Entertainment Highlights: Bach in Randolph, and More

Simone Dinnerstein plans to record all of Bach’s major keyboard works. She will perform Saturday at the Chandler in Randolph. Courtesy photograph

Simone Dinnerstein plans to record all of Bach’s major keyboard works. She will perform Saturday at the Chandler in Randolph. Courtesy photograph

The first time Simone Dinnerstein came across Bach’s Two-Part Inventions, she was 10 or 11 years old, and she was using it to learn to play two independent keyboard lines at the same time. She studied the pieces again in a theory class in college. And then, some years later, taught them to students of her own.

She’ll play those pieces, as well as work by Beethoven, George Crumb and Randolph-born composer Nico Muhly, at that town’s Chandler Center for the Arts on Saturday. The performance of Inventions — Dinnerstein’s fourth visit to the hall — will also come on the heels of her new album, J.S. Bach: Inventions & Sinfonias, which will be released on Tuesday.

“He wrote these pieces to teach students how to manipulate two different voices,” Dinnerstein said. “So when you’re learning them at that stage, that’s the main hurdle, and you almost can’t see past the difficulties of just being able to divide your brain up.

“There’s actually many layers of complexity to them,” she said.

Dinnerstein said her goal is to ultimately record all of Bach’s major keyboard work. Her upcoming album is the Brooklyn, N.Y., resident’s fifth recording of Bach, and her eighth release overall.

The other cornerstone of the Chandler performance will be Muhly’s You Can’t Get There From Here, which was commissioned with Dinnerstein specifically in mind. Muhly, a prolific musician whose opera Two Boys recently ran at The Metropolitan Opera in New York, turned to early English music for his inspiration, Dinnerstein said. Notably, it drew from the keyboard music book called the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book .

Though the audience might not hear explicit callbacks to the works in the book, “there’s a kind of pared down sound to it which I think relates, and I think there’s sort of ornamented parts of it that are similar to that style of music ,” Dinnerstein said, adding that the piece’s minimalist nature utilizes repeating, slightly altered patterns.

A portion of the ticket sales from the performance will go back into the piano Dinnerstein will play, a Steinway concert grand that she said could use some work. In fact, Dinnerstein said that she suggested doing a benefit concert at her last visit to the concert hall about a year ago.

“There’s a generally warm feeling in that hall,” Dinnerstein said. “If the piano was better then that hall would really be perfect.”

Simone Dinnerstein will perform at Randolph’s Chandler Center for the Arts on Saturday. Adult tickets are $35 in advance and $40 day of show. To purchase, go to chandler-arts.org or call 802-728-6464.

Best Bets

Though the band’s based in Brooklyn, the music of Red Baraat checks off influences from America to far beyond. Bits of funk and hip-hop combine with North Indian bhangra rhythms, played by founder Sunny Jain on a double-headed drum called a dhol. The group will play at Hanover’s Hopkins Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. tonight. Tickets range from $17 to $30, and can be purchased from hop.dartmouth.edu.

∎ Cats Under the Stars, which is based in Burlington and plays the music of the Jerry Garcia Band, will head down to the Upper Valley for a show at White River Junction’s Tupelo Music Hall on Friday. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $15. They can be purchased from tupelohallvermont.com.

Looking Ahead

Fans of Led Zeppelin might want to head to the Lebanon Opera House on Saturday, Feb. 1, when Philadelphia-based tribute band Get The Led Out visits. Tickets for the show range from $25 to $35, and can be purchased from lebanonoperahouse.org.


The fiddle-filled April Verch Band, which draws inspiration from the music of Appalachia and the Ottawa Valley, will play at the Chandler Center at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $27 in advance and $30 on the day of the show. To purchase, go to chandler-arts.org or call 802-728-6464.

∎ Acoustic blues musician Chris Kleeman will perform as part of “Blues in the Barn” at The Idlewood Inn in Sharon on Friday. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance. To reserve a seat, call 802-763-5236.

∎ Myra Flynn will bring her soulful indie stylings back home to Randolph tonight, with a performance at the Black Krim Tavern at 7 p.m. It’s the latest stop on a tour that includes dates in California and New York. Thirty percent of the night’s profits will go to Flynn as a fundraiser for her latest album, Half Pigeon.


