Arts & Culture

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Vermont Edition
12:30 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Celebrating Classical Music

Aaron Copland once guest conducted the VSO.
Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Lovers of classical music are celebrating two big milestones in Vermont: VPR’s own Walter Parker marks his 30th anniversary on the air this week. And the Vermont Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its eightieth season.

We look at how Vermont’s classical music scene has grown and deepened over the decades with Walter Parker and VSO Executive Director Alan Jordan.

Post your favorite classical music performances and annual festivals here or by emailing

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Arts & Culture
8:05 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Paramount Presents Sneak Peek of Broadway-Bound Play

Sunday evening Rutland’s Paramount Theatre will give audiences a sneak peek of “The Seagull,” before the Bedlam Theatre Company takes the classic Chekhov play to Broadway November 9. 

Typically when you see a play, the rehearsals are over. But Paramount Director Bruce Bouchard says it’s also fascinating to see a work in progress, especially with an acting company like Bedlam.

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VPR News
11:40 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Hartland Tries To Save Iconic Farm

Lemax Barn, in Hartland, needs repair, and a comminity group is trying to save it.
Friends of Lemax Farm

One of Hartland’s last four dairy farms is in serious disrepair, but community members are trying to save it.

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Weekly Conversation on The Arts
4:45 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Painting Towards Peace

Detail of 'A Son Returns'

Can putting a paintbrush to canvas change the world for the better? Artist and UVM graduate Cynthia Davis has seen it happen first-hand.

Davis is the founder of The Canvas Peace Project and has teamed up with Gabriel Bol Deng, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Through the sale of art pieces, money is raised to give a village its first taste of clean water, to give women in Sudan the opportunity to start small businesses, and to help the children in the village become the first literate generation.

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4:31 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Kreis: Docomomo

Peter Eisenman house in Hardwick
Don Kreis

We’re a state of historic preservationists. Vermont has an official state architectural historian. Our Act 250 precludes developments with undue adverse effects on historical sites. UVM teaches historic preservation. And we love to nurture buildings with that classic Vermont look: monitor barns, colonial taverns, Greek revival courthouses.

But more than a few buildings in Vermont from the era of modern architecture are now old enough to qualify for historic preservation. And since we can’t save everything, we have some tough choices to make.

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Art Hounds
4:15 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Art Hounds: Portraits, Stand-Up & Dance

Oil portraits from the series, 'Passing Through'
Artist, Kate Gridley

Singer Richard Haines of New London, New Hampshire suggested a brunch and concert with Nancy Tripp performing the songs of Johnny Mercer at The Canoe Club in Hanover on Sunday, September 28th.

Susan Brisee of Jericho recommended an encore performance of The Vermont Youth Dancers, Carry On...A Song Will Rise on Thursday, October 2nd at the Dibden Center For The Performing Arts on the Johnson State College campus at 7 p.m.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

John Fusco: Screenwriter, Novelist, Martial Artist

John Fusco (right) with his friend, the stunt man Ju Kun, who was among the passengers who disappeared on Malaysian Airlines flight 370.
Brian Ho Ap

When John Fusco’s son insisted they ride on horseback through Mongolia, the Hollywood screenwriter was inspired to write about Marco Polo. The story of the historical Italian explorer combined two of Fusco’s great loves: horses, and martial arts.

We’ll talk to Vermont writer John Fusco about his new TV series about Marco Polo, and his new book, Dog Beach.

Also on the show, we’ll learn about the Vermont’s involvement in the War of 1812 with the new state archaeologist Jess Robinson.

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VPR News
5:56 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

At Dartmouth, Reviving The Art Of The Letterpress

Printed materials created by letterpress cover a table at a workshop given by Dartmouth College.
Charlotte Albright VPR

While more and more people are reading and working in cyberspace, some are stepping back in history.

They're using metal or wooden type to print what they want to say, one letter at a time. Six of them — all women, mostly writers, designers, poets, and one librarian — recently got their hands a little dirty at a letterpress workshop in the basement of the Dartmouth College's Baker Library.

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5:50 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Coffin: Whitehill Farm

The Whitehill farmhouse stands in high fields above the Peacham/Groton road, actually located in a corner of Ryegate. James Whitehill came from Scotland late in the 1700s with brothers John and Abraham. James built the place in 1798 and according to a Vermont historic roadside marker, it resembles a Scottish stone croft house, or farmhouse.

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8:29 am
Tue September 23, 2014

'The Woodchuck Returns To The Garden' With A New Book

Kale grows in the Tommy Thompson Community Garden in Burlington. Author Ron Krupp has a new book, The Woodchuck Returns To Gardening.
Angela Evancie VPR

Fall is here and for many Vermonters that means wrapping up the gardening season. But others are thinking about getting their hands in the soil, and planning ahead for next year's garden.

Author, gardener and VPR commentator Ron Krupp has a new book out where he chronicles the full year of a garden. It’s called The Woodchuck Returns To Gardening.  He views it as a companion to his first book, The Woodchuck’s Guide To Gardening.

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