Windham Orchestra: Il Trovatore

The Windham Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Hugh Keelan, continues its 2016-17 season with a program titled “The Troubador, featuring Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” at the Latchis Theatre on Friday, January 20, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, January 22,windham orch at 2 p.m.

Joining the orchestra are soloists Jenna Rae, Julie Olsson, Elizabeth Wohl, Ethan Bremner, Cailin Marcel-Manson and Javier Luengo-Garrido

Tickets are available on a sliding scale donation schedule from $5 to $50 per person for open seating. Tickets may be purchased at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, call the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523. For information, visit www.windhamorchestra.org or www.bmcvt.org.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Express Fluency and Latchis Arts continue their partnership in presenting French films with the acclaimed French film “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg)” on Saturday, January 21, at 4 p.m. Admission is by donation, with proceeds to benefit Latchis Arts.umbrellas

Starring Catherine Deneuve, Jacques Demy’s 1964 masterpiece is a pop-art opera, or, to borrow the director’s own description, a film in song. This simple romantic tragedy begins in 1957, when Guy Foucher (Nino Castelnuovo), a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, falls in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery (a luminous Catherine Deneuve), an employee in her widowed mother’s chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria, he and Geneviève make love. She becomes pregnant and must choose between waiting for Guy’s return or accepting an offer of marriage.

Hal Hinson of the Washington Post called the film “a glorious romantic confection unlike any other in movie history.” Robert Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said it was “a surprisingly effective film, touching and knowing and, like Deneuve, ageless.”

“The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” is unrated and runs 1 hour and 31 minutes.

For more information, visit www.latchisarts.org. Find out more about Express Fluency at expressfluency.com.

The Met: Live in HD – Romeo et Juliette

The Met: Live in HD presents Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette” transmitted live to the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., on Saturday, January 21, at 1 p.m.

Hailed by the New York Times for singing “with white-hot sensuality and impassioned lyricism,” Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo star as the tragic lovers in SROM16_0307a-Lhakespeare’s classic story. This new production of Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” by director Bartlett Sher also features Virginie Verrez as Stéphano, Elliot Madore as Mercutio, and Mikhal Petrenko as Frère Laurent. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score.

Running time is 2 hours, 56 minutes with one intermission. “Romeo et Juliette” will be presented in the Main Theatre.

Tickets, available at the door, are $22 general admission, $20 for MET CLUB FOREVER members and $10 for students. Contact Sharry Manning for questions for advanced credit card purchases at sjmpr@comcast.net or 802-257-5717.

Movies for Kids – Roald Dahl

After a successful launch in November, Latchis Arts’ Movies for Kids series returns in January on Sunday mornings.

Kids – and their big people and everyone who is a kid-at-heart – are invited to showings of movies at the Latchis on Sundays at 11 a.m. Admission to the movies is bmovies-for-kids-roald-dahly donation.

Movies for Kids will have a monthly theme, and January’s theme is Roald Dahl. The month features four films based on books by Roald Dahl. The series starts on January 8 with “James and the Giant Peach,” followed on January 15 by “The Witches” (please note that “The Witches” is suitable for older children). On January 22, “Matilda” will be shown, followed on January 29 by “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

Plans are to continue the series – with a different theme each month – in the winter and spring.

For more information, visit latchisarts.org or theatre.latchis.com.

Splice: Then and the Now

Latchis Arts announces the next offering of its exciting new program, Splice, on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m.

Splice combines artwork in the Latchis Gallery on Main Street, with a night of

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film screenings and conversation about themes found in both the artwork and the films afterward.

The film on Jan. 25 is “Punishment Park,” a 1971 mockumentary-drama by Peter Watkins, which purports to be a news crew’s coverage of the team of soldiers escorting a group of hippies, draft dodgers and anti-establishment types across the desert in a kind of capture-the-flag game. The film crew’s coverage is meant to insure that the military’s intentions are honorable. As the representatives of the 60’s counter-culture get nearer to the end of the game, the soldiers become increasingly hostile, attempting to force the hippies out of their pacifist behavior. A lot of the film appears improvised and in several scenes real tempers seem to flare. The cinéma vérité style, hand-held camera and ambiguous demands of the director pushed some to the brink. The cast’s emotions are clearly on the surf

ace.

The screening of “Punishment Park” is paired with the exhibit in the Latchis gallery of Rosemarie Bernardi’s “Museum Studies” in a program titled “Then and The Now.” “Museum Studies” is a series of large charcoal drawings derived from images taken in medical museums. The thread of an object or a gesture of the past is being preserved as a posterity note. This is coupled with the idea that an area that is supposed to be about healing can take on threads of the macabre or the process of decay, or a warning.  Peter Watkins’ 1971 film “Punishment Park,” sadly feels topical for our present national moment. Then, in 1971, it was a direct resistance and critique against the on-going suppression of activism and resistance against aggression. Its form is quite radical in presenting a non-fiction account of arrest hearings. The result is further aggression. Now, in 2017, 46 years later, a screening of this film (which now echoes towards posterity

), speaks to the the potential anxiety of aggression and suppression of resistance. It seems all too relevant during the week following the inauguration. When we step backwards, see unwanted repetitions of the past enter our present, or are plainly ideologically opposed –  how do we activate a new form of resistance, one that would be more gentle than aggressive, more cohesive than divisive?

