Twilight at the Latchis with the Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival

The Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival returns to the Latchis Theatre this summer for two twilight hour free concerts on Friday afternoons.

Grammy-nominated musicians from the chamber music festival celebrating its fifth season in Jamaica, Vermont, will perform music by Bach, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, and world premieres by Joseph Hallman and Nathan Lincoln-Decusatis on copikes fallsnsecutive Fridays, July 29 and August 5, at 4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Compete concert repertoire is available on the festival’s website.

The friendship between the Latchis and the Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival began in a pinch last summer when a concert venue the festival was due to play in was damaged in a fire. Looking to find a venue for the concert on short notice, the festival contacted the Latchis, and the concert was so successful, the two organizations decided to do it again this year – this time on purpose.

Beer and wine will be for sale at the concerts, courtesy of Windham Wines, so please come by the Latchis and ease into the weekend with a concert of beautiful music played by top-notch musicians.

For more information, visit www.pikesfallschambermusicfestival.com.

Alfred Hitchcock Weekend

Latchis Arts presents an informative and entertaining weekend of film and discussion highlighting the films of Alfred Hitchcock on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.

The Alfred Hitchcock Weekend features screenings at the Latchis Theatre of “North By Northwest” on Saturday, July 30, and “Vertigo” on Sunday, July 31. Both screenings will be held at 4 p.m., and admission is by donation.

Following the screenings, audiences will have a chance to meet and hear from Hitchcock scholars Dr. Walter Raubicheck and Dr. Walter Srebnick, college hitchcock posterEnglish professors who have both written and lectured extensively on Hitchcock. Raubicheck and Srebnick co-authored “Scripting Hitchcock” in 2011, a critically acclaimed look at Hitchcock’s creative process for “Psycho,” “The Birds” and “Marnie.” They gave a presentation about that book at the Brooks Memorial Library.

This time they return to Brattleboro to guide viewers in a look at two of Hitchcock’s other masterpieces – 1958’s “Vertigo” and 1959’s “North by Northwest” – and talk about Hitchcock’s artistry and his enduring legacy.

“What makes Hitchcock historic is that he always had an interesting story to tell, and he told it in a way that was interesting,” said Raubicheck, a professor of English at Pace University. “There’s ‘Hitchcock The Entertainer’ and then there’s ‘Hitchcock The Artist.’”

Latchis Arts and the Positive Geek Store will team up to host a post-film discussion after the 4 p.m. showing of “North By Northwest” on Saturday, July 30. The discussion will be held in the Positive Geek store in the Latchis Memorial Building.

The 4 p.m. showing of “Vertigo” on Sunday, July 31 will be followed by a special reservation-only dinner at Duo Restaurant, featuring a Hitchcock-inspired menu. Seating is limited. To make reservations for the dinner, call Duo at 802-254-4141.

A prodigious filmmaker whose career spanned 50 years, Alfred Hitchcock made more than 50 films, beginning in the silent film era and continuing until just a few years before his death in 1980. Four of his films were named to the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time in 1998 – “Vertigo” (#9), “Psycho” (14), “Rear Window” (48) and “North By Northwest” (55). Earlier this year, “Vertigo” was voted the best film of all-time by the British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound, topping “Citizen Kane,” which had held the top spot for years.

“Hitchcock’s international standing as a titan of his medium has never been higher,” wrote film critic Tim Robey in The Telegraph.

Dave Kehr of the Chicago Reader called “Vertigo”, “one of the landmarks – not merely of the movies, but of 20th Century Art.”

“North By Northwest” was called an “ideal introduction to the Master and all his basic fears and craftsmanship” by John A. Nesbit of Old School Reviews.

For more information on the weekend, visit latchisarts.org or e-mail jon@latchisarts.org.