In the arts: ‘Our Town’ at Northern Stage; poetry discussion at Misty Valley; string quartet in Brattleboro; Blanche Moyse Chorale performs; arts celebration in Saxtons River; ‘Monumental’ artist at DaVallia; and free Verdi in Vermont concert

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Oct. 7: ‘Our Town’ performed at new Barrette Center at Northern Stage

Casey Predovic and Carol Dunne in ‘Our Town’ rehearsal.

Casey Predovic and Carol Dunne in ‘Our Town’ rehearsal.

Our Town by Thornton Wilder runs live on stage at the new Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction beginning Wednesday, Oct. 7 and runs through 31. A free Grand Opening Celebration of the Barrette Center for Arts will take place from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10. A complimentary post-show reception with the cast follows the opening night’s performance.

The show is a moving examination of everyday life focusing on a young couple that fall in love, marry and live out their lives in a small New England town.

Performances are Tuesdays through Sundays. A companion event, Athena Conversation “2020: Vermont, Community and the Creative Economy” led by Matt Dunne, head of Community Affairs at Google and former Vermont senator, will be held in the Byrne Theater at the Barrette Center for the Arts from 3:30–4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11. The conversation is free and open to the public.

Twenty-three general admission $25 tickets are available on stage for each performance of this production. Discounted tickets are available for preview performances Oct. 7 to 9. $15 Anytime Student tickets are available for any performance, regular adult ticket prices range from $30–$55.
Visit for information on shows and tickets visit

Maine Poet Laureate Baron Wormser speaks at Misty Valley Book

Poet Baron Wormser speaks at Misty Valley Book

Oct. 8: Nature of poetry discussed by former Maine poet laureate

Former Maine Poet Laureate Baron Wormser will be at Misty Valley Books on the Green as part of the Sun Dog Poetry Center’s Poets and Their Craft lecture series, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. His topic will be The Irony and the Ecstasy—On the Nature of Poetry.

Wormser will also read from his most recent book of poems, Unidentified Sighing Objects.

Wormser teaches in the Fairfield University MFA program and is director of educational Ooutreach for the Frost Place in Franconia, N.H. He lives in Montpelier with his wife, Janet.

A reception and book signing will follow this free event at the bookstore. For more information, call Misty Valley Books at 802-875-3400 or visit

Oct. 9: Award-winning quartet performs in Brattleboro

Yellow Barn presents its second Artist Residency concert of the 2015-2016 season at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9 at West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. in West Brattleboro.

Telegraph Quartet will present string quartets by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, and John Harbison.

Telegraph Quartet will present string quartets.

The San Francisco-based Telegraph Quartet will present string quartets by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, and John Harbison. The Telegraph Quartet (Eric Chin and Joseph Maile, violins; Pei-Ling Lin, viola; Jeremiah Shaw, cello) was formed in September 2013 and shortly after won the Grand Prize in the international Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

Other educational projects include collaboration with Brattleboro’s own luthier* Douglas Cox and a quartet of instruments designed to be played together, featuring a performance and open-forum presentation involving the quartet, Cox and the audience.

Tickets for the concert cost students $9/seniors $16/general $18. For more program details and to purchase tickets, visit or call the box office at 802-387-6637. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged for guaranteed admission.

* Luthier: Someone who makes or repairs string instruments.

Oct. 9: Blanche Moyse Chorale in concert

Past members of the New
 England Bach Festival Orchestra will join the Blanche Moyse Chorale under the direction of Mary Westbrook-Geha to present the St. John Passion.

On Friday, Oct. 9 the concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. 
at Chandler Music Hall, 71-73 Main St. in Randolph. Tickets for 
reserved seating are adult $30/student $10.
 Ticket information is available from the Chandler Center for the Arts at 802-728-6464 or online at

On Sunday, Oct. 11, the group plays at 2 p.m. at 
Persons Auditorium, Marlboro College, 2582 South Road in Marlboro. 
 Ticket prices: preferred $40/general admission $20/students $5. 
Ticket information is available from the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-5423 or online at

Charlie Hunter's Abandoned Gas Station will be on display at the “Five Seasons” Artists exhibit

Charlie Hunter’s Abandoned Gas Station will be on display.

Oct. 9: Five Seasons exhibit at Main Street Arts

Selected works by nationally known, locally based artists Eric Aho, Charlie Hunter, Julia Zanes, Michele Ratté and Donald Saaf will be on display at Main Street Arts at 35 Main St. in Saxtons River beginning with a public reception from 5:30–7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibition will run through Nov. 9.

The project is a celebration of community and the arts centered around The Saxtons River Suite composed by Carol Wood, which will have its world premiere at MSA with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Ensemble and Counterpoint on Saturday, Nov. 7. The project engages the local artistic talents of a composer, four poets, five artists, and a landscape designer, all with international reputations and all with deep ties to the land and culture of our region.

Main Street Arts is a non-profit arts and performance center now in its 26th year, Main Street Arts is located at 35 Main St. in Saxtons River. For more information on this show and on other exhibitions performances and classes call 802-869-2960 or look online at

Stephen Procter and one of his Monumental pieces

Stephen Procter and one of his Monumental pieces

Oct. 10–12: ‘Monumental’ artist at DaVallia’s 2nd location

DaVallia Art and Accents presents works by artist, Stephen Procter for a sthree-day fine art exhibition titled Monumental, Saturday through Monday, Oct. 10 through 12 at its newest location, 39 North St., Route 103 in Chester’s Historic Stone Village.

Procter builds large pieces in many stages, joining damp sections in a modified version of the coil-and-throw method found in many ancient culture. Many new pieces were made for this show and are the largest collection of Stephens’ work ever shown.

DaVallia Art and Accents is excited welcome the public to its new gallery space. Visit the newly renovated barn space and stroll the sculpture park in a tranquil fall setting. For more information, visit, or DaVallia Art on Facebook or Instagram or call 802-875-8900.

Oct. 10: Verdi in Vermont concert

Free Verdi in Vermont concert returns to the Grafton Church at 55 Main St. in Grafton at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10. Southern Vermont Lyric Theatre presents the concert on the composer’s 202nd birthday.

Featured artists include tenor James Anderson, New York City soprano Michelle DeCoste, baritone Steve Curylo, Chester resident and mezzo-soprano Geralyn Donohue, soprano Julie Olsson and Brattleboro artist Greg Sweeney. Kenneth Olsson artistic director is the accompanist for the evening, which will include a volunteer chorus.

Admission to the concert will be free of charge, although donations are welcomed to help defray the costs of the concert. The church is also handicapped accessible.

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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