Concert: Seven Times Salt - Sunday, November 18 at 7:30pm

“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. 

Concert: Bennington Baroque - Sunday, October 8 at 3pm

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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 Sources include solos from the Sonate metodiche (1728), the Essercizii musici (1727/28), and an unpublished trio.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. 

Concert: Bennington Baroque - Sunday, September 24 at 3pm

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. 

 

Garden GALA - Friday, September 1

Join us in the formal gardens at Park-McCullough House to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition about the trees and gardens on the property. This exhibition will include images and information about some of the first plants on the property as well as self guided tour of the current trees. 

The celebration will include a silent auction with local offerings, cash bar and dessert selection from 7:30 to 10pm. $10 for members and $30 for non-members. 

Exciting details will be posted to our Facebook Event weekly. 

Circle Mirror Transformation - August 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 and August 13 and 19 at 2pm

Jacqueline Jacobus and Oona Roche

Jacqueline Jacobus and Oona Roche

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  info@lrtvt.org

Long Journey - Saturday, July 29th 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. 

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. 

Adam and Evie - July 6,7,8,11, 12, 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).

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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.