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The return of Maple Roots

MONTPELIER — Maple Roots Music Festival, created by musicians for musicians and music lovers, was born out of a love for live music and a hope to invigorate the musical community at a time when we all needed the healing powers of music.

The inaugural event, held at Morse Farm Maple Sugar Works on County Road, was brought to life in 2021 by a coalition of independent musicians, artists and music industry workers. The first annual Maple Music Festival featured great music from Vorcza, Sabouyouma, High Sumer (among others) and the outpouring of community support from the hundreds of people who enjoyed the festivities helped make this dream come true. reality.

As many know, dear friend, musician, father, son, brother and co-founder of the Maple Roots Music Festival, Tom Morse passed away late last year. The music scene in Vermont and beyond has been devastated by this heartbreaking loss.

“We had a hard time imagining a way to make Maple Roots Fest happen without him, but after discussions with his family and friends, we all agreed that it was something that was very important to Tom and would be a great way to honor his legacy,” a statement for the festival reads. “Although Tom’s boots can never truly be filled, loved ones have stepped up to fill this huge void and help us move forward.

So this year’s Maple Roots Music Festival will take place on Saturday, July 23 at Morse Farms Sugarworks.

“Please join us again this year for another event featuring great music, community friendliness and family fun!”

‘Duma’ and friend

MIDDLEBURY – MNFF Selects, the series of monthly screenings presented by the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, will present the revival of the touching family adventure drama “Duma” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 20 at 2 p.m. at the Town Hall Theatre.

In keeping with the theme of this year’s Selects series, “Humans and Animals: Shared Experiences, Intersecting Worlds”, this colorful film, directed by Carroll Ballard, tells the story of an orphaned cheetah who becomes the best friend and pet of a young boy. living in South Africa. Winner of the Humane Society’s 2006 Genesis Award for Family Feature Film, “Duma” offers audiences a blend of excitement, adventure and compassionate storytelling with a beautiful and awe-inspiring backdrop.

Starring Campbell Scott and Hope Davis, and Alexander Michaletos as the young boy Xan, and based on the book “How It Was with Dooms” by Carol Cawthra Hopcraft, “Duma” embodies a style of cinema with a warm and generous tone in the ‘spirit . The film is rated PG.

Individual tickets are $16, $11 for 12-17 year olds, $7 for under 12 year olds; call 802-382-9222 or go online to

EOS Project Concert

BRATTLEBORO — The EOS Concert Series presents “Gather Yourself in the Arms of Your Love” on Sunday, February 20.

The 4 p.m. concert at the Brattleboro Music Center will feature songs by Florence Price, two songs set to poems by Langston Hughes from “Shadow of the Blues” by prolific contemporary composer John Musto, and music for piano and strings by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. . Additionally, the program includes a piano trio premiere by Brattleboro’s Stan Charkey, based on Coleridge-Taylor’s piano arrangement of the famous “Deep River.”

The performers, all faculty at BMC Music School, include soprano Margery McCrum with Bruce Griffin on piano, Michelle Liechti and Moby Pearson on violin, and Judith Serkin on cello.

The BMC launched the EOS (Educate. Open. Strengthen.) concert series in direct response to questions about social justice as they relate to the world of classical music and institutions such as the BMC.

Tickets are $20; call 802-257-4523, or go online to

Mad River Choir

WAITSFIELD – After waiting for omicron numbers to trend lower, Mad River Chorale conductor Mary Jane Austin and the choir’s board of directors have announced the start of the 2022 spring term. The first rehearsal will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, February 28 at UCC Waitsfield. Rehearsals will continue on Monday evenings in the choir room at Harwood Union High School. The concerts, usually given in May, will be postponed to June 11 and 12 this year due to the late start of rehearsals.

New members are always welcome. The only requirement is that singers spend time learning the music outside of rehearsals, and that they are able to perform and sing along with their vocal section. A number of music learning aids are provided. Dues are charged, but no one is ever turned away for lack of ability to pay, as scholarships are available.

Peter Pan

BRATTLEBORO — Adults and children alike will have the opportunity to be transported to Neverland through a multimedia presentation of ‘Peter Pan’ (1924), featuring a live score by Washington-based harpist Leslie McMichael and theatrical special effects by the western Massachusetts troupe The Lovelights. The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 26 in the Epsilon Spiers Arts Hall Sanctuary at 190 Main Street.

Scottish writer JM Barrie created the character of Peter Pan in 1902, and since then several adaptations of his work have been created for stage and screen. The 1924 silent film version to be screened at Epsilon Spires sticks closely to the script Barrie wrote for the 1904 play “Peter Pan; or, The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up”, and marks Peter Pan’s first screen appearance.

The film will be accompanied by a live soundtrack written and performed on harp by Music Center of the Northwest faculty member Leslie McMichaels. The event will be spiced up with live theater moments by The Lovelights, a Turners Falls, Massachusetts-based performance troupe that makes public television and immersive in-person experiences celebrating imaginative play.


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