Arts Beat for Sept. 21: World-class musicians to perform tango in Brandon

Astor Piazzolla is the single most important figure in the history of tango. His innovative style, which came to be known as Nueva Tango, renewed the tango tradition. A unique group of Vermont musicians will come together to present Piazzolla’s tangos at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater.
The Piazzolla Project brings together the talents of four world-class musicians to explore the surprising and always passionate sounds of the Argentinean composer. Two husband-and-wife duos joined forces to establish the Piazzolla Project. 
Annemieke McLane, born and raised in the Netherlands, has a rich repertoire of piano solo, chamber music and art songs. Her husband, accordionist Jeremiah McLane, is a composer and musician.
Sarah Cullins is a versatile soprano who regularly performs opera, oratorio and symphonic repertoire. Her husband, Columbian guitarist Daniel Gaviria, earned national acclaim in Colombia as a winner of several guitar and chamber music competitions.
Piazzolla’s genius was to infuse jazz rhythms and classical music into tango. At first, Tango Nuevo was strongly rejected in his home country of Argentina, but eventually was appreciated and celebrated throughout the world.
Tickets are $18 adults, $10 students and may be purchased at townhalltheater.org, 382-9222, at the THT box office (daily except Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.) and at the door, if available.
Hailed by the critics as “Monsieur 100,000 Volts,” pianist Andreas Boyde’s performances have electrified audiences worldwide. The sought-after classical pianist’s wide-ranging repertoire encompasses all major areas of the piano literature. At his Brandon Music performance on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Boyde will perform Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” Claude Debussy’s “Images” and Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” a composition which has become a showpiece for virtuoso pianists.
His recitals in renowned concert venues and appearances as soloist with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Radio Orchestra, the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra have secured Boyde’s reputation as an esteemed performing artist.
Tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is also available for $20. Reservations are recommended for the show and required for dinner. Venue is BYOB. Call 247-4295 or e-mail [email protected] for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon.
On the heels of sold-out screenings on Cape Cod and the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, Jay Craven’s new seaside film drama, “Peter and John,” will make its Middlebury debut at the Town Hall Theater. Starring 2014 Golden Globe winner Jacqueline Bisset, the film will play at 7 p.m. on Friday. The show will include a post-screening Q&A with director Craven.
“Peter and John” is based on the 19th-century novel “Pierre et Jean” by Guy de Maupassant and is set in 1872 Nantucket, during the island’s “ghost period” — after the decline of whaling, before the rise of tourism, and in the New England shadow of the Civil War. The film tells the story of two brothers whose relationship strains when the younger one receives news of an unexpected inheritance — and both brothers become attracted to the same young woman who arrives on their island.
Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students, and may be purchased at townhalltheater.org, 382-9222, at the THT box office (daily except Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.) and at the door.
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra continues its annual fall tour on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Vergennes Opera House. The Made in Vermont statewide tour runs through Oct. 4 presenting in eight towns and villages across Vermont. This tour marks the beginning of the musical season of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.
This year the program includes two Scandinavian miniatures (poetry by student Emma Barker, an eighth-grader at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington, will accompany Sibelius’ evocative Suite Mignonne), and two works featuring the violin. Music director Jaime Laredo solos in Mozart’s third violin concerto and is joined by concertmaster Katherine Winterstein for Bach’s Double Concerto. The program also includes a traditional Vermont-themed world premiere, “Ferry Crossing,” written by Jennifer Jolley.
Tickets are $29 adults, $25 seniors and $10 students and children under 18, available from FlynnTix.org and Classic Stitching in Vergennes. For more information, call 877-6737.
There will be three live musical performances this week at Two Brothers Tavern in Middlebury.
Join Two Brothers every Wednesday, at 9 p.m., for the Open Mic, an evening of music, comedy or anything else, alternately hosted by Mark Sikora and Kai Stanley. Ccome cheer on your friends or let loose on the stage. It’s free to enter, and there is no cover charge.
Then, at 6 p.m. on Friday, Two Brothers presents the Oak Totem Trio, a group that revisits jazz standards with a fresh outlook. They blend old school jazz with funky modern vibrations and personalized improvisations. There is a $3 cover.
Finally, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, the Bob Levinson Band takes to the Tavern’s stage. Levinson is both a teacher and performer, always expanding his sonic palette and unafraid to tackle a variety of styles. There is a $3 cover. For more information, call 388-0002.
The exciting 2015-2016 Hirschfield International Film Series continues on Saturday at Middlebury College with the 2014 US film, “Life Itself,” directed by Steve James.
Acclaimed director Steve James and executive producers Martin Scorsese and Steven Zaillian present this documentary that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of Roger Ebert — arguably the nation’s best known and most influential movie critic. “A film about illness and death, about writing, about cinema and, finally, and very movingly, a film about love,” says Geoffrey O’Brien in The New York Times.
The film will be shown at 3 and again at 8 p.m. in Dana Auditorium on College Street. It’s free. Some of the films in this series may be inappropriate for children.
There will be a performance by Barak adé Soleil at 8 p.m. on Saturday in the dance theater at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts.
Barak adé Soleil is a disabled artist of color who passionately embraces the politics of identity, culture and aesthetics with precise and focused attention to representations of race, disability and the body. This is a feature presentation of the 2015 Clifford Symposium, “The ‘good’ Body.” It’s free and the public is welcome. For more information on the symposium, visit middlebury.edu/clifford/2015.
There will be one live musical event this week at Middlebury’s 51 Main. At 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Conqueror Root take to the stage. This group, featuring David Bain, Dwight Ritcher and Dennis Willmott, performs music from the American roots catalog of blues, New Orleans, rockabilly, old R&B and vintage jazz.
All ages, no cover. For additional information visit www.go51main.com or phone 388-8209.

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