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MIDDLEBURY – At just 20 years old, jazz keyboardist Matthew Whitaker is a unique musical talent. He has been performing around the world since the age of 11, opening act for Stevie Wonder at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.

The Middlebury Performing Arts Series will present a warm and wonderful jazz concert by Whitaker and his quartet at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 6 at Robison Hall at the Mahaney Arts Center. Whitaker will be joined by guitarist Marcos Robertson, bassist Karim Hutton and John Steele on drums.

“A blind jazz piano prodigy is taking the world by storm – so much so that scientists are studying his brain to understand how he is able to harness these talents,” People magazine reported.

Born in 2001, Whitaker’s love of music began at the age of 3, after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard. At age 9, he began to learn to play the Hammond B3 organ on his own. At 13, Whitaker was the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond organs and was quickly named a Yamaha Artist, becoming the youngest musician to join their stellar roster of jazz pianists.

Tickets cost $ 25, $ 10 for youth; $ 15 for streaming; call 802443-MIDD (6433) or go online at www.middlebury.edu/arts The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road, just off Route 30 south / s. Main Street. Masks and vaccinations (or valid medical or religious exemptions) are mandatory.

RANDOLPH – JigJam, an award-winning quartet from the heart of the Midlands in Ireland, will bring their unique blend of traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana to the stage at Chandler Music Hall at 7pm on Saturday 6 November.

Described by Midwest Records as “an Irish band that’s going to impact the world as hard as The Clancy Brothers or U2 if they only have half a chance,” JigJam has built an international following. They made an impact on the Irish American Tour and have headlined at major festivals including the world famous Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Milwaukee Irish Fest, as well as on tour in the UK and Europe.

Tickets cost $ 20 (seats reserved to allow social distancing); call 802-728-9878, or go to www.chandler-arts.org in line. The performance will also be broadcast live on the website and on Facebook.

PUTNEY – Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of contemporary bluegrass, roots and folk by the Mike Block & Joe K. Walsh Duo and The Stockwell Brothers at Next Stage at 7:30 pm tonight (October 30).

Drawing on contemporary and international influences, Mike Block and Joe K. Walsh bring an exciting and personal perspective to American roots music. Block is a pioneering cellist, singer, songwriter and educator hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st century”. Acclaimed master of American roots music, mandolinist and songwriter, Walsh has toured internationally and collaborated with artists such as Darol Anger, the Gibson Brothers and the progressive string group Joy Kills Sorrow.

Tickets are $ 18 in advance, $ 22 at the door, $ 5 virtual; call 802-387-0102 or go online at nextstagearts.org

MIDDLEBURY – At just 20 years old, jazz keyboardist Matthew Whitaker is a unique musical talent. He has been performing around the world since the age of 11, opening act for Stevie Wonder at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.

The Middlebury Performing Arts series will feature a warm and wonderful jazz concert by Whitaker and his quartet at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 6 at Robison Hall at the Mahaney Arts Center. Whitaker will be joined by guitarist Marcos Robertson, bassist Karim Hutton and John Steele on drums.

“A blind jazz piano prodigy is taking the world by storm – so much so that scientists are studying his brain to understand how he is able to harness these talents,” People magazine reported.

Born in 2001, Whitaker’s love of music began at the age of 3, after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard. At age 9, he began to learn to play the Hammond B3 organ on his own. At 13, Whitaker was the youngest artist to be endorsed by the Hammond organ and was quickly named a Yamaha Artist, becoming the youngest musician to join their stellar roster of jazz pianists.

Tickets cost $ 25, $ 10 for youth; $ 15 for streaming; call 802443-MIDD (6433) or go online at www.middlebury.edu/arts The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road, just off Route 30 south / s. Main Street. Masks and vaccinations (or valid medical or religious exemptions) are mandatory.

RANDOLPH – JigJam, an award-winning quartet from the heart of the Midlands in Ireland, will bring their unique blend of traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana to the stage at Chandler Music Hall at 7pm on Saturday 6 November.

Described by Midwest Records as “an Irish band that’s going to impact the world as hard as The Clancy Brothers or U2 if they only have half a chance,” JigJam has built an international following. They have made an impact on the Irish American Tour and have headlined at major festivals including the world famous Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Milwaukee Irish Fest, as well as touring the UK and Europe.

Tickets cost $ 20 (seats reserved to allow social distancing); call 802-728-9878, or go to www.chandler-arts.org in line The performance will also be broadcast live on the website and on Facebook.

PUTNEY – Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of contemporary bluegrass, roots and folk by the Mike Block & Joe K. Walsh Duo and The Stockwell Brothers at Next Stage at 7:30 pm tonight (October 30).

Drawing on contemporary and international influences, Mike Block and Joe K. Walsh bring an exciting and personal perspective to American roots music. Block is a pioneering cellist, singer, songwriter and educator hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st century”. Acclaimed master of American roots music, mandolinist and songwriter, Walsh has toured internationally and collaborated with artists such as Darol Anger, the Gibson Brothers and the progressive string group Joy Kills Sorrow.

Tickets are $ 18 in advance, $ 22 at the door, $ 5 virtual; call 802-387-0102, or go online at nextstagearts.org Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 48 hours is required for admission.

MONTPELIER – “PJ Desrochers: To See & Be Seen” will begin with a public reception, from 4 pm to 7 pm, on Friday November 5 at the Front, 6 rue Barre, and the exhibition will remain in place until November 28. PJ Desrochers will present an artist talk on Zoom, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 18; go online to the website for more details.

“To See & Be Seen” is a solo non-binary tarot exhibition of works of art created by Desrochers. The show invites you to experience Desrochers’ artistic approach. They seek to make the layers of their journey transparent by building a non-binary tarot deck. The work details their initial exploration of the genre and their experiences which turn out to be non-binary later in life. Desrochers invites the viewer to visually explore the processes involved in the embodiment of the concepts and archetypes present in each card.

For more information call 802-552-0877 or go online at thefrontvt.com for more information.

Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 48 hours is required for admission.

MONTPELIER – “PJ Desrochers: To See & Be Seen” will begin with a public reception, from 4 pm to 7 pm, on Friday November 5 at the Front, 6 rue Barre, and the exhibition will remain in place until November 28. PJ Desrochers will present an artist talk on Zoom, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 18; go online to the website for more details.

“To See & Be Seen” is a solo non-binary tarot exhibition of works of art created by Desrochers. The show invites you to experience Desrochers’ artistic approach. They seek to make the layers of their journey transparent by building a non-binary tarot deck. The work details their initial exploration of the genre and their experiences which turn out to be non-binary later in life. Desrochers invites the viewer to visually explore the processes involved in the embodiment of the concepts and archetypes present in each card.

For more information call 802-552-0877 or go online at thefrontvt.com for more information.


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