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Music To Soothe Hard-Hit Town

06/21/12 4:00PM
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This week on Art Hounds, Helena Worthen talks about how she lent her mother's grand piano to a group of young musicians for the Pikes' Falls Chamber Music Festival.

"To me," Worthen said, "Vermont is all about music," a place where people are "practicing their instruments in barns and town halls."

Worthen's mother was a pianist, who also played in the church on Main Street in Jamaica, Vermont, every Sunday until the day before she passed away in 1991.

And when Worthen learned a group of young musicians was attempting to cobble together a chamber music festival, she reached out and offered her home for rehearsal space and the use of her mother's beloved grand piano.

The town of Jamaica is just one of so many still struggling from the aftermath of last August's Tropical Storm Irene and she said this music festival is just the gift to soothe spirits in this small town.

Make plans now to attend The Pikes' Fall Chamber Musical Festival; the opening concert is Wednesday, August 1st at the Jamaica Town Hall, (pictured). All concerts are free of charge with donations accepted.

Burlington-based Art Hound Sebastian Ryder suggests that if we are so discerning as to choose only locally-grown produce, why not also embrace locally-grown theater?

Ryder recommends Stowe Theatre Guild in Stowe, Vermont, offering a season-full of diverse plays and performances.

The Guild's season-opener, "Thoroughly Modern Millie," is onstage now through July 7th.

Former art teacher Karin Ericson of Burlington takes in a photographic exhibit at Essex Junction's The Dark Room Gallery on Main Street.

Ericson said the photos look abstract at first glance but as she delved deeper, found many even held nuances of famous pieces by Joan Miro, Mondrian, Hopper and even Judy Chicago's three-dimensional piece, "The Dinner Party."

The exhibit, "Macro/Micro: Photographic Extremes," runs through July 1st. 


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