RUTLAND — Award-winning author Chris Bohjalian will discuss the writing of his latest novel in a talk at Rutland Free Library on Wednesday, March 6. His talk, “Fiction’s Getting to the Truth: Chris Bohjalian’s ‘The Sandcastle Girls,’ Family History, and Armenian Genocide” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7 p.m.
A story of genocide in Armenia, “The Sandcastle Girls” was published in 2012 to great acclaim, making several national bestseller lists. Bohjalian has called it the most important book he will ever write.
All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Rutland Free Library, 773-1860, or email: [email protected]
RUTLAND — Rutland’s Paramount Theatre has added Steve Earle and The Dukes to its lineup at the historic stage for an 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, concert.
A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others.
Tickets are $39.75 (plus tax); call 775-0903, or go online to www.paramountlive.org. More information about Earle is available online at www.steveearle.com
MARLBORO — Pianist Robert Merfeld and violinist Bayla Keyes return to Marlboro College, joined by Judith Serkin on cello, for an afternoon of music at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Marlboro College’s Ragle Hall.
Merfield, Keyes and Serkin will perform a selection of music by mostly French composers, including Violin Sonata No. 2 by Ravel, Violin Sonata No. 2 for Solo Violin by Ysaÿe, Piano Trio in d minor, Opus 120, by Fauré, and Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, Opus 35, by Prokofiev.
Merfeld has performed at venues in Aspen, Marlboro, Ravinia, Caramoor and Olympic Music festivals. Keyes is currently a member of Boston Musica Viva, a contemporary music ensemble, and the renowned piano trio, Triple Helix. A member of the Windham Ensemble, Serkin is a frequent participant at the Yellow Barn and Marlboro Music festivals.
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 251-7644.
BELLOWS FALLS — At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, Stone Church Arts presents pianist Oni Buchanan performing a program she calls “Looking Glass Music: Reflection & Resonance.” She will be performing at Immanuel Episcopal Church, “The Stone Church on the Hill,” 20 Church St.
Buchanan’s “Looking Glass Music: Reflection & Resonance” program gathers together a diverse group of fantastical piano works that create their own landscapes through reflection and resonance. Works include selections from Rachmaninoff’s “Etudes-Tableaux”; Debussy’s Etudes; Cindy Cox’s “Hierosgamos”; and Ravel’s “Miroirs.”
Tickets are $17, $13 for seniors and children under 12, in advance, $20 and $15 at the door; go online to www.brattleborotix.com. For more information or directions go to www.stonechurcharts.org or call 463-3100.
BRATTLEBORO — Grammy-winner Rosanne Cash is known by many as the eldest daughter of legendary country singer Johnny Cash. And like her dad, Cash crosses musical genres that include country, blues, folk, pop and rock.
Kingdom County Productions will present Rosanne Cash live in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the Latchis Theatre.
Cash’s most recent album, “The List” became a best seller – and it was based on the list given to her by her dad when she was 18 and preparing to go on the road with him for a concert tour. “The List” consisted of the 100 greatest country and American songs of all time that Johnny Cash asked Rosanne to learn for the road.
“One day, we were sitting in the tour bus, talking about songs, and he mentioned a song, and I said, ‘I don’t know that one,’” Rosanne Cash wrote. “He mentioned another one, and I said, ‘I don’t know that one, either.’ Then he started to get alarmed, so he spent the rest of the day making a list on a legal pad, and at the top he put ‘100 Essential Country Songs.’ And he handed it to me and he said, ‘This is your education.’”
Reserved seat tickets are now on sale at www.KingomCounty.com or by calling 748-2600.
MONTPELIER – The Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio presents “Eat My Art Out,” at 7 p.m., Friday, March 1, at 18 Langdon St. (third floor).
