Chandler is proud to present another exciting season of diverse performances. In addition to our MainStage series, we offer Live & Upstairs, a series of smaller, more intimate performances in the renovated Esther Mesh Room in Chandler’s Upper Gallery. The Daytime Performance Series serves hundreds of youth from area schools and homeschool families, and is open to the general public, as well.
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The 2018-2019 Season
Enjoy an evening of thoughtful songs and familial harmonies with Grammy Award-winning song crafter Loudon Wainwright III, teamed with his “ex,” acclaimed songwriter Suzzy Roche of the enchanting folk sister act, The Roches, and their daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche, a stellar songmaker in her own right. Loudon dropped out of college to partake of San Francisco’s fabled “Summer of Love” and wrote his first song in 1968. His colorful, satiric, and often confessional takes on life have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Mose Allison, and his son, Rufus Wainwright, among others. Suzzy Roche enjoys singing on the road with her daughter Lucy; together, the duo snagged the Best Singer-Songwriter Album of the Year honor at the 2014 Independent Music Awards.
Video: “Meet the Wainwrights,” Loudon (Live at McCabe’s in Santa Monica, 2017) –
Audio: “White Winos,” Loudon Wainwright III
Audio: “Swimming Song” – Loudon Wainwright III
Audio: “Song for Wayward Saints,” Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche –
Kelly MacFarland has an extensive and well-rounded comedy resume that includes performances at the nation’s top comedy clubs, theaters, and colleges, as well as international tours entertaining U.S. troops overseas. She has headlined the Boston Women in Comedy Festival and been named “Best of the Fest” at the prestigious Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival. She is the host of the web series Fit or Fad and has been a frequent guest on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. An accomplished improviser as well, MacFarland has been a resident cast member of the ImprovBoston National Touring Company since 2014. MacFarland will host the evening of hilarity, introducing each of her fellow comics, interspersed with her own standup routine.
Smart, sexy, savvy, and funny, Leighann Lord’s “heads-up humor” is standup comedy at its finest. Inspired by the brilliance of George Carlin and the elegance of Rita Rudner – both idols of hers – Lord calls her standup work “thinking cap comedy.” She has been honored with a New York City Black Comedy Award as the “the Big Apple’s most thought-provoking black female comic” and has served as Harlem Week’s “official comedian” for two consecutive years – a distinction previously held only by Richard Pryor.
Patty Rosborough is a top New York-based comic with a long list of credits, including headlining at Montreal’s world-renowned Just for Laughs Festival and co-hosting Comedy Central’s Short Attention Span Theater with Jon Stewart. Comedy fans have cheered her breathless, frenetic, and shamelessly uninhibited performances at every major comedy club and festival throughout the United States.
The cool comic trio of MacFarland, Lord, and Rosborough will be joined at Chandler by a rising star on the national comedy scene – Olga Namer, winner of the 2018 National Comedy Newcomer Competition. Namer was also the winner of the Smart Aleck Comedy Festival competition in 2017. She has since appeared regularly at New York’s most celebrated comedy venues, including the West Side Comedy Club and The Comic Strip. Born in Brooklyn and raised in an Orthodox Jewish household, Namer brings a unique point of view to comedy that has been described as “funny, honest, authentic, and sarcastic.” Inspired by Sarah Silverman and Larry David, Namer is currently working on an hour-long performance piece about her life.
It has been 40 years since they began playing together at weekly jam sessions in band founder Ben Eldridge’s Maryland basement. The Seldom Scene have evolved to become one of the greatest contributors to the progressive bluegrass sound, drawing both longtime fans and passionate new audiences to the music. Their performances feature a head-spinning mix of bluegrass-inflected country, rock, and pop hits that’s truly “seldom seen” anywhere — except, of course, at one of their memorable concerts. Today’s Seldom Scene feature Dudley Connell (guitar, vocals), Lou Reid (mandolin, vocals), Ronnie Simpkins (bass, vocals), Fred Travers (dobro, vocals), and Ron Stewart (banjo, fiddle).
Video: “Wait a Minute” –
Chandler Center for the Arts revived the beloved community event known as the Mud Season Variety Show last season after a several-year hiatus and it was so immensely re-enjoyed that it’s happening again. Enjoy talented folks from nine communities throughout the Randolph region and even Lebanon NH, as they serve up classical piano solos, storytelling, line dancing, hilarious comedy, clogging, improv comedy, dramatic reading, top level whistling, and much singing – jazz, rock, pop, blues bluegrass, indie, folk, and country – including some original compositions.
In the lineup for the evening are familiar faces and new ones. Included in this community showcase are, from Bethel, classical pianist Mark Alexander and Bob Crino singing with his ukulele; Evan Warner from Northfield singing blues; Sea Shanty Ladies doing a bit of comedy (i.e. Kristin Chandler, Shelley Dimick, Ramsey Papp, and Nancy Wuttke of Randolph and South Royalton); the Step’n Time Line Dancers of Randolph; Martin Young from Sharon/South Royalton singing jazzy rock from the piano; the singing duos Andy & Hillary Leicher and Jennings & McComber from Randolph and Brookfield; the Tunbridge Mountain House Cloggers; Randolph’s storyteller, Bobbi Hislop; Trifolium, the ambidextrous Randolph/Barnard trio of Andy Mueller, Justin Park, and Chloe Powell with a trunk full of fiddles, cellos, guitars, mandolins and singing voices bringing some bluegrass; Jim Weatherbee from Sharon singing folk with his guitar; Randolph’s Marla Simpson doing stand-up comedy; David Wrong of Randolph performing an original song with guitar; Sophie Sunshine (aka Sophie Mueller of Randolph Center) singing an original indie song; David Atkinson of Randolph with a double billing as dramatic reader and whistler; and all the way from Lebanon, New Hampshire the Valley Improv.
Longtime Mud Season Variety Show participant Steve Augustus will emcee, along with sidekick funny lady Shari Dutton. Join your friends and neighbors for an evening of merrymaking at the continuation of a cherished annual favorite.
The Grammy-nominated Della Mae has established a reputation as a charismatic, hard-touring live act, building a large and enthusiastic fan base while racking up massive amounts of critical acclaim. Sensitive yet assertive, these versatile instrumentalists and vocalists draw from a bottomless well of roots influences to create vibrantly original music that explores timeless lyrical truths. Their unmistakably contemporary relevance places them alongside such tradition- and socially-conscious young acts as the Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, the Lumineers, and Shovels & Rope. And of special note to regional music fans: guitarist/vocalist Celia Woodsmith is a Vermont native and former member of the celebrated roots duo Avi & Celia.
Video: “Empire” –
Video: “Boston Town”
Video: “Good Blood” –
Gnossierennesis a word coined by composer Erik Satie. Perhaps it refers to Gnosticism? Perhaps the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur in the labyrinth at Knossos on Crete? Chandler favorite Simone Dinnerstein performs works by Couperin, Glass, Satie, and Schumann. Whether songful and contemplative or dizzingly exuberant, Dinnerstein and each composer trace the inward working of a musical maze and connect the two thought-provoking definitions.
Young classical musicians from high schools and home schools throughout Vermont and the Upper Valley will share their artistry in Chandler’s annual youth concert, inspired by National Public Radio’s From the Topprogram. For this performance, the area’s leading music teachers recommend students who deserve special recognition. A competitive audition for The Next Generation is set for Sunday, April 7, 2019.