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Take a Seat in the Islands auction Aug. 15

Take a Seat in the Islands, presented by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, is a community art project which includes 19 benches painted by local artists and now on display in the Champlain Islands for a few more days.  There is still time to see them all!  This Friday, Aug. 15, all the benches will be sold at a live auction at the North Hero Community Hall.  The auction is free, but registration is required in order to bid on a bench.  There will be a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres provided by Tasty Persuasions.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for viewing, and the auction will begin at 7 p.m.  Returning as auctioneer will be Jamie Polli of Gameshowsvt.com.

Vermont artists whose benches are on display are Haley Bishop, Paula Bradley, Heidi Chamberlain, Alyson Chase, Cathy Croteau, Laurie Darling, Linda Effel, Jessica Goerold, Maurie Harrington, Nicole Mandeville, Karen McCloud, Daniel Pettullo, Suzie Quinn, Kevin Ruelle, Elaine Sarkisian, Suzanne Sauve, Amanda Schirmer, Judy Tiplady and Kay Webb.  A smaller version of the bench, painted by Paula Bradley, will be raffled off at the auction.  To see it, and purchase a raffle ticket, go to Grand Isle Art Works on Route 2.

Partial proceeds from the auction will go to the artists and to the Visiting Nurse Association programs in Grand Isle.  For additional information call the Islands branch of the Chamber at (802) 372-8400 or (800) 262-5226.  Learn more on Facebook and at www.vermont.org.

Take a Seat_bench painted by Suzie Quinn WEB

Young virtuosos perform for Island Arts benefit

YangBaoIf you have children who are interested in music, or are taking music lessons, mark Aug. 16, on the calendar.  They, and all adults who enjoy the thrill of seeing young musicians destined to be recognized on the worldwide stage, will want to attend this benefit concert for the Island Arts Youth Scholarship Fund.  Those under 14 years of age, accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free.   Performing will be the exceptionally talented pianist Yang Bao and violinist InMoYang. Their concert “Sonata Heroes” highlighting works by Schubert, Mozart, and Beethoven is at the North Hero Community Hall on Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.

Twenty-two-year-old Yang Bao, born in Lanzhou, China, began his musical studies at the age of three.  A child prodigy who won many piano competitions, he was awarded a full scholarship to the Julliard School of Music and is currently a student at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, studying under the world-renowned professor Wha-Kyung Bhun.  Piano has proved to take Yang many places, including the White House in 2009, to represent the young musicians of Philadelphia and currently many Steinway sponsored events and tours.

InMo Yang, age 19, was born in Seoul, South Korea and started his violin studies at the age of five.  He currently studies with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he pursues a bachelor of music.  Since age 11, InMo has performed many recitals and appeared as a soloist with prestigious orchestras throughout the world, winning numerous international violin competitions.  Just this year he won second prize at the Yehudi Menuhin Competition–Senior Section, held in Austin, Texas. See his performance on YouTube.

Tickets are limited and can be reserved in advance for $20 by calling (802) 372-8889 or in South Hero at Hackett’s Orchard, The Green Frog, and Snow Farm Vineyard, the Alburgh Public Library, the Isle LaMotte Country Store, and in North Hero at the Back Chamber and the Island Arts office in the lower level of the Community Hall.  Tickets will be available at the door for $25.  For more information go to islandarts.org.

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Island Arts Summer Music Festival continues with the Citizens Concert Band

Island Arts is collaborating with the Citizens Concert Band for an evening of picnicking and music on the lawn of the Grand Isle Lake House on Aug. 20. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and you are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and your favorite treats to enjoy along with beautiful views of Lake Champlain. The concert will commence at 6:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather the event will be moved to the Grand Isle School.

The band is well know to many in northwestern Vermont, but for those who don’t know, they have a history dating back to 1947. Beginning as an American Legion Band, it was directed by Edric A. Loomis with concerts in Taylor Park drawing huge crowds. In 1949 the Citizens Concert Band, augmented by a string section and chorus performed Vermont’s first full performance of “Messiah.” It was done in St. Albans City Hall to a packed standing room only house. The band has been going strong ever since and it was Edric who led the campaign for the construction of the Memorial Bandshell in St. Albans Taylor Park. Starting in 1976, with donations at Christmas concerts, his dream was finally realized with its dedication in 1984. When he passed away in 2003 the City Council, in his memory, renamed it the Edric A. Loomis Memorial Bandshell.

The Citizens Concert Band is now conducted by Edric’s son Kevin and continues to play a popular series of summer concerts in Franklin County and Island Arts is pleased to bring them to the Champlain Islands. The band has a full compliment of brass, percussion, and woodwinds along with the stunning voice of Claire Hungerford.. This is a toe-tapping, hand clapping performance for young and old and, as always, youth under 14 are admitted free.

Tickets can be purchased at the event for $15 or in advance for $10 at Hackett’s Orchard, The Green Frog and Snow Farm Vineyard in South Hero, the Back Chamber in North Hero and The Island Arts Office in lower level of the Community Hall, the Alburgh Public Library, and the Isle La Motte Country Store. To reserve tickets call (802) 372-8889. This performance will benefit the Island Arts youth scholarship fund.

Musicians perform with the Citizens Concert Band. | PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Musicians perform with the Citizens Concert Band. | PHOTO CONTRIBUTED