4:00pm (last tour at 3:00). This schedule will run through Columbus Day weekend in October.
We will also be open for tours on the following holidays: Monday, May 30th (Memorial Day), July 4th, Sept. 5 (Labor Day), and Oct. 10 (Columbus Day). These special Monday hours will be from 10am - 2pm.
Our music series returns this year with a broader spectrum of works. Complimenting our strong foundation of classical chamber music, we'll be presenting Jazz, Bluegrass, Rock, and Contemporary Classical in our spacious, resonant, carriage barn. First this year will be Adam Tinkle and Kyle Motl on Friday, May 20th, 6pm
Further performances will be announced as they approach.
Sign up is still open for our 2016 season. The first meeting will be June 9th, and games begin on June 16th. Form your team of three or four and join us on the pitch! The price is $100 per season, broken down as follows:
- $50 - PMH membership for one year
- $50 - 10 evenings of Croquet play
- Court set-up
- Buffet set-up
- Cash bar set up and organized by PMH
Living Room Theatre will present two separate productions this year - one in June and another in August. Stay in the loop with them at www.lrtvt.org