Highlights: Singer Returns as Handel Society Soloist

  • Rebekah Schweitzer, of Quechee, Vt., is a soprano who is performing with the Handel Society of Dartmouth College on Tuesday evening. She is a Hanover High School graduate. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News photographs — Jennifer Hauck

  • Rebekah Schweitzer, of Quechee, Vt., is a soprano who is performing with the Handel Society of Dartmouth College on Tuesday evening. She is a Hanover High School graduate. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Rebekah Schweitzer, of Quechee, Vt., is a soprano who is performing with the Handel Society of Dartmouth College on Tuesday evening. She is a Hanover High School graduate. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Molsky's Mountain Drifters play old-timey Americana at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph on Saturday night. See 'Best Bets' for more information. Courtesy photograph

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 11/10/2016 1:30:16 AM
Modified: 11/10/2016 12:32:27 PM

Tell me, where is the road

I can call my own,

That I left, that I lost

So long ago?

All these years I have wandered,

Oh, when will I know

There’s a way, there’s a road

That will lead me home?

Stephen Paulus

— from The Road Home

After returning to her native Vermont two years ago, Rebekah Schweitzer wasted little time rejoining the Handel Society of Dartmouth College.

And on Tuesday night at Spaulding Auditorium, in a concert on the theme of “Songs of Hope,” the soprano will sing her first solo for the ensemble to which she’d devoted her voice during her junior and senior years at Hanover High School, from which she graduated in 2009.

“The piece is called The Road Home, by Stephen Paulus,” Schweitzer said on Monday. “It pulls at your heartstrings. It’s going to be really poignant.”

The program, under the baton of the ensemble’s longtime conductor Robert Duff, also will feature Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and the premiere of Dominick DiOrio’s I Tell the Story.

“Considering what the community is going through, and what the country and the world are dealing with, the theme is very timely,” Schweitzer said. “The Paulus piece in particular showcases that sentiment.”

Tuesday’s concert, one of two the Handel Society performs at the college each academic year, marks for Schweitzer, who attended Oberlin College and is still working to complete her bachelor’s degree, a step that she hopes will lead toward a master’s degree in voice performance and a career in music.

“The vision’s a little fuzzy for me,” Schweitzer said. “I’ve wanted to perform for a long time. I also enjoy sharing what I love about music. I’m still sussing out what path I want to follow.”

In the meantime, she’s making the most of rehearsing and singing with Handel Society colleagues such as fellow soprano Camilla Tassi, who did her undergraduate studies in computer science and music at the University of Notre Dame and is working on a master’s degree in digital music at Dartmouth. Tassi will solo during the Bernstein Psalms.

“During our breaks, we chat,” Schweitzer said. “She tells me about all her projects. It’s very motivating. She makes me want to get my act together. She also has an amazing voice, yet she can blend and be one with the group. To make it sound like one large voice is really, really challenging.”

The Handel Society of Dartmouth College performs at Spaulding Auditorium in Hanover on Tuesday night at 7. For tickets ($10 to $20) and more information, visit hop.dartmouth.edu or call 603-646-2422.

Best Bets

The BarnArts Center for the Arts in Barnard stages The Little Prince, Rick Cummins and John Scoullar’s adaptation of the Antoine de Saint-Exupery novel, at Barnard Town Hall, this weekend, starting this afternoon at 2 with a performance for groups of seniors; admission is $10 at the door. Shows for the general public are scheduled for Friday night at 7, Saturday afternoon at 2, Saturday night at 7 and Sunday afternoon at 2. To reserve tickets ($10 to $15) and learn more, call 802-234-1645 or email info@barnarts.org.

Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton performs at the Lebanon Opera House tonight at 7:30. For tickets ($35) and more information, visit lebanonoperahouse.org or the box office in City Hall, or call 603-448-0400.

South Newbury, Vt. fiddler Patrick Ross joins Vermont performance artist Rusty DeWees (aka The Logger) and singer/guitarist Pete Wilder to sing classic country music as The Fellers, on Saturday night at 7 at Alumni Hall in Haverhill. To reserve tickets ($25) and learn more, visit patrickrossmusic.com or alumnihall.org or call 603-989-5500. Doors open at 6, with supper and other refreshments available for purchase.

