Arts Beat for June 27: Pops Concert, picnics and fireworks on tap for the 4th

The Sheldon Museum’s annual outdoor Pops Concert and fireworks are a Vermont summer tradition for Lake Champlain area families and tourists. Celebrate the anniversary of Independence Day with a concert of Broadway standards, pops and patriotic music on Friday, performed by the Vermont Philharmonic in the meadow behind the Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College with commanding views of the Green Mountains, followed by a glorious fireworks display.
The grounds will be open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. (Rain site is in Kenyon Arena.) The evening will close with fireworks — rain or shine. Be sure to bring flashlights, chairs, blankets and a picnic.
The Vermont Philharmonic was founded in 1959 by Jon Borowicz and is Vermont’s oldest community orchestra. Today, the Philharmonic’s member-musicians, more than 60 strong, are committed to the orchestra’s two-fold mission of sharing their love of music with audiences of all ages and encouraging young musicians to dedicate themselves to their musical education.
Led by music director Lou Kosma, the Vermont Philharmonic performs varied programs in communities throughout Central and Northern Vermont.
This year mezzo-soprano soloist Antonette Knoedl will be featured.
Tickets for adults are $25, youth ages 12-18, $10; children under 12 free. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Sheldon at 388-2117, online at www.HenrySheldonMuseum.org or in person at the Sheldon, 1 Park St. in Middlebury. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Sheldon Museum.
The Ripton Community Coffee House, a nonprofit community concert series, welcomes singer-songwriters Zach and Sam DuPont at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Ripton Community House in Ripton.
Zack and Sam DuPont are a Burlington-based, sibling indie-folk-Americana duo. Since the start of the band in March 2013, the duo has honed in on their kindred synergy, living on the road while developing a large repertoire.
This past year, the DuPont Brothers have been working on a new album with Lincoln-based producer Michael Chorney, along with an all-star cast of local musicians. Their full-length and first-ever vinyl release, “A Riddle for You,” was released this month, and the brothers have been touring in support of the album. For this concert, they will be joined by Hillary McCabe on violin and Dan Bishop on upright bass.
As always, the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with an open-mike set, followed by the featured performers. Open-mike performers are encouraged to call in advance and reserve one of the four open-mike slots.
Admission to the coffeehouse is $3 kids (12 and under), $10 general admission and $15 generous admission. The economically challenged may pay what they can afford. Refreshments will benefit the coffeehouse. The coffeehouse is held on the first Saturday of each month, except August. For more information, contact Richard Ruane or Andrea Chesman at 388-9782.
James Corden is everywhere. His “Carpool Karaoke” segments have gone viral and his latest gig hosting the Tony Awards won him legions of new fans. Town Hall Theater will rebroadcast “One Man, Two Guvnors” onThursday,at 7 p.m., as part of the National Theatre Live Encore series.
The plot is a tangle of mistaken identities and grand schemes with tons of spot-on physical comedy. Fired from his band, Francis Henshall (James Corden) becomes butler to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.
Holed up at the Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
Tickets are $10 for students, $17 general admission and may be purchased at www.townhalltheater.org, 382-9222, at the THT box office, or at the door. The box office is open Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
On Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m., Left Eye Jump will perform at Lincoln Peak Vineyard in New Haven.
They bring the sounds of Chicago, Texas, New Orleans, California and the Delta of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. From gritty and haunting Delta slide guitar journeys to T-Bone Walker-inspired jump-swing romps, this band delivers on the promise that the blues speak to the very core of all people, and are at the root of modern music.
As with all Wine Down Friday shows, the “doors” open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. Lickskillet Food Truck is coming with their southern and TexMex fare like applewood-smoked chicken tacos, ceviche and roasted poblano gazpacho. Wine will be for sale by the glass.
Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket. The Wine Down Friday series happens rain or shine — there’s room on the winery porch in the case of rain. No alcohol may be brought onto the grounds, and please leave your pets at home. Lincoln Peak Vineyard is located at 142 River Road in New Haven. More information is at www.lincolnpeakvineyard.com.
The Middlebury College Summer Carillon Series begins its 31st year of concerts with a 5 p.m. performance on Friday in Mead Chapel by Elizabeth Graves-Vitu and Laurent Pie.Elizabeth Graves-Vitu is the carillonneur for the cities of Perpignan and Carcasonne, France. Enjoy the sounds of the carillon bells from inside the chapel or, weather permitting, on the surrounding lawns.
There will be a special additional performance at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 4, by George Matthew Jr., the carillonneur for both Middlebury College and Norwich University. He will be playing American music composed for the carillon. 
The free series continues every Friday through August with a different performer.
There will be one live musical event this week at Middlebury’s 51 Main. At 8 p.m. on Thursday, 51 Main presents Ben and Anita. Combining the fiery edge of the Scottish Border pipes with the rich sounds of the Cape Breton fiddle, Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald join together, merging traditional influences from Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island, as well as the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
All ages, no cover. For additional information visit www.go51main.com or phone 388-8209.
There will be one live musical performance 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. Come cheer on your friends or let loose on the stage. It’s free to enter and there is no cover charge. For additional information, call 388-0002.

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