The Friends of the Plainfield Opera House in cooperation with the Plainfield Recreation Committee are pleased to announce the first performance of its second annual Outdoor Summer Series.
Gamelan Sulukala, Plainfield's own Javanese Court Gamelan, will present a concert of Indonesian and American Music for Javanese Gamelan outside in the Plainfield Rec Field.
Bring a chair, a blanket, picnic! Kids are welcome.
The concert will move to the Opera House in the event of inclement weather.
Admission is by donation (pay what you can - $20 suggested)
Javanese Gamelan is a group - or orchestra - of about 30 instruments ranging from huge gongs to tiny flutes with lots of xylophone and kettle-type instruments in between. Gamelan Sulukala is a full court-style complement of instruments made in Java and fashioned from bronze and iron.
Gamelan has a long history in central Vermont going back to the late 1960s when Dennis Murphy built the first gamelan anywhere in the world outside of Java at Goddard College. This concert will feature a wide variety of music ranging from traditional Javanese to 20 and 21-century compositions written by Murphy, Barbara Benary, current Sulukala members, Steven Light and Mazie O'Connor, and Sundanese gamelan master Nano S.
Please visit Gamelan Sulukala's Facebook page or website for more info.
Preview of upcoming Outdoor Summer Series: events
Saturday, July 16
Craftsbury Chamber Players featuring Kenji Bunch and Monica Ohuchi
Sunday, July 31
Burlington Taiko Drums
Sunday, August 14
The Brass Balagan
Sunday, August 28
Spencer Lewis and the New Old Vermonters
The Friends of the Plainfield Opera House are excited to announce the next concert in the Spring 2022 Series: the one and only Colin McCaffrey.
Colin is a 5th-generation Vermonter originally from Westminster, VT. He is a recording engineer, producer, composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and session musician with a BA in Music Composition from Berklee College of Music. He was a finalist in both the 2010 and 2020 USA Songwriting Competitions, won first prize in 2012 for best jazz song, and first prize (Bluegrass category) in the 2009 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest.
He wrote and arranged music for the 1999 Circus Smirkus Production "The Adventures of Robin Hood", which is the focus of a British documentary film series entitled "Circus Kids" aired on the Disney Channel 2000. If you're in the WDEV or WNCS listening area, you've probably heard Colin's jingles for Capitol grounds, Onion River Sports, The Shoe Horn, Planned Parenthood, and Cabot Creamery.
Colin will perform a stylistically diverse set of original songs and talk about how each one came into existence. Often seen in a supporting role as a musical director or sideman, this is an opportunity to hear him in this beautiful setting as a soloist.
Donations accepted (suggested $20).
To read more about Colin go to: http://colinmccaffrey.com
Here is a link to the recent Times Argus article about Colin: https://www.timesargus.com/features/vermont_arts/singer-songwriter-colin-mccaffrey-east-montpelier-musician-makes-rare-solo-appearance/article_e463c259-3285-5403-9223-c16634128044.html
The Friends of the Plainfield Opera House are excited to announce the next concert in the Spring 2022 Series: Jazz great RAY VEGA and his Latin Jazz Sextet!
Sunday, May 22 at 4 pm.
The Ray Vega Latin Jazz Sextet (Ray Vega - Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Brian McCarthy - Saxophones, Scott Dean - Percussion, Mike Hartigan - Piano, Giovanni Rovetto - Bass, Caleb Bronz - Drums) presents fiery Latin Jazz from a Nuyorican perspective and presents original compositions by Vega which combine elements of Jazz, Latin and Funk.
If you haven't heard Ray and his band this is an opportunity not to be missed! If you have heard them, you know how special it is to have them play in Central Vermont!
This is truly a performance not to be missed! Reserve your tickets!
Online at https://www.plainfieldoperahousevt.org or call/text 802 498-3173.
Proof of vaccine and masking required.