 Grammy-nominated fiddler/singer Bruce Molsky leads banjoist Allison de Groot and guitarist Stash Wyslouch into Randolph’s Chandler Music Hall on Saturday night to perform old-timey Americana music as Molsky’s Mountain Drifters. Before the 7:30 performance, the trio will conduct a workshop for instrumentalists aiming to learn short phrases of melody or simple chords by ear. For advance tickets to the performance ($10 to $18; admission at the door is $20), visit chandler-arts.org or call 802-728-6464. To register for the workshop ($25), email outreach@chandler-arts.org or call 802-728-6464.

The Moving Violations set the rhythm and David Eisenstadter calls the steps for the monthly contradance at Norwich’s Tracy Hall on Saturday night from 8 to 11. The dance begins after a 7:45 walk-through for newcomers. All should bring clean, soft-soled shoes, as well as snacks for the potluck break in the dancing. Admission is $8 to $12. To learn more, visit uvdm.org.

Folk musicians Eric McDonald (mandolin), Liz Faiella (fiddle) and Dan Faiella (guitar) play in Lebanon for much of Sunday, starting with a jam session at Salt hill Pub at 11:30 in the morning and culminating in a concert at 5 in the afternoon in the Upper Valley Music Center’s Bach Room. In between, they will conduct two workshops at the music center — the first (at 2:30 p.m.) focusing on tunes and techniques for each instrument and the second (at 3:45) on “Creating a Band Sound.”

Admission to the morning jam is free. Each workshop costs $20, as does the evening concert. A $50 pass provides admission to the workshops and the concert. To reserve tickets and learn more, visit uvmc.org or call 603-448-1642.

 Under the direction of violinist Irina Muresanu, Symphony NH Strings plays a benefit concert for the Upper Valley’s Good Neighbor Health Clinics, on the theme of “The Four Seasons,” at Lebanon Opera House on Sunday afternoon at 3. In addition to tackling Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, the orchestra will play works by Bach, Brahms, Dvorak, Bartok, Kreisler and Flynn. To reserve tickets ($10 to $49), visit lebanonoperahouse.org or the box office in City Hall, or call 603-448-0400.

Northern Stage crosses the dramatic threshold from the gloom and doom of Shakespeare’s Macbeth to the redemptive journey of Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, starting with preview performances at the Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction at 7:30 on Wednesday night, next Thursday night and the night of Nov. 18. Peter Hackett directs the Michael Wilson adaptation, which runs through Dec. 24. For tickets ($20 for Nov. 22 show, which is close to sold out, $14 to $54 for all other performances) and more information, visit northernstage.org or call 802-296-7000.

On the theme of “Return to the Well — Strings and Drums,” drummer and Dartmouth music professor Hafiz Shabazz leads the college’s World Music Percussion Ensemble into Faulkner Recital Hall to play a mix of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz rhythms on Saturday night at 8. For tickets ($9 to $10) and more information, visit hop.dartmouth.edu or call 603-646-2422.

Looking Ahead

Guitarists Tom Pirozzoli and Kit Creeger will perform at the Flying Goose Brewpub and Grille next Thursday night at 8, as a benefit for the YMCA’s Camp Coniston in Croydon. To reserve tickets ($25) and learn more, visit flyinggoose.com or call 603-526-6899.

Theater/Performance Art

JAG Productions continues its three-weekend run of Choir Boy with performances at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction at 7:30 tonight and Friday night, at 2 in the afternoon and 7:30 at night on Saturday and on Sunday afternoon at 5. The play runs through Nov. 20. For tickets ($18 to $30), call 802-457-3500 or visit artistreevt.org.

The Department of Theater at Dartmouth College wraps its production of Intimate Apparel with performances at the Moore Theater in Hanover at 8 tonight and on Friday and Saturday nights, and on Sunday afternoon at 2. To reserve tickets ($10 to $12) and learn more, visit hop.dartmouth.edu or call 603-646-2422.

Veteran stand-up comedian Bob Marley brings his Boston-accented  humor to the Claremont Opera House on Friday night at 8. For tickets ($27.50) and more information, visit claremontoperahouse.orgor the box office in City Hall, or call 603-542-4433.

