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Vermont Jazz Center 8th Annual Solo Jazz Piano Festival
The Vermont Jazz Center celebrates the vital impact that the piano has played in the history of jazz by hosting its 8th annual Solo Jazz Piano Festival on April 19 and 20 . The artists headlining this year ’ s festival are Hey Rim Jeon , Aaron Parks , Alfredo Rodriguez , and Jacky Terrasson ; emerging artists are Yujin Han and Mathew Mueller .
On the evenings of April 19 and 20 , starting at 7:30pm , two headlining pianists will present back-to-back solo sets . April 19 will include performances by Hey Rim Jeon and Aaron Parks , and on April 20 we will hear Alfredo Rodriguez and Jacky Terrasson .
April 20 is a full day of educational and concert programming . The day begins at 10am with a sequence of workshops led by all four of the headlining musicians . These presentations are designed to be accessible to all music lovers , not just pianists . Saturday will also include short sets from the two emerging artists as well as a round-table discussion with all six artists , moderated by VJC Director Eugene Uman .
The Solo Jazz Piano Festival , now in its eighth year , is one of the cornerstones of the VJC ’ s programming . The festival has presented some of the world ’ s top pianists and most important musical innovators of this generation . The Solo Jazz Piano Festival continues to be a unique opportunity for audiences to communicate directly with the artists as they share their spiritual and historical sources of inspiration , and offer tips on their methods of learning , teaching , and practice routines .
In-person tickets are offered on a sliding fee scale from $ 85- $ 130 for the entire event ; single concert options are also available . Visit vtjazz . org to purchase . Contact Eugene for educational group discounts eugene @ vtjazz . org . Reservations can also be made by calling 802-254-9088 , ext . 1 . Online streaming will be offered for free , but donations are welcomed and just a click away . Vermont Jazz Center is located at 72 Cotton Mill Hill in Brattleboro , VT .
Carriage Barn Concert Series
Bennington College ’ s Carriage Barn Concert Series has announced its Spring 2024 lineup of talented , innovative , and classically trained musicians who will share their work with the college and local community . All events are free , open to the public , and will take place in the Deane Carriage Barn on Bennington College ’ s campus . For more information , email oliviabiro @ bennington . edu or call 802-440-4382 . To see the complete lineup of musicians , visit : bennington . edu .


Inaugural Music on the Mountain Concert
The Phoenix Presents a benefit for the Divided Sky Foundation with the inaugural Music on the Mountain , a live music festival created to celebrate recovery , on May 18 at 2pm . This afternoon festival , held at the base of Okemo Mountain in Ludlow , VT , will take place following the Divided Sky Foundation ’ s Annual Fun ( d ) Run which occurs at 9am that morning . Featuring performances by Anders Osborne , Dogs in a Pile , and Saints and Liars , Music on the Mountain will have vendors offering food , water , and non-alcoholic beverages for sale . All proceeds from event ticket sales and other donations benefit Divided Sky Foundation , a non-profit residential recovery retreat in Ludlow , VT that was founded by Phish ’ s Trey Anastasio . The facility recently opened in the fall of 2023 .
“ As a person in recovery , I understand how valuable it is to individuals in early sobriety to have access to an inclusive , welcoming , and supportive community where they can begin to build a solid foundation for their new sober lives . At The Divided Sky Recovery Program , our mission is to deliver supportive and compassionate programming with dignity and respect for individuals and their families affected by addiction . We do this by offering a safe environment for men and women to build the foundation necessary to live a productive , healthy , and sober life .” – Trey Anastasio , Divided Sky Foundation Founder .
The event is ticketed ( registration through Eventbrite is required ) at a suggested donation cost of $ 20 , though participants in the Fun ( d ) Run can register for free . The event is family-friendly , though parents of children under 18 will be required to complete a waiver upon entry . Guests are encouraged to bring chairs , picnic blankets , etc , and enjoy the sights and sounds of Music on the Mountain . The Phoenix will provide wellness activities throughout the weekend , such as yoga , meditation , and arts . The organizers hope to create a movement to provide more sober inclusive music events and festivals . dividedskyfoundation . com .
Tartan Terrors
Tartan Terrors bring their Celtic Invasion to festivals and shows across North America , blending the energy of a rock show with humor and step dance . They will be performing at Spruce Peak Arts , 122 Hourglass Dr . in Stowe , VT on April 20 at 7pm . With a distinctive sound and proud tradition of making Celtic music fun and accessible to any audience , the Terrors have played stages across North America . For tickets , visit : sprucepeakarts . org .
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