Music

The Juno Orchestra is a new chamber orchestra which will be making its debut in Brattleboro on Saturday, Sept. 30. Founder and conductor Zon Eastes spoke to VPR about the orchestra and its program.
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Zon Eastes, a longtime Brattleboro musician, is also now the founder and conductor of a new professional chamber orchestra in the area.

The Juno Orchestra makes its debut Saturday, Sept. 30, in what is also the first public concert in the Brattleboro Music Center's new hall.

Kalmia Traver's first solo album as Kalbells is called Ten Flowers. She said making the album was part of a period of self-discovery after surviving ovarian cancer.
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Kalmia Traver debut solo album as Kalbells is Ten Flowers; it’s a collection of shimmering electronic pop songs. It’s also deeply personal; Traver wrote it after surviving cancer.

Burlington-based band Swale has been together for 15 years. In July, they released their third album, "There's No One Here."
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Broadly speaking, the Burlington-based band Swale plays rock songs — though labeling their music that way is a little like filling a paint palette with just one color. 

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Poetry and music are inextricably linked in the new album by Vermont musician Tyler Daniel Bean, On Days Soon to Pass. The songs on the album were poems that Bean wrote as part of his master's degree in literature and they're a deep exploration of his struggle with depression.

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Two young boys learn about death and mercy on a camping trip, a fishing guide contemplates and crosses a dark line during an excursion with a rich, entitled client and a teenager following the Grateful Dead for a summer tour plunges into a frightening drug addled spiral.

These are just some of the characters searching for truth and meaning in life and death in the new short story collection by Vermont author Tim Weed.

Joe Adler Makes A Mark On Burlington's Music Scene

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Ten years ago, Joe Adler was new to Burlington. The musician and music fan had fallen in love with Vermont after visiting for the Discover Jazz Festival and spending time at Big Joe Burell's jam sessions at Halverson's on Church Street. Today, he's one of the few Vermonters who's turned his passion into a full-time career in the music business.

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When a group of parents in the Northeast Kingdom perceived a lack of commitment to musical education in their public school, they decided to do something about it. So they started a band. 

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For the February edition of Live From The Fort, the Dave Keller Band performs live from Studio One at the VPR headquarters in Colchester.

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In the first edition of Live From The Fort in the new year, Iron Eyes Cody performs live from the VPR studios.

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International musicians and dancers will be performing the Islamic opera Layla and Majnun at the Dartmouth Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover this weekend. But before the world-class performers take the stage this weekend, they stopped by a local music class for a cross-cultural music workshop with the students.

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For Vermont Edition's annual music show, we wanted to know: What song tells a story about 2016 for you?

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As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take stock of the music released by Vermont artists over the last 12 months. VPR spoke with Dan Bolles, music editor for Seven Days, about his top Vermont music picks for 2016.

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After Chile's right-wing coup in 1973, Chilean songwriter and activist Victor Jara was tortured and killed – but he and his music became a powerful symbol of hope in Latin America and beyond.

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It's the end of an era in Burlington for what's been called the country's oldest all-ages punk venue. 242 Main, which was housed in the basement of Memorial Auditorium, is closing for the time being due to structural issues with the building.

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After playing together for six years, Kat Wright and her band, the Indomitable Soul Band, are releasing their debut full-length album, By My Side.

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Class Records operated in Los Angeles from 1951 through 1963 and released some of the finest rhythm and blues and rock and roll of that period.

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Last week Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first American since Toni Morrison to receive that honor. During his five decades of making music, he played countless shows, and on one of his most famous tours, he came through Vermont.

Otis René is best known as the co-author of the 1931 song "When It's Sleepy Time Down South", co-written with his brother Leon René and this week on My Place, we'll hear songs penned by these song-writing siblings.

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A non-profit formed by fans of Phish recently released a new edition of a massive book that chronicles the band’s history and includes setlists and notes on almost every show the band’s ever played.  

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Forty years ago, when we turned on the radio, we were hearing "Show Me the Way," the first hit from the album Frampton Comes Alive!, which was released on Jan. 6, 1976. The songs from that album came from four concerts, and one of them was held on the campus of Plattsburgh State University in New York.

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