The Friends of the Plainfield Opera House are excited to present their 2022 concert series! All concerts are on Sundays at 4:00 pm.This year’s line up promises to be excellent. There is something for everyone including original songs, jazz, world and classical genres.
COVID precautions include masking at all times, proof of vaccination for all eligible people, hand sanitizing and physical distancing. Seating is limited to 65 (less than half full occupancy) and all tickets need to be reserved online. This enables us to monitor occupancy and collect contact tracing information.
Rather than setting an admission price we are asking people to simply pay what they can.
Alison Cerutti February 13
Alison Cerutti will perform Rameau’s Gavotte and Variations, Ginastera's Argentine Dances, Brookfield Vermont composer Erik Nielsen’s “The Calling,” and the Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58 by Chopin.
Cerutti is a pianist based in Northfield, Vermont. She frequently performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Vermont and Canada and France. She studied with Louis Moyse for eight years and accompanied his flute master classes in Vermont and France. She has appeared as a soloist with the Norwich University Band Company, the Burlington Civic Symphony Orchestra, and numerous times with the Vermont Philharmonic in Barre, including with her brother, pianist Daniel Bruce. Since 2004 Cerutti has performed with her friend and colleague, violist Elizabeth Reid as the Cerutti-Reid Duo. This winter, Cerutti will record with Reid, viola and piano music for an upcoming album.
She is a founding member of Arioso and the Northern Third Piano Quartet. As one of Vermont’s leading collaborative pianists, Cerutti performs with the Mad River Chorale, Winooski Valley Festival, All-State Music Festival, Music-COMP and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Cerutti has also performed for Counterpoint, TURNmusic for the 2015 production of A Fleeting Animal, and the Unadilla productions of HMS Pinafore, Mikado, and Pirates of Penzance.
Cerutti has premiered works by Vermont composers Michael Close, Lydia Busler, Erik Nielsen, David Gunn, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Carol Wood, and Canadian composer David Jaeger. She appears in the soundtrack of Bess O’Brien’s documentary “All of Me,” playing the music of Erik Nielsen.
"Cerutti...proved an ideal interpreter. Employing her substantial technique, she colored Nielsen’s lines and evoked his characters with a naturalness that gave her performance the narrative feeling of storytelling. It was a substantial and rewarding performance of truly compelling music.” ~Jim Lowe, Times Argus
Champlain Trio March 27
It's been said that out of adversity comes opportunity, and out of the COVID-19 pandemic the Champlain Trio was formed. Violinist Letitia Quante, cellist Emily Taubl and pianist Hiromi Fukuda each call Vermont home and with concerts, tours and festivals being put on hold - the spring of 2020 brought the unique opportunity to come together as an ensemble.
All three musicians earned degrees from The Juilliard School among others and hold positions in the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Amherst College, and the University of Vermont.
With a shared passion for supporting the arts in Vermont, one of the trio’s first projects was to create and film a documentary series entitled “Empty Stages”. Along with filmmaker Jay Craven, the trio filmed episodes at six concert venues across Vermont with the goal of drawing attention to the many amazing performance spaces in the state and to show how COVID-19 has impacted the arts. The documentary aired on Vermont PBS in June, 2021.
Since filming the documentary, the trio has continued to expand their performance schedule and are enjoying the return to the stage and in-person concerts. For a full list of upcoming concerts and programs, please visit www.champlaintrio.com.
Ray Vega Latin Jazz Sextet April 24
A native of the South Bronx, Ray Vega is a veteran of the bands of Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Mario Bauza, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Hector LaVoe, Johnny Pacheco, Larry Harlow, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez, and Louie Ramirez, to name a few.
Ray has established himself as one of the innovators of the international Jazz and Latin music scenes. A multi-talented trumpeter, percussionist, composer, and arranger, he presents Jazz from a refreshingly original and contemporary perspective. Vega grew up immersed in the heart of two vibrant New York City music scenes: Jazz and Salsa. He learned about these two musical styles, as well as jazz harmony and improvisation, with some of the great legends of modern jazz. In addition to his own celebrated work as an artist and bandleader, he has performed and recorded with a dizzying array of iconic jazz artists, including work on Grammy-winning albums.
The Ray Vega Latin Jazz Sextet (Ray Vega - Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Brian McCarthy - Saxophones, Scott Dean - Percussion, Mike Hartigan - Piano, Giovanni Rovetto - Bass, Caleb Bronz - Drums) spresents fiery Latin Jazz from a Nuyorican perspective and presents original compositions by Vega which combine elements of Jazz, Latin and Funk.
Gamelan Sulukala May 22
Gamelan Sulukala, Plainfield’s own Javanese Court Gamelan, will present a concert of Indonesian and American Music for Javanese Gamelan.
Javanese Gamelan is a group - or orchestra - of about 30 instruments ranging from huge gongs to tiny flutes with lots of xylophone and kettle type instruments in between. Gamelan Sulukala is a full court-style complement of instruments made in Java and fashioned from bronze and iron.
Gamelan has a long history in central Vermont going back to the late 1960’s when Dennis Murphy built the first gamelan anywhere in the world outside of Java at Goddard College. This concert will feature a wide variety of music ranging from traditional Javanese to contemporary compositions written by Murphy, Jody Diamond, Barbara Benary and Sulukala members, Steven Light and Mazie O’Connor. Please visit Gamelan Sulukala’s Facebook page or website for more info.
Colin McCaffrey June 12
Colin McCaffrey is a 5th generation Vermonter originally from Westminster, VT. He is a record producer, composer, songwriter, and session musician with a BA in Music Composition from Berklee College of Music. He was a finalist in both the 2010 and 2020 USA Songwriting Competitions, won first prize in 2012 for best jazz song, and first prize (Bluegrass category) in the 2009 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. Colin resides in East Montpelier with his wife, young adult fiction author Laura Williams McCaffrey, his crazy cat Loki and his Brittany spaniel Gwenny.
Colin will sing and play a stylistically diverse set of original songs and talk about how each one came into existence. Often seen in a supporting role as a musical director or sideman, this is an opportunity to hear him in this beautiful setting as a soloist.
Plainfield Opera House - 18 High St. (P.O. Box 120) Plainfield, VT 05667