Before the Sun and the Moon - Friday, July 21 at 8pm

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.

Metawee River Theatre Company website.

Green Mountain Music Camp

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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.

Green Mountain Music Camp Website. 

Long Journey- July 29 at 7pm

"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. 

Adam and Evie - July 6,7,8,11,13 and 14 at 7:30pm

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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.

A very special event not to be missed! Pay-what-you-will.

Seating is limited so call for reservations at 802-442-5322 or online info@lrtvt.org

Longleash - Friday June 16th at 7pm

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.

 

About Longleash:

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.

Website Here

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.

Website Here

 

 

 

House To Reopen Saturday, May 27th - Free admission

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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.

Tavo Carbone and Heather Sommerlad - Saturday, May 27th at 7pm

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).

Listen Here

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

Zemianek Bennington Road Race - Sunday, May 7th at 9:30

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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!!!

Library Community Conversation - Saturday, May 6th at 2pm

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! 

Concert November 20th, 7pm: Michael Chinworth and Heather Sommerlad

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.

Saturday, October 15th, 6pm: Moonlight Merriment

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!

Sunday, September 18th, 4pm: Looking at the Land

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

 

Saturday, September 17th, 7pm: Bennington Baroque

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.

August 27th, 4pm: Yoshiko Sato and Christopher Lewis

 

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.

August 17th, 7pm: Ashley Bathgate

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.

August 3rd - 13th: Living Room Theatre

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: info@lrtvt.org

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