Groove fireside to the spellbinding beats of Burlington Taiko, welcome the New Year, and celebrate the
opening of the 2023 Open Air Gallery: Ski & Snowshoe Trail! The Café will be open from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM for warm drinks and delicious Local Donut culinary creations to enjoy outside.

Please come prepared for Vermont winter conditions. All drumming equipment is provided. No previous experience is necessary!

Highland Center for the arts is proud to present this photo essay by Vermont photographer Elliot Burg, on exhibit in the HCA Gallery. “Eli’s Town” recounts Burg’s retracing of the route that his great-grandfather took in 1881 from Austria-Hungary to the Ukrainian village of Ozeran, where his son, Eli, was born.

“When I traveled to Ukraine in 2017, it was with the goal of photographing the country and its people en-route to the place where my Grandpa Eli was born. As it turned out, the search for Eli’s town took on a deeper meaning for me, encompassing themes of preconception and discovery, brutality and kindness, extraordinary events in ordinary settings. It connected my heart to an overseas community, Ozeran, that consisted of little more than a crossroads and a collection of farmhouses, but where my great-grandfather had arrived 136 years before to work and have a family, and where 61 years later, the Jewish residents had been rounded up and massacred by the Nazis and their collaborators. My thoughts about the journey caught up with the images, leading to this collection of photographs and text. It is my hope that this exhibit will resonate for others, and that it may even encourage some to pursue their own Ozerans.” – Elliot Burg

Dave Keller is an award-winning, triple-threat: an outstanding singer, an intense guitarist, and a talented songwriter. Fueled by his love of deep Southern soul and blues music, his performances ring out with passion, integrity, and an ability to break down the barriers between performer and audience. Dave will be backed by his road-tested band: Ira Friedman on keys, Jay Gleason on drums, and Alex Budney on bass.

Ever since legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl chose Dave Keller to sing on his 2010 album, Living In The Light, Keller has been on the rise, earning three Blues Music Award nominations for Best Soul/Blues Album, winning the International Blues Challenge ‘Best Self-Released CD Award’, and being chosen for Downbeat’s “Best Recordings of the Year.” His 2018 CD, Every Soul’s a Star, released on esteemed soul/blues label Catfood Records, was produced by multiple-Grammy-winning legend Jim Gaines (Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Miller, Tower of Power, Luther Allison, etc.). Gaines, the man responsible for some of the most revered albums in modern music, says, “I love Dave’s vocals. Dave has a remarkable voice.”

In February 2020, Keller released his first-ever live album, Live At The Killer Guitar Thriller! (Tastee-Tone Records), which won the Tammie Award for Best Album of the Year. Based in Vermont, Keller has performed for audiences across the U.S., including major festivals such as the North Atlantic Blues Fest, Discover Jazz Fest, and PA Blues Fest and many of the finest clubs, including B.B. King’s in Memphis and Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco. In addition to his own recordings, Keller has co-written and recorded with legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl (2010’s BMA-nominated Living In The Light).

For EBT cardholder discount, call the Box Office at (802) 533-2000.

Make your own berry basket and in the process learn one of the oldest crafts in human history. For thousands of years, baskets served as indispensable objects in every culture. Carry on the tradition and take home a beautiful, durable, and useful basket crafted from local and responsibly harvested, hand-pounded black ash logs. This is a great introduction to the extraordinary qualities of the black ash tree. Weave a square to round basket, approximately 6”x 6” with an optional leather strap. Included is a discussion on how the material is harvested and processed.

This workshop will be limited to 12 participants, ages 14 and up.

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan, and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical,” The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre. 

Call the Box Office (802-533-2000) for EBT Cardholder discount.

Masks are required for indoor events. We strongly suggest that patrons wear surgical paper masks (which we can provide) or N95 masks and not cloth masks.

Several dozen Ukrainians who have escaped the war from towns like Bucha and Zaporizia have found refuge at Mercy House in Derby, Vermont.

Many of those staying at Mercy House are children who have been working with Theresa Cianciolo, a graduate of the Berkeley School of Music, to form a choir. The Ukrainian students will share the stage with the Hazen Union High School Choir and other Northeast Kingdom high school choirs for a poignant holiday performance.

