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Encores and Curtain Calls

Joseph may have been a tad hasty

Despite the imminent demise of summer, good music abounds

“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun.”

— Kent Nerburn

All right — so, just maybe, I was in danger of slightly exaggerating the case when, in mere mid-July, I dared to suggest the notion that the summer was almost over. Why, even a rebuttal of sorts recently appeared from one of my colleagues in a contiguous column. Nevertheless, no one can deny there are 14 (count ’em!) fewer days of glory left to us than when I first sounded the alarm.

In any case, venue programmers from (both near and far) points north, south, east and west continue pouring out press releases for the chill, inclement, fleeting moments of August that remain to us, just as if we had all the time in the world in which to indulge our passion for theater and music. A series of multi-directional destinations follow.

North: Manchester Music Festival

The Manchester Music Festival in Manchester, Vt., on this very evening, will present the fourth of its seven Panoramas summer concerts with “some of the most rousing music of the season,” including selections from Borodin, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov.

Three delicious Russian classics are in store: Alexander Borodin’s overture to “Prince Igor,” followed by Prokofiev’s charming “Classical” Symphony — his first, wherein he channels Haydn to delightful effect — and Rachmaninov’s absolutely scrumptious Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor, perhaps the archetypal romantic concerto, not to mention a crowd-pleaser, with Adam Neiman at the keyboard.

These summer concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings through Aug. 22 at the Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Arkell Pavilion. There will also be benefit pops concert featuring the Broadway-beloved Audra McDonald on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 25. Young artist concerts are held at 7 p.m. on Mondays through Aug. 12 at Burr and Burton Academy’s Riley Center for the Arts, also in Manchester.

Tickets are $45, lawn seating is $10, weather-permitting. Children under 12 free but must be accompanied by an adult.

Information and tickets:
www.mmfvt.org or call 802-362-1956.

South: Sevenars concerts

A performance at the Sevenars concerts by the Manchester Music Festival Trio: Adam Neiman, pianist, Joana Genova, violinist, and Sophie Shao, cellist, on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 4 p.m., at the Academy in South Worthington.

On the program are the trios of Antonin Dvorak and Franz Joseph Haydn and a rarely heard trio by Rebecca Clark.

The suggested donation is $20 at the door, no tickets necessary but come early! Sevenars.org

Sevenars combines the perfect acoustics of a beautiful historic building, which is on the National Historic Register, with air-conditioned comfort. Refreshments are served at intermission.

The Academy is in South Worthington, just off Route 112 on Ireland Street. For more information, call 413-238-5854 or visit
www.sevenars.org

West: Clark Art Institute

Here is a great excuse to tour the sumptuous Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown: Saturday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m., singers from the Hubbard Hall Opera Theater in Cambridge, N.Y., will perform selections from Gioachino Rossini’s irrepressible comic opera “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (“The Barber of Seville”) accompanied by piano, in the Clark’s intimate and acoustically resonant auditorium.

Tickets are $18 ($15 members). To purchase tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call 413-458 2303.

The Clark is located at 225 South St. in Williamstown. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15, June 1 through Oct. 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. The Clark’s library is closed for renovation through Sept. 3, 2013.

Near-North:
Vermont Jazz Center

The Vermont Jazz Center’s su mmer workshops are bearing fruit in the form a concert on Thursday, Aug. 8, presenting vocalists Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton, accompanied by Howard “Dr. Bebop” Brofsky on trumpet, Jeff Galindo on trombone, Scott Mullett on saxophone, Harvey Diamond, Ray Gallon and Eugene Uman on piano, Marcus McLaurine, George Kaye, Dave Picchi and Cameron Brown on bass), Billy Drummond and Claire Arenius on drums and Julian Gerstin, percussion.

The concert takes place at Putney School’s Michael S. Currier Center. The ticket price for the faculty concert is $20; for student concerts, one is scheduled Friday, Aug. 9, there is a $5 suggested donation.

(North)east: Peterborough Players

As for theater, it’s the Peterborough Players’ 80th birthday and it former artistic director, Charles Morey, has concocted “Laughing Stock, a Backstage Farce,” which the company describes as “a hilarious and affectionate look into the world of the theatre,” telling the tale of “The Playhouse,” a rustic New England summer theater housed in a barn, in which a repertory season of “Dracula,” “Hamlet,” and “Charley’s Aunt” provides ample territory for comic confusion. It will be staged Wednesday, Aug. 7, through Sunday, Aug. 18. Show times are Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m.; Monday, no shows; Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Of the show, Morey offers, “None of it is factual — but all of it is true. In some cases, names have been changed to protect the guilty and any similarity between persons living or dead is entirely intentional.”

Reserved Seating, $37, Saturdays, $39. Peterborough Players, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, N.H. Box office: 603-924-7585 or www.PeterboroughPlayers.org

The Peterborough Players theater is air-conditioned, handicapped accessible and is equipped with a hearing assistance system.

Our own backyard:
Old Deerfield Sunday
Afternoon Concerts

The Old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon Concert Series continues Aug. 4 at 3 p.m. with Beth Welty, violin and Carol Hutter, viola in a program including works by Mozart, Beethoven, Martinu and Handel-Halvorsen.

All concerts take place in the music room of Memorial Hall Museum, 8 Memorial St., in Old Deerfield.

Admission is $10; $5 for students and seniors. For more information, 413-774-3768, ext. 10. Remaining performances in the series may be found at www.deerfield-ma.org in the Events Calendar listed under the heading “Happenings.” Links to artists’ websites are also available.

An author and composer, columnist Joseph Marcello of Northfield focuses on music and theater. He can be reached at
josephmarcello@verizon.net.

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