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
Vermont Pride Theater will present a staged reading of The Laramie Project. This is VPT’s eighth annual winter benefit, with the proceeds this year going to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, whose mission is to erase hate by replacing it with understanding, compassion, and acceptance.
On October 7, 1998, young Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was brutally attacked, tied to a fence outside of Laramie, Wyoming, and left to die because he was gay. In the weeks following his death on October 12th, Moises Kaufman’s young NYC-based Tectonic Theatre Company traveled to Laramie to begin answering a central question raised by this tragedy: how would Laramie change as a result of Matthew’s death?
The company’s work on this project encompassed 18 months of interviews of over 200 residents of Laramie. From these interviews, 100 of the most compelling and diverse stories were chosen to weave together the script we now know The Laramie Project, a play in which 10 actors voice these 100 narratives.
The play has generated rave reviews wherever it has been produced. “A pioneering work of theatrical reportage and a powerful stage event.” Time Magazine. “There emerges a mosaic as moving and important as any you will see on the walls of the churches of the world…nothing short of stunning…you will be held in rapt attention.” New York Magazine.
Directed by Williamstown resident Cher Laston, the cast features Rowly Brucken (Northfield), Samantha Loesch (Waitsfield), Gina Logan (Braintree), Susan Loynd
(Fayston), Rae Merrell (Brookfield), Hilary Mullins (Bethel), Zoe Newmarco (Rochester), Ramsey Papp (Randolph), Kris Rowley (Brookfield), and Amy Elizabeth Shalvoy (Chelsea).
Sponsors of this reading are the Gay & Lesbian Fund of Vermont, the Samara Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, and the Vermont Conference United Church of Christ. Media supporters are Vermont Public Radio, The Point, 105.7 The Beat, and WDEV.
The Campbell Brothers mine a rich vein of music from the African-American gospel repertoire, albeit with a rollicking twist: the growling, wailing, shouting, singing, swinging voice of the steel guitar as you’ve never heard it before. Pedal steel guitar master Chuck Campbell a National Heritage Fellowship award winner for his contributions to preserving the legacy of African-American music — and his lap steel-playing brother Darick are two of the finest exponents of this vital but little-known tradition, rooted in the sacred spaces of the House of God Church, where steel guitars long ago replaced the organ as the primary means of “playing the word.” One listen and you’ll understand why Real Bluesmagazine calls Chuck Campbell “the Jimi Hendrix and the Django Reinhardt of the pedal steel guitar.”
Video: “Live at The Kennedy Center, 2018” –
This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the 2019-2020 season.
Blues guitar maestro Ronnie Earl is a three-time Blues Music Award winner as Guitar Player of the Year. An associate professor of guitar at the esteemed Berklee College of Music, rockin’ Ronnie has played alongside such blues legends as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Junior Wells, and Eric Clapton. He was a lead member of New England blues icons Roomful of Blues and this year celebrates his 30th year at the helm of the Broadcasters, who individually and collectively have also added their considerable chops to the music of many a blues legend. Savor this evening of gutsy, howlin’ blues.
Video: “A Change Is Gonna Come” (Live at B.B. King’s Blues Club, NYC, 2017) –
Video: “Double Trouble” (Live at B.B. King’s Blues Club, NYC, 2017) –
Now well into its second decade, the annual event affectionately known simply as “Mini Mud” has become a community institution, celebrating the talent of youths from across the region in song, dance, theater, and other surprises. The performers range in age from 6 to 18. A competitive audition for the Mini Mud Youth Variety Show is set for Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
Longtime Chandler favorites Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy continue to bring their fans on a musical and personal journey. For this special visit to Vermont on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, they’ll feature their children alongside dancers and singers from the Celtic-flavored traditions of their Cape Breton and Ontario homelands. This spirited evening highlights the unique talents, influences, and stories of the first family of traditional fiddling through dancing, singing and, of course, world-class music-making.
Video: Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy & Family (Live at Canada’s East Coast Music Awards, 2017) –
A much-loved community event, the Mud Season Variety Show returned to Chandler Music Hall last season, delighting longtime fans and newcomers alike. This fun-filled evening spotlights the diverse talents of our adult friends and neighbors from throughout the region. Competitive auditions for the Mud Season Variety Show are set for Saturday, February 2 and 9 by appointment. Contact Janine Reeves at 802-234-5514 to reserve your slot.
Fixtures on the international jazz scene for nearly 50 years, the New Black Eagle Jazz Band returns to Chandler Music Hall, bringing the high-spirited sounds of traditional New Orleans jazz to springtime in Vermont. Masters of the music of Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Cole Porter, and the signature blues and rags of the Jazz Era, the “Black Eagles” are revered worldwide as “the Keepers of the Flame.”
Audio: “Weary Blues” –
Video: “Live on Cape Cod, 2016”
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 –
The Ladies of Laughter features four of the nation’s hottest established and emerging standup comics, spotlighting the diverse styles of humor of America’s funniest women. Host comic Kelly McFarland has headlined the Boston Women’s Comedy Festival and appeared on television’s Last Comic Standingand Gotham Comedy Live!Leighann Lord offers up smart, sexy, savvy humor, inspired by the brilliance of Rita Rudner and the late, great George Carlin. Leighann won a NYC Black Comedy Award for the most thought-provoking black female comic and 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 City 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. This trio of cool comics will be joined by the 2018 winner of the National Newcomer Competition, to be announced by The Ladies of Laughter later this year.
Kelly McFarland –
Leighann Lord –
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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” –