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    Turtle Island Quartet & Cyrus Chestnut

    Turtle Island Quartet & Cyrus Chestnut

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    Fri., Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.

    As collaborators, string ensemble Turtle Island Quartet and pianist Cyrus Chestnut are a natural match. The Grammy Award-winning chamber group and the Howard University music department faculty member are known for integrating various musical styles in their performances. The artists give a collaborative jazz concert featuring notes of gospel, sacred, Appalachian and classical music. The program “Carry Me Home” includes works by jazz greats Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe, and R&B singer Bill Withers. Listeners also hear the world premiere of Saint Paul AME, a new piece by Middlebury College assistant professor Matthew Evan Taylor, commissioned for the Mahaney Arts Center Performing Arts Series’ 100th anniversary season. at Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College in Middlebury. Middlebury Area (map). $6-30.

    Dana Simson

    Dana Simson

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    Through Jan. 11, 2020

    It’s increasingly common for artists to take up the cause of endangered species, and for good reason. But perhaps not many use the medium of ceramics. In an exhibition titled “the animals are innocent” at Middlebury’s Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Maryland artist, author and environmentalist Dana Simson presents ceramic boats as well as paintings featuring animals and a message. Unlike grim images of starving polar bears and plastic-entangled turtles, however, Simson’s works are gaily colorful and kind of adorable. But if her folk-art style is beguiling, her goal is serious: to show that animals are losing habitat and food resources, and suffering as a result of pollution and climate change. at Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury. Middlebury Area (map).

    12th Annual Holiday Show

    12th Annual Holiday Show

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    Through Dec. 31

    Original, handmade and hand-printed art and fine crafts from 25 regional artists, including pastel drawings by Judy Albright, woodblock prints by Ray Hudson, bee quilts by Hope Johnson and more. at Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Middlebury Area (map). 802-382-9222.

    'Conjuring the Dead: Spirit Art in the Age of Radical Reform'

    'Conjuring the Dead: Spirit Art in the Age of Radical Reform'

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    Through Jan. 11, 2020

    As everyone knows, you really can’t start too early on your Halloween, um, celebrations — especially when real life is scaring the bejesus out of you. Middlebury’s Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History is totally down with this, offering not just an exhibition titled “Conjuring the Dead” but a related series of spook-minded speakers. On view are photographs and original artworks acquired by Solomon Wright Jewett (1808-94), a Vermont farmer and legislator who claimed a special superpower: curing ailments and bringing the deceased back to life. Other artifacts in the show provide context for the rise of 19th-century spiritualism. See website for schedule. at Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury. Middlebury Area (map).

    Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: 'Akhnaten'

    Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: 'Akhnaten'

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    Sat., Nov. 23, 1 p.m.

    A modern opera set in ancient Egypt has a Vermont connection: Middlebury College Pardon Tillinghast Professor of Religion Shalom Goldman coauthored the libretto and wrote the vocal texts for Philip Glass’ opera Akhnaten. First staged in 1984, the work is based on the life and rule of the titular leader who was crowned pharaoh at age 17 and is said to have introduced monotheism in ancient Egypt. Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo stars as the young king in a Metropolitan Opera production, performed in New York City and broadcast live to more than 2,200 theaters around the world, including venues in Middlebury and Hanover, N.H. at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Middlebury Area (map). $10-24.

    Erin Daigle

    Erin Daigle

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    Dec. 6-Feb. 29

    A dozen plein air oil paintings of downtown Vergennes storefronts, restaurants and street scenes, all of which will be featured in a 2020 calendar. Reception: Friday, December 6, 5-7 p.m. at Kennedy Brothers Building in Vergennes. Middlebury Area (map).

    Roomful of Teeth and Dublin Guitar Quartet

    Roomful of Teeth and Dublin Guitar Quartet

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    Mon., Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m., 2020

    The Grammy-winning vocal ensemble and renowned guitar group present the East Coast premiere of Vermont-born composer Nico Muhly's "How Little You Are," among other selections. at Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College in Middlebury. Middlebury Area (map). $30.

    'Seven'

    'Seven'

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    Tue., March 3, 7:30 p.m. and Wed., March 4, 7:30 p.m.

    Seven female playwrights from Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia and Cambodia offer stories of courage perseverance in this documentary play put on by L.A. Theatre Works. at Wright Memorial Theatre, Middlebury College in Middlebury. Middlebury Area (map). $6-22.

    Takács Quartet

    Takács Quartet

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    Sat., April 18, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., April 19, 3 p.m.

    The Grammy Award-winning ensemble performs a full cycle of Bartók string quartets over two weekend concerts. at Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College in Middlebury. Middlebury Area (map). $6-30.
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