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BRATTLEBORO — Epsilon Spiers will feature a program of liturgical music and organ transcriptions of jazz standards by Theresa Chen in a new episode of the free Lunchtime Pipe Organ series. The concert will take place on Wednesday, June 1 at noon in the sanctuary of Epsilon Spiers.

Chen began playing the organ in church when she was in third grade, and over the next 20 years served in several Catholic churches in Taiwan and America, as well as performing improvisation workshops in organ, hymn accompaniment and transcriptions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in classical piano from National Taiwan Normal University, as well as a master’s and doctoral degree in jazz piano performance from the Eastman School of Music.

“The transcription is the part I have the most fun with. It’s common to hear orchestral pieces being transcribed, but not so much for wind ensemble, piano and big band,” says Chen, who will play pieces she’s adapted for pipe organ by ragtime composers and jazz like Scott Joplin and Vernon Duke, plus music celebrating Pentecost by classical composers like Johan Sebastian Bach and Franz Joseph Haydn.

Danny DeVito reads

DORSET – The Dorset Theater Festival has added a star-studded event to its 45th season. The staged developmental reading of Theresa Rebeck’s “I Need That,” directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, will star Danny DeVito, Lucy DeVito and Ray Anthony Thomas. The one-night-only event is scheduled for 6.30pm on Tuesday July 19, inside the Dorset Playhouse.

“‘I Need That’ is a comedy about memory,” said playwright Rebeck. Cited by the health department for hoarding, Sam (Danny DeVito) must clean the place or risk being evicted. But he can’t let go, no matter how much his daughter Amelia (Lucy DeVito) and his friend Foster (Ray Anthony Thomas) push him to face reality. The past holds them in its grip as the future arrives.

The cast includes Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Danny DeVito; actress and producer Lucy DeVito, known for her television work such as Sue in the Hulu original series “Deadbeat”, and her roles in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, “Shameless”, “Girls”, “Melissa & Joey and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia;” and Ray Anthony Thomas, who has appeared in multiple Off-Broadway and Broadway shows, including the 2021 Tony Award-nominated revival of “Trouble In Mind” and the 2016 Tony-nominated revival of “The Crucible”, as well as in films like “Shutter Island” (2010), “Half Nelson” (2006) and “Trouble with the Curve” (2012).

cantable women

NORWICH-LEBANON, NH – Cantabile Women’s Voices, led by Kathy Sherlock-Green with accompanist Jeanne Chambers, presents its spring concerts, “Wow, 20 Years!” at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at Norwich Congregational Church and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 5 at First Congregational Church in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

The program includes the world premiere of “Three Essential Prayers” by Philip Silvey, “Gloria” by Vivaldi, as well as pieces by Bach contemporary Francesco Durante, Hyun Kook, Dale Trumbore and RFM Mann.

Silvey’s work, inspired by the writings of Anne Lamott, was commissioned by Cantabile to celebrate 20 years of singing, exploring and performing. There will be a Meet the Composer presentation before each of the two concerts at 3:00 p.m., at no cost to ticket holders.

Roots and America

PUTNEY – Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present a Roots and Americana Music Festival featuring The Mammals, Corner House and The New Domestics, as part of the 2022 Next Stage Bandwagon Summer Series, 1-6 p.m. Sunday May 29 at Cooper Field. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit outside on the ball diamond. The rain date for the concert is Monday, May 30.

The Mammals are a hot-blooded party band with a conscience that spans all walks of American music, from harmoniously harmonized indie-folk ballads to fiddle and banjo stomps. Led by multi-instrumentalists Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar, the string band of subversive acoustic traditionalists deliver a mix of sassy blues, Motown soul, old-school harmonies, rock ‘n’ roll energy and inspirational political writing.

Tickets are $25, $22 in advance (free for ages 12 and under); go online for Cooper Field is located on Sand Hill Road.

“Folk Music Memoirs”

MONTPELIER — One day during COVID, Minnesota musician and songwriter Ian Alexy called Mark Greenberg in Montpellier. Alexy had attended Goddard College in Plainfield, where he had taken Greenberg’s American Traditional Music course (“group study” in Goddardese).

Alexy recalled some of the stories Greenberg had told about musicians he had met and sometimes worked with since his immersion in folk and roots music began in the early 1960s. music and teaching, Greenberg continued to produce concerts, recordings, and radio and video documentaries. He also hosted the weekly folk music radio show “On & On” on WNCS-FM in the 1980s.

“In college, I was captivated by Mark’s first-hand accounts of his encounters with John Hurt, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and other folk and blues luminaries,” Alexy recalled recently. “Often these legendary performers have been relegated to the status of folklore and mythology, but Mark’s more personal recollections of them added a bit of levity and personal insight. I began to wonder if he had ever told those stories on camera, and the project went from there.

Greenberg agreed to tell his stories in Zoom interviews. The result was over four hours of reminiscences from which Alexy, with the help of Greenberg, produced a six-episode first series, “Recollections of an Unreconstructed Folkie” which will be released June 1 on the YouTube channel “Folk Music Memories”.


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