‘Modern Times’ with live accompaniment

Latchis Arts and local composer and musician Dan DeWalt are teaming up to present Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” with a live, original soundtrack on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre. Admission is by donation.

Dan DeWalt is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who has worked throughout the Eastern seaboard for the last 40 years. His tastes favor musical stylechaplin films from the African diaspora: jazz, afro-cuban, calypso/reggae and various other styles of African music to name a few. For “Modern Times,” the score is derived entirely from an aesthetic reaction to the story line; a combination of composition and improvisation. It may be “jazzy,” “dissonant,” “impressionistic” or heavily rhythmic at times, but it cannot be categorized as any particular type of musical score. It simply is what it is.

One of the great films of all time, “Modern Times” (1936) is a slapstick skewering of industrialized America, as politically incisive as it is laugh-out-loud hilarious. “Modern Times” was ranked chosen as one of the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Films of All-Time (No. 78).

DeWalt currently plays in various bands in the region, locally he works with Simba, Creacion Latin Big Band, and in various musical theater productions in Southern Vermont.

For more information, visit www.latchisarts.org.

The Wonder Twins present Hip-Hop Dance

They dazzled the audience at the Southern Vermont Dance Festival performance at the Latchis Theatre in July. Now, The Wonder Twins are coming back to the Latchis to perform their entire set on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. The performance is a benefit for the Southern Vermont Dance Festival.Wonder-Twins-Performing-300x161

Blending the technical facilities of hip-hop, the sophistication of the glory days of the Cotton Club, the flash of Rat Pack era Las Vegas and elements of robot, tap, vaudeville and mime, the Wonder Twins have created a style all their own. Billy and Bobby McClain had a wonderful career sharing the stage with many Hip Hop legends including Queen Latifah, Bobby Brown (as back up dancers), MC Hammer, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, KRS One and many more.

As part of their visit to Brattleboro, the Wonder Twins are doing a Hip-Hop and Street Dance Workshop on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m., at Headroom Stages. There are only 30 spots for the workshop, so, get your tickets early. For information and admission to the workshop and the performance at the Latchis, visit www.southernvermontdancefestival.com.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra: Made in Vermont

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is hitting the road again, just in time for Vermont’s famous foliage to blanket the state in a stunning sea of reds, oranges, and yellows. This year, we vso poster conertare visiting Vermont’s state colleges, the opera houses in Vergennes and Derby, and we are thrilled to announce that we have added a new stop on our fall tour for the vibrant arts community in Brattleboro at the Latchis Theater. The performance at the Latchis is Friday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s program opens with Mozart’s Divertimento No. 11, a piece he wrote for his sister, then turns to American composer Aaron Copland’s brooding “Quiet City,” featuring two VSO soloists in the unusual pairing of solo trumpet and solo English horn. This year’s commission, “in clarion fields,” comes from Norwich-born composer Zach Sheets. The program concludes with principal guest conductor Anthony Princiotti’s own arrangement of Alexander Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2, which provided much of the music for the Broadway musical “Kismet.”

Tickets are $25, $10 for students and children, and are available now at www.vso.org.