The informal performance series for developing works by choreographers offers the opportunity for audience members to discuss and give feedback on the work (with refreshments provided by the artists). Featured are Heather Bryce, Erin Duffee, Isadora Snapp, and Kaleigh Mulpeter, Tierney Munger, Dylan Friedman, and Duffee in collaboration.
“Eat My Art Out” showcases the active and growing community of dancers and choreographers in and around Burlington and Montpelier. Come, bring your eyes, appetite, and thoughts.
Admission is by donation ($10-$5 suggested); call 229-4676 or go online to www.cdandfs.com.
WESTON — Be among the first to see a cast of Broadway professionals perform a selection of songs and scenes from “Darling” — winner of Weston Playhouse Theatre Company’s seventh annual New Musical Award — at a free concert at the Weston Playhouse at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2. The concert begins and will last about an hour, followed by an informal reception with the artists.
The musical, which was featured on the “Bound for Broadway” episode of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” is a loosely based, tightly constructed adaptation of “Peter Pan.” Set in 1929 Boston, “Darling” tells the story of Ursula Morgan, who leaves behind her upper-class family and runs off with a street-smart rentboy to begin a new life amidst an underground world of sex, jazz, and a mysterious powder called Fairy Dust.
Written by Ryan Scott Oliver and Brett Ryback, the piece was nominated for Weston’s national award by Robert Meffe, director of music at Pace New Musicals, who said of Darling: “The rock score is dark, edgy and contagious … The lyrics are intelligent, surprising and original …The book is a wildly different take on the “Peter Pan” story that will have audiences trying to uncover the allusions every night.”
The Weston Playhouse New Musical Award supports new work by writers and composers of notable promise, chosen from a group of national nominations.
Under the musical direction of Chris Fenwick, the cast of rising Broadway talent includes Derek Klena, Emily Walton, Julia Mattison, Justin Keyes and Max Chernin.
Admission is free (donations towards the non-profit Weston Playhouse Theatre Company’s New Works Programs will be gratefully accepted); for information, go online to www.westonplayhouse.org.
MONTPELIER – Northern Harmony, the world music vocal ensemble based in Vermont, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Unitarian Church.
The 13 young singers, led by Larry Gordon, will present a mix of world harmony traditions including South African songs and dances, traditional polyphony from Georgia, Corsica, and the Balkans, American shape-note singing and quartet gospel, and Medieval motets. Fresh from its 15th European tour, Northern Harmony has won a wide reputation for their remarkable command of the different singing styles and timbres appropriate to these different traditions.
Northern Harmony is the highest level performing group under the umbrella of the world music organization Village Harmony, which sponsors singing camps and workshops in New England and many parts of the world (see www.villageharmony.org). The singers are primarily graduates of Village Harmony singing programs, and most have studied traditional singing styles first hand with native teachers in South Africa, Bulgaria, Corsica and Caucasus Georgia.
Admission at the door is $15, $10 for students. For more information call 426-3210, or go online to www.villageharmony.org.
NORTHFIELD — Vermont’s Norwich University is going to be displaying landscape drawings created by graduates and others from the American Civil War.
The exhibit opening Monday at Norwich’s Sullivan Museum and History Center is entitled “Useful and Elegant Accomplishments.”
Many of the drawings in this exhibit were produced by Norwich students or alumni who were involved in the American Civil War. The show complements the Sullivan Museum’s ongoing series of exhibitions commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.
CAVENDISH — The Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts will host a dinner and talk with local artist Jeanne Carbonetti at the Castle Hill Resort and Spa this Sunday.
Carbonetti is an experienced artist who strongly believes in the power of beauty through art. Her primary medium is watercolor and she has developed a unique method for emphasizing the fluidity of transparent color.
Carbonetti is the owner of Crow Hill Gallery in Chester. The talk begins at 4 p.m. and dinner follows at 5 p.m. Cost for the meal is $25 and reservations are required.
For more information or to make a reservation call 226-7222. The Castle Hill Resort and Spa is at 2910 Route 103 in Cavendish.