On Nov 25, 2018, Bennington Baroque will come together in the Carriage Barn at Park-McCullough House in North Bennington to present a final tribute to François Couperin, organist of the King’s Chapel and harpsichordist for chamber music at the French court. Couperin le grand was born in Paris on November 10, 1668, almost exactly 350 years ago. Late in the seventeenth century, alongside other Parisian musicians, he began to explore “modern” Italian styles in the cantatas and sonatas then circulating in Paris. For musicians of the day, the Italian style stood in marked contrast to the older French styles favored by Louis XIV (d. 1715). Couperin’s interest in juxtaposing and uniting these styles is the focus of our concert, which we hope will let our modern audience appreciate the differences. The instruments themselves were strongly associated with the two national styles, the violin with the Italian, viol and baroque flute with the French. Emily Hale will represent the Italians in one of Corelli’s virtuosic solo violin sonatas from his Opus 5, published in 1700. André O’Neil will take us to Paris with one of the two suites Couperin published for viola da gamba. Couperin said he favored music that moved him over that which surprised, perhaps more French than Italian, respectively, at least from an eighteenth-century French point of view.
But Couperin wanted the best of both styles in his own compositions. In 1722 he published Concerts royaux, appended to his third book of harpsichord pieces. Mathieu Langlois will play the first of the concerts. Couperin notes in the preface to that collection that these pieces were among those played for Louis XIV, at Sunday concerts in the last years of his life. As the king was a partisan of the older French styles, we should not be surprised if the integration of the two national idioms is subtle rather than blatant. The king was ill: why shock him to death? Finally we will play Couperin’s extended essay attempting a more secure rapprochement between Italian and French styles: His Apotheosis, written in memory of the “incomparable Monsieur Lully.” The narrative titles of its movements portray Apollo’s efforts to persuade Lully and Corelli that a merger of the two styles will bring about perfection in music. Apollo is successful, and the suite concludes with a sonata, entitled “The Peace of Parnassus” as Corelli and Lully take their places side by side.
Fall is one of the most beautiful times to visit Vermont! As the leaves start changing so do the garden beds at Park-McCullough House. We are asking for your support in the form of mum donations. These flowers will help extend our season for the community, tourism and weddings.
We will be on the veranda with sweet treats and refreshments from 2pm to 4pm for anyone who stops by with a mum or two.
Mums in all sizes and colors are greatly appreciated.
Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. Thanks you in advance for your support!
Interested in garden events? Check out our Annual Garden Gala.
The Harvest Barn Dance is scheduled to be held on Friday September 7th 2018 in the beautiful Carriage Barn.. Signature harvest cocktails, ciders, and craft beers will be available at the cash bar along with A HUGE ASSORTMENT of homemade pies! This is a fundraiser that supports the local homeless shelters, so there will be chances to win many amazing basket raffle items, door prizes, PIES and 50/50's! To help make it a party, Acoustic Crush will be performing originals along with covers of our favorite hits!
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
All proceeds benefit Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless
We invite all the 2018 Park-McCullough docents and volunteers to the annual veranda tea party! Thank you for all of your time and dedication. Please RSVP to 802-442-5441 or email@example.com
PHOTO CONTEST! We would love to see your photos of Park-McCullough House! 1st place will win a family membership for the 2019 season (including all benefits). Second place will win a free guided tour of the mansion for two!
All rules of participation are listed below.
1. All photos should be posted to the Friends of Park McCullough Facebook group or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. All Work must be your own.
3. Winners will be chosen on September 1st.
4. By submitting you photos you are allowing Park-McCullough to share/post/ use them - photographers will always be credited.
5. All are welcome! You may submit as many photos as you would like until the winners are chosen on September 1st.
We can't wait to see!
All Park-McCullough House members are invited to the annual cocktail party and annual meeting. Enjoy a cocktail, served by Thyme Tables catering and learn about how your membership directly benefited Park-McCullough during the 2018 season.
Please RSVP to 802-442-5441 or email@example.com
Songwriter / Musician Tavo Carbone performs an evening of music and monologues, presenting material from upcoming studio album Narcissyphus. The program will consist of original songs on voice/piano and pre-recorded soundscapes. The evenings’ performance will also feature stories of Carbones’ roots growing up in 1980’s NYC in an Italian/Irish/German/Czec family, immersed in the culturally enriching NYC neighborhoods of West Village, Manhattan and Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
Encountering rampant manifestations of racism, sexism, gentrification as experienced through the convoluted lens of an ever-changing environment that advertised consumerism, elitism and individualism; attending public schools in oversized classes and commuting to a high school near an ominously looming Trump Tower.
We invite all people to attend this evening’s program — irregardless of values, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, political stance, religion or musical taste. CDs of Carbone's previous recordings will be available for sale and all funds will go towards release of new album Narcissyphus (out 9/11/18). A donation of $10 or more and email address grants a free digital download of the record on the day it is released.
We kindly request there be no intermittent applause during the program. Refreshments provided and tickets are pay-what-you-will. All ages welcome -- However, the presented material will contain discussion of sensitive issues and profanity.
Living Room Theatre returns to Park-McCullough for its 7th season with the American premiere of Lucy Caldwell’s version of Chekhov’s THREE SISTERS. Set in Belfast at the end of the Troubles, this version explores family ties, longing, dangerous love and impossible hope with bracing contemporary energy. In a site-specific staging with 12 outstanding actors, the production will use the Carriage Barn at Park-McCullough in new and unusual ways.
August 2, 3, 4, 9, 10,11, 16,17,18 at 7:30
August 5 & 12 at 2pm.
Suggested contribution $25
Reserve early at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-442-5322
Join us for a beautiful evening in the gardens of Park-McCullough House. Live music, desserts, silent auction, cash bar, friends and neighbors!
Funds raised from the garden GALA will go directly in to historical preservation, community events and to keep the Park-McCullough House open for visitors.
Gillian Grogan is a Cambridge based songwriter with a knack for weaving narratives. Her songs are anything but Five Feet Small, wading through salty rhythms of travels past, emerging between the forest flows, the resin of a thoughtful youth.
Waaw offers reprieve from the strobing daily chatter. Vocally guided by a smooth, rich, and sublime meandering melody, Speroni’s voice is a stamp of authenticity.
Join us in the Park-McCullough Carriage Barn for the first concert of the season! Tickets are pay-what-you-will.
Tony Lu was born in Wuhan, China in 1997. He started learning and playing the piano at age 5 and due to his visual impairment, Tony has always learned music by ear. Christopher Lewis has taught and performed throughout the U.S., Italy and British Columbia.