The Los Angeles Poverty Department, a theater group made up of people who at points have been homeless, will team up with performance collective Wunderbaum to present Hospital on Friday and Saturday at the Moore Theater at Dartmouth College. The show combines real interviews with fictional healthcare tropes to create a hybrid performance. The shows begin at 8 p.m. and tickets range from $22.50 to $25. They can be purchased from hop.dartmouth.edu.

∎ Pentangle Arts will present a showing of National Theatre Live’s The Habit of Art, originally broadcast in 2010, at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre tonight. The show details a fictional meeting between musician Benjamin Britten and poet W.H. Auden. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $20 for general admission. For more information and to buy tickets, go to pentanglearts.org. There will be another showing next Thursday as well.


The Chandler Center for the Arts will show Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 drama Wild Strawberries on Sunday as part of its “Great Directors” film series. Film historian Rick Winston will introduce the film at 7 p.m., and the screening will begin at 7:30. General admission is $9, and tickets can be purchased by calling 802-728-6464.

∎ The Bradford Public Library will present a free showing of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove at 6 p.m. this evening.

∎ The Hop will host a showing of Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay, which follows the titular actor, author and magician during one of his magic shows, at 7 p.m. on Friday. General admission tickets are $8, and can be purchased from hop.dartmouth.edu. The film will be shown in the Loew Auditorium of the Black Family Visual Arts Center.

∎ Also at the Hop Saturday at 7 p.m. will be a showing of this year’s Mountainfilm, an annual documentary in which filmmakers follow athletes on peaks and mountains. Adult tickets are $9.

Bar and Club Circuit

Appalachian Still, an acoustic string band, will perform at New Socials in Claremont at 8 p.m. on Friday.

∎ Neptune’s Car, a folk duo made up of Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes, will perform at the Sunapee Community Coffee House on Friday, starting at 7 p.m.

∎ Mo’Combo will return to the Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland on Friday for a 9 p.m. show.

∎ The Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio will play at Lebanon’s Salt hill Pub at 9 p.m. on Friday. The next night at the same time, Still More Cats will take the stage.

∎ At the Newport arm of the pub, Arthur James will return for a 9 p.m. show on Friday. The band Sym will make its debut at the bar on Saturday.

∎ Modern rocker Sean Wyatt will perform at the Salt hill Pub in Hanover on Friday, starting at 9 p.m. The Amorphous Band will play the next night at the same time.

∎ Randy Budner will play at Jesse’s in Hanover on Friday, starting at 5 p.m.

∎ Bill Rosen will play jazz guitar at the Canoe Club in Hanover tonight. On Saturday, Celtic musicians Rachel Clark and Bob DeMarco, of the band Wind that Shakes the Barley, will play at the restaurant, followed by guitarist and vocalist David Greenfield on Sunday. Jazz pianist Peter Kaplar will make his Canoe Club debut on Tuesday, and Jonathan Kaplan will play piano on Wednesday. In all cases, the music starts at 7 p.m.

∎??∎ Nashville recording artist Clay Canfield brings his talents to the River Stones Tavern in Quechee on Fridays and Saturdays, starting at 8 p.m. He also performs at Bentleys Restaurant in Woodstock on Sundays, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

∎ Boston-based Irish musicians Patsy and Paul will play at Sunapee’s One Mile West at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Open Mics

Ramunto’s Brick & Brew Pizza in Bridgewater hosts an open mic starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Participants get a free large cheese pizza.

∎ Salt hill Pub in Hanover runs an open mic hosted by Chad Gibbs on Mondays at 7 p.m.

∎ At Salt hill in Lebanon, Brian Warren and Seth Barbiero will host an open mic tonight starting at 8.

∎ Brian Warren also hosts an open mic at Bentleys Restaurant in Woodstock. It’s on Mondays, starting at 8:30 p.m.

∎ Bradford’s Colatina Exit hosts an open mic on Tuesdays starting at 8 p.m.

∎ The Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon runs an open mic on Wednesdays, beginning at 8 p.m.

∎ Gregory Brown hosts an open mic at Hartland’s Skunk Hollow Tavern, beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Jon Wolper can be reached at jwolper@vnews.com or 603-727-3242. Send Highlights to Highlights@vnews.com.