Highlights: National Parks Celebrate Centenary With Music

  • Daniel Schwartzberg and Allisun O'Malley appear in a scene from 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,' now in performance at the New London Barn Playhouse. The show runs through Sunday. For more information, see 'Best Bets.'

Valley News Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Both of the Upper Valley’s National Park Service locations are hosting music performances as part of the agency’s celebration of its 100th anniversary.

On Saturday afternoon at 2 in the Little Studio of the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, the Centennial Band of NPS rangers from the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park joins Upper Valley saxophonist Fred Haas in a jazz workshop that serves as a tune-up for their Sunday-afternoon concert in the same location.

Participation fees for musicians interested in joining the session are $10 to $20, while listeners who pay the park’s $7 entry fee get into the session for free. The Sunday-afternoon concert, featuring pieces old and new in the genre as well as a commissioned work by Haas, runs from 2 to 4. Admission to the concert is included with the $7 fee to enter the historic site.

And on Saturday night at 6 at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock, performers from Opera North’s 2016 season will join pianists Evans Haile and Andrew Gerle in performing compositions by Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Richard Rogers, Jerome Kern and others. Admission is free. The Woodstock Inn will shuttle concertgoers from the Billings Farm and Museum parking lot to the mansion starting at 5. For more information, visit nps.gov/mabi or operanorth.org or call 802-457-3368, ext. 222.

Best Bets

Tonight at 5:30, Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts previews its 2016-2017 season for the general public with a launch party in the Hop’s Alumni Hall in Hanover. Margaret Lawrence, the Hop’s director of programming, will screen video clips of upcoming performers, among them roots singer Martha Redbone, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Mark Morris Dance Group accompanied by Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, violinist Hilary Hahn and jazz pianist Brad Mehldau. Snacks from the Canoe Club will follow the presentation. Tickets will go on sale to the public starting July 29. To learn more, visit hop.dartmouth.edu/Online/seasonlaunch2016.

Nature writer Sy Montgomery and novelist Diane les Becquets read from their most recent works tonight at the Canaan Meetinghouse in Canaan. Montgomery samples her Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, a 2015 nonfiction finalist for the National Book Award, while les Becquets shares excerpts from Breaking Wild, a thriller in which a park ranger searches for a missing outdoorswoman. The readings begin at 7:30. For more information about these and subsequent readings, visit meetinghousereadings.wordpress.com. Admission is by donation; refreshments are available.

For the next installment of the Summer Street Music Series in Bradford, Vt., jazz singer-songwriter-guitarist Pamela Means teams up with Upper Valley accordionist Jeremiah McLane on Saturday night at 6:30 at Denny Park. Admission is by donation. For more information about this and upcoming performances, visit facebook.com/SummerStreetMusicSeries/.

Under the direction of Sean Roberts, the World Under Wonder community troupe performs an adaptation of the Oscar Wilde novel The Picture of Dorian Gray at Claremont Opera House on Saturday night at 7. Admission is $10 at the door.

For its production later this summer of Alice in Wonderland, the company will hold auditions on Tuesday and next Thursday afternoons from 3 to 5 at the opera house; participation fees for actors are $20 and for backstage crew are $5. For more information about this Saturday’s performance and about the auditions, visit claremontoperahouse.info or call 603-542-0064 or email office@claremontoperahouse.org.

New London Barn Playhouse wraps its production of the musical comedy How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with performances tonight, Friday night and Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 5. For tickets ($20 to $35) and more information, visit the box office in New London or nlbarn.org or call 603-526-6710.

Looking Ahead

In Opera North’s last Summerfest tune-up before it opens its season, saxophonist Fred Haas will play jazz at the Enfield Shaker Museum next Thursday night at 6. Admission is $75 and the event includes cocktails, music and dinner. To learn more, visit operanorth.org/special-events.html.

The Summer Street Music Series in Bradford continues next Thursday night at 6 with Ashley Miles and Ken Odell playing a set of country and rock at Denny Park. Admission is by donation. For more information about this and upcoming performances, visit facebook.com/SummerStreetMusicSeries/.

Circulation Librarian Colin Sanborn will present “An Armchair Walking and Driving Tour of the Homes and Lives of Claremont Authors” next Thursday night at 7 in the Gilmore Room of Claremont’s Fiske Free Library. Writers with local roots include Alpheus Henry Snow, Thomas McLaughlin, Harriet Farley Donlevy, Barbara N. Galpin, Nelson Bryant, Joseph D. Steinfield, Constance Fenimore Woolson and Linda Clark McGoldrick. Admission is free.

The Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish continues its series of Sunday afternoon concerts with a July 24 performance by singers Julie Wyma, Alexandra Lang and Rachel Selan on the theme of “Viva Divas! Songs of National Parks and Arias of Nature.” Pianist Amira Acre will accompany the vocalists in the Little Studio starting at 2. Admission is included in the $7 fee to enter the historic site.

Singer-songwriter and Oxbow High School graduate Hunter Paye returns to the Upper Valley on July 31 for a concert at Alumni Hall in Haverhill, where he will unveil his new album that includes a group of Oxbow students joining him on the song The Sound of Amplified Youth. South Newbury, Vt., fiddler Patrick Ross also will perform. Doors open at 11 a.m., before the music starts at 12:30 p.m. For tickets ($10 to $20) and more information, call 603-989-5500.

