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
Grammy-winning troubadour Rodney Crowell has written 15 #1 hits on the country music charts over the course of his stellar career as an American roots hit maker. His latest recording, Acoustic Classics, released to critical acclaim earlier this summer, reprises many of those chart-toppers – including “Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight” and “I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried” — in a compelling acoustic setting. Crowell’s performance at Chandler features his dynamic acoustic trio. A winner of six Americana Music Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Crowell’s songs have been recorded by country legends ranging from Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and George Strait to blues and rock-and-roll icons Etta James, Van Morrison, and Bob Seger.
Audio: “Leavin’ Louisiana in the Broad Daylight” (from “Acoustic Classics.” 2018)
Audio: “Lovin’ All Night” (from “Acoustic Classics.” 2018)
Join the Vermont Symphony Orchestra at Chandler for its annual, colorful musical celebration of autumn! The “Made in Vermont” orchestra expands to include trumpets and timpani this fall, performing rousing works by Haydn and Brahms. Internationally renowned violinist Soovin Kim treats us to a Mozart concerto in addition to conducting the ensemble. And the VSO once again collaborates with the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, presenting a new film by Robin Starbuck paired with a world premiere by Matthew LaRocca.
Acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz offers a brilliant variation on the concept of A Moveable Feast, serving up a unique experience unparalleled in the classical music world. Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Celloare among the most moving and spiritual compositions for a solo instrument in history. Matt Haimovitz begins the Bach feast on Saturday, performing three of the suites in separate locations throughout the Randolph area. Each suite is accompanied by overtures to Bach commissioned from great contemporary composers including Philip Glass, Vijay Iyer, Du Yun, and others. Then on Sunday, Haimovitz presents a ticketed Chandler Music Hall recital featuring the three remaining Bach suites, each paired with a different overture by a leading modern-day composer.
NOTE: The two Matt Haimovitz “pop-up” events on the afternoon of Saturday, October 6, are free and open to the public. Tickets must be purchased for the Sunday afternoon (October 7) Bach recital in Chandler Music Hall.
The famed pairing of two boyhood pals and Jefferson Airplane compatriots, Hot Tuna has been performing a heady mix of classic blues and American roots music for nearly 50 years. Guitar great Jorma Kaukonen and bassist supreme Jack Cassidy have never wavered in one of the most enduring friendships and creative partnerships in popular music history. Acoustic Guitar hails Jorma as “a force in American music, equally adept at acoustic folk and blue,” while Premier Guitar writes that “Jack Cassidy is virtually unparalleled . . . he bursts forth with creative lines, both simple and ornate, that are unlike any you’ve ever heard.” Expect an evening of acoustic wizardry from this extrordinary pair.
NOTE: VIP ticket holders will be seated in the first two rows of the Music Hall, and will each receive an autographed copy of Jorma Kaukonen’s new memoir, Been So Long: My Life and Music, along with an invitation to a private meet-&-greet with Jorma following the show.
Video: “San Francisco Bay Blues” (Live at Fur Peace Ranch) –
Video: “Hesitation Blues” (Live on Minnesota Public Radio) –
Central Vermont native Myra Flynn has drawn nationwide acclaim for her fiery, emotionally charged sound combining indie soul and R&B. Myra returns to the Chandler stage of her Randolph youth with her stellar band FLYNN, consisting of several of Vermont’s most prestigious musicians, including such jazz-and-soul luminaries as Andric Severance on keys and Caleb Bronz on drums.
Video: Myra Flynn & FLYNN (“Live from the Fort” on Vermont Public Radio) –
The Opera Company of Middlebury brings its critically acclaimed production of Donizetti’s delightful comedy to Chandler. L’elisir d’amoreis a frothy romantic opera that tells the story of a con artist who convinces a town that his strange concoction can cure any ill — and can even make other people fall in love with you. The opera was originally set in an ancient, rustic locale, but the Opera Company of Middlebury places it in a more sophisticated setting: a Gatsby-esque bar in the Roaring Twenties. Tucked into the laughter is one of the most famous tenor arias of all time — the haunting ballad “Una furtiva lagrina.”
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the iconic folk musician and political activist, Pete Seeger. The Vanaver Caravan, one of America’s most celebrated folk music and dance troupes, pays homage to its longtime friend and mentor, delving with artistic integrity and deep affection into the extraordinary life and musical legacy of Pete Seeger.
Video: “Turn Turn Turn!” Promo Video –
Faces that disappear from drivers’ licenses. Paintbrushes that paint on their own. Photographs that literally come to life right before your eyes. Famous people who suddenly appear on a postcard as you hold it in your hand. Step into Vitaly’s world for a whole new take on magic. This master illusionist has mystified fans the world over, including Las Vegas superstars Penn & Teller, whom he successfully stumped on their hit TV show, Fool Us. Find out why the Vancouver Sun calls Vitaly “one of the most captivating and enjoyable illusionists performing in the world today.”
Video: Vitaly Live on Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us” TV Show (2017) –
Vermont’s very own honky tonk heroes, the Starline Rhythm Boys have been serving up a heart-throbbing (and sometimes heartbreaking) mix of vintage country and rockabilly for devoted fans throughout New England since 1998. Danny “Little Danny C” Coane (rhythm guitar), “Big Al” Lemery (lead guitar), and Billy “Slappin’ Billy B” Bratcher celebrate 20 years of great country music-making on this historic evening. They’’ll be joined by special guests Kevin Maul — a veteran of the bands of Robin and Linda Williams, Wanda Jackson, and the Burns Sisters — on pedal steel and dobro, and Dorie Reid, a multiple winner of Vermont Fiddler of the Year honors. Country fans will delight in a fine evening of music in the spirit of Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins.
Video: “Live at the Festival on the Green 2017” (with Kevin Maul) –
Since 2008, The Telling Project has worked to deepen understanding between military veterans, their families, and their civilian friends and neighbors. The project turns stories of military service into a stage play, through which veterans and their family members enact their very own stories before a live theater audience. The Chandler production features nine of our neighbors sharing their personal narratives, spanning the years from the Vietnam War to the present-day conflicts in the Middle East. This powerful work provides veterans with an opportunity to engage with the community in deeply meaningful ways, breaking down barriers to mutual understanding and acceptance along the way.
Video: “The Telling Project: Kansas City” –