Outdoor Summer Series in the Rec Field

Gamelan Sulukala - Sunday, June 26 @4pm

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, Barbara Benary and Sulukala members, Steven Light and Mazie O’Connor. Please visit Gamelan Sulukala’s Facebook page or website for more info.

Craftsbury Chamber Players Kenji Bunch, viola & Monica Ohuchi, piano -Saturday, July 16 @4pm

Kenji Bunch enjoys an active career as both a composer and performer. As a violist, he is widely recognized for his own groundbreaking works for viola, many of which are included on his 2011 debut CD Unleashed! Mr. Bunch also frequently performs both traditional and contemporary chamber music as a guest of ensembles and festivals throughout the country, and has a deep interest in American folk traditions and improvisation. 

Pianist Monica Ohuchi maintains an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. She has appeared as guest soloist with orchestras across the country and abroad including the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Marin Symphony Orchestra, and the New Millennium Symphony Orchestra of Spain. She is the Executive Director and Pianist for the Portland, Oregon-based new music ensemble fEARnoMUSIC, a founding member of the piano quartet, Thunder Egg Consort, and a member of the faculty at Reed College.

Burlington Taiko Drums - Sunday, July 31 @ 4 pm

Since 1987, Burlington Taiko has been mesmerizing audiences with the powerful, spellbinding and propulsive sounds of the taiko. Burlington Taiko Group estimates it has introduced over half a million people to the power of taiko via public performances including feature performances at the 100th running of the Boston Marathon, annual performances at Burlington's First Night, the Joseph Campbell - Keepers of the Lore festival, the Black Ships Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, and over 200 corporate, collegiate and public performances.

The Brass Balagan - Sunday, August 14 @ 4 pm

The Brass Balagan is based out of Burlington and Central Vermont. Founded in 2010, we are a street brass band with roots in klezmer, Balkan, and banda music. We are available for weddings, birthday parties, anti-imperialist causes, bar mitzvahs, shopping mall ribbon-cutting ceremonies, corporate functions, and gun shows. The Brass Balagan demands the immediate elimination of all evil.

Spencer Lewis and the New Old Vermonters - Sunday, August 28 @ 4 pm

Spencer's signature sound combines the precision of the acoustic guitar with the sustained elegance of the violin. On stage, layered guitar loops and violin overdubs allow him to move in unpredictable directions, often spontaneously, to mirror or eclipse the music from his 26 album catalog.

All performances are 1 hour starting at 4 pm. Bring a chair, blanket, picnic! Kids welcome. We will move into the Opera House in the event of inclement weather.

Donations accepted ($20 suggested). Pay whatever you can.

Thanks to our sponsors:

Greenfield Highland Beef, Foxfire Tree Service, Marshfield Inn, North Country Credit Union, and Anonymous donors.

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Questions? Contact Steven Light 802.498.3173 ~ plainfieldtownhall@gmail.com ~ www.plainfieldoperahousevt.org

Plainfield Opera House - 18 High St. (P.O. Box 120) Plainfield, VT 05667