In a special collaboration, the Dzvinochok Boys Choir and Vognyk Girls Choir will perform in a video stream from Kyiv, Ukraine via the big screen on the Main Stage.

Famed folk singer Dave Mallett and his bass player, Mike Burd, will also be joining in this unique musical event.

An exhibition of portraits and landscapes taken by photographer Elliot Burg during a 2017 trip to Ukraine, his ancestral homeland, will be on display in the Gallery.

Enjoy an authentically prepared meal of classic Ukrainian dishes including blini, borscht, kapusta salad, and dessert, by reservation only.

If you’re not able to attend the concert, please make a donation on the ticket page.

All proceeds from the concert will go to help Ukrainians refugees who are now staying in Vermont. This concert is being underwritten by Community National Bank, whose generosity is greatly appreciated, with special thanks to Kathy and Jared Cadwell.

Masks are optional and strongly encouraged for indoor events.

Legendary Irish folk singer Karan Casey has released 11 albums to date. She has
toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan, singing songs
charged with a sense of social responsibility in a career spanning over 25 years.
Karan is joined by Niamh Dunne on fiddle and vocals, and guitarist and accordionist
Sean Óg Graham (both of the Irish folk band Beoga). The evocative trio have toured
together for several years and this show premieres new material developed and
recorded since the start of the pandemic as well as favorites from Karan’s back
repertoire. The songs draw inspiration from a wide range of sources from the
personal to the historical and political, touching on themes of family, loss, love, the
empowerment of women and Irish revolutionary struggle.

Ring in the New Year with an evening of spectacular merriment! Festivities include a Drag cabaret with performances by fabulous Queens, comedy, dancing, hors d’oeuvres & desserts (included in the cost of admission) and celebratory cocktails. All ages are welcome. The cabaret contains mature content.

Masks are optional.

Please take note: Due to the forecasted weather for Saturday, we have rescheduled Wintermarket for Sunday, December 4!

A festive Bavarian-inspired, indoor & outdoor, artisan market for the whole family! Celebrate the magic of the season with carols, performances with No Strings Marionette Company, music with master fiddler Patrick Ross and accordionist Nathan Longo, unique eats, and good cheer. Warm up by toasty fires, make a holiday craft, say “cheese” at our quirky family photo station and revel in holiday magic. Shop local for the holidays from over 60 producers from around the region!

Shuttle Bus & Parking 

Parking is available in the HCA lot, the ball field across from HCA on Center Road, and on the HCA side of Hardwick street. A shuttle bus will be available at the Circus Smirkus parking lot on Circus Alley (off of Breezy Ave), half a mile from HCA.

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The Vermont Philharmonic opens its 64th season with a concert program that features music by new world composers – though they may not be familiar names, audiences will come to love them.

The program opens with Mexican composer Arturo Márquez’s lively Danzón No. 2, his interpretation of an elegant Cuban dance, with its nostalgic melodies, sexy rhythms, and great expressive freedom.

In a completely different mode, Florence Price’s Adoration (1951) is calm and serious, with a lovely melody. Price was African-American, a graduate of the New England Conservatory in 1906, and underappreciated during her lifetime and for nearly 70 years after her death. It was only in 2009 that many of her over 300 compositions were found in her abandoned summer home and are starting to get the attention they deserve.

Deems Taylor was well known during his lifetime as the presenter of the New York Philharmonic’s radio broadcasts and as a music critic and writer. He was a serious and skillful composer as evidenced by his pleasing Three Century Suite with five movements, including a Saraband and a Rigadoon.

And finally, Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 includes lingering romantic melodies, blazing brass, and soaring strings – a rich and satisfying orchestral experience. Hanson wrote that he “aimed in this symphony to create a work that was young in spirit, lyrical and romantic in temperament, and simple and direct in expression.”

The Vermont Philharmonic is celebrating its sixty-fourth year of making beautiful music in Central and Northern Vermont. More information about the Vermont Philharmonic is at vermontphilharmonic.com