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Performing arts

WILLIAMSVILLE Open Auditions for Rock River Players' Evening of Contemporary One Acts: "Beautiful Noises" by Scott Sickels, directed by Randy Lichtenwalner. "Punk'd" by Robert Cullinane, directed by Cris Parker-Jennings. "The Caltrop" by Pamela Corkey, directed by Amy Donohue. "Eggs" by Jennifer Jasper, directed by Pamela Corkey. Roles for ages 12 to 65 and over. Auditions: March 30: Thurs., 5:30-7:30 p.m.; April 1: Sat., 10 a.m.-12 noon. Performances: June 2-4. Through Saturday, April 1. Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Information: More information: or write to producer Annie Landenberger:


CHESTER Celebrating Women Composers - "Music HerStory" : Music HerStory exalts contributions that women have made to the world of classical music. Compositions spanning 1805-1982, including works by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Caroline Shaw and others will be featured. Pianist Carolyn Enger is dedicated to performing compositions by under-represented female composers. She strives to inspire audiences to appreciate the importance of diverse creators, underscoring the universality of music. 7 p.m. Enger performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and the National Gallery of Oslo and the Felicja Blumenthal Center in Tel Aviv. Her 2013 Naxos recording of music by Ned Rorem, Piano Album I, was selected as one of The New York Times "Best in Classical Recordings.". $10 donation suggested. Proceeds benefit Chester Andover Family Center and First Universalist Parish of Chester. First Universalist Parish of Chester, 211 North St., VT 103. Information: More information:

BRATTLEBORO Musical Salon: Beethoven's "Harp" Quartet: Hosted by Moby Pearson. Explore and discuss Beethoven's "Harp" Quartet Opus 74 with co-host, musician, teacher, composer Robbie Merfeld. Composed in 1809, Beethoven’s "Harp" Quartet is actually written, not for harp, but for string quartet. The "Harp" nickname comes from the pizzicato sections in the allegro of the first movement, where pairs of members of the quartet alternate notes in an arpeggio, reminiscent of the plucking of a harp. 7 p.m. These Salons are an opportunity to explore a wide range of topics and pick up new musical perspectives. Topics have included Composers of Color, Music of Protest, The Art of Robert Shaw, Music of Ukraine, Film Scores and Theme Songs, The Mozart Arias, explorations of close harmony singing. Those planning to attend are strongly encouraged to review online materials prepared for the Salon: Donations gratefully accepted. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: Please pre-register by calling 802-257-4523 or email so we can reserve a spot for you.

PUTNEY The Association for Cultural Equity's Anna Lomax Woo is interviewed by Miriam Elhajli: Singer-songwriter and musicologist Miriam Elhajli interviews Anna Lomax Wood, President of the Association for Cultural Equity (ACE) and daughter of the organization’s founder, musicologist Alan Lomax. The talk will focus on ACE and the Global Jukebox, an online database and interactive website, which allows users to listen to and learn about more than 6,000 songs from 1,000 cultures - including many from Lomax's personal collection. Miriam Elhajli will perform a few songs to lead off the presentation. 7 p.m. Free. Donations are appreciated. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO New England Youth Theater: Costume Design: Join Monika Grist-Weiner, NEYT's Costume Designer, for a 4- week course in Costume Design. "Together we will cover costume design principles: Color, Silhouette, Texture, and Story. Students will get the opportunity through play to learn the layout of the costume loft. We'll also do some practice work on sewing machines and hand sewing. This class is a chance to expand students awareness of costumes, broaden design vocabulary, and sharpen eyes for design.". 4 - 6 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, April 20. Sliding scale: $150, $200, $250. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District - Annual Conservation Coffee Chat (In-Person/Zoom): "Learn more about the services we offer to agricultural producers, land owners and beyond. We will also go over what it looks like to join our Local Workgroup and how to participate in Locally Led Conservation. Most importantly, this is an opportunity to tell us how we can better assist you and the conservation concerns you have.". 10:30 a.m.-12 noon in the Community Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Link (includes Zoom): RSVP: or 802-689-3024. More info about NRCD:

Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center offers Salamander Crossing Brigade Training (via Zoom): Whether you are new to salamander crossings or want to brush up on your salamander and frog IDs and enjoy some amphibian banter, join us for this webinar. Learn how to become a salamander crossing guard and help spotted salamanders make the trek safely to their vernal pools during the spring migration. We will cover where to go and when, what to do when you get there, and how to identify the different amphibians you might encounter. 7 p.m. By donation. Zoom. Information: Info/Sign-up:, 802-257-5785, Link:



March 2023