Admission to Splice is by donation. Bernardi’s exhibit continues at the Latchis Gallery through January. For information, visit latchisarts.org.

Exhibition on Screen

Latchis Arts announces an exciting new program for visual art-lovers and anyone interested in compelling documentary programming about artists and their work.

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN comes to the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro, beginning on Jan. 28 and 29 and continuing four other weekends through mid-June. EXHIBITION ON SCREEN brings blockbuster art exhibits to cinemas. Working with the top international museums and galleries, their films intertwine exclusive beExhibition posterhind-the-scenes footage with artist biographies to offer a cinematic immersion in the world’s best-loved art.

Launched in 2011, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN films have been seen by more than a million people in more than 1500 cinemas in 50 countries. Their productions have been hailed as “exhilarating,” “a mesmerizing spectacle,” “immersive and enriching” and “an important and wonderful gift.”

The EXHIBITION ON SCREEN season opens at the Latchis with presentations of “The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch” on Saturday and Sunday, January 28 and 29, at 4 p.m. Admission is $12, $6 for students, available at the door.

Subsequent EXHIBITION ON SCREEN” presentations at the Latchis include “I, Claude Monet” on February 25 and 26, “The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism” on April 1 and 2, and “Michelangelo: Love and Death” on June 17 and 18. All EXHIBITION ON SCREEN presentations at the Latchis Theatre are at 4 p.m.

“The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch” centers on the once-in-a-lifetime exhibit earlier in 2016 that brought most of Bosch’s masterpieces from around the world to his hometown in the Netherlands for a retrospective exhibit titled “Hieronymus Bosch – Visions of Genius” at the Het Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch.

Nearly half a million people flocked to the museum for the groundbreaking exhibit to marvel at Bosch’s curious creations, which have been called “weird and wonderful” and “masterful and macabre.” Accompanied by expert insights from the exhibition’s curators and leading cultural critics, the film delves into the life of the visionary artist and explore the inspiration behind his strange and haunting works. “The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch” allows audiences to appreciate the detail of Bosch’s paintings like never before, offering close-up views of the curiosities hidden within his brimming canvases, from cannibalistic clergymen to three-headed birds.

“The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch” is directed by David Bickerstaff and produced by Phil Grabsky, Executive Producer and Creative Director of Seventh Art Productions, which created the EXHIBITION ON SCREEN series.

Grabsky commented, “One of the questions asked, perhaps most frequently, is ‘why would I go to the cinema to see an art exhibition?’ I find that easy to answer. What we offer is an opportunity to see the exhibition if you can’t get a ticket or you don’t live in the country of the exhibition. Secondly we offer expert analysis, biography of the artist, behind-the-scenes, all those hidden nooks and crannies that you and I can’t normally get to. …What I’ve seen and have been so delighted to recognize is that there is a different and much stronger emotional connection with a cinema screen than with a television screen. And if you can’t get to stand in front of that particular painting, on your own, this is the next best thing, I’m absolutely sure about that.”

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN at the Latchis Theatre continues on Feb. 25 and 26, at 4 p.m., with “I, Claude Monet,” which offers a fresh look at the world’s favorite artist – through his own words. Using letters and private writings, the film will reveal new insights into the man who epitomizes Impressionist.

On April 1 and 2, at 4 p.m., the series features ‘The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism.” Step into the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut to explore the 30-year evolution of the American Impressionist movement.

The season concludes on June 17 and 18 at 4 p.m., with “Michelangelo: Love and Death.” A bold new biography of one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, the film explores his relationship with his contemporaries and charts his immense artistic practice, including painting, sculpture and architecture.

Latchis Arts hopes EXHIBITION ON SCREEN will be an annual offering and audience favorite at the Latchis. For more information, visit latchisarts.org or e-mail jon@latchisarts.org.

Collegiate A Cappella Concert

The 14th Annual Collegiate A Cappella Concert will be held once again at the Latchis Theatre on Saturday, February 4, at 7:30 p.m.

A sold-out show every year, this annual benefit for the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center features top collegiate a cappella groups, many with graduates of local h_dsc4492-copyigh schools now strutting their vocal stuff in college. This year’s lineup features the Middlebury Dissipated 8, Tufts Amalgamates, Tufts Beelzebubs, UMaine Renaissance, UVM Cat’s Meow and the legendary Yale Whiffenpoofs.

Tickets range from $20 to $50 and are available at tickets.catamountarts.org. Find out more about the Brattleboro Museum and order tickets by visiting www.brattleboromuseum.org.

The concert is sponsored by Brattleboro Savings & Loan, The Richards Group, Twombly Wealth Management, Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors, Brattleboro Community TV and Mary Meyer Toys.