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Arts Beat for Jan. 14: Padmore, Lewis to perform Brahms, Mahler on Jan. 18

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Arts Beat for Jan. 14: Padmore, Lewis to perform Brahms, Mahler on Jan. 18

BE DAZZLED BY vocalist Mark Padmore and pianist Paul Lewis when they share the stage on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. The duo will perform at the Mahaney Center for the Arts’ Robison Hall, 72 Porter Field Rd., Middlebury.

By GREG PAHL

The Middlebury College Performing Arts Series will present the art song “dream team” (New York Times) of British tenor Mark Padmore and compatriot pianist Paul Lewis on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Although Lewis is a Middlebury audience favorite, this concert will be the first time the two musicians share the Robison Hall stage at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Their concert program will showcase German lieder by Brahms, Mahler and Schumann.

Performing Arts Series director Allison Coyne Carroll first heard the pair perform together at a music festival in 2011. “We had already hosted Lewis for an entire Beethoven cycle and the start of his Schubert cycle, but I was intrigued to hear him perform in collaboration with another artist. What transpired that evening was one of the most magical performances I’ve ever attended.”

Born in London and awarded an honors degree in music from King’s College, Cambridge in 1982, Mark Padmore has established an international career in opera, concert, and recital. He has been an artist in residence with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He also collaborates regularly with The Britten Sinfonia. As a recitalist, he has performed all three Schubert song cycles in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Paris, Tokyo, Vienna and New York.

He was voted 2016 Vocalist of the Year by “Musical America” and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Kent University in 2014.

Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison awards, three Gramophone awards, the Diapason D’or de l’Annee, the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and the South Bank Show Classical Music award. In 2016 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors list, and holds honorary doctorates from Southampton University and Edge Hill University.

Lewis performs regularly as soloist with the world’s great orchestras and is a frequent guest at the most prestigious international festivals.

Tickets are $30 for adults; $25 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni; $10 for youth; and $6 for Middlebury College students. To purchase, call 802-443-6433 or go to middlebury.edu/arts/tickets. The Mahaney Center for the Arts is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 (South Main Street). Parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the arts center parking lot.

BRANDON MUSIC PRESENTS THE LAST TRAIN TO ZINKOV

The Last Train to Zinkov (David and Nathan Gusakov) will be coming to Brandon Music on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m.

This father and son duo play original songs and old tunes about the beauty and peace of home, of delight and sadness, and the wild human emotions inherent in living and dying. Featuring clawhammer banjo, wicked fiddling, and family harmonies, the Gusakovs are creating some of today’s most unique and compelling folk music.

The Gusakovs have been gaining recognition as they expand their performance reach throughout New England. Heidi Fram at Byfield (Massachusetts) Community Arts Center said “Last Train to Zinkov fills your soul with heartfelt melodies that linger long ... This is truly what folk music is supposed to be, reminding you that good people and good music can change your life.”

At Brandon Music, the duo will perform songs from their latest album, “Regenerations,” and several new tunes recently added to their repertoire, including a dynamic opening number, “Chosen Kale Mazeltov,” a rousing wedding song that will start the night off right.

With violin, viola, banjo and vocals, Last Train to Zinkov plays with a lively, toe-tapping touch, sing with mournful sensitivity, and exhibit a creative chemistry that can only be born of a lifetime relationship. Their original songs and compositions reflect their love of Appalachian old-time music, gypsy jazz, swing, classical and their own Eastern European roots.

David Gusakov arrived in Vermont in 1973, joining the Vermont Symphony that year and bluegrass/swing band Pine Island the next. In the intervening 42 years he has been a full-time musician, playing with such groups as the Midnite Plowboys, Redwing, Swing Shift, Will Patton Ensemble, Swing Noire and Michele Choiniere. At home in a wide variety of genres, he brings improvisatory flare and depth of feeling to everything he plays.

Nathan Gusakov lives with his family in Lincoln, near the headwaters of the New Haven River, where he makes his living as a carpenter and musician. Nate is self-taught on the banjo, and his first album of all-original music, Running Clear (2011), received praise for its “stellar claw hammer style banjo and rich lyricism” (Jamie Masefield, Jazz Mandolin Project).

Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call 802-247-4295 or e-mail [email protected] for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon.

INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES

The 2018-2019 Hirschfield International Film Series continues on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Middlebury College, with the 2018 South Korean film “Burning,” directed by Chang-dong Lee.

An introverted young man, Jongsu (Ah-in Yoo), finds romantic interest in a young woman from his past, Haemi (Jong-seo Jun). One day she returns from a trip with Ben (Steven Yeun), a wealthy and sophisticated young man. When Haemi disappears, Jongsu becomes suspicious of Ben and his mysterious hobby. Winner: FIPRESCI prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

The film, in Korean with English subtitles, will be shown at 3 and again at 8 p.m. in Dana Auditorium at Sunderland, 356 College St. in Middlebury. It’s free. Some of the films in this series may be inappropriate for children.

BLUES JAM IN BRISTOL

Middlebury-based English bluesman Tom Caswell will be hosting a Blues Jam in Bristol at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Hatch 31, located at 31 Main Street.

The jam will feature both local and statewide blues musicians and is open to anyone wanting to hear great music. This is a monthly event on the third Wednesday of the month.

If you are a musician or singer planning to take part in the jam, there will be a sign-up sheet located near the stage. The host band, The Tom Caswell Blues Band, will begin the proceedings at 8 p.m. before people are called up from the sign-up sheet to form bands and play the blues. The jam will end with the host band taking the stage once more to wrap things up.

Although the music begins at 8 p.m., an earlier arrival is advised. Admission to the jam is free.

LIVE MUSIC AT NOTTE

LOCAL DUO TOM Van Sant and Glenn Goodwin will perform in a dinner show on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m., at Notte Neapolitan Pizza Bar, 86 Main St. in Middlebury.

There will be one live musical performance this week at Notte Neapolitan Pizza Bar located downstairs at 86 Main Street in Middlebury, with a 7 p.m. dinner show on Wednesday, Jan. 16, featuring Middlebury-based acoustic duo of Tom Van Sant (guitar and vocals) and Glenn Goodwin (bass and vocals). For more information, call 802-388-0002.

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