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Fall Music Preview: From the Grand to the Intimate

  • Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin plays Lebanon Opera House on Nov. 11.

  • Legendary roots musician David Bromberg brings his quintet to Randolph's Chandler Music Hall on Oct. 5.

  • Singer-songwriter Susan Werner plays two shows in November at Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille in New London.

  • The Emerson String Quartet performs at Dartmouth College's Hopkins Center on Sept. 30.

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 9/7/2017 12:05:03 AM
Modified: 9/7/2017 12:17:52 PM

The fall migration of musicians through the Upper Valley begins this weekend, and will flow pretty much unabated until the holiday shows of early and mid-December.

At the larger halls, you can catch singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin on the 20th anniversary tour of her breakthrough album A Few Small Repairs, and the classical mastery of the Emerson String Quartet to the roots veteran David Bromberg and his band.

The choices at more intimate settings range from Anthony Kearns of public television’s The Irish Tenors to sharp-shooting singer-songwriter Susan Werner.

All this variety should soften the blow from missing out on the Judy Collins/Stephen Stills duet at Lebanon Opera House in late September, and of the Hopkins Center visits of the cabaret ensemble Pink Martini and trumpet master Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center band, all of which sold out quickly.

Here are some of the choicest sightings (and listening) in the parade:

Lebanon Opera House

A little less than half of LOH’s 800 seats remain available for the Shawn Colvin show on Nov. 11, according to Hanover-based concert promoter Buddy Kirschner. Admission is $47.50 to $62.50.

Meanwhile, LOH’s new executive director, Joe Clifford, is looking forward to the Young@Heart chorus’ Oct. 21 appearance, which starts at 4 in the afternoon, at ticket prices ranging from $39 to $79.

“I knew they would resonate with this community,” Clifford said, adding that the visitors are grateful for the late-afternoon start because “they would like to get back the same night.”

Several other concerts this season will start earlier in the evening, with a nod to those of us who need to get up early for work or school the next morning. Among the highlights:

Coig — This Celtic quartet, which wowed audiences at the New World Festival in Randolph with its Cape Breton Island rhythms last weekend, plays the LOH on Saturday night at 7:30. General admission, $12 to $22.

Joan Soriano — The Dominican blues singer-guitarist performs on Oct. 6 at 7:30. Admission $10 to $20.

The Wailers — The late Bob Marley’s reggae band, featuring original guitarists Junior Martin and Donald Kinsey, takes the stage on Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. Admission $25 to $45.

Rusted Root — The Americana ensemble performs Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. Admission $25 to $45.

To reserve tickets and learn more about these and other shows, visit or call 603-448-0400.

Hopkins Center

Strings are the thing for much of the fall at the Hop, starting Wednesday night at 7 with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet playing a 25-minute composition that Pat Metheny wrote on commission specifically for acoustic guitar. Admission costs $17 to $40.

On Sept. 30, the Emerson String Quartet will take on British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new work Shroud, between interpretations of works by Mozart and Beethoven. Admission $17 to $50.

And on Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. in Rollins Chapel, the Del Sol string quartet and the piano duo Zofo will provide what Lawrence describes as “a perfect introduction to all kinds of contemporary music. These are two young ensembles that have lots of fun when they play.” Tickets $17 to $25.

To order tickets and learn more about music offerings at the Hop this fall, visit or call 603-646-2422.

Chandler Music Hall

Almost as soon as he took the helm at the Chandler in April, new executive director Tom Ayres went straight to roots legend David Bromberg’s website and, he said this week, “picked up his tour information and realized he was going to be in Massachusetts and Maine in that time frame. I called his agent on a wild guess, and we worked it out.” Admission to the Oct. 5 show, at 7:30 p.m., costs $28 to $38.

Other highlights of the fall lineup at the Chandler follow:

The Persuasions, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. — Not to be confused with Elvis Costello’s band, the a cappella ensemble steps to the microphones after performances by Maple Jam and the Dartmouth Aires. Admission $32 in advance, $34 at the door.

Ray Vega’s Latin jazz quintet, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. — Admission $22 to $24.

The Gibson Brothers, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. — Bluegrass band, with opening act by The Vermont Bluegrass Pioneers. Admission $23 to $25.

Howard University Gospel Choir, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. — Admission $30 to $32.

“The Turning of the Year: A Celtic/Americana Holiday Celebration,” Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. — Collaboration among accordion master John Whelen, fiddler Katie McNally and Vermont-based roots band Low Lily.” Admission $10 to $22.

To reserve tickets and learn more about Chandler concerts, visit or call 802-728-6464.

Pentangle Center for the Arts

Pete’s Posse, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. Pomfret native Tristan Henderson sings and plays multiple instruments for the roots trio, in a concert benefiting the Woodstock Ski Runners program for cross-country skiers. Admission $10 to $25.

Musical offerings at Town Hall Theatre also include a concert by the folk string band The Fretless, on Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. Admission $15.

To reserve tickets and learn more about Pentangle shows, visit or call 802-457-3981.

Alumni Hall

Irish tenor Anthony Kearns sings on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. Admission $25.

Lula Wiles folk trio, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. Admission $20.

Le Vent du Nord, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. The quartet delivers a fresh dose of Quebecois rhythms. Admission $20 to $22.

To reserve tickets and learn more about Alumni Hall offerings, visit or call 603-989-5500.

Camerata New England

Thetford-based cellist Linda Galvan leads the chamber program around the Upper Valley, starting on Oct. 1 with a 2 p.m. concert at the North Universalist Chapel in Woodstock. She joins violinist Omar Chen and pianist Evelyn Zuckerman in performing works of Schumannn, Dvorak and Ferruccio Busoni — the latter of which, a 15-minute piece, that Galvan said none of the trio had heard of until they were looking for something different that would fit between the Schumann and the Dvorak.

The trio also will perform this program on Oct. 7 at Norwich Congregational Church.

Subsequent fall performances by Camerata New England include these appearances, featuring quartets of Bach, Mahler and Dvorak:

Nov. 4, 7 p.m. — Norwich Congregational Church.

Nov. 5, 2 p.m. — Dartmouth College’s Alumni Hall, Hanover.

Nov. 12, 2 p.m. — Seven Stars Arts Center, Sharon.

Admission to all Camerata performances is $28. To reserve tickets and learn more about the fall and spring programs, visit or call 802-785-4833.

ArtisTree Community Arts Center

Organist Mark Rossnagel performs works of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms on Nov. 5 at 4 p.m. Admission $10.

Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille

In a strong lineup of folk and roots performers in the fall series, Susan Werner stands out for her equal parts sly and erudite wit and versatile voice. Better still: She’s performing two nights in a row, at 8 on Nov. 29 and 30.

Maine-based singer-songwriter David Mallett leads off the series on Oct. 19. Other performers include veteran singer-guitarist David Wilcox on Nov. 2, folk multi-instrumentalist and singer Ari Heist on Nov. 9 and singer-guitarist Harvey Reed on Dec. 14.

Most shows start at 8, unless otherwise noted. The Flying Goose advises reserving tickets, mostly at $25 by visiting or calling 603-526-6899.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Under the direction of Jaime Laredo, the VSO’s “Made in Vermont” tour hits the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. (admission $10 to $25) and the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre on Sept. 21 at 7:30 ($10 to $30).

David Corriveau can be reached at and at 603-727-3304.

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