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Arts Beat: Marrowbone returns to Lincoln

CLARA CARROLL AND Dan Boyd will be among the performers greeting patrons in the woods of Lincoln during the reboot of “Marrowbone,” a celebration of story, this Saturday and Sunday.

Marrowbone, a celebration of story and storytelling performed outside in the blaze of the autumn woods, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12, and Sunday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. in Lincoln. 
Audience members are guided on a winding path, stopping for performances of poems, music and dance. At the end of the path all are welcome to gather in the pine wood to listen to stories by the fire.
Marrowbone is outside, rain or shine. The first part of the performance involves a quarter mile walk on uneven ground in the woods. Seating is on the ground, so please come prepared. Children are welcome but material is not created primarily for children. Refreshments will be available; cash only. Marrowbone is produced by Sara Granstrom, Justine Jackson and Sophie Pickens.
Marrowbone begins on Ripton Road in Lincoln, 0.2 miles south of the interaction with West Hill Road and 0.5 miles north of the intersection with Notch Road. The start of the performance is at the schoolhouse with the Red Roof.
Admission: $10 adults, $5 children, $25 family (family tickets include two adults and one or more children). Please contact [email protected] for need-based pay-what-you-can tickets. Tickets are available online at, or Emeraldrose Gifts, 18 Main St. in Bristol; Lincoln Peak Vineyard, 142 River Road in New Haven; or Northern Daughters, 221 Main St. in Vergennes. For more information go to

The Opera Company of Middlebury presents “Tosca” at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Repeat performances will take place on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m.
Suzanne Kantorski is Floria Tosca, James Flora is Cavardossi and Rubin Casas is Scarpia.
A tale of intrigue, romance and tragedy, “Tosca” is one of Giacomo Puccini’s most beloved operas. “Tosca,” directed by Douglas Anderson and conducted by guest conductor Jeffrey Rink with a full orchestra, will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. The estimated run time is three hours.
Tickets are $50 and $65 balcony (plus fees), and are available at [email protected] or by phone at 802-382-9222. Tickets may also be purchased in person from noon to 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, or one hour before show time. Town Hall Theater is located at 68 S. Pleasant St. in Middlebury.

The musical duo Last Train to Zinkov will perform for the Burnham Music Series in Burnham Hall, 52 River Road in Lincoln, on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. 
David and Nathan Gusakov, father and son, play with a lively, toe-tapping touch, sing with mournful sensitivity, and exhibit a creative chemistry that can only be born of a lifetime relationship. Zinkov is a small town in rural Ukraine, and the ancestral hometown of the Gusakovs.
David 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 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).
Admission is $10 for adults, teens and kids are free. Doors open at 7 p.m., Refreshments will be available during intermission. Call: 388-6863 for more information.

The acclaimed Heath Quartet returns to Middlebury College on Friday, Oct. 11, for the second of six concerts to help celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birth year. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Robison Hall at the college’s Mahaney Arts Center. The program will include Quartet No. 2 in G Major, op. 18.2; the second “Razumovsky” quartet, op. 59.2; and Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, op. 132.
One of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment, the Heath Quartet — including violinists Oliver Heath and Sara Wolstenholme, violist Gary Pomeroy, and cellist Christopher Murray — is steadily building a reputation for their upbeat and integrated sound. In May 2013 they became the first ensemble in fifteen years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award.
A cash bar and light refreshments will be available at intermission and after the concert.
Reserved seating tickets are $22 for the general public; $16 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, and emeriti; $10 for youth; and $6 for Middlebury College students, and are on sale at 802-443-6433 or The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Arts Center parking lot.

Award-winning musician, dancer, and choreographer Olivier Tarpaga returns to Middlebury College to share his joyful and deeply personal work, “When Birds Refused to Fly,” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Dance Theater at the college’s Mahaney Arts Center. The transnational performance group Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project is based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and Philadelphia, Pa. 
Drawing from Africanist and postmodernist aesthetics and built around the music of Orchestre Super Volta, “When Birds Refused to Fly” explores the striking contrast between the festive and effervescent atmosphere that reigned in the late 1960s and 1970s in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa, and the painful experience of African Americans, who in the same period, were fighting for their civil rights in the US.
Tickets: $15 public/$12 Midd ID holders/$8 Youth/$6 Midd students. Tickets are available at the Middlebury College box office at 802-443-6433 or The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury. Free parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot.

Once again, the all-volunteer team at the Vergennes Opera House has pulled together a robust and eclectic season of shows for locals and visitors alike to enjoy. The season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, with a rousing blues event, The 802 Blues Revue 2.
Based on overwhelming audience responses to the 802 Blues Revue 1, (and a sold-out show in 2018) Downtown Bob Stannard returns to open the 2019-2020 season. And, just like last year, he will be accompanied by Those Dangerous Bluesmen as well as a few surprise guests. Like a circus ringmaster, Stannard creates an atmosphere of exceptional Vermont-style blues, fun and musical surprises. 
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Doors and cash bar (by Bar Antidote) will open at 6:30 p.m. Open seating. The Vergennes Opera House is located at 120 Main St. (Route 22A) in Vergennes. More information can be found at or call 802-877-6737.

Town Hall Theater and The Opera Company of Middlebury present The Met: Live in HD production of “Turandot” at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m.
Franco Zeffirelli’s spectacular production returns to cinemas, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director, conducting his first Puccini opera with the company. Powerhouse soprano Christine Goerke takes on the icy title princess, alongside tenor Yusif Eyvazov as the unknown prince vying for her love.
Scott Morrison will give a pre-show talk in the Byers Studio downstairs at 12:15 p.m. with refreshments sponsored by the Opera Company of Middlebury. The estimated run time is three hours and 12 minutes.
Tickets are $24 adults, $10 students (plus fees), and are available at [email protected] or by phone at 802-382-9222. Tickets may also be purchased in person from noon to 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday, or one hour before showtime. Town Hall Theater is located at 68 S. Pleasant St. in Middlebury.

The 2019-2020 Hirschfield International Film Series continues on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Middlebury College with the 2019 Korean film “Gisaengchung” (Parasite), directed by Joon Ho Bong.
Meet the Park family, the picture of aspirational wealth, and the Kim family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Parks. Soon a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. 
“Gisaengchung” won the Palme d’Or prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, the first Korean film to receive the award.
The film, in Korean with English subtitles, will be shown at 3 and again at 8 p.m. in Dana Auditorium on College Street (Route 125). It’s free. Some of the films in this series may be inappropriate for children.

The monthly (second Saturday of the month) Blues Jam, hosted by Tom Caswell at Sister Wicked, 3 West Seminary St. in Brandon, will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. A signup sheet for musicians is available. Singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboardists, harmonica players; everyone is welcome to come and play the blues. Nothing but the blues from 8 until late. For more information, call 802-236-3368.

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