What's Happening at Brandon Music?
A short summary of events and developments
EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS: TO RESERVE TICKETS CALL 802-465-4071
NOTE: We don't serve alcohol. BYOB at concerts only.
Saturday, April 26, 7:30: Tricky Britches
Saturday, May 3, 7:30: Sarah Blacker
Sunday, May 11, 11:30-4pm: Mother's Day High Tea featuring Fred Barnes
Saturday, May 17, 7:30: Snake Mountain Bluegrass & The Connor Sisters
Saturday, May 24, 7:30: Eight 02
Saturday, May 31, 7:30: Hiroya Tsukamoto &
Thursday Jazz Series
Our last jazz performance with our partner, NH Jazz Presents, was held in July 2013. The partnership offered monthly jazz concerts - everything from smooth old-style jazz vocals to hiphop/funk and every style in between. We will continue to offer periodic jazz performances. Check the upcoming concerts as we book performances.
For past jazz series details, see our Thursday Jazz page.
DIVINE ART SAMPLER
Divine Art is now offering a free download sampler of new releases. Click here to download a zip file containing mp3 sample tracks and extracts from each of the February and March new releases, plus a bonus sample from a featured catalog item.
NEW RELEASES FROM DIVINE ART RECORDING GROUP
Four new titles from Divine Art's Metier label, which couldn't be more varied, are slated for official release in January but are available now on their website. Tracing Lines presents piano, chamber and vocal music from South African composer Robert Fokkens, performed by highly acclaimed soprano Patricia Rozario, bass flutist Carla Rees and the astoundingly good Fidelio Trio. A new opera with very exotic Turkish influences and sounds, Say I am You is the story of the ancient mystic and spiritual teacher Rumi. Composed by American composer Michael Ellison who has worked in Istanbul for ten years. This work premiered at the Istanbul Music Festival.
Two of the discs feature music by American composer, Kevin Malone, whose work is impossible to classify as he has such a wide range of skills and styles. For ten years or more he has been visiting the crash sites of September 11, 2001 and with encouragment from the 9/11 Commission has written works to reflect (at a suitable distance in time) the events and emotions arising from that day. The Music of 9/11, Vol 1 is a fabulous tribute and such eloquent music that needs to be experienced. On the polar opposite is A Clockwork Operetta, including some very fine chamber/orchestral music of lyrical beauty but centered around Malone's wild and sassy cabaret-style settings of Anthony Burgess songs written for 'A Clockwork Orange' but never used, abandoned and only recently rediscovered.
If you haven't heard, the Compass Music and Arts Center (CMAC), across town in the old Brandon Training School, continues to grow! Because of its success, as of November 1st, Brandon Music Café will close for the winter months with the CD and gift shops and the phonograph exhibit moving to CMAC. This means that the Café will not be open daily for lunch and tea. However, this does not affect the Brandon Music concert series which will continue for the foreseeable future, including our popular pre-concert dinners.
In addition, look for the monthly Supper Club to restart in the New Year in the new café premises at CMAC.
NEW ART EXHIBITS
When you come to see one of our wonderful music concerts, check out the work of Tom Merwin. Tom's paintings have been described as “lyrical expressionist landscapes.”
From Nov. 8th through Dec. 15th, the Your Junk, My Art: The Transformation of Found Objects exhibit will be on display at the Compass Music and Arts Center. Thirteen artists from the region of Vermont and New York exhibit explorations of found objects as a material for use in creating a work of art.
NEW RELEASES FROM MÉTIER
We have three very different releases from our Métier label this month. Continuing our series of modern lyrical chamber music (new, but not avant-garde or modernist) we have a 2-CD set of music for recorder and piano by 16 composers, featuring a great surprise - works by novelist Anthony Burgess (he of 'A Clockwork Orange' fame). Anthony Burgess - The Man and his Music is a great example of the type of discoveries, of sorts, we specialize in!
Next is Rising at Dawn, a disc of new chamber music with brass from leading American composer Carson Cooman, which is also new music of the very approachable kind, and shows why Cooman is so highly regarded.
Our third release is Beethoven Explored vol. 5, with the three Opus 12 Violin Sonatas. As always these are put into musical context by including a work of a Beethoven associate - this time Andreas Romberg and his "Scottische" violin sonata.
Coming out this month on Divine Art, we also have a rare excursion into 'standard repertoire' with a disc of piano music by Beethoven (Moonlight Sonata), Mozart, and Bach-Busoni. While we specialize in rare music, we make exceptions for performances of such amazing quality as those from Jill Crossland.
AT ONE WITH NATURE: NEW AND REVISITED
The new exhibit, At One with Nature: New and Revisited by Joan Curtis is now open through Sept. 2, 2013. Joan revisits a series where she imagined human beings co-existing with the earth's climate, by now exploring the notion of humans finding space for our wild neighbors.
A huge congratulations to our associates who have just launched ClassicalVermont.com! The internet streaming radio station is headquartered at Compass and
has a selection of some of the greatest music from the last thousand years, including works from the Divine Art repertoire!
Building renovations are moving along with a new wing of the building slated to be completed in June at which point our Divine Art Recordings Group offices will move, freeing up available retail space along the main corridor of the building. There are also office and art studio spaces now available for lease. Two exhibits will also soon open: our first art exhibit opens on June 14th and will feature the abstract expressionist work of Roger Book; and a history exhibit of the the Brandon Training School opens in June with an opening reception on July 27th. See the CMAC website for more information or feel free to stop by and see what is happening.