Music

Rock singer-songwriter Chad Hollister leads his quintet into Pierce’s Inn in Etna on Friday night. Before the show starts around 8:30, appetizers will be served at 6 and full dinner at 7. To reserve tickets ($70, which includes dinner; BYOB), and to learn more, visit piercesinn.com, email piercesinn@valley.net or call 603-643-2997.

The Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble tracks the evolution of wind-band music from the outdoor military ensembles and village groups of the 1800s through the post-World War II concert-hall bands, during a concert at Spaulding Auditorium in Hanover on Friday night at 8. For tickets ($9 to $10) and more information, visit hop.dartmouth.edu or call 603-646-2422.

Canadian Maritimes native Troy MacGillvray plays Cape Breton-style fiddle tunes during a house concert at 1060 Bent Hill Road in Braintree, Vt., on Friday night at 7:30. Pianist Janine Randall will accompany MacGillvray’s performance. Spectators are encouraged to bring desserts for a pot-luck break. To reserve a seat and learn more, call Beth Telford at 802-728-6351 or email lukeydog57@gmail.com. MacGillvray also will conduct a workshop for fiddlers on Saturday morning at 10; call Telford to register.

Oxford University’s Villiers Quartet joins Hopkins Center pianist-in-residence Sally Pinkas at Rollins Chapel in Hanover on Saturday night, for a chamber concert spanning works of Henry Purcell, Jean Sibelius, Robert Saxton and Frank Bridge. For tickets ($25) to the concert, which starts at 8, and for more information, visit hop.dartmouth.edu or call 603-646-2422.

Dance

The Dartmouth Dance Ensemble unveils works-in-progress from choreographers John Heginbotham and Rebecca Stenn on Sunday afternoon at 1 and again at 2, in the Hop Garage at the Hopkins Center in Hanover. Admission is free.

Bar and Club Circuit

Guingette, a duo comprising accordionist Kerry DeWolfe and singer Samantha Moffatt bring a Parisian accent to the Canoe Club in Hanover at 6:30 tonight. Appearing at the club over the coming week with shows from 6:30 to 9:30 are guitarist Ted Mortimer on Saturday, guitarists John Stowell and Billy Rosen on Sunday, on guitarist Bruce Gregori on Tuesday and singer/pianist John Lovejoy on Wednesday.

Leyeux, aka singer-songwriter Jack Snyder, pulls into Windsor Station tonight at 7, followed on Friday night at 9:30 by Saturday night at 9:30 by Wherehouse, on Saturday night at 9:30 by Swimmer and on Tuesday night at 6 by singer-songwriter John Scott.

Singer-songwriter Dan Walker plays at Jesse’s restaurant in Hanover on Friday night at 5.

Singer-songwriter James Mee performs at Bentley’s Restaurant in Woodstock on Friday night at 8, followed on Saturday night at 9 by Quincy Mumford.

The parade of live music at the Salt hill Pub in Lebanon begins on Friday night at 8 with the Dave Clark Trio rocking the house, followed on Saturday night at the same time by the B-3 Brotherhood of drummer Tim Gilmore, guitarist Norm Wolfe, Hammond organist Tom Caselli, saxophonist Mike Parker and trumpeter Mike Connerty with a set of funk and jazz.

Hanover’s Salt hill Pub welcomes acoustic rocker Chad Gibbs on Friday night at 8 and Borderstone at 8 on Saturday night.

At the Salt hill in Newport, Arthur James sings and plays the blues on Friday night at 8; appearing at 8 on Saturday night will be DJ Rico Suave.

Sensible Shoes sets the rhythm for dancing at Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland Four Corners on Friday night at 9.

Acoustic guitarist Doc Rogers plays a mix of Americana, blues and rock at Stone Arch Bakery in Lebanon on Saturday between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Natty Lou Race leads her roots-rock ensemble The Raven and the Wren into the Skinny Pancake in Hanover on Saturday night at 8.

Guitarist Bud Johnson of the Kind Buds folk-rock duo performs his solo acoustic show at The Public House in Quechee on Saturday night at 7.

Bow Thayer plays his weekly set of Americana at the Skinny Pancake on Wednesday night at 7:30.

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.

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.

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

Bradford’s Colatina Exit holds an open mic on Tuesday nights at 8

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.




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