Theater/Performance Art

North Country Community Theater completes its run of the musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel The Secret Garden at Lebanon Opera House this weekend, with performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 and on Sunday afternoon at 2. To reserve tickets and learn more, visit lebanonoperahouse.org or call 603-448-0400.

New London Barn Playhouse kicks off its production of Shrek the Musical with performances Wednesday afternoon at 2 and 7:30. The David Lindsay-Abaire/Jeanine Tesori adaptation of the movie, which was based on characters of children’s author Maurice Sendak, follows an ogre and his friends and enemies on a series of adventures. For tickets ($20 to $35) and more information about the production, which ends on July 31, visit the box office in New London or nlbarn.org or call 603-526-6710.


Incognito performs at Colburn Park from 4 to 7 this afternoon, during the Lebanon Farmer’s Market. Next Thursday at 4, Sensible Shoes takes the stage.

Quincy Mumford and the Reason Why serenade the weekly Feast and Field Farmers’ Market in Barnard tonight from 5:30 to 7:30. Next Thursday night, Daby Toure will perform West African rhythms during the market’s “Art on the Farm” opening of an exhibit of sculpture.

Cold Chocolate plays bluegrass and funk at Lebanon’s Colburn Park tonight at 7, as part of the Lebanon Recreation Department’s Front Porch series of summer concerts. Next Thursday night at the same time, Adam Wilber will perform magic, feats of mentalism and comedy.

Studio Two plays tribute to the Beatles with pre-Sgt. Pepper songs on the Mary Haddad Memorial Bandstand in New London on Friday night at 6:30.

Singer-guitarist David Greenfield performs an acoustic set at the Colatina Exit in Bradford on Friday night from 7 to 10.

∎Accordionist Jeremiah McLane and pianist Annemieke Spoelstra play classical works of European and South American composers at the ArtisTree Community Arts Center in South Pomfret on Friday night at 7:30. Admission is $10. For more information, visit artistreevt.org.

Claremont Summerfest’s series of concerts benefiting the Arrowhead Recreation Area continues on Sunday night with a performance at 7 by singer-songwriter Josh Logan. Preceding him to the stage will be the hometown About Gladys at 3 and Dan Walker at 5. For more information, visit claremontsummerfest.com.

Second Wind performs on the bandstand at the Newport Town Common on Sunday night at 6.

∎The North Country Chordsmen sing at Colburn Park in Lebanon on Monday night at 7.

∎ The Tammy Jackson Band performs country songs on the Ben Mere Bandstand overlooking Sunapee Harbor on Wednesday night at 6:30.

The country duo Oxford & Clark plays at Lyman Point Park in White River Junction on Wednesday night at 6:30.

Singer-songwriters Jay Nash and Chris Pierce join forces and voices at the ArtisTree Community Arts Center in South Pomfret on Wednesday night at 7:30. Admission is $20. For tickets and more information, visit artistreevt.org.

Bar and Club Circuit

Harmony Hotel appears at Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock tonight at 8, followed on Friday night at 7 by folk songwriter-guitarist Sam Moss and next Thursday night at 8 by Royalton singer-songwriter Alison “AliT” Turner.

Johnny Retro invokes New Wave sounds of the 1980s at Jesse’s restaurant in Hanover on Friday night at 5.

Gillian Joy plays piano at the Canoe Club in Hanover on Friday night at 6:30. Following her to the stage with 6:30 to 9:30 shows over the coming week are the Sensible Shoes trio of Barbara Blaisdell, Tim Utt and Pooh Sprague on Saturday, guitarist Tom Pirozzoli on Wednesday, and singer Lydia Gray with guitarist Ed Eastridge next Thursday. And on Monday night starting at 5:30, Marko the Magician performs his weekly, tableside sleight-of-hand.

The Old Soul trio of Carlos Ocasio, Thal Aylward and Bill Craig sets the rhythm for dancing at Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland Four Corners on Friday night starting at 9.

Folk singer-songwriter Eric George makes his debut appearance at Salt hill Pub in Newport on Friday night at 9.

Open Mics

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

String players of all ages and abilities are welcome at the weekly acoustic jam session at South Royalton’s BALE Commons on Friday night from 6:30 to 10.

Vic Reno hosts the July open-mic at the Sunapee Livery building in Sunapee Harbor on Friday night at 7. Doors open at 6:30. Anyone interested in performing should sign up with Vic for their session of 15 minutes or three songs.

Joe Stallsmith leads a weekly hootenanny of Americana, folk and bluegrass at Salt hill Pub in Hanover on Monday nights starting at 6.

Bradford’s Colatina Exit holds an open mic on Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

The Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon runs an open mic on Tuesday nights, beginning at 8.

Jim Yeager hosts an open mic at Hartland’s Skunk Hollow Tavern, at 8:30 on Wednesday nights.

David Corriveau can be reached at dcorriveau@vnews.com and at 603-727-3304.