NEW CD RELEASES
F rom our Divine Art Records division, several new CDs: 3CD set of piano music by most celebrated British composer Ronald Stevenson, played by Murray McLachlan; Contemporary avant-garde oboe music with Christopher Redgate, and new jazz and blues inspired music for violin and piano by Thomas Fortmann - for lovers of the 18th century baroque and early classical music, two new sets of music by Haydn and Guido - in both cases quite rare works not well known so something fresh and new to hear! - see these and other recent releases here
CHANGE TO JAZZ SCHEDULE
The promoters of our jazz concert series have altered the schedule so now the jazz concerts will be MONTHLY - we await the details but can confirm the first two events: the world-famous Kenny Werner Trio on January 17 and local favorites, the Jonathan Lorentz Trio on February 7. See concert list link above
WELCOME TO NEW TEAM MEMBER
We are delighted to welcome Kathryn Marshall to the company. Kathryn will be Executive Assistant for the group working with the CEO Stephen Sutton on a wide range of projects for the record label, and for the exhibitions and displays at the Compass Center; she has a great deal of expertise in the museum world and will lead on exhibit displays for our Phonograph Museum and the proposed display relating to the history of the Compass Building (formerly Building K)
PROGRESS AT COMPASS
The offices of Divine Art Recordings Group have now moved to Compass from Country Club Road, allowing for the expansion of the Bagatelles gift shop. Some areas of the Compass building cannot be opened yet to visitors due to safety issues, but we can show quite a lot of the main area including some potential rental units. More detail will be added to the Compass website. The visitor room is open, most days, call in to see progress. Vermont Coffee on sale to keep you warm. In mid November our Compass Café will open to offer a selection of sandwiches, snacks and drinks, and will expand once winter is over.
OCTOBER 29, 2012: A delightful new exhibition of paintings by local artist CAROLYN SHATTUCK is now open at the Music Cafe: details will be posted on the Gallery page soon, everything is slightly delayed due to re-locating our office (see below).
OCTOBER 19, 2012: WE are part way through the first part of our move into the Compass Center: the offices of Divine Art Recordings have moved and the shop and visitor rooms will be ready very soon, and we hope to have the first 'open day' on November 3, when our neighbors will be welcomed to view progress. Meanwhile, we are very sorry to have lost the services of Olivia Gawet who left this week. Olivia is extremely busy with music and church work and we wish her every happiness and success. We will have two new appointments to announce soon.
NEW CDS: The late summer and fall releases from Divine Art are now in stock at Brandon Music - check out the New Releases. Also we are starting to offer albums by several of the top jazz artists performing here, starting with four albums from Bruce Gertz Quintet here
Golfers: Did you know that we are situated right opposite one of the finest golf courses in the state? Neshobe Golf Club is open to the public and offers the full range of services incluidng lessons, practise greens and a Pro Shop. Voted #1 Golf Value in Vermont 2008 by New England Golf Guide! Visit www.neshobe.com
August 2012: Continuing Summer Concerts
Thanks to the good crowd who came out on Sunday 12th to see the Salt River Revue concert. We are very grateful to the band for giving of their time and skill to aid our fuindraising efforts for the Compass Foundation. September sees to fine classical concerts.
NEW TEAM MEMBER AND AWARD
We are delighted to welcome Donna Towle to the staff team at Brandon Music. Donna will be manager of the new cafe and bistro when we open it at the Compass Center, and meanwhile is extending our menu with her award winning chili and wonderful sandwiches. Speaking of awards, we are extremely honored that our cafe has been awarded Editor's Choice "Best of New England" by the prestigious Yankee magazine as Best Classical Lunch in Vermont 2012! Congratulations due to all of our team especially Penny Powers and Patti LaDuke.
We now can offer wireless internet connections from the Cafe, so please come, use our sofas and tables and enjoy delicous drinks and delicacies while working or browsing. The service will be free to customers purchasing food and beverages or other goods in our shop, and for so long as it is not abused. The Cafe is a wonderfully atmospheric space and the ideal location. Please note: a Wireless service, via Comcast, is offered only, we do not (yet) have computers available for use by customers.
Also check out the events calendar and for detailed news on CD releases (audio samples, artist profiles, track lists and reviews) go to the Divine Art Recordings page. You can see photos from past events on the calendar too. Audiences for our recent classical and jazz concerts have been wowed by the quality of the music and of the superb acoustics and atmosphere in the music cafe. We aim to be the region's best small venue! Don't forget - our building is also available for private functions, meetings and just as a private getaway when you feel stressed.We regularly host the book club, chess club and ladies' knitting circle - if you want a regular meeting place do call us! We have hosted several children's parties, a bridal shower, chess tournament... and we would very much like to welcome some of our young neighbors - teens: come and visit.
For record collectors, we now stock 45rpm record center inserts, and steel needles (in three grades) for acoustic phonographs. Click 'Phonograph Room' button and find our accessories page. More to come!
We will have our online store for collector's vinyl/78s too - meanwhile you can see these at our store, or online at GEMM
By arrangement - Demonstration and discussion on historic phonographs (about an hour). $7 per head (parties preferred, no more than 10 at a time) or general admission $2 (every day 10-5.30)
For fans of all types of music there are plenty of happenings. Plus, remember our music cafe plays a constant stream of our recordings all day every day.
Closed November 1st through the winter
(except for concerts, events and private parties)
Editor's Choice: Best of New England 2012