Hills Alive! Brings a Season of Arts to the Northshire
Hills Alive! Festival, a collaboration of ten southern Vermont arts organizations, opened its third season on June 27, with concerts, a premiere of a new musical and the National Theatre’s film ‘King Lear.’ On tap at the Weston Playhouse is the premiere of ‘Analog and Vinyl,’ a new musical by Broadway’s Paul Gordon. Also in Weston is a production by the young company of ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ The Vermont Symphony Orchestra arrives in Manchester with their Fourth of July fest titled ‘Let’s Dance’ at their new indoor location at Riley Rink at Hunter Park. Concert goers can enjoy a meal al fresco while listening to melodies by Strauss, Delibes and Gershwin, to put you in the mood for dance hits from Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. The July 2 concert gets underway at 7:30 p.m., and is followed by a fireworks finale. Manchester Music Festival opens its 40th season on Thursday, July 3, with duo pianists Christopher O’Riley and David Deveau performing with the Festival’s Orchestra at the Arkell Pavilion at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. Rounding out the first week’s schedule is the showing of National Theatre Live Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear.’ Academy Award winner Sam Mendes directs the production, starring Simon Russell Beal in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy, shown at the Riley Center at Burr and Burton Academy. ‘Red,’ the story of abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, starring Tim Daly, continues at the Dorset Playhouse through Saturday, July 6. Information on the five-week schedule is available at the Hills Alive! ticket booth at the patio of Spiral Scoops on Bonnet Street in downtown Manchester. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information call 